Saturday, April 3, 2021

4-3-2021 J Pod Again in San Juan Channel

Saturday, April 3rd

To just about everyone's surprise, J Pod appeared just outside Friday Harbor, almost a repeat of last Saturday.

We waited at Reuben Tarte Park as the whales were slowly moving up.  as we waited...

...the J16s moved offshore and ahead of others who were approaching closer near the shoreline...

...then the J19s veered off a bit...others with them and more were closer to shore... this was unfolding, from resting to waking up...someone in the offshore group, breached; seconds later someone in the closer to shore group and much farther behind breached...then a few more surface actions - from one in the offshore group and another from the group farther behind and in closer.

...Shachi J-19 spyhopped and then multiple tail slaps...Shachi seemed to be the main one repeatedly tail slapping... - Waking up from resting? - Sending messages to others? - Asking questions? (which way are we going, up President Channel or into Spieden)...or giving a command (We are going into Spieden Channel, follow me, please!)

...It was Mako J-39, Blackberry J-27, and Tsuchi J-31
...close pass - Tsuchi and Tofino J-56
...Cookie's dorsal fin is so tall it looks unusual on his short body. was a surprise of a day...great to see J Pod !

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