The T065A matriline is made up of T065A (the matriarch, born in 1986), and her four offspring, T065A2 (sprouter male, born in 2004), T065A3 (born in 2007), T065A4 (born in 2011), and T065A5 (born in 2014). The five of them were making their way out of the inlet at a medium pace, with a few surfacings followed by a deep dive that would last a few minutes. At one point, one of the kids did a funky tail slap that created a good splash, but other than that the orcas were in travel mode. They were aiming for Squaxin Island as they slowly disappeared from view, their loud exhales still audible. It was so great to hear that sound again, I have missed it.
I had not seen the T065As for quite some time so it was awesome to see them again, even if it was from a distance. It is obvious now that T065A2 is sprouting and growing fast! We could not have asked for better weather and water conditions to watch these guys in either. Blue skies, a warm, gentle breeze, and the water was flat and quiet, great for listening to their blows.
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