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Friday, June 21, 2013

6-21-13 The Last Few Days- Ts, Residents and a Humpback

the last few days...
Wednesday, June 19th...no whales but some nice harbor seals...we're looking for the pups to be born...once we see one there is usually a 'pupulation' explosion within the next couple of weeks....it's amazing how it all happens so quickly...no the stars don't all line up or maybe they do, because it's during summer solstice time - all the elements are right (they hope) - warmer temperatures, supposed to be plenty of food, etc.
Thursday, June 20th
...neither wind nor rain nor nasty seas will keep people away...and luckily the transient whales who were seen today accommodated everyone by spending their time where the seas were relatively calm...nice of them...
...I however was out on Maya's Westside Charters in the morning and my camera had a difficult time focusing through the raindrops!...
...one whale as he made a big leap...
Friday, June 21st
...transients spotted coming east in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, so off we go on Maya's Westside Charters...we're almost to Victoria when we learn of whales off the west side of San Juan Island...back we go!...we hear over the radio that it's Transients...as we arrived on scene there were only two and not 5 or 6 as we had heard...then we learn there are more up island...
...the male kept surfacing in the distance with the trailing edge facing us, making it near impossible to see who he was...and then he surfaced, profile like, and I said to myself, "that looks like Mega" - but he's not a Transient...it was Mega!
...so the L12s had returned, taking up their 'spot' on the westside...at least for the day anyway...
...we got surprised by both moms and calves...seems they were interested in watching us!
...as Matia L-77 dove there was this unusual 'whirlpool' of water...
...Solstice L-89 spent a lot of time in some rough water...a salmon place perhaps...
...one of the passengers spotted a humpback!  wow!...lucky to get a fluke shot from a good distance...
...and the most fun, even if it did last just a couple seconds...Calypso L-94 and her offspring, Cousteau L-113 - All together now!...
...nice to see the L12s in here again...perhaps there is enough salmon to feed this small group for a while...

2 comments:

Marc Felber said...

It seems everyone had trouble focusing on the whales on June 20th as we saw six breaching Orca's. I was able to focusing on lots of my shots using manual focus using f.5.6 and A 1250 with a 640 ISO - 800 ISO. This did the trick. We where very luck to see so many whales breaching and no body should take this for granted. Capt Jim said many people have been 3-4 times and have yet to see a breaching Orca. Our photos will tell the whole story on what we saw on that misty day that did not keep the whales away from us. Jeanne did a great job explaining everything. Next time you visit the San Juan Island go with Jim Mayar's Whale Watching tours!

Jeanne said...

Thanks Marc for the photo tip! I will definitely remember that on the next rainy or challenging day! It was a great encounter with whales. I think you ended up as wet as the whales! Jeanne