My first time seeing stellar sea lions, these things are huge, triple the weight of a grizzly bear! They’re currently listed as a threatened species due to unknown causes of their decline in this population
Breaching orca! One of the younger members of J-pod which lost a juvenile a week ago and also Granny in 2016 who was believed to be at least 105 years old. The total population of southern resident orcas has now dropped to 74. Their population has not reached over 100 since Sea World captured and killed 55-60 of these orcas between 1965-1976 when they were banned from taking any more from here. Now they are mainly threatened by the amount of available salmon which has declined by about 90%. During this trip, @andygetsaround and I got to enjoy watching J & K pod which make up 2 of 3 southern resident populations
Taking a break from wildlife for this wedding which is the reason I came to Washington although of course I extended the trip to do outdoor activities as well. Congrats to my very good pal @marc_pnw for moving up here several years ago and settling down with an awesome wife today!
Awesome encounter of these eastern tropical pacific orcas last night! There was at least 8 of them including a big male that had some fresh deep rake marks on his dorsal fin from another orca! #abc7eyewitness