We arrived on scene off of Discovery Island in Canada. Biologists from the Center for Whale Research were also on scene, documenting the presence and health of each individual. The orcas were slowly traveling Northeast towards San Juan Island in two groups. The group in the lead was made up of all the L47s (Marina L47, Moonlight L83, Muncher L91, Mystic L115, and Midnight L110), and most of the L4s (Ophelia L27, Surprise L86, Pooka L106, Nugget L55, Lapis L103, Takoda L109, and Jade L118). The trailing group had Kasatka L82 and Finn L116 from the L4 matriline, Nigel L95 from the L43 matriline, and the L12s (Ocean Sun L25, Mega L41, Matia L77, Joy L119, Calypso L94, Cousteau L113, L121, Mystery L85, Spirit L22, and Solstice L89). We spent time with the leading group first for a bit before heading over to the trailing group.
As the Ls left, J and K pod came down from East Point in Canada and eventually made it back down to San Juan Island. The next day (the 15th), J and K pod were out in the Strait of Juan De Fuca like they were going to leave the area as well, but they turned around and came back to San Juan. J pod then did their Group A and B split and Group A headed North for Canada, while Group B and K pod stayed at the island. The next day, Group A made their way down towards San Juan from East Point, while Group B, K pod, and (surprise!) the L4s, L47s, and Nigel L95 formed resting lines off the West side of San Juan. The Ls must have come back into the area the previous night. J, K, and the fifteen Ls were all leaving the area the next day though. I wonder when they will return?
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