|Transient Orcas in Puget Sound (from 2017)|
Friends of Island Adventures,
We wanted to give a little update of what’s been happening in the last few weeks since our final 2017 tour at the end of December.
Our crew has been working very hard this month, sprucing up all three vessels and making improvements to ensure that our fleet continues to be the best in the Pacific Northwest! In addition, we’ve been designing and ordering some fun new merchandise for our Anacortes and Port Angeles gift shops that you can look for on your next visit.
While we haven’t been on the water in the last few weeks, rest assured that the whales have still been quite active! On January 3rd, the T100’s and T124A’s families of mammal-eating orcas were spotted in Haro Strait, with at least the T100’s continuing south into Puget Sound the following day. The T100’s returned to Puget Sound along with the T90’s later in the month, being spotted on both January 13th and 15th near Elliot Bay and Pt. Townsend respectively.
The transients aren’t the only ones keeping busy during our short hiatus – residents, or salmon-eating orcas, have been seen as well! K Pod paid a visit to Dalco Passage, the area between Vashon Island and Pt. Defiance, on January 6th.
There have also been multiple reports of humpbacks whales in the Strait of Juan de Fuca near Race Rocks. While many humpbacks travel south for winter, if the food is plentiful and there’s no need to breed, they may spend the entire year in the area – very neat!
As for Island Adventures, we’ll be resuming tours on February 17th with the kickoff of our 2018 Anacortes season. We also eagerly await the annual return of the gray whales, with the Everett season starting up on March 3rd.
We look forward to being back on the water soon – just a few weeks away!