Monday, August 22, 2005

Transients in Oak Bay
Today we followed transient, marine mammal hunting, killer whales along the southeast side of Southern Vancouver Island. It turned out to be the T41 group, which has increased in size now including a couple of youngsters. As we arrived on scene we found the whales all around a whale-watch boat as the whales attempted to hunt down a seal. They put on quite a show breaching and tail slapping all around the vessel. The whales then continued travelling south close to shore near Gordon Head. The fog then rolled in from the south as the weather dropped and the wind picked up. A couple of seals off 10 Mile Point grouped up in the water offshore. The look in their eyes was pure terror as the whales passed about 500 meters away off the point. We kept up with the T41 group until we reached Gonzales Point where we made an acoustic recording.

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