As mentioned in yesterday's post on J Pod, we followed these orcas northward along the west coast of San Juan Island for about 40 miniutes last Friday morning. One of the easiest orcas to identify in the J pod group (which at the moment numbers about 25 whales) is the big fella named J1, seen here swimming three abreast with two other orcas. He is also known as "Ruffles" because of the slightly wavy trailing edge of his six foot dorsal fin. His estimated age is about fifty eight years old. Ruffles was the first orca of J pod to be identified in a study that began in 1976, thus he carries the number 1. More about the pods that make up the Southern Resident Community of orca whales can be found here.
Can't say enough about the great service PS Express whale watching and wildlife tours provides for visitors to Port Townsend. Thanks to Skipper Pete Hanke and his family who use their many years of experience in the business to make a trip with them an enjoyable and memorable adventure.
Many more R posts can be found today at ABC Wednesday.