Archive for May, 2009

A Great Day in May





We got word that J Pod was south of San Juan Island, so we headed out  through Cattle Pass.  Along the way we saw two bald eagles soaring above the tree line.  There was a lot of current happening in the pass, but the Odyssey cut right through it.  Almost as soon as we got out of the pass, there were the leaders.  J-1 and J-2, as usual, along with J-8.  We let them pass and shortly after, the rest of J Pod passed us by.  They were definitely in travel mode, cruising along at 6 knots.  The new calves looked like they were swimming so fast to keep up!  After letting the whales pass by we went looking for more wildlife.  We found an eagle’s nest on Long Island and although there wasn’t an eagle in the nest, one did land on a nearby tree as we were watching.  On our way back in to Friday Harbor we saw a bunch of harbor seals hauled out on the rocks sunning themselves and there was even a Steller sea lion hanging out on Whale Rocks.  What a great day!  The sun was out, there was lots of wildlife and we didn’t have to go far to find it all.  If every day was like this you wouldn’t hear me complain. Captain Pete



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May 20th

Beautiful Pod

Beautiful Pod

J pod was close-in today, near Speiden Island and Turn Point. The seas were smooth and easy riding, reflecting the sun like glass. The whales were especially active with one flipping onto its backside and tail lobbing several times. Since members of K pod were accompanying J pod (and residents only mate outside of their pod to prevent inbreeding), we theorize that this was part of a mating dance.



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Welcome Baby J-45

We had a great weekend on the water. The sun was shining and the wildlife was abundant. We even got to see the newest member of J-pod, J-45! (you can see him on the left hand side of the photo….)

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A great weekend aboard the Odyssey May 16 & 17

orca-breachdsc_0550J-Pod resting in Haro StraitHarbor seals on Sentinel rockBald Eagle off of Spieden Island

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Residents are back!

We had a wonderful trip yesterday afternoon.  We got very exciting news in the morning that our resident orca whales were coming back in from the Pacific.  The wind was blowing a bit but we were dry and comfortable on the “Odyssey”  while viewing J-pod in Haro Strait.  It sure was nice to have our residents back in the area after being gone for such a long time. We also spotted a few  bald eagles and a couple of harbor porpoise.  There were reports that the whales split into two groups, with one headed south.  That group may include members of K and L pods.  We should know more today.  Welcome back residents.

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