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Orcas near Cadboro Bay

The Cadboro Bay coastline has been the site of multiple Orca sightings. The dramatic video footage below was captured by a local resident, from their deck overlooking Haro Strait.

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) Canada encourages reporting of Orca and other Cetacean sightings (link).  Due to their declining population status, an understanding of their distribution and abundance is crucial to conservation efforts.

Recent declines in the killer whale population are linked to threats such as toxic pollution, and noise and disturbance from boat traffic. Killer whales also fundamentally rely on healthy populations of salmon – particularly Chinook – which are declining across the Salish Sea. Learn more about orcas, and DFO’s protection measures here.

Another local resident provided photos of the Transient Biggs orcas (captured through a zoom lens), as they were heading toward Sidney through Haro Strait. Other marine mammals recognize Biggs Killer Whales as a feared predator.

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