Posted by: onboardtourswhales | June 22, 2012

Whales back in the Salish Sea!

Happy to see Balcomb’s Orcas Sunday afternoon, June 10, 2012, off of South Beach, San Juan Island, spread out and foraging for salmon in a flooding tide. They don’t often head east past Salmon Bank, and sure enough, the whales turned southwest and swam across the Strait of Juan de Fuca toward the Olympic peninsula. I have also observed they will then also travel west toward the Pacific, which sure enough they did!

Mid-day Saturday June 9, 2012, L-Pod residents headed south, down Haro Strait with an ebbing tide, spread out in many groups. Off of Stuart and Henry Island, we were thrilled to see L-77 Matia with her new baby girl; L-119! And L-41 Mega looks regal; he is the eldest male in the Balcomb’s Orcas, at 35 years old. The whales began to gather closer together and porpoise (fast, lunge) swim! We heard on the radio that J-Podders were off of Lime Kiln State Park, heading north! They turned south though; L-Podders joined them and a community gathering of L and J Pod families going back and forth in Haro Strait along San Juan Island, continued for hours! Out at Whale Watch Park, I watched them forage and socialize well into this special day and evening!

L-77 Matia and Daughter L-119

L-41 Mega SR Oldest Male at 35 yrs

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