On April 22nd we left sunny Friday Harbor in search of the beautiful wildlife that makes the San Juan Islands their home. We had heard that there were some transient orcas in the area, so off we went. We went north in between Orcas and Waldron Islands through President’s Channel. A little more than an hours ride and we caught up to this group of transients. It was a pod of ~5 transient orcas, with one or two juveniles mixed in, hunting harbor porpoises. One of the porpoises was lucky enough to get away, but the other one was not as fortunate and became their lunch. While this macabre retelling may sound terrifying, it was in fact very educational and easy to miss for the untrained eye. Capt. Pete expertly maneuvered the boat in such a way that the guests could watch all of the graceful movements of the orcas without the aid of binoculars and never knewthe reason for all of it. Except of course for the fact that the other naturalist, Russell, and I were giddy with glee for what we were witnessing. All of the elements of the notorious killer whale were there. The power, speed, agility and mystery; combined and within our scope to deliver to our guests on the M/V Odyssey. So, from all of us at San Juan Excursions, thank you and we look forward to welcoming you aboard!

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