Whale Tales – Tufted Puffins in the Anchovies

By Captain Ken Rea

Wow! What a day with TUFTED PUFFINS and an ORCA pod playing in strong rip tides. The rips were spinning my boat around as we viewed them playing.

My first tour was a birding tour and the goal was to spend time with TUFTED PUFFINS. We got to see them fishing bait balls of anchovy. The fish would try to leap out of the water when the puffin was swimming up from underneath. You can see the anchovy leaping out of the water trying to fly away from the predator puffin chasing them.

On the second tour we make a long trek down past Port Townsend to catch up with the T65As and a couple of the T137s. They were not going anywhere fast and just playing in the rip tides created by the tidal changes. I had vocals of this pod but I forgot to share them.

On the way home, we stopped by to see the TUFTED PUFFINS, STELLER SEA LIONS and viewed  the BROWN PELICAN that has been hanging around Whale Rocks.


To learn more about Ken Rea, visit Spirit of Orca

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.



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