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Thursday, March 16, 2017

3-16-17 J Pod Being J Pod

Thursday, March 16th
...no one was sure as to where J Pod had gone the other night, but it was believed they had gone north...the last of their calls I had heard over the Orca Sound hydrophones and that was at about midnight...but without eyes on them one can be certain...
...today they 'magically' appeared just north of Friday Harbor, in San Juan Channel and they were thought to be coming down toward the entrance to Friday Harbor...but they stalled out a short distance north of there...my guess is that they got into some salmon, because soon they were heading up the channel...
...off to the north end of the island...
...J Pod was spread out...Mike off foraging in one area, Onyx in another, and Blackberry was way off from others...some were very close to the beach on Waldron Island...while others were going every which way...





...Onyx appeared from off in the distance to right here!

barely there, but - wow!

...it is the first time I have heard them under the surface without hydrophones...likely because everything 'lined up'...in an area where there is no possibility of ship noise, happened there we no other boats moving through the area, no one on the boat was talking, seas were calm, no wind...and luckily chatty Onyx and a few others...a special moment I think all of us on the boat felt.
...and this image sums it up for me...
...peace, calm, living, being...
...everyone has moments of all kinds throughout their day/week to cherish...we just have to stop long enough to realize some of them...

...a different kind of moment that brought out the 'hurry-get the camera!'...
...thank you Maya's Legacy Charters and Capt. Jim at the helm!
Who/what did I see today?  All the J16s, all the J19s, one/some of each of the other family groups, Onyx L-87, foraging, babysitting, some goofing around, breaches, tail slaps...and relaxed looking whales...J Pod being J Pod!
 

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