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Thursday, May 28, 2015

5-28-15 'Catchup' Was Catching Up Again!

Thursday, May 28th  and early May 29...
...Wednesday May 27th...there was word that many whales were seen near Nanimo late in the day on the 27th...could it be?...J pod?...or another large group of transients?...and the question always is: What does 'many' mean?  To some many might be 5, to others there would have to be 12 or 15 or 20...to mean 'many.'
...well, J pod showed up today, Thursday May 28th...it was most likely them late yesterday the 27th, (but there was no proof of presence that I know of) and today they were coming down Haro Strait from the north!
...the whales were getting close enough to be able to see from the shore, but there was fog...I could see that Lime Kiln was completely socked in...County Park wasn't - just yet...and by the time the whales were in view the fog was clearing...
...at Lime Kiln, Slick J-16 was in the lead...
...behind her was J-50 (my nickname for her is CatchUp)...and once again 'CatchUp' was catching up!...she is so fast, it took me three tries to get this!

...behind them was Princess Angeline J-17 and Moby J-44...

...one of them made a huge lunge...
...it might have been Moby because he seemed to be doing some foraging...
...behind them came Mike J-26...
...and back quite a ways behind him were Alki J-36, Echo J-42 and baby J-52...they moved in toward the cove up just up from the lighthouse...they too seemed like they might be doing a bit of foraging...
...soon they came past...Alki J-36 gave about 100+ school kids a thrill by surfacing pretty close to shore...you should have heard the kids screaming with delight!...her baby J-52 was near her...

Shachi J-19 came by and offshore from her were her offspring Eclipse J-41 and her baby J-51...there were also whales miles offshore...
...in closer was DoubleStuf J-34 doing some foraging...
...all during the pass by today there was lots of echolocating over the Lime Kiln hydrophones...
...J-34, J-19 looked like they were foraging together...
...the J19 family group, with that ship exiting the fog...
...then some of the J14s and some of the J11s came by...
Se-Yi-Chn J-45 was with Blackberry J-27...
...they went down island and soon headed offshore...it looked like they were leaving...but late in the day they turned back toward the east...
Added:  Friday, May 29th...it was shortly before 1:00 a.m. when J pod calls were heard over the Lime Kiln hydrophones...and about 1 1/2 hours later over the Orca Sound hydrophones...it convinced me they were going up and not out...their calls were distant the entire time, indicating they were far from shore...
...they were seen north of Active Pass heading toward the Fraser River by the afternoon...

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