Monday, May 29, 2006
Saturday, May 27, 2006
Excellent day. Out all the way to Whidbey Island, a first for myself, to see J-pod mysteriously hanging out off the airbase around 3pm. Our 6pm evening trip found us traveling along San Juan, south west to Salmon Bank, and we saw groups of orcas all over the place. Offshore, inshore. We had a marvellous aerobatic display from Ruffles and Co, which involved them in a tight knit group breaching and doing back flips close together. Incredible. As more and more groups of orca were seen all over the place, we realised we had more than J-Pod here. After a beautiful look at L79, Skana, we realised we had a questionable amount of L's here. How magnificent. Only vessel on scene, oh how we love the evening trips!
Posted by Claire at 11:17 PM
Thursday, May 25, 2006
Todays trips found J pod hanging out with several groups from the wonderful L-pod. They spent the morning moving north along the west side of San Juan island. Our afternoon trip found L-pod in 'Conference call mode', as they were undecisive on which direction to head. Follow J-pod through Active Pass? Venture back south? No, they tootled past Active Pass, north bound between Saltspring and Galiano Island. Where will tomorrow find them?!
Posted by Claire at 11:07 PM
This morning found us venturing north east up to Bird Rocks in Rosario Strait where Ron had word from friends in the know, that J-pod were south bound in that area. The afternoon trip also found us out with J-pod off False Bay, San Juan. I had a surprise visitor on board, a friend from school in the UK, who found me on this blog. So any other friends, come say hello!
Posted by Claire at 10:54 PM
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
Monday, May 22, 2006
Well 2 trips full of surprises today. We had J-pod off San Juan Island, and saw 4 breaches, Ruffles was lunging at the surface as he pursued a salmon or two! There was 2 minkes in the midst of J’s off Salmon Bank. We had a group of 4 or 5 harbour porpoises that we were passing by, and I saw one full body breach out of the water! I was amazed. Then to top it all off we had reports of a humpback whale in the harbour no less, our first humpback of the season. We came across the young animal off Ogden Point, east bound along the shore. Excellent day!
Posted by Claire at 11:07 AM
Sunday, May 21, 2006
Our afternoon and evening trip found us in the company of J-pod who had remained elusive that morning - grrr. They were in foraging mode in the afternoon, but we had a nice visit with Granny and Ruffles. The evening found us at Eagle Point where J's were bunching up together, we had a few younger members do a breach or two, and then they all settled down and had a bit of a snooze as they slowly ventured north towards Lime Kiln. Beautiful evening with spectacular animals.
Posted by Claire at 6:59 AM
The day started with no reports, so we ventured north along Oak Bay in search of T's or a gray whale. No luck. We came across several feeding groups of Dalls porpoises and a hybrid or two within off Turn Point. On the way home we had 2 nice surprises perched on the Kelp Reef marker, a mature bald eagle atop, and a steller sealion at the concrete base!
Saturday, May 20, 2006
Thursday, May 18, 2006
Oh what a fantastic day. An 8am report told us that J-pod were off San Juan Island, so off we trotted at 10am, and found the whole family north bound in a leisurely manner at Turn Point. On our way home we encountered a group of Dalls with 2 hybrids within the group. We noted a second group by one of our collegues, and they had a 3rd hybrid that was a grey brown coloration with a dark dorsal. very noticable even from a distance. By the afternoon trip we were pleased to find out that J pod were south bound and were all in foraging mode from Pile Point to Eagle Point. On our way home we had a surprise pop up from a lone grey whale in Enterprise Channel off Oak Bay. A great finishing point for the days trips.
Posted by Claire at 9:34 PM
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
Our two trips today did not find any orcas, but we had a brief encounter with a few playful Dalls Porpoises. We came across a small group of harbour porpoises foraging in the tide rip at Beaumont Shoals, with some young calves in tow. Fog at Race Rocks made for a mysterious sighting of the sealions and seals, with a fantastic standing tidal wave in mid Race Channel!
Posted by Claire at 9:50 PM
After joining the SuperCat crew for the evening trip, we set off into a strong flood tide that was meeting some swift winds in the opposite direction, resulting in some 6-8ft seas. Very frustrating to be in the very place where we assumed J-pod would be, and we could not see them anywhere! Great bunch of people on board who loved every minute!
Posted by Claire at 9:37 PM
Saturday, May 13, 2006
9am trip for us this morning, which found us in full search mode. No luck finding J-pod, which were reported later on in the trip to be somewhere around East Point. We had a collection of feeding Dalls porpoises, pairs of bald eagles up in their trees, and the usual comical harbour seals. Sunny skies and calm waters made for an enjoyable trip.
Posted by Claire at 2:54 PM
Oh, the start of evening trips. Our 6pm trip turned into a very late 7.25pm trip. So we headed towards Lime Kiln Lighthouse, where we had heard that J-pod had been last. Our eyes and binoculars were trained along the San Juan shoreline and slightly offshore. Captain Trevs keen eyes scanned across to Kelp reef and D'arcy island, and what d'ya know, J pod were spread from Kelp reef to the north end of Sidney Island. Resting time, they were lazing at the surface in their 2's and 3's. Amazing vocalisations too!
Friday, May 12, 2006
2 trips today. Up good old Haro strait on both occasions in search of marine critters. we have an active feeding group of harbour porpoises, east of Kelp Reef, and then bowriding Dalls in Andrews Bay. 2 steller sealions resting side by side in the water on the south end of Speiden Island. Bouncy seas made for a rough ride home!
Posted by Claire at 4:46 PM
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
Lovely collection of 4 couples on board, who were all extremely interested in everything out on our morning trip. we ventured round Trial Island, Enterprise and Chatham, admired the many mature and immature bald eagles around. Round to Race Rocks to see the usual suspects. Had an elephant seal wobbling down its perch, at 'top speed' (for an elephant seal!).
Posted by Claire at 10:14 PM
Tuesday, May 09, 2006
Monday, May 08, 2006
This mornings early 9am trip found us out at Race Rocks, admiring the jostling going on between elephant seals, quite active for a change, and seeing our sealions and seals lazing up on the rocks.
after receiving a report from the Victoria Clipper we excitedly headed to San Juan Island, where we found J-pod spread out in foraging mode. Two nice encounters with Mike and Speiden. In the afternoon trip we found J's bunched into two groups, heading north past Lime Kiln. great to see J-pod again.
Posted by Claire at 5:35 PM
Sunday, May 07, 2006
Ok, Claire's first time creating a blog, so testing testing, one two, one two. Yeah, a very blustery, wavey wet day on the water today. Great to see several stellar sealions logging together, heading off for a hunt together in the high waves off Race Rocks. Brave UK folk on board today. We Brits though, we can handle anything out there, and come back having had a great time!
Posted by Claire at 7:20 PM
Friday, May 05, 2006
Every one was thrilled to see them race by, in and out of our wake wave and then zip past our bows.
Posted by Jeff Lorton at 11:25 AM
Posted by Jeff Lorton at 11:13 AM
Learn more about Steller Sea Lions here: http://stellersealions.noaa.gov/
Posted by Jeff Lorton at 11:04 AM
down towards Colville Island. See the map: http://static.flickr.com/51/106676420_decd79a45c_o.jpg
Posted by Jeff Lorton at 10:51 AM
Posted by Jeff Lorton at 10:41 AM