Tuesday, October 19, 2021

10192021 Humpback Expressing His Opinion


In the early hours of today...a humpback was heard over the Lime Kiln hydrophones.

At first he seemed to be distant...then 'at'  the hydrophones.  This is cropped down to get the great parts, so there is a tiny pause early-on to eliminate when he wasn't making any sound.

It seemed like he was checking out the hydrophones and working on them too! (joke).  

Sounded like he had a hammer! (toward the end)

Enjoy...it sure has me smiling!

Friday, October 15, 2021

Who is Onyx L-87 With Now?

 A year has gone by. And this year, at least for a while Onyx was with the L subpod which consists of several matrlines.  Who specifically among those? I think the answer is, 'only he knows for sure.'  How would we know since they haven't been in the inland waters much at all this year.

The whales travel is changing, social groupings are changing and social groups are different, more so than in years past...  1) when there were more intact family groups, 2) when there were more whales in the entire community, 3) when they were here on a consistent basis as they 'used to be' in the spring, summer and fall, 4) when they didn't have to spread out for miles in search of food, 5) when there were fewer interruptions to their own personal lives, etc...

We know more of what they aren't doing than what they are doing.

For example, even though he was with that L subpod earlier in the year, word was that recently Onyx showed up with J Pod.  HOWEVER, it wasn't clear if he was the ONLY L Pod whale present.

We know that he has 'connections' with each pod, as they all do, but he seems to have a different connection.  Could it be from him having switched pods several times that he 'has connections' with each? Could it have anything to do with him having been with Granny J-2 (the matriarch of the SRKW community until her death in 2016) when she was still alive?  Did he receive some kind of 'status' from that? (just grasping at straws here.)

Only the whales know for sure.

All I know is that I care and I hope you care and want these whales to survive and to recover from the downfall that has been occurring to their community for the last several years. Actually it's more than just several years.  When I first came here in the late 1990's the SRKWs were being referred to as 'like the canary in the coal mine'. 

If you don't know what 'like a canary in the coat mine' means then please look it up.  It's serious and it matters.

May Onyx live long and keep us wondering.  Hopefully enough people will see how important all the whales in the SRKW Community are that they are willing to change what they are doing to help them recover.

Thanks for reading this, if you did.

Jeanne Hyde

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Great Day Watching the Whales

...this is the morning...

...when the whales came up island in the afternoon...

...it was another day of 'how it used to be'...and can be again if we give the whales the quiet, non-interruption and space they need to find the salmon.  Yes, wild salmon stocks need to be restored and until there is an abundance of salmon we need to do all we can to give the whales all the room they need to find what salmon there is. Thank you to all who are heeding the call to help the whales.  You do not go unnoticed.  You are appreciated for the respect you show the endangered SRKWs. 

Friday, September 17, 2021

9-17-2021 Early Morning SRKWs

Foggy and rainy but not yet windy...good, because there are whales on the hydrophones! That was early this morning.

The first part are K Pod  'kitten sounding calls' then a slight break and J Pod calls. These would be common to listen for when learning to distinguish between these two pods.  Listen for the difference tone. To me, K Pod is higher pitched than J Pod. (note: this morning there did not appear to be any L Pod calls.)

They were spread out as they came down Haro Strait, some foraging as they moved down island.  Some were so far off shore they were barely visible. But that's what they do these days. 

No matter how distant seeing the SRKWs is always special.  And since they are already wet it was okay for me to get wet too!

Thank you!...J and K pod whales for the gift of your presence. 

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

9-15-2021 Early Morning Orcas-She Watched In Awe

It began shortly after 7:00am...SRKWs on the Lime Kiln hydrophones... I was now off an running....

She was quietly watching...it was obvious she was 'with them'...such a treat to see someone seeing their first Southern Resident orcas and be in total silence as they slowly approached one after another...

...soon her mother came on scene and she watched her daughter...no doubt she too was taken by the whales but also taken by how focused and silent her daughter was while watching them.  

...the first whale she saw approach was Onyx L-87...

...coming up island a bit closer than Spock...

...she and her mother couldn't stay all day but they both may have had an encounter that wasn't expected...the whales have a way of doing that, you know.
...J, K, and the L Pod whales who were here went north...and in the afternoon J Pod decided to come back down island...
...it was a 'like it used to be' day...but it isn't then it is now...the whales have been spread from north to south and across Haro Strait in search of salmon...

...a look ahead since I'm far behind on my posts: the last few days the whales were in here there was some 'heavy duty' active salmon chasing (and hope catching) going on!