September 19th - Transient's travelling along Valdes Island!
Today we departed from the Nanaimo Harbour on a beautiful sunny day! Before our search for whales, we stopped at Entrance Island to see the harbour seals. As usual, there were so many of them hauled out on the rocks, with a few in the waters swimming near our boats.
We began our search heading southeast towards the Gabriola Reef. We stopped for a quick visit with the steller sea lions on the buoy and while there, saw a big blow in the distance! Making our way closer and scanning for a bit, we had a humpback engaging in some shallow dives. However, not long after we heard reports of orcas right near us and heading our way, as the humpback left the area we made our way to the orcas.
The transients were travelling northwest along the coast of Valdes Island, pointed towards Gabriola Reefs. As we watched them travel and mill around, we identified the group as T18 and T19s.
During our visit, two more orcas were travelling towards us. Before we headed out, we spent a few minutes watching them surface not to o far from the three we were watching.
On our way home, we went through Gabriola Reefs and Pylades Channel where we stopped at Miami Island to see another group of harbour seals hauled out on the rocks.
Take a look at some more shots from today’s trip below!! We’re still running tours at 11:00 am daily, you can book yours online or over the phone :)