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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Sightings After the Storms

After the huge windstorms we've had where it was impossible to spot a whale, the weather is greatly improved. Some of the worst wind gusts logged at Merry Island Lightstation, between Sechelt and close to Pender Harbour, reached hurricane force at 110 knots (204 km/hr or 127 mph!). There's a calming in the air. All I can say, is that it's about time!

I was worried about my Hummingbirds; I didn't see a male for a couple of days only the two females. Finally they showed up, but the smaller male has a permanent punk rock hairdo. Guess the winds damaged his head feathers. Just happy they're OK.

As for Whales? There's a few reports below. Gray Whales are making their way back up the coast, though most will pass on the outside of Vancouver Island, we sometimes see them on the East side. Keep your eyes open and please let me know. Happy Spring!
Susan MacKay, Whales and Dolphins BC

Transient Orca – Killer Whales

March 18:
Hi Susan, Had a report from a friend that the saw 2 Orcas ( one large fin and one small fin) northbound past Cape Mudge at 3 pm March 18,2012. They had no camera with them. Makes sense they were northbound because current was ebbing then. They did say the large fin had a distinctive bend in its dorsal.
Sounds like they had a large number around Telegraph area yesterday n this morning as well. Cheers
Garry Henkel, Aboriginal Journeys

March 17:
CWR - 14:05 - 16:37, from south to north of East Point, Saturna Island.
I left the T109As, T124As, and T12A in Tumbo Channel at 1635 today.
the whales were milling but seemed to be heading back west when I left them.
Dave Ellifrit submitted by Orca Network, Washington

March 16:
I spotted 4 orcas traveling North up the Johnstone Strait at about 12:15pm today, viewed from my apartment in Campbell River, BC, which is located directly across from the Cape Mudge Lighthouse on Quadra Island. I followed them in my car, stopping to take photos along the way, the last I saw them, was at Brown's Bay, at 2:45pm, still heading North.
Tara Bladon, Campbell River, BC
Dave Ellifrit identified:The bull is T11A and T11 is in there too.
Report submitted via Orca Network, Washington

Humpback Whales

Humpback, Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico
photo: Michael Stewart March 16, 2012

March 16:
We saw this mother and baby today off Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico today. The Humpbacks are leaving the area now.
Michael Stewart

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