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Saturday, August 22, 2015

8-22-15 Almost A Superpod But Not Quite

Saturday, August 22nd
...6:30 a.m....far in the distance I could see Lea K-14's saddle patch...which meant others had indeed arrived in the night...
...at 9:30 a.m. they came up past the park...


...some were far offshore in large groups...and many groups in close...when I saw that Ballena L-90 was with Crewser L-92...well she hasn't been in here in quite a while!...so I was now on the lookout for the others who hadn't been here...
...out on Peregrine with Capt. Jim whales were passing by as we came out of the harbor...we slowly made our way to the outside...and that's when I had to stop and 'process' oh, my that's the L54s!!  WOW!...this is the first time this season they have made it in this far!...and it's the latest I've ever seen them in the 12 seasons I've been watching these whales...
...with them were Nyssa L-84 and Wave Walker L-88...they had been documented by the Center for Whales Research earlier in the season, but they just hadn't made it to the lighthouse or anywhere near there...that is until today! 




...after leaving the main group of Js and Ks and some of the Ls, and we were heading back toward the harbor, we stopped to see the L54 group and some other L pod whales...they surprised us by coming to the inside of Java Rocks...something I think the Residents rarely do...that's Java Rocks behind Ino L-54, Coho L-108, and Keta L-117...
...that's Saturna Island behind these two...
...approaching Monarch Head, as they continued on up...even though they were way behind the others I believe they joined up with them somewhere along the way...guess I'll find that out tomorrow...

...it looked like just about everyone was here except for the L12s...almost a superpod...but they were going to keep us all waiting...

Friday, August 21, 2015

8-21-15 Someone Is Coming In!

Friday, August 21st
...it was about 10 a.m. when the whales came up island...about 15 L pod whales present and 7 K pod whales...an unusual grouping...but this is who stayed in when the rest of J and K pod whales left...
...Skagit K-13 and Nugget L-55 were in the lead...then came Muncher L-91...and then Spock K20 and Comet K-38...Lapis L-103 and Surprise! L-86...and others mixed here and there...they were off shore.
...they were barely past the lighthouse...turned and went back down island...
...my first thoughts. "Someone is coming in!" I was even more convinced that some were coming in when, in the afternoon these same whales came up to the lighthouse...


...and didn't even get past it...turned abruptly and went back down island...



...and yes, they were animated...

...it wasn't until late in the day I learned that whales were inbound, many miles to the west!...I believe the whales already knew, in the morning, that others were coming, so they were just waiting until they arrived...

8-20-15 Some Species Like To Watch Other Species Wake Up

Over the last several days...they came in, went up, down, and around...out and back in and up and back down...who?...some members of all three pods of J, K, and L...but not everyone...but those who were here...well...

 
 


 

 

..they've been spread out far and wide,
...looking for salmon...
...the runs have been poor and it's a trying time,
...it's sad to think that all we can do is hope.
...hope is a good word but action is what we need,
...sign the petitions to remove the dams,
...pick up the phone on Monday and start calling the White House and tell them to Breach the Snake River Dams!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

8-20-15 Salmon in Snake Dying-Salmon in Elwha Increasing




From Save Our Wild Salmon News...Read about:
...the dying of salmon on the 'clogged up' water on the Snake and the increase in salmon on the newly freed water of the Elwha after the dam removal.

If you're not convinced that there would be a positive impact of the removal of the 4 lower Snake River Dams, this might just give you a bit more encouragement to let everyone know the importance of this effort....and call the President and tell him...

Click on the Link to read:  From Save Our Wild Salmon News

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August-September 2015

1. Columbia – Snake River Basin Hot Water Kills Hundreds of Thousands of Adult Salmon
2. Elwha River Restoration Continues to Sparkle

3. Update: The Future Dims for Lower Snake Waterway, Port of Portland



  ~~~~
Call the President of the U.S.
Monday through Friday, 9-5 Eastern Time
Make the Call and say:  Remove the 4 lower Snake River Dams

Sign the Petition: click on the image 
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 Sign the petition in support of removing the four lower Snake River dams to save the Southern Resident Killer Whales from being dammed to extinction.



Saturday, August 15, 2015

8-15-15 The Little Boy's Dream Became Reality

Saturday Morning, August 15th
...over twenty-five years ago a little boy loved orca whales so much that for Christmas he got 'everything orca'!...slippers, p.j.s, lunch pail, coloring books, and more...he already had the Free Willy movie!...
...this morning I heard whales over the Orca Sound hydrophones...I got myself to the park, and thinking I had plenty of time I casually walked down the hill toward the lighthouse...
...and then this man, who was relaxed in his looking out onto the water, all of a sudden pointed and stood up!
...I began to run...I knew what he was seeing...


...and the whales came by, fulfilling a boyhood dream...he saw his first ever killer whales...a man from Texas...I know he will never forget them and will hopefully do what he can to help preserve the wild salmon that these whales need to survive...thank you little boy all grown up!

Saturday Afternoon, August 15th
...out on Peregrine for an afternoon trip...just before leaving I wondered if I should have stayed on shore...the whales were coming up island...glad I was on the boat because they didn't make it to the park before they turned and when back down island...I was hoping to find out more as to who was out there today... and to see who I had missed when they came down in the morning...
...the whales were spread all over...and so was this group of kayakers...I wonder how come they didn't know the laws and the rules for kayaking...they certainly were waiting for the whales...and they certainly were a private group...all in single kayaks...


...between the morning encounter and this afternoon it was clear that all of the K13s were present...
...whale taking his/her own inventory as to who was present...
...the whales were going up island...turned and came back, turned again, and again...when they were going up island Nigel L-95, the K13 family, Nugget L-55 and most of her offspring, Surprise! L-86, etc...
...then off to the up island side there were other whales coming back down!...who were they?...oh, those were some who were present in the morning...Marina L-47, Mystic L-115, Muncher L-91, Surprise L-86...they met up and began to go down island...
...and then from offshore Crewser L-92 showed up...he and Cali K-34 were socializing and joined the rest as they headed back down island...
...it was a mixed up day but in the end it was the K13s, most of the L4s, L47s, L-95 and L-92 of the ones I did see...
...now where was Granny and the rest of the J pod whales and the K12s and the K14s from yesterday...shouldn't they be coming back down soon?...