Wednesday, July 21, 2021

7-21-2021

Received from: Southern Resident Killer Whale Salmon Initiative

Video:   Tahlequah's Story of Grief and Hope.  

So very well worth watching and understanding her plight.

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Also a posting from Dept. of Fisheries & Oceans, Canada that researchers saw some SRKWs near Swiftsure Bank area, which includes a ship slowdown area. 

News article link. (hope it's okay to post a link here)

Months-old orca calf spotted off Vancouver Island, confirmed to be female | CTV News

But if the link didn't work...here's some brief info. The image posted is of Element L-125 whose sex was not known until that photo.  A female!  She sure looked energetic! L Pod often travels in three different groups.  The group that 'Elee' (for short) and her mother, Surprise! L-86, travel with consist of about 18 orcas. 

She was seen near the entrance to the Strait of Juan de Fuca in an area near an Interim Sanctuary Zone (it is an area of reduced noise and physical disturbance from vessels in key whale foraging areas). 

In recent years the SRKWs have spent an increased amount of time out there and less in the inland waters around the San Juan Islands.          Seems like that's where the salmon are...

...which takes me back to Tahlequah's Story of Grief and Hope - It's about the salmon and the dams. On Southern Resident Killer Whale Salmon Initiative's website read about why it matters.

Then consider taking action.


Tuesday, July 20, 2021

7-20-2021 Words from 2018 Still Need Repeating Today

Looking for something on my blog today (July 2021) the first post I opened was from 12-31-2018. It still applies today.

Hold those moments in your heart.

 Be different by making a difference.
  Hold all the oceans and the land in high regard, 
       in everything you do.
   Too many do not. 
    Consider your actions - are they good or not good.
     Each day decide to take an action to help this ailing earth.
      What you do, others will repeat.
       Take your worry, sadness, fears - change them around.
        Turn worry into action for good.
         Turn sadness into smiles for others.
          Turn fear into challenge to make a difference.


Make a difference:
for the whales;
for the salmon;
for the herring;
for the birds;
for the trees;
add to the list...

Now let's make 2019 a year of positive energy and positive change for the good of all beings and especially the Southern Residents.
After all, they are the ones who drew us in, in the first place.
It's time to give back to them, so they will be here for future generations, theirs and ours.

It seems that we haven't done enough, since it is now 2021 and the salmon are little to none and the Southern Residents are out in the open ocean hopefully finding food somewhere.  If they come in to these waters and if there are no salmon ahead of them, that is a terrible sign.  Why? Because it means their food became scarce out in the open ocean.  

So if it means we don't see them then maybe it means they are finding food elsewhere and maybe they are having quieter seas and less human interruptions to deal with.  All guesses on my part.  The whales know that they want to survive and will do all they can for each other.

It would be nice if the humans could learn to be that way with other humans.


Saturday, June 19, 2021

6-19-2021 Orcas and Birds

 June 19th

The unusualness of this year has continued. Not having posted in a month is a clue...However, over this last month I have watched the complete cycle of the Junco baby birds and mom now having built another nest, I may just get to watch it all again.  However, I hope this next month to be watching the Southern Residents.

During this month there have been many transient orcas in the area. 

There have been no SRKWs in the inland waters.  Is that why the Ts seem to be so 'relaxed'?  In the past they would more often move through at a steady pace.  Not this year. The Ts are free to roam wherever they want without any interruptions.   

During many encounters from shore along the west side, in the past, Ts were heading up island not far from shore and at the same time SRKWs were coming down island, but they were not within hearing range.  The SRKWs continued along their same path. Then almost immediately after hearing the first SRKW vocal over the hydrophones we watched as the Ts made an abrupt turn and headed very quickly in the opposite direction! Pretty amazing.

A few images from this past month.  A lot of the days the Ts were close to the U.S. / Canadian border - a good distance out there.



...then I got sidetracked with the Juncos
...one of the Junco fledglings
...the two fledglings and mom or dad
...Cattle Pass in San Juan Channel
...Eba the whale poo sniffing dog and her 'people' at work!
...the same group from Cattle Pass, plus two additional family members passing the Lime Kiln lighthouse several hours later...
...and don't forget to look up! Sometimes that's the only orca to be seen.
...later...Soundwatch heading home, after a long day on the water.
...salmon cloud.  It looked like a salmon carcass. It got my attention because the salmon are in dire need of help. Then someone else said it made them think the salmon would be back soon, meaning the whales would be behind them. 
Speaking of the lack of the SRKWs, who used to return in April or May,  but last year J Pod didn't show up until July 1...will that be the case this year...I guess we will soon find out.
They need salmon and as long as the salmon are not here it is unlikely the whales will be.  It is also an indicator they are likely finding salmon on the outer coast - somewhere.  Let's hope.  
And the Transients and them eating their way up Haro Strait (and everywhere else) is it their way of helping to balance out the food situation?

...and then baby deer started showing up - distraction! and hummers began showing up at the flowers - another distraction! 

...have a great day...go explore and see what you might see!

Friday, May 21, 2021

5-21-2021 Taking A Look Back

Taking a look back...a memory image of Granny J-2.


There are so many who have wonderful memories of Granny.  Think about them and I bet you will find a smile on your face.

And something interesting to consider.  Back in 2009 I don't think there were drone studies on the whales. So here's something to consider.  I don't know when/if anyone knew at any time between May 2008 and Feb 2009 that Samish J-14 was pregnant.  Maybe, maybe not. Maybe this is something to remember...note that on the image it says 'it was NOT KNOWN at the time' but maybe it was, I just didn't know :)



Special Thank You, to Capt. Jim & his boat, Peregrine, for that wild day!

...Okay, the last of the Juncos...for a while...
Two days ago I heard a sound that stopped me...it was the newly hatched chicks...they don't sound like chirping birds but more like clicks and as one friend put it...baby birds echolocating!!
Turn Up the Volume

...and the feeding frenzy is underway...

...back to orcas...

...looking at the image on the left - coming towards you, the hook at the top of his dorsal fin is about the only piece of information as to who it might be.  If that was your only image it might be challenging to identify who it was, other than knowing it was a Transient (Bigg's). 
But if you got the opportunity to get another image from a different angle - you just got a flood of information. Chainsaw T063. Here he is from the profile:

...notice too how far forward his saddle patch is...SRKWs are not like that...

This image is from 2016




Wednesday, May 19, 2021

5-19-2021 Continuing the Saga of Mama Junco

5-19-2021

No SRKWs...still gone out to sea...

In the meantime there has been a little bird keeping my interest level and curiosity up.  (you may have seen a couple previous posts about the little Junco)...

today was interesting...



...the babies must be hatching!

...hope the new J Pod babies and the new L Pod baby are doing well. 

...one day...soon...we hope they will return...BUT there needs to be salmon in here for the whales to come in...

...one day soon...