Monday, October 10, 2011
Resident Orcas, Humpback Whales & Dall's Porpoise! Oct 8th, 2011
What an incredible day on the water with Southern Resident Orcas, 2 Humpback Whales and bow riding Dall's Porpoise all within a 2 mile area just north of Lime Kiln Lighthouse!
We had an almost full boat of excited passengers today eager to see some of the wonderful Marine Life that can be found in the Salish Sea and they were definitely not disappointed today:) Our first encounter was with group of Dall's Porpoise that charged over to our boat and began bow-riding, an incredible experience!
Next we headed just south Kelp Reef where we encountered a Mother & Calf Humpback Whale. This pairing have now been hanging out in the Salish Sea for almost 2 months preparing for their long journey to the warm waters of Hawaii or possibly the Baja peninsula.
Then we headed towards Lime Kin and a little north of Lime Kiln we encountered members of J & K-pod traveling along the west side of San Juan Island. We had some wonderful encounters and witnessed tail slaps, tail lobs, a couple of breaches, and spyhops:)
On our way home we stopped off at the Chain Islets to show our guests the Harbor Seals and various marine birds. We even saw a number of Bald Eagles today!