Superb sounds!!

Nice Biggs Orcas calling on Flower Island right now!

Lisa
16 Jan 2018 06:42:39 PST



Superb sounds!!

Biggs Orcas on Flower Island hydrophone right now!

Lisa
11 Jan 2018 20:40:52 PST



Distant calls audible.

It has been quite the day as all the A5s were together in Johnstone Strait. The A42s were seen along with the A23s and A25s. We had suspected that the A42s had made it back around the end of December but this was the first visual confirmation thanks to the efforts of Jared Towers. All the A42s look well and of course their pod mates, the A23s and A25s have been seen off and on through December and January.

Helena & Lisa
10 Jan 2018 19:23:40 PST



Distant calls audible.

We are now hearing resting calls, N3's, on CP with close echoes to PI

Lisa
10 Jan 2018 19:15:42 PST



Distant calls audible.

The A5's are vocal on CP right now!

Lisa
10 Jan 2018 10:16:42 PST



Distant calls audible.

Now very faint calls from A5s on CP

Lisa
08 Jan 2018 19:50:48 PST



Distant calls audible.

Now we are hearing distant resting calls at CP

Lisa
08 Jan 2018 17:35:40 PST



No calls but orcas nearby

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OrcaLab
08 Jan 2018 12:56:24 PST



Distant calls audible.

Distant Orca calls on Flower Island

Lisa
08 Jan 2018 08:08:17 PST



Distant calls audible.

The A5's appeared on PI last evening at 20:40 and then disappeared within 10min on CP with with sporadic resting calls

Lisa
06 Jan 2018 09:41:22 PST



Superb sounds!!

Big's orcas in Blackfish Sound!

OrcaLab
03 Jan 2018 20:15:28 PST



Superb sounds!!

The A23s and A25s have become clearly vocal. They apparently had a long rub at Kazumi and are off the entrance to Blackney Pass again.

Helena & Lisa
30 Dec 2017 14:55:01 PST



No calls but orcas nearby

We have located them thanks to Jared Towers. They are on the Parson Rock cam: http://explore.org/live-cams/player/orcalab-parson-island off the entrance to Blackney Pass on the vancouver Island side.

Helena
30 Dec 2017 11:42:42 PST



No calls but orcas nearby

We are waiting to see if the A23s and A25s come into range of the CP camera. We had a repot from Elizabeth Zwamborn that they entered Johnstone Strait and are heading east. Clear sunny days, so fingers crossed. You can help us keep track by going to : https://explore.org/livecams/orcas/orcalab-cracroft-point-surface

Helena, Lisa and Paul
30 Dec 2017 10:41:29 PST



It has been a very nice Orca holidays too this last week. At around four in the afternoon on the 23'rd we started hearing faint calls from the I15's of the G-clan approaching from the north, and some five hours later we heard A5's approaching CP before fading off again. Then suddenly after three days of Orca silence the I15's (I27, I4 and I65 Matrilines) appeared in Blackney Pass entrance at ten in the morning on the 26'th and passed by with the outflowing tide heading north in utter silence. Then the next day on the 27'th the A5's (A23 & A25 matrilines) did exactly the same ting at the same time, also in silence. Such a joy to see them again

Lisa
28 Dec 2017 19:48:10 PST



Distant calls audible.

A clan Orcas slowly approaching CP hydrophone right now

Lisa
23 Dec 2017 21:51:35 PST



Distant calls audible.

G-clan resident Orcas slowly coming closer on Flower Island hydrophone

Lisa
23 Dec 2017 16:30:55 PST



Superb sounds!!

Nice humpback song on Flower Island right now!

Lisa
05 Dec 2017 22:30:51 PST



Superb sounds!!

Humpback singing on Parson Island hydrophone right now

Lisa
27 Nov 2017 18:14:53 PST



Orcas near mics.

Transients, Biggs Orca on Critical Point hydrophone right now!

Lisa
22 Nov 2017 17:32:02 PST



Superb sounds!!

Nice humpback song by Parson Island right now

Lisa
18 Nov 2017 15:01:23 PST



Superb sounds!!

Nice falsetto-singing humback on the local hydrophone right now

Lisa
16 Nov 2017 17:30:13 PST



Superb sounds!!

Humpback on local hydrophone echoing to Parsons Island right now

Lisa
14 Nov 2017 14:17:15 PST



Superb sounds!!

Humpbacks vocalizing on CRPT, PI and FI at the same time

Lisa
13 Nov 2017 18:12:36 PST



Superb sounds!!

Nice close Humpback on Flower Island hydrophone right now

Lisa
13 Nov 2017 04:51:52 PST



Superb sounds!!

Nice humpback song on Flower island hydrophone right now

Lisa
11 Nov 2017 19:13:00 PST



Superb sounds!!

Amazing close Humpback on CRPT right now!!!

Lisa
10 Nov 2017 21:02:05 PST



Superb sounds!!

Humpback singing at CP with very close echoes to PI

Lisa
10 Nov 2017 02:41:22 PST



Superb sounds!!

There is a humpback singing at CP also

Lisa
09 Nov 2017 20:39:26 PST



Superb sounds!!

Very nice and close humpback song in Blackfish Sound right now

Lisa
09 Nov 2017 20:26:24 PST



Orcas near mics.

Nice close humpback calls from whales in front of the lab!

Lisa
09 Nov 2017 14:36:04 PST



Superb sounds!!

Out there in Blackney Pass on a starry, almost clear night is a pretty interesting humpback, less so since a boat came along, but trying again!

OrcaLab
09 Nov 2017 01:43:43 PST



No calls but orcas nearby

We are following orcas on the OrcaLab camera: https://explore.org/livecams/orcas/orcalab-base

Orcalab
08 Nov 2017 09:47:04 PST



No orcas present.

Lovely cormorants on the Parson Cliff: https://explore.org/livecams/orcas/orcalab-parson-island

Helena
07 Nov 2017 16:17:33 PST



Superb sounds!!

Incredible humpback vocals in Blackfish Sound continuing!

OrcaLab
06 Nov 2017 02:06:59 PST



Superb sounds!!

Very nice vocal Humpbacks in the entrance of Blackney Pass

Lisa
05 Nov 2017 17:12:28 PST



Superb sounds!!

Despite the boat noise (which is possibly moving to Johnstone Strait) the humpback off Parson Island is sounding very nice and clear. Earlier the humpback was on Parson then on the Local hydrophone. It really seems as if they have a preference for this space. I can live with that!

Helena
04 Nov 2017 20:17:05 PST



Superb sounds!!

A lovely shift tonight from Blackfish Sound to Blackney Pass. It sounds like two humpbacks actually, one staying in Blackfish, the other making it to Blackney.

Helena
03 Nov 2017 19:37:22 PST



Superb sounds!!

Apparently nighttime is not the only time, lovely humpback calls from Parson Island.

Helena
03 Nov 2017 13:09:22 PST



Superb sounds!!

The regular Blackney Pass nightly chorus!

Helena
02 Nov 2017 20:22:37 PST



No orcas present.

The strong NW wind that was rolling through Hallowe'en was still pretty heavy in the morning. When still in bed (Paul downstairs making coffee) and taking a look around on the OrcaLab camera on the Laptop and while following two engaged humpbacks pushing through the waves, I noticed orca heading north by the Parson Island Light. The usual scramble followed. To the Lab, get the scope out, start a recording, set the camera on the right spot, get the still camera trained on the Pass. Then a really, really long dive. Eventually, they came up and were spread out. The closest ones disappeared on a long dive again but the male (s) remained in view on the very far side. They seemed to get stuck and interested in something over by the Compton shore. This went on for a while (more long dives) until they all regrouped and moved south through the Pass. Conditions were still not great, misty, dull grey, choppy waters, whales on the far side but we managed to keep pace with them and snap a few pictures. But sigh we lost them on yet another long dive when they were off the entrance to Blackney Pass. Kept up the search for a while. There were no calls to offer clues. While searching came across a few amazing humpbacks surfacing beneath flocks of birds on "bait balls". Finally given up went off to do other things. Later in the afternoon, around 2pm, Jared Towers most likely the same group, the T055s and T060s go past Alert Bay. Well that was convenient! On the humpback front, Ripple and Hunter have been around as well as Clover.

Helena
01 Nov 2017 20:29:28 PST



No orcas present.

You have to love humpbacks. Just when you begin to get comfortable the cast of characters changes. Rather like watching a play where different actors slip in and take over someone's role. If you are not watching the key moments you might miss the change. Yesterday we had probably Merge followed by Lucky, Clover, Argonaut and one yet to be identified whales. This was different from the day before with the exception of Merge. Today, a whole different set except for Clover. Will have to spend time tonight reviewing and maybe getting some help from the good folks at MERS.

Helena
30 Oct 2017 18:06:06 PST



Distant calls audible.

You know it is all good when you can have the first fresh water baths on Hanson Island. Our very famous bath (featured on many a FB page) usually is filled with ocean water during the summer droughts. But for the last two nights (yes! two nights in a row) we have had fresh water baths under clear starry skies with the humpbacks harrumphing and the sea lions growling and the gentle breaths of little seal in the bay. Perfectly lovely! And while we were indulging ourselves in this bliss the A34s are still calling in Johnstone Strait. They have made it at least as far as Cracroft Point after coming through Weynton Pass just after 4pm. Perfectly lovely!

Helena
28 Oct 2017 19:33:45 PST



Distant calls audible.

After remaining in Blackfish Sound for most of the afternoon, the A34s - without G60/78, decided to move through Weynton Pass around 4pm. Hearing them now in Johnstone Strait.

Helena
28 Oct 2017 16:53:48 PST



Distant calls audible.

Hearing A34s in Blackfish Sound

Helena
28 Oct 2017 11:31:05 PST



Superb sounds!!

Beautiful, beautiful humpback sounds in Blackfish Sound

Helena
27 Oct 2017 18:55:31 PST



Distant calls audible.

After a long forage off the entrance to Blackney Pass we followed the A34s, G17s (saw G60) through Blackney Pass and into Blackfish Sound.

Helena
27 Oct 2017 09:58:42 PST



Distant calls audible.

Good Morning! After listening to the boats sound their fog horns through the night because of the thick fog which had descended we woke to the calls of the A34s and their G17 friends approaching the entrance to Blackney Pass. The fog has lifted so we are able to watch them foraging. The are a bit distant for the cameras right now but are on both http://explore.org/live-cams/player/orcalab-parson-island and https://explore.org/livecams/orcas/orcalab-cracroft-point-surface and for listening on www.orca-live.net

OrcaLab
27 Oct 2017 08:07:18 PST



Orcas near mics.

A34s heading north in Blackney now

Helena
26 Oct 2017 15:01:44 PST



Orcas near mics.

Listening (orca-live.net) and watching (http://explore.org/live-cams/player/orcalab-robson-bight) the A34s and those G17s move through Robson Bight on their way west.

Helena
26 Oct 2017 09:59:40 PST