We spent some time in our boat and spotted a pod of five or six orcas, including a small calf, exiting Barlow Cove. I immediately recognized T072, aka Young. We have seen him at least two other times. The T100Bs and T065Bs were also identified. These are transient (mammal eaters) orcas. We were in a hurry, therefore, I did not get many photos of them.
We spent some time on our boat and saw multiple humpbacks in the North Pass area. They were seemingly everywhere. I believe there were at least 20 in the area. I was able to get fluke shots of eight of them, and was surprised to see that there were several that we are unfamiliar with. After spending time watching the humpbacks, we spotted a large pod of orcas near Gull Island. They were heading south toward Lena Point. They were very playful and super fun to watch. We saw one breach and multiple tail slaps. I was excited to discover that it was AF22 pod (residents). We saw them for the very first time 11 days ago.
The pod was spread apart and pretty elusive at first. They would surface and dive for long periods of time. They eventually came together and were easier to track. At first I thought they were transients, but I eventually found out that this was AF22 pod (residents). This was the first time we have seen this pod.
We spotted a large pod of orcas just north of Amalga Harbor. The pod was spread out, but eventually came together and began socializing. We watched as they rolled around, slapped their tails, and we got to see a couple of spyhops. The pod was identified as AG pod of the Alaska Resident Orcas. A few individuals have been identified.
We spent time in our boat and saw five humpbacks near north pass, including #1538, Flame and her calf along with #1447, Juneauite and what appeared to be a calf. This is the first time I have seen Juneauite this year. There also appeared to be a couple of humpbacks near Favorite Reef.
As we were heading in, we spotted a pod of orcas (approximately seven) near Point Retreat. The pod of transients were moving quickly and diving for long periods of time, making them extremely difficult to track.
I have submitted photos to happywhale.com and am waiting to hear back from them as far as ID's go.
As we were heading back to Juneau from a camping trip, we spotted a large pod of orcas near Howard Bay in Chatham Strait. The pod was spread out over a large area. It was difficult to determine how many individuals there were. We did manage to get photos of two large males. This pod has been identified as AG pod (Alaska resident orcas). As we watched the orcas we spotted two humpbacks in the area as well. I managed to get a fluke photo of one of the humpbacks.
We spent some time in Icy Strait and saw many Dall's porpoise. They seemed to be in every direction that we looked.
I happened to look out our window and saw a pod of six to eight orcas going by. They were heading north. Although it was late in the evening, I was able to get a few photos. However, they are grainy due to distance and lighting issues. It has been determined that these were resident orcas, likely part of AG pod.
A very brief sighting in the channel. They were elusive and far away from where I was on shore.
As I was sitting on a beach at Fish Creek, I observed two orcas far off in the distance near Fritz Cove. They were well over one mile away from me. You can see both of them in this photo.