By Captain Ken Rea
Today, we started south for Saratoga Passage with the T46s northbound. We had just enough time to reach them, view them and get back to Friday Harbor for guests to resume their activities. However, when the pod turned back south, and no one was going to be on the scene with them for us to locate, we turned around and headed for a HUMPBACK WHALE in Haro Strait. There was another pod of ORCA north of the border, but we are not allowed to cross over until they life the (Corona 19) border closure.We encountered some pretty big seas, but they were on
our stern, so the ride was not so bad. Eventually, we found ourselves in better water and better views of our Humpback.
The Humpback is Zephyr. She is the daughter of Divot and brought back her first calf at the age of eight years old last year. We ID Humpback Whales by the signature of the underside of their tail fluke. Each fluke is different like a fingerprint.
Prior to leaving the dock, a few Canada Geese paid us a visit at the boat. After the whale time, we saw HARBOR SEALS, MOULTON SHEEP AND BALD EAGLES.
Ken Rea, owner and operator of the Spirit of Orca, is also the tour guide, photographer and naturalist on his Whale Watching and Wildlife Tours in the Salish Sea, San Juan Island, Washington.
Photos by Ken Rea
To learn more about Captain Ken, visit https://spiritoforca.com