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Monday, January 14, 2013

Orca Sightings, News Links, Photos

Northern Resident Orca with calf still around Powell River to Stuart Island, while Transient (Bigg's) Killer whales are spotted by Nanaimo. Bit of fog is making scanning waters a bit difficult, but for those walking beaches in the fog, stop to listen, you might be surprised by hearing a blow.
A few links in the news at the bottom of today's report.
Susan MacKay, Whales and Dolphins BC

Northern Resident Killer Whales
(most likely)

Underwater Orca glides by boat
January 12, 2013
Cheryl Borgfjord

January 12:
4 pm 5 Orca two large with a small calf in between and two other were right close in to shore. A neighbour alerted me after he heard their blows. They were slowly heading North-West from Savary's SW shore. (This is unconfirmed A8's - SM)
Lesley Roberts, Savary Island

January 12:
My husband, son, uncle and myself I were out on our boat today and saw what I think is the newborn orca that was born in Powell River. We were going along the front side of Harwood Island towards the Spit, then turned around to follow them. I was able to take some photos. What an experience. One went on his side and swam right alongside our boat...There were 5 in total. When we left them, they were headed between Harwood and Texada. We went back around the back side and on our way back to the Beach Gardens, and they were swimming around Vivian Island. (This is unconfirmed A8's - SM)
Cheryl Borgfjord, Powell River

January 10:
A8's were reported by Stuart Island at some point during the day.
Leah, Hanson Island

Transient (Bigg's) Killer Whales

Transients off Chrome Island Lightstation
January 1, 2013
Anne Baker

January 13:
4 pm Transient Orcas spotted 15 minutes from our office. Just off Saltspring Island. Sounds like possibly the same group from yesterday...
Simon Piddock

January 12:
10:30 am I was kayaking and spotted 4 orca's at Neck Point in Nanaimo. There were two larger ones and two small one's. I thought maybe two mom's with their young ones. A boater told me half an hour before I arrived on the scene they were tossing around a seal. The two big ones were leaping right out of the water several times in the 30 min that I was watching them.

January 1:
Here is my belated report on some orcas we spotted on January 1, 2013:
Time: around 4:10 p.m. Where: Between Denman and Hornby (Lambert Channel) on ferry (MV Kahloke) Number: 6 - 8 Direction: going from South to North Comments: we had a spyhop!
Mike Nestor
Transient (Bigg's) Tail Lob
January 1, 2013
Anne Baker

Links in the News:

Carl Petersen was found guilty of harassing whales see article:

Powell River Peak newspaper article January 9, 2013 about new Orca calf:

Video clip of close Orca underwater:

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