Amazing photos - 2009

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J44 at one year. Photo taken May 24, 2009 by John Boyd.


The shot was taken by me just south of Turn Point, Stuart Island. The ship in the background is Pacific Grace, out of Victoria. Photo by Capt. Jim Maya.


Here is a group photo from Friday, May 15. It was exciting to see them traveling in close formation. Photo by Jane Cogan.


J2 (Granny) and great-grand offspring J 45. May 8, 2009 Photo by Joan Lopez, Naturalist


J14 (Samish) and J45. May 10, 2009
I honestly didn't realize just how much I had missed the Southern Residents until their dorsal fins and exhalations came into view just south of Lummi Rocks. My entire being was trembling as we slowly approached seeing the tall dorsal with the unmistakable wavy trailing edge belonging to none other than Ruffles! Quickly I began searching out Granny and it was no surprise that Ruffles was being a "good son" on this beautiful Mother's Day staying very close to J2. Then a flash of the most beautiful orange caught my eye- it was little J45 surfacing by Samish and surrounded by the rest of their family! I can't describe just how amazed I was to see the growth the youngster have gone through in the past few months. 11 year old Doublestuff (J34) is really coming into his own as well as Riptide (J30). Not to mention seeing Echo (J42) in contrast to the newest members of J Pod, to think she was that small only 2 years ago! I was able to identify a handful of K Pod whales that were amongst J Pod (Spock K20, Comet K38, and Scoter K25). There were others, but I was unable to get clear photos for identification. Happy Mother's Day to all it seemed that the Orca mom's were celebrating too!
All the best,
Kate Janes, Naturalist

J1 (Ruffles) and J2(Granny). May 10, 2009 Photo by Kate Janes, Naturalist


It is very seldom that we encounter Orcas in False Bay (Cape Town, South Africa) & in the 11 years that I have been operating an ECO boat charter company in the bay, have only had a brief sighting of 2 animals about 10 years ago. On Sunday 26 April 2009, I had the experience of my life as I spent 2 hours watching a pod of Orcas attacking a large school of Common Dolphins. My real bonus was capturing a photo of an Orca with a Dolphin in its mouth! I've included a few photos (Low resolution) of the event & my report (at the foot of this email) that I gave to the scientists at Marine & Coastal Management. I'd love to receive your comments.
Best regards,
Dave Hurwitz

Photo by Dave Hurwitz

Photo by Dave Hurwitz

T49s with porpoise. We saw 8 transients in Haro Strait (although I hear there were up to six more further south). First we had three of the T49s including a pink little calf, and they spent about 15-20 minutes chasing a harbor porpoise around. At times it was hard to tell the calf apart from the porpoise as they both appeared so small next to the two adult females. The grand finale was a huge lunge by one of the adult females that launched the porpoise high into the air! (See photo). That was the last we saw of the porpoise. April 6, 2009. Photo by Monika Weiland.

T14 and four other transients. Shortly thereafter we were surprised by another group of 5 Ts (see photo). We knew they were in the area but thought they had headed in the other direction. The big male was T14, but I won't venture a guess who the others were. April 6, 2009. Photo by Monika Weiland.

T30's and T172 south of Discovery Island the afternoon of April 6, 2009. Photo by Mark Malleson.

J16 and calf at Turn Point, Stuart Island, February 24, 2009. Photo by Marie O'Shaughnessy.

Admiralty Inlet, February 20, 2009. L pod moving north. Photo by Jeff Hogan, Killer Whale Tales.

Admiralty Inlet, February 20, 2009. L pod moving north. Photo by Jeff Hogan, Killer Whale Tales.

Admiralty Inlet, February 20, 2009. L pod female L55, born in 1977. Photo by Jeff Hogan, Killer Whale Tales.


I went sailing out of Shilshole to PT Madison today. I was on my return trip around 5pm when I spoted a pod all around me headed south halfway between Eagle Harbor and West Point. This made for a beautiful sunset photo op as you can see. Unfortunately I missed the couple full breaches they made with my camera. -Gary Peterson




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