July 6th - Orcas in the Harbour!

Today we had a morning report of Orcas up in Howe Sound just north of Vancouver. So we jumped in our boats to head out when we spotted Cooper (T124C) in our Harbour! Cooper was traveling with his niece Elkugu’s pod. Elkugu is T124A2 and was with her two kids, Agafia (T124A2A) and T24A2B who doesn’t have a name yet.
They were busy hunting a seal near protection island and our naturalist Cheyenne was able to get a picture of some of the left overs!
After we left them in the morning they came further into the harbour to see our Dragon boat races before heading around Protection Island and up towards Neck Point where we found them in the afternoon!

Cooper (T124C) is such a handsome boy! Photo by Rebeka Pirker. (3:30)

Cooper (T124C) is such a handsome boy! Photo by Rebeka Pirker. (3:30)

T124A2 aka Elkugu the Matriarch of this pod! photo by Cheyenne Brewster. (10:30)

T124A2 aka Elkugu the Matriarch of this pod! photo by Cheyenne Brewster. (10:30)

T124A2B was born in 2016! Photo by Cheyenne Brewster. (10:30)

T124A2B was born in 2016! Photo by Cheyenne Brewster. (10:30)

Tail fins! Photo by Cheyenne Brewster. (10:30)

Tail fins! Photo by Cheyenne Brewster. (10:30)

Gore Warning!

Leftover Seal from the morning hunt! Photo by Cheyenne Brewster. (10:30)

Leftover Seal from the morning hunt! Photo by Cheyenne Brewster. (10:30)

One of the Harbour Seals spotted on Snake Island was wearing a satellite tag! These tags are often put on seals who had been captured for rehabilitation so they can monitor them when they are released. These tags are glued on with special glue to their fur and they fall off the next time the seal molts. We aren’t sure exactly why this seal has been tagged but it definitely makes him stand out in the crowed!

Tagged Seal hanging out on Snake Island! Photo by Cheyenne Brewster. (10:30)

Tagged Seal hanging out on Snake Island! Photo by Cheyenne Brewster. (10:30)

Nap Time!
Most of our Steller Sea Lions have migrated North to their breeding grounds and won’t return until next spring, but we found some stragglers on a marker just south of Gabriola Island!
This bunch had hauled themselves up and were trying to take a nap. Looks a bit crowded to me!
How many Sea Lions can you count?

Photo by Rebeka Pirker (3:30)

Photo by Rebeka Pirker (3:30)

Photo by Rebeka Pirker (3:30)

Photo by Rebeka Pirker (3:30)

Photo by Rebeka Pirker (3:30)

Photo by Rebeka Pirker (3:30)

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