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Where are the orca pods?

Last Updated: 29th May, 2020

J pod is the pod most likely to appear year-round in the waters of the San Juan Islands and Southern Gulf Islands, lower Puget Sound (near Seattle), and Georgia Strait. This 22-member pod tends to frequent the west side of San Juan Island in mid to late spring.

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Thereof, where can you see an orca?

Five great places to see killer whales in the wild

  • San Juan Islands, Washington. This is one of the most dependable place to go to see orcas in the continental U.S.
  • Vancouver Island, Canada.
  • Southeastern Alaska.
  • Monterey Bay, Calif.
  • Southern California.

Subsequently, question is, are there orcas in the Puget Sound? The Puget Sound orcas live in three pods named J, K, and L. Three orcas from the Southern Resident population in Washington state's Puget Sound area are presumed dead after being missing for several months, the Center for Whale Research recently reported.

In this way, where are the southern resident orcas now?

Location. The southern residents have reportedly been seen off the coast of Oregon, Washington, and Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Recently, they have been spotted as far south as the coast of central California and as far north as the coast of Haida Gwaii.

How many southern resident orcas are left?

As of December 2016, there were 78 Southern Resident Killer Whales in the Salish Sea.

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