Tuesday, August 26, 2014

8/23-24/14 Another Split In the Making

Saturday, August 23rd
...it was J pod - inbound! - and it sounded as if all of them were together...
...out on Maya's Westside Charters, after seeing some Ts on an earlier trip, we headed for the Residents...


 ...that's DoubleStuf J-34...

...Granny and Onyx had headed up island, for a while anyway...then they both went back down island where the rest of the J pod whales were...
...at the end of 8/23 I had seen some members of each of the family groups in J pod and Onyx L-87, but I didn't see any K or L pod whales...

...so when the next morning I hear K pod calls on the Lime Kiln hydrophones...huh?...when we go out of the harbor (it was about 2:30) whales that were very spread out, were coming up island...
I saw Granny J-2...
...I didn't see Onyx L-87...he might be off foraging as he sometimes does...but I did see some members of the rest of Group A...
...all the K-12s...here's K-12 and K-43...
...the K13s...here's K-27 and K-44...
...and hen J-32 surfaced with Yoda K-36 of the K14 family, I knew they were present...
...and on second thought - what are 'The Cookies' doing here?!
...and they went up island...but where were the J17s and the J11s?...
...back home from the trip...all of a sudden I hear some calls on the Lime Kiln hydrophones...and they were very unusual...I had to go find out who it was...
...it was lucky for me, I guess, those whales had turned and were going back down island...
...now that was a surprise - the J17s and some L pod whales!
...at the end of 8/24 it was apparent there was another unusual split occurring...

8/23-26/14 - Lots of Ts for Lots of Days!

Saturday - Tuesday, August 23-26  (Ts first - Residents next)
...so many days with so many Ts in so many places...
...the T34s, T36s, T65As, T99s, T90s, T124D and baby, and I don't know who else!
 
...and the next day...they came the other way...




...the next day the gulls were on their own...
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...and then the call came from the Capt..."want to go see some Ts?"...and these were the only Ts seen on this day...
...and by the next day those others reappeared, only this time in three groups here and there...we spent the day with the T65As...
...later on San Juan Channel...

 
 ...one more time - on Maya's Westside Charters...as things would have it...
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...and there's more to the story of these 4 days...the Residents - oh, yes, they were here...some of the time...
...next post will be to fill in the who/what/where over these last several days...and it is very interesting!


Friday, August 22, 2014

8/21-22/14 Peregrine Falcon Takes Center Stage

Thursday, August 21st
...they woke me up...not quite 3:00 a.m....K Pod calls...I knew K pod (except the K Klik- K21, K16 and K35) had been up near the Fraser River with J Pod...and from what I was hearing there were lots of K pod calls, but no J pod calls...so maybe J pod didn't come down?
...it was four hours later, about 7:00 a.m. when I heard a few faint calls on the Lime Kiln hydrophones...bolting out the door and to the park...I see only one blow...that's it...
...so I still didn't know who actually was here...


...later...before we even saw the whales in the afternoon Capt. Jim stopped along Henry Island where there is a cormorant rookery...and guess what?...a peregrine falcon was there...this had the coloring of a fledgling and soon it was chasing after a cormorant - we were all shocked...never seen anything like it...extremely fast it was!...



...he already had food and maybe saw an opportunity to get ahead on meal planning...see the feather below his beak?

...and when he took flight he was taking some of his previous catch with him...



...on to the whales...who were coming up island..it was the K12s, K13s and the K14s but no one else...
...since they don't all surface at the exact same moment it's a challenge to get lots of fin tips up...a resting pattern helps, which is what they were doing...a total of 16 whales were present...

...they changed direction and came back down island...
...Scoter K-25 still with that piece of metal sticking out of him from when he was tagged almost 2 years ago...

...and down island they went on Thursday afternoon...



...and then on Friday 8/22 - poof! - gone!

...during our trip we saw some friends, so the Capt. went over and asked Kenny to hold up his catch...see the fish?
...we didn't either!
...not much in the way of salmon out there for the humans or the whales...it's a very sad state of affairs for this area...at the moment anyway...
...the Fraser River Panel said today that it is unprecedented that 95% of the salmon were coming down from the north to the Fraser River...
...I don't know the answer but wouldn't the ones that went out that way come back in that same way?
...and if that is the case, then what happened to the ones who supposedly went out through these waters?
...were there only a few who made it out?
...and if they do return the same way they went out that is possibly speaking volumes that something is very wrong going on in these waters from the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Haro Strait, and all these inland areas the salmon would travel through on their return...
...but these are all just questions on my part...I know that salmon are very complex fish...it just has me curious...

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

8-20-14 Fun Afternoon With Fun Transients!

Wednesday, August 20th
...Ts, Ts, and more Ts...wow...
...unable to go on the morning trip on Maya's Westside Charters I learned the T100s and T101s were seen...neat groups with some sprouting males in them...next time...
...but in the afternoon...on the boat...we saw a different group of Ts...and many more...
...and they were having a great afternoon, which gave us a great encounter...