We set out this morning on our 9.00am tour and headed east towards San Juan Island in search of the resident Orcas. Once we arrived off San Juan we realised our search was going to be difficult due to thick fog, but we were determined to find the Orcas. Just as we thought we were going to be out of luck our Naturalist Marie, spotted Orcas and she became the hero of the day! Despite the fog and chilly weather we had a great time watching several of Lpod including L73 "Flash", a large male born in 1986.
In the afternoon we headed back towards Salmon bank and found Lpod spread out over a very wide area. We observed a research vessel following one of the Lpod males trying to catch samples as the animal exhaled.
On the way over to Salmon Bank we saw a Minke Whale pop up near a Bait Ball. Then we spotted a large group of Dalls Porpoise and were ecstatic when the Dalls popped up in our bow wake and put on an amazing show.
When we left the Orcas near Heine Bank we headed over to the Chain Islands and saw several Harbor Seals, Cormorants and Harlequin Ducks.
As if all this exciting encounters had not been enough, when we arrived back in the Harbor we were greeted by a Heron sitting on the dock!