San Juan and Sucia Island

Sep 30, 2018 - National Geographic Sea Bird


Today we enjoyed true rain forest weather! Gorgeous clouds snagged on the tops of trees and created beautiful patterns of light. We cruised around Spieden Island, home to exotic game animals such as mouflon sheep and sika deer. These exotic species were introduced for big-game hunting expeditions, but this venture never really took hold. The island is now owned by the family that founded Oakley sunglasses.

Just before noon, we spotted a pod of resident killer whales, with several females and one or two males in the group. It’s always such a privilege to be in the presence of these animals who are masters of their realm and breathtaking to watch. In the afternoon, we visited Sucia Island, taking to the water in kayaks and to the land on foot.

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Emily Pickering

Naturalist/Expedition Diver

Emily was raised by two veterinarians in the mountains of Central Oregon, where she spent much of her time on the back of a horse dreaming about the sea. Her fascination was solidified by visits to the Oregon Coast Aquarium and summers spent gazing into tide pools and listening for killer whales off the coast of British Colombia.  

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