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Saturday, May 1, 2010

5-1-10 Capt. Hook Is In Town!

Saturday, May 1st


Off to see J Pod with Capt. Jim of Maya's Westside Charters...oh, no wait there are Ts not far away...and guess who??? Capt. Hook T40 was one of them...

...he hasn't been seen in these waters since April of 2009...and this is just the second time I've seen him...
...that's his hooked dorsal fin as he is diving and about to do a cartwheel...strange looking image!

...I noticed that he did that a lot and also tail slapping... (from his left side his fin looks like it is flat across the top)... ...well he cartwheeled and tail slapped but he wasn't anywhere near the Steller sea lion...I just wonder if he was the 'hazer'...because he seemed to be patrolling the outer circle...his unusual dorsal fin and cartwheeling made for some pretty unusual photos...


...they had zigged and zagged up Haro Strait and then changed back to the south and BAM! another Steller sea lion attack began...unreal...fascinating to watch...
...she is actually lunging on top of the Steller...one of his flippers is protruding out from under her pectoral fin...
...as she continues she appears to be rolling over in her lunge...how do I know it's a female?...
...she showed her belly markings...now which female she is of the group I don't know...
...these 4 whales with Capt. Hook are T071,T071A T071B and T071C...confirmed by Dave Ellifrit of the Center for Whale Research...
...not to be outdone by Capt. Hook the others had 'flukes flying' a lot of the time too...as I watched the transients and the Steller I saw a similar pattern to attack and retreat, as I had last week (which was the first time I'd ever seen that!)...we couldn't decide if this was another 'training/practice' episode or not...but after we had moved on...we later learned that the Steller became a meal for those 5 Ts today...
...my next post delves into figuring out which tail fluke belongs to which whale!

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