September 12, 2017 – Southern Resident Orcas
September 12, 2017
Welcome back Southern Resident Killer Whales! Today was a little foggy, but that didn’t stop us from having an awesome day. The L22 matriline was foraging off of San Juan Island, so off to the east we headed in search of these amazing animals. Two huge dorsal fins greeted us out of the fog as Mystery (L-85) and Solstice (L-89) swam by. Both these huge boys were travelling with Spirit (L-22) who is Solstice’s mother.
This afternoon we knew exactly where to go as the L22s were still off of Salmon Bank when we arrived. Listening through the hydrophone, the echolocation clicks became louder and louder as the whales foraged close by. It’s been great seeing the Southern Residents finding a few Chinook Salmon to feed on as the shortage of salmon this year has been a huge concern.