Monday, April 04, 2011

T20's & T49's Transient Orcas off Victoria! April 3rd, 2011.

Today off Victoria we encountered two groups of Transient Orcas, the T20's & T49's! The groups were encountered in the Strait of Juan De Fuca.

Transient Orcas prey on Marine Mammals, unlike Resident Orcas that feed on Salmon, and are an apex predator! Locally we see Transient Orcas primarily feeding on Harbour Seals, Harbor & Dall's Porpoise and California & Steller Sealions. There have been rare occasions where a group of Transient Orcas have attacked a Minke Whale or even some of the Gray Whales that travel into Puget Sound. However, most of the time Transient Orcas will feed on the smaller prey animals and in our local area the favorite prey is the Harbour Seals.

Apart from the Orcas our guests also got to see Bald Eagle, Harbour Seals and even Oyster Catchers!

We are having a fantastic start to the 2011 season:)

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