The next day, the J16's joined up with Group A of J pod (and the K14's?) to the North up in Canada and together they headed down Boundary Pass for San Juan. Aboard the Odyssey, we saw some occasional porpoising from Hy'shqa J37 and her son Ti'lem I'nges J49, while Onyx L87 did a cartwheel, dorsal fin slap, and tail slap. Towards the end of our encounter, we joined the J16's as they brought up the rear of Group A. As they slowly passed a fog covered Stuart Island, I was reminded of the stronger and healthier Northern Resident orcas up at the North end of Vancouver Island and my encounters with them last summer. I hope to see the Northern Residents again one of these days. I was then reminded that they have had a few new babies over these last few years, as well as the Transient orcas, while our Southern Residents haven't had a surviving calf since August of 2012. . .and with less than eighty Southern Residents left as they continue to loose individuals and gain zero babies, we need seriously some new calves.
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