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Friday, May 30, 2014

5/29-30/14 The T65As Having A Good Time Around the Islands

Thursday/Friday, May 29/30th
...planning to get some work done on Thursday...well that didn't last long...I get a call from Spencer of Legacy Charters...and off I was headed...whales were coming down through Active Pass...we didn't know who or which way they might go once they exited the Pass...
...wrong way!- they were heading up Trincomali Channel - away from us...but it wasn't long before turned and headed back south...
...it was 'Lumpy' T65A and her kids and just as we were about to head back they decided to have a meal...it was quick...
 ...even baby T65A5 was in on the action...it's never too early to learn...
...this gull got a morsel...
...and T65A3 got a lot more than that!

...the last we heard they were heading back north and most likely would not see them tomorrow...
...in the early hours of Friday...2:00 a.m. I am awakened by very faint transient calls on the Lime Kiln hydrophones...the calls increased in volume and they continued vocalizing on and off until close to 7:00 a.m.!  
But it wasn't until close to 4pm when they were located...all the way down by the Deception Pass bridge...but away we went with Capt. Jim on Maya's Westside Charters...
...so early this morning it was the T65As who were making all that noise!...word was they had been seen close to 8 a.m. out in the big water - Middle Bank area - but since it is 'big water' it's not always easy to find a group of a mom and 4 kids...when they were located the second time they were heading up Rosario Strait...
...Washington State ferry in the distance...



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...and eventually into Thatcher Pass where several harbor porpoise got out of their way quickly...I wasn't quick enough to get more than one at a time...

...we weren't sure where the whales might go next or where they might be tomorrow...

...and I was beginning to wonder if the Residents were ever coming back...

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