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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

9-20-16 Peaceful Morning With the Whales

Tuesday, September 20th
...my last post was They Were Not on Their Places...oops!  I had forgotten - it's September - this is what they do...and with the potential of more salmon coming in the entire community of J, K, and L pod have continued to be around...of course, not always in the same location at the same time...
...some had shown up over the hydrophones early this morning and were no longer at the park when I located them...
...enjoy a nice quiet time with the whales...











...and down island and eventually out west they went...they'll be back provided that more salmon will be coming in too...

Sunday, September 18, 2016

9-18-16 They Were Not In Their Places Today

Sunday, September 18th
...after three days the whales once again arrived undetected...or almost..waking up at 1:00 I thought I had awakened to vocals over the Lime Kiln hydrophones, but then after thinking I knew it was specific whales I figured I must have been dreaming :)
...one of those mysteries...
...so when I hear of a rumor and then look down island from the lighthouse at about 10:30 and see two dorsal fins - yikes - you would have thought it was the first time I had ever seen whales :)
...so who was leading?...Granny J-2 of course...
...and then the rest of all who did go by was a pretty mixed up bunch...
...Slick J-16...
...then Mike J-26 must have had baby sitting duty this morning...with him was Scarlet J-50...mom looked like she was sort of waiting up ahead on them - she had slowed her pace at one point...fun to see Mike and his very tall dorsal fin with Scarlet and her little size...
...even these lead whales were very spread out...
...then in closer to shore was Shachi J-19 and traveling with her was Echo J-42...now that was very unusual...
...then came Hy'Shqa J-37, her offspring T'ilem I'nges J-49, and J-37's sister, Suttles J-40...

...and with them - behind them was Lobo K-26...
...when in travel mode they are usually more in their family groups...
...not liking it when they are not 'in their places'...
...we watched them as they continued up island...someone breaching in the distance a couple times...
...25 minutes later along comes Lobo's mom, Lea K-14...and about 6 minutes behind her was her oldest female offspring, Yoda K-36...mile+ off shore was Kelp K-42, Lea's youngest, foraging - hope he got that salmon he was chasing...
...10 minutes later Eclipse J-41 and her offspring, Nova J-51 - porpoising he was...
...another 10 minutes later Alki J-36 and her offspring, Sonic J-52 - porpoising he was too!...
...and still another 10 minutes later Mako J-39 surfaced in front of us...
...a just behind him was Se-Yi-Chn J-45 - his sisters had come by an hour ahead of him...
...and Se-Yi-Chn was with Onyx L-87 (who travels with Granny's Group)...
...so sad to see Se-Yi-Chn with Onyx...he should be with his mom, but his mom has been missing for well over a month now...and also glad to see he has Onyx to be his companion, at least for today...
...I remember when Se-Yi-Chn had a big brother, Riptide J-30...and Riptide didn't return in 2012...I had seen Se-Yi-Chn traveling with Lobo - a big brother replacement, at least for a while...
...it was now 12:20...
...would there be more...yes...
...DoubleStuf J-34 and his mom, Oreo J-22 came up at 1:21, yes, an hour later...they were a bit more offshore...and Blackberry J-27 and Tsuchi J-31 were not far behind and in closer...I didn't see Cookie J-38, but I imagine he was either off with another group who had stayed down island - they were so mixed today...
...another 15 minutes go by and here comes - in a resting pattern - the K13 family group of 7 whales...they were all there...and I can hardly believe how Cali K-34 has grown - wow!
...not in the lead today...today he was traveling right with him mom Skagit K-13 and Scoter, who is usually right with mom, was one position off from them...
...don't like that either...
...they continued up island...and that was it...
...other whales were down island...don't know where but not near Lime Kiln...that is until...
...sometime after 7 pm a few calls came over the Lime Kiln hydrophones...someone had come up to the light and evidently turned and went back down island or got completely quiet...another mystery...
...doubt anyone was out there watching...I think it was pouring rain at the time...
...tomorrow is another day, no telling where they will be...
...doesn't matter as long as they are getting enough food to eat...
 

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

9-14-16 J and K Pods All Came In!

9-14-16
...over the last several days the whales have been in the inland waters and back out toward the open ocean on multiple trips...
...they have been spread out for miles from leader to trailer and across the water from left to right...
...they have been doing a lot of foraging as they moved along...
...the last time they were here they didn't even go all the way to the Fraser River like they had been doing and some of them even came down Rosario Strait while others came down the west side...
...and then out they went...
...not a lot of calls over the hydrophones but lots of echolocation clicks of those heard...
...so what's the salmon abundance?...what are the whales showing us?...

...so when they came back in on the 14th it was a wonder of what would they do next...



...The Whale Museum just announced the names of the babies.  Kiki which is short for the name Kikisoblu is totally tied in with J-53's mother...here's a link to read about Kikisoblu.



...this Steller sea lion had whales to his left and whales coming straight toward him!





...the J Pod whales had gone north and the K Pod whales had come back down island...but not sure if all of them came back down because they were so spread out...
...in the middle of all the vocalizations over the hydrophones some over Orca Sound and some over Lime Kiln there were some distinct sounding L Pod calls - the ones I call the 'up-tic' call...there weren't a lot of them...all the others were K Pod calls...no J Pod calls in the mix...
...I don't know if any L Pod whales were with the K Pod whales or not...
...a mystery as to who made those calls...I have an idea...will have to sleuth it out a bit more...
...the whales keep us guessing, I just wish we didn't keep them guessing as to where their salmon has disappeared to.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

9-8-16 Surf's Up!

Thursday, September 8th


...the whales were coming down, spread for miles and moved through the area slowly...that is until a power boat left a wake that became play time or lesson time for one mom and her young one...










 

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

9-7-16 Birthday Whales Galore!

Wednesday, September 7th
...it was a whale of a birthday and it all began at about 2:15 in the morning when the whales woke me up over the Lime Kiln hydrophones...
...and they kept on, and on, and on...until finally at 5:30 I just had to get out there and see - in the dark? not! - what they were doing...
...they had begun to move up island and could be clearly heard over the Orca Sound hydrophones by 5:30...but I hadn't heard many L Pod calls, nor had I heard the L12s calls...hum...
...I soon found out!...some J and K pod whales were there too!
video

The only thing better would be to see the orcas spyhopping or lunging with salmon between their teeth!...or for that matter...lying on the surface with salmon on their heads :)  ...they will play with their food when there is plenty...