September 12 – Killer Whales & a Minke

© Five Star Whale Watching/Katie Smith. Image — One of the adult Transient Killer whales in the fog during our trip today.

Transient Killer Whales & a Minke

What a fun-filled day with Transient Killer whales! Transients are an ecotype of Killer whales that we find in the Salish Sea. These whales are marine-mammal eaters, and their main prey species include Harbour seals, Harbour porpoises, sea lions, and other smaller whales.

We headed out east in search of whales for both our morning and afternoon trips today. During our afternoon trip, we headed into Haro Strait and found a Minke whale. Minkes are one of the baleen whale species found in the Salish Sea. They are smaller than Humpback whales and their dorsal fins are falcate, meaning they are curved backwards. Minke whales are also called “Stinky Minkes” as the fishy stench from their exhales can be smelt from yards away. Coincidentally, one of the smaller whales that Transient Killer whales most commonly like to feast on is a Minke whale.

Afterwards, we went to San Juan Islands and found Transient Killer whales. We saw their 3-6 feet tall dorsal fins piercing through the calm waters in the fog. It was quite surreal.

To view more images from our trips today, click on the following links.

September 12 – Morning Trip

September 12 – Afternoon Trip

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