SAT stands for me (Samantha Anne Thomas)
best day ever.
Kai and I were peacefully reading in the evening sun at North Beach when a man approach asking if we saw where the seal went? We gazed out from our books, seal?
Do you mean the seal that may be in the belly of the orca?, we reply as giant black dorsal fins begin emerging from the water about 100-200 feet off shore.
Tears welling in my eyes, no kidding, I have been waiting for this moment since I moved out here. Ok, to be honest since the movie Free Willy, which was a childhood favorite, so much so the VHS stopped working. Point being, I was very ecstatic. I have been dreaming of seeing these massive mammals in their true environment forever. The adrenaline from the spectacle had Kai and I whale chasing over to the lighthouse at Fort Worden to try to catch a glimpse of them closer. Harbor seals were exiting the water as we climbed the rocks to ogle at the orcas who were feeding 50 feet away in the waters off Point Wilson. As they slowly fleeted into the distance, down the Sound, one breached showing the white of it’s belly as it pounded back into the water.
It turns out the 40-50 orcas we were seeing were two of the three main pods, J & K, of the Southern Resident Orcas of the Puget Sound region. Resident orcas live in pods, or communities that act as support systems for each individual; where everyone is there for each other. Scientists claim they have never observed overt violence or aggressive behavior between individuals, even among males, within the same community. The orca society is one marked by cooperation, coordination, communication, trust and acceptance.
A good omen.