June 27th, 2010

We had a great group of passengers today! For most folks it was their first time out whale watching and for many their first trip to the San Juan Islands. We had reports of whales in the area as we were leaving Friday Harbor, but we had a huge flood tide coming in and the whales were scattered from the South to the North in Haro Strait. The flood tide can make a difference as to which way the captain may choose to go, since the whales are following the salmon being “pushed” in the Strait of Juan de Fuca and it can slow the boat down as you go against the tide. Well, our timing was just right on as we chose to go North and meet the whales around the West side of San Juan Island. We had very active and curious whales today. We had some L pod whales who came near the Odyssey and were quite playful. With photos taken by our guests we could ID L92, Crewser a male born 1995 and L82, Kasatka a female born 1990. We figured over 25 whales came and went by the Odyssey! The weather held out and we ended up with clearing skies, too! Oh, we even saw a belted kingfisher, what a treat for the birdwatchers, too.

Debbi, San Juan Excursions Naturalist

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