September 27th, 2014
Look who is out on Salmon Bank in Haro Strait today! Common murres are covering the water in places and looking very outfitted for the winter season. Such a beauty floating on calm blue water!
It doesn’t take long today to locate some of the southern resident orca whales. Part of J pod and several members of K pod are all foraging in the same area, but very spread out.
Polaris and her calf, Star, are being more lazy this afternoon. Here is mom, Polaris, quietly floating with just her fin and back showing. We call this “logging” or “sharking”….easy to figure out why!
We find J-38, Cookie, one of the young males of J pod, swimming with K-21, a young adult K pod male! They appear to be best buds today!
The time passes too quickly. It’s such a lovely afternoon on the water with the luxury of watching several whales almost all to ourselves.
Whale Rocks, a wildlife reserve island, has as many as 45 steller sea lions today. There is a lot of drama with roaring, pushing, shoving, more roaring, and all over what may be a female sea lion. We usually see exclusively males in this place, so it’s interesting to watch it all unfold.
A careful survey of the rocks turns up three harbor seals way over on the edge. Seems they are too far into dreamland to be bothered by all the action next door.
Turning around and glancing off the stern, I see we are not the only ones keeping eyes on things around here!