Marine mammals

Many first time visitors to the San Juan Island come to the see the Orca. Fascinating and spectacular they are only a small portion of the marine mammals that call Puget Sound home.

My interest began with the porpoises that rolled by the sailboat as I went from island to island. Usually they were visible in calms seas but I occasinally saw them in weather too. Talking to other boaters and fisherman I got some interesting stories including being told that they were “blackfish” and really were fish – not mammals.

That got me going. I discovered that Dall’s porpoises and harbor porpoises both exist in the area. Being told that what I was seeing was Dall’s – I carried merrily on. I realized that there were other small whales in the area. And then there were the seals.

All fascinating creatures in their own right.

 


History of the natural – San Juan Islands

Natural history isn’t the strongest search term to name a blog – yet I want to post a ton of material that doesn’t fit under any rubric better than that. I’m interested in the San Juan Islands. Their human history, their geological history as well as their ecology – botany – and zoology. Not to mention that it is just a beautiful place.

 


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Angus Pratt is a newcomer to the San Juans. Unlike many of the other recent immigrants from Southern California he ...


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