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Saturday, January 31, 2015

1-31-15 When Last Heard Over the Hydrophones

Over the last few days:

Thursday, January 29th
...5:45 a.m. J pod, K pod, and a few L pod calls over the Lime Kiln hydrophones brought me to attention!...they sounded very clear, as if they were in Haro Strait, and were quite close...
...here's a sample of what I heard...Js are the loudest, Ks are a bit in the background - their kitten sound - and then a few up-tick L pod calls toward the end.  

...the calls lasted for close to an hour...it was dark...and by daylight, as far as I know, no whales were seen, by anyone, anywhere, until...
...about 3:45 in the afternoon K pod calls began over the Port Townsend hydrophones...what was most interesting is that it was ONLY K pod...there were no J or L pod calls...
...now just where did J pod go?...and for the few, and only a few L pod calls that I heard, well they could very well have belonged to Onyx L-87...he more often has a different call, but I couldn't say which L pod whales were present other than him (most likely)...

Friday, January 30th
...figuring that K Pod had gone into Puget Sound, which was later confirmed, it was a wonder as to where J pod had gone...
...then I receive a call that whales are off the southern part of the island going down...off and running...
...it was the T60s and T02B...they have shown up several times since early December...
...five at the surface...there are five in the T60 family group, plus T02B who travels with them...they were off South Beach heading toward the Cattle Pt. lighthouse...
...up at the light as the whales were approaching, a California sea lion surfaced going up island...
...T60D, T60, T60C and T02B - in sync with one another...T60E and T60F were not at the surface...there was no fog here - yet - and wonderful morning sun...
...this was just an interesting set of their multiple foot prints...
...they had gone part way up into San Juan Channel when they disappeared into the fog...

 Saturday, January 31st
...no news from anyone or anywhere...until late in the day...K pod was miles west of Victoria in the afternoon and they were heading west...I wonder if J pod went back out that way the other day or if they went north...

...where's their best chances of finding salmon?...that's where they will be...

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