Orcas, Orcas Everywhere!
This summer I was blessed to have not one but three encounters with Southern Resident Orcas. The first was on a whale watch off Anacortes, WA, followed by two days watching from the western coast of San Juan Island. I learned that there are two kinds of Orcas: the marine mammal eaters and the fish eaters. Also known as Killer Whales, these beautiful creatures are the largest members of the dolphin family. The name Killer Whale is actually the reverse of their original name, Whale Killers, given to the marine mammal (including whale) eating Orcas.
The fish-eating Orcas spend the summer feasting on salmon in the waters off the northwest coast of Washington State. On the whale watch my friend Angela & I saw approximately 30 whales – an excellent day by any standard. We spent the first half hour navigating through the islands off Anacortes. The boat crew asked the passengers to scan the water looking for signs of the three local pods – J, K, & L. Angela and I both connected energetically with the Orcas and understood they were in the open waters beyond the islands. As soon as we rounded the bend north of Orca Island, we had our first sighting.
The matriarchal pods included multiple smaller females and one or more large males with 5-6 foot dorsal fins. The day continued with repeated sightings of J and K pods. They were mainly swimming in pairs or small groups. Occasionally a large male would surface with his enormous black dorsal fin standing straight up in the water. There was even a Minke Whale sighting, though I didn’t catch it.
The next day we spent a glorious few hours driving around San Juan Island. We took in the magnificent ocean view from the rocky coast at Lime Kiln Park. Angela and I did a meditation overlooking Haro Strait in which we each called to the Orcas requesting an appearance. After doing a Trinity Energy Progression share, we had yet to see our fine finned friends. It was approaching time to depart if we hoped to catch the return ferry and get back to Seattle at a decent hour. Just as I protested that we couldn’t go until they arrived, a man to our right pointed off shore. We saw a large fin break the surface, followed by several others. The whole pod swam a few hundred yards from where we stood. When Angela asked them why they took so long, they answered that we kept moving around the island and they had to swim quite a distance. Can’t argue with that!
Ten days later I returned to the same spot on San Juan Island with my son. It was another picturesque day of brilliant sun and cool ocean breezes. We picnicked on the rocks and I meditated while he explored the coast. I’d put in another request to the pods for n visit, but had yet to see so much as a blow hole. My son returned just as I emerged from meditating, suggesting we make our way back to the car to secure a place on the ferry. Just then I spotted several boats converging up the coast. Sure enough it was the Orcas en route to do a swim-by in the nick of time. To our delight, we saw the whole pod (not sure which one) pass before our eyes. What a gift to connect with these magnificent creatures again!
Anyone who knows me can tell you I’ve long had an affinity for dolphins. This includes their regular participation in the energy healing sessions I do for myself and others. Well, since that first whale watch, I’ve upgraded to Orcas. And let’s just say those black and white beauties get the job done!
I believe that dolphins and whales have long held energetic space for us mere mortals until we were ready to re-awaken to our own universal connection and return to their level of oneness with the cosmos. My encounters with them this summer only reaffirmed this belief.
If you’re interested in learning more about the Orcas and supporting efforts to ensure their survival in increasingly precarious ecological circumstances, this link (and beautiful photo above) will take you to the Orca Network Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/OrcaNetwork/photos/a.211698545600.266760.79401335600/10154369708565601/?type=1&theater
Image courtesy of www.takepart.com.