August 29th - T36's traveling in the Strait of Georgia

August 29th was another great day with the orcas. The morning tour set out at 10:30 and visited with the T36B's in the Strait of Georgia. They were traveling and doing quite deep, long dives and then coming up for big breaths of fresh air.

 T36B1 "Bhotia" surfaces for a breath. Photo by Val Watson

T36B1 "Bhotia" surfaces for a breath. Photo by Val Watson

 Photo by Val Watson

Photo by Val Watson

 Some of the T65A's traveling near Saltspring Island. Photo by Val Watson

Some of the T65A's traveling near Saltspring Island. Photo by Val Watson

 Look at that baby face! Photo by Val Watson

Look at that baby face! Photo by Val Watson

 

The afternoon tour took us to a different group of whales, some of the T65A'. This pod welcomed a new calf earlier this spring and we are all still adjusting to how quickly it's grown! Female killer whales carry their calves for 16-17 months and then nurse for 1-2 years before teaching them how to hunt for marine mammals. This young whale is busy drinking mom's milk and growing while mom is busy guiding around her other offspring and finding enough food for herself. Not an easy life for a killer whale!

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While our vessel was on scene with this family they in the midst of a possible hunt. Sometimes it can be tricky to know if they are hunting or not because so much of it takes place underwater. You know for sure they are feeding if you see gulls come down to grab the scraps!

 T65A2 was born in 2004 and his fin is going through a sprouting stage right now. Photo by Val Watson

T65A2 was born in 2004 and his fin is going through a sprouting stage right now. Photo by Val Watson

 Campers at Ruckle Park got quite the show! Photo by Val Watson

Campers at Ruckle Park got quite the show! Photo by Val Watson

Here are some of best photos of the day taken by our crew. We are still booking daily trips at 10:30am and 3:30pm every day!

 Here is the newest addition, growing up so fast! Photo by Val Watson

Here is the newest addition, growing up so fast! Photo by Val Watson

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