Another Great Day with J Pod! – 25/8/16

We left the harbor around 1pm with a report of J Pod foraging off the west side of San Juan Island.

We had barely arrived on-scene when 24-year-old L87 “Onyx” surfaced out-of-nowhere right off the bow of the boat. He was close enough to us that a light wind carried the mist from his respiration our way.

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L87 “Onyx”

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As usual, L87 “Onyx” was on his own, so as soon as he passed us we made our way over to find another group, which happened to be a mix of the J14s and J16s. It was nice to see 15-year-old J37 “Hy’Shqa” swim by with her young son, 4-year-old J49 “T’ilem I’nges.” Both were not too far from J2 “Granny,” who was actively foraging on her own.

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J37 and J49

It wasn’t long before these two matrilines continued north out-of-sight, so we motored off southward toward Landbank and False Bay and happened upon 31-year-old J22 “Oreo” and her son, 18-year-old J34 “Doublestuf,” not too far from one another.

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J22 “Oreo”

There was a lot of surface activity as J34 foraged, close to the boat, passing under us once or twice. He managed to find a salmon and proceeded to find his younger brother, J38 “Cookie,” further offshore.

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J34
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J34 with a Salmon

We ended the encounter with the J17 matriline around Lime Kiln, watching them travel hastily north after the J14s and J16s.

Another great day with orcas!

-Brendon

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