After departing Snug Harbor at 8 AM, we encountered J pod orcas and trailed them south along the west side of San Juan Island. They were traveling quickly, displaying surface behaviors like tail slapping, breaching, cartwheels, rolling, and frequent porpoising. We collected environmental and behavior data and sampled the group until we returned to Snug Harbor just after 5 PM.

Research Vessel

R/V Cheena


Southern Resident Killer Whales


J Pod

Research Activities

Behavior, Environmental, Fecal Sample Collection

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