© Five Star Whale Watching/Andrew Lees. Image — A Southern Resident killer whale in Haro Strait today.
Southern Resident Killer Whales
We had our first encounter of the season with the Southern Resident killer whales today, and it was fantastic! We headed out east past Chain Islets and found the animals spread out across Haro Strait. They were moving west towards Kelp Reef.
We were delighted to see some of our favourite animals, including J26 and J27, in the pod. We even got to see a spyhopping killer whale, which our guests loved! With only 76 remaining Southern Resident killer whales, every encounter with these whales is special. They are fish-eating killer whales and Chinook salmon make up most of their diet.
During our trip today, we also saw Steller sea lions, harbour seals, cormorants, and harbour porpoise. To add to an already exciting trip, we were fortunate to see some incredible aerial courtship behaviours by mating pairs of bald eagles. Our guests were awestruck!
To view more photos from our trip today, click on the following links.