June 17, 2009

An Orca Breach

L pod was near False Bay (on San Juan Island) today.
L pod is one of the three pods that make up the Southern Resident Killer Whales. Southern Resident killer whales were listed as an endangered species in the united states in November of 2005. There are a number of threats to these animals, but two declining fish populations and contamination are the largest contributors.

Today we were able to identify L-78, Gaia, a male. We also saw a breach by what appeared to be a youngster! The young orcas are so playful.

On the way back we took a quick detour to the Cactus Islands and saw some Harlequin Ducks- these ducks are so beautiful.

It was a great day for wildlife viewing.

Naturalist Jeannette
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