Orcas near the San Juan Islands

Port Townsend, Washington:
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Daughter and Granddaughter waiting to board:
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Our whale viewing boat, the Glacier Spirit:
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Most passengers clung to the railing anxiously watching for whales. Whidbey Island in the background:
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Sparkling waters:
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On board was a poster showing the various whales we might see:
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And a map of the San Juan Islands:
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The boat was really churning up the water to get to more likely viewing waters:
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View from the stern:
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First sighting. Can you see it?
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The dorsal fins of adult male orcas are about six feet tall:
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After a lot of long distance viewing, this fellow came right up to the boat beneath where I was standing:
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He was headed back under in an instant:
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Still barely visible under the water:
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More long distance sightings:
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Then, suddenly a second came in for a close encounter:

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My daughter captured this great photo of the second close encounter:
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Then he was underwater again right alongside:
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A great time was had by Grandma, Grandpa and Granddaughter:

Daughter and Son-in-Law:

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5 Responses to Orcas near the San Juan Islands

  1. Marcy says:

    Awesome!(

  2. Judy L. Fuller says:

    Great photos! Mother Nature provides us so many treasures to enjoy.

  3. Lillian says:

    Really awesome! Mimi looks a little nervous…

  4. pippa says:

    Wonderful photos, although I did wonder if Mimi was praying before she boarded the boat! Looks like a great time was had by all.

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