In June 2011 I took a fantastic day trip to the San Juan Islands to see Killer Whales (Orca) in the Puget Sound of Washington state. From the cruise boat we came across 11 whales from J-Pod including its famous matriarch J-2 “Granny“, believed to be the oldest Orca (born around 1911!) in the 3 pods which reside in this area (J, K and L pods). She often acts as a baby sitter for whale calves and was also one of the whales seen in the Free Willy movies.
It was quite an amazing experience watching such a large group of Killer Whales peacefully swim along looking for food. They are one of the most powerful predators in the world and hunt in packs often being called the “Wolves of the Sea” but on this day you would never know it as they slowly and calmly swam along. Such beautiful creatures.
I think we watched the whales for about 45 minutes. It was such a great moment but the time passed too quickly. Before we knew it the moment was over and we were making the long journey back to Seattle.
This weekend I am heading out again to see Grey Whales migrating their way from Mexico to Alaska. Maybe I might be lucky enough to see one of the Killer Whale pods at the same time. I will keep you posted either way!