Sunshine and zodiac tours watching transient Orcas - what a perfect start to this Sunday!
Today we started out our whale watching tour with sun above us and water as calm as glass below us. We set course towards San Juan Island to look for the famous Southern Resident Orca community. We ended up close to an area on San Juan Island known as False Bay. Before you know it there were black dorsal fins surfacing in several different places. We could see a female with her calf swimming in his mother's slipstream. The whales appeared to be foraging for salmon as they need to eat 150 to 300 pounds of food everyday. It takes a lot of energy to survive in our cold waters and to be able to swim up to 100 miles per day. Guests were excited to see a spy-hop and three breaches throughout the trip! The most exciting moment was when Granny (J-2) breached straight up and out of the water! This is exciting because Granny is 101 years old, the oldest known orca in the world! Like many animals, as orcas get older they are not as active as younger whales. We loved to watch Samish (J-14) and her calf Se-Ye-Chn (J-45) swimming side-by-side. We were also able to identify Rhapsody (J-32), another young female member of J-pod. It was an exciting afternoon watching the orcas both forage for food and play above the water!