All Aboard Sailing

The transient orcas T65As are back

August 11, 2017 – Sailed the Orcas Island shoreline of Presidents Channel passing┬áParker Reef at low tide. Puffin Island we met the Transient/Biggs Orcas, T65As. Together we passed Sucia’s Fossil Bay and sailed Presidents Channel on the Waldron shoreline. They engaged in hunting at Cowlitz Bay. The surprise of the day was when they turned, passing under our boat, and stopped to talk into our hydrophone. A memorable summer day sail for sure.

Bald eagle

Bald eagle

Harbor seals

Harbor seals – Jones Island

Harbor seals

Harbor seals – Jones Island

Orcas Island

Forests on Orcas Island

Bald eagle - Parker Reef

Bald eagle – Parker Reef

Harbor seals

Harbor seals – Parker Reef

Puffin Island

Puffin Island

Puffin Island

Puffin Island

Puffin Island

Puffin Island

Harbor seals - Puffin Island

Harbor seals – Puffin Island

Transient orcas - T65As

Transient orcas – T65As

Phalaropes taking flight

Phalarope taking flight

Many shades of blue

Many shades of blue

Fall colors

Fall colors in summer

Orca passing next to our boat

Orca passing next to our boat

T65As

T65As aiming for Presidents Channel

T65As

T65A2

T65A2 breaking the surface

T65A2 breaking the surface to breathe

T65As traveling along Waldron Island

T65As traveling along Waldron Island

T65As traveling along Waldron Island

T65As traveling along Waldron Island

Pt Disney - Waldron Island

Pt Disney – Waldron Island

Transient killer whales hunting near Pt Disney

Transient killer whales hunting in Cowlitz Bay

Transient killer whales hunting near Pt Disney

Transient killer whales hunting near Pt Disney

Transient killer whales hunting near Pt Disney

Transient killer whales finished eating and headed our way

Orca swimming under our boat

Orca swimming under our boat

Orca swimming under our boat

Orca swimming under our boat

Orca playing with hydrophone cord

Orca playing with hydrophone cord (T65A4?)

Orca watching us

Orca watching us

Orca - killer whale

Juvenile orca swimming away after playing with our hydrophone

T65As in the sunset

T65As in the sunset

T65A2 spy hop

T65A2 spy hop

Harbor seals near White Rock

Harbor seals near White Rock

Sunset

Sunset sail back to port