The Atlantic ran a great article today on the decline of the southern resident orcas and the rise of the transient orcas. We are now down to just 74 southern residents, but we are up to 349 transients. As the article says, the transient population is "well on its way to replacing the residents as the dominant killer whale in the Salish Sea."
- Trip report of a close-range kayak encounter with resident orcas off San Juan Island, 2014.
- Trip report of a close-range kayak encounter with transient orcas in south Puget Sound, 2017.
(Both identifications confirmed at the Orca Network archive of sightings).