Posted by: onboardtourswhales | July 12, 2011

Minkes and Orcas

Wednesday June 29, 2011

A strong 9 feet of flooding tide perhaps brought salmon along Eagle Cove and South Beach, where we found J-Pod Orcas, spread out and near shore foraging at about 3:10pm to 4pm.  We ID’d J-2 Granny in the lead as usual. J-30 Riptide fluke slapped the water and breached, traveling with a calf!

Monday June 27, 2011

Found us visiting 2 adult and 1 juvenile Minke Whales! They were spread out around Salmon Bank, from about 2:45pm to 3:45pm, during the middle of a flooding tide. They seem to like this area, foraging for fish, keeping us guessing where they would surface to breathe. We gave them lots of space, so couldn’t identify if it was Christy Hynde-Bank and her calf-fast becoming a juvenile! We rarely see Minke calves in the Salish Sea. They have about 6 months with their mom, then on their own!

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