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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

7-28-15 Call To Action -Updated

Your phone calls to Obama are needed to let him know people care and support this effort.  Call now.  Tell everyone you know to call! And call EVERYDAY!


Live outside the U.S. and want to show your support:  contact the President via  www.whitehouse.gov/contact


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7-28 - just in from SaveOurWildSalmon

"It’s time for real action to save wild Snake River salmon, not more ineffective half-measures that have proven illegal, inadequate and indefensibly expensive.  It’s time to save salmon and money by removing these four high-cost low-value dams. 

Please contact President Obama today – with an email and a phone call. Urge him to remove the 4 lower Snake River dams to save the longest and highest migrating salmon on the planet, iconic orcas, and taxpayer dollars.

CALL (202-456-1111) and WRITE the President today! Thank you.

We deeply appreciate your support - we can't do it without you!

Joseph, Sam and the SOS Team"

Saturday, July 25, 2015

July 19 to 25-2015 Up And Down So Many Times


July 19th through morning of July 25th

...some bits and pieces from all this activity:

July 19th Granny J-2, Onyx L-87, the J14s, K14s, and the K13s went up but the J19s stayed down island with the rest of J pod...Cookie J-38 went up island with Granny...
...the J14s and the K14s were goofing around...even Lobo surfaced in the middle of them at one point...
...they came back down...only to go up island a while later...great shot from Peregrine of Granny passing through traffic...
July 20th the same group as yesterday came down island...


...by late in the day whales went up island...
...K pod calls were heard over Lime Kiln and Orca Sound hydrophones and a few minutes after, a couple faint J Pod calls came over the Lime Kiln hydrophones but that was all...that left a ? as to where J pod had gone...

July 21st whales were coming down from the north...out on Peregrine I only spotted the K13s...it was a while later when Granny J-2, Onyx, the J14s, and the K14s showed up many miles south near Partridge Bank...and they eventually all went up island again...

July 22nd...Granny, Onyx, the J14s and the K14s came down island way ahead of the K13s...





...July 23rd...some Js, Ks and Ls went up island...
...and four changed direction at Open Bay and started to come back down...(thanks Capt. Jim for the call on that one!)...it was the J22s - aka the Cookies - Oreo, DoubleStuf, and Cookie who came back down and with them was Mako J-39!

...The Cookies stayed down with others...but who? I wasn't sure...early in the morning of the 24th, alerted by a friend, I made it to Land Bank...the whales made it up to the park and turned and came back down...I was lucky to have seen them!...it was actually Group B all together!- what a concept!

...just after the whales went down island this bald eagle passed by going north...standing at Land Bank the eagle was below me...
...mid morning others were coming down...two groups about 45 minutes apart...
...this time it was all of Group A (including the J16s) and the K14s...
...when the second group was approaching...well, we knew who it 'had' to be...the rest of K pod and the 19 L pod whales-note added: wondering if the L47s are in here or not - two passes at the lighthouse and not one of them seen-hummm...I only got a glimpse of Cappuccino K-21 but he was here...the rain was starting, making things difficult...oh, but the rain is so needed it is a good thing.
...the K13s with some L pod whales mixed in...Crewser and others were far off shore...


...Sekiu K-22 surfacing with no others...Racer L-72 not too far behind her, also surfacing with no others...but their boys were traveling together behind their moms!
...they were all now down south of the island and came back up slowly...waiting for the rain to come down...at least when they were passing the park it poured!
...all went up toward the Fraser River later in the day on the 24th...
which means they'll be coming back down...at some point!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

7-18-15 It Ended With A Magnificent Sunset

Saturday, July 18th
...out on Peregrine in the morning we head west to meet up with a large group of incoming whales...it was quite a long distance to travel, but after hearing where Granny J-2 and her group were the Capt. thought this would be closer...however, the whales were in bound at a much slower pace than had been anticipated!
...Blackberry J-27, DoubleStuf J-34, and some of their family members were the first whales we saw...then Mike J-26 appeared...
...the water was choppy, the whales were spread, and I wondered what someone's definition of 'large group' actually was...it looked like the rest of J pod was coming in and some K pod whales, but we did not see any L pod whales except for Onyx L-87...
...members of the K13 family, Deadhead K-27 and her offspring, Ripple K-44 appeared...so the seven members of the K13s are out here...somewhere...
...then Onyx L-87 surfaced!...
...he and the K13s had left the area last night...I had last heard his call at about 1:30 in the morning...and now I wondered if maybe he had been communicating with or calling out to see if anyone would respond...

...in the morning Granny J-2, the J19s, J14s, and the K14s were coming down Bellingham Channel, then across the bottom of Lopez Island and eventually up the west side midday and turned and west back down island...


...by the late afternoon, that group we had seen coming in, made it to the west side...most stayed down island except for the J16s and the J22s, who went up island and then came back down at sunset...

...there were some unusual visitors to the park...haven't a clue...
...a slice of the moon with Venus to the right and friends on the rocks...

...needless to say it was a day filled with whales, confusing to keep track of who was where, and wondering just who might be around in the morning...

Friday, July 17, 2015

7-17-15 Leaping Fish - A False Sense That All is Good

From July 14 - July 17th
Tuesday, July 14th
Group A Minus, plus the K14s and the K13s went up island and it looked like they were heading toward the Fraser River...
...while on Peregrine a half mile from shore watching the whales, as they were passing Lime Kiln Pt. State Park very close to shore, a cargo ship came up island a few miles offshore...it was heavily loaded...so............we had a big wake coming our way...we held on while the wake passed us and watched as it moved toward shore...little did the folks sitting on the rocks realize they were about to get very wet!
...the whales were already wet and if they were in the mood some might actually surf the freighter wake...go Lobo!


...as the whales continued up island, Eclipse J-41's baby, J-51, became very surface active...it's the first time I have seen this 5 month old 'trying out' some new stuff!

...we left them just after they passed by Turn Pt.


Wednesday, July 15th
...out on Peregrine, the K13s showed up this morning coming down Haro Strait...but where were Granny J-2 and the rest of that group?...they showed up coming up island!...and they spent most of the day shuffling back and forth...and eventually heading up island later in the day...




Thursday, July 16th
...a day to catch up or sleep...this group of whales total 21 animals...that's less than 1/4 of the Southern Resident Community...the rest come in or almost in for a day and then turn and go back out...evidently there is not enough food in these waters to feed everyone...
NOTE:  if you have been on island and you have seen jumping fish, those are Pinks (Pink salmon - small in size - 4 to 6 lbs) the whales don't eat Pinks...
It can be a false sense that 'everything is good' when you see leaping fish. And since the whales don't eat Pinks, things may not be as rosy as it might look at the surface. 
...the whales were seen late in the day, north, in the Strait of Georgia...coming back down from the Fraser River area...

Friday, July 17th
...the whales were coming up island...
...an eagle flew out and got a fish...
...a canoe appeared from the north...



...and brought a gift to those who watched...

video

...The drumming and singing were heartfelt. 
...back up island and toward the Fraser River, feeding just 1/4 quarter of the population of these federally listed endangered orcas of the Southern Resident Community.
...go to previous post to see what occurred with the K13s and Onyx L-87...they stayed behind when the rest of the whales went north...

7-17-15 What is L-87 Up To?

7-18 pm. One last update to end this chapter: the K13s had been seen by a few others coming up island in a group at about 9:30 on Friday night. So Onyx had not been traveling alone.  On Saturday morning (7-18) many whales were seen inbound in the Strait of Juan de Fuca.  On Peregrine we headed out toward Sooke. The whales were spread far and wide and by chance Onyx L-87 surfaced up ahead of us!  Traveling in the vicinity were some of the K13s. Other whales were seen as well.

So now I wonder if some of those faint calls he was calling out to incoming whales?!

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Friday, July 17th
At 5:47 pm, Friday, I heard what sounded like a call that L-87 makes.  I heard this call over the Orca Sound hydrophones.
What I could not understand was if it was L-87 or someone else. He has supposedly gone up island with Granny J-2, J19s, J14s, K14s, who were now at the Pender Bluffs.  The K13s had stayed down island.

Laurie and I went to County Park to scan. 
I had hit the record button for Lime Kiln (spelled out for Stephanie) hydrophones as we left the house.

Lucky that I did.
We could not locate a whale anywhere from County Park.
However, listening to the Lime Kiln hydrophone recording once home,
calls from L-87 were recorded starting at 6:17 pm for close to 4 minutes. 

I heard a short while later over the radio that someone was with Onyx.
It was someone I knew.
I called.
Yes, he was with Onyx and they were about a mile or so south of Lime Kiln.

But why were some of his calls heard over the Orca Sound hydrophones?  Maybe he didn't come up with Granny and the rest when they went up island at 3:00 pm.
Maybe he came up island later and got within range of the Orca Sound hydrophones and then turned back down island?

What is most interesting is that he is NOT with Granny J-2 and the others who have been traveling with her lately.

What is he going to do next? 
Update:  two minutes after posting this, Onyx's calls were once again heard over the Lime Kiln hydrophones!...wild!
Onyx is traveling up island, 9:38 pm.  
He appears to be alone.
Update:  now 10:23 pm and his calls are still being heard over Orca Sound Hps in the distance. 
Update: Now 11:00 pm.  His calls still being heard faintly over the Orca Sound Hps.
Update:  Now 11:48 pm and Onyx's calls are starting over the Lime Kiln hydrophones
Update: I heard Onyx's calls until at least 1:30 a.m. 7-18-15.