October 1, 2009

With the whale watching season slowing down, Captain Craig and I were racking our brains for boats that may be going out to try and view the orcas. As we were boarding the boat, Captain Craig informed us that while I was gathering the guests he had heard word of Transient orcas off of Victoria. However, there were also small craft warning in the Haro Strait.

Captain Craig decided to head north around the island and than make a decision once we rounded Henry Island. Once we hit Kellet Bluff, off of Henry Island, we decided to GO FOR IT and hightailed it toward Victoria.

We crashed and thrashed through 1-3 foot swells - all of the guests were luckily up for the adventure. We caught up with three transients (T10, T10B and one I couldn't ID) by Trial Island off of Victoria. We followed them into the Haro Strait, where they went this way and that. Although transients are often harder to view then the residents, our boat was lucky to get some fantastic views of these three animals. I love seeing transients and was ecstatic to see orcas on my last day aboard the MV Sea Lion this season!

Until next season!
Ashley, Naturalist

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