In the lead was Slick J16, an adult female born around 1972. She foraged on her own for a bit offshore but we soon saw her two daughters, Echo J42 and J50, making their way towards her. Echo J42, who had been doing some babysitting, then passed off J50 to mama Slick J16 and headed far inshore, joining adult female Shachi J19. Either Shachi J19 or Echo J42 spy hopped soon after. Slick J16 continued to forage, often back tracking and zig zagging in search of salmon. J50 would either surface beside her mother or pop up off by herself and then swim back to mom. At one point, Slick J16 abruptly turned around and went to collect J50, who was somewhere off on her own again. We could see the two beelining for each other and once they met up, Slick J16 pushed J50 around at the surface with her head before the two swam off together towards the shoreline of Lime Kiln State Park.
Eclipse J41 and J51 soon appeared but our attention was turned to a huge splash well offshore of us. This turned out to be a well known humpback whale called Big Mama BCY0324, and she proceeded to cartwheel, tail slap, and pec slap her way South down Haro Strait. We watched her for a short time before we turned around and headed back North to find more J pod members.
Slick J6 and her two daughters continued North while we waited for a nice social groups that had formed to make their way slowly towards us. The first group was made up of Princess Angeline J17, Shachi J19, Polaris J28, Tsuchi J31, Tahlequah J35, Eclipse J41, Star J46, Notch J47, and J51. The group was in an active mood with lots of tail slaps from Princess Angeline J17, Shachi J19, Tahlequah J35, Eclipse J41, Star J46, and Notch J47. Star J46 was goofing off with Notch J47 for most of the time and Princess Angeline J17 rolled onto her back and did an inverted tail slap. It was great to see J51 getting to know other pod members.
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