J-Pod Southern Resident Orcas
October 3, 2018
Today it was a little foggy but the water was very calm. We headed east towards the San Juan Islands and crossed the water border between Canada and the United States. As we approached closer to the shoreline, we started to see a few dorsal fins emerge above the surface. They were a group of orcas and as we slowed and looked around, we started to see a lot more fins. Soon we realized that we were seeing J-Pod!
J-Pod is one of the three pods that make up the Southern Resident Killer Whale Community. These orcas travel through the Salish Sea that only feed on fish. This Community is super special for several reasons. Residents travel in larger groups than the Transients. We call these groups pods and they are sort of like large extended families. So, that means that the members of J-Pod are more related to each other than they are to either K-Pod or L-Pod – the other Southern Residents. We watched in amazement while members fished for Chinook salmon. What an amazing show from these intelligent mammals!