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Saturday, June 13, 2015

6-13-15 Baby L-121's First Trip to the San Juan Islands

Saturday, June 13th
...when you have a group of people who have never seen a killer whale in the wild before and you have whales that are going away from you and you are already a long ways away...well...
...out on Peregrine with Capt. Jim, we heard that many whales were seen heading west in the Strait of Juan de Fuca and where they were, well it just wasn't going to work out...
...and then, we hear that those whales had turned and were coming back in...and off we went...
...we also heard that it was L pod, J pod and some Ks...but when we arrived on scene there were only L pod whales...
...say hello to L-121...this baby's first time in the inland waters, traveling tight to the side of his/her mom, Calypso L-94...

 
...zoomed in...
...Joy L-119 isn't 'the baby' anymore!
...we really had gone the distance to see the whales...

...they continued their inbound travel and reached the west side of San Juan Island about six hours later...
...they did turn and come up island...for a while...Ophelia L-27, Nugget L-55, and her large family, Surprise! L-86 and her boy Pooka L-106, Marina L-47 and her family group, and Nigel L-95 came up past the lighthouse, some miles from shore and others a bit closer...lots of echo locating going on...
...by the way in the last few days those 'burp' sounds started up again on the Lime Kiln hydrophones...even Bob and Stephanie let me know they heard some!
...the L12s, that include Mega L-41 and new baby L-121, came up island in a line up...they didn't make it to the lighthouse - go figure - that's what this group does!!...and instead turned and headed back down island...
...the other 15 whales who had gone north, turned and came back down and here's what they had to 'say' as they passed by the lighthouse...
...J pod and most likely K pod are way up north! 

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