July 15th

On Sunday we saw two traveling Humpbacks, Quattro and Raptor, that have been seen together quite often in the last two weeks.

 Photo by Rodrigo Menezes. 

Photo by Rodrigo Menezes. 

The Humpbacks have usually been seen near the Apex, which is located near the border between Canada and the United States in the Georgia Strait. This may have been an important feeding area to them due to the plume of the Fraser River which brings in a lot of nutrients.!

 Photo by Rodrigo Menezes. 

Photo by Rodrigo Menezes. 

The flukes of the humpback, as well as it’s colouring and other markings, including scars, fill the same role as a finger print, allowing us to identify the whale.

This humpback is preparing to take a deep dive. Humpbacks can usually dive as deep as 200m and typically stay down for about 15 minutes, however they can stay down for up to 30 minutes

 Photo by Rodrigo Menezes. 

Photo by Rodrigo Menezes. 

The 124As were traveling through Active Pass, which is the strait separating Mayne Island and Galiano Island and fighting against strong currents. The size and strength of the orca makes it one of the fastest marine mammals, reaching speeds greater than 35 knots (65 km/h).

 Photo by Rodrigo Menezes. 

Photo by Rodrigo Menezes. 

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