All Aboard Sailing

T37As, T51 and July 4th Fireworks

July 4, 2017 – After the parade we cut the lines to sail away from the heat of the day. Reports indicated Biggs (Transient) Orcas with again many groups spread over a fairly wide area of the Salish Sea and traveling, with some exceptions, in the same direction. It’s interesting to me that the groups of families and friends seem to be within a roughly 12 mile diameter – what I think of as acoustical range yet these whales are seldom\vocal with high amplitude. Our sail coincided with watching the T37A family – a young mum of 4 at 23 years, with T51 Male accompanying 8 year old T37A2. In late afternoon they ventured deep into Eastbound Orcas Island all the way into the pockets of onlookers at Ship Bay and Fishing Bay. We left them after a brisk sail out of Eastbound only to see them again at sunset outside Fsherman’s Harbor, Lopez. We also saw 2 Peregrine Falcons with prey as well as a Bald Eagle at nest with chick. And just a beautiful sunset sail into the fireworks of Friday Harbor. How do you spell ‘memorable experience’? Each one of Barbara’s photos of today say one thousand times more.

Peregrine Falcon eating a small bird

Peregrine Falcon eating a small bird

Peregrine Falcon in tree

Peregrine Falcon in tree

Bald Eagle with Chick

Bald Eagle with Chick

 T37A hunting

T37A hunting

T37A4 (aka crinkley fin)

T37A4 (aka crinkley fin)

 Orca tail flukes

Orca tail flukes

Orca with harbor seal in mouth

Orca with harbor seal in mouth

T37A swimming backwards

T37A swimming backwards

Orcas deep in Eastsound Orcas Island

Orcas deep in Eastsound Orcas Island

Whale watchers Outlook Inn

Whale watchers Outlook Inn

Surf Scoters in Eastsound

Surf Scoters in Eastsound

T51 with backlit blow

T51 with backlit blow

T37As

T37As

Sailing with whales

Sailing with whales

T37As and T51

T37As and T51

Bald eagle feeding chick

Bald eagle feeding chick

Washington State Ferry with Mt Baker

Washington State Ferry with Mt Baker

Transients hunting near Fishermans Bay

Transients hunting near Fishermans Bay

Orca headstand

Orca headstand and sex ID photo of either T37A3 or T37A4

T51 with Olympic Mountains

T51 with Olympic Mountains

Orcas in the sunset

Orcas in the sunset

Orcas in the sunset

Orcas in the sunset

T51 charging after a seal

T51 charging after a seal

T37A4 breach

T37A4 leaping next to mom, T37A, during harbor seal predation

Orca sex ID photo of either T37A3 or T37A4

Orca sex ID photo of either T37A3 or T37A4

T51 Spy Hop

T51 Spy Hop

Dusk over Friday Harbor

Dusk over Friday Harbor

Twilight Zone

Twilight Zone

Fireworks over Friday Harbor

Sailing into Friday Harbor to watch the fireworks show

Fireworks over Friday Harbor

Fireworks over Friday Harbor

Fireworks over Friday Harbor

Fireworks over Friday Harbor

Fireworks over Friday Harbor

Fireworks over Friday Harbor

Fireworks over Friday Harbor

Fireworks over Friday Harbor