What an amazing start to spring it has been! With sightings reports every day, there has been so much excitement on the water! All throughout the Salish Sea has shown an abundance of marine wildlife from Transient and even Resident Orcas to a humpback sighting and some Greys! We've seen Staller and California Sea Lions, Harbour seals, Elephant Seals, Bald Eagles, Cormorants, and a plethora of other sea birds, not to mention the warm weather and sunshine didn’t hurt either!
We’ve had sightings of some “lost” Grey Whales within the Southern Gulf islands and Puget Sound, likely finding food sources on their migration north. Some Transient Orcas have also taken notice and have been caught taunting a few of their young. So far no reports of any attacks.
Amazingly early in the year we were astounded to welcome K pod home to their local waters. There have been several reports of playful and feeding activity. Could this mean an early start for the Residents’ return this year? I guess the Salmon stocks will be the tell-tale sign.
Earlier in the month we had the pleasure of joining the University of Victoria's Whale Lab for the 2014 Marine Naturalist Course. This program was put on by some wonderful instructors and some very informative guest speakers. We’re excited to be using some new education material in our Marine Education Center this summer.