October 29, 2017 – It was a fall day on the water where those bursts of sunshine felt so good. There were not as many sea lions on Whale Rocks as normal. Some were rafted up in groups acting social and others were spread all over presumably fishing. A large group was gathered behind Goose Island in the shallows. South of Long Island we arrived on scene to see the transient killer whale family known as the T2C’s enjoying their lunch as the gulls circled looking for scraps. This is a special orca family for many reasons. T2C2 is a 12 yr old male orca who has scoliosis. He is fully dependent on his family to hunt and share the meals with him. They must have patience to wait for him to keep up as he constantly lags behind due to his disability. After their meal the whales socialized and played in a tactile group which was fun to see. Sailing in some strong gusty winds clenched our decision to reef the main sail to make things more manageable. Tacking back in forth in Griffin Bay with orcas, and to our surprise David found two humpbacks in the distance heading our way. We obtained some off angle photos but believe the humpbacks to be BCXukKeta2015#2 “Nike” and BCX1057 “Divot”. This is the 3rd day in a row that a pair of humpbacks has gone down San Juan Channel passing Friday Harbor!
- Another pair of humpbacks passing Friday Harbor
- Another humpback whale passing Friday Harbor