September 16 – Orcas in Beecher Bay

© Five Star Whale Watching/Andrew Lees. Image — One of the Transient orcas on the hunt in Beecher Bay today.

Transients Orcas

We headed southwest for our trip today and found a pod of Transient orcas. These orcas are the apex predators in the Salish Sea. They are marine mammal eaters and they hunt Harbour seals, sea lions, Harbour porpoises, and other whales.

We found the whales at Beecher Bay, close to Sooke. They were scouring the waters for their prey. Our guests got to see the difference in the dorsal fin heights of adult males with those of adolescent males and females. We also got to have good looks at the saddle patches of many of the whales, which are used for photo-identification purposes, along with any nicks on the dorsal fins.

There is a nearby ecological reserve, called Race Rocks, with an abundance of prey for Transient orcas. We went there today to take a better look at what the Transients like to eat. We found Harbour seals, and both California and Steller sea lions resting and sunbathing on the rocks.

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

September 16 – Morning Trip

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