Archive for June, 2012

Transients and a Minke

With the resident orcas traveling quickly and at quite a distance, we were happy to hear that there was a pod of transient orcas close to home! We headed south through San Juan Channel to Cattle Pass, enjoying the overcast but warm afternoon. We first met up with the T75 just north of Cattle Pass, grouped tightly in a resting pattern. As they reached the powerful current of the pass they woke and powered through as we watched and followed them through. As we reached Long Island we spotted a minke whale and had an incredible sighting as it surfaced three times very close to the Odyssey! After spending some quality time with both the minke and the transients, snapping photos of tail slaps and half cartwheels, we made it back to port with smiles on our faces and some amazing wildlife stories. A fantastic trip!

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J pod and K pod members!

Another beautiful day towards the south end of the island. We left the harbor and headed south through San Juan Channel down to Cattle Pass, sighting all of J-pod and four K-pod members near False Bay. They were a very playful bunch! Make sure to check out some of our new photos on our facebo0k page. Breaching, tail lobs, and spyhopping! The water was wonderfully calm and the sunshine finally decided to come back to the San Juans. Good signs for another fantastic week to come!

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A perfect day!

After a stretch without seeing resident orcas, J-pod returned last night! As we left the dock there were reports of two different groups in our range. Part of J-pod was on the west side of San Juan, while the other members were traveling down Rosario Strait. We headed down through Cattle Pass, sighting several harbor seals and some brilliant bald eagles along the way, and the made our way up the west side of San Juan Island. The weather started to break and sunny skies finally spilled over our decks! After a couple of rainy trips, we couldn’t be happier. Our orca encounter was magnificent, and as we made our way back south, we spotted the rest of J-pod racing their way back to meet up with their family on the other side. A perfect day!

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