Whale Tales – Horned Puffins and Killer Whales

By Captain Ken Rea

A perfect day on the water with a HORNED PUFFIN and an  ORCA.

We were viewing TUFTED PUFFINS, RED-NECKED GREBES, WHITE-WINGED SCOOTERS, BLACK OYSTERCATCHERS, RED-NECKED PHALAROPE. Our goal of the day, was finding the elusive HORNED PUFFIN.

While viewing the birds, a pod of ORCA was approaching us, so we followed them for a few minutes before continuing our search for the HORNED PUFFIN. It was nice to the puffin for my birding tour who came to see just him. However, they also enjoyed seeing so many others of the 172 species of sea birds in the Salish Sea.

We also viewed the pod on my second tour after stopping to view a MINKE WHALE first. The ORCA pod was the T37A’s.

It looked like they were going to lead us to the border where we would have had to stop but then they turned right and led us back towards San Juan Island.

 

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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