Monday, August 27, 2012
Transient Orcas south of Victoria! Aug 24th, 2012
This morning we headed out of Victoria and soon encountered a large pod of Transient Orcas near William Head! Ron Bates from the Marine Mammal Research Group, soon identified the Transient Orcas as the T36A & T36B's plus the T69's.
We followed the Transient Orcas as they moved along the coast from William Head, past Bentinck Island, towards Race Rocks, as the Orcas searched for a suitable prey animals such as a Harbor Seal. After a brief stop at Race Rocks the Transient Orcas then moved to the south East, possibly in search of harbor Porpoise, their other favorite prey!
In the afternoon the Transient Orcas had traveled south of Race Rocks towards Freshwater Bay. We again watched as the Orcas searched for a prey animal and whilst we were on scene we witnessed at least one kill, probably a Harbor Seal.
Watching the top ocean predator hunt is always a fantastic experience.
We also showed our guests the incredible wildlife at Race Rocks MPA, today that included Harbor Seals, Steller Sealions and California Sealions. We also saw a Bald Eagle feasting on a fish on the rocks near Race Rocks.
It was another wonderful day exploring the wonders of the Salish Sea:)