Orcas All Day!

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*Orcas from J and K pods
*Harbor seals, and harbor porpoise
*A bald eagle

Our morning trip took us to the west side of San Juan Island to watch orcas.  We spotted K21 first and he gave us plenty of great views as he swam in a very consistent manner towards the shore after doing some fishing.  Next we spotted K16, and her son K35.  K35 decided to surprise us at very close range and he gave us some awesome looks!  The whales were working toward the sport fishing fleet off Eagle Point.  Next we spotted K 22, K33, and K37 working their way through the fishermen, tolling for salmon.  Then we aimed offshore to take a look at a mixed group of J and K pod orcas further offshore.  It was part of the J17 subpod and the K26 subpod swimming together.  We got plenty of great views of J17s newest calf J53!   Capt. Scott got us lined up perfectly with Mount Baker right behind them!  We also got to see harbor seals at Pointer Island, and a bald eagle on Swirl Rocks.

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*Orcas from J and K pods
*Steller sea lions, Harbor seals, and harbor porpoise
*Multiple bald eagles

We headed back out to the west side of San Juan Island again for our second trip of the day.  This time we started out with J34, who gave us plenty of great viewing up close as he swam with beautiful late afternoon light on him.  Later we spotted K37 swimming in circles chasing after some salmon!!!  Next we spotted a big group of whales swimming toward Pile Point.  K33 was getting frisky with a female near the shore!!  We also spotted the J17s including J28 swimming with the two youngest members of J-pod on either side of her, J53, and J54!  We saw a couple of breaches during our visit with the orcas, and had plenty of beautiful golden light on them!  On our way back toward the dock we stopped at Whale Rocks to view some rambunctious Steller sea lions, and we found 4 bald eagles on our way back toward the dock!  Naturalist Bart Rulon

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