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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

5/26-27/15 Did J Pod Go Really Far North?

Tuesday/Wednesday, May 26-27th
...update on J pod
...J pod was last seen late in the day on May 23rd all grouped up in Swanson Channel...they had been heading north...they were not heard over the Lime Kiln or the Orca Sound hydrophones...I had mentioned before that I believed they had gone way north, there's some big water up there where they might have gone undetected, especially since they have been splitting up and spreading out...so we wait...

Tuesday, May 26th
...in the meantime out with Capt. Jim we had another encounter with T77A and T124C...two males traveling together...
...then way off in one direction...
...then back the other direction...
...and then they made the fastest kill I've ever seen...
...both whales were together when they stopped right in front of us...

...it seemed as if they were splitting up the food, mainly because one of them was thrashing his tail as if he was using it to hold his place, while they were pulling apart the animal...I would guess it was a harbor seal, but never saw exactly what is was...when they continued on each one had a good size hunk of a meal...
...the other thing that was interesting is that there were no birds...usually birds will be there immediately to get the scraps...and there was no smell...but there was a lot of blood...

Wednesday, May 27th
...out looking for the two male orcas from yesterday...we heard there were two killer whales spotted way too far away, but within range someone had located three humpbacks...

...BCY0324 - aka Big Mama was a few miles west of the other two, all up in the Strait of Georgia...
...these are humpback whales who come back each year...

...and by the end of the day...still no word on J pod...

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