September 13th, 2014
The southern resident orca whales are in the habit of coming and going lately. Then, suddenly they surprise you with an appearance of all 79 whales at once! Yesterday we watched Minke whales and today in the very same place, we are watching orca whales. The entire community “came in” from the Pacific last night and this morning we are happy to see so many black fins, spread out in Haro Strait! My eye sharpy scans the water in search of that new calf, L-120.
The group we watch in the afternoon is half of J pod, including J-27 Blackberry and J-34 Doublestuf. J-17 and her daughter J-28 are present. Blackberry is tight with his siblings too.
The whales are shopping out on Salmon Bank, and later in the afternoon they head up island toward the shore.
There’s a new pup right on the edge of the water. Most of the pups are on their own by now…and we watch carefully for them in the water. They are not very boat smart…nor are they smart about transient orca whales!
Looks like these two are figuring out who will have the last roar…for now.
It’s lovely to be on the water today. Both trips we find orca whales fairly close by, and lots of other wildlife. The summer this year seems never ending, yet it’s not hard to notice that the light is sharper, the air is crisper…the sea birds are changing their outfits to winter plumage…the steller sea lions are back…no doubt about it, the seasons are changing.