Male Orca with Mt. Baker in the background.
Male Orca with Mt. Baker in the background.

This afternoon’s was an exciting one for our guests, as we headed out into the Strait of Juan de Fuca on beautifully calm water, arriving at Pile Point to find Resident Orcas! They were traveling back and forth along San Juan Island, most likely foraging for their favourite Chinook Salmon. Guests enjoyed a private view of K-Pod orcas (the smallest of the three Southern Resident Orca pods) as we were the only whale watching boat on scene. Part way through the trip, the Marauder IV was joined by a research vessel, providing an interesting view of not only our orcas, but the behaviour research that goes on in our area.

As Captain Bill was getting ready to depart the scene, K33, commonly known as Tika, swam right under the boat! Captain Bill could hardly contain his surprise as he described Tika “foraging, diving, rolling and spinning under the boat!” Consequently, the boat was 10 minutes late leaving the scene, as getting such a close up encounter of Tika’s remarkable behaviour kept the boat immobile, and kept out guests smiling all the way back to the dock.

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