Members of J-Pod were seen off of South Pender Island today. The whales were spread out and moving in an easterly direction. Several individuals were very surface active: spy hopping, lob tailing, rolling over, and even breaching! There were also a number of mature males including J26, “Mike.” After spending some time with J-Pod, Captain Jim heard reports of L-Pod off Turn Point on Stuart Island (48°42.140 N, 123°15.687 W). Again the whales were spread out and traveling in an easterly direction. Among members of L-Pod, was L41 “Mega” a 35-year-old male! So, not only did we see whales from one pod today, we ended up seeing two different pods of the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whale population! What a special day!

Naturalist Amy, San Juan Safaris Whale Watching and Wildlife Tours