April 22 - Several Pods of Transient Orcas (T123s and T100s) in The Strait of Georgia
April 22nd, 2018
We took to the seas in our semi-covered vessel "Quick Change II" in search of whales and other wildlife. It was almost an hour before killer whales were reported in the Strait of Georgia. When we arrived we found there were two families of Transient orca travelling together, which has become a more regular whale watching sight than it used to be. And we're not complaining, the more the merrier!
The pods of whales were identified as the T123 family and the T100 family. There may have even been some others in the mix!
So why were these families travelling together? Killer whales stay with their maternal family, often for life. However, they mate outside their pods, and this can occur when separate families join up and travel together temporarily. These meet-ups potentially allow reproductively mature whales to mate with individuals in other pods.
We had tons of fun catching up with these whales, and on our way home we checked out HUNDREDS of Steller and California sea lions at one of their haulouts near Gabriola island, and even found a bald eagle!
Stay tuned for more whales next time!