Marcus spotted something in the water – a huge dorsal fin, then another, and we could not believe our eyes as we saw five killer whales, possibly Bigg’s killer whales.
We even spotted a little one with a much smaller dorsal fin.
This was the second time we saw them today which felt somehow surreal.
We came to see harbour porpoises and did absolutely not expect to see killer whales that close, especially as we had seen them at Stanley Park earlier today.
In between our morning and evening commitments, we spent a lovely afternoon at Whytecliff Park where we saw lots of harbour seals and various birds, among them seagulls and several majestic bald eagles.
But after a while all wildlife seemed to be disappearing. Everything became eerily quiet, and we had no idea why…
Marcus was lucky to be among all the early ones that ran down to the seawall to see a pod of killer whales swim by. Luckily he found me a bit later, and we tried to follow them on their way towards Lions Gate Bridge and past that.
Unfortunately, they were pretty far away, and with only a phone we could not get a decent picture…
But we saw them which was so amazing! Simply unbelievable!
In the late afternoon we went to Whytecliff Park, our new favourite location to spot harbour porpoises. We invited some friends to come along in the hope to show them some harbour porpoises in the wild.
After some waiting we finally spotted some dorsal fins – but these looked different.
And yes, we saw three Pacific white-sided dolphins swimming by and foraging.
This was the first time we had seen dolphins in that area. Wow!
As a special treat, a single harbour porpoise came swimming along some time later as well which was pretty amazing.
We all had a fantastic time and will come back to spot more porpoises – hopefully.