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Superpod of Orcas – June 21, 2015

June 21, 2015

These beautiful days just keep on coming! Flat calm waters and sunshine had everyone eager to be out on the water. Rumors of Killer whales had us speeding off to San Juan Island. We were not disappointed! K pod of the Southern Resident Killer whales where busy milling, proposing and breaching! So much great behaviour to observe. As we started to make our way back to Victoria we had to wait for 4 more members of K Pod to go proposing by. Not a bad finish to a stunning morning.

It was a gorgeous sunny afternoon as we made our way back to the shores of San Juan Island. We were met by superpod! This describes the days when members from all three resident pods (J,K, & L), meet up to socialize, feed, and mate. We watched in awe as Mega (L-41), cruised along the western shores with his sisters and 3 nieces and nephews! His sister Calypso is the mother of one of our 4 new calves! Mega is a doting Uncle and loves to swim close to his family. We also had a great time watching 5 year old Notch from J-pod chasing salmon and playing with his family. He got his name from a rectangle-shaped notch in the trailing edge of his dorsal fin. Notch is already getting to be much bigger than his cousin Star, who is the same age. Star is a female, so Notch will grow to be much bigger than her! The whales even breached out of the water, which took our breath away, and kept us looking for a repeat jump!

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