Thursday, January 23, 2020

1-23-2020 Rafting Sea Lions

Thursday, January 23rd

…"What is that?"  It's a barking California sea lion...running now...to the shoreline hoping to see which way he is going, etc...just cause...

...off in the distance I see him and hear him as he continues down past the south end of the park...
...and then a Steller sea lion surfaces just to the up island side of the lighthouse...
...and a friend also sees a California sea lion in front of the lighthouse!

wild!!  ...these two were going down island, but I didn't see the Steller sea lion again...and then I began to wonder if I had...

...well, the answer came a little while later, when a raft of sea lions slowly moved up, close in to the shore...I was stunned!
...how many...was the question...it looked like about 8...but not...and at a general look it looked like California sea lions...

...see how many you can count...how many flippers?...front flippers (the ones 'pointing the way')...and the back flippers (the ones that look like they have toes (well, sort of)...how many heads...  


...something I caught on the video, two sea lions doing something together...not sure why they were doing that, but I learned that might not be that uncommon...but what seems uncommon is to see a raft of sea lions (even though a small group), floating up island with the current...
It was a slow motion - wow!


...just before the raft made it to the lighthouse, one of the sea lions reacted to something on the shore...he barked one loud bark and all of them dove quickly...a few minutes later they began to surface...which was nice...to attempt to see age categories...



 ...here's the Steller sea lion who was in the mix...

...but when I went through the images it looked like there were two Stellers...

...the arrows are point to the four heads of CA sea lions at the surface at the same time...

...and then there was this adult harbor seal who watched the sea lions as they continued on by!


...I kept watching for the sea lions to return, but the weather and sea state wasn't the most cooperative...so I missed them...I found that out when a friend called to let me know they were rafted up along the mouth of Deadman's Bay, which is where they had come from in the first place!




Friday, January 17, 2020

1-15-2020 SNOW!






...the snow didn't last long but the cold and wind did!
...on the 16th in the afternoon some rooster tailing Dall's porpoise were blasting up to the north -  fun to see their 'rooster tails' above all that choppy sea!

Saturday, January 11, 2020

1-11-2020 Recent Lime Kiln Hydrophone Activity

January 6 and 7...things got quite interesting.

It wasn't orcas...

You just never know what might 'show up' on the hydrophones!


Sunday, December 29, 2019

12-29-19 Pacific White-sided Dolphins

Sunday Dec 29th
...well the day began at about 5:15 a.m. when a very loud humpback whale was practicing his song...that makes it about the 10th time since late October that I have recorded one...every time it's been IN THE DARK!...

...the day continued on, when at about 11:00 a.m. IN THE DAYLIGHT! - a male singing humpback...that's the first time I have recorded one during daylight!!
...scanned and scanned but could not locate...he was distant but I was hoping I could catch a glimpse of his exhale...
...then a bit later I learned there were some humpbacks off Trial Island, and I wondered if maybe that humpback had been in Baynes Channel. (If it had been in Baynes Channel and had come far enough east it is a straight shot to the Lime Kiln hydrophones.)...but I'll not likely never know.

...okay, on about the day...lots of people at Lime Kiln today...brighter than yesterday, flat calm water...someone noticed something, close to shore, coming up island toward the lighthouse...
...at first...hmmmm...
...and then...and then...very short clip and not very clear but...
...here's a bit closer look...the image is actually quite large (click on image to enlarge)...
...see if you can figure out how many were there...
...a couple clues:
  -at least one has an indentation or two along its back, behind the dorsal fin.
  -all those notches, of course.
 
...not common to see LAGS (their nick name - which is the first 4 letters of their long scientific name)...so close to shore, just passing by quietly...

...and now since that singing humpback was out there making some very high pitched sounds in the late morning...I'm now wondering if maybe it was the lags!

...lots of fun and most people there today hadn't ever seen any Pacific White-sided Dolphins before...

...I decided they were a 'good omen' for 2020!

Tuesday, December 10, 2019