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Saturday, August 20, 2016

8-20-16 An Orca-Filled Day


Saturday, August 20th
...it began at 5:15 a.m. when echolocation clicks came over the Lime Kiln hydrophones...a J Pod call or two I heard before running out the door...not sure just why - it was dark out there still...was able to see some as they moved up island...
... a few hours later more whales came up island...








...pause for a harbor seal...
...a couple more whales in the distance...
...it wasn't even 11:00 a.m. what would the rest of the day bring...

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

8-18-16 Whales and a Heat Hazey Day

Thursday, August 18th
...the story in the images today...








...the whales stayed down island for quite a while and I heard reports of them foraging...more salmon in here?...that would be nice if that was the case...

...save the wild salmon and that will help save these whales.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

8-17-16 Morning Passby - Awesome!

Wednesday, August 17th
...Granny was in the lead...way in the lead...
...then Lea K-14 and her oldest, Lobo K-26 came along next...
...Kelp K-42 came along but not in as close to shore as some others...

...video of Granny J-2, some approaching close in (then I switched to images) and off shore were the K16s and Cappuccino K-21...

video

...some of the images when they came past the lighthouse...






...off shore were Lea K-16, Sonata K-35, and Cappuccino K-21 - they are on the video clip...
...so now all of K Pod was in the inland waters with the K12s and the K13s already north...the whales are heading toward the Fraser River...reading the reports on the Fraser River and the salmon runs, things are looking really bad...
...really bad for what?  really bad for 137 species that reply in part or in whole on their well being...yes, 137 species.
                                 ...by the way...humans are on that list.
   

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

8-16-16 Surprise Encounter!

Thursday, August 18th
...no word on where the K12s and K13s were in the morning...knowing they had gone west during the previous night...well...might they have done that again last night?
...no word...
...then fog moved in...uh-oh...
...lots of people at the park watching the fog move in and then recede and move in again, etc...
...it was about noon and the hydrophones were broadcasting in the lighthouse...
...talking to someone I stopped in mid-sentence, "That's echolocation clicks! Whales are here!" "That's K Pod calls! They're right outside!" (couldn't tell I was excited, could you :)...
...the fog was thick...couldn't see 50 feet offshore...
...here we all are looking at a 'blank screen' above the water and listening...listening...
...then all of a sudden we could hear people at the other end of the park (down by the 'wall') exclaiming! They had just seen an orca!...that was hilarious!
...it isn't very far from the 'wall' to the lighthouse...so it would be a few minutes.
...luckily the fog receded just enough to get a few glimpses of the K12s and barely a glimpse of the K13s who were ahead of them.


...it was much later in the day when J Pod and the rest of K Pod came in from the Strait of Juan de Fuca...
...only a few came up island passing the lighthouse and then later came back down...


...was that a 'scouting' trip up and back?...might they be here in the morning?

Monday, August 15, 2016

8-15-16 Out With the Current and Back In with the Current

Monday, August 15th
...yesterday three passbys at the lighthouse...today two passbys at the lighthouse...they went up past the lighthouse in the late afternoon, some were foraging...
...some going back down island before they even got anywhere up island...
...while others were still going up island...

...some were breaching...


...and one came in quite close to the light...

...and in the end the K12s and K13s went back down island, doing the 'west side shuffle' for the 2nd day in a row...

...it appears there is enough salmon for a small group of whales...
...and now it is appearing that they are taking turns as to who will be in here...
I remember when they did that back in 2008.
They are so smart...wish the humans were smart enough to take more actions to restore the wild stocks of salmon so that orca and man could jointly benefit...but it doesn't seem that the humans are as smart as killer whales...