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Monday, May 21, 2018

5-21-18 J Pod's Absence is Speaking Volumes

Monday, May 21st
There are 10 more days in the month of May.

This is the 42nd year that the arrivals and departures of J, K, and L Pods, to and from the Salish Sea, have been tracked by researchers.

It isn't about how many days they were here, but whether they were here at all, during the month of May each of those years.  J Pod has made their presence known in the Salish Sea every month of May...except for the second year (1977) when there was a ?-mark as to whether any SRKWs were present or not.  

Will this be the first documented year that they are not present in the month of May?

Thanks to a whale watcher in Tofino, J Pod, some L Pod and some K Pod whales were encountered on May 17th.


Many people have commented, "The sun is out, the weather is good, many people have returned for their research season, and now we just need the whales."
I disagree.  We need the salmon in here first and then the whales.

From Andrews Bay south to Land Bank, similar to last year, the gulls are few and far between.  This past April there were gulls and now nothing.
So when I saw this gull today...not much else to look at...and then the gull got my attention...
...he stuck his head down under and came up with a piece of kelp...
...I don't think they eat kelp...so what was going on?...
...several times the gull stuck his head under the surface but came up empty...
...this time he was looking "serious"...
...tried it again...
...ackkk!
...and then another try and success!
...a few minutes later success again at another section of kelp...
...maybe 'pleased with his catches'  :)
...today there were some Dall's porpoises offshore in the area of the lighthouse.
...there have been some Transients in the area but not close to this side of the island.
...a few humpbacks too.
...but once again this year at this time...Haro Strait, in this area, is pretty sparse...

Watch for the bird 'indicators'.
Watch for the bait fish to start showing up.
Then we hope the salmon will.
And then the SRKWs.

In the meantime we're glad that they have been seen, even if it was close to 150 miles away.

Think of what you can do each day to be kind to your environment.



Tuesday, May 15, 2018

5-15-18 On Your Way to the Island?

...soon the island will become 'summer busy'...
...a few thoughts, just plain and simple...

...enjoy!

Saturday, May 12, 2018

5-12-18 Transients In Small Groups

Saturday, May 12th
...out on the Western Prince on a few trips recently:
 
On May 5th it was the T90s and T002B...but first it was a branded California sea lion:







On May 10th it was some of the T124As:









On May 11th it was a humpback and also the T123s (who have been seen a lot lately):





...the branded sea lion images get sent in to specific sea lion researchers for tracking...actually there have been two other CA sea lions with partial brands (not included in these images)...that's unusual, as far as I know, for seeing several branded ones up here. The three that I sent in were branded at the Columbia River, by Oregon Dept of Fish and Wildlife.   

...thinking about the Southern Residents...
...Albion test fishery that starts each year on April 1, has so far had one (yes, only one) Chinook salmon in their count...
here are prior year comparisons for the time frame of 4/12 - 5/12
in 1985 - 30
in 1989 - 48
in 1993 - 49
in 1997 - 54
in 2001 - 58
in 2004 - 27
in 2005 - 21
in 2006 - 39
in 2007 -  no data
in 2008 - 4
in 2009 - 21
in 2010 - 12
in 2011 - 27
in 2012 - 5
in 2013 - 1
in 2014 - 20
in 2015 - 7
in 2016 - 0
in 2017 - 3

...with the time the SRKWs have been gone out to sea, is a possible indicator that they are finding food on the outer coast, or they know there is absolutely no salmon coming in so they are searching further for food...



 


Tuesday, May 8, 2018

5-8-18 Remembering What Was

Today is Tuesday, May 8, 2018 and we wait for word from the Southern Residents.
Tomorrow will be a month since J Pod was last seen and they were heading out to the ocean.  It is not known when they will return.  
When they return it could J Pod, K Pod, L Pod, or a combination of all three pods.
Here's a morning clip of where they were on June 5, 2016.




Hope for what should be.
Learn what you can do to help the Southern Residents survive.
Then do it.

Don't forget about them just because they aren't here.
They are somewhere.
They will be back.
But they will only stay if there is enough food. 

 











Tuesday, April 24, 2018

4-24-18 Steller Sea Lions At Lime Kiln All Day Long

Tuesday, April 24th
...unusual to see Steller sea lions at Lime Kiln for the length of time these were there today...at least 8 hours..and counting...





...well, I guess I was moving with the eagle - it's so out of focus I had to get a bit creative...
...it was so low, coming straight toward us and then over our heads!
...always interesting looking...you never know what you might see...