August 22nd - Many Killer whales in Howe Sound!

Wow we sure got lucky with whales in Howe Sound! After crossing the strait of Georgia, we were fortunate enough to find transient (Bigg's) orcas from FOUR different families, including T87, the T124s, the T124As, and the T90s! We've been seeing transient orcas team up more often in recent years, perhaps to hunt more successfully, as we witnessed with this group!

Check out the photos we snapped of these whales, and remember we offer daily whale watching tours departing from downtown Nanaimo! 

 All together! Photo by Rodrigo Menezes

All together! Photo by Rodrigo Menezes

 A surprise surface! If whales approach close to our vessels, we always turn off our engines. Photo by Rodrigo Menezes

A surprise surface! If whales approach close to our vessels, we always turn off our engines. Photo by Rodrigo Menezes

 Whales and ducks! Check out the sweet little mergansers swimming alongside the orcas. Photo by Rodrigo Menezes

Whales and ducks! Check out the sweet little mergansers swimming alongside the orcas. Photo by Rodrigo Menezes

 Here's T87 "Harbeson" coming up for air. His matriarchal pod is deceased, so he usually travels with the T90 pod, as we witnessed on this trip! Photo by Rodrigo Menezes

Here's T87 "Harbeson" coming up for air. His matriarchal pod is deceased, so he usually travels with the T90 pod, as we witnessed on this trip! Photo by Rodrigo Menezes

 T124A1 "Bonapartes" diving after a successful hunt! Photo by Rodrigo Menezes

T124A1 "Bonapartes" diving after a successful hunt! Photo by Rodrigo Menezes

 A harbour seal basking on the rocks with a few black oystercatchers popping by. Photo by Rodrigo Menezes

A harbour seal basking on the rocks with a few black oystercatchers popping by. Photo by Rodrigo Menezes

 The white markings on young orcas are darker than on adults because their blubber in much thinner. Photo by Alanna Vivani

The white markings on young orcas are darker than on adults because their blubber in much thinner. Photo by Alanna Vivani

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