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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

1-28-15 K-12 Is Ready for the Big Game

Wednesday, January 28th

Sequim K-12... just had to get her in on the fun...hanging off the flag are salmon - she doesn't want you to forget about how much they need salmon!

Sequim is the only living whale in the Southern Resident Community with a number 12.  There's a 22 in each of the pods, there is a 42 in two of the pods, there is one 72, 82, and one 92 in one of the pods, but there is only one 12 and she is ready for the big day!

Back on January 25th...
...after hearing only one call in the night on 1-23, the next day no whales were seen...but the following morning, 1-25, they came down San Juan Channel very early in the morning. (They sure didn't stay very long this time.)

I didn't know they had been seen when I began hearing them, at about 10 a.m., over the Lime Kiln hydrophones. They certainly didn't sound too far away.  That evening I learned that at the time I was hearing them they really were very far.
The seas were flat calm and conditions had to be just right for their calls to reach the hydrophones. No wonder I couldn't find a whale in all my searching...they were way beyond visual sight!

I haven't 'heard' from the whales since that day...and the 'big game' day is often a time when they show up!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

1-24-15 One Call That's All

Saturday, January 24th
...the word on January 23rd, late in the day, was that many whales were inbound...
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...that was over the Lime Kiln hydrophones...
...that's all they told us as far as I know!

Monday, January 19, 2015

1-19-15 It Was A Lucky Day


Monday, January 19th
...a boat, not a fishing boat, not a familiar boat, I just happened to see a boat make an abrupt direction change....hum...were they seeing something?...
...with the sun out and the seas calm - after a couple days of high winds and lots of rain - it was time to go see...
...seeing no whales, but seeing some activity out there I kept going down island looking...
...I ended up close to the bottom end of the island...now what?...go that last quarter mile or turn around?...just then the phone rang:  "Cattle Pass, Cattle Pass" is all I heard.  I was already there!...talk about lucky!
...I was hoping to see J-50 before she was 'all grown up'...and today...
...J pod had been north for almost a week...I was hoping they would come down in the daylight, sunshine, calm seas and close to shore - thank you very much! ...but I sure didn't expect them to be coming down San Juan Channel...no wonder I never heard them over the hydrophones :)...
...Se-Yi-Chn was up with his family the J14s, Granny J-2, Onyx L-87, Shachi J-19, and Eclipse J-41...and lots of birds too!

...behind them were the Group B whales and the J16s...

...a very little video clip, with a little whale - J50 - surfacing next to Slick J-16...I didn't even know I got that until I downloaded the short clip...lucky again...
(sorry, it's almost impossible to see J-50 and her little surfacing by mom)
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...this little one is almost a month old...and it's more than luck that is needed for this little one to survive...

...luckily they were at the surface almost the entire time they crossed by at the bottom of the pass...
...after which they grouped up and were taking several minute dives...once out of the pass, which way would they go?
...I walked up to the Cattle Pt. lighthouse for a different vantage point...
take a moment and imagine: there you are sitting on that cement bench in front of the lighthouse, sun shining, seas calm, whales and their blows, as J pod heads off into the distance...
...makes a person want to think about what goes down their drain, off their driveway, off the roof, thrown out in the trash...

If you haven't signed the petition or gotten your friends to, hopefully you will now.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

1-15-15 Who Exactly Was Out There?

Thursday, January 15th
...it seemed like it had been forever since...
...a whale! wow!...then another and another...I could tell they were Ts from their behavior...they were taking something to eat!  When they are at that corner and then go out of view...down island? or just eating?  
I chose down island - wrong!
...off to County Park...by now it had been 45 minutes since I had last seen them...but luckily the seas were calmer to the north than at Lime Kiln and I spotted a tall dorsal fin just as it was going down...they were north of County Park at least a mile offshore...
...I kept track of them, watching what looked like them making another kill, until I left to get on the boat with Dave Ellifrit of the Center for Whale Research...it was the T60s and T2B who travels with them...you can link to the Center for Whale Research encounters page for Dave's write up on the trip.
...back on December 4th I was out on Maya's Westside Charters and we saw the T60s...I never did post about it...it was the day that Rhapsody had died and things just got topsy-turvy.
...These images are from 12-4-14 and NOT from 1-15-15...

...when I saw T60 today while on CWR boat, she still had lots of pink in some of the gouges on her spinal ridge.  I was surprised to see that...thought they would have healed more over the last several weeks...

...I had been recording over Lime Kiln hydrophones...having seen the locations of these whales and having a time stamp on what images I did get from shore, I checked when I got home to see if they had been 'talking'.  I didn't expect to find anything and was surprised that I did.  I assumed it was the T60s and T2B who were doing the 'talking' but didn't take the time to listen just then.
...Now just who was it who was there?  These calls sound more like Residents than Transients...note: these were recorded over 1 1/2 hours so the calls are separated with a slight pause on this clip.

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...I didn't hear any of the low tone sounds that I normally associate with Transients...you can hear them on my blog post of 4-5-14, they sound very different...

...did we have have some Residents in the distance and not know it?
or
...are these just what the T60s and T2B sound like?

Don't know the answer to that just yet...

note added 1-19-15:  Residents, sounded like K pod whales, but where out there were they? !

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

1-14-15 SRKW Salmon Initiative - Please Sign

Wednesday, January 14th

If you haven't signed the petition:  Southern Resident Killer Whale Salmon Initiative please do and ask your friends, who know how much you care for these whales, to sign the petition because they know how much you care!

Just received this:

"In just a matter of weeks we’ve collected more than 5,800 signatures on our petition to remove the four lower Snake River dams to save the Southern Resident Killer Whales from extinction!  Orca advocates are amazing.  We now need to double the number of signatures we have in less than two weeks.  

The folks who produced DamNation are going to Washington, DC the last week of January, 2015 to screen the film DamNation and to lobby Congress to remove the dams.  They want to present our petition.  They believe if they can add the importance of dam removal to the Southern Residents' survival and recovery to that of the endangered and threatened salmon runs, it will be a great benefit in moving the discussion towards removing the dams.  They believe that if we have at least 10,000 signatures on our petition, it will be a significant help.  Please help us help the Southern Residents!  If you haven't signed our petition yet, please sign it now.  Please circulate the petition as widely as you can.  THANK YOU!  Here is the link, https://www.change.org/p/rick-larsen-stand-with-us-and-support-removing-the-four-lower-snake-river-dams-to-save-the-southern-resident-killer-whales-from-being-dammed-to-extinction."