August 30th - Humpbacks, orcas, porpoises, what more could you want?!
Cascadia set off the dock at 10:30am and again at 3:30pm and both tours were extremely successful with finding wildlife! Right off the bat, in Porlier Pass, our boat encountered some elusive harbour porpoises before heading out into the Strait of Georgia for some whales.
Just 15 minutes later we arrived on scene with a huge group of 10-12 killer whales! When multiple groups of transient killer whales travel and socialize together we call it a "T-Party", and this was most certainly a spectacular T-Party!
The T99's, T101's, and T124's were breaching, hunting, and vocalizing while making their way through the Strait. If the conditions are good and the whales aren't moving too quickly, we can lower a hydrophone into the water to check for any signs of communication between the whales. During this tour, we were so lucky, and we could hear all these whales vocalizing with their array of whistles and clicks!
In the afternoon our boat headed back into the Strait to spend some time with the T101's, some local favourites. It's always incredible to see how tall and straight a bull killer whale's dorsal fin is!
Pretty soon after our orca encounter, humpback whales "Quattro/Heather" and "Raptor" were found. Our boat got to spend some quality time with these whales and were able to see both whales fluke to confirm their identities. Our guests were even lucky (?) enough to see a giant humpback whale poop next to the boat! Hey, it's nature!
Here are some more of the best photos taken on August 30th by our crew.