Sunshine and zodiac tours watching transient Orcas - what a perfect start to this Sunday!
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This afternoon we set out on the Orca Spirit boat with high spirits, hoping to find whales and other amazing marine life. We made a turn towards the west as we left the harbour and cruised along the beautiful shorelines of Vancouver Island. We made it all the way to East Sooke when we were surprised by the sight of black dorsal fins slicing the water's surface! They were a group of 4 Transient Orcas!! Transient Orcas hunt mammals like seals, porpoises and sea lions. We were captivated by the presence of a female and her 3 offspring, including a new calf which still had its peachy colour where orcas are normally white. The peach colour appears on all newborn calves, eventually fading to white within 6 to 12 months. The Transient Orca population is listed as threatened, so every new addition to the population is very important and exciting. The calf remained by his or her's mother' side allowing the calf to use its mother's slip-stream to swim more easily through the water. The whales seemed to be traveling and searching their environment for food. The group eventually split into two but remained in close proximity. Identification was not easy but we believe it was the T100 matriline. Transients travel in one matriline rather than in large pods as they need to sneak up on their prey, so they can't be in large numbers.