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Monday, May 25, 2015

5-25-15 Transient KWs - Way West and Close to Home

Monday, May 25th
...early in the morning I heard transient calls on the Lime Kiln hydrophones...then on the Orca Sound hydrophones to the north...then on both at the same time...by the end of about 30 minutes the last calls I heard were fading off the Orca Sound hydrophones...a short while later whales were seen to the south...confusing...were there two groups going different directions?...
...not out in the morning but I heard that the T36As and T75Bs were some of the whales seen as well as the T18s...we had a long way to go...zooming past Race Rocks lighthouse...still not there yet...

...not much longer...T51 was surfacing up ahead and he was with a group, but it wasn't the group he was with yesterday...
...I noticed something white way up high and then saw some folks watching...
...a better look at the group T51 was with...no little kids, no babies...

...then Mr. Floppy Fin T19B and his brother, T19C surfaced...T18 and T19 were present and just under the surface...
...it's the T124As who T51 was with...
...there was one whale who was not one of the T124As...It's T86A1!
...now I wonder where T86A and T86A3 were?...maybe up ahead with the other group...but we didn't get to them today...
...the whales were heading west and we were almost to Sooke...those are condominiums under construction in the distance...
...we headed back and stopped at Race Rocks...there is a sea otter, who seems to show up each year and hang out there...it's a rare thing to see a sea otter in this area...
...I like getting Lime Kiln lighthouse in images when the opportunity arises...
...we had heard of a couple transients coming down toward us... and Capt Jim found them!...it was T77A and T124C, two males...we had only a few minutes to get IDs and then head in...maybe they would be around tomorrow...


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