June 23rd - T124A's near Active Pass
Both boats set out on Saturday towards Active Pass in the southern Gulf Islands. Conditions were favourable and a large group of orcas had been found, what more could you ask for!
The T124A's plus others were found traveling north in a solid pod. These whales spend 80% or more of their time foraging, moving at a steady speed and listening for the sounds of any prey. Bigg's killer whales eat mostly harbour porpoises, but have been seen feasting on sea lions, porpoises, dolphins, other species of whales, sea birds, and even land mammals such as deer or moose!
The T124A's are a pod of six killer whales, mostly females. The matriarch and the grandma, T124A, was born in 1984. Her oldest daughter, T124A1, mostly travels separately from the group and was seen last week on one of our tours with the T86A's. Her second oldest daughter, T124A2, was born in 2001 and in 2013 had her first calf.
Seeing these whales in their matriarchal lines, their family trees, makes the encounter so much more special. Killer whales are incredibly social, playful, and intelligent animals who rely on their families for survival. When T124A2A was born it had both its mom and grandma there to teach it how to breathe, swim, eat, and vocalize. Family really is the most important thing in killer whale societies!