Wednesday, June 20, 2018

6-20-18 Js and Ls All Day Long

Wednesday, June 20th
First a note: Going from zero sightings of the SRKWs to non-stop, sometimes taking 2,000 images in a day, well, it was overload.  In addition it was troubling that Crewser L-92 was not in any of my images on that first day, because even from miles offshore he was easily identified. Then word came from the Center for Whale Research that he had died.  I couldn't post anymore, at least for a while.

So here's a recap until I can get my blog posts caught up:  J Pod and many L Pod whales returned on June11th...J Pod having been gone an unusually long time, 2 months and 2 days, and L Pod making their first appearance for this season which is not unusual for this time of year.  Some were here for several days, leaving for the open ocean on the 16th.  On the 19th they were seen closer, near Sooke, foraging and then headed west in the afternoon.  So when they showed up today, June 20th, off Hein Bank, well that was a surprise.


Today: It was late morning when J Pod was encountered offshore from the south end of the island...they made their way up to Lime Kiln lighthouse starting at about noon...and it lasted until 6:30pm.- no joke.  Yes, there were a few lulls, but they didn't last long...
Shachi J-19, Hy'Shqa J-37, and T'ilem I'nges J-49 went by first...they were foraging to the north of the park...then along came Eclipse J-41 and Nova J-51...way offshore was Onyx L-87...they continued on their way, but we wondered if they would turn and come back down (they didn't).
...next to come along were some L Pod whales!...word was that it was J Pod, but Crewer's group was still with J Pod...
...when going through images it came to the forefront that it was Group A (most of them) who had gone north,  the J16s in the middle of the hours-long spread, and Group B who had stayed south with the L Pod whales - WOW!  Didn't think I would see them split like that again...at least for the day...

from today June 20th: some images you'll see them going left-to-right and others right-to-left...that's what they did all day long, except for the lead group who kept on going north...by the end of the day they had all gone north...












...3:30pm
 ...6:30pm
...will catch up on previous days...at some point...


 

Friday, June 15, 2018

6-15-18 J Pod and the West Side

They came in on the 11th with some L pod whales and Js have stayed.  
No time to post daily, so here's a recap of just yesterday, Friday the 15th:


...one of their returns down island...
...this is only a recap of one day of these last several days that they have been along the west side.
...just hoping there is enough food and when they run out at this spot that there will be another for them to go to.

Monday, June 11, 2018

6-11-18 Southern Residents Return

Monday, June 11th

...everyone was surprised when J Pod and many L Pod whales showed up in the early morning...it had been a long time since they were in the inland waters...
...a few came up island at about 7 a.m. to Lime Kiln and then turned and went back down island...then at 8:40 the whales started to come up again...only to turn and go back down island again!





...then at about 10:15 they came up, Shachi J-19 in the lead(not shown on this clip)...they were spread out, close to shore and moved north passing the park...

...there is much more to the day...this was only the beginning... will add to this post until I get the day completed...

 

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

6-5-18 Transient Orcas What They Sometimes Do

June 2nd and 5th
There have been transients all over but not many seen from the shore on the west side...
...with the price of gasoline these days I decided to not try to catch up to them from land at other locations and just stay along the west side - :)

...one day there was a lone male far out...always interesting to watch anyway...
...on June 5th, sun-glaring afternoon but a bit closer...this group was steadily traveling up the west side, that is until a harbor porpoise got their attention...they did what they did and never made it to Lime Kiln...instead going back down island and offshore...but not until they had a snack!



 ...whenever they will do this there are usually exclamations of amazement...

...no telling what my camera might capture tomorrow...