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Thursday, June 4, 2015

6-4-15 Spieden Channel Points of Interest via J Pod

Thursday, June 4th
...there were no reports of whales anywhere all morning long...then 'all of a sudden' transients are seen near Friday Harbor, J pod is coming down President Channel and some humpback sightings too...

...out with Capt. Jim on Peregrine we met J pod as they came through Spieden Channel going west toward Haro Strait...it was full of interesting backdrops...


...Barren Island as the backdrop...I wonder if Mike is passing the nun (what a strange name) on the correct side?...
...that's Hotel de Haro in Roche Harbor...
...no specific backdrop needed for these two to stand out...
...and now for the church!...it's only the second time I've gotten a picture of a whale passing with a view of the church in Roche Harbor...
...a house along the top end of Henry Island...
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...some of the whales went between the top of Henry Island (above) and to the left of a rock with lots of seals (below) and others went around that seal covered rock (below)...

...we watched the seals as the seals watched the whales...
...we now we had to fuel up...the fuel dock was in Roche Harbor...and then we learned that those transients near Friday Harbor were getting closer...we went to see them... it was T124A, T124A2 and T12A2A, T124A3, T124A4, T100B and T100B1, and T86A1...

...they had been eating and were starting to move along...

...but that didn't last long...some began porpoising...

...they found something else to munch on...
...they are methodical hunters...
...with many hunting techniques...

...just a fun shot...

...and all that was just one trip...
the other trip of the day we went to see J pod down island...we didn't know how choppy the seas would be...see the next post - Part 2 of the day...a very unusual encounter it was...

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