J pod orcas recently passed by Lime Kiln Lighthouse on San Juan Island in Washington state.
FRIDAY HARBOR, Washington—The endangered Southern Resident orcas have been scarce in the San Juan Islands this summer, appearing for two weeks in July and then disappearing for the rest of the summer. Their appearance this year was full of hopeful signs, including several noteworthy pregnancies, and the fact that they largely appear to be well-fed.
The J pod made a reappearance here Wednesday, passing by Lime Kiln Lighthouse on the western side of San Juan Island—close enough to hear their breathing, which is a marvelously therapeutic sound that places the listener immediately in the whales’ world. In this madhouse of a political season, it was a healing sound for some of us.