Monday, September 03, 2012

Transient Orcas and playful Humpback Whales! Aug 28th, 2012

Here are a few images from today's encounters with Transient Orcas and Humpback Whales.
We headed out this morning south of Victoria and encountered the Transient Orcas who were hunting near Race Rocks, MPA. The Transient Orcas had probably been at Race Rocks earlier feeding on the countless Harbor Seals or Sea Lions that can be found there at this time of year.

We then headed a little to the east and encountered two Humpback Whales, a mother & calf. The Calf was being very playful and kept showing off its tail flukes and was also turning upside down and lob tailing:)

In the afternoon the Transient Orcas had moved up Haro Strait and we caught up with them by Mandarte Island. Mandarte Island Ecological Reserve, is a major breeding ground for Double Crested Cormorants. As we followed the Transient Orcas they swam right past the rocks at Mandarte, probably in search of Harbor Seals.

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