We stopped near Otter Bay for awhile to scan for other orcas and Shachi J19, Eclipse J41, J51, with Hy'shqa J37, Ti'lem I'nges J49 further back behind them also paused for a bit to forage and back track a little, waiting for other members of J pod to catch up with them. Soon, Tahlequah J35, Notch J47, Tsuchi J31, and Mako J39 joined Hy'shqa J37 and Ti'lem I'nges J49 and as a group they continued North, aiming for Active Pass, with Shachi J19, Eclipse J41, and J51 still further up in front. To see if Shachi J19 and the other two were really the Northern most orcas, we headed up through Active Pass and scanned Georgia Strait but we did not find any more orcas. Shachi J19, Eclipse J41, and J51 were now clearly in the lead.
We made our way back down through Active Pass and waited near the entrance for the orcas to arrive. Active Pass seems to be a very special place for the Southern Resident orcas, and it is also one of the routes they take to get to the Fraser River, Texada Island or other locations further North in an attempt to find Chinook/King salmon. As we waited quietly off of Enterprise Reef, we noticed Onyx L87 and Granny J2 far off in the distance along the shoreline of Prevost Island. Interestingly, they looked like they were slowly heading for Trincomali Channel instead of Active. Eventually, Shachi J19, Eclipse J41, and J51 made their way over to the entrance of Active but hovered outside of it. The three took this time to rest and socialize. Their movement was slow and methodical, and even J51's surfacings weren't as speedy as usual. Ever so slowly, they inched their way towards the pass. Shachi J19 then rolled on her side and slapped her pectoral fin hard on the surface of the water, blew a raspberry sound, and the three lined up and faced the entrance.
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