June 29th - T37A Family near Gabriola!
What a fun day with the T37A family! We stayed in the Gulf islands archipelago for the entire day while travelling with these whales as they headed north past beautiful Gabriola island.
Transient (Bigg's) orca live in matriarchal societies, which means they travel with their maternal family. However, once a female has her own offspring, she typically begins to spend less time with her mother and begins to travel separately with her own sons and/or daughters.
The T37A family is a great example of this occurence. Now that she has several of her own offspring, T37A usually travels separately from her own mother (T37). Why do transient (Bigg's) orca do this? It's thought that smaller groups make for stealthier hunters! So it's likely that branching off into family groups with fewer members allows these whales to keep quieter while hunting their prey.
Thanks to those who joined us for this spectacular experience with the T37A pod. We've had great success watching healthy pods of orca like this family, and we can't wait to see what the rest of the season brings!
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