July 11, 2012 – Post by Natalie
We, the assistants, have arrived on Hanson Island for the summer of 2012. We first bonded by going on a hike on Hanson Island to a little cove called Dong Chong Bay. We were awed by the beautiful old cedar tree that OrcaLab has named “Grandmother cedar” which we passed along the way.
Some of us have enjoyed sleeping out on the deck of the Lab and have gone to sleep with the moonlight shining and the humpbacks blowing in the distance. I awoke to an amazing pink, yellow and orange sunrise on the morning of July 10th.
We have been cleaning and organizing our camp kitchen for the season and Phinn, from England, has painted a lovely orca on our new storage shelf.
Leah has given us all a tour of CP – Cracroft Point which is located on West Cracroft Island. This is where I will be stationed for the bulk of the summer season. I will be capturing footage, (filming and taking photos), of the whales in Johnstone Strait. This footage will be used in “An Orca Whale Documentary” as well as used to support OrcaLab. Photo below, Orcas – photo taken from CP – July 10th
We have been on 3 hour shift rotations in the Lab listening to the hydrophones and recording the beautiful calls of the orcas. Kristen is on her morning shift and looking in the distance for blows on the morning of July 7th.
Paul is from Germany. He caught this Greenling off of Kurt’s Point and we enjoyed it for dinner on July 7th. He also caught fish for dinner on July 10th. See photo below of Paul cooking the fish in the main house.
Resident orcas arrive in their summer home – calls heard on July 9th
New 2012 OrcaLab assistants hear calls for the first time in the Lab. Momoko teaches us how to record the sounds and make a written record of the calls.
I am very much looking forward to a fantastic summer here at OrcaLab. Keep checking the blog for updates.
Photo and video credit: Natalie Lucier