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Transient Orcas T49As meet T36As and T99s at Patos

4/18/17 – Woke up to hearing about orca whales at Orca’s Ferry Landing. Out of the door and cut the lines to meet them entering Spring Pass after passing through the narrow Pole Pass. T49A’s, a mom and her 3 offspring including T49A1 (a mature 16 yr old male). They had a mid morning snack after circling Jones Island before following the shoreline of Orcas Island via President’s Channel. After passing us at Pt Doughy we heard reports of T36A’s and T99’s at East Point, Saturna Island, BC. (6 miles to our northwest). The T49A’s appeared to be heading in that direction, however, they took the north side of Waldon Island for lunch. Drifting and eating came to an abrupt change at Sandy Pt with a fast course set for Patos Lighthouse (7 miles to the northeast) and the location of the T36A’s and T99’s. Their meeting was amazing. T49A1 full body tail slaps and cartwheels. Socialization and possibly shared eating of a sea lion predation from earlier continued for at least 2 hours at which point we had to leave and follow the sunset home. ¬†We deployed our hydrophone and the vocalizations were out of our ordinary reality. You can hear a 7 minute section on our FaceBook video.

Transient Orcas T49A's

T49A’s cruising the shoreline of Orcas Island

Intense Skies

Intense Skies

Transient orca T49A

Transient orca T49A with fantastic clouds

Bare Island

Bare Island

Immature Bald Eagle

Immature Bald Eagle on Skipjack Island

Harbor seals on Skipjack Island

Harbor seals on Skipjack Island

Harbor seals on Skipjack Island

Harbor seals on Skipjack Island

T49A

Matriarch T49A, born 1986 (31 yrs old)

Skipjack Island

Skipjack Island the emerald jewel in a sapphire sea

16 year old male orca T49A1

16 year old male orca T49A1

T49A1

T49A1 excitedly tail lobbing as his family joined the transient gathering (or T party)

Transient T Party

Transient T Party

Juvenile orcas playing

Juvenile orcas playing

Juvenile orcas playing

Juvenile orcas playing

Juvenile orcas playing

Juvenile orca playing

Transient Orcas

Transient Orcas

Killer whale headstand, Alden Pt Lighthouse

Killer whale headstand, Alden Pt Lighthouse, Patos Island

Bonaparte's gull

Bonaparte’s gull

Killer whale spy hop

Killer whale spy hop peep

Orca headstand

Orca headstand

orca families

orca families

Close socialization of orca families

Close socialization of orca families

T49A

T49A

Boundary Pass

Boundary Pass

Orca spy hop in the sunset

Orca spy hop in the sunset

T36A and T99

The two matriarchs: T36A (born 1990) with T99 (born 1984)

Half breach

Half breach in the sunset

T49A1 with East Point

T49A1 with East Point in the background

Killer whales and rainbow

Transients and a rainbow over Patos Island

Sunset in the San Juan Islands

Sunset in the San Juan Islands

Sunset in the San Juan Islands

Sunset in the San Juan Islands

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle on night watch