The first orcas we saw when we arrived on scene was the J16 matriline. Slick J16, her new daughter J50, Alki J36, and her new son J52 passed by inshore of us, while Mike J26 and Echo J42 were offshore. J50 belly flopped twice at one point. Tsuchi J31 popped up near the J16s and offshore some the K12s surfaced. All the orcas were very spread out in small groups as far as the eye could see but most everyone was angling South at this time. The next orcas we saw were the J17s. Princess Angeline J17 and her son Moby J44 were spread out further inshore, while Polaris J28, Tahlequah J35, Star J46, and Notch J47 traveled tightly together as they passed us.
When I looked back at the other larger group we had been with, I noticed that Tahlequah J35, Notch J47, and Muncher L91 had joined them, so that group was now made up of twenty one individuals! This larger group began to point North just before we were about to the leave the scene. Other orcas were still scattered around the area and had not joined the two large groups. These orcas would have been the J16s, the rest of the J17s, three of the L4s, and the rest of the L47s.
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