Tuesday, May 19, 2009


TUESDAY, MAY 19, 2009, J-pod of RESIDENT KILLER WHALES. Reports came in late in the morning that Killer Whales were seen near Point Roberts, 65kms (40 miles) North of Victoria, so our only hope for viewing them on Five Star Whale Watching's 2:00PM departure was for these whales to be headed South and at a good rate of speed.

. It never ceases to amaze us that creatures of up to 9 meters (30 feet) in length and weighing up to 9 tonnes travel an average of 160 kms (100 miles) each and every day. The distance covered and the energy that must be expended is astounding
By 2:00PM the lead group was still over 40kms (25 miles away) at East Point on Saturna Island. By the time we were on scene J-pod was spread across Boundary Pass, still headed South. What at first appeared to be a slim hope turned into a wonderful afternoon of watching and truly appreciating Orcas in the Wild

Photos by Ron Bates of Marine Mammal Research Group (MMRG),

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