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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Whales!

Thanks to a tip from my friend Katie, I went out to the westside of San Juan Island late this afternoon where I saw J-Pod. It was a much needed "whale fix", and the weather even cooperated for a brief window of rainless viewing. When I first got out there the whales were many miles offshore, milling, and taking long dives. My patience paid off, however, as it often does with the orcas, when a group of about 8 animals came by about 50 yards offshore. Magical!


I think this is youngster J42 Echo doing the cartwheel:


Included in the group was J2 Granny, who is estimated to be 100 years old this year. She's still going strong:


It was great to see my whale friends! This was a great start to what will hopefully be a whale-filled summer season.

4 comments:

Fylde Amphibian & Reptile Group said...

Bet you were doing cartwheels too Monika - I know I would have been! Our cetacean sightings have dried up after a great early spring, probably something to do with this lousy weather weere having to endure...more like March than May
Crackin flowers yesterday too btw.

Cheer

Davo

Davo said...

Dag nabit - wifey's laptop was set up as my alter-rgo

Cheers

D

Lois Evensen said...

wow, great images!

Jill said...

Glad J Pod looks to be doing great!
Best wishes,
Jill