Sunday, November 1, 2015

Orca Whales in the San Juan Islands, Part Two!

Last month I visited San Juan Island to go whale watching, and of course to do my favorite thing - wildlife photography! In part one I posted a collection of our Southern Resident Killer Whales. Today I'll post some photos of our Transient Killer Whales. While the residents eat salmon (mainly Chinook) the transients eat other marine mammals, such as seals.

If you missed part one here's the link:

 A transient orca "spyhopping" to look around. Their eyesight is comparable to ours.

 A group of transients traveling together.

Nothing quite like a slap in the face, by another orca!

 Some high-speed porpoising.

 An upside-down orca, playing around after a successful hunt.

 Rolling over.

 Madrona trees are beautiful, but are actually not native to the San Juan Islands.

 Fall in Friday Harbor!

 The golden light of the sunset reflecting off Mount Baker.

 A contemplative seagull...

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