The sunrise at Cattle Point in Oak Bay is often a beautiful sight but on Tuesday morning, some orcas made the view even more spectacular.
Mark Buyens captured a video of a pod of orcas at 5:45 a.m. close to Cattle Point.
Buyens, who goes to the area every morning for a coffee before work, said he could hear the orcas while it was still dark out. Once the sky lit up, the animals appeared in front of him at the second boat launch.
According to Buyens, the orcas were hunting for seals. This would make the orcas Bigg’s (transient) killer whales, which feed primarily on marine mammals. Their habitat overlaps that of their prey species, especially harbour seals, harbour porpoises, Steller sea lions, and Dall’s Porpoises.
Buyens also shared these photos of the orcas: