Back in Tofino: Bigg's Killer Whales T109B's, T109C's and Lone Bull T065A2

Back in Tofino: Bigg's Killer Whales T109B's, T109C's and Lone Bull T065A2

Yesterday was a great day for Killer Whale sightings for our guides in Tofino! In the morning Howie Tom picked up the T109B’s and T109C’s at Cleland Island. These two gangs spent the afternoon slowly making their way to Lennard Light eating many seals along the way. These two gangs are the offspring of T109 (aka Big Momma) and are frequent visitors to Clayoquot Sound.

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Big Momma! Transient Killer Whale T109 in Tofino!!

Big Momma! Transient Killer Whale T109 in Tofino!!

Big Momma! T109 (born in the mid 1970’s) is a frequent visitor to Clayoquot Sound. This matriarch is a mother to 4 daughters and 1 son plus Grandmother/Great Grandmother to 13 offspring. She was in Tofino yesterday with T109D, T109D1 and T109E. Yesterday was our first encounter with her since T109B and T109C split off with their offspring.

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Finally! The T109A's come back to Clayoquot Sound with T097!

Finally! The T109A's come back to Clayoquot Sound with T097!

This morning John and I were going to head out to try and photograph Blue Sharks but our plans changed when we got word that there were 9 Bigg’s Killer Whales off Lennard Light. The T109A’s, now a gang of eight, were back! They had not been photographed in our waters since winter. This gang is locally known as The Runaways and they are frequent visitors to the Tofino area. The gang had a bull with them today. T097, who was born in 1980, has only been photographed in our area once in 2011. We were excited to photograph a new to us Killer Whale and use the new DFO Photo-Identification catalogue! The Killer Whales spent most of the day slowing moving up the coast killing several seals along the way.

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Minke Whales & Humpback Whales off Tofino

Minke Whales & Humpback Whales off Tofino

We have had fantastic Whale sightings over the past week in Tofino.

Guests on our tours have been able to see Minke Whales a few miles off Lennard Light. Minke Whales are the second smallest baleen whale. The Minke Whale is does not give us as much surface time as other whales. It breathes three to five times at short intervals before 'deep-diving' for two to 20 minutes. Deep dives are preceded by a pronounced arching of the back.

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BIGG'S KILLER WHALES: T075B's, T075C's and T037A1 were in Tofino the past two days!

BIGG'S KILLER WHALES: T075B's, T075C's and T037A1 were in Tofino the past two days!

Yesterday we got word that 6 Killer Whales were making their way into Templar Channel. We met up with the Killer Whales as they were making their way through the Channel into the Tofino Harbour. They swam through the harbour and up Browning Passage. We identified the whales as the T075B, T075B2, T075B3, T075C, T075C1 and T037A1. They were last seen last night in the Bedwell.

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Tofino Bear Watching - $10 Off Special

Tofino Bear Watching - $10 Off Special

Bear Watching in Tofino is in full swing! We are seeing many Black Bears on our daily Bear Watching Tours. So far this season we have observed 5 new Black Bear Cubs in Fortune and Gunnar Inlets. For the month of June we are offering a $10 off coupon for Adult Rate Bear Watching Tour guests! When you check out on our website use the code bears10 to receive your $10 off discount.

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