All Aboard Sailing

J Pod returns and Orcas Island firework show

We sailed through Spieden Channel to meet the J’s at Battleship. Fast travel spread in loose groups to the Stuart Island shoreline. Swinging Turn Pt at full flood with direction changes, porpoising, and milling. Our hydrophone was picking up calls and echolocation. They were clearly finding fish, excitement for all. L87 was on the outside and appeared to pull a joke on us, disappearing then re-appearing next to us. We left them to sail Pender Bluffs and returned in the sunset north of John’s Island. Painted landscape of Flattop and the twilight curtains were drawn. Drifting near the cliff face north of Deer Harbor gave us the echos of fireworks as the still waters reflected the Orcas Island firework show.

Bald Eagle, Spieden Island

Bald Eagle, Spieden Island

Whale watching Sailing with Southern Resident Killer Whales  - J19 Spy Hop

J19 Spy Hop

 Whale watching Southern Resident Killer Whale J19 Shachi

J19 Shachi

 Sailing to Lovers Leap

Sailing to Lovers Leap

J41 with calf J51

J41 with calf J51

J45 and J40 porpoising

J45 and J40 porpoising

J45 and J40 porpoising

J45 and J40 porpoising

J-40 Suttles

J-40 Suttles

J45 porpoising by us

J45 porpoising by us

J14's porpoising at speed

J14’s porpoising at speed

J14 watching us underwater

J14 watching us underwater

J14 with the prettiest rainbow we've ever seen

J14 with the prettiest rainbow we’ve ever seen

J14's giving us a close pass

J14’s giving us a close pass

Spyhop

Spyhop

L87 Onyx

L87 Onyx

L87 Onyx Whale watching sailing own the San Juan Islands

L87 Onyx

L87 Onyx Whale watching sailing own the San Juan Islands

L87 Onyx

Sailing passed the Pender Bluffs

Sailing passed the Pender Bluffs

Pender Bluffs

Pender Bluffs

Pender Bluffs

Pender Bluffs

Harbor Seal asleep in the kelp

Harbor Seal asleep in the kelp

Sunset begins  in Boundary Pass over the Canadian Gulf Islands

Sunset begins in Boundary Pass over the Canadian Gulf Islands

Pelagic Cormorants

Pelagic Cormorants

Black Oyster Catchers fly by

Black Oyster Catchers fly by

Bald Eagle watching the sunset

Bald Eagle watching the sunset

Flattop Island in sunset light

Flattop Island in sunset light

Sunset sail

Sunset sail

Sunset behind Flattop Island

Sunset behind Flattop Island

Another boring sunset

Another boring sunset

Rhinoceros Auklets flying home with their mouthfuls of fish

Rhinoceros Auklets flying home with their mouthfuls of fish

illuminated clouds

illuminated clouds

Captain David pointing out the sunset incase you didn't see it :)

Captain David pointing out the sunset incase you didn’t see it :)

Fireworks begin at Deer Harbor, Orcas Island

Fireworks begin at Deer Harbor, Orcas Island

The jewel in the heart of the lotus Fireworks - Deer Harbor, Orcas Island

The jewel in the heart of the lotus

eyeball Fireworks - Deer Harbor, Orcas Island

eyeball

waterfalls Fireworks - Deer Harbor, Orcas Island

waterfalls

The finale Fireworks - Deer Harbor, Orcas Island

The finale