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Friday, May 3, 2013

5-3-13 An Interesting Week It Was

...over the last week, there have been some days of no whales...of individual whales scattered here and there...whales seen but took all day to find...etc.
during our travels...
...maybe an almost four year old bald eagle...
...Brant Geese...they have a great story...I'm always excited to see them...not far north of here, in Comox, BC they make their last stop to feed before the last leg of their travel back north, way north to lay eggs, raise young, etc. before making the journey back thousands of miles south for the winter...
...on April 30th T20 and T21 were seen in the morning, but no one could locate them until mid afternoon!...that's transients for you...
...in the late afternoon Capt. Jim took some folks out for a quick look at the impressive T21 and his companion T20...it is not known how or even if these two are related...it's estimated that both were born in the 1960s...only the whales know for sure...

T20 has some interesting marks on his dorsal fin...I bet there are lots of stories behind all of those...
T65A2, that young male who was seen traveling alone several days ago...then with his family a few days later, was seen on May 1st traveling alone again...
...on May 2nd more males - T93 and T97 were seen together...and Capt Hook T40 was was several miles from them and he was alone...and then there was one, maybe two, whales seen in a few various places along the west side of the island...from the sounds of those reports that whale(s) were heading north...it also seemed as if there were only males in the area...I wonder if that has ever happened before...
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...today - May 4th - marks the day that J pod came back in to the inland waters in 2009, after not having been present in the month of April 2009.  It was the first time in over 30 years of study of these whales that J Pod was not seen in these waters at least one time during April...
...now this year, April 2013, J pod once again was not seen in these waters.  

...all I can think of is that wherever they are they must be getting enough to eat, or I would think (just a guess) that they would have come through here at least once to check out the salmon situation...


...speaking of salmon, I just wonder what the situation will be like for them when they do return...

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