A Surprise Encounter with Orcas – 2/21

In February, I was on a walk with my mum and my dogs. We always stopped at the top of a certain hill because it gave us a great view of the ocean. I was more than half-expecting to see absolutely nothing, when I saw a disturbance in the water, and a telltale fin.

One of them jumped, and it was only a matter of time before I knew they were Orcas. My mum and I watched them for a good ten minutes when another group of people came by. They didn’t believe that they were orcas, and thought they were Dall’s Porpoises.

Low and behold it was actually the two species together, meaning that the orcas were residents. Fifteen minutes later, a group of four started swimming towards us and one went off in the distance.

I’m not an ID expert, but I’m 97% sure that they were Southern Residents, and the little one was a 2019 baby named Tofino. My sister and dad were at home the entire time and they missed it.


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