Blows & Breaches: An OrcaLab Update

Blog post by: Natalie

We attended the 10 year Springer Reunion at Telegraph Cove. We had a booth set up representing OrcaLab there July 13-15th. We played audio recordings of orca calls and also sold CD’s of Springer’s own vocalizations of when she first was reunited with her pod. There were a lot of people attending the event who were instrumental in the rehabilitation process and in reuniting Springer with her pod back in 2002.

Telegraph Cove

Telegraph Cove - photo credit: Natalie

Momoko and Paul at Telegraph Cove

Momoko and Paul at Telegraph Cove - OrcaLab booth - photo credit: Natalie

Leah on the Gikumi boat tour - Springer Reunion

Leah on the Gikumi boat tour - Springer Reunion - photo credit: Natalie

 

Paul Spong with assistants Momoko, Kirsty and Krissi on a beautiful sunny day on Hanson Island – July 18th 2012

Paul Spong with assistants

Paul Spong with assistants - photo credit: Natalie

 

On board the June Cove on route to CP (Cracroft Point on West Cracroft Island ) on July 19th where we cleaned, sanded and painted the deck with a great view of the Johnstone Strait. We watched two male orcas of the A36 matriline (Kaikash, A46; Plumper, A37) for a couple of hours foraging.

Natalie, Phinn and Paul on the June Cove

Natalie, Phinn and Paul on the June Cove - photo credit: Krissi

Momoko, Krissi and Kristen on the June Cove

Momoko, Krissi and Kristen on the June Cove - photo credit: Natalie

Phinn and his new best friend Solo the dog on board the June Cove

Phinn and his new best friend Solo on board the June Cove - photo credit: Momoko

Cleaning and sanding the deck at CP

Cleaning and sanding the deck at CP - photo credit: Natalie

 

Kaikash foraging in front of CP:

Orca taking a breath

A46 'Kaikash' - taking a breath- photo credit: Natalie

 

A young humpback was seen breaching in front of the lab around 8:30am on July 23. Krissi, Natalie and Momoko watched in amazement as he/she breached over and over again. Momoko later identified the young humpback as Galaxy in the 2012 version of “Humpbacks of the Johnstone Strait and Queen Charlotte Strait area ID Catalogue.”

Galaxy the young humpback breaching

Galaxy the young humpback breaching- photo credit: Natalie

 

We are looking forward to the rest of the summer season here at OrcaLab. Bring on more whales!

Natalie

Comments
2 Responses to “Blows & Breaches: An OrcaLab Update”
  1. orcalab says:

    What a great beginning, Natalie, thanks!
    Paul & Helena

Trackbacks
Check out what others are saying...


Leave A Comment