California sea lion in Guemes Channel
Harbor seals hauled out on Allan Island
California sea lion hauled out on a navigational marker
Trekked to the west for Bigg’s killer whales T46Bs!
Harbor porpoise in Guemes Channel
Our day began under a few clouds, but soon gave way to beautiful sunshine. We were on the search today as we headed south down Rosario Strait. There were several harbor seals hauled out on Allan Island. We continued south along the Whidbey Island shoreline and took a turn to the west. We spotted a California sea lion hauled out on a navigational marker. We continued searching the Strait of Juan de Fuca until we eventually had some orcas in our sights! We had the marine mammal eating group of orcas named the T46Bs (T46B, T46B1, T46B1A, T46B2, T46B3, T46B4). They were grouped up, surfacing in a rhythmic breathing sequence in a southwesterly direction. We had some great looks at these animals as they surfaced together. At one point, they surfaced right next to the boat! It was incredible! Eventually, we had to make the long run home. It was well worth the extra miles and getting in a little bit late!