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Thursday, April 30, 2015

4-30-15 Octopus, Humpback, Killer Whales

Thursday, April 30th
...it was not nice water, but out with Capt. Jim we went...there had been no sightings of any whales of any type so far this morning...
...oh, but we came upon a harbor seal...eating an octopus!
...then we headed north to look for the two humpbacks that eluded everyone the day before...the seas were nastier up here, so when Capt. Jim spotted the blow of a humpback, and with the wind and choppy seas - what a find!...MMY0006 aka Windy was the one I saw, so I imagine BCY0324 Big Mama was there as well...somewhere in those breaking white caps!
...then we get a call..."killer whales"...and off we went...and adding to the choppy seas were the whales so very close to shore...
...it was the T65As, a family of 5, and the T65Bs a family of 2..two sisters and their kids...they have been around a lot lately...the T75Bs had been with them, but they split off and are somewhere else...wherever that might be...
...that tail belongs to a female...it's straight across...
...T65A2 - and his FIRST notch...I imagine he may get more!
...once the tail action began, it just kept on and on...
...one of the little guys, either T65A4 or T65A5 breached a few times, giving the folks from Pennsylvania a thrill!
...we heard that J Pod was on their way in...oh, goodie...except that I haven't heard any of those burp (fish sounds) at all lately...(I've been tracking a certain sound that has preceded the presence of J pod over 90% of the time this past winter).
I heard some J pod calls over the Lime Kiln hydrophones at about 7:30 tonight...they were very far off and sounded more like they were heading due east and not toward the west side of the island...at least not just yet...okay, time to set the alarm for zero-dark-thirty-a.m. ...it's getting to be that time of the year...it will be up and out the door really early, just in case...

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