October 6 Trip Report: Another splendid, sunny day aboard Mystic Sea! After we cleared Guemes Channel, we headed north through the San Juan Islands, and happily caught up with the T49As and T65As (Transient aka Bigg’s orcas) at the north end of San Juan Island. One group was fairly spread out, trending northwest and we stayed with them for awhile. We then visited with the second group, near Waldron Island. This group of four, 2 large males and two smaller ones, split to go around Battleship Island, then turned north in the sparkling sunshine. The T49A group are T49A (matriarch, born 1986), son T46A1 (born 2001), T49A2 (born 2007), son T49A3 (born 2011), T49A4 (born 2014) and T49A5 (born 2017). The T65A group (who we have been lucky to see a lot this season) are T65A (matriarch, born 1986), son T65A2 (born 2004), son T65A3 (born 2007), daughter T65A4 (born 2011), T65A5 (born 2014), and calf T65A5 (born April 2018). We then checked out the exotic deer and sheep on Spieden Island, and made our way back to Cap Sante marina. Such a privilege to see these magnificent orcas! It’s been a wonderful season, with splendid weather (mostly!) and splendid whales. Thanks to Captains Monte and Eric and all the great crew members, and Amy Wood at the office, to all our wonderful passengers!
(all photos zoomed in and cropped). Bonnie Gretz, volunteer naturalist
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