Sunday, March 10, 2019

March 9/10 2019 Transient Orcas

Saturday and Sunday, March 9 and 10 good to get back out on the word on whales, just some nice flat seas and sunshine, but still pretty darn cold...
...would be nice to see the Steller sea lions, harbor seals, maybe the animals on Spieden Island...
...well, just about off the dock and there was word of orcas and they were just south of Friday Harbor...being on the Western Prince...well, that was just 'around the corner'...a few images from the encounter...
 ...the researchers will assign the alpha-numeric for this baby...the fetal folds don't mean the calf was just born, but an indication as to how was the lighting that made the fetal folds look so pronounced.  I have one image, straight on profile and the folds aren't even noticeable...yep, it's all about the lighting... this...looks like a heart shaped exhale from the new mother :) ...

...we didn't see many bald eagles but did see many of the animals on Spieden Island...lots of new baby Mouflon sheep...
 ...annual winter fella - again...he was at such an angle, it took two images to get his entire brand...

...and then the next day...3-10
...eagles in many places...several pairs too..,

 ...183R was not there this afternoon...out for a meal somewhere or maybe switching locations...
 ...this is one very cool ferry!
 ...great to see the Whale Warning flag being used today!  Thanks, Capt. Michael...helping other boaters to know that whales are in the area...hopefully others who have this flag will use it like the Western Prince did today!  YAY! what about T137C? Here's a page of the T137s from 2010.
However,  T137D was not born and T137C was a little one, who did not survive. to look back and see how much T137A has grown and that T137B did not have any notches, and now has one, small one.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

2-23-19 The SRKWs Surprised Us Today

Saturday, February 23rd
...a surprise came over the Lime Kiln hydrophones today, in the form of Southern Resident orcas vocalizing and lots of echolocating...'s just a sampling of what could be heard over the Lime Kiln hydrophones this afternoon...
...and a few images of the afternoon...even though the whales were far offshore, knowing they are there and seeing their blows, in that lighting, was great and always is.
...just being in their presence gives me pause, all the troubles and worries of life are set aside for every single moment you get to stand there and see them...

...they are not here for our entertainment, they are here for food, let us pay attention to all our activities to make sure we are putting the whales and the needs for a healthy existence first and foremost...
...let the next generation have the gift of seeing these whales, and whatever else might give you pause for the moment...

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

2-20-19 Revisiting June 5 2016


...this morning, February 20, 2019, while searching for some audio information, I opened this video that I took in 2016. remains pertinent... brought tears to my eyes for all the struggles the SRKWs have been facing...and all the ways we humans have ignored what they have been telling us...



Sunday, February 10, 2019

Aduio of J Pod from an Early Morning in January

This clip is from early in the morning on January 11th.

Text on the screen describes what occurred.

Princess Angeline J-17 was a key participant in some of the sounds.

Monday, January 14, 2019

1-14-19 First Half of Januay - Busy with Whales!

...up to late in the day January 14...

January 3:...J, K, and L Pod calls over the Lime Kiln hydrophones, in the night.
No other, known to me, sightings of any of them until:

 -January 10: when K and L Pods were seen in Puget Sound...That's when a new baby in L Pod was seen (a few weeks old, per CWR), L-124 !
-January 10: J Pod was seen going west in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, not terribly far to the west though...

-January 11:

While I was watching Princess Angeline, the K and L Pod whales were leaving Puget Sound.  They met up later in the day (see CWR's report) and were going west in the Strait of Juan de Fuca.  
January 12: (with internet issues I don't know what went on in the night of January 11 regarding hearing any whales) was close to 1pm when I heard brief K Pod calls over the Lime Kiln hydrophones. When I got to the west side I could see a couple males, miles from shore - going down island. Note: the prior day K Pod was heading west in Juan de Fuca, with J and L where did J and L Pod whales go?
January 13: nothing
January 14: whales in San Juan Channel, going down...others were saying 5 to 7 whales and assuming Transients...nice day, let's go find them, said to self...I ended up at Cattle Pass, figuring if they continued down the channel they would eventually end up passing there...and oh, boy did they - J POD!!!
I took pictures as fast as I could. I was looking for Princess Angeline and all the others, and my camera found them all!! 

Princess Angeline was with Kiki J-53, and Moby J-44 and all of J Pod was together.  

-where are the L Pod whales?....hmmm
-assuming (never a good thing to do!) that K Pod continued west on the 12th...but maybe not :)
(it is so nice to have reliable internet connection again!)

Friday, January 4, 2019

1-3-19 Almost Midnight and Hearing SRKW Calls

Recorded late in the night on January 3, 2019
For the last couple weeks I have had major internet connection issues.
However, the only thing that seemed to work and work well was the live streaming of the Lime Kiln hydrophones.  Lucky me, cause that's my music!

Well, on the night of January, 3, 2019 the tune changed from just stormy sounding seas to some faint 'interruptions'!  HA!  SRKWs it was!

It was brief...but here's an 'orca hearing test' for you.

And just a short while ago this internet connection is back up to speed. Whew!