January 14 Update On Orca Whale L-87’s Movement – Headin' West

NOAA’s latest update on resident Orca Whale L-87, nicknamed Onyx, shows that he’s moving west, along with members of J-Pod. As of January 14th, they were out near Cape Flattery, the northwesternmost point of the contiguous United States. The whales were definitely on the move over the last four days, travelling about 300 miles or so. The chart below shows their movement, heading south, then west, passing by Vancouver, BC and through the San Juan Islands on their way. We will continue to post updates here, or you can look at the NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center website.

(Chart below is from 1-14-2014 – click to enlarge)