Saturday, December 20, 2014

12-20-14 What's All That Repetition About?

Saturday, December 20th
...on the 14th the whales had come north in Haro Strait at 4:00 in the morning...I learned several days later that they showed up in Puget Sound in the afternoon of the 17th and departed by the next day...last seen heading west...
...so, just in case, I was listening to the Port Townsend hydrophones and late this afternoon I began hearing something, but it was the same sound over, then nothing and then over and over...it drifted onto audio and out of audio and I couldn't figure out what it was...it sounded like a call, but I didn't hear any other calls...
...finally after close to an hour there was a distinct J pod call...
...so who is the caller of that one repetitive call?
...what are you saying?
...are you lost?
...who are you calling to?
...do you belong somewhere else?
...do you just not want to follow the rest down into Puget Sound?
...or are all of you on the edge of the hydrophone range and your calls are being picked up as you move around?

...this audio clip has a few segments, each separated by a slight pause...the first two are of the repetitive call, then there is a J pod call, and then the longest has the repetitive call and some faint other calls in the background in a couple places:
video


...four the last four hours at least...it's now after close to 9:15 pm and this call, along with the sometime additional calls who sound to be J pod - but not many of them...it's still going on...maybe some K pod calls now at 9:23 pm...

...this is the first time I have heard one call repeated over and over for such a length of time...
...however, if the whales were in travel mode, one of them could be doing that as they traveled along and we would never know it...

...it's another piece of the mystery of these whales...and a fascinating one too!

...back to listening to hear what else they might do tonight...
...added:  Here's what they did...
video

Sunday, December 14, 2014

12-14-14 Up the West Side In the Night

Sunday, December 14th
...it's 4 a.m. - "time to wake up!" it felt like the whales were saying, as they began coming over the Lime Kiln hydrophones...
...so many calls - WOW!! -yet it took a few minutes before being able to confirm who was present...J, K, and L!!
...how many and who...don't know...they were long gone to the north by daylight...

...now I think I know why they were heading west, fast late in the afternoon on the 12th (I wasn't present out there but I heard about it)...they had heard their friends out west I'd guess...they met up and decided to come in and go north...

...the whales were so loud on both Lime Kiln hydrophone and Orca Sound hydrophones for an hour...it seemed they would be close to shore, but I could only hear what sounded like a percussive and it was miles off shore...
...here's close to two minutes for your listening pleasure...times that by 30 and and that's what went on...
...spectacular...
video
...the whales need our help in getting wild salmon to 'their plates'...if you haven't already signed the Change.org petition please read my previous post...or click on the link in the upper right cornet of this blog:  Southern Resident Killer Whale Salmon Initiative - Endangered - Hungry - Dammed
...already signed the petition?...now share it with all you know who care about Chinook salmon, whales, fishing, the environment, the way of life in the Pacific Northwest, to name a few...

Saturday, December 13, 2014

12-13-14 Take Action for the Salmon and for the Whales

Saturday, December 13th

...some people have been asking what they can do...here it is...

A group formed from the C.A.L.F. workshop in November, that was hosted by The Whale Museum, has launched The Southern Resident Killer Whale Salmon Initiative to bring attention to get the Snake River dams removed.  
In talking with one of the organizers she shared with me; "This (removal of the Snake River dams) appears to be the single most effective and quickest hope for increasing Chinook salmon abundance.  Studies show that coastal Chinook is critical if the SRKW's are going to survive and recover." 

I encourage you to click on the link, read the text and consider signing the petition.  This is action you can take.


Wild Chinook have been on the decline for many years. It's no longer time for more studies, talk, and inaction. 
No salmon, no orca. 
Plain and simple.


The Fraser River Chinook salmon are also critical to the survival of the Southern Resident Killer Whales.  Since the Fraser River is in a different country there are additional challenges. 
Bringing the issue front and center in the U.S. may help increase and raise the conversation in Canada.  

The whales know no boundaries. 
It's time for us to model them and work as one to resolve this problem.

Please read/sign the petition today and share it with friends.
If you're not sure why, then read the Preliminary Necropsy Report written by the head of the Center for Whale Research, Ken Balcomb, who was present at the necropsy of Rhapsody J-32.




Friday, December 12, 2014

12-12-14 J Pod on the Hydrophones

Friday, December 12th

...The Center for Whale Research, Ken Balcomb, posted a preliminary report of the necropsy of J32.  link here:  Center for Whale Research


...in the early hours this morning, J Pod woke me up with their calls over the Lime Kiln hydrophones...
...a summary of their calls separated by a brief pause...the first is at about a minute after they began and the very last is when I heard them last...it was a total of about 30 minutes...
video
 ...it is nice to hear them once again... 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

12-10-14 He Knew the Importance of Saving Her

Wednesday, December 10th
...with the winds and the storms we have had here the last few days, I cannot help but be grateful, grateful for where and when Rhapsody died, and grateful to the person who saw her and knew the importance to save her is the only way she could now be saved...

..if all that had not occurred we would have never known what happened, instead she would have just not returned with the rest of J pod...


...to see her on the TV news was a shock for sure...'here I am' it felt like she was saying...
...it's beyond the point of 'oh, how sad' it's beyond the point of 'cause of death undetermined'...and shrug our shoulders and move on...no!

...Rhapsody gave us her life and the life of her unborn calf...
...what more is needed? 

...her breaches are now silent and they will be missed...
...were there more to those breaches that we didn't see?...
...was she telling us something but we couldn't hear?
...with our eyes or our ears not going beyond...
...but, no, the salmon call has been out for a long long time...

...please, do something now...
...it must come quickly, the whales don't have much time...
...to fix the main issue of starvation is on the line...


...now it's back to pouring over images from the last several years...already they are revealing things that might not have been known before...

..lest they be forgotten, three others in 2014 died...
Lulu L-53, was known as the L pod breacher...during the summer she would often be seen with Group B...
...Indigo L-100...he too didn't return with his family...we will never know what happened to this magnificent young male...
...baby L-120...who brought everyone such joy and hope...
...and now J-32...

...we can't just remember them, something has to be done to stop all this dying.


are you familiar with 'the canary in the coal mine' phrase?...for more than 10 years the whales have been referred to like 'the canary in the coal mine'. 
Miners used to take a canary in a cage down into the mine and when the canary stopped singing they had better get out or they too would die.  'an indicator' those canaries were...and that's what the whales are 'indicators' as to what has been and continues to go on...and that affects the humans...
...and that's just beyond sad...