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Saturday, June 27, 2015

6/26-27/15 Did The Whales 'Get' You?

Friday/Saturday, June 26-27th
It's more than a full time job just trying to keep track of who is where, and who is with who!

But First:  a message from a concerned whale watcher - me
...if you watch or watched the whales from land or sea and you continue to use harmful to the environment chemicals and other harmful products then you just didn't 'get' the whales...
...if you watch or watched the whales and have gone home asking yourself the things that you could do differently and are making changes then 'the whales got you'...
Which is it for you?  I hope 'the whales got you', because it will change how you look at everything from now on, and that is something that is sorely needed for the environment now and into the future.


Over the last three days...
...there has been so much whale activity along the west side that maybe the whales need to check in at the lighthouse as they pass by...
...one day the J19 family group with baby J-51 stayed with the J16 family group with two babies - J-50 and J-52, while Granny's group - Group A - and the K14s went north...
 ...at 27 minutes past midnight J pod calls woke me up over the Lime Kiln hydrophones...I found out later that it was actually the J16s and the J19s who went north and met up with Group A and the K14s...
...while this was going on there were whales coming in from the west...lost in the fog one of those days, only to turn up in two places the next morning...the K12s and K13s made their way up island, very spread out, moving slowly...now that's the way to 'check in at the lighthouse'...the others were seen heading back west in the Strait of Juan de Fuca...they too were Residents...not sure who though...

...some of the time I watched the whales from shore and other times I was out on Peregrine...
  
...just about every condition - rain (though not enough to amount to anything), hot, hot, hot with no wind unless the boat was going fast, rough seas, rolly seas, flat calm seas that looked like glass...












...watching the whales' behaviors has me wondering just how much salmon they are getting...people see whales and they are thrilled and that is good...but are the whales 'thrilled' at how they are doing?...that, to me, is the most important question...



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