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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

6-7-16 Where the Whales Are Someone is Usually Watching

Tuesday, June 7th
...the day began with no whales in sight...the seas were not friendly to the south end of the island and we were hoping the whales were not down there :)...
...it wasn't until 1:00 when some J and K pod whales were seen in the Strait of Georgia (calm seas) coming down from the north...and that's where we headed for the afternoon trip on Peregrine...

...it was quite neat, as there was a woman on board who has seen the whales many times but she had not ever 'met' Granny J-2...
...well, how's this for a 'greeting'!  First whale we saw today sweet!
...the whales were spread for miles and at first seemed to be going in different directions...soon they were all funneling in toward East Point...

 

...as they did there were breaches, tail slaps, and more...






...what was different from yesterday is that there weren't a lot of whales present...hummm...wonder where the others are...it looked like Group A, except that the J19s were not with them and the J16s who often switch back and forth between Group A and Group B were with Group B along with the J-19s...and most likely the other 3 K Pod whales - Cappuccino K-21, Opus K-16, and Sonata K-35...interesting to note is that K-21, K-16, and K-35 will sometimes travel on their own just like the J16s sometimes do...also interesting to note is that all the families with the babies are all together, wherever they are...
...the youngest whale present today is T'ilem I'nges who will be four years old this August!...my how the years pass by quickly!

...back to the harbor to gather up passengers for a late afternoon trip...we switch boats to Imagine and off we go...

...just on our way something 'happened'...that will be in the next post...it was so neat it deserved a post of it's own...

...we head up to Boundary Pass to meet up with Granny J-2 and the others...it was getting late and we had just a short time with them...(because of what 'happened')

..up ahead of these whales were the K12s...already rounded the turn at Turn Pt....we paused just long enough to get IDs and on our way home from a very long and exciting day...
...but it wasn't over for me just yet...
...nothing better than to be looking at images from the day and start hearing the whales on the Orca Sound hydrophones (about 10pm) and a short while later on the Lime Kiln hydrophones...this sounds silly but it's like 'putting them to bed'...you know where they last were before you went to sleep! 

Thank you Capt. Jeff and Capt. Spencer...what a day!...and most of all Thank You whales!

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