Thursday, October 3, 2019

10-3-19 What's Been Going On with the SRKWs

catching up from the last few weeks...

...things were pretty quiet, so seeing 'anything' was a treat...how about an elephant seal...
 

9-21-19  some K and L Pod whales came in...got to see them on 9-21...


 ...some Ls went north late in the day and some of the whales stayed down island...they were seen again from Lime Kiln on the 24th and 25th...late in the day, far from shore...challenging to ID who had come up, then a u-turn and back down island again...


 ...there's a whale in there...
 ...it just kept getting more and more stunning...

...J Pod plus the K13s and Onyx (L-87) had already been in Puget Sound for many days...they went up Rosario Strait on 9-25 and somewhere and at some time they met up with the L Pod whales who had gone up on the 21st...they all came down on September 30...
...they were spread out and many were chasing fish...

10-2-19
...on this day Ts were present...they had been seen coming in from the west on 10-1...then in San Juan Channel in the morning on 10-2...it was a surprise that after they went west through Spieden Channel they turned south and came past the lighthouse...it was very far to the south when they turned and came back north (but much farther offshore than when then had come down)...always great to see this family of T18s - T018, T019, T019B and T019C...here are the two males...



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...T19B has a huge dorsal fin...it is much taller than it looks because it leans




Monday, September 9, 2019

9-9-19 The Seas Settled with Perfect Timing!

Monday, September 9th
...first sighting from the west side today...
...turned into this...

...it wasn't until I went to town, later in the day, when the J16s showed up along the west side...






... I don't know which direction they came from - the south or the north...
...they were spotted off Land Bank, just south of the park, milling (not going anywhere)...


Look at how the seas ended up today!  
Perfect sea state and perfect lighting.  
I feel so lucky to have seen the J16s today.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

9-7-19 Humpbacks In the Distance

Saturday, September 7th


...I promised some ladies who were watching these two humpbacks offshore today...
...it was a surprise when someone came into the lighthouse and said, "there are whales out there!"...duh, let's go have a look...

...these images will give you an idea of what we saw...and they were repeated many times over while we watched these humpbacks...



...we watched for quite a while as they came up Haro Strait far offshore...yet still gets one's attention and the people watching were sharing binoculars.

Thanks everyone who was watching this afternoon (close to 5 pm) - and especially the lady from Ohio (I think) - she'd never seen anything like this before!  What a fun afternoon it was!

Just a note:  if you are going on a trip to see wildlife, bring a good pair of binoculars - there are times they really come in handy!!

Saturday, August 31, 2019

8-31-19 SRKWs Aug 25-Aug 31

Sunday through Saturday, August 25th through August 31st.

...August 25th  (note to self- camera messed up, so only a few pics)

  ...early morning
  ...passing Lime Kiln
  ...coming down at about 4pm




...August 26th J Pod came north then back down island at 10:00 a.m. and again at 1:00p.m.
...August 27th
J Pod was south of Lime Kiln and wee moving north at about 10:00 a.m.







...the day ended up windy...and the whales had gone north...
...August 28th the whales stayed north... 
...August 29th a windy afternoon when the whales came down...










...August 30th  J Pod spent the day south of Lime Kiln and to the bottom end of the island, foraging. At noon the J16s, came up but they were barely seen from Lime Kiln before they turned and went back down island.
...August 31st  J Pod spent most of the day south of Lime Kiln...and then nearing 7pm some came up to the lighthouse and then turned and went back down...and it seems that likely they went back out to sea...
 
...it was a pretty active second half of August...