This morning we had a wonderful encounter with Transient Orcas & Resident Orcas! We first encountered the TO60’s when we spotted them a few miles south of Trial Island heading west towards Albert Head. The pod seemed to be moving rapidy and staying close to the Victoria waterfront so we knew something was going on. Sure enough we soon got a call that Resident Orcas had just been found west of Race Rocks heading East. After a few more looks at the Transient Orcas and having guided a boat on scene we headed to Race Rocks. At Race Rocks we had an amazing encounter with a very playful Steller Sea Lion who put on quit the acrobatic performance. Then we headed a little south of Race Rocks where we caught up with all 3 pods of the Southern Resident Orcas! The pods were split but in resting formation when we first arrived on scene. Then a few animals began to wake up and we saw a Spy Hop, Pectoral waves, tail slaps and some foraging. We also saw some cough – “Pink Snake” – cough There are not too many days that we get Transient Orcas & Resident Orcas on the same trip as the Transients tend to avoid the Residents and to get them so close made for an amazing start to the day!
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