September 14 – Surface-Active Transients

© Five Star Whale Watching/Andrew Lees. Image — A Transient Killer whale surfacing during our trip today.

Transient Killer Whales

We had an amazing day with playful Transient Killer whales today. We saw them spyhopping, breaching, tail-slapping, and cartwheeling.

During our morning trip, there was one individual that was particularly active. It was a calf! Calves generally tend to be a lot more surface-active in order to strengthen their muscles so they can keep up with their pods. It was a joy to see.

The afternoon was also thrilling as our guests got to witness a kill. Killer whales are highly intelligent and social marine mammals. They share close bonds with their family members and are often seen sharing their food. We saw them share their kill during our trip today as well. The little calf in the family kept bringing his whole head out of the water every time it was surfacing.

After spending time with the Killer whales, we went to Race Rocks Ecological Reserve to see some of the prey species that these cetaceans eat. There we saw Harbour seals and sea lions resting on the rocks. Several sea lions were also swimming in the water nearby.

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

September 14 – Morning Trip

September 14 – Morning Trip

September 14 – Afternoon Trip

September 14 – Afternoon Trip

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