July 13th - Whale soup!
On July 13th we left the harbour in search of some whales and our efforts did not go to waste. We found a pod of orca, the T077s right outside of Nanaimo at Entrance island! Entrance island is home to many seals and sea lions so its not surprising that we would find a pod of our transient, mammal eating orca here.
The T077s consist of 5 whales: The matriarch T077 “Asja”, T077B “The Church”, T077C “Neftali”, T077D “ Alcyon”, and T077E. These five travelled all the way from Entrance island across the strait of Georgia to Howe Sound during the day, which gave different viewing experience for the morning trip vs the afternoon trip.
The humpbacks between trips were different as well. In the morning we found two humpback whales just outside of the Gabriola Reefs. Out of these two whales only one was identified and it was BCX1057 “Divot” along with one unknown. After that we found KEX0026 “Slice” close to Gabriola Pass. This whale can easily be identified by the large slice taken out by a propeller just behind its dorsal fin. This happened last year, and we were one of the first companies to see it after the initial incident. Here are some photos showing how the damage has healed over the last year.
In the afternoon trip we were crossing the Strait of Georgia to go see the T077s in Howe Sound when another couple of humpbacks surfaced near our boats! After watching for a few surfaces we continued on our way to the T077s.
It was an amazing day out on the water getting to see so many whales and a ton of other wildlife. Here are some more pictures from the day taken by our Naturalists on board the trips.
Book a trip with us to see your own whales and wildlife! Call our office today 1-250-667-5177 or book on our website!
See a whale or your next tour is free!