Update! (06 November 2013): YNS member, Alice Popejoy, has shared a video from the whale watching trip which you can now view here. Thank you, Alice!
Last Sunday (20 October 2013) the Young Naturalists’ Society took a trip to the San Juan Islands for a whale watching expedition. We had a great group of 33 YNSers in attendance (our largest group yet), great weather, and TONS of wildlife!
The trip started out with a few harbor porpoise sightings and lots of cool sea birds. We came across several bait balls (tightly packed swarms of small fish) that attracted the attention of some gulls and alcids, but nothing big came to feed.
Then, about halfway into the trip, we got word that J, K, and L pod (that’s ALL of the resident orcas) had come back from the Pacific Ocean and were foraging off of the west coast of San Juan Island!
We got some incredible views of the whales including two separate groups that swam alongside our boat (within ~20 feet of us) and one very PG-13 moment between two whales (the rating scale is different when you are watching nature). Some of the whales our on-board-naturalist, Brooke McKinley, was able to identify were: Mega, Mystery, Nigel, Mike, Alki, Slick and Echo.
On the way back we saw a large group of Steller sea lions and a mature bald eagle. All together an amazing trip. Thanks to our drivers, to Island Adventures for their expertise (and the group rate on our tickets), and to everyone that came out and made this trip a success! Special thanks to Jessica Lundin and Brandon Peecook for their seminars on Friday during our show-and-tell and to Jared Grummer for the fantastic photos of our trip!
Hope to see you all next month for our fossil plants field trip!