Early the next morning, J pod was right in front of my house on the west side of San Juan Island, but I did not know this because I was sleeping. I woke up to reports of them just passing Lime Kiln State Park up island of me, heading North. Disappointed from missing a close encounter from shore at the park, I went about my morning. Only a few hours later though, I heard reports of orcas near my house again. Confused, I went to investigate. It was Group B of J pod and checking in with a researcher, it had sounded like Group A had continued North, while Group B turned around and headed back South again.
I watched Group B for awhile as they socialized offshore and then all at, once turned around and headed North again. I jumped into my car and headed to a beach a few miles North of me where the orcas sometimes come closer to shore. The first J pod members I saw were Samish J14, her offsrping Hy'shqa J37, Suttles J40, Se-Yi'-Chn J45 and her grandson J49. Eclipse J41 was with them too. Well, these orcas are members of Group A, so that meant that all of J pod had been doing the West side shuffle, not just Group B.
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