-We find the orcas!
-Steller sea lions
We left the dock on our morning trip and headed north up Bellingham Channel. We were on the search. We spotted many harbor porpoise throughout our journey. There was an early morning report of animals that had not be acquired yet! We were on the search! We made our way toward Canada and it paid off! We found the orcas! We saved the day! We found some marine mammal eating orcas: the T65As (T65A, T65A2, T65A3, T65A4 and T65A5), the T34s (T34, T34A) and the T37s (T37, T37B and T37B1). They were incredibly spread out. We spent the majority of our time with T65A2 and T34. We had some amazing looks as they cruised to the north. We definitely were lucky to find the whales! We passed them off to other boats as we had to depart scene and head back toward home port. We spotted several harbor seals and a couple of Steller sea lions hauled out on Clements Reef. We also found a mature bald eagle and a nest on James Island. We cruised home after a wonderful day with orcas in the Strait of Georgia.
We left on our evening trip and right off the bat, our sharp-eyed passengers found us some harbor porpoise. We cruised north along the east side of Guemes Island and found a mature bald eagle and a nest on James Island. We continued our trek to the north, passing through Barnes and Clark islands. We cruised to the north and the fish eating orcas had made their way into our range! Part of J pod was grouped up in a resting behavior! It was beautiful to see all those dorsal fins popping up all together. We had some amazing looks at them before Captain Scott decided it was time to leave those animals and find another type of whale! We spent some time with our humpback friend BCY0160 (Heather)! She passed right by the boat and fluked for us multiple times! We took a turn to the south to where another treat was awaiting us! We had some marine mammal eating orcas! It was the T18s (T18, her sister T19, and T19’s two huge sons, T19B and T19C). They passed right in front of the Patos Island Lighthouse, giving us some great looks! We eventually had to head home after spending some amazing time with three different types of whales! We spotted a couple of bald eagles perched in the trees on our way home. Another incredible night on the Salish Sea!