Group A contains:
These orcas are known to switch between Group A and B.
We had met up with them as they were heading south but right before we left, Mike, Granny and Spieden tail slapped a few times and Slick breached. Once this happened everyone turned around to head back North, even the J pod members farther up the coast of the island. But how did the orcas farthest North know to turn around? I saw that when the Group A members we were with tail slapped and breached, other orcas began to do it as well, first closer orcas, then big splashes from breaches far away could be seen as these behaviors were passed up the island like that telephone game but between the orcas. Were the breaches and tail slaps used as signals to turn around? It's definitely possible and they could have also used vocalizations paired with breaches and tail slaps to tell the other members of J pod it was time to do a U turn.
J pod was last seen heading South again past Lime Kiln State Park on San Juan Island around 4:00 that evening and had disappeared on 5/20/13.
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