J-Pod Orcas – August 23, 2015
August 23, 2015
This morning, we headed out aboard the Pacific Explorer with reports of orcas near East Point on Saturna Island inbound. It was a long journey, but we ended up encountering a large number of resident orcas near Java Rocks in Boundary Pass, The whales were very spread out, but we ended up finding a nice group of orcas, the K13 matrline! Our encounter included a spectacular cartwheel and some great views of the family group swimming in tight formation. The sight of the large resident male Scoter was truly a sight to behold, and one cannot ask for a more stunning backdrop in which to watch whales. After a wonderful orca encounter, we headed back through the beautiful John’s pass and back towards Victoria.
By the afternoon, the orcas had made their way south towards San Juan Island. We first encountered orcas porpoising southwards north of Lime Kiln lighthouse. This spectacular behaviour is always a thrill to witness as orcas can reach top speeds of 30 miles per hour. Nothing clearly illustrates the power of a killer whale more than killer whales swimming at high speed. It turned out to be members of J-pod leading the way. Among the other highlights of this trip were the antics of J19 and her young calf J51. Overall, it was another spectacular day on the Salish Sea.