October 18th, 2014
Today is SO different from yesterday! It’s not only SUNNY, but the sea is flat calm, the temperatures are warm…and it’s one of those “incredible October days” on the water. We leave the dock with a report of a humpback whale across Haro Strait. The resident orca whales have been south in Puget Sound following a run of salmon down there. No one has seen them since last night.
Not long into our trip the resident orcas are sighted! And we are already heading toward them! Yippee!
I have not spent a lot of time with L pod this summer, so it’s a perfect “last day of the season” for me. Here is L-92, a male born in 1995, as he swims past us in Haro Strait.
We have the pleasure of motoring along with at least 10 L pod whales as they liesurely travel off to the west of San Juan Island. They are trending in a westerly direction, and I’m thinking how lucky we are to see them before they take off for the open ocean again.
Now we turn our attention to the humpback whale that is reported off the west side of San Juan Island, not too far away. It doesn’t take too long to hear the “BLOW” and then spot a fluke in the distance. We get many great views of this adult humpback today!
The steller sea lions are in great form at Whale Rocks. I count 40 plus on the south side of this haul out.
This eagle is spotted from a long way away…the adult coloration of the head, a give away. Easy to spot if you use my clue: “Look for a golf ball, high in a tree, where a golf ball should not be!” We wind up finding two of these magnificent raptors!
Even with the high tide today, we find harbor seals on this haul out at Mummy Rocks….riding high in the high tide!
It’s been another fabulous day on the water, seeing all the wildlife the Salish Sea offers us….