It should be noted that two Transient orca matrilines known as the T037A's and T137's were also around San Juan Island on the 28th and were within a few miles or less of the Resident orcas at certain times, but they did not interact of course. The T018's, T034's, T036A's, T065A's, T101's, and T124's have all been seen around the area recently too.
On the morning of the 29th, I could see the Resident orcas heading North past my house. Soon after, the orcas turned around and headed back South. Classic "West side Shuffle" again, which they continued to do into the night. So, aboard the Odyssey of San Juan Excursions on the 29th, we headed for the South end of San Juan island. When we arrived on scene with the orcas, I identified the J14's, J22's, K12's, K13's and K14's. I did not J16's, but they could have been there. I found out later that the J19's were there too but I didn't see them. The orcas were all being quite social and there were many spy hops, back dives, tail slaps, inverted tail slaps, pectoral fin slaps, and dorsal fin slaps, along with a few breaches, cartwheels, and flirtations. Adult male Lobo K26 surprised us with a close pass by and so did sprouter male Cookie J38, who blew a raspberry and slapped his pectoral fin twice before swimming past us.
Which orcas will I see next?
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