One thing I noticed on this day is that there were many people in their own personal sail, speed, and fishing boats watching the whales. I am glad that these people were interested in the orcas, but I must add a few friendly reminders. Please remember to stay at least 200 yards away from the orcas while paralleling them, and at least 400 yards out of their path. If the orcas are close to or approaching your boat, try to slowly move out of their way or if need be, turn off your motor and let them pass. If they are close to shore, do not travel inshore of them. Lastly, please do not park in their path or speed near/over/through them. I saw many instances of bad behavior from the private boaters on this day and hope that next time these people are on the water, they view the orcas from the correct distances. To learn more about how to watch the orcas respectfully, click here.
Later on in the evening, after the sun had set and I was back at the house, I began hearing orcas breathing outside my open windows. It was 10:08 PM, but there was still just barely enough light for me to see some J and L pod members head South past the house. I saw a belly flop and a tail slap from a young one and I could hear more slaps and splashes to the North of me. I wonder where they will be tomorrow?
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