Saturday, October 5, 2013

10-5-13 Every Day An Adventure!

Saturday, October 5th
...early morning scanning revealed an elephant seal and a large group of porpoise - too far to tell if Dall's or Harbor porpoise...then Ivan of the Western Prince located three killer whales...it was a good start to a day that was going to get pretty wild...
...out on Maya's Westside Charters to see the three Transients, that had now become 6 to 8...it was the T124s - 3 of them and the T36As...settling for 6 whales in the group...they were heading in toward shore and up island...but transients often change direction - and they did...but it was because they were after something...




...an unpaid passenger on this boat...
...the whales didn't stay around, but continued up island...they took at least two more seals (most likely) and continued on their way...
...in the meantime we went off to see some humpbacks, then back to the harbor for passengers...
...as we came out of the harbor the 6 transients were almost upon us and soon moving up past Kellet Bluff and along the shore line (just like the Residents)...
...it was most interesting watching this great blue heron. I've seen them watch the whales go by, but not seen them fly along with them...
...we had two humpbacks in one place and a third humpback in another...

...here's a short clip, some of the transients earlier in the day and then of two humpbacks late in the day...
video

...what's this?
...here it is October and whale watch boats and private boats are going this way and that, passing each other going to see the groups out there...T20 and T21 showed up in another place...oh, and a nice group of Dall's porpoise. I don't know if anyone got to all the different groups around, but we could see activity in the distance here there and just about everywhere! It was another busy day in Haro Strait!

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