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Friday, July 19, 2013

7-19-13 Part 3 - Lulu and Ks and Transients

Friday, July 19th - Part 3 of 3
...out on Maya's Westside Charters we catch up to the whales several hours later, some in the Strait of Georgia and others still in Boundary Pass...
...K pod whales and Lulu L-53 were heading toward the Coal Docks...
...we went to see them first...Lulu is known for doing this and when she gets her tail going the speed is amazing...
...Skagit K-13 - wow!..she's the first whale I ever adopted...
...lots of playful behavior for a few minutes, then they continued on their way...
...Deadhead K-27 and Ripple K-44...
...Lobo K-26, Skagit K-13, and Scoter K-25...

...I wasn't surprised to see Lulu up with the leaders because she was with them when they went past the park several hours before...when they had gone past the lighthouse I noticed that Racer L-72 and Fluke L-105, members of Lulu's subgroup were more up with the K pod whales...and they were still up toward the front when I saw them up island a ways...however, Nigel L-95, the other member of this subgroup (L37s), was with the other three family groups of Ls (L4s, L21s, L26s), and they were the large trailing group...
...I didn't see Racer, Fluke, or Nigel with the K pod whales, and the L pod whales had splintered into some very active playful groups, making it impossible to see where those three whales were...
...Mystic L-115 and mom, Marina L-47...

...Crewser L-92 and Mystic with an inverted tail lob! 

...whales were breaching in the distance...and Mystic join the activity...

...the L pod whales turned a different direction from the whales who were heading toward the Coal Docks...the L pod whales traveled east, on the north side of Patos Island, but changed their minds and came back to the west side of Patos...eventually heading back down Boundary Pass...
...we left the scene at the beginning of their travel east...
...parting shots...
...same whale as above...I just loved this landing!

...Moonlight L-83...
...Patos Island Light and Mt. Baker...

...as we were leaving the dock at about 3:00 pm we learn of whales coming up island...Residents?...no! Transients!...just one more thing to add to a very unusual season...Transients acting like Residents, traveling along the the same 'route' the Residents commonly do...it was the T30s and the T75Bs and T75C...passing County Park where Low Island sits just off the shore...
...T30A and T75B left the group (8 in total) and went on a date!  We surely do think they did :)


...they were off from the rest of the group for a while, then joined back together...not long after they made of meal of a harbor seal...
...you could call these 'shopping'...looking for what they wanted...
...'here it is'...

...and then continued on their way...
...I heard later that they had made it up to Turn Pt. and began to go up Boundary Pass, then changed and headed west toward Morseby Island...I wonder if that's because the Residents were nearby...they do give each other a wide berth...
...the L pod whales reached Lime Kiln Lighthouse at 9:00 pm or later...it was about too dark to even attempt images...I imagine they are going back out...I wonder what they will tell Granny J-2...

...whales today: 
...K pod, except the K Klik (K-21, K-16, K-35)...
...L4s, L26s, L21s, L37s

Note: It is just very, very strange that J pod isn't here, but some K and L pod whales are...
...maybe they don't like what happened to Scoter K-25... 

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