The next day, Group A was up at the Fraser River, while lots of orcas were reported off of Eagle Point, San Juan Island. Soon, I could see J, K, and L pod members spread out offshore of my house, and that there were others to the South of me as well. In the afternoon, aboard the Odyssey of San Juan Excursions, we headed out to Hein Bank to catch up with J, K and L who were all exiting the area for the open ocean again. Escorting us out to the orcas for about thirty five minutes was the same lone Pacific white sided dolphin that has been harassing the orcas on and off this season.
The first orcas we saw were the J16's ( made up of Slick J16, Mike J26, Alki J36, and Echo J42) and L43's (Racer L72, Nigel L95, and Fluke L105). Fluke and Alki were goofing off together for awhile until Racer spy hopped and breached. Fluke then joined back up with her and they headed towards other L pod members, which turned out to be the L54's (Ino L54, Nyssa L84, Wave Walker L88, Coho L108, and Keta L117) and Ballena L90 (from the L26 matriline). Right about this time, it looked like everyone else also turned around and began heading back for San Juan Island.
This was just my third time seeing the L54's this entire season and I was very excited to see how they were doing! Coho was very active during our entire encounter, spy hopping and tail slapping multiple times! Wave Walker also tail slapped a few times! Keta did not show its belly again, so its gender is still unknown.
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