Thanksgiving Day brings magnificent visitors to island waters

J-Pod orcas visit Point Robinson on Thanksgiving Day.

Marla Smith Photos

In the late fall and early winter, chum salmon start running in South Puget Sound, which brings the fish-eating Southern Resident Orcas as seasonal Vashon visitors. Last week, the whales’ first visit of the year kicked off a multi-day extravaganza of rising fins, spy hops, full-body breaching and tail flukes. Pictured here are J-Pod whales at Point Robinson on Nov. 25. (See Amy Carey’s commentary about the parade of whales and the plight of Orcas.)