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Today's 6.6 magnitude earthquake seemed to keep the Transient Orca in one spot, Campbell River area, for most of the day. Fog, Orca and Humpbacks in the upper Johnstone Strait area and Transient Orca, Pacific White Sided Dolphins and some Wolves below Johnstone Strait.
A report filtered down that there were some Northern Resident Orca in the upper Johnstone Strait area during the earthquake. Apparently they had been chatty and became very quiet during the quake. Sounds underwater are amplified and a quake can sound like a very large explosion.
As a note: there were only ever a total of 6 Transient Orcaincluding T20 and T21 with the others unidentified accounted for during the day, but they seemed to stay virtually in one small area all day and even from the previous day.
With hopes of more sightings of the possible Humpback Whale around Powell River, the only reports are those from the upper Johnstone Strait / Broughton's where they are still seeing Humpback Whales regularly every day – even if it is through the fog. Since I'm no longer up in the area, I do not have the daily count of unique Humpback Whales in that area.
Susan Berta and Howard Garrett, Orca Network, Whidbey Island, WA
Southern Residents and Transients
John Boyd on the Western Prince reports Js & Ks are doing the "westside shuffle" today off San Juan Island, and some Transients are 4 miles offshore of SJI.
5PM - T's near race Rocks as well.
As I text this, 20+ Kawkawin [orcas] heading up the coast, 12nm off Lennard Is. (west coast of Vancouver Island). Acting like res. Images tomorrow AM. Rod (Palm)
Looks like offshores to me. I would be interested in any other photos from this encounter. Cheers, Graeme