Superb sounds!!

Bigg's orcas in Blackfish Sound!

OrcaLab
19 Jan 2019 10:51:56 PST



Superb sounds!!

Bigg's orcas very vocal off Cracroft Point.

OrcaLab
14 Jan 2019 20:47:41 PST



No orcas present.

We promised we would get back to the story of the "G" clan whales on January 6th. Lisa began the recording at 10:46am after hearing calls in Johnstone Strait. The day before the I15s had been vocal in Blackfish Sound but as all the Johnstone Strait hydrophones were temporarily down we were unable to follow the whales acoustically who came in via Weynton Passage. Gary and Tasli made an effort to find the whales and Lisa hurried over to CP to swap batteries. No one saw the whales. The the next day (January 6) Lisa heard G clan calls in the Strait on the CP hydrophone and because of the day before thought they must be the I15s heading west on the far shore. She quickly notified everyone. At 11:40 the whales were opposite Blackney Pass. Gary and Tasli watched from Alert Bay as the whales approached Blinkhorn around 12:40pm and decided to head out. The weather was gorgeous. Lisa continued to record. They found the whales spread out off Telegraph Cove and went to work taking identification photos. By this time we suspected that we were actually listening to at least the I31s. It turned out to be the I33s (of the I31s) and delightfully, some of the G12s who are less frequent visitors. Gary and Tasli continued to follow the whales, the Lab continued to record. Surprisingly the CP hydrophone seemed to have a really good range hearing all the way to the western side of Weynton Passage shy of the Pearse Islands. We continue to hear them to 2pm. Gary notified everyone that the whales were taking the less used route towards Alert Bay. This was a treat and Janie, Paul and Helena watched their now resting line from the comfort of homes on the hill as they passed the Alert Bay corner. Gary and Tasli left them around 2:34. But the whales passed closely enough for Robin to take several wonderful pictures and for others to watch from the Government dock. The whales continued west toward Port McNeill. Thanks to everyone who contributed to this story, especially; to Gary and Tasli who made the effort to get the IDs and then go back home and share some of their fantastic photos after determining the individuals involved; and to Lisa who managed the recording and the day before made the effort to get the CP hydrophone working again! One last note: Gary happily reported that there was a new baby. It certainly was the best post script ever.

OrcaLab
09 Jan 2019 10:20:04 PST



No calls but orcas nearby

This morning around 8am some G clan calls were heard on Flower Island, and Helena could identify them to be the I15’s! Pings were then last heard to the east around 2pm

Lisa
05 Jan 2019 15:18:12 PST



Superb sounds!!

Close Bigg's calls on Flower Island!

OL crew
02 Jan 2019 18:28:12 PST



Orcas near mics.

Biggs Orcas calling on Flower Island hydrophone right now

Lisa
02 Jan 2019 18:26:14 PST



Today at noon to greet this new 2019, some of the A5’s were heard as they swam past CP eastwards to Robson Bight. They were last heard echolocating around 2pm. Also, yesterday three unidentified Orcas passed by OrcaLab heading into Johnstone Strait without making any calls, two males and one female.

Lisa
01 Jan 2019 23:17:22 PST



We are hearing clear, but distant A34 Orca calls on CP

Janie
06 Dec 2018 18:07:52 PST



Distant calls audible.

A34s in the Strait still.

OrcaLab
04 Dec 2018 13:14:13 PST



Distant calls audible.

The A34s are still in Johnstone Strait. Lisa heard them at 11:30am and then just a short while ago (around 5pm).

OrcaLab
03 Dec 2018 17:40:49 PST



No calls but orcas nearby

Quite amazing, the A34s are still in the neighbourhood.Around 7:20pm they were off the entrance to Blackney Pass in the Strait. And Lisa saw a humpback this afternoon as well in Blackney Pass.

OrcaLab
02 Dec 2018 21:10:19 PST



No orcas present.

Hi everyone, we are back! Both audio and video. Thanks for your patience!

OL crew
01 Dec 2018 10:41:26 PST



Performing maintenance

Hi everyone, we will be off line for a while longer, which we make some changes at CP. Will let you know when we're back.

Paul
28 Nov 2018 14:09:36 PST



No calls but orcas nearby

We had a nice surprise a short while ago - the A34s headed south in Blackney Pass and then east in Johnstone Strat. So nice now that then humpback activity is beginning to wound down.

Helena
28 Nov 2018 14:09:00 PST



Performing maintenance

Hi everyone, we have lost our internet connection at the Lab, so are unable to stream live video or audio at the moment. We hope to be back soon, perhaps by mid next week and will let you know. Meanwhile, we hope everything is going well with you all... take good care, please!

Paul & Helena
25 Nov 2018 14:33:53 PST



No calls but orcas nearby

Bigg's orca hunting in Blackney Pass: https://explore.org/livecams/orcas/orcalab-base and on the sea lion camera: https://explore.org/livecams/orcas/orcalab-steller-sea-lion-haulout High winds causing the sea lion camera to move.

OrcaLab
22 Nov 2018 14:19:48 PST



Distant calls audible.

The A34s and the A5s have not deserted us. Right now we can hear their calls in Johnstone Strait. Lisa is trying to figure out what happened to the two small fins she saw heading south in Blackney Pass just a short while ago. . Are they part of the A34s/A5s or perhaps as happened the other day, Bigg's. The A34s were vocal yesterday in the Strait for 12 hours. Lisa last heard them at 9:30pm. And of course, the humpbacks continue to contribute (always worth listening)

OrcaLab
21 Nov 2018 11:48:45 PST



No calls but orcas nearby

A postscript: It turned out to be the T121As and probably the T28Bs again who were the group which went north between 11am. and 12pm. They had been around on the 16th as well. We are also listening to distant As again in Johnstone Strait.

OrcaLab
19 Nov 2018 19:26:28 PST



Distant calls audible.

Here is a rundown on how it has been around the Lab since the Northern Residents turned up yesterday and after the A34s were last seen heading back to the west off the eastern part of the Reserve around 2pm. At 4:20pm, the A34s were heard again in the Strait. Twenty-four minutes later the orcas were off the area adjacent to the entrance to Blackney Pass. They faded off in the distance (possibly continuing to the west) but resumed at 10:50pm and were vocal until 11:30pm. There travels were not over, nor Lisa’s night, as they became vocal again at 4:10am when back off the entrance to Blackney Pass. Again, they faded off in the distance but perhaps this time as they travelled eastward. They neared Robson Bight, around 10am and again faded away by 11;30am. This is also when, a small group of orcas, probably Bigg’s, slipped into Blackney Pass and travelled north on the far side. We wonder if they had been actually around an hour earlier when we noticed the sea lions on their rocks becoming agitated and eventually jumping in the water. We saw a “light” blow near the very active humpbacks. This small group, 2 females,3 young ones, travelled through with out any calls and took long dives. The A34s were vocal again at 12:50pm for a mere 10 minutes. We think they headed east. The A5s suddenly turned up off the entrance to Blackney Pass around 4:10pm. They became increasingly distant by 5:40pm.

OrcaLab
19 Nov 2018 18:12:07 PST



Distant calls audible.

The A34 calls on in Johnstone Strait and we have a silent group heading north in Blackney Pass.

OrcaLab
19 Nov 2018 11:09:51 PST



Orcas near mics.

There is a group of orcas heading north in Blackney Pass right now : https://explore.org/livecams/orcas/orcalab-base

OrcaLab
19 Nov 2018 10:58:42 PST



Superb sounds!!

Today we had a wonderful surprise! The return the A34s, the A23s and the A25s. The excitement started just after 10am when Lisa heard the first A5 (the A23s and A25s) distant calls on Cracroft Point. Most likely they came in via Weynton Passage and as they came east it became clear they were with the A34s. 40 minutes later the groups were approaching the area off the entrance to Blackney Pass. They were moving quickly. We located them mid strait after they had passed Kaikash and were nearing Izumi Rock. Jared came out, picked up Lisa and Bose, and followed the whales east. After 1pm, Jared reported that they went for a rub, possibly both at Strider and the Main beach, after which the A34s turned and went west around 1:46pm. We were able to follow a few west but they were spread out and mid strait. According to Jared, the A23s/25s were looking like they wanted to go east. We have since recently heard the A34s approach the Cracroft Point area. Meanwhile a humpback is providing some background vocals of his own.

OrcaLab
18 Nov 2018 20:09:33 PST



Orcas near mics.

Resident A1Orcas on CP right now!

Lisa
18 Nov 2018 10:43:22 PST



Superb sounds!!

Nice close humpback on Parson Island hydrophone just now

Lisa
16 Nov 2018 22:54:43 PST



Superb sounds!!

Very close humpback vocalizing right now!

Lisa
11 Nov 2018 12:55:26 PST



Superb sounds!!

Nice Humpback calls on Flower Island HP right now!

Lisa
08 Nov 2018 17:20:51 PST



Sam is back! Or was yesterday afternoon at least when she was seen with two humpbacks here in Blackney pass. The humpbacks were posturing, lifting their flukes and doing tonal blows, but Sam seemed to just calmly hang around close to them anyway. She was positively ID'ed by Jared Towers who also ID'ed the T055's the day before after they passed by OrcaLab into Blackfish Sound.

Lisa
06 Nov 2018 11:54:58 PST



Superb sounds!!

Nice close humpback song on Parson Island hydrophone right now!

Lisa
01 Nov 2018 21:01:47 PST



Superb sounds!!

Travels with Sam: Yesterday, in the midst of all the humpback activity we noticed T46C2 in Blackney Pass. Otherwise known as Sam, Sam stayed in the Pass the better part of the day even coming close to the Lab. She sure can hold her breath a long time and we are fascinated by the effect her presence has on the humpbacks. Lisa thinks she may have been out there again today. Right now the humpbacks are tuning up, a little hesitant but getting there!

Helena,Lisa and Paul
30 Oct 2018 20:39:38 PST



Superb sounds!!

Lovely humpback calls in Johnstone Strait on a starry night.

Lisa and Helena
30 Oct 2018 03:03:42 PST



Superb sounds!!

You can scroll back on: http://explore.org/live-cams/player/orcalab-base To see the whole scene. In total four humpbacks were involved. And the humpback vocals continue in Blackfish Soundfrom a different humpback and to top it all off T46C2 (Sam) was in Blackney Pass as well!!!

Helena
29 Oct 2018 13:05:03 PST



Superb sounds!!

Watching incredible Humpback feeding in front of Lab. Calls are in Blackfish from another HB.

Helena
29 Oct 2018 12:49:35 PST



Superb sounds!!

Crazy windy! and a very vocal humpback (a "BCZ") doing headstands with frolicking sea lions. Two other humpback in the Pass but the waves are too, too big!

Helena
27 Oct 2018 16:58:49 PST



Distant calls audible.

Quite distant Bigg's calls in Blackney Pass. Unfortunately also a boat is transiting through as well. For the record, yesterday afternoon around 3pm Sam (T46C2) was spotted off Cracroft Point.

Helena
27 Oct 2018 01:03:06 PST



No calls but orcas nearby

The story of Sam (T46C2) continues: Late afternoon (6:45pm) on October 22 David and Barbara saw a lone orca off Bold Head from Double Bay. The orca was surrounded by 3 Humpbacks who were fairly "attentive". This orca was not an obvious male and so when they reported their sighting we wondered if it might be Sam who is often alone. Then this morning Jared Towers reported definitely seeing Sam in Weynton Passage also in the presence of humpbacks. As a reminder T46C2 was "rescued" when encouraged to leave a small bay off the north coast near Aristazabal Island in 2013. She, at the time, was thin and seemed to be stuck. Since then she has been re-sighted many times, sometimes with family, or other Bigg's orcas, or by herself. We last saw her for sure on October 1 when she was alone in Blackney Pass. She might have been there the next day as well. On October 4 she was together with other Bigg's in Blackfish Sound (T090s, T087 and T002B).

Helena
25 Oct 2018 11:18:30 PST



Superb sounds!!

Beautiful, just beautiful humpback song tonight!

OrcaLab
22 Oct 2018 19:40:01 PST



Two humpbacks with sea lions right on the doorstep of the lab

David
22 Oct 2018 14:56:34 PST



Superb sounds!!

Lovely humpback, now in Blackney Pass.

Helena
21 Oct 2018 18:22:24 PST



Superb sounds!!

The A34s seemed to fade off into the distance from Blackfish Sound but now a beautiful humpback has taken over.

Helena
21 Oct 2018 15:54:04 PST



Distant calls audible.

Very distant calls off Blackfish Sound. Sounds like the A34s who probably went through Weynton Passage earlier. We heard them just before they exited through the pass and now they have come full circle to Blackfish Sound. We had managed to "catch" a glimpse of whales heading across the entrance to Blackney Pass around 2pm and before this there had been calls.

OrcaLab
21 Oct 2018 15:16:03 PST



Distant calls audible.

Distant Northern Resident Orca calls on Critical Point and now Cracroft Point hydrophone - seems like the A34s are circling the island again maybe ?

David and Barbara
21 Oct 2018 10:45:42 PST



Orcas approaching Orcalab.

Orcas heading North in Blackney Pass

David
21 Oct 2018 07:25:46 PST



No orcas present.

We awoke to thick ribbons of fog and a humpback who was accompanied by a few sea lions as he passed the Lab deck. We think the A34's spent last night in Johnstone Strait with calls at 1:00am and then 7:30am this morning. They came quickly through Blackney Pass at 8:50am and cleared to the north by 9:05am against the beginning of the flood tide. We watched a humpback mother 'Ripple' and her calf spend most of the day near Compton Island. A beautiful humpback song began in Blackfish Sound mid afternoon. At the same time and place we were hearing Northern Residents. We believe the Residents came through Weynton Pass and we've been hearing them again tonight on Cracroft Pt hydrophone.

Barbara and David
20 Oct 2018 22:14:08 PST



Superb sounds!!

Beautiful humpback song happening now in Blackfish Sound

Barbara and David
20 Oct 2018 15:10:38 PST



Orcas approaching Orcalab.

Orcas are here

david
20 Oct 2018 07:48:50 PST



Orcas near mics.

Orca calls on Cracroft Point hydrophone - we're looking into the fog for dorsal fins

David and Barbara
20 Oct 2018 07:04:41 PST



Distant calls audible.

Orca calls on Cracroft Point - A34s

David and Barbara
19 Oct 2018 12:37:18 PST



Superb sounds!!

Humpback whale singing on Local Left hydrophone

David
19 Oct 2018 09:13:22 PST



No orcas present.

Strangely quiet on the hydrophones during the night even though we could hear loud blows of humpback whales outside our door. Peaceful sunrise with glassy calm waters throughout the day. Six humpback whales spent the afternoon foraging in the tide rips of Blackney Pass and were visible on our Explore.org cameras.

Barbara and David
18 Oct 2018 21:02:21 PST



Superb sounds!!

Spectacular sunrise today and two humpbacks, 'Twister' BCY0710 and 'Claw' BCX0749, traversed Blackney Pass with trumpeting, tail slaps and pectoral fin slaps as sea lions played alongside. A really nice humpback song of about 20 minutes began at 9:30am. 'Inukshuk' BCZ0339 rounded Burnt Pt at 11:45am surrounded by sea lions and slowly headed on a close pass of the lab. Headstands with tail high in the air. Waving his long pectoral fins vertically before slapping them to the water. Sideways tail swipes. The Sea Lions continued to leap close to the whale. At 12:38pm Inukshak was joined by another humpback whale and they swam at speed to the sea lion haul out. 'Inukshuk' was vocal the whole time on Local Left hydrophone until meeting the second whale.

David and Barbara
17 Oct 2018 21:58:30 PST