March 28- T’s in Juan de Fuca

© Five Star Whale Watching/ Katie Smith. Image — A family of transient (or Bigg’s) orcas surface east of Port Angeles at Dungeness Spit today.

We had an exciting day south of Victoria, having been fortunate to witness some majestic inhabitants of the Salish Sea. Out trip began when we headed south from the Victoria harbour, towards the state of Washington.

Our journey led us to an area known as Dungeness Spit; this is a large sandy spit east of Port Angeles, WA. The spit extends into Juan de Fuca Strait, a large body of water that acts to separate southern Vancouver Island from the state of Washington. It is in fact, the largest natural spit in the U.S.

It is here we were fortunate to encounter a family of whales, specifically orcas! The group consisted of a mother and her offspring, including a large adult son (recognizable by his large dorsal fin). The orcas were surfacing in unison and travelling in the beautiful, calm waters. It is always enchanting to watch the grace and strength of these top ocean predators.

These orcas belonged to the mammal-eating ecotype of orcas (transient/ Bigg’s) meaning they feed on such prey items as Sea Lions, Harbour seals and porpoise. The animals are known to be of family “T30”. We suspected the animals may have been foraging, as they were appeared to be swimming in all directions and searching underneath the water.

It is always incredible to see these whales in their natural habitat; they are one of the ocean’s top predators! It was a beautiful day spent south in the waters of Juan de Fuca Strait.

To view more images from today’s trip, click on the link below:

March 28- T30’s off Dungeness Spit


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