J’s, K’s , and L’s and some feeding minkes!


We had spectacular conditions on the water today as we traveled into the Strait of Juan de Fuca to visit with two species of whales. We watched dozens of common murres line the strong tidal exchanges along the way, with harbor porpoise popping up everywhere. A stop at Colville Island provided us looks at harbor seals and a mature bald eagle. We broke through a small fog bank and were on scene with orcas! L85 Mystery was spending some time with K16 Opus and K35 Sonata. Also present were J35 Tahlequah and her calf J47 Notch. Some mating behaviors were on display as the whales traveled north. We spent a lot of time this afternoon with K21 Cappuccino. We watched him forage for some time before getting a really nice visit from L89 Soltice as he swam under the boat. We also spent some time with the L94 family, watching this lovely family including one-year-old calf run close to the boat. Capt. Carl found us a minke whale working some bait soon after. We watched as the baleen whale fed repeatedly in the beautiful, calm conditions.

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