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Transient Orcas – September 25, 2015

September 25, 2015

This morning began with calm waters as we headed out East towards the San Juan Islands in search of some orcas. Upon reaching Andrews Bay, we were lucky enough to encounter a group of Transient Orcas! Transients feed on marine mammals and are typically found in smaller groups. As we approached the scene, the orcas […]

Transient Orcas – September 24, 2015

September 24, 2015

With another beautiful sunny morning greeting us along with calm seas, we began our trip heading south into the Juan de Fuca Strait. So far September has been an absolutely fantastic month for sightings and today did not disappoint. Several puffs of mist caught our eye as we traveled, and as we approached we quickly […]

L-Pod Orcas – September 23, 2015

September 23, 2015

This morning reports came of Orcas near San Juan Island. We found them near the Lyme Kiln Light house as they were slowly heading North. We quickly identified these whales as L-Pod as we almost immediately saw Crewser (L-92) who is unique in having a hook shaped curve at the top of his dorsal fin. […]

K & L-Pod Orcas – September 22, 2015

September 22, 2015

This beautiful, sunny morning we headed out toward San Juan Island with residents in the reports. We arrived to find member of K-Pod milling around in search of salmon. We were able to identify member of the K-13 matriline. Resident Killer whales travel in matrilines which consist of a mother, her children and her grandchildren. […]

J-Pod Orcas & Humpback Whales – September 21, 2015

September 21, 2015

This morning we began the trip with sunshine and glassy water. Our captain steered us west towards Sooke where we were lucky enough to find J-Pod! They were traveling west in a few big groups where we spotted all three of the new J-Pod calves. These orcas were named this week with J50 as Scarlet, […]

Super Pod Orcas! – September 20, 2015

September 20, 2015

Our day at Orca Spirit began with beautifully calm seas and a picturesque fog bank that covered the Straight of Juan De Fuca. Earlier that morning, our captain got word that resident Orcas were spotted coming in from the Pacific ocean so we headed west in hopes to catch up with these illustrious marine mammals. […]

J, K and L-Pod Orcas – September 18, 2015

September 18, 2015

This morning we ventured out East where we encountered many of our resident orcas heading towards the south end of San Juan Island. We spotted members of J and K-pod and at many points, had orcas in every direction! Onyx (L87) was one of the famous whales we ID’d who was born into L-pod but […]

Super Pod Orcas! – September 17, 2015

September 17, 2015

Today’s morning tour took us east towards the San Juan Islands. Upon reaching Eagle Point, we found some of our Resident L-Pod orcas. We were able to ID one of the mature males, Wavewalker (L88), who is 22 years old. He showed off his size with a few impressive breaches! These orcas seemed to be […]

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