August 29, 2016 – J, K and L Superpod!
August 29, 2016
Our morning trip raced out west to Sheringham Point in order to catch up with our Southern Resident Orca. When we arrived we realized that all three of our resident pods were spread out over a large area. Our captain took us to see several groups of orca with members of all pods represented. At one point there was a large group that swam right behind our vessel! This was the beginning of a superpod event which only happens a few times every summer. In a superpod, members of J, K and L pods all swim together. Generally a superpod is characterized by whales in large groups engaging in lots of social activity such as breaching, spy hopping and tail slapping. The guests on the morning trip got to observe a group of orca playing together and rolling around in the water.
Our afternoon trip went south to meet up with the superpod. The whales were in several large groups spread out but all heading in the same direction so we stopped our boat beside the first group then just sat and let the many groups swim by us. We saw some absolutely incredible breaching including a breach by Nugget (L55) just off the stern of the vessel. We saw many large males breaching as well as females and calves. After we thought all the groups had passed we began moving on but then received a report that Mega (L41), the largest male in our resident pods, was still to come so we went in search of him. He had just found a juicy salmon when we spotted him so we stayed to watch him chasing it around. Finally, we moved on to Race Rocks Ecological Reserve to see our local sea lion colonies.