Sightings Report September 18

Resident killer whales, as I have often said, are our bread and butter. We love our transients, and we love our humpbacks and grey whales, and porpoise (and man we have a lot of cetaceans!) but it’s the rezzies that people come from all over the world to see.

And today was all about the residents. A few members of J-pod had been sticking around the last few days, but some more J’s, lots of K’s, and even a couple members of L-pod were spotted today!

Ocean Magic started their wildlife viewing by spotting a bald eagle in Active Pass. My regular readers might have noticed I haven’t mentioned bald eagles in while, well that’s because they’re not nearly as common this time of year! Glad to see there’s still a few around! AnthonySandy and Wilma also spotted harbour seals on the rocks before heading on to the main attraction.

You guessed it. Residents! They had Granny and Onyx (J2 and L87) hunting salmon, porpoising, and pectoral/tail fin slapping. One passenger described it as “mesmerizing!”

Skipper Mark was up bright and early for his sold out 9am zodiac trip, and was followed on the water by Matt and Bo. These guys all headed over to San Juan Island to catch up with those returning residents.

Ocean Magic II did the same, with JeffCasey and myself aboard. We found ourselves looking mostly at K-pod; I quickly identified Spock, a very distinctive female aka K20, and her brother Scoter aka K25. Initially these guys were all spread out foraging, but as the trip progressed they started to come together. One by one the whales converged until we were looking at a group of 9 whales! This might not sound like a lot, but when they’re all together, and all surfacing in unison, it makes the hair stand up on the back of your neck.

Of course, that may have been the cold as well!. As fall approaches, the temperature on the water is dropping quickly, so be sure to dress warmly! That goes for the zodiacs too. Check out our website for suggestions on what to wear. Or join us on Ocean Magic and warm up with a cup of hot chocolate.

See you on the water!

By Jennifer Dickson