As we traveled south we had amazing views of Harbor Seals and Steller Sea Lions. Both species were taking their afternoon siestas, soaking up the sunshine. Many of the Harbor Seals were resting in a “banana” pose, keeping their head and hind flippers raised out of the frigid, 49°F water. Whereas, the Steller Sea Lions were sprawled out across the island, making even the most jagged rocks look comfortable.
We then caught up with four Southern Resident Killer Whales near False Bay. This group of Killer Whales included Cappuccino (K21) a mature male born in 1985, as well as, Opus (K16) and her son Sonata (K32). The whales were initially traveling southeast before changing direction and double-backing to the west. Further to the west we spent time viewing another group of Killer Whales near Pile Point (48°28.0017N, 123°05.6076W). All in all there were roughly 20 whales spread out along the southern end of San Juan Island. Although the whales were largely spending their time traveling, a few individuals performed aerial displays; in total we saw 5 breaches! Crazy AWESOME!
Amy, Naturalist, San Juan Safaris