Sunday, April 21, 2019

4-21-19 Orcas in Friday Harbor Today


Sunday, April 21st 
...interesting and busy time in the harbor late this afternoon...








...no telling where the T65As will show up (or not) tomorrow...

Monday, April 8, 2019

4-8-19 J Pod on the West Side Today!

Monday, April 8th
...J Pod showed up in Puget Sound yesterday, and were seen throughout the day...late in the day they were coming up...no, going back down...etc...so there was no clear potential direction leading into the night hours...
...not thinking they would show up along the west side, I took a different lens to 'play' around with - BIG MISTAKE!  :)
...they did show up...just after the downpour ended...much needed rain and much needed seeing J Pod whales...

I evidently messed up the some settings because most images were really out of focus...so I decided to get artsy with a few of them...

...Echo tail slapped her way through the park!
..most of the whales were far offshore, but not all...there the last group to come by were Princess Angeline J-17, Moby J-44, and Kiki J-53.
...pretty neat too, Alex, an adopter of Moby J-44, was there when Moby surfaced near the lighthouse...needless to say, he was quite happy he was there! 
...pretty wonderful to see the looks on people's faces - their big smiles - at seeing orcas in the wild for the first time in their life...I know it makes me smile as I sure it does others who know just how special it is to see them.
...audio clip of some of their sounds from today...
...and my most favorite picture of today was taken by a friend and researcher...he said, "I presume that's you in the red jacket."   

me: big smile when I saw that!  Thank you, Mark!!
 



Friday, March 29, 2019

3-29-19 Transients for Three Days

March 27 - 29

Thank you Western Prince for taking me along!  

 March 27...Rosario Strait

March 28...Dungeness Spit
March 29...Samsun Narrows

...like WOW!

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

3-26-19 J Pod Spending Time Among the Islands

March 26th

...in the early morning I heard faint transient calls over the Lime Kiln hydrophones...not like the unusual ones from the prior day.
That was at about 8:30 a.m. but no transients were seen until the next day and they were in Puget Sound - could have been them...
...then today, at about, noon someone came upon J Pod!

J Pod was spread out in Boundary Pass...they made their way toward San Juan Channel and headed toward Friday Harbor...before reaching FH, they turned around and headed back north and this time it looked as if they were going to continue up President Channel...

...as spread as they were, added to a challenging day for images...


 ...three of the four belonging to the J16 family...


...to see who was with who was interesting...
Mako J-39 and Shachi J-19 were loosely traveling together...
Eclipse J-41, Nova J-51, and Alki J-36 were traveling close together...
...we could see Mike J-26 in the distance traveling by himself...then later with his family...
...and others were too far across to even see them...
...the whales were very surface active today...

...we all just hope they are finding salmon...not sure how much there is around but every salmon they can eat will help them survive...





Monday, March 25, 2019

3-25-19 Listen to those Transients!

March 25th
...there was a large group of transients coming down from the north, yesterday.
It wasn't until about 03:00 that transient calls began to 'fade-in' over the Lime Kiln hydrophones...and they kept on and on, getting louder...figuring they were coming down Haro Strait...their calls lasted for about 1 1/2 hours.
And that's a lot for Ts...so was it that group?...hmmm..

Their calls were somewhat different from what I am used to hearing...
...there was one call that had a whistle associated with it...
...very interesting...


...one of the groups that was coming down was seen in the early morning but that was it...
...the next day there were transients seen all over Puget Sound !! Didn't know if any of them were the ones that had come down...or not...
...more 'interesting' stuff, indeed...