All Aboard Sailing

J pod, L87 and a harbor porpoise

July 25, 2017 РOur evening sail with J pod was much different than our afternoon trip. We heard on the radio that J pod had been playing with a harbor porpoise for about an hour.  When we arrived they were in a tight group circling with occasional spy hops while pushing around the porpoise on their rostrums. 25 whales in all engaging in this activity. At some point the whales briefly changed to a straight course followed by several breaches, including L87 a full grown male repeatedly half breaching. Their behavior changed again by slowly circling/milling with relaxed breaths. It was as if we were watching transient orcas. We heard only a few orca vocalizations on the hydrophone.

Bull kelp - Turn Rock

Bull kelp – Turn Rock

Bull kelp - Turn Rock

Bull kelp – Turn Rock

Peregrine Falcon

Peregrine Falcon

Peregrine Falcon

Peregrine Falcon

Bald eagle

Bald eagle

J Pod with Cypress Island

J Pod with Cypress Island and Mt Baker

J pod with L87 playing with a porpoise

J pod with L87 playing with a porpoise

J pod with L87 playing with a porpoise

J pod with L87 playing with a porpoise

J pod with L87 playing with a porpoise

J pod with L87 playing with a porpoise

Lots of spy hops

Lots of spy hops

J pod with L87 playing with a porpoise

J pod with L87 playing with a porpoise

Lots of spy hops

Lots of spy hops

Pushing porpoise on rostrum

Pushing porpoise on rostrum

J pod with L87 playing with a porpoise

J pod with L87 playing with a porpoise

Pushing porpoise on rostrum

Pushing porpoise on rostrum

J pod with L87 playing with a porpoise

J pod with L87 playing with a porpoise

J pod with L87 playing with a porpoise

J pod with L87 playing with a porpoise

L87 half breach

L87 half breach

Orca cartwheel

Orca cartwheel

J Pod

J Pod in Rosario Strait

J Pod in Rosario Strait

J Pod in Rosario Strait

Orca blow

Orca blow

Sailing with J pod and L87

Sailing with J pod and L87

Sailing with J pod and L87

Sailing with J pod and L87

Sailing with J pod and L87

Sailing with J pod and L87

J pod heading down Rosario Strait in a tight group

J pod heading down Rosario Strait in a tight group

Sunset over San Juan Channel

Sunset over San Juan Channel

Sunset over San Juan Channel

Sunset over San Juan Channel

Sunset over San Juan Channel

Sunset over San Juan Channel

Mt Baker

Mt Baker in the sunset