I heard there were orcas in the channel so I headed over to the bridge and waited for them to pass by. It was snowing so my photos did not turn out as well as I would have liked them to. I was also standing on shore, so the orcas were either coming towards me or swimming away from me. It was difficult to get a good side photo of the saddle patch and dorsal fin. However, the T037s have been identified. These are transient (mammal eaters) orcas.
We were able to count five whales, including a very young calf. Three (including the calf) appeared to be socializing, as they were rolling around and spy hopping. We also saw a couple pec slaps. We thought the calf might have been nursing at one point. Also, we actually could hear them vocalizing very briefly. This was the first time we have heard orcas vocalizing. It was so neat! AG pod is a very large pod, and we only saw five individuals. I couldn't help but wonder where the rest were.
Recently I counted up the number of times I have seen orcas since moving to Southeast Alaska nearly six years ago. This was number 80! I hope there are many more to come.