Some cavorting Humpback Whales. Likely part of a competition pod, but hard to be sure at such a distance.
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More dolphins! :D Up close and personal. These are Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins and we caught up with them off the coast of Lana’i. Shot with the GoPro Hero2.
Note: The camera was never “dropped” in on top of the dolphins but rather put in before they approached so they could choose to come over or not. As you can see they didn’t seem to take an issue with it.
It’s been about a week since my last “meet the whales” type post… so here’s another one. And this time it’s not one whale—you get a four-for-the-price-of-one! ;P (FYI - if you don’t want to see these posts Tumblr Savior ‘hysazu whale photos’)
This group is actually comprised of two sisters and their calves. The female in the lead is Spock (K20) and up until 2004 researchers were pretty sure she was actually a he. But that changed in December ‘04 when she had her first known calf, a son named Comet (K38) who is the foremost whale with the smallest dorsal fin in this photo. Travelling closely with them is Spock’s younger sister, Deadhead (K27) named after the legendary musician, Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead. Deadhead had her first known calf, a son, K44, in 2011. He’ll receive his name this year! XD You can see just the tip of his rostrum in this photo as he starts to surface between Comet and his mother (look just in front of Comet’s dorsal fin).
Their mother, Skagit (K13) is alive and well, and looking after her two other offspring, two sons, Scoter (K25) and Cali (K34).
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I wanted to add some more whale pictures I took yesterday because I didn’t realize how much I missed being out with these guys… well not these guys specifically. These are the T30s, transient or Bigg’s Killer Whales, and they had a new baby in tow. The pod consisted of mom, T30, her children, T30A (the big male), T30B (her daughter), T30C (her youngest), and the newest addition, T30B1, T30’s grandbaby and first calf for T30B. :)
The day was kind of misty so the photos aren’t the greatest, but these whales were pretty interesting to hang out with. It was my first time actually being out on the water with the transients but it was fun… plus new baby! XD
A semi-quick painting of one of my favorite matrilines in J-Pod. It’s supposed to be Slick (J16) and her son, Mike (J26) and daughter Alki (J36). Echo (J42), her youngest, is right out of frame. ;P
I’m still practicing so please forgive my blunders.
Mike (J26) in the lead with Gaia (L78) in the background. They were travelling with two subadult males, Tika (K33) and Indigo (L100) and met up with some ladies along the way.
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Our newest SRKW. This little boy is K44, he’s the first baby for mom Deadhead (K27). He’ll get his name once he survives a whole year.
The orange coloration is normal for newborn Killer Whales as their liver and kidney function is not up to speed. It is a jaundice that generally fades by age 1.
He was sticking close by mom, aunt Spock (K20) and his cousin, Comet (K38).