Another fabulous day on San Juan Island! Our Owner and Captain Brian was out on the water today and spotted transient orcas near Henry Island late this morning. T18 was out with the T19 group hunting in Open Bay and off Battleship Island. We often see these transient orcas in the summer months as well. Harbor seals were the main course this morning, a favorite of transient orcas. Brian observed lots a vocalizations after the hunt was over. Transients are often seen "celebrating" after a kill, the sign of a happy and full orca.
Battleship Island is a nature preserve and heavily populated with harbor seals. The harbor seals enjoy the large kelp bed that surrounds the small rock island. In the summer time harbor seal pups are often seen laying on top of the kelp. It is not wonder that it is also a favorite diner for transient orcas!
Reservations Manager, San Juan Outfitters