The First Time I Saw Killer Whales! – 28/4/16

The first time I saw killer whales was on April 28th 2016. I was travelling in Canada with my father and one of the things I really wanted to do was whale watching, so we went out on a tour with company in Richmond (Vancouver Whale Watch).

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L87 “Onyx”

It took more than one hour to get to the whales and when we arrived a lot of them started breaching! The guide of our tour told us that they were Southern Resident Killer Whales, the fish eaters and not Transient killer whales, the mammal eaters. I did not know that there were two types of killer whales living close to Vancouver and they do not feed on the same things.

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It was amazing to see these wonderful animals enjoying their freedom. We followed them for 1-2 hours when they were heading southeast between the islands on the eastside of Vancouver Island.

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On the way back to Richmond, I looked into an ID-guide and tried to identify the whales from my photos. I was amazed how much information there was about these whales and how they could be identified. The killer whale that came the closest to our boat was L-87 “Onyx”, after comparing my photos with the photos in the ID-guide. It was an amazing day and I had a new passion: killer whales!

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-Tom

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