Encounters with SRKWs Feb 17 and Feb 20
(Apologies for me being so wordy...but it's been too quiet for too long!)
Early morning on Feb 17, J, K, and L pod calls were detected over the Lime Kiln hydrophones. Based on the call volume or lack there of and the length of time, it sounded like they had come into Haro Strait from the Strait of Juan de Fuca. It wasn't yet daylight...tick-tock-tick-tock...waiting for some daylight...
I spotted some whales far across in Canadian waters and did get one image...luckily of Mike J-26. That sort of goes along with the J Pod calls that were heard early on. There were a few K Pod calls but not many. And then began L Pod calls. Some of the calls are made by all three pods, so it's not necessarily easy to identify which unless you hear their (what I call) signature calls - the calls that are ONLY made by a certain pod...then you will know. But when you see them and have a visual that helps a great deal too!
As those J Pod whales were miles from shore all of a sudden here came some whales much closer to the west side. Lapis L-103 and Lazuli L-123. This was just one surfacing. I needed a closer look at the eye patches to verify because they were not that close to shore....they were spread out and and the seas were rough which made IDs more challenging...challenges are good!
...kept on watching and 'all of a sudden'...a female with a calf.
Knowing that Tahlequah and Eclipse had just had new offspring a few months ago...hmm...but wouldn't they be with J Pod who was miles off shore and up ahead... I guess so...after a closer look later and matching the saddle patch...it was Surprise! L86 with a new calf!!!
This image isn't the greatest but it shows mom and calf.