August 10th - T065A2 "Ooxjaa" and a whole lot of Humpbacks!
On August 10th we were lucky enough to find a single male orca, T065A2 “Ooxjaa” travelling through the Strait of Georgia and into the Southern gulf islands as well as 6 other humpbacks whales spread throughout the area!
T065A2 “Ooxjaa” has been travelling away from the rest of his family for the last few weeks, spending at first some time with his aunt and other members of the T065Bs then heading out solo. It is possible that he may still be in contact with the rest of his family through vocalizations underwater which can travel quite the far distance or he might simply be taking a break from his family. He is a 15 year old male which means he is coming into the age where he might be looking for mates but we haven’t been seeing him travelling with any other groups yet.
After spending some time with Ooxjaa we also came across some humpback whales who have been hanging out in the Strait of Georgia lately. There was BCX0870 “Scoop”, BCX1057 “Divot”, BCX1193 “Slate” and her calf, BCY0160 “Heather”, BCY0324 “Big Momma”, and BCX1251 “Orion”. These animals are here feeding in our nutrient rich waters and right now are spread all across the Salish Sea. We got plenty of amazing photos from the day, which you can check out below.