Transient orcas from the T123 and T75B pods plus more!
Orcas catch a harbor seal!
Bald eagles and harbor seals
We traveled all the way to Canada to watch transient killer whales today! When we arrived the whales we’re swimming in a close knit resting pattern. We definitely identified the T123 and T75B pods plus others! We got plenty of great views of all these animals coming up and going down together and then, right before we had to go, the action started. It was obvious that the hunt was on with all the splashing around we saw! It didn’t take too long to figure out they were chasing a harbor seal! It was really obvious when one of the females did a spyhop with the seal in her mouth! The action continued for quite a while and we saw three more spyhops before we left the scene! On our way back to the dock we stopped at some rocks to take a look at some harbor seals. A bald eagle flew around then landed on the rocks only to get harassed by a huge flock of gulls. Several of the gulls tried to poop on the eagle from above and one of them actually hit him on the wing! That was one angry eagle!
Transient orcas from multiple pods get together for a party!
Steller sea lions
We traveled to a completely different area than the morning trip to watch transient killer whales this afternoon. The conditions were glassy calm near Protection Island where we spent lots of quality time with a transient superpod traveling toward Puget Sound together. Some of the whales we saw inlcuded T125A, T128, T36B, T36B1, T49C and many others. They were definitely in a playful mood and socializing seemed to be the order of the day. The youngsters were the stars of the show. Four of them seemed to be zooming in every which direction together playing all along the way for our entire visit with them. They slashed, they rolled, they tail slapped, they breached, and they got a little frisky if you know what I mean! On our way back to the dock we spotted lots of cormorants and a couple of Steller sea lions! What a fantastic day! Naturalist Bart Rulon