Anacortes 3:30 departure
Our evening trip started with a nice surprise! The turkey vultures who made a nest on Cap Sante last year are back this year! We got a great look at one of their chicks, quite literally stretching its wings! We spotted some harbor porpoise in Rosario Strait as we transited to Thatcher Pass. At Willow Island, we saw a baby harbor seal trying to get out of the water. The mama got out of the water and the baby just stayed there, half in and half out of the water. The mama proceeded to get back in the water when it was pretty evident the little one wasn’t going anywhere. They both ended up swimming! We also spotted a mature bald eagle perched on the cliff side! We continued on and took a turn to the south down Upright Channel to San Juan Channel. We took a right turn and started making our way toward Canada, but it wasn’t too long before we found orcas! It was members of J and K pod! We were able to identify: J19 (Shachi), J41 (Eclipse), J51, K14 (Lea), K26 (Lobo), K36 (Yoda), K42 (Kelp) and L87 (Oynx)! Little J51 was having a great time learning how to breach and tail lob! He breached multiple times and was rolling around! There were salmon breaching all over the place! We spent a lot of time with the orcas as they were headed southbound (the same direction as home)! We even had a couple of big breaches! Eventually, we had to head back toward home port, but not before we slowed down through the south end of Lopez Island and Castle Rock. We spotted a couple more harbor seals and some rhinoceros auklets and pigeon guillemots. It was simply beautiful. We cruised on home just as the sun was setting!