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Fall Is In the Air

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Fall is fast approaching and with it our fall hours have come. All of our boats are now departing daily at 11am. We have two open-air vessels and one semi-covered vessel to choose from.

Despite the fact that our season will shortly be at an end, the whales and the weather have been spectacular! We have had some great encounters with our Southern Resident Orca as they follow the salmon in towards the Fraser River. All three of the Resident pods have been seen together on a few occasions, gathering in what we like to call a SuperPod! We have been excited beyond words to see that Granny (J2), who is estimated to be 102 years old this year, is still around and kicking! However we have also been saddened by the loss of one of our L-pod males. Skana (L79) was seen earlier in the season with his family but a short while later, as all the members of our Southern Residents came into the area, he was missing. The Southern Resident population now totals 81 individuals.

Our Transient or Bigg’s Orca, the marine mammal eating variety, have offered us some exciting experiences as well. We have seen them take down Harbour Seals and Harbour Porpoises on many occasions. After feeding, these whales are often seen celebrating their success! These whales have thrilled us with all sorts of behaviours from hunting to breaching!

We had a very exciting streak of seeing whales for 32 days straight!!! Southern Resident Orca, Transient (Bigg’s) Orca and Humpback whales! Steller Sea Lions are back in the area too, adding to the incredible diversity of wildlife we get to see. Fall may be in the air but there is still so much to see!!!

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