Men's Lacrosse Finds Orcas, Humpback Whale In British Columbia Trek

May 31, 2015

VICTORIA, British Columbia - Loyola University Maryland men's lacrosse spent its first full day in Victoria, the provincial capital of British Columbia, by heading out on the water for whale watching.

The Greyhounds, who are on a one-week tour of Vancouver and Victoria, zipped across Juan de Fuca Straight at 30-plus knots in inflatable-hull boats to look for wildlife native to the area.

In the shadows of the State of Washington's Olympic Mountain Range, players, coaches and staff found orcas (killer whales), a humpback whale, porpoise and several kinds of seals (including an elephant seal that appeared to weight more than 1,000 pounds sunning itself on a rock).

Less than a half-hour into their trip, the guides led the group to a pod of killer whales that appeared to number six to eight. The whales swam at the water line and above for long amounts of time, allowing for plenty of viewing opportunities.

After the whales continued their journey -- swimming into United States water -- the group turned around and looked for more species. Soon, the guides brought them to another spot where a humpback whale had been reported. The group was able to see the whale jump almost all the way out of the water on two occasions before it disappeared below the surface for several minutes.

At Race Rock Island, where a lighthouse surrounded by swirling currents, several kinds of seals -- monk seals, harbor seals and elephant seals -- on the surrounding rocks.

The Greyhounds will play their final game of the trip on Monday against a local team from Victoria. Follow the team on Twitter @LoyolaMLAX for more on the trip.