Heading out of Friday Harbor the sun makes an appearance and the blue sky puts on a real show! The hard rain of last night has disappeared and our afternoon on the water is off to a great start.
Heading up San Juan Channel we come across several Harbor seal haul out sites. These seals are enjoying the sun as much as we are, I bet!
Some of the seal pups are using the kelp bed areas and the protected water for today’s excursion. Several heads bob up while we cruise by.
Then we spot an adult Bald eagle high in a tree ashore! Seems the birds is doing it’s own survey of the land and water in search of prey.
It’s soon time to pick up the speed and head off to the north as a group of the Southern Resident orca whales are headed for Canadian waters. We find part of L pod traveling down Boundary Pass!
In the L-12 group we find Mega, L-41, and the group of females and the 2012 calf, just named “Joy.” Traveling is the business of the day and they move swiftly to the north, where the Fraser River enters Georgia Strait.
Here’s L-89, Solstice (1993) joining in with the L-12 family.
Later two of the big boys team up and travel together. The moms and kids are off to the side, checking out the shoreline.
It would be easy to spend another hour here, as time in the company of whales always speeds by at an amazing pace.
Before we turn for home we take one last long look.
We are lucky today as we find Dall’s porpoise flying down San Juan Channel at record speed. The best part is we have time to look at them and hang out for awhile!
These 8 ft. long porpoise are the fastest cetaceans in the ocean and today they are show offs! Photography is challenging and I get many many shots of splashes, but here is a look at the beautiful black back and the classy white tip of the dorsal fin!
It’s really, really hard to beat September days on the water!