Friday, September 22, 2006
Transients & Humpback Whales
An amazing noon trip today aboard the Ocean Magic II. First we saw the T30 group of transient killer whales a couple miles east of Race Rocks. Adult male T30A was ahead and about 500m north from the two females and calf. They were heading east and coming up for short breaths before going on longer dives. We then headed over to Race Rocks Ecological Reserve to view the many Steller seal lions, California sea lions, and Harbour seals in the flourishing kelp and rocky areas. To finish off the trip we watched a couple Humpback whales about a mile east of Race Rocks. The mother and calf would come to the surface to breath a few times before going on a dive deep revealing their massive tail flukes. A young Harbour seal nearby seemed curious of the pair. About a dozen Harbour porpoises were in the same vicinity of the whales. There was lots of krill in this nutrient-rich area concentrated with remarkable marine-mammal life.