San Juan Islands – Whales

The San Juan Islands consist of a string of islands (over 100) located in the northwest corner  between the mainland U.S. and Vancouver, B.C.  We stayed in the town of Friday Harbor, the big tourist spot on the island of San Juan. From there for three days we went out on the nearby waters, including the Strait of Georgia, to photograph Orcas and Humpback Whales, Seals,  Porpoises and Eagles. We also spent a few hours at the San Juan Island National Historic Park where we photographed Foxes.

This is the first in a series of photographs I will be posting. Enjoy.



Orcas Afj-5007

Mt Baker Adj-4982



2 thoughts on “San Juan Islands – Whales

  1. Thanks Pam! I don’t know if you have been following the plight of the mother whale J35 who gave birth to a calf about 12 days ago. The calf died about a 1/2 hour later and the mother has been carrying her and grieving for it ever since. This is normal behavior, she is mourning. However, whales usually only carry their calf for a day or so. J35 has been carrying and mourning her dead calf for at least 10 days. Other whales in the J Pod have been mourning with her. The J Pod is part of the resident whales in the Pacific Northwest and their numbers are dwindling, only about 75, due to a lack of food. They eat chinook salmon. Scientists are concerned for J35’s health, two reasons, if she’s eating and the stress. We saw the J Pod when were there, but cannot say for sure if we saw J35.

    Here is a good article I posted on Facebook. It’s a few days old now but it describes how Orcas grieve and help each other.


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