© Five Star Whale Watching/Katie Smith. Image — A group of Transient orcas off Sooke during our trip today.
Humpbacks & Transient Orcas
We saw both Humpback whales and Transient Orcas today. After leaving Victoria’s Inner Harbour, we went southwest towards the open Pacific Ocean.
On our way there, we first encountered a group of Transient orcas that were on a hunt. Transient orcas eat marine mammals and the group we saw today were hunting a seal close to Sooke’s shoreline. When hunting, Transient orcas are very quiet underwater. They do not echolocate to avoid alerting their prey species.
Afterwards, we also saw Humpback whales. They are the largest baleen whales that we find in the Salish Sea. They can weigh up to 40 tonnes and eat the smallest schooling fish, such as: Pacific Herring, Pacific Pilchard, etc. We saw the Humpbacks’ massive tail flukes as well as they gracefully dove.
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