Transients from Both Locations – Great Gray Whales Too!

Double Breach!

Anacortes Highlights:

Transient Killer Whales: T49A’s, T65A’s, T65B’s
Steller Sea Lions
Bald Eagles

Our Anacortes tour today was, to use Captain Scott’s description, one of the best encounters with transient orcas we’ve ever had with Island Adventures!  We didn’t have to travel far to find our whales today just north of Cypress Island.  It was a group of transient killer whales including the T49A, T65A, and T65B family groups.  We must have caught them during playtime because we saw plenty of tail slaps, splashing, and DOUBLE BREACHES! We saw at least three synchronized breaches from this bunch!  After having an encounter of a lifetime, we did some exploring near Pea Pod Rocks where we saw some Steller sea lions and a mature bald eagle as well as several other sea birds.  Afterward we checked back in on our orcas who were now resting, perhaps worn out from the earlier activity.  On the way home we found plenty of harbor porpoise in Rosario Strait along with pigeon guillemots and cormorants.  Add to this the fact that it was warm and sunny all afternoon and you have the makings of a trip that will go down in history as a one of the best!

Everett 10AM Highlights:
Transient Orcas – T100’s
Harbor seals
Steller sea lion

While our Everett tours focus primarily on springtime gray whales, on occasion we are lucky enough to see other types of whales as well, and today we had a special visit from the T100 group of transient killer whales! We caught up with this group near Possession Point.  They even had a young calf in tow!  Other notable sightings included a photogenic Steller sea lion sunbathing on a buoy and harbor seals cruising around the marina.  


Everett 2PM Highlights:
Gray Whales in Port Susan 
California Sea Lions
Harbor Porpoise
Osprey

The sunshine continued into the afternoon.  We made our way toward Port Susan where we encountered two gray whales feeding nearshore.  Because of the sunshine, virtually every exhalation created a colorful “rain-blow”.  We also saw some California sea lions basking in the sun on a channel marker and our naturalist, Jami, was able to catch some great shots of some normally camera-shy harbor porpoise as well.  We even caught an aerial show from an osprey overhead!  

Everett 6PM Highlights:
Gray Whales in Port Susan
Harbor Seals 
California Sea Lions
Sunset!

The fun continued into the evening as we caught back up with our gray whales from earlier in Port Susan.  As we watched them, one even lifted its head out of the water a bit!  The water was flat calm, giving us great photos of this gray whale duo.  We saw a few harbor seals swimming around as well, and as the sun began to set and we headed home, we finished the day by stopping to look at some California sea lions near the Navy base settling in for the evening.  It was a perfect end to a perfect day of whale watching! 

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