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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

5-14-13 Four Days With the Same Ts!

Saturday through Monday, May 11-14th
...the same transients have been just about everywhere these last several days...
...on Saturday...at East Point, a California sea lion in the middle of all those Steller sea lions...we only saw him because we heard his bark!
...T49B was just starting to speed swim to knock seals off the rocks at a long reef in Trincomali Channel...
...thing is, she actually 'washed' them up onto the rocks as she scared the heck out of them!

...on the way back to the harbor Capt. Jim spotted an elephant seal...

...on Sunday the same whales were in the area, but this time they were way at the bottom end of San Juan Island...by late in the day the whales had come north...they went up the east side of Waldron Island, past Skip Jack Island...

...and then took a harbor seal...and now time for some play...
...on Monday they took us on a long, round about trip...it began in the morning at Spieden Island where they beat up a Steller sea lion for a few minutes and then moved on...
...they traveled across Haro Strait and on the way over a bald eagle was after something...I noticed how the eagle's tongue was sticking out...something that looked rather strange to me...
...over to Sidney and down Cordova Channel to Cordova Spit they traveled, where they turned around and took out a harbor seal...lots of surface action going on too...
...in the middle of it all I got a breach and belly sequence of T49B2 to reveal the sex of this young whale...

...and on Tuesday they were still in the area...traveling up through Active Pass in the late afternoon...
...on the way through Active a bald eagle got a fish - a big one too!
...we left the whales as they continued to head north west...as we passed the buoy outside of the pass I noticed a sea lion hauled out...not sure if this is a female or a young Steller sea lion...
...being so in to the transient killer whales and the lack of the Residents presence, we anticipated more transients tomorrow...little did we know things were about to change!



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