K-26, Lobo. Image: The Whale Museum.
K-26, Lobo. Image: The Whale Museum.

“OMG, this was literally the best trip ever!” That’s the text we received from Naturalist Izzy when we asked how the trip was going. It was K-Pod keeping us company in both the morning and afternoon and boy did we get a good look. We met the group in the morning near Eagle Point and spent quite a bit of time with the two big males of the pod, Lobo (K-26) and Scooter (K-25). In the afternoon, we again met the group at the southern end of San Juan Island. And this is where the magic happened! Lobo was very keen on the boats, spending a long time swimming parallel with Marauder IV, showing off his beautiful saddle patch. Shortly after, about four of the group started tail slapping and rolling over on to their backs! It was a fascinating show and gave the passengers a great view of their entire body. At one point, almost simultaneously, four of the pod came swimming directly toward the boat! The highlight of the trip though was the whale that came right up to the boat and swam along the port side. He was so close that when he turned over in the water, some of the passengers caught a glimpse of his eye!

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