We spent most of today’s trip in Blackfish Sound- and it turned out that this afternoon the name “Blackfish Sound “ was very fitting as we were incredibly lucky to view around 15 mammal-eating killer whales on this afternoon’s trip! At the beginning of our trip we found Domino the humpback in the middle of Weynton Pass, taking short dives and travelling unpredictably in the tides. Just as we were moving away from Domino we were surprised by a report of four Bigg’s (marine mammal eating) killer whales entering Blackfish Sound. We easily found these whales just off the east end of Hanson Island. There were quite a few humpback whales in the area who knew these killer whales were around as well- we saw one humpback in the distance breach at least five times in a row. As we were watching these killer whales we noticed that one animal had part of a Dall’s porpoise in its mouth. These whales were travelling rapidly to the west, though some were tail-slapping and spy hopping. We dropped our hydrophone (underwater microphone) and were incredibly fortunate to hear these killer whales vocalizing! As Bigg’s killer whales hunt marine mammals, prey which is able to hear them quite well, they tend to remain quieter than their fish-eating counterparts- though today they were vocalizing. As we were watching these whales we noticed more rounding the corner of Hanson Island. In total we counted around fifteen individuals separated into three smaller groups of varying size. In addition to our incredible luck seeing killer whales, we also saw lots of Dall’s porpoise, Pacific white-sided dolphins, harbour seals, and bald eagles. One of our guests remarked as we were heading back to Telegraph Cove that there were no words to describe how fantastic our trip was- and indeed it was an incredible afternoon on the water.
Captain Wayne’s Quote of the Day
“Friendship is a plant which must be often watered.” – Anonymous
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