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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

5-12-15 Welcome to Friday Harbor- We Love It!

Tuesday, May 12th
...J Pod has been gone a while but Transients keep showing up...
...word was that T93 and T97 were in the  area...but they were just about as far away from the Snug Harbor side of the island as you can get...
...out with Capt. David on Peregrine for a 4:30 trip...it was so late in the day...but like I keep saying, 'everything always works out'...

...by the time we left the dock T93 and T97 were heading 'in the right direction,' and by the time we got there they had turned up San Juan Channel...
...they made a quiet kill and kept on going...

...several minutes later we saw a harbor seal who was in the wrong place...

...the surface action was short but with some of the most powerful movements I've ever seen...
...looks more like a humpback than a killer whale's tail flukes and lots of bubbles too...very strange!...the harbor seal is on the lower right...
...at least I got some of the whale's tail in the image...the sound made when his tail came down was startling to everyone on the boat...

...these two adult males continued on up San Juan Channel...there's Turn Island in the background...I had met a nice family of four on the west side in the morning...they had ridden their bikes with their two kids in a neat seat on the back of one of them...they asked if whales were seen often, etc...they told me they were staying on Turn Island...in turn I told them to keep a watch out because whales will come through San Juan Channel...
...The island on the right is Turn Island. I hope they were watching!...

...since I rarely go off island it's a treat to see Friday Harbor from the water...and even more of a treat to see whales in the foreground!( image at the top of this post)...and then they changed direction for a few minutes...
...and then continued up island again...we left them behind as we went up island and around the top and back to Snug Harbor...we had circumnavigated San Juan Island!


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