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.
Paul Spong with assistants Momoko, Kirsty and Krissi on a beautiful sunny day on Hanson Island – July 18th 2012
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.
Kaikash foraging in front of CP:
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.”
We are looking forward to the rest of the summer season here at OrcaLab. Bring on more whales!