July 18 – Resident Orcas

© Five Star Whale Watching/Katie Smith. Image — Tail fluke of a Resident orca from today’s trip.

Resident Orcas

We spent this day with Resident Orcas off the west side of San Juan Islands. Southern Resident orcas are divided into three pods: J-, K-, and L-pod. The pod we spent time with today was the L-pod. Resident orcas are strictly fish-eating orcas. They mainly eat salmon, particularly chinook salmon.

Our guests were delighted to see highly surface-active orcas today, especially the young ones that were tailslapping and spyhopping. Tailslapping is considered a non-vocal form of communication between whales, and spyhopping allows whales to see what is in their vicinity above water.

To see more photos from today’s trips, click on the following links.

Morning Trip

Afternoon Trip

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