The next day (August 2nd) brought surprises. That morning, I went out to cliffs near my house and was happy to see that the L12s had returned to the island. They were moving South with Hy'shqa J37, Ti'lem I'nges J49, Spock K20, Rainshadow K37, and Comet K38 towards many more orcas that were spread out to the South of me in a very active and celebratory mood. I waited patiently until they all headed back North later in the day and went back out to the cliffs again once they were swimming past.
The orcas were spread out in lots of social groups and it soon became clear that other L pod members besides the L12s had returned to the island. When I arrived at the cliffs, Moonlight L83, Muncher L91, and Midnight L110 (from the L47s) were milling around close to shore, while Surprise L86 and Pooka L106 (from the L4s) were offshore. Pooka L106 tailed slapped multiple times and Surprise L86 did an inverted tail slap. Both of them spent a lot of time logging at the surface too, seemingly waiting for the other orcas to catch up with them. To the South of me, I could see Marina L47 and Mystic L115 milling about and many more orcas headed towards me.
The L47s, Surprise L86, and Pooka L106 then started to all merge offshore and milled about. Sprouter males Tika K33 and Nigel L95 (from the L43s) joined them and there was lots of rolling, spy hopping, pectoral fin slapping, and socializing from the group. Another group made it's way past that group and came in close to shore as they headed North. This group was made up of Granny J2, Princess Angeline J17, Oreo J22, Doublestuf J34, Cookie J38, and Moby J44. Sprouter male Doublestuf J34 was full of tail slaps and also played with some kelp multiple times. The group passed by me once and then they came back! This is when everyone, except for Doublestuf J34, started spy hopping, Princess Angeline doing so three times. Moby J44 also cartwheeled.
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