*Transient orcas in 5 pods travel together
*T34, T36, T37, T99, and T65A pods wowed our passengers
*Hunting, and surfing activity!!
*Harbor seals, and harbor porpoise
*Our bird watchers today were thrilled with the variety – A peregrine falcon, a tufted puffin, red-necked grebes, sanderlings, harlequin ducks, surf scoters, pigeon guillemots, rhinoceros auklets, common murres, 3 species of cormorants, and lots of gulls!
We had a fantastic trip from Anacortes that took us all the way down to Puget Sound for transient killer whales today! We stopped along the way to give our birdwatchers a treat at Minor and Smith Islands where we spotted a peregrine falcon, a tufted puffin, red-necked grebes, sanderlings, harlequin ducks, surf scoters, pigeon guillemots, rhinoceros auklets, common murres, 3 species of cormorants, and lots of gulls! Some of our passengers added some new birds to their “life lists”!
Our friends from Edmonds were on scene with a bunch of transient killer whales off Marrowstone Island and we headed their way next. When we arrived it was amazing just how many killer whale exhalation blows we could see. The T34, T36, T37, and T99 pods were swimming closely together, and the T65A pod was traveling closely behind them! This superpod traveled pretty consistently until they came across a bait ball with a bunch of gulls feeding on bait fish. T65A2 and one of his siblings went crashing through the bait ball and attacked a California sea lion for a while! It was pretty exciting to watch as they slashed around, but then they just kept moving along as the sea lion gasped for air behind them.
The killer whales continued on and gave us a few nice views as they passed in front of the lighthouse at Point Wilson! That made for a scenic shot! Next they aimed into the fog, and we tried our best to stick with them in visibility that was only about 50 yards. We wanted to be able to keep track of the killer whales in the thick fog so that another whale watching boat coming in would be able to find them easier. As soon as the other boat showed up, we started to turn and head back to the dock. Apparently some of the orcas didn’t want us to leave because they sped up under water and started surfing in the wake behind the boat!! What an amazing finale! Naturalist Bart Rulon