Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Transient Killer Whales
Onboard the noon Ocean Magic II trip we headed over to William Head where we met up with two transient females and a calf. A male could be seen off from the group milling in front of a sandy beach in the distance. We followed the group of three whales heading southwest. The whales traveled tight to the shore and changed direction periodically during their hunting pursuits. A couple of harbour seals popped up by the boat looking panicked and confused. In the evening we caught up with the whales again near East Sooke Park. Adult male T44 and a couple more whales were now with the two females and calf. The animals had changed direction back to the east. The whales speed porpoised and spy hopped out of the water in pursuit of prey. We ended up both trips over at Race Rocks Ecological Reserve and saw several Steller and California sea lions hauled out on the rocks and swimming within the kelp line. An amazing day along the Vancouver Island shoreline.