Whale Tales – Welcome Home to the J Pod

By Captain Ken Rea

Observing our favorite ORCAS as they foraged for salmon in Haro Strait, was a pleasant “Welcome Home J Pod” kind of day. We started out seeing the STELLER SEA LIONS and a few sea birds before moving on to view the whales.

We spent most of our time viewing J22 Oreo, her son J38 Cookie, J27 Blackberry, and J26 Mike. We did see quite a few others from a distance. One photo was pretty nice with J26 with Lime Kiln Lighthouse in the background. It was a dilemma deciding whether to have the lighthouse in focus or the whale. I am making it my featured pic for today’s post.

A shot of Eba, the whale poop sniffing research dog. They collected a sample today from J38 Cookie. We came alongside to get a look at the samples collected. Eba and Giles are featured in the Disney Plus premier of “It’s a Dog’s Life.” Take a look, you will enjoy it.

We saw a couple of BALD EAGES and a few exotics of Spieden Island on the way home.


To learn more about Captain Ken, 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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