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Thursday, October 2, 2014

10-2-14 Leaping Lags and Surfing Orcas!

Thursday, October 2nd
...after hearing those calls at 5 minutes after midnight...I thought that Granny J-2 and group had come back down island and met up with Group B Plus and the K Klik...but I couldn't be sure with all that darkness...
...out on Maya's Westside Charters in the morning we head toward Discovery Island looking for some transient orcas...
...Phillip, one of the passengers, spotted what he thought were Dall's porpoise...on closer look - LAGS!...Oh, my, Pacific white sided dolphins again - this is amazing...I think it is actually the 12th day in a row that Pacific white sided dolphins have been in the area - wow!




...transients?...oh, we forgot...oh, okay...let's go see them...and oh, boy did we...
...the report was that there were 5 or 6, but we at first saw three and then only two...they were moving fast and we had no time to look around for others...
...along came....
...video or images...I couldn't decide!...it was all happening so fast...
video




...shortly after that amazing experience we saw more whales over near the shore...and when they got all together...it was the T49As and the T49Bs and the T65Bs...
 ...I found this interesting...look at the three different colorations...
mom...her grayish saddle patch, youngest one T49B3 in the middle with the still yellowish tinge, and older sibling T49B2 whose white is now white...
...one of the young fellas on the boat asked me for some tips when photographing killer whales...well, this sailboat in the distance lent well to that...
...we left the whales heading into Swanson Channel...but would they continue that direction?...they had been quite sly all day today - and the other day when Ivan of the Western Prince was with some of these whales they were split apart then...so they are in sly mode these days...what will they do tomorrow?

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