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Saturday, September 14, 2013

9-11-13 Ever Heard of Stone Stacking?

Wednesday, September 11th
...here we were, on Maya's Westside Charters, out with the T41s, T109As and T12A, going along...
...when in the distance something catches my eye...
...I zoomed in...
...could it be?...another one?...this is wild...I had seen the same thing at Lime Kiln just 5 days before, and had not ever seen it before in my life!
It's called Stone Stacking
...the whales continued on around and down that island...
...they spent a bit of time working the shore, but once again this group was so shifty it wasn't easy to tell if they got any lunch or not...then again those harbor seal pups haven't much of a chance...
...everyone especially loves seeing a new baby...
...often they are very lumpy...
...the other day the blows of another group of whales just hung in the air...today you certainly can tell which way the wind is blowing...
...these Ts were in the same general area for three days...
...J, K and L pods were way down somewhere along the Olympic Peninsula for most of the day - L pod whales hadn't been seen in two days and it is usually assumed they had gone out...but now that they show up with J and K pod, it makes we wonder just how far 'out' they had gone...
...they all made their way back up toward San Juan Island, getting there by late in the day...only a few made it past Lime Kiln and then flipped and went back down island again...
...so it has now been 9 days in a row that the Residents have been in the inland waters...it feels so unusual, however, that's just about how it should have been all season...
...and where they are spending a lot of their time is pretty interesting too.

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