Southern Resident killer whales were spotted on the west side of San Juan Island in the morning rain. The Wild Orca research crew departed from Snug Harbor and headed south down Haro straight towards Hannah Heights where they encountered a group of four whales spread loosely and foraging in the rip current at Edwards point. The whales were socially active most of the day stopping to socialize and possibly forage several times between Lime Kiln Lighthouse and Stewart Island. One fecal sample was located at 2:15 about a mile offshore between Lime Kiln State Park and the San Juan County park. Similar to the sample collected on the 26th this sample was also quite small although while the first one was wispy this one was very sticky and both of them were green which was interesting.

Research Vessel

R/V Cheena


Southern Resident Killer Whales


J Pod

Research Activities

Fecal Collection

This work is made possible in part by a grant from
Rose Foundation