September 22nd - Transient orca near Neck Point

Cascadia and Keta started searching at 11am and found killer whales not too long after leaving the dock! A pod of about 4 transient killer whales were found just north of Nanaimo near Neck Point. The group was made up of mature females and some juveniles. They were first seen porpoising, which is when a whale or dolphin swims so fast it is more efficient for them to jump out of the water and travel through the air. Small species of dolphins are most well known for swimming this way but it is evermore impressive to see a killer whale do it!

After spending time with this family of orca, our boats continued on to other wildlife. The California sea lions have finally come back up north! We haven’t seen these guys for a month and a half as they’ve been summering down south along the California coast line. Great to have these charismatic pinnipeds back in our waters.

Here are some of the best wildlife photos taken by our crew on the 22nd. We are still running daily tours at 11am!

 Photo by Rodrigo Menezes

Photo by Rodrigo Menezes

 Photo by Rodrigo Menezes

Photo by Rodrigo Menezes

 Photo by Rodrigo Menezes

Photo by Rodrigo Menezes

 Photo by Rodrigo Menezes

Photo by Rodrigo Menezes

 Photo by Rodrigo Menezes

Photo by Rodrigo Menezes

 A young whale surfaces quickly. Photo by Rodrigo Menezes

A young whale surfaces quickly. Photo by Rodrigo Menezes

 Photo by Rodrigo Menezes

Photo by Rodrigo Menezes

 Photo by Rodrigo Menezes

Photo by Rodrigo Menezes

 The Cali’s are back! Photo by Rodrigo Menezes

The Cali’s are back! Photo by Rodrigo Menezes

 Photo by Val Watson

Photo by Val Watson

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