September 7, 2020

Bigg's Killer Whales Swim into Haro Strait

Bigg's Killer Whales in Haro Strait

Olivia | M/V Sea Lion | September 7th, 2020 | 13:00

We left the dock today with no reports of whales in the area, a normal start with boats all leaving within the same hour out searching throughout the Salish Sea. Heading north towards boundary pass, we caught word through the Pacific Whale Watch Association of a family of Bigg’s Killer Whales on the Canadian side of north Haro Strait. Captain Pete decided to aim for that area in hopes we are lucky enough to be in the area with the off chance these black and white dolphins decide to cross the border.

Coming on scene, we realized someone on board had great luck sitting in their back pocket, because immediately they crossed into United States waters and we were able to get great looks of them from 200 yards away. They followed the boarder on our side heading north all the way to Turn Point Lighthouse when we finally said goodbye to the T065B’s.

Turning back south, we hugged the Stuart Island shoreline towards Spieden Island. At this island, formerly known as “Safari Island,” we watched Mouflon Sheep, Sika Deer, Fallow Deer, Harbor Seals, and a couple Bald Eagles. We were reminded once again that we are viewing strictly on the timeline of these wild animals, and as luck would have it, we were able to view a diversity of wildlife in their natural habitat, leaving the boat with nothing but smiles.