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Friday, October 28, 2011

Powell River Dolphins, Humpback Whales, Breaching

A few Orca and breaching Humpback Whale (photos below), and lots and lots (1000) of Pacific White Sided Dolphins...they're back! (photo below) And what a wonderful sight to see.

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'Whale Encounters'
Tuesday, November 1, 2011 7 pm I will be speaking as part of the Lecture Series, open to the public, at the Powell River campus of the Vancouver Island University.
This multimedia presentation of photos, video and audio, will delve into cetacean identification, species interactions and behaviours with other marine species, their food, and humans. Listen to their “talk” as they socialize, echo-locate and forage for food.
Susan MacKay, Whales and Dolphins BC

Transient Orca

October 25:

2:30 pm 4 Orcas by Campbell River ferry terminal. Heading North. I never saw them but a friend did and the ferry announced.
Garry Henkel, Aboriginal Journeys

Humpback Whales

Big Humpback Breach!
By Chatham Point October 24, 2011
Photo: Garry Henkel, Aboriginal Journeys

October 24:

2:30 pm 2 Humpback Whales were slowly headed North-West by Chatham Point. There were some great tail lobs and huge breach (photo below). Also had a couple of Dall's Porpoise, but they didn't stay around.
Garry Henkel, Aboriginal Journeys

Humpback Tail Lob
By Chatham Point October 24, 2011
Photo: Garry Henkel, Aboriginal Journeys

Pacific White Sided Dolphins

October 28:

Throughout the day there were spread out groups of Pacific White Sided Dolphins in front of Powell River. I spotted them at various times, and in between lumpy seas by: Harwood Island, Rebecca Rocks, Blubber Bay, Texada, and close to the Powell River shore. Even from here I could see some of the huge leaps as they chased fish.
Susan MacKay, Whales and Dolphins BC

October 27:

9:30 am Having spotted a couple of hundred Pacific White Sided Dolphins out in front of Powell River, I knew I had to get out on the water. I was out with them from around 10:45 am till 3:30 pm. Even the sun couldn't help but smile through the clouds as the Lags took great leaps and played between the bursts of speed as they chased food. I saw a couple of salmon leap, and they were in pursuit. When I first saw them, there were around 200, some peeled off somewhere and then some joined up by the top of Texada for one huge speed foraging manoeuvre. It's tough to keep track of where they all got to, but I do believe that the whole group of around 1000 or so Dolphins were spread out in smaller groups from the Van. Isl. Side of Rebecca Rocks around Harwood (a few came in with a boat from Savary Island direction) to Grief Point / VanAnda way. By the time I left them, there were around 100 of them and from home, I could still see them till it got too dark. What a great day! A few of the photos will be shown at my presentation Nov. 1st.
Susan MacKay, Whales and Dolphins BC

Pacific White Sided Dolphin
This guy Breached around 13 times in a row
Powell River October 27, 2011
Photo Greg and Janice McLaughlin from their boat

October 26:

5:45 pm Around 30 Lags (PWS Dolphins) with 4 Sea Lions porpoising along with them headed South by Grief Point, Powell River.
Susan MacKay, Whales and Dolphins BC

October 24:

2 pm The call came in: Well over 100 Pacific White Sided Dolphins were all around and in between a tug and log boom. They stayed with the slow moving tow all the way from outside Grant's Reef and along the Harwood Shore heading towards the Mainland. We've been watching them for a couple of hours from Savary Island.
John and Joan Treen, Savary Island

4 pm As the tug and tow rounded Harwood Island, by Atrevida Reef, my neighbour, Steve Grover called to let me know he'd spotted them. Approximately 5-600 Dolphins were back and forth, with a few leaps along the way, around the tug and tow and spread out from Sliammon to Harwood. They headed towards Vivian Island then turned back towards Westview then off to Sliammon and back again. At one point, the very large group of around 1000 Dolphins were together directly in front of Powell River for a bit of foraging. By the time it dusk rolled around, some had split off to somewhere while others stayed out in center strait between Harwood and Atrevida Reef.

October 23:

Hi Susan:) Hope all is well in Powell River for you. Spent last week going up to Bella Coola on the tug & barge. Thought I would see lots of whales around buy really only a couple of HB's (Humpbacks) past Lizard Point and about 40 Lags (Pacific White Sided Dolphins) in Blackfish. Coming in yesterday through Seymour Narrows, that huge group of Lags was spread between Maud Island & Race Point. Estimate 1000+. They were visible from a couple of miles away with the squalling behavior & all the gulls overhead! They have been here now for a couple of weeks, cycling between Seymour & Nodales Ch. My guess is herring or pilchard they're munching on. Take care!
Nick Templeman, Eagle Eye Adventures