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Sunday, August 17, 2008

Lots and lots of Ts

This afternoon we out-chased a thunderstorm as we headed way up north to the southern Strait of Georgia to meet up with a large group (10-15) of transients. Usually small transient pods travel separately, but today several families met up and were being very playful and social. You don't often see a lot of surface activity from the opportunistic transients that are usually passively listening for food, but today was an exception. We even dropped the hydrophone in and heard a few quiet vocalizations, which sounded so much different from the residents I'm used to listening to. This was the first time I've ever heard transients live.

This last photo is a breach by T20, a big adult male. My friend Jeanne was standing right next to me and took a very similar shot, just a fraction of a second later than this one! Check it out on her blog at Whale-Of-A-Porpoise.

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