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J, K & L Pod Orcas – July 10, 2015

July 10, 2015

We always say that we start whale watching the moment we leave the inner harbour. That couldn’t have been more true than this morning. Not 2 minutes out past the breakwater and we found over 20 Orca all grouped together in a resting formation. It was a big mix of our J and K pod killer whales of the southern residents. We spotted members such as J-19 Shachi with her new baby J-51. We got to spend lots of time watching two of the southern resident’s big males L-87 otherwise known as Onyx and K-26 otherwise known as Lobo. Such a treat seeing so many all so closely grouped together.

This afternoon we went speeding off to the west side of San Juan Island on another beautiful day in Victoria where we found the J’s and K’s of the southern residents once again. It seemed as though they had woken up and where ready to starting forging and socializing. They had spread themselves out and where getting busy with tail slapping, spy hopping, and breaching. Everywhere we look we had killer whales! It was smiles all round as we headed back for Victoria.

On our 3 pm tour today, we headed east towards San Juan Island where we encountered members of J, K, and L pods pod traveling south down the coast. It was a spectacular trip, with an incredible amount of social activity, including breaches, spyhops and even some mating behaviour. The encounter started with a visit with Onyx (L89), traveling away from the rest of the group. Noticing another group of whales about half a mile away, we traveled towards them. This group included some young calves who amazed guests and crew alike with some spectacular breaches. It was another truly fantastic trip on the Salish Sea.

It’s easy to see why everyone loves the evening tours! A stunning sun set made for even more so stunning photos. Who did we have to photograph? Only the oldest known killer whale in the world, J-2 otherwise known as Granny! She definitely isn’t acting much like a great, great grandmother. After spending a solid minute doing high speed tail slaps we were joined by the always close to her side L-87, Onyx. It was a thrilling experience spent watching this duo forage for salmon. We witnessed an incredible cartwheel from Onyx in pursuit of salmon, as well as a great spyhop. The trip home found everyone sharing photos and lots of great stories. This tour was a fantastic end to a great day on the water!

See more of our tour photos here.

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