July 3rd - T99's in Howe Sound, T-Party in the Strait of Georgia
On Wednesday morning, we ventured across the Strait of Georgia to the beautiful area of Howe Sound. Bella (T99), Holly (T99B), Barakat (T99C), and T99D were busy travelling along and hunting the costal shores.
In the afternoon we travelled down to Active Pass where we were greeted by a T-Party (multiple pods of transient orca). Here we found the T36A’s, T37’s, T65A’s, and the T124’s just North of the pass. We got to see the pods socializing and breaching, and we were able to use our hydrophones (underwater hydrophones) to hear the pods vocalizing! Transients rarely vocalize (if you were a seal and you heard a big predator talking, would you want to stick around?) so hearing the pods mingle and socialize was awesome.
The afternoon pods were being very active on the surface. We had lots of tail slap action as they travelled up Galiano Island’s shoreline.
Our Naturalists got some great shots of the whales’ dorsal fins and saddle patches. With these pictures, we are able to identify individuals of the species!
Would you like to join us on a future tour? We have seen whales every trip since May 9th, and if you do not see a whale on your trip, you will receive another trip FREE! To book, please continue on our website or call (250) 667-5177 to book over the phone. We hope to see you out on the waters!