Whale Tales – Puffins and Whales in the Salish Sea

By Captain Ken Rea

A Puffin kind of day with many TUFTED PUFFINS and several MINKE WHALES. I counted 27-TUFTED PUFFIN and several MINKE.

I have a birding tour coming up this Saturday and still have enough room for one more person. Puffins are on the must-see list for many people, especially birders.

We also had some pretty magnificent views of lunge feeding* MINKE WHALES. A gorgeous day on the Salish Sea.

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

*Lunge feeding could be regarded as a kind of inverted suction feeding, during which a whale takes a huge gulp of water, which is then filtered through the baleen. Subsequently, the water flows back through the baleen, keeping back the food particles. (Ed.)

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