Today we watched several members of L-Pod mill around near False Bay, San Juan Island. We got to travel with multiple groups of 1s and 2s including 3 large males and 3 females each bearing a youngster at their side. They all appeared to be very relaxed, milling around, and enjoying the simple things in life, being within the comfort of their own home. The family bond amongst them is like no other, and is quite apparent in their interaction. For these whales, it’s all or none, and no matter how much time they spend together, it will never be enough to drive them apart. Other than food and air, family seems to be enough for the Southern Residents….and maybe, just maybe, we can learn a thing or two from them.
Naturalist Tara, San Juan Safaris