Rain Holds Off for Port Angeles Double-Headers !

Port Angeles

9:30 Highlights

Humpback BCZ0180 Monarch

Resident L-Pod Killer Whales

Sea Otter at Race Rocks

Another Humpback Heading Home

Despite gloomy skies this morning, we had luck on our side as the rains held off and the whales were plentiful!

Not long after leaving the harbor and rounding Ediz Hook, we found the first whale of the day – a humpback identified as BCZ0180, “Monarch”.  After some great looks at “Monarch’s” tail we got word of INBOUND ORCAS and headed out across the Strait of Juan de Fuca to find them.

As we neared Beecher Bay, we were delighted to meet up with members of L-Pod! These salmon-eating killer whales entertained us for quite a bit and we were thrilled to see the youngest L-Pod calf, L123, doing well! This little youngster was born late last year and is just 7 months old.

Afterward we made our way to Race Rocks for a look at the lighthouse and found a sea otter to boot!  We even located a second humpback whale on the way back to port.  We didn’t get an ID on this second animal, but we could verify that it was NOT “Monarch” from earlier.

Stay tuned for photos and a report from today’s afternoon trip as well!

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