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Monday, August 1, 2011

Whales Dolphins and Porpoises Sightings

Being just above Johnstone Strait has hampered the up to date Blog posts. I apologize for the delay. There are so many Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises in and around this area right now that it's difficult to keep accurate records without stopping every few minutes, which I have not been able to do as often as this Blog requires. Also, since I am away from my regular location, I am not receiving all the reports I usually do, but I do thank those who do contact and submit reports – they are all important.
Susan MacKay, Whales and Dolphins BC

Aug. 1:

9:14 am approximately 30 Pacific White Sided Dolphins were in Malaspina Strait by Powell River.
Steve G., Powell River

1 pm Orca were in the Robson Bight Ecological Reserve. Many of the Campbell River Tours were up this way.

1:50 pm Two Minke Whales were doing large circles between Malcolm Island to Cormorant Island.
Susan MacKay, Whales and Dolphins BC

July 31:

Hi Susan. Yesterday (July 31) we had the T002s traveling south past Campbell River at 11am. Cheers.

8:45 am Orca East by Cracroft Point, Blackney Pass then 9:30 am they were Westbound to Hanson Island. 3 to 4 Orca continued through the Plumper Islands, Weynton Pass. Around 30 – 40 Pacific White Sided Dolphins picked them up and harassed the Orca mid Blackfish Sound all the way to Bold Head and Whitecliffe Islets. Around 12 pm those 3 – 4 Orca headed towards Fosters Island with a number of the Dolphins still chasing them. Lots of small groups of Dall's Porpoises zipping around the Stephanson Islets, Weynton Pass, to and around the whole Blackfish Sound area.
1 pm 20 to 25 Dall's Porpoises playfully bow riding the skiff at Bold Head and a bit later some more bow rode the skiff for a short distance.
2 pm Humpback Whale seen at the bottom of Weynton Pass. Later possibly 2 of them were by Blinkhorn Light, Johnstone Strait.
2:30 pm a Minke Whale was working the tide rips for feed mid Weynton Pass.

From Our Southern Friends:
Southern Residents have been foraging, frolicking and socializing off San Juan Island lately; an Orca was seen from Highway 1 in Oregon.
Susan Berta and Howard Garrett, Orca Network, Whidbey Island, WA

July 30th:

Morning downpour / rain!
10 am Humpback Whale Double Bay / Spout Islet to Stubbs Island
7 pm 20 -25 Pacific White Sided Dolphins were foraging from Pearse Reef to Donagal Head, Malcolm Island.
7:30 pm Humpback Whale (possibly the one known as “Freckles”) seen from Double Bay, Hanson Island to Stubbs Island then heading to Donagal Head, Malcolm Island.
5 pm Orca the A23's were slowly running up Hanson Island to Weynton Pass. We left them at 8 pm A23's by Bauza turned East – A24's were still along the Hanson Island side.
Susan MacKay, Whales and Dolphins BC

July 29:

6 am Northern Resident Orca the A30's were Westbound in Blackfish Sound.
Dave on the SV Tuan, Seasmoke Whale Watching

9:30 am there were 11 Orca at Naka Creek.

9:30 am a Humpback Whale in Weynton Pass.

10:25 am Some Orca were spread between Whytcliffe Islets and Stubbs Island.

10:43 am 3 Transient Orca identified as the T002's were Eastbound by Walkem Islands, bottom of Johnstone Strait.

5 pm Two Humpback Whales travelling together between Stubbs Island and the Plumper Islands, Blackfish Sound.
Susan MacKay, Whales and Dolphins BC