Monday, June 14, 2010

Resident Orcas off San Juan Island! June 14th, 2010.

Here are just a few images from this afternoon's encounter with the Southern Resident Orcas off San Juan Island.

Last night I had heard calls on the Lime Kiln Hydrophone and so Ron Bates, MMRG, used this information to coordinate the search this morning. Around 10am Ron received reports that many Orcas had been seen near Discovery Island and it turned out to be J-pod with some members of K-pod:)

In the afternoon despite blustery conditions, we headed out and caught up with very active just north of Lime Kiln. Just as we arrived we witnessed a number of spectacular breaches, what a fantastic start to our encounter!

We also witnessed some tailslaps and spyhops, as well as more breaching but the most incredible moment was watching a group of Orcas train a youngster how to hunt for Salmon! As we watched all this incredible action we dropped our hydrophone in the water and listened to some great calls and eco-location, use of the Orcas biological sonar to locate the salmon..... It was breathtaking.

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