I apologize for lack of photos at present, I had a computer die on me and am trying to work with images on a different, very slow, system...not going great. I will post them by tomorrow's update for sure.
Susan MacKay Whales and Dolphins BC
1:30 pm 12 Orca including 2 very new looking calves were slowly working their way South by Elk Bay just around Seymour Narrows. Although they were quiet, with open saddle patches they were identified as Southern Resident Orca possibly from L Pod - but who? Photos to follow. They stayed nicely grouped, with a lovely spy hop or two as they very slowly got down by Painters Lodge around 5 pm.
Jack, Campbell River Whale Watching and
Garry, Aboriginal Journeys
Around 1 pm 6 Pacific White Sided Dolphins were bow and wake riding with Jack's tour by Howe Island. This just before finding the Orca.
6 Dalls Porpoises were foraging in Bute Inlet this morning.
Jack, Campbell River Whale Watching
The carcass is belly up, skin sloughing and "falling apart". Cara is fairly certain it is a grey whale but says it's hard to tell due to level of decomposition. She will provide photos later today hopefully. I have asked Cara to collect a skin sample while she's on scene.
Based on condition, it is possible this is the same whale reported in Juan De Fuca on the US side further east last weekend and again earlier this week.
Lisa Spaven, Marine Mammal Response Biologist,Fisheries and Oceans Canada
forwarded to us by Jessie Huggins, Cascadia Research, Olympia, WA