Monday, June 07, 2010

Breathtaking evening encounter with J-pod! June 5th, 2010.

Here are just a small sample of picture from this evenings incredible encounter with J-pod!

Ron Bates, MMRG, had been tracking the progress of J-pod throughout the day as they had been reported south of Vancouver in the morning traveling south. We had encountered a number of Transient Orcas earlier in the day but they had moved out of our area by late in the afternoon. So as we prepared for our evening trip our only hope was that J-pod would continue to come south within our reach. Just as we left the harbour with both our vessels full of excited passengers we heard news that J-pod was just north of Turn Point heading south:)

As we arived on scene just north of Kellett Bluffs we could see J16 "Slick" and her offspirng, J26 "Mike", J33 "Keet", J36 "Alki" and J42 who was born in May 2007! The Orcas were making their way south and as we sat and watched we could see the Orcas porpoising (high speed swimming). We also witnessed several spyhops, tailslaps, breaches and a number of incredible cartwheels as the Orcas played around:)

On our way home we had an awesome sunset, which was the perfect end to another marvelous day on the Salish Sea!

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