August 26th, 2014
Amazing! We leave the dock with reports of four different transient orca whale groups cruising the San Juans! How spoiled can you get with such choices?
Today we decide to go a little further than “just around the corner” with the idea we will be able to be near three different groups that are close to each other. The afternoon sun in Rosario Strait near Orcas Island sets up a beautiful sight!
The first group we watch is a group of four whales traveling right down the middle of the strait, until they turn for the shore. Yes, there is another family group near the shore!
Then we turn to find a group heading out into the sunshine and the most amazing thing happens to whale blow breath in the right sunny light….it becomes a rainbow of it’s own!
The three groups we are with for most of an hour have all females and juveniles in the mix. They make a kill before we arrive and now they swim past surfacing harbor porpoise and right past seal haul outs! These seals are lucky…but do they know it?
The afternoon is a beauty with warm temperatures and plenty of sunshine. As we approach Friday Harbor, what should appear but…yes, another group of transient orcas! They are speeding along the shore and we have another opportunity to see yet more whales. One more look on an afternoon to remember.