Sunday, September 25, 2011

T31 Transient Orca and active Humpback Whales! Sept 23, 2011

What a wonderful day on the water with a beautiful encounter with T31 Transient Orca and 4 Humpback Whales including two that were very active!

We headed out this afternoon in calm seas and beautiful blue skies and not long after leaving the Harbour we came across T31, a male Transient Orca that has been hanging out in the Salish sea for a few weeks now. T31 was born in 1954 and so is now the oldest male Orca we know of that visits the Salish Sea.

After spending some time with T31 we headed west of Race Rocks where we encountered the first couple of Humpback Whales that had been reported in the area. We witnessed a couple of nice tail flukes whilst we were watching this first pair.

As we were watching the first pair of Humpback Whales we could see the other two in the distance further to the west and then suddenly one of these two Humpbacks started breaching, always a spectacular sight as these 30-40 ton whales propel themselves out of the water and land back down!

On our way home we stopped off at Race Rocks, MPA, and showed our passengers the hundreds of Stellar & California Sealions as well as Harbor Seals.

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