August 18th - Killer whales to the north, killer whales to the south
Our vessels Cascadia and Keta departed the dock at 10:30am towards reports of killer whales in both Howe Sound and in the San Juan Islands.
Keta had a wet and wild ride as they headed across the Strait of Georgia to the northeast to visit with some of the T124's and T87. Upon arrival our guests were treated to many fins, including a crowd favourite, T87. This male travels on his own and is often seen with the T90's, however today he was with T124D's and T124A1. His fin is distinguishably by the chunk that is missing at the very top.
Cascadia headed south to visit with the T2C family pod of 5 killer whales. T2C, the matriarch named "Tasu", was born in 1989 and is a mother of 4. Her eldest, "Rocky"/T2C1, was born in 2002 and already has a huge tall and straight dorsal fin. When he surfaced guests watched in awe as the loud breath was heard and his fin sliced through the water.
Tasu's second eldest, "Tumbo"/T2C2, was born in 2005 and has scoliosis, resulting in a severely twisted spine. Nonetheless, the family has stuck together and helped this guy out over the years. On August 19th they were seen actively foraging along Parker Reef where the high tide forced the harbour seals into the water. T2C3/"Lucy" was there to assist and T2C4 "Dynamite" was traveling close to mom learning her hunting strategies.
We're still running daily tours on both of our open boats at 10:30am and 3:30pm. It's not too late to get onboard for an adventure!