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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

8/10-11/15 He Looked Like He Was Flying!

Monday/Tuesday, August 10-11th
Monday
...the subgroup called the L12s had returned and actually stayed for a day...they most often split off from the rest of the whales and spend time along the west side of the island, which is what they did today...
...however, they are not always within viewing distance from shore locations...
...during the early afternoon some of them decided to come up island...very slowly and very spread out...
...a very hot afternoon for the humans standing on shore...
...Mega L-41 came up first...a distance behind him was Ocean Sun L-25...and even further distance was Calypso L-94 and her two offspring, one being baby L-121, all going up island...still further behind them was Mystery L-85...he had turned looking like he was about to go back down island...but they appeared to be foraging...just hope they got some salmon...

...I saw the other four whales of this group way in the distance down island...

...out on the Peregrine for a late day trip with Capt. Jim...we passed by Mega L-41...
...the others were in about the same order as they were earlier, only now they were all going down island...



...baby L-121 was sometimes in the charge of Cousteau L-113 and sometimes back with mom, Calypso L-94...don't forget to cast you vote in the Name the Babies contest of The Whale Museum...

...we left them and headed back to the harbor...feeling good to have seen baby L-121 looking spunky...as well as big sister Cousteau!

Tuesday, August 11th
...J Pod along with the K14 family group had gone north yesterday and today they were coming back down...out on Peregrine with Capt. Jim we met them as they were reaching East Pt. near Saturna Island, along Boundary Pass...this is a place they will often get very active...and boy did they!...

...East Pt, Saturna Island...lots of whales, lots of people...
...and harbor seals too...

...this shadow saw the whales too!
...here are just a couple of the many breaches by kids and adults that occurred as the whales moved on down...
Spieden J-8 (now deceased) used to do this...but I've not ever before seen an adult male do this - WOW!...he looked like he was flying!

...they would burst through the surface giving everyone a big surprise...sometimes they'd do it again and sometimes only once!...

...and sometimes a leap forward with a soft landing...

...and they made it to Lime Kiln park, on the west side, just in time for sunset...

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