As J pod made their way across Haro Strait, they became very active with tail slaps, breaches, cartwheels and other behaviors. Once they were at San Juan Island, the pod settled down and split into Group A and B. This splitting into two groups began a few years ago. Normally this is how the groups are made up, but this year has been a little different.
Group A contains:
Onyx is an L pod member but travels with Granny.
Group B contains:
These orcas are known to switch between Group A and B.
On this day, Group A was the J14's (Granny, Onyx, Samish, Hy'shqa, Suttles, Se-Yi'-Chn, and Ti'lem I'nges) and J19's (Shachi and Eclipse) as usual, but Blackberry was with them, specifically traveling beside Samish. I saw him doing this on the 13th too! Group A swam North up the West side of the island, while Group B (the J16's, J17's, and J22's) headed South down the island. I caught up with Group A at Lime Kiln State Park as they came close to shore.
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