Saturday, July 15, 2006
Today on the Ocean Magic II we met up with the L12’s in Juan de Fuca Strait. The whales were heading out west through the peaks of the choppy sea. The groups were spread out, foraging, and were going on long dives. The 76 year old matriarch, Alexis / L12, and adult male Mega / L41 were identified. Alexis a grandmother of three offspring (Mega / L41, Matia / L77, and Calypso / L94) lead the group. The mother of these whales, L11, went missing during the winter of 2000 / 2001. L pod spends more time in the western waters of Juan de Fuca Strait than either J or K pods. The whales then joined up into a resting line and headed out west into the distance.