Aug 17th- Orcas celebration in the strait of Georgia!

Once again, our morning trip was wildly different than our afternoon trip! In the morning we headed south through Dodd's Narrows and out into the straight through Porlier Pass, where we found 9 jubilant transient orcas! 

 Can you spot all 5 orcas in this shot? Photo by Val Watson - 10:30 tour.

Can you spot all 5 orcas in this shot? Photo by Val Watson - 10:30 tour.

 T46 (left) and her 18 year old offspring, T46D (right) surfacing. Photo by Val Watson - 10:30 tour.

T46 (left) and her 18 year old offspring, T46D (right) surfacing. Photo by Val Watson - 10:30 tour.

 2 members surfacing at different stages. Photo by Val Watson - 10:30 tour.

2 members surfacing at different stages. Photo by Val Watson - 10:30 tour.

These orcas were incredibly active, milling as they showed off their tail slaps, rolls, breaches, headstands! While we cannot be positive why they were so celebratory, we suspect that it was because one of the males, T46D, had just returned from spending 2 days traveling solo. 

 Mid tail slap. Photo by Jenna Keen - 10:30 tour.

Mid tail slap. Photo by Jenna Keen - 10:30 tour.

 T46E (15 year old male) surfacing. Photo by Val Watson - 3:30 tour.

T46E (15 year old male) surfacing. Photo by Val Watson - 3:30 tour.

In the afternoon, we visited the same whales, however by this time they had already crossed the straight of Georgia, and were headed North, FAST. While we were mesmerized by them they never slowed, and we were traveling at about 8 knots in an effort to keep up with them. 

 Action shot of an orca cartwheel! Photo by Val Watson - 10:30 tour.

Action shot of an orca cartwheel! Photo by Val Watson - 10:30 tour.

 Once you see an orca breach, you'll never forget it! Photo by Jenna Keen - 10:30 tour.

Once you see an orca breach, you'll never forget it! Photo by Jenna Keen - 10:30 tour.

 Defying gravity. Photo by Jenna Keen - 10:30 tour.

Defying gravity. Photo by Jenna Keen - 10:30 tour.

Just before we left these animals, they turned abruptly into Howe sound, and continued on their way. 

Check out the video below (courtesy of one of our boat captains - Mike Campbell) of the orcas surfacing as well as many more incredible shots from the days trips! Don't forget to book your whale watching trip with us before the season is up, we can't wait to have you on board!

 T46 surfaces, notice her two nicks? Photo by Val Watson - 3:30 tour.

T46 surfaces, notice her two nicks? Photo by Val Watson - 3:30 tour.

 T46E surfaces in front of the Vancouver skyline. Photo by Jenna Keen - 3:30 tour.

T46E surfaces in front of the Vancouver skyline. Photo by Jenna Keen - 3:30 tour.

 Great shot during the beginning of a surface! Photo by Jenna Keen - 10:30 tour.

Great shot during the beginning of a surface! Photo by Jenna Keen - 10:30 tour.

 Two orcas giving the passengers a wave with their flukes! Photo by Val Watson - 10:30 tour. 

Two orcas giving the passengers a wave with their flukes! Photo by Val Watson - 10:30 tour. 

 What a shot! Fluke wave photo by Val Watson - 10:30 tour.

What a shot! Fluke wave photo by Val Watson - 10:30 tour.

 Three orcas at the surface. Photo by Val Watson - 3:30 tour.

Three orcas at the surface. Photo by Val Watson - 3:30 tour.

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