October 6th - Two pods of orcas at San Juan Island!
What a beautiful day for some whale watching! Our usual October weather took a hiatus today and we were surrounded by clear blue skies and sun shining all day. Both our open vessels, Keta and Cascadia, set off from the Nanaimo Harbour in search of whales.
We took a quick stop to see some exciting wildlife before heading through Dodd’s Narrows. We saw a bald eagle perched up top a concrete pillar and quite a number of big, noisy California Sea Lions hauled out on the log booms near Harmac.
Keta took a trip down Trincomali Channel while Cascadia went south through Stuart Channel. Not long afterwards we heard reports of orca at San Juan Island. We continued through the channels and made our way towards Haro Strait.
Once on scene, we were greeted by two big males, with their unique dorsal fins it took no time to figure out who we had! T65A2 and T49A1. Take a look at our photos and see their nicks on the dorsal fins. Each male is a member of separate pods, the T65A’s and the T49A’s, respectively. In both pods, the matriarchs have each had a new birth this year, with T49A (32 years old) welcoming her 5th offspring (a female) and T65A (32 years old) welcoming her 6th offspring, a female too!
The two pods came together to travel and hunt, but were quite spread apart during our time with them. The two big males stuck close together throughout the trip. We were treated to two breaches and a spy hop, lucky us! As the orcas travelled north along the San Juan Island coast, we followed them up before heading back northwest towards Nanaimo.
En route to the harbour, we took a quick break at Miami Islands to see the harbour seals and a few cormorants perched on the rocks.
Our tours are running daily at 11:00 am on our open vessels, we’ve got a few more weeks of exciting whale watching ahead of us so don’t forget to book your tour soon! Give us a call or book online to have your own experience with this majestic mammals :)
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