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Tuesday, October 03, 2006

T10 Group, Humpback Whale, J Pod - audio clip

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The morning Ocean Magic II trip lead us southwest of Trail Island, BC, to meet up with the T10 Group of transient, meat-eating, killer whales. There were six animals in total, two adult males and four other whales including 46-year-old female T10. The whales were heading in a southeasterly direction foraging periodically and displaying social behaviours. Reports of a humpback whale then lead us out west toward Race Rocks. The large baleen whale was alone and taking short dives revealing its tail flukes several times. In the afternoon we headed over to San Juan Island to watch southern resident, fish-eating, killer whales. J pod was near Lime Kiln lighthouse spread out in small groups. J1 / Ruffles was further out in Haro Strait while J2 / Granny was closer to the island. The whales were quite vocal using contact calls and sonar echolocation.

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