© Five Star Whale Watching/Katie Smith. Image — Two of the Transient Killer whales in the Salish Sea today.
Transient Killer Whales
We had a wonderful day full of Transient Killer whales today. They are the marine mammal eating eco-type of Killer whales and mainly eat Harbour seals, Harbour porpoises, and California and Steller sea lions in the Salish Sea.
This morning was rather foggy and misty but seeing surface-active Killer whales amidst the fog and mist was surreal. We saw them spyhop, breach, and tail-slap, which certainly brightened up the day for us.
In the afternoon we encountered another group of Killer whales. They were the T18s! T18 is the matriarch of the group; she is the oldest female in the group. She is at least 48 years old. One of the adult males in the group — T19B — has a very distinct and broad dorsal fin. He is about 22 years old.
We also saw some of the prey species of these marine mammal eaters at Race Rocks Ecological Reserve today.
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