Have You Seen Any of These?

Monday, May 9, 2011

Transient Orca and Dalls Porpoises to May 9

The weather here was absolutely perfect for spotting whales, calm and sunny, but there wasn't a single blow seen from my vantage point. The only item from the immediate Powell River area was hearing the California Sea Lions barking when a tug got too close to their haul-out on the hulks breakwater. My location is approximately 5 KM or 3 Miles away from the Mill, so it's been a surprise to hear them a couple of times recently.
Susan MacKay Whales and Dolphins BC

May 9: 
7 Transient (meat eating) Orca were spotted by AJ at Francisco Point by Cape Mudge the South end of Quadra Island at 2:45 pm. He took photos of them "partying" that I hope to be able to post in tomorrow's update.

May 9:
Transient Orca, unconfirmed numbers, spotted in Seymour Narrows around 12 pm. No direction given.

May 9:
Email received this morning:
I am at Bliss Landing. John B has told me about you and sent me your recent postings. We have been watching a pod of five Orcas for the last few weeks. They showed up the Saturday before Easter and have been around every few days since then. The seals in the area are very afraid and come into our docks when they are near. We shot some video of the pod a few days ago which I will try to send today.
Please keep me posted an sightings and I will do the same for you.
Regards Mac

May 8:
May Sea Lions, both California and Stellers on Mittlenatch Island. Apparently putting on a great show. Overheard comments on the marine radio - I believe from Jeff.

May 8:
Around 11 am there were around 6 - 8 Dalls Porposies out close to Cortez Island by Whaletown, where the Cortez to Quadra Island ferry runs. Report from AJ who's keen eye and water taxi runs helps in the spotting of many animals.

And From Farther North-West:
Reports of some Transient at the top end of Johnstone Strait, and from just above Princess Royal Island, some Northern Resident Orca including Springer (A73). Guess they're staying away from all these Transients we have down here.