Tuesday, May 28, 2024

5-27-24 J and K pods and some Ls Today!

Here's just a few images of a very long day watching many of the Southern Residents as they spent a lot of time in view from the Lime Kiln shoreline.

 ...but first a few days ago there were several harbor porpoise not far from shore, traveling into an oncoming current which kept them in view for a while.

the next couple days were pretty quiet...and then today occurred...

...Notch J-47 was very close to shore when he surfaced in front off these two!
...below is Blackberry J-27 and ???
...they had gone north past the park and were just out of view to the north...but not for long when they grouped up and came back down.  It reminded me of the greeeting ceremony a few years ago. There was no obvious ceremony...Js and Ks had come into the inland waters together and it was stated that some Ls had come in too, though most of the L Pod whales hadn't made it up this far...except a while later there was an L Pod call mixed in with some J and K pod calls as the whales continued to go north...hmmm... they keep us interested in what they are doing...we need to make sure they have enough salmon to survive and thrive.

The whales may look like they were far away but they were much closer than the image shows. Also this image shows them coming down but they changed direction a short time later and went back to the north!

Thank you whales and thank you Sound Watch for keeping boats out the the path of the whales!

Saturday, May 18, 2024

5-17-24 J Pod Whales - Oh, My!

Early Friday morning, whales were heard over the Lime Kiln hydrophones...the calls made me think of L Pod - that up-tic call...but when they were seen it was J Pod!

The whales had passed the lighthouse very early and came back up island to the lighthouse, then some changed direction and came back down a bit...oops, no they changed their minds again...and again...All in all it was a great day to see J Pod and eventually they went north.

Here are a few images of the day...enjoy...

The day reminded many of us as to 'how it used to be'...hope the whales are/will be finding enough to eat this year.