Posted by: onboardtourswhales | October 1, 2011

Frisky Orcas

September 19, 2011 Monday

Another sunny, beautiful September summer day, with a minimal ebbing tide and slack water, I think the whales enjoy it too! J-Pod and L-Podders spread out in the Strait of Juan de Fuca from Salmon Bank to Middle Bank, all the way out to Hein Bank, a favored fish hunting region. From about 3:25pm until 4:30pm, the Orcas were slowly milling about, making direction changes, chatting-vocalizing! Young, 16 year old J-30 Riptide and 21 year old L-84 Nyssa seemed to be goofing off, playing, and frisky, as they swam close together and we saw J-30 going on his back, flashing his ‘pink floyd’! Maybe he was showing off, competing with L-84?! Dolphins and whales have shown as frisky behavior as us humans! Many Steller Sea Lions, Harbor Seals, and Harbor Porpoise in San Juan Channel.

J-14 Family

J-19 Family

J-30 Riptide on his back, showing his pectoral fin, and L-84 Nyssa

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