2016 ends with a Breach!

Seattle

The last trip of 2016 was awesome, with great views of KPod orcas near Kingston. We left the dock and saw some Brant geese and Western grebes. The Seattle skyline was beautiful today as we traveled north to look for whales that had been reported along Whidbey Island. Soon, we spotted whales in the building waves as they cruised westbound across the traffic lanes. The whales were very spread out and eventually turned southbound. We first spotted K37 Rainshadow and K44 Ripple traveling with another whale we coudn’t ID, but was probably K27 Deadhead. Next we saw K33 Tika and K43 Saturna. We sent a lot of time with these whales, getting some great looks. After visiting the whales for quite awhile we were preparing to leave when one of the orcas started to tail-lob. Then, one of the orcas breached and another spy-hopped! What a grand finale for 2016! We cruised over to see two mature bald eagles and some harbor seals before returning to the dock in Seattle! Happy New Year!

-Michael Colahan

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