Sunday, July 11, 2010

Morning adventure with J, K & L-pod, plus a Gray Whale!

Here are just a few images from this morning's encounter with members of J, K & L-pod plus a Gray Whale.

We headed out to the West side of San Juan Island this morning after Ron Bates, MMRG, received reports that J-pod had been sighted near Turn point and moving fast. In fact by the time we caught up with J-pod they were already past Kellett Bluffs with the lead animals already by Lime Kiln Whale Park! We i.d. a number of Orcas including J1 Ruffles, J2 Granny (the oldest female Orca born in 1911), L7 "Canuck", J8 Spieden, J27 "Blackberry", J26 "Mike", J28 "Polaris and her new calf amongst others. We also identified K40 and K21, who have been hanging out with J-pod for a while now as the rest of K-pod seems to have stayed away from the Salish Sea.

As we watched the Orcas we saw some wonderful porpoising (high speed swimming), breaches, tailslaps and spyhops.

On our way home we stopped off in Oak Bay to show our passengers the Gray Whale that has made the bay its new home;)

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