We Find the T123 Pod!

Trip Highlights:
We find transient orcas in Rosario Strait!
The T123 pod maked a kill right before we arrive!
The orcas spyhop 4 times
Bald eagles, harbor seals, and harbor porpoise

Shortly after we left the dock today we got a report that someone might have seen some whales in Rosario Strait heading south, so we were scanning hard to the west, north, and south as we entered the strait from Guemes Channel.  Eventually I spotted a few blows off in the distance, north of James Island, and it was orcas!  As we were approaching we could see the whales were swimming around in one specific spot near a current line, and they were doing some splashing around.  They must have caught something because they were exhibiting typical eating behavior when we arrived.  It didn’t take long before they started to spyhop and check us out.  First, 16 year old male, T123A did a spyhop, then his mom, T123 did one, followed up by her four year old daughter T123C.  T123 did one more spyhop, for a total of 4, and then they started to swim together toward Thatcher Pass.  This family trio swam close together for the rest of our visit with them, and they managed to make it all the way to Shaw Island by the time we finally said goodbye to them!  In between that time we did take a little break to look at a bald eagle and some harbor seals and we ended up with a fantastic finale pass as the orcas swam over for a visit!  What a great day!  Naturalist Bart Rulon

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