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Superpod Orcas & Humpback Whales – August 30, 2015

August 30, 2015

This morning, we headed out aboard the Pacific Explorer. Our journey took us several miles south of Discovery Island, where we encountered superpod! All three pods of orcas were slowly making their way towards San Juan Island. Our encounter started with a great look at the K13 matriline and the large male Scoter (K25). As the fog lifted, we spotted large groups of orcas everywhere. Off in the distance, we noticed a tail slapping humpback whale! We soon realized there were 2 of them, including Splitfin, a staff favorite. Splitfin surprised us with an incredible pass as he surfaced right near the boat and acted very inquisitively. We were able to watch these two amazing species at the same time. This trip was truly a highlight of the season.

By the afternoon, the orcas were still slowly making their way towards San Juan Island. We started our whale viewing with an encounter with the two humpback whales before heading towards San Juan Island. Our orca watching started with L-pod and finished with a beautiful encounter with the K13’s. To be able to show guests the whale doubleheader of orcas and humpbacks on each of today’s tours was truly amazing.

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