Journal of the San Juan Islands


200 Pacific white-sided dolphins spotted in Eastsound waters

November 28, 2012 · Updated 4:29 PM

Tom Averna, of Deer Harbor Charters, had the rare treat of catching a glimpse of 200 Pacific white-sided dolphins that cruised into waters near Eastsound today.

Pacific white-sided dolphins, inhabit temperate, coastal waters in the North Pacific, avoiding both tropical or Arctic waters. Their range extends from Amchitka Island external in the Aleutians external, to the Gulf of Alaska south along the coast of North America to the tip of Baja California. They are also found off the coast of Asia from the Kuril Islands external to Japan.

“It’s another first for me,” said Averna about the dolphin encounter.

He also heard reports that at 3 p.m. the dolphins were spotted in San Juan Channel near Friday Harbor.

See the dolphins in action in the video above.

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