Orcas (killer whales) can be identified on an individual basis due to natural markings and differences in fin shape. Dorsal fins that vary in shape and size often have unique nicks or scars. The saddle patch behind the dorsal fin also varies from in shape, size, color and scarring. This male orca is a member of the northern resident community, which are most often seen during the summer months in the area of western Johnstone Strait and Queen Charlotte Strait, off northeastern Vancouver Island. This orca watching area adjacent to Grizzly Bear Lodge is also the home of humpback whales, which along with the orca are normally viewed on a daily basis.
This was one of those rare times when the sealions were actually resting and not roaring and climbing over each other. But if you look closely you do not see any young sealions only the adults. It is the young that come out of the water and want to move to the top of the rock what cause all the problems and noise. The quiet only lasted five minutes and it turned to chaos and better opportunities for photos of roaring sealions.
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