June 14th, 2010

The San Juan Islands have been living up to their sunny reputation lately! Today we experienced some of the lowest tides of the year, along with strong currents, which we used to our advantage, like the Killer Whales do! We had a nice trip north and west around San Juan Island to find orcas from J-Pod near shore off of Lime Kiln Point State Park.
Amazing to watch four generations of an orca family; J-2 Granny, estimated to be 99 years old, along with her son J-1 Ruffles estimated at 59 years old, and constant traveling companion J-8 Spieden estimated 77 years old! However it looked like little 9 year old J-37 Hy’Shqa was ahead of the adults, spending some time with great grandma J-2! They seemed to be foraging, looking for salmon. The rest of J-Pod was spread out behind them in Haro Strait, and reports were that K-Pod had headed toward the south end.

Caroline, San Juan Excursions Naturalist

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