Photos: Resident orca pods return to Puget Sound

The Southern Resident Killer Whale J and K pods returned to Puget Sound in early October. (Photo: Jill Hein/Orca Network)

HANSVILLE, Wash. - The Southern Resident Killer Whales in the J and K pods have returned to Puget Sound.

According to the Orca Network, both pods crossed Admiralty Inlet last week, and continued south towards Point No Point, near Hansville.

Whale watchers said this move typically happens around this time of year.

That means people can usually spot the orcas off Whidbey Island, and from points around the Kitsap and Olympic Peninsulas.

This group includes one whale known as Granny, she's a great-great grandmother estimated to be more than 100 years old. She is also considered to be the matriarch of the Southern Resident orca community.

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