We had a wonderful surprise today as we were getting ready for our monthly board meeting. Just before our meeting was to begin we got a call from Tom Murphy, who let us know that there was a family of Killer Whales (Orcinus Orca) making their way through Yaquina Bay. Of course, we immediately jumped into a boat to get out and see them. It appeared to be a small family unit consisting of an adult male, an adult female, and two calves. The Orcas entered the Yaquina River around 4:30 pm today, apparently making their way a few miles upstream, then turned around and headed back out to sea around 5:30 pm.
Click on the photo to view a larger version, and you can just barely see the adult female in the lead, the adult male bringing up the rear, and the two calves in between them. As you can see from the photo, they were quite a hit with the tourists (although we do suggest that the tour operators look into the voluntary guidelines for boating around whales).