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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

9-3-13 Was It Another One Day Visit?


Tuesday, September 3rd
...last seen here on August 25th, the Southern Residents returned in the night last night...and we are glad...at least for the moment...
...they came for a visit maybe or is there enough of the salmon that they are looking for to cause they to want to stay?...whether or not they will be around tomorrow remains to be seen...one day does NOT erase what has been going on all season and we cannot let that be forgotten...

...when whales were spotted this morning it wasn't known at first if it was some of the Transients we had seen yesterday (will post about that, but the Residents take precedence at the moment)...
...on Maya's Westside Charters for a late morning trip we head out to see the whales...they were spread from in close to shore to many miles off shore in several directions and in small groups or a couple here and there...Tika K-33 was socializing with Lapis L-103...Se-Yi-Chn J-45 and Fluke L-105 were playing around together...
...off in the distance we saw a hugely tall dorsal fin- that belongs to Lobo K-26...
...not far from Lobo and a few others were the K13s...Scoter is still carrying that piece of metal...

...shortly before we had arrived on scene the whales had changed direction, so we saw them as they were heading down island...not in a hurry...it's difficult to know exactly how much foraging is going on, how much they are getting to eat but we did see some surface activity looking as if there was some fish chasing going on...and a few breaches...
 ...late in the day I was out again on a different boat and we met the whales off the south end of the island...they were moving up and this time they were in large groups...off in the distance as they were going up island...
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...when they were still going up island...
...in the end they all turned and headed offshore and south...it looks like it was just a day's visit...but we'll know more tomorrow...
...Granny J-2 was present as was the rest of J pod...I saw most members of K pod and lots of L pod whales, but I don't think all of L pod was present, which isn't that unusual...

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