Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Ocean Magic II Day
On morning Ocean Magic II trip we found Dall’s porpoises in Haro Strait. We then headed over to Henry Island were J pod was heading north. The subgroups were traveling slowly and a few logged, rested, at the surface. Spieden / J18 the 63 year old matriarch was further out in the mid channel. Shachi / J19 and her year old calf J41 traveled closer to shore. On the noon trip we found J and K pods along North Pender Island milling about and foraging. Cappuccino / K21 an adult male and Lobo / K26 a spouting male were sighted. On the afternoon trip we had reports of J’s and K’s heading east through Active Pass. We decided to go for the extra long trip as the weather was clam and we were making good time. The anticipation grew and was well worth the wait as we entered Georgia Strait we could see the whales breaching and proposing in the very calm water. On the way home we stopped off at Trail Island to assist with a UBC water quality sampling project.