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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

8/3-5/14 Keeping the Fraser River Close

Sunday, August 3rd
...last night they went north toward the Fraser River...today they started to come back down, but they didn't even get to East Pt. when they turned and headed back toward the Fraser River...
...I guess that goes along with the local news article I just read that salmon fishing is slow in the San Juans now...
...out on Maya's Westside Charters...heading toward the Coal Docks as fast as we could, since the whales were going away from us...
...on the way there one of our passengers, young Eloise, was telling us the names of the whales and she had them all correct!
...when one of the whales breached, she just had to know who it was because, as she said, "that's the whale I want to adopt!" - adorable... (you can do that through the Orca Adoption Program of The Whale Museum)...
...well that breaching whale, who breached several times, was Shachi J-19...
 

...the whales we were seeing were Group A and the K14s...the same whales who have been the only whales in here in the last couple weeks...
...we don't often get this far north...




...then on the way back another boat radios Capt. Jim to let him know that Transients are up ahead!...what corner did they come around?...did we all pass them by on the way to see Granny J-2 and her group?...I wonder...
...a quick stop and then we were on our way to the harbor...we had come a long distance...
Monday, August 4th
...the whales came back today in the afternoon, passing Lime Kiln lighthouse in the mid afternoon...I'm not sure I understand why kayakers can park in the path of whales...
...he has grown so very much!
...Conservation Canines dog Tucker...



Tuesday, August 5th
...at 2:18 in the middle of the night I heard Transient calls over the Lime Kiln hydrophones but no Resident calls...last night there was a report of lots of whales inbound so I was expecting to hear Resident calls...
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...but the Residents were 'un-locate-able' in other words - gone...
...so Tuesday became a 'boat day'...
...gotta have a certain toughness to do that!
...then I saw this and got fully disheartened...
...maybe it was a test set...I don't know...but there just hasn't been much salmon in here...
...and I'll keep saying, "maybe that will change tomorrow"...
...that was it!...no more boats for me for today...and no Residents around anywhere...



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