Wednesday, July 1, 2020

7-1-2020 K Pod Here - Part 2

Wednesday, July 1st

...a continuation of the day (see prior post) 
...the K12s and K13s passed the lighthouse and continued up island...
...no wait...
...yes...
...no wait... !

...they had gone half way to the county park...and sometimes they all are close enough to shore that they cannot be seen from shore from either Lime Kiln Pt. Park or San Juan County Park - really!  
...so those, me included, headed to county park, thinking the whales were continuing north...
...nope they turned back south, then north again and eventually made a decision to go back down island...

...there were a zillion breaches as they approached the lighthouse...of course I missed them all because I was in my car, being as undecisive as the whales had been!

...I finally 'planted' myself at Land Bank in time to watch the whales going back down island...


...were they glad to be in their summer home?...were they glad to be going back down island where there was some salmon?






...the whales remained off the south end of the island for the rest of the day...

Is there enough salmon for them to stay?
Are they eating Chinook or what?


7-1-2020 Say What? - K Pod? Here? Yep!

Wednesday, July 1st  Part 1

...The K12s and the K13s were encountered by researchers at the far northern reaches of these inland waters.  The whales had entered from the north, coming through Johnstone Strait.  Two mornings later they passed by Lime Kiln lighthouse, undetected by anyone looking from shore...that was at about 8:45-9:00 a.m. 
...then I received a message  - I'm running!!! -(thank you very much!!) that whales were going down island...
...got to where I could see them in the distance...plus a couple other things too...


...the whales were spread out and continued down island...seems that those fishing boats also were wanting salmon...Leave it for the whales, PLEASE!
...get into the car and drive down island to see...they were there for a while and then began to head back up...still spread out...


...back in the car and back up island...the tide was flooding (going the same direction as the whales) giving the whales a bit of a 'ride' as they moved along...
...I got to the park and saw...
...which meant the researchers could see the whales and/or boats who were with them...
...which way to look?...she's looking directly down island...okay!...it was now 1:10...
...There's Eba...we saw them at South Beach...they are behind the whales a good distance...Eba the 'whale poo sniffing dog'.  Thanks Eba, Giles and Jim for gathering information!





...the K12s have two adult males - Rainshadow K-37 and Tika K-33
...the K13s have one adult male - Cali K-34 and one adult female who is often mistaken for a sprouting male...Spock K-20...
...not in that close but it didn't matter it was good to see them here...
...BUT that's not all of the day...it is only getting started...
...Part 2 of July 1 with K Pod whales will be my next post.

Hope you can enjoy being here virtually (sort of) during this time.
Stay safe...






Tuesday, June 23, 2020

6-23-2020 Photos of the Day

Tuesday, June 23rd

I thought this would be my 'image of the day'...


 ...later on...
...thank you to the person fishing!
You made the moment that much more :)




These Ts didn't surface again for 8 minutes!  That's a long dive time for sure!
And when they did they were at the north end of the park!
Fun stuff!

Monday, June 22, 2020

6-22-2020 A Bit of This and That

Monday, June 22nd

I've seen more amazing skies in the last few weeks...here are just a few...
...and few orca sightings - Transient orcas - using the west side in a 'fly-by' mode...
...going up island with the strong current and staying under the surface for several minutes...
...a few other fun things...just cause...





 ...a rainbow was beginning to form...
 ...then the rain came. This rainbow showed up before the rain!


 ...just cause...love the look!
 ...above:  5:15a.m. on 6/22   below: 7:15pm on 6/22  
 ..a couple times...schools of 'little fish' leaping above the surface going with the current.
...'Definite steps' !
...stay safe...please wear a mask whenever you are out and about...for you and for others.  Thank you!

Saturday, June 13, 2020

6-13-2020 Transient Orca Encounter at Lime Kiln

Saturday, June 13th

...I wanted to title this post:  "You've Got to be Kidding!"
here's why...

...I was standing on the north side of the lighthouse watching the clouds and wondering what the sunset might be like tonight (every night it has been pretty awesome)...
...see that far point on the right?...that's the point at the north end from the lighthouse where the island makes a bit of a turn and if there are whales beyond there and if they are in close to shore you won't see them until they get to the point...
...I had seen a blow or two beyond that point and then waited...nice!...not sure who or how many, so I waited...
...there was no one around...but then I heard a couple people sounding excited or happy...I guessed they had seen the whales approaching...
...the couple came from the front side of the lighthouse and she asked, "seen anything?"  My reply:  "You've got to be kidding." ...and I pointed for them to look...as they did this happened!
 ...I love seeing the orcas and I love it even more when this happens for anyone who doesn't carry the expectation...it was sheer joy for them !!

...at this point the whales were north of the lighthouse and in close to shore, but I think they were still out of visual range via the webcam that sits up on the hill to the north.  
...and then what did they do?   ha!
...off to the car... 



...and down island they went...the T123s and the T046B1s.
...nice...