May 24th - T101's in Trincomali Channel
Another sunny, stunning day out on the water with whales! We have definitely been spoiled with both sunshine and whale encounters these past couple of weeks. Yesterday we traveled south through the Gulf Islands towards Active Pass where 4 killer whales had been sighted that morning. They were heading north so we got to spend our hour with them in Trincolmali Channel.
Trincomali Channel is a long, somewhat narrow channel between two of the largest Gulf Islands, Saltspring Island and Galiano Island. It was named after the HMS Trincomalee, a Royal Navy Leda-class sailing frigate that is now on display as a museum in Hartlepool, England.
The killer whales we were treated to seeing were the T101's, a family pod of a mother and her 3 mature sons. Seeing three tall, regal fins traveling in sync is a treat, making this family pod one of our favourites to watch.
Yesterday they traveled the entire time we were with them, doing relatively long, deep dives while spread apart. This is the same strategy they used earlier in the week up in Howe Sound! As mentioned in the previous blog, killer whales can vocalize over long distances and they will often spread themselves out to comb for prey and then communicate loudly once they've found it. We weren't lucky enough to witness a kill yesterday but it's still fascinating to see them traveling apart and wonder about the reasons why.
As always, an answer to one question about these mysterious animals leads to many more!