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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

4-24-13 "Where Are the Whales?" asked the Little Boy

Wednesday, April 24th

...out with Capt. Jim on Maya's Westside Charters...we looked everywhere for whales...none had been seen in a week, though some had been heard in the middle of the night two nights ago...
...the eagles were having a 'sit in'...three of the 4 national wildlife refuge signs looked like this...

...the Steller sea lions were back at Kelp Reef marker and also at Green Pt.  they may be gone by the end of May, so it's always a treat to see them when they are here...
...but no whales...the little boy fell asleep...
...back at the dock, just about to leave - a phone call! Stop! no Go!-back on the boat - a whale has been spotted.
...the little boy was wide awake now - he got to see his first whale.  I think he was happy :)...his mom and dad sure were happy to see their first whale too...
...there was only 1 whale present!...very unusual - what appeared to be a young male, but who?...no nicks on the dorsal fin...a very non-transient looking fin...
...but then I got a glimpse of the saddle patch on the left side..."oh, I think I know who it is!"...I surprised myself...T65A2...
...was 'he' (he or she? don't know for sure) taking his first solo venture?
...we don't know, but everyone was scanning in every direction and no other whales were to be seen...but it doesn't mean that others weren't on the other side of one of those small islands along where he was traveling...
...T65A2 went right past a harbor seal...
...a few minutes later it looked like he might be going after something, but he soon moved along...
...it will be interesting to see if he is with his family the next time we see them...and if he isn't, then we will at least know that he has been seen...

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