Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Cruisin' with J Pod

Enjoyed a great visit to the San Juan Islands over the weekend which included taking a Port Townsend whale watching vessel at Puget Sound Express to Friday Harbor. We departed Port Townsend on Friday morning and caught up to the orca whales along the west coast of San Juan Island. A beautiful day it was as we cruised along so close to those magnificent animals watching them move northward so gracefully near the shore.
J Pod is one of three groups of orcas that frequent these waters and includes only about twenty five whales. More tomorrow about the whales and whale watching services.


14 comments:

Sylvia K said...

Oh, how fabulous! I've always wanted to do that and your photos are almost as good as being there myself! Thanks for sharing! Have a great week!

cieldequimper said...

Next time I'm nearer the Quimper peninsula ;-) I'll do that. Your shot is fantastic!

Olivier said...

tu as eut de la chance de vivre se superbe spectacle
you have haughtiness was lucky to live show

Paul said...

Great photo. I have never seen any whale other than on TV or photos. I would love to have been there.

Bibi said...

Wow, you really got a good shot of those whales. Envious!

B Squared said...

Is the pod growing or decreasing?

Babooshka said...

Now I really am jealous. We have basking sharks way out out sea, but nothing like this.

Jim said...

Neat, looks like you are right on top of them almost.

Small City Scenes said...

Ah, lucky you. I have seen the gray Whales near Langley but not the Orcas.And not so close. What a super neat shot you got. LUCKY!!!!! MB

Jacob said...

Magnificent shot. Frame it and hang it!

raf said...

B Squared, to answer your question: In the past twenty five years the pods (J,K,L) studied in these waters have not shown sustained growth of population. They are known as the Southern Resident orcas and now number somewhere in the mid-eighties. They are protected as an endangered specie.

gogouci said...

Are you kidding me? What an awesome sight to see. How lucky you are to experience nature so closely.

Tash said...

OMG, how great is that! (Yes, I feel like a kid again - this is so exciting!) Congratulations on an awsome photo.

Chuck Pefley said...

Quite a lovely sight, Raf. And thanks for the great recommendation for the tour operator. May give them a try -:)