May 28th - Transient Orcas near Nanaimo!

We received a report of orcas close to Nanaimo, and sure enough, we headed out and there they were! We watched as whales from two pods travelled north together toward Departure bay, and then headed into the Strait of Georgia toward a seal haulout, perhaps for a meal?

We started our afternoon with a cruise around Gabriola island, where we found Steller and California sea lions, small secluded islets, and a pelagic cormorant rookery on rocky bluffs. Then, it was on to the whales!

 

 All together now, breathe! Photo by Jilann Campbell

All together now, breathe! Photo by Jilann Campbell

We found the T86A family, and two other whales (likely the T124A2s) travelling together. This meet-up of separate families amongst transient orca is something we've started to see more often in this region in recent years, and scientists aren't sure why! In any case, these whales were a joy to watch!

 A youngster half breaching, right outside the Departure Bay ferry terminal! Photo by Jilann Campbell

A youngster half breaching, right outside the Departure Bay ferry terminal! Photo by Jilann Campbell

 The whales leaving Departure bay, headed for the Strait of Georgia. Photo by Lili Simon

The whales leaving Departure bay, headed for the Strait of Georgia. Photo by Lili Simon

Our spring season has been filled with whales and we couldn't be happier! Thanks to those who joined us on this tour, and we hope to see you again.

If you'd like to book a whale watching tour with us, feel free to give us a call, book online, or drop in at our office anytime. We'd love to have you aboard!

 

 

 

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