Killer whales, ahoy! | Submitted photos

Visitors at San Juan Island
Visitors at San Juan Island's Lime Kiln State Park look on as a member of the J-pod ventures close to shore Wednesday.
— image credit: Contributed photo/Monika Wieland

Too close for comfort? Not a chance.

Visitors to Lime Kiln State Park enjoyed a special thrill Wednesday as members of J-pod, one of the three closely related clans that together comprise the Southern resident killer whales, surface close to shore off the coveted west side of San Juan Island. reader Monika Wieland snapped this photo to capture the occasion.

Go to to see more of Wieland's photo; to read her blog post about Wednesday's killer whale encounter.





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