While we were with L pod, it was obvious that they were leaving the area after just arriving the day before, which most likely means there is not enough Chinook salmom to sustain them here. Historically, the Southern Residents (J,K, and L pod) could be seen in the area all year long feasting on Chinook salmon, but now they are only seen around San Juan Island in the summer and fall. These orcas are also listed under the endangered species act, and some of the Chinook salmon they depend on for almost their entire diet are endangered as well. If we are unable to save the Chinook salmon, J, K, and L pod are doomed as well. Visit Help The Orcas page to learn more.
The group consisted of T075 with her adult son T075A and another matriline called the T036As. We watched as they made two kills (probably harbor seals) in a span of about ten minutes. After each kill they celebrated with breaches, spy hops, tail slaps, and other playful activities.