Tuesday, April 30, 2019

4-30-19 SRKWs and Transients Comparison Practice

Tuesday, April 30

this is a re-post from August of 2017...
...having no whales in the area of Lime Kiln recently (that's true for April of 2019 too) has given opportunity to have more conversations with people who come into the lighthouse...
...many people have asked, "how do you tell the difference between an SRKW (Southern Resident Killer Whale) and a Transient?"
...one of the people was a man who lives on a nearby island and has recently had, on many occasions, killer whales pass by...as he was taking some notes on what to look for he mentioned that he uses 'post-its'...so I called him Mr. Post-Its - (I'm terrible at remembering names, that is unless it's an orca's name.)
...well, Mr. Post-Its told me that when he was younger he wanted to be a marine biologist but his life took a different turn and added that it has been all good...so, I suggested that now was his time to use some of his training from years ago and be that 'marine biologist' right from his front window...
...so for Mr. Post-Its and anyone wanting to see some of the differences, here's a general comparison sheet (printable) to help you get started...
...and now here are some practice whales for you...
...these are only a sampling...but will maybe give you an idea of some of the general differences you might see...

...the answers...you'll figure them out...sometimes you have to look for those 'tiny things' that will reveal - Transient or Resident?

Added April 2019 - I hope Mr. Post-Its is still watching because he has had many killer whales passing by his way this spring.

Some have asked for the answers:
#  1 R
#  2 T
#  3 R
#  4 T
#  5 T
#  6 R
#  7 T
#  8 R
#  9 R
#10 R
#11 T
...fun stuff!

Sunday, April 21, 2019

4-21-19 Orcas in Friday Harbor Today

Sunday, April 21st 
...interesting and busy time in the harbor late this afternoon...

...no telling where the T65As will show up (or not) tomorrow...

Monday, April 8, 2019

4-8-19 J Pod on the West Side Today!

Monday, April 8th
...J Pod showed up in Puget Sound yesterday, and were seen throughout the day...late in the day they were coming up...no, going back down...etc...so there was no clear potential direction leading into the night hours...
...not thinking they would show up along the west side, I took a different lens to 'play' around with - BIG MISTAKE!  :)
...they did show up...just after the downpour ended...much needed rain and much needed seeing J Pod whales...

I evidently messed up the some settings because most images were really out of focus...so I decided to get artsy with a few of them...

...Echo tail slapped her way through the park!
..most of the whales were far offshore, but not all...there the last group to come by were Princess Angeline J-17, Moby J-44, and Kiki J-53.
...pretty neat too, Alex, an adopter of Moby J-44, was there when Moby surfaced near the lighthouse...needless to say, he was quite happy he was there! 
...pretty wonderful to see the looks on people's faces - their big smiles - at seeing orcas in the wild for the first time in their life...I know it makes me smile as I sure it does others who know just how special it is to see them.
...audio clip of some of their sounds from today...
...and my most favorite picture of today was taken by a friend and researcher...he said, "I presume that's you in the red jacket."   

me: big smile when I saw that!  Thank you, Mark!!