June 13, 2020
Bigg's Killer Whales off the West Side of San Juan Island!!!
Laura | M/V Sea Lion | 6/13/2020 | 5:30pm
This evening's sunset whale watch was spectacular! We headed southbound through San Juan Channel towards Cattle Point. We passed some fun pelagic bird species along the way, including pigeon guillemots, rhinoceros auklets, and cormorants. After reaching Cattle Point, the seas were a little rough but passengers were excited for the adventure! We received a report of Bigg's killer whales (historically called transients) along the west side of San Juan Island near Land Bank, heading south.
There are other whales around the world believed to have leucism. One is a famous humpback whale named Migaloo, found near Queensland, Australia. This migrating population of humpbacks actually have a few individuals lacking pigment, and numbers may grow as the population increases with this genetic trait. Migaloo is a male first spotted in 1991 as a juvenile adult, making him at least 30 years old by now! This is very promising for our little orca calf T46B1B, otherwise known as Tl'uk, to have a very long and successful life ahead!