May 5th - T90's and T2B in Boundary Pass
May 5th, 2018
We've had amazing weather all week with lots of whales to be seen, and Saturday, May 5th was no exception. We hung out with the T90's, which includes family members "Eagle", "Piglet", and "Tigger". They were traveling with a lone female, T2B "Pedder", who is often seen traveling with the T60's rather than the T90's.
Pedder was born in 1979 and the mother of the T90's, Eagle, was born in 1980. These two mature females were leading the rest of the pod around and foraging together. Interesting to wonder why Pedder chooses to travel with the whales that she does, and what the others must think of a lone female tagging along.
Female killer whales, like humans, go through menopause in their late 40s/50s, but still continue to be a matriarchal figure until they die. The oldest female of the pod will usually guide the rest of the pod, and likely make the decisions on where to best search for food.
Eagle has taught both Piglet and Tigger all of their learned behaviours - from the basics of how to breathe, swim, and communicate, as well as more complex behaviours like attacking prey. If there are young whales in the pod when we witness a seal kill, the kill will usually take a bit longer so that the kids can partake and 'learn the ropes'.