Holy Crow!!! Part of L pod is back in town…it is amazing how quick things can change. S sub group of L pod was seen traveling down from Nanaimo, BC heading towards Porlier Pass by Galiano Island. All we know is that 12-15 animals from L pod were present. We chose on our afternoon tour to go north towards this group of critters, as our other option was to view the three Transient killer whales from this mornings trip, with a whole lot of boats, and deteriorating weather conditions.
What a great choice!! L pod seemed to be in a semi-resting pattern (debatable!), so i was told when arriving on scenc…I have to disagree. They were swimming at a fairly steady 4-5 knots & increasingly getting closer to shore, and definitely in a tight group. Awesome!
After a period of about 20 minutes, they lit up the burners and began porpoising through the water very quickly, with random Spyhops and tail slaps. This pace was maintained for about 3-40 minutes—incredible endurance the orca. With several breaches, more spyhopping, tail slapping, tail lobbing, etc…our passengers were blessed with this spectacular display of grace, strength, and raw power.
What was that….a New born killer whale! WONDERFUL NEWS! This little bright orange, and black killer whale calf was keeping pace with the rest of the family by ‘drafting’ closely next to several adults. I must admit I was very excited! The lighting was difficult to confirm who in L pod I was viewing, but best educated guess would be the L-26 sub pod with: L91. L92, L47, to name a few…Moonlight included, Marina, Baba, Nigel & Cruiser.
Everyone was in AWE driving home, then mother nature decided to wake everyone up with 4 foot seas off the waterfront—>no problem for Goldwing, she sliced through the waves like a hot knife through butter. Truly enjoyable! The first time we have seen L pod since about January.Brett Soberg
(Captain/owner) Eagle Wing Whale Watching Tours Beautiful British Columbia, Vancouver Island, Victoria
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