Pacific White Sided Dolphins at Lime Kiln (Animal Habitats series)

18″ x 24″ ink, pencil & paint on paper. 2017.

My Anima series explores the shape and form of nature in the Pacific Northwest. This piece depicts a small pod of Pacific white sided dolphins near San Juan island’s Lime Kiln State Park. Their bigger cousins, the orcas, get the bulk of attention around here, but these dolphins are just as fun to watch zip around the boat and bow ride (which is kinda like dolphin surfing the wave from the front tip of the boat). Traveling in pods up to 150 animals (although I once saw 500), they’ll keep pace with any boat – bow riding, leaping, playing – the entire ocean seems to explode with life. Usually found in the Pacific Ocean, they’ve been visiting the interior Salish Sea for the past few years as new visitors.

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