July 20, 2015 – It was quite the blustery morning, as Marauder and 2 of our zodiacs headed out towards San Juan Island with reports of K-Pod, our resident killer whales, swimming along its coast. But our boats got through the choppy conditions without much problem and caught up with the orcas towards the south end of the island. There seemed to be whales everywhere! They were spread out all over the place as they were chasing the salmon. The first individual we saw was the big male, Lobo, who was quite active as we were getting on scene. He did a few barrel rolls and showed off his underbelly. Lobo also swam quite close to our boat at one point and surfaced very loudly with his huge dorsal fin waving in the wind. We also had some great viewings of some of the females of the pod as they circled the boat.
Our trip home was quite the adventure as the wind had picked up and created some pretty large waves near Discovery and Chatham Islands, where we stopped to view some seals lounging on the rocks. We all had a roller-coaster of a ride back home but left with high spirits when we got back into Victoria!
The wind picked up even more in the afternoon, creating 6-7 foot waves and the conditions had gotten way too rough for our boats to go out. So instead of cancelling our trip all together, we gave our guests a free tour of our beautiful Harbour.