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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

6-16-15 Where Was the K Klik?

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Tuesday, June 16th
...late morning K pod whales, but not all of them, traveled up island. I was glad to have chosen Land Bank, which I usually don't, but today it was perfect for what was to occur...
...I was curious to know who was present because yesterday Group A went north and that way I could verify who else either did or didn't...I'm just a very curious person:)
...mostly in ones and twos K pod whales came up island in rough seas...but everything lined up from the lighting, the angle and the whales so I could see just who was present...

...Deadhead K-27 and Ripple K-44 changed direction maybe they were going after a salmon...a few minutes later they were riding the swells...
...Scoter K-25 was far offshore...
...Sekiu K-22 was in a bit closer...
...Spock K-20 and Comet K-38 moved through...the K14s were in the closest to shore...some members of all the K pod groups went by, BUT NOT Cappuccino K-21, Opus K-16 and her boy Sonata K-35...

...and then a large group came into view...oh, this was going to be...well...it already was...awesome...
...my assumption was that it would be J Pod Group B...but as they continued to surface there were way more whales than 'just' Group B...had Group A come back down in the night?...NO!...it was the 15 L pod whales who have been in and out for the last couple weeks... the L4s, L21s (aka L47s), and Nigel L-95...as they continued on by...

(...note: yesterday (6-15) when the whales split off and Group A went north...late that day whales had come up to the lighthouse and flipped back down island...it was curious because I heard a few L pod calls...but I wasn't at the lighthouse, I was just too tired to move...wish I had moved!)
...back to today...on Peregrine with Capt. Jim, we met up with the K pod whales, still spread out as they were passing Open Bay, just outside of Snug Harbor...and we watched as they turned and headed back down island into some not nice seas - ugh!...

...luckily the large group of whales - Group B and the 15 Ls - were still in their tight group coming up island...

...it was interesting to watch as they remained in shore and the K pod whales remained offshore...they passed each other going in opposite directions!  what?#?#...that was crazy...but soon Group B and the Ls turned and came back down island too...

...after lots of opportunity today to see who was here...K pod was, except for Cappuccino K-21, Opus K-16 and Sonata K-35...the K Klik I call them...they have often gone off on their own and sometimes surprise us when and where they showed up again...so now I wanted to know if they were up north with Group A...or if maybe they had gone off somewhere and we should be looking and listening for 3 whales out there...somewhere...

..the day wasn't over yet, and Group A and ? were coming down from the north...up there the seas were quite calm...and baby J-50, now almost 6 months old, was being a spunky little baby, as she should be!



...we only saw Group A whales...someone else said they saw Granny J-2, another female, and Onyx L-87, but we only saw Onyx...that unknown female might have been Opus...when we got over to Onyx, and stayed with him for several surfacing sequences, we scanned flat calm seas but didn't see any others...
...but when they came down at almost dark, over the Orca Sound hydrophones I did hear the kitten call of K pod...perhaps Cappuccino, Opus and Sonata were with Group A...
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