Do Not Copy

Do Not Copy

Friday, November 25, 2016

11-25-16 A Day Full of Orcas

Friday, November 25th
...a break in the storms today, so off to the lighthouse on what was finally a non-windy, non-rainy day...
...get there, set up, turn on the hydrophones and within a few minutes there were sounds coming over the hydrophones...but they were masked by ship noise and they were also very distant...finally a clear J Pod call...a while later a louder, clear K Pod call...
...and it was time to watch and wait...they were coming down from the north...very curious...had they come in and gone up undetected?...or had they circumnavigated Vancouver Island over the last nine days?

...the whales were spread for miles across Haro Strait and from the leaders to the trailers...
...the first whale passing Lime Kiln lighthouse at about 2:15 was Cali K-34...and not far behind him were some other members of his family group, the K13s...
...a few of the K12s - Tika K-33, with his prominent dorsal fin, and his mother, Sekiu K-22 were not far behind...
...none were close but the distant landscape was phenomenal...here's Comet K-38 with the Elwha Valley in the distance...
...Comet and his mother, Spock K-20 had been traveling down island together...then he moved offshore and she continued going down island...each ended up with some pretty spectacular backdrops...
...here's Spock...
...when the J16s came down they were the last group...Mike J-26 was foraging...a bit closer was his mother, Slick J-16, and little sister, Scarlet J-50,...another sister, Echo J-42, was in the vicinity but not surfacing with her mother and sister...after watching them for a few minutes Scarlet was no longer surfacing with mom and it got a bit curious as to where she was...
...Slick continued on traveling with no one else surfacing by her...then a few minutes later Echo J-42 and Scarlet J-50 were surfacing together!
...I love it...mom handed the 'baby' (she's almost 2 years old) off to Echo J-42, who, by the way, has always seemed to 'love the little ones'...

...when Mike began moving down island, his other sister, Alki J-36 and her offspring, Sonic J-52 were traveling in close proximity...Sonic was tight to his mother's side...


...being spread out as they were is an indicator of a lack of salmon and a need to search for salmon as they travel...

...one thing I have noted the last two times prior to when the whales showed up - today and in mid November when they came in the Strait of Juan de Fuca and went down into Puget Sound:
...the Center for Whale Research was on scene today so their encounter post will have all who were seen today...
...for all who saw J and K pod whales on this November 25th day, consider yourself very fortunate...it is not common to see the whales passing by along the west side very often during this time of year...

 

11-25-16 Just Who Was That The Other Night?

11-25-16
Calls heard over the last several days had some folks confused as to which cetacean they were hearing...was it Residents, Transients, or Humpbacks...

I put together a clip of calls...see what you think...
video


...now to have a look as to who it was on that recording...






Sunday, November 6, 2016

11-6-16 A Morning of Humpback Whales

Sunday, November 6th
...after an evening (Nov 5th) of many hours of humpback whales heard over the Lime Kiln hydrophones...here's a clip...
video
....I then wondered if any would be around this morning...A friend was visiting and as I was putting my socks on I hear, "HUMPBACK WHALE!" (HB - #1) - yes! being yelled out!
...out the door and down island to Land Bank instead of starting Lime Kiln Pt. State Park like usual...
...get out of the car and even before getting out the binos - "humpback!"
...that was HB - # 2 ...coming up island, so off to the park we went...
...we were looking for HB- #1 (coming down from the north) and HB - #2 (coming up from Land Bank)...and instead my friend sees HB - #3 and #4 !!


...there's another out by Beaumont Shoals area!
...it was taking very long dives and so back to active #3 and # 4...

...another one - who???...surfaces off Discovery Island while HB #2 was being watched by my friend and #3 and #4 were off of Chathan Island going down...

None were close and they were difficult to keep track of...but no matter, it is always fascinating to see whales... 

I added this map to give you an idea as to actually where they were in Haro Strait.
 

Saturday, November 5, 2016

11-5-16 Round the County Sailboat Race With Surprises All Day

Saturday, November 5th
a drizzly, windy morning that turned to rain and...there was a sailboat race...and throughout the day there were unexpected surprises along the way...

















...and I'm still listening to those humpbacks...they might just be doing this all night long!
 

Saturday, October 29, 2016

10-29-16 The Loss of J-28 and J-54

Saturday, October 29th

When you watch someone struggle and there is nothing you can do...
...you hope...
...with every little bit of energy or action your hope grows, if ever so slightly.

...you call, you write, you talk to all you know...
...for that is all you can do.

...when the end comes there is tremendous sadness...
...with that sadness is the knowing that the struggle has ended...
...there is no peace for the watchers of the struggle...
...that will come in due time.
 
...but there is peace for the ones who struggle no more...
...Polaris J-28 is at peace now...
...she did all she could for her family and she could do no more.

...her baby's struggle to survive without mother's milk has likely ended...
...how difficult it must have been for them.

...their care givers were their family members...
...especially young Star J-46 who helped them as best as she could...
...herding fish toward mom and baby...
...taking little brother for a while to give mom a break.

So now they are gone and the family and community will adjust...
...just as we humans will as well...
...to forget and move on is just not right...
...these whales are at the mercy of our human actions...

...how long they have adjusted to what humans have done...
...clean waters became toxic,
...fish shoreline habitats destroyed, 
...abundance of wild salmon killed off by dams,
...noise in the waters made it hard to hear...
...and let's not forget invasive research harming our friends.

...action must be taken and not turn our heads...
...our orca neighbors and friends deserve more...
...you love them?...
...then keep up the fight to bring back the wild salmon.

Will it be realized before it's too late...
...that restoring wild salmon is a key to it all...
...a healthy environment and healthy humans too...



...we are they and they are us.