The Big pod of Humpbacks moves east, Orcas Too!!

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Trip Highlights
*Triple header with orcas, humpbacks, and minkes
*L and J pod orcas
*3 minke whales
*We find at least 6 humpback whales
*Harbor seals, a Steller sea lion, harbor porpoise, and a bald eagleAnacortes am

We had a surprise triple header this morning.  First it was L and J pod orcas off the west side of San Juan Island.  We spent time with L77, Matia, L94, Calypso, and her calf L121, Windsong in the beginning, then got some quality time with J27, Blackberry, and L85, Mystery among others.  After a great show with the orcas we slid out a bit to look for minke whales at Hein Bank and it didn’t take too long before Capt. Scott spotted three of them feeding among the bait balls.  Satisfied that we had already had a great day it was time to head back to the dock, but Scott spotted more blows in the distance.  We had a bunch of humpback whales!  It was at least 6 humpbacks, if not more, split up into two groups.  One group of 4 was particularly active and rolling around with each other.  There was also a young whale in this group too!  They showed their tail flukes on many occasions and we were all thrilled!

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Trip Highlights
*Double header with orcas, and humpback whales
*L and J pod orcas
*Lunge feeding humpback whales
*Harbor seals, a Steller sea lions, and harbor porpoise

For our afternoon trip we also started out our whale watching with orcas on the west side of San Juan Island.  We had a mix of J and L pod whales again, and they were hunting and playing together.  We saw a couple of breaches and lots of playtime with some young whales including a couple of calves!  Among others we saw J34, Doublestuf, L85, Mystery, L94, Calypso, and L121, Wingsong!  Next we decided to see if we could spot those humpback whales from the morning trip again.  Sure enough, I spotted a couple blows in the same area we had them earlier.  This time the whales were grouped up in a cooperative lunge feeding pattern.  We saw lots of tail flukes, pectoral fins, and mouths wide open – throats bulging with water as they lunge fed!  What an awesome day!  Naturalist Bart Rulon

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