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Friday, June 13, 2014

6-13-14 A Rock and Roll Sea Day!

Friday, June 13th
...blasting down the west side, not announcing their presence, sped the J pod whales at 10 in the morning...they went off shore from Eagle/False Bay area but didn't stay long and turned and came back in...

...it was another one of those rock and roll sea days...but shooting through the window on Maya's Westside Charters was getting to be fun...
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...here's a great one for how distance is distorted when on the water...
...as the whales moved back up they also began moving in closer to shore...Tsuchi J-31 seemed to be checking things out...
...the whales were certainly energetic today...
...but they didn't seem to be foraging as much...maybe they just weren't hungry - yeah right...the places they stopped to forage seemed to be fewer than the day before...if that makes any sense...it was exciting to see J-49, almost two years old, foraging with his aunt Suttles J-40 and Uncle Se-Yi-Chn J-45, while mom was up ahead getting a break and doing some fish catching on her own...
...maybe he was getting a share of the fish...
...the whales up ahead were Granny J-2, the J19s, J14s, and the J11s...
...they were ahead of the others by a couple miles...
...the two family groups of trailers were Oreo J-22 and her group and Slick J-16 and her family...
...Oreo J-22 spyhopped in the distance just before we turned to head for the harbor... 
...at about 9:00pm I heard echolocation clicks on the Lime Kiln hydrophones...and a short while later a few faint calls on the Orca Sound hydrophones...but that was all...
...some of them came back down, but did all of them?
...only tomorrow would give us the answer...

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