June 1st – Orca Awareness Month

© Five Star Whale Watching. Image: A member of the J-pod.

A Day with Resident Orcas

Today marked the beginning of Orca Awareness Month. What better way to celebrate than spend the day with some Southern Resident orcas? This eco-type of orcas consists of three different pods: J, K, and L-pod. We were incredibly lucky to spent the day with J-pod while they hunted their most favourite prey — Chinook salmon.

Chinook salmon make up ~70% of Resident orcas’ diets. Unfortunately, salmon stocks in the Salish Sea have declined drastically over the last several decades, which in turn has made it really hard for these whales to find sufficient food. Many individuals are now showing signs of starvation.

Now with only 78 individuals left in this unique eco-type population, every encounter with these animals is special.

To view more images from today’s trip, click on the following link.

J-pod

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