San Juan Outfitters five hour tour departed Roche Harbor at 11:30am this morning and travelled South through Mosquito Pass. The conditions were fantastic; a balmy 75 Fahrenheit and just enough breeze to offer our paddlers relief from the cloudless skies. After taking a quick lunch at Open Bay, we were met by several J-Pod resident Orcas and enjoyed witnessing tail slaps and breaches from under fifty yards away. Whether it's your first time or your hundredth, it is truly breathtaking to see these powerful creatures interacting with our natural world.
After our black and white friends left us, we travelled along the West coast of Henry Island to Battleship. Along the way we were joined by many bald eagles, harbor seals, and one curious river otter. A tiring but rewarding day on the water called for a bull kelp snack before we returned to Roche Harbor. All in all it was a beautiful day to be in the San Juan Islands and we returned feeling very lucky to have experienced such a close encounter with some Resident Killer Whales.
Kayak Guide Rylie "The Whale Whisperer", 5 Hour Tour, San Juan Outfitters