Orcas in the 9th Inning!

Anacortes

Great trip today as we cruised through some amazing places in the San Juan Islands, and were rewarded with looks at orcas right near our home port! We saw a huge number of birds on our tour including pigeon guillemots, rhinoceros auklets, common murres, cormorants, bald eagles, turkey vultures, harlequin ducks, white-winged scoters, common and Pacific loons, and Bonaparte’s gulls. We saw harbor porpoise, harbor seals, and Steller sea lions. We had a report of killer whales down south near Salmon Bank so we searched and searched but could not find them. Another boat called in some orcas back near Anacortes so we were on the search! We caught up with the orcas after they had just made a kill, and they passed right next to the boat! This was the T65A family and another family. We also saw some tail lobs and a breach from the whales, but the highlight was watching them group up right next to the Blakely Island shoreline! We had an awesome day and the orcas toward the end of the trip made it spectacular!

-Michael Colahan

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