© Five Star Whale Watching/Katie Smith. Image — One of the Transient Orcas from the T65A family during our trip today.
This morning we headed out east after leaving Victoria’s Inner Harbour in search of wildlife, and found multiple Transient or Bigg’s orcas near Oak Bay Marina.
Transient orcas are one of the three eco-types found around British Columbian waters; the other two being Resident orcas and offshore orcas. Transient orcas eat marine mammals and some of their main prey species include: Harbour seals, Harbour porpoises, sea lions and other whales.
The whales were likely scouring the waters for their favourite prey species — Harbour seals. The nearby rookery at Chain Islets, which we got to see, provides them with ample of opportunities to catch one of the seals. Juvenile seal pups are still present at Chain Islets and hunting of the pups generally proves to be a lot easier for these top predators.
To view more images from our trip this morning, click on the following link.