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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Northern Resident Orca and Pacific White Sided Dolphins

Northern Resident Killer Whales make an appearance around the Savary Island / Lund area and some Pacific White Sided Dolphins are starting to show up. The herring should be starting to run pretty soon, so expect a bit more activity.
Also a couple of Links in the News below.
Susan MacKay, Whales and Dolphins BC

Resident Orca A66 and ? having a snooze on the surface
February 15, 2013 Savary Island behind
Gordie Coles

Northern Resident Killer Whales

February 15:
8:45 am 9 or 10 Orca just off Mace Point, Savary Island headed towards the Copeland Islands. They'd split up into two groups and then joint back up again. Definitely 2 big dorsals and a couple of calves. I watched a while and waited for the whales to go hunting for seals. The seals didn't seem too bothered by them – no climbing higher on the rocks. Left them shortly after 11 am as they continued somewhere towards Cortez Island or into Desolation Sound.
Gordie Coles, Savary Island / Lund

(These Orca look like the 5 NRKW's A8's with the calf born by Albion Pt. / Myrtle Rocks area of Powell River in December, 2012 and I believe the others are the I11's, but photos aren't clear enough for me to confirm. They were all seen together near the Robson Bight area of Johnstone Strait on Feb. 13th. - SM)

Resident Orca calf in front of Lund
February 15, 2013
Gordie Coles

Pacific White Sided Dolphins

February 15:
Around 200 Pacific White Sided Dolphins were seen off Nanaimo. The report was spotted on Facebook, so no further details, unfortunately.

February 7: (rec'd late)
8:30 am approx. 4 – 5 PWS Dolphins were riding along with the ferry heading towards Comox from Powell River. They were just off the West side of Texada.
Gary Primrose, England / Savary Island

(A sightings report from that same ferry trip had at least two Orca....they were off the other side of the ferry. - SM)

Resident Orca by Copeland Islands
February 15, 2013
Gordie Coles

Unidentified Species

February 16:
Around 12 pm Saw a number blows off Hernando Island heading towards Cortez. They were quite a ways off. Orca? Dolphins?
Cam M.

Links in the News

Genetic study pursues elusive goal: How many humpbacks existed before whaling?

Killer whale birth in San Diego: Killer whale calf born at SeaWorld San Diego

Whales' early mating ritual finds eager audience

'Super mega-pod' of dolphins spotted off San Diego coast

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