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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

7-10-13 And Up Island They Went!

Wednesday, July 10th
...they woke me up at 1:00 a.m. on the hydrophones...
...they woke me up again at 4:00 a.m. on the hydrophones...
...and they continued on the Lime Kiln hydrophones until after 6:00 a.m.
...they were spread out in small groups foraging...Mike J-26 and Rainshadow K-37 at 'the wall' at the park...

...they showed back up at the park at about 9:30 a.m...who were thought to be the trailers were Spieden J-8, Shachi J-19 and Eclipse J-41...they were moving up island...ahead of them was Skana L-79 by a few hundred yards, and behind them were Spirit L-22 and Solstice L-89...at one point Shachi spyhopped...

...I find it very curious as to what is occurring (if anything) with Spirit and her boys (see posts earlier in July)...somewhere along the way Spirit, Skana and Solstice changed direction and went back down island...

...out on Maya's Westside Charters we encountered whales shortly after leaving the harbor...the whales were coming north, several groups, spread quite a distance...

...they were pretty tight to shore...one kayaker kept paddling along keeping up with the whales...this was a great example of distance distortion on the water...if the whale had been really close that kayaker would have been learning back and/or looking up at that dorsal fin!


...in the middle of enjoying the whales we saw billows of black smoke...a boat had caught fire in Roche Harbor...the toxins released into the air made me cringe...
...K pod and J pod whales and Onyx L-87 were to the north, and possibly some L pod whales, but the whales were so spread out that it was difficult to determine who was where...
...in the afternoon near the harbor there were two whales who were the trailers, believed to be two females, but in the end it was Opus K-16 and her boy Sonata K-35... 
...we headed up toward Turn Pt. and met up with J pod - Group B...

...up ahead of them was J pod - Group A and some K pod whales...they were starting to head up Boundary Pass then stopped...at the same time the whales who were in Swanson Channel stopped too...Granny J-2, Onyx L-87 and a few others began to change direction...

...they didn't seem to be able to decide which way to go...then for a few moments they began to head back toward Turn Pt....
...they decided...

...in the end Group B and some K pod whales went up Swanson Channel and Group A and other K pod whales went up Boundary Pass...
...Onyx L-87 with kelp...
...I find this next image interesting...Are there 2 whales or one?
...just one...the image below is actually the image taken just before the image above...Onyx was turning, which gave the illusion that maybe there were two whales...to me anyway...

...and by the end of the day we were all wondering where in the world they would be in the morning!
...they certainly are doing things differently this season...

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