Four Points Bulletin

Travels north, east, south, and west of our Oceanside home base.

This morning we changed our plan and booked a whale watching tour with Outer Island Excursions out of Skyline Marine in Anacortes. Their whale watching guarantee is temporarily suspended since US boats cannot travel into Canadian waters, which limits their typical routes. This year the company is averaging whale sightings on 90% of their tours. On the morning tour yesterday, patrons were not so lucky (but we didn’t know this until the boat had left the harbor). We immediately headed south, towards Deception Pass.

As we approached Deception Pass Bridge, our captain said he had a surprise for us. Earlier that morning, a pod of transient orcas traveled through Deception Pass into Skagit Bay. This rarely happens so not only were the guests happy, so were the employees. The captain pointed out what a treat it must have been for workers to see orcas pass under them as they repaired and painted the bridge. We followed the pod at a distance for about 45 minutes within Skagit Bay. At one point we saw a seal in the water, close to the pod, but before we had a chance to warn him, it was too late. The water was red. They then took their kill and swam right under the boat.

The pod was a group of five, a mother and her offspring. Orcas are identified by their markings. The adult female has a distinct notch on her dorsal fin. They will most likely continue on their path south later today or tonight.

I cannot believe our luck.

8 thoughts on “Skagit Bay

  1. tagpipspearl says:

    Absolutely wonderful pictures! I look forward to your posts.
    I’ve not seen our orcas yet but once saw a gray whale off the coast of La Push. Still one of the high points of my life! I bet your daughter carries some memories of this trip with her for years!

    1. I used to volunteer on a whale watching boat, affiliated with Birch Aquarium. I have seen quite a few, but no orcas. Not in the wild like that. It was so exciting.

  2. Denise says:

    OMG you are the whale whisperer! What an incredible tale of life on the sea. Your photos are incredible, too. WOW. I am at a loss for words. What an adventure. Thanks for bringing us a long. WOW.

    1. I still can’t believe how fortunate we were.

  3. ⛴ Another wonderful blog entry – Skagit Bay! Had heard of it before but really did not know much about it! Maybe we’re going to have a junior oceanographer in the family soon – lil A! With all these exciting hands-on experiences!! 🥰🤗🌊🌊🌊

    1. She will have a lot of experiences to draw from when deciding what to do for the rest of her life. In due time…

  4. Kimberly Chung says:

    So cool! I really want to take Lea whale watching one day! You guys were so lucky!

    1. Sooooo lucky!

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