June 13th - We found the T86A's and T124A1 in Trincomali Channel!
Our lucky guests on board Cascadia were treated to a private encounter with the Transient Orcas in Trincomali Channel! The conditions were ideal as we left the Nanaimo harbour in search of whales. As we approached Dodd's Narrows, unusually high waters from tidal activity was easily observed, thanks to Spring Tides.
Contrary to what their name suggests, it doesn't happen exclusively during the spring season, instead it happens at each new and full moon every month. This phenomena is actually a result of the Earth, moon, and sun all lining up in a relatively straight fashion, with the moon in between the Earth and the sun. The gravity caused by the sun reinforces the moons gravity, thus creating a change in tidal activity. The high tides are higher than normal and the low tides are lower than normal.
Heading south through the Trincomali Channel, one of our guests spotted a pod of Transient Killer Whales at the south end of Wallace Island. The orcas were headed north and we followed them up along Galiano Island then through Porlier Pass. On the outside of Galiano Island and into the Strait of Georgia, the orcas successfully completed a kill and were sharing the food under the water. We didn't see anything gory, but some gulls picking up scraps confirmed the kill!
The T86A's are comprised of a mother, Eider, and two of her calves, Nahanni (2001) and Tyndall (2011). T124A1 is a 22 year old female who travels separately from her original pod. It is trickier with the females, but by looking at the shape of the dorsal fin and any scars that are in their saddle patch, we can identify individual whales.