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Monday, May 2, 2011

Killer Whales - Dolphins - Humpback to May 2

May 2:
My scanning the waters has been intermittent and brief. I thought I saw some blows and movement a couple of times, but not having the time to watch for too long, could not confirm what animals, if any. Even a call to a neighbour to look from a different vantage point did not produce any confirmation.

I did, however hear a broken transmission over the marine radio of some Pacific White Sided Dolphins this morning by Shoal Bay, near Campbell River this morning.
Susan MacKay Whales and Dolphins BC

May 1:
We have spotted a family of Orcas about 1 km away from Savary directly between Savary and WestView.

There are 6 or more.  They were swimming in the same spot for 20 mins since we first saw them.  They seemed to be moving slowly west.

One had a large dosal fin and looked large in the body.  There were two medium sized orcas and 3 small ones that we could see.  There were 6 that we could count but there could have been a couple more than that.
Ron J

May 1:
Heard of some Transient Orca west bound at the top end of Johnstone Strait and a Humpback Whale eastbound.

The Humpback is not likely to come back down the Strait since they tend to stay in the Queen Charlotte Strait area or continue north-west along the Inside Passage in search of good feeding grounds. Most frequently Humpbacks arrive to our upper coast via the outside waters - open Pacific - taking a more direct route to feeding grounds. They have started to arrive back from their long journey from the calving grounds, and so do travel the inner waters between Vancouver Island and the Mainland, so watch for blows, backs, and tail flukes.

No reports from our friends farther south.