Whale Tales – A Day with the Orcas et al

By Captain Ken Rea

Started south today and viewed HARBOR SEALS, BALD EAGLES, STELLER SEA LIONS, and a BROWN PELICAN. Then I heard a pod of ORCA was located up north, so we reversed course and headed that direction.

Once on scene, we were viewing the Bigg’s pod of T18s. This is a family of four whales.

We spent time with them on all three tours today, On the last tour, I was the last boat on the scene with them at Patos Island.

They seemed to chase several seals, but I never actually was able to confirm a kill.

On the way home on the last our, I stopped by to see the BLACK OYSTERCATCHER chick whose growth and survival I have been following. Its sibling was taken out by a Peregrine Falcon a couple of weeks ago.

My last tour was an anniversary tour and I want to shout out congratulations to Megan and Nathan. I wish you many more happy returns and celebrations in your life and many ORCA on your anniversary times here in the Salish Sea.


Captain Ken Rea

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



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