What can I say except that today was incredible. I overheard a woman onboard say "this is the best moment of my life" and well I can't say I blame her. Multiple breaches, cartwheels, tail slapping, milling, resting lines, speed porpoising. All of Lpod and Kpod were present. When we left them they were turning around and heading south. It's been 2.5 weeks since my last voyage and what a way to return.
Today 5 Star's morning trip headed north to Port Refrew area (Sooke) to see Lpod. Apparently they saw some great hunting action going on out there (I was not on the morning trip). During the afternoon trip, we headed over towards Lopez & San Juan Island as J's and K's were in the area. When we arrived, the animals were spread out into small groups. We had a wonderful eyefull as some of K pod swam past our bow. In that group we saw Leah (K14) and a calf (?) with Lobo (K26) - who rolled over on his left side and extended his pec befor splashing down and continuing on his way. Just further on he threw a few tail lobs and then he was gone. On the way home, we stopped in to look at a bald eagle who was perched on a log on Trial Island. So glad to be back out on the water. Has been about a week for me (due to cold).
We found part of J pod traveling in small tight groups south of san juan island. caught some tail slaps, breaches and speed porpoising. Also saw that the Cascadia team is out collecting fish samples from the orcas to learn more about their diets. On the way home we got word of 1 and more humpbacks not far off of the breakwater in Victoria so stopped in for a few minutes to check them out.