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From so much activity to so few sightings. Although I skipped yesterdays few reports which are included below, today's are just as few. I've had a few comments and discussions regarding the Pacific White Sided Dolphin strandings, and DFO's Marine Mammal Response Network is asking for any photos to ascertain if the scratches that were seen on the Dolphins were from Transient Orca. They can either be contacted directly, or I will forward any information you might have. Susan MacKay, Whales and Dolphins BC
Pacific White Sided Dolphins Stranding Update:
I copied your list of sightings to add to my report of the dolphins.No word of any re-strandings so looks like a success.
I'm still looking for more pics and video from rescuers to look for evidence of killer whale tooth rake marks or other injuries. Dolphin researchers also want ID photos of dosal fins for their catalogue. See CHEK News story from yesterday for more on that and where to send pics. http://ow.ly/5u5Nn
As for other sightings of transient scraps, I do want to know about any dead marine mammal parts washed ashore (no matter the cause of death) because if I get other reports, I will not know the background information and therefore cannot attribute a cause of death.
Thanks, Lisa Spaven, DFO Marine Mammal Response Network (Hotline: 1800-465-4336)
We had a report from a fisherman at 9am– whales at St. Vincents Bight – eastbound. I spoke with a fishing vessel at 1130am when I got to Kelsey bay and he said they were at St. Vincent’s playing around no direction at about 10am.
I then came across a group of about 50 white sides(Dolphins - SM)– very spread out foraging in JohnstoneStrait mid passage across from YorkeIsland– by the time I left they were turned to the west following a sailboat. After watching the dolphins, I continued West stopped many times to scan the area - there was no wind and GREAT visibility. I drove up to EveRiver, then across to BrokenIslands then back to Port Neville for a break. It was a strong flood tide, so I would be surprised if the orca (if that is what they were) turned back to the west. I then drove back down JohnstoneStrait – and nothing…my eyes are so tired, I was sure I would find them. But alas I did not!
So that is the update Nice to be up that way though, we managed to avoid most of the rain.