Humpbacks, Orcas & Minke Whale – August 28, 2015
August 28, 2015
To begin our day, we decided to venture out East towards San Juan Island. We explored the calm waters as we crossed the Haro Straight. Despite several groups of Harbour Porpoise, we continued on-ward, in search of large blows in the distance. Nearing Salmon bank, several guests jumped as two distinct plumes rose from the cool waters ahead. Two curious humpback whales greeted us as we watched them forage and occasionally lunge feed in the productive waters. Humpback whales are the largest species regularly observed on our coast and guests got an amazing look at these magnificent animals.
For our afternoon tour, we also headed back East towards San Juan Island, but this time reports of Killer Whales took our attention. Late in the morning, over 50 Resident Killer Whales made their way into the Salish sea from the open Pacific Ocean. What a treat this afternoon would prove to be! Guests sat in awe as we watched members of L & K pod socialize and play. Suddenly the whales began to breach, with several members of the pod breaching continuously. Such energetic and playful whales made for an amazing afternoon. In compliment with the wonderful sight of breaching whales, our hydrophone captured the beautiful sounds of the whale’s communication with one another. As everyone settled in for the journey home, we also stumbled across a Minke whale just inside of Discovery Island! A fabulous end to a fabulous day!