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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

5/19-20/15 The Whales Keep Us Guessing

Tuesday/Wednesday, May 19/20th
Tuesday, May 19th
...out on a late afternoon trip on Peregrine, we headed north to meet up with J pod as they were coming down Boundary Pass...
...what they did over the last 24 hours is more like what they used to do...which would indicate they are finding salmon...
...when we arrived on scene we could see a large group of whales going nowhere and slowly, just hanging out...goofing around...Oreo has been spyhopping alot these last few days...

...some were way up ahead and others in loose groups...here's Granny J-2 and Suttles J-40...

...it's Oreo J-22 again!

...little J-49 got in on the action too...

...and then he changed it up a bit...

...he looks so very happy!
...and this shot turned out pretty neat...the whales are quite far away too...
...off in the distance J-49 breaches...
...uncle Se-Yi-Chn J-45 spyhops...
...and Oreo spyhopping again!
...Echo J-42 with her chin up and someone else taking a dive...
...one of the adult males breached...
...at times they were in small groups...


...when we left them they had only gone about a mile from where we first began...and we wondered whether they would continue to come down into Haro Strait or turn back another way...
...as I was writing up this post today, for yesterday, I got a message...and I got to Land Bank quickly...so here's what occurred on Wednesday...

Wednesday, May 20th
..."okay, it's morning...where are the whales?"
...and there were no replies...no one knew...
...out with Capt. Jim in the afternoon to go north into Georgia Strait where there were some humpback whales...
...we were watching Big Mama and I decided to go to the back of the boat to scan for orcas...we were in a good place if the whales had gone north last night...
...while I was scanning I heard a big thud/splash - Big Mama just breached!...oh, well...

...no J Pod all day long...at 8:52 pm I get a note saying there is one whale on the west side south of Lime Kiln...off I go to see, that is if it wasn't already too dark...
...at Land Bank I saw someone I knew and it was mentioned that their friend had seen about 20 whales near the top of Orcas Island heading down to Rosario Strait at about 11 a.m....
...then another person I know, was so excited because she saw the whales from the top of Mt. Finlayson at the bottom of San Juan Island at about 7pm...
...I was standing there with them and we all were seeing members of J pod a bit after 9pm!

...they have been vocalizing on the Lime Kiln and the Orca Sound hydrophones for over a couple hours now...

...of course tomorrow we may be back in the same situation as today...trying to locate where the whales are!

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