Friday, July 5, 2019

7-5-19 Part 4- A Stunning Day on the Westside

This is Part 4 and last post from, what I saw, of the stunning day of J Pod, K Pod and Onyx L-87 on the west side.
...it was about 2:20 when the whales a were coming up island, headed up toward Lime Kiln lighthouse...
...just for them to be here and along the west side of the island was special...
...it wasn't know how long they might stay in these inland waters, but there were hardly any indicators that they might...



...not all came up to the lighthouse, but instead the whales were spread for a couple miles from the lighthouse and down island...when they turned and headed back down island I went to see if I could see them as they did...
...the road was packed...there were cars double parked along the west side, where the pullouts are...it was amazing and totally understandable - everyone wanted to see the Southern Residents...
...what they got to see was 'how it used to be' for these 'people of the sea'...stunning behaviors - energetic throughout the day...
...I just hope that those who had not ever witnessed these endangered orcas, understood just what it was they were seeing...

 ...it was a short visit to the lighthouse, but along the west side it lasted likely an hour or more...the whales went back down island, then spread out and were foraging...at near dark they came back up island...some vocals could be heard as late at almost 1:00 a.m.
...the next morning they were seen heading into the Strait of Georgia.

7-5-19 Part 3A- A Stunning Day on the Westside-Vocal Mystery

7-5-19...a bit of a vocal mystery occurred in the early part of the day...
J, K and L pod calls were heard...
...however, when the whales were documented by Dave of CWR, he found no L Pod whales, except for Onyx L-87 and J and K Pods...

...I had recorded the entire encounter, but wasn't listening during the entire encounter - intermittent cell connection to listen and I couldn't take my eyes off the water to try to reconnect (ugh!), while taking photos and watching the whales...
...I noticed Cappuccino K-21 right in front of the lighthouse, and expected him to pass on by as others were...but he didn't...he hung out there, close to shore...
...it was sort of curious as to what he was doing...he would surface, coming up - like in 'up periscope' and then 'down periscope'...there was very little movement forward, but when he surfaced again he had changed direction...
...one time up island...the next, facing down island...it was quite interesting watching him and wondering what he was up to...
...he was there for at least eight minutes with loud echolocation clicks and up-tick calls, one sequence lasting for over four minutes...
...and he was in the kelp too!...
...here's a 30 second sample of what occurred...

...the calls are more extended than the 'normal' L Pod up-tick (S19) calls, to me...so maybe they have a different technical name...
...this call was heard several different times during the whales extended time on the west side that day...I haven't looked at all the other recordings from the day, yet, to compare if they are the same or if Onyx was making any of them...
...however, since Onyx has traveled with J Pod (since 2010) this up-tick call is rarely heard when only J Pod and Onyx are present...


...it is a fact that the L54s not only make L Pod calls, they also make the K Pod, Kitten call!  
...and Cappuccino K-21, Raggedy K-40 (deceased) have a history of traveling with the L54s...Cappuccino used to leave K Pod and show up with L Pod whales in the late fall...that was back in about 2009...and Cappuccino, Opus K-16 and Sonata K-35, who travel together most often, had been heard making this call...

...they keep us on our toes and our ears tuned in...that's for sure. Fun stuff!!

7-5-19 Part 3 - A Stunning Day On the West Side

7-5-19

Parts 1 and 2 are on the two previous posts.
This is part 3, and it is only from 9 to 10 a.m. !

...some highlights from hour 3...












...it takes me a while to get encounters completed.  I want the sequence, I want to know who is with who, what's going on, and of course then comes the wondering why (sometimes)...
Savoring each and every encounter with the endangered Southern Residents is what it is all about, for me anyway...


...there's more to come in part 4...


7-5-19 Part 2- A Stunning Day On the West Side

7-5-19
previous post was up to 8:00 a.m.
This post continues the day with 
   8:00 to 9:00 in the morning...












note:  Many have asked if I saw Princess Angeline J-17. I did not, BUT I also did not see every single member of J or K pods because - some were too far from shore to determine who, some my camera didn't see...but that is only me.
One person did ask me if I had seen her and I replied with who I saw her family members with...they too were far offshore...in Part 1 (prior post) the last image is Tahlequah J-35 and you can see how distant from shore she was...and in this post, image 9, shows distance from shore, who might have been Notch J-47 (because I have other images in that sequence where his notch is visible) and Sonata K-35. Other members of the J17 family were out there too...just very distant from shore.
The Center for Whale Research was the first I called when I saw baby J-56 and gave Dave what info I had regarding location, spread, etc.  He was on the water documenting the whales all day.
The Center is the agency who documents births, deaths, etc. 

Just because I did not see someone, does NOT mean they were not there. 

We all care about the Endangered Southern Resident orcas and we want them to be here and we want everyone of them to be healthy.  But worrying doesn't get results.  It only puts out negative energy into the world.
So here's a challenge for you:
Every time you realize you are worrying, fretting, etc. take that energy and do something that will help heal this troubled earth.
Change that worry into positive things you begin doing...
-each morning I see folks who have decided on a section of road to keep clean...and that's every morning they walk along and pick up trash that others have discarded.
-eliminate one use plastic from your life...
-let the weeds grow - for example: a dandelion is a flower growing in a place you didn't plant it...maybe it will brighten up the yard and help feed other tiny living things...

...always keep the whales close to your heart...and do things to help them too.

okay...enough of my preaching now...Part 3 of this many 'parted' day will be in the next post...

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7-5-19 SRKWs - a Stunning Day on the West Side

Friday, July 5th
...there are times we think about how 'things used-to-be'...
...well, today there was no remembering needed...
...it was a most stunning day seeing J and K Pods, and Onyx L-87 spending their day going up and down, mostly very close to shore...

...it was early morning when I got word...out the door, no coffee, yesterday's clothes thrown on in a hurry, no time to braid hair, no brushing teeth...I live just too far away, now, to let a second go by...or I might miss them...
...it was about 6:30 and I got there in time...could hardly believe it...
...and that is how the day continued...
...the memories of past years came to reality once again...


...here are just a few images from from their first pass by and it wasn't even 8:00 a.m. !







...more on the next post...gotta go look for orca now...