Saturday, June 30, 2012
Thursday, June 28, 2012
During the morning and early afternoon J-pod had continued to move north towards Active Pass, but thankfully the T75's had popped into the area and we caught up with them near Whale Rock:)
This group had first been spotted north of Friday Harbour and had moved south west throughout the morning. When we arrived on scene we did witness one possible kill close to shore. Then the Orcas moved off-shore and were in obvious foraging mode.
We left them a few miles South East of the Salmon Bank marker, aiming towards Puget Sound.
On our way home we showed our guests some of the Harbor Seals that are a main prey animal for Transient Orcas. We also saw a couple of Bald Eagles at Trial Island!
Here area few images from this morning's encounter with J-pod in Haro Strait. We received a report early this morning that J-pod had been sighted in Haro Strait Slowly moving north.
When we arrived on scene the Orcas were just north of Kelp Reef and were in resting formation. When Orcas sleep they gather closely together and surface & dive in synchronicity! It is a very graceful & peaceful movement to observe and can be seen at any time in the day. Only half of an Orcas brain is asleep when they are resting, he other half stays awake and ensures they come to the surface to breath. They can also then stay aware of what is around them.
On our way home we stopped off at the Chain Islets and showed our guests the many Harbor Seals hauled out on the rocks.When we arrived in the Harbour we even saw a Raccoon fishing:)