August 24th- Killer whales on both sides of the Straight!
Today, after weeks of smoky, hazy weather, it was a day full of clear blue skies. We could even see all the way across the straight of Georgia, to the mainland and Sunshine coast! This morning we decided to go this direction, and into Howe sound, where we found 4 orca!
On our way back from our time with these 4, the T100s, we stopped by Snake Island to see the harbour porpoises.
In the afternoon, we changed our route, and went south, through Dodd narrows, and continued this direction until we entered the straight through Active pass, which is located between Galiano Island and Mayne Island. When we came upon theT101 and T102 killer whales we could see that they were having a snack. You know what this means! After chow time, it was time to CELEBRATE!
After a quick celebration, it was back to business, so they began to travel north. As they continued North, the two sons began separating from their mother and the lone male, T102, who is potentially her first born son.
On the way back to the harbour, one of our boats, Cascadia, spotted a humpback! Identified as "Scratchy," we think this is the first time this whale has been spotted this season!
Continuing on our way to the harbour we stopped by a buoy loaded with sleeping stellar sea lions. Some of these animals had just been swimming, which is why they look dark and glossy. How many sea lions can you spot?