Superb sounds!!
とてもいい音!

Nice humpback song by Parson Island right now

Lisa
18 Nov 2017 15:01:23 PST



Superb sounds!!
とてもいい音!

Nice falsetto-singing humback on the local hydrophone right now

Lisa
16 Nov 2017 17:30:13 PST



Superb sounds!!
とてもいい音!

Humpback on local hydrophone echoing to Parsons Island right now

Lisa
14 Nov 2017 14:17:15 PST



Superb sounds!!
とてもいい音!

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

Lisa
13 Nov 2017 18:12:36 PST



Superb sounds!!
とてもいい音!

Nice close Humpback on Flower Island hydrophone right now

Lisa
13 Nov 2017 04:51:52 PST



Superb sounds!!
とてもいい音!

Nice humpback song on Flower island hydrophone right now

Lisa
11 Nov 2017 19:13:00 PST



Superb sounds!!
とてもいい音!

Amazing close Humpback on CRPT right now!!!

Lisa
10 Nov 2017 21:02:05 PST



Superb sounds!!
とてもいい音!

Humpback singing at CP with very close echoes to PI

Lisa
10 Nov 2017 02:41:22 PST



Superb sounds!!
とてもいい音!

There is a humpback singing at CP also

Lisa
09 Nov 2017 20:39:26 PST



Superb sounds!!
とてもいい音!

Very nice and close humpback song in Blackfish Sound right now

Lisa
09 Nov 2017 20:26:24 PST



Orcas near mics.
オルカがマイクのそばにいます

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

Lisa
09 Nov 2017 14:36:04 PST



Superb sounds!!
とてもいい音!

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
コールは聞こえませんが、オルカは近くにいます

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.
オルカは近くにいません

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

Helena
07 Nov 2017 16:17:33 PST



Superb sounds!!
とてもいい音!

Incredible humpback vocals in Blackfish Sound continuing!

OrcaLab
06 Nov 2017 02:06:59 PST



Superb sounds!!
とてもいい音!

Very nice vocal Humpbacks in the entrance of Blackney Pass

Lisa
05 Nov 2017 17:12:28 PST



Superb sounds!!
とてもいい音!

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!!
とてもいい音!

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!!
とてもいい音!

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

Helena
03 Nov 2017 13:09:22 PST



Superb sounds!!
とてもいい音!

The regular Blackney Pass nightly chorus!

Helena
02 Nov 2017 20:22:37 PST



No orcas present.
オルカは近くにいません

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.
オルカは近くにいません

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.
遠くでオルカの声が聞こえます

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.
遠くでオルカの声が聞こえます

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.
遠くでオルカの声が聞こえます

Hearing A34s in Blackfish Sound

Helena
28 Oct 2017 11:31:05 PST



Superb sounds!!
とてもいい音!

Beautiful, beautiful humpback sounds in Blackfish Sound

Helena
27 Oct 2017 18:55:31 PST



Distant calls audible.
遠くでオルカの声が聞こえます

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.
遠くでオルカの声が聞こえます

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.
オルカがマイクのそばにいます

A34s heading north in Blackney now

Helena
26 Oct 2017 15:01:44 PST



Orcas near mics.
オルカがマイクのそばにいます

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



Superb sounds!!
とてもいい音!

The humpbacks took over the scene. First vocal in Johnstone Strait, both on Cracroft Point and Critical Point in Robson Bight they have shifted to inside the entrance of Blackness Pass now. Very interesting calls As for the A34s and the G17s (G60/78) they finally around 5 pm made a push south through Blackney Pass. They had the current with them by this time as it had changed around the same time. We followed them through with the cameras and hydrophones until they were heard off Cracroft Point as well as Parson Island. A55 was in front of CP for a while but then we saw someone headed back into Blackness with dolphins. Prior to this others headed off to the west. Then silence (except for a few dolphins) and the whales just simply vanished. It was getting darker so we put the Parson Island camera back on the Cormorant nest and watched the various humpbacks in Blackney once again. We came up with the same humpback list as yesterday, Claw, merge, Freckle and Inukshuk but there are others, in fact, lots of others. Tomorrow!

Helena
25 Oct 2017 20:03:59 PST



Orcas near mics.
オルカがマイクのそばにいます

t has been a bit like waiting for paint to dry! The A34s and,Jared informs us, G60 and G78 (G17s) have been going back and forth between Blackfish Sound and Blackney Pass. In and out of view. A55 has made it the farthest and just now someone is off Harbledown Island. Merge and Freckles have been partners for most of the day working mid channel. Inukshuk was quite exercised earlier and we did see Claw as well. There are other humpbacks but on the far side and no luck with their flukes or dorsal fins.

Helena
25 Oct 2017 15:41:33 PST



No calls but orcas nearby
コールは聞こえませんが、オルカは近くにいます

Oh boy! So much happening today. We just had an incredible scene with a sea lion very close to the Lab grabbing a flat fish (? halibut) exciting the sea gulls. It took a while to finish. Still on http://explore.org/live-cams/player/orcalab-base if you scroll back. This started around 12pm and went on for 25 minutes. Just a short while ago Jared Towers reported the orcas from this morning are east bund at Flower Island in Blackfish Sound with dolphins so we are getting ready. Blowing a northwester right now but the sun is out. Claw and Freckles (humpbacks) and friends have been out and about too this morning.

Helena
25 Oct 2017 12:13:49 PST



Superb sounds!!
とてもいい音!

We are now hearing G clan calls (G17s) as well in Blackfish Sound after the A34s went north in Blackney Pass.

Helena
25 Oct 2017 08:35:49 PST



Orcas near mics.
オルカがマイクのそばにいます

A34s in Blackney Pass right now.

Helena
25 Oct 2017 07:51:46 PST



Superb sounds!!
とてもいい音!

Amazing humpback vocals in Blackney Pass. Today it was hard to know where to look. Humpbacks were breaching and feeding intensely . We do know Freckles, Claw, and Inukshuk were back but there were others too.

Helena
24 Oct 2017 20:31:36 PST



No orcas present.
オルカは近くにいません

Like yesterday it has been an amazing humpback day. There are a lot of humpbacks going about their business in Blackney Pass. Everywhere you look there are humpbacks. Last night they finally worked their way over to the OrcaLab side (dark of course) but their breaths rattled the windows they were that close. very exciting. They are back over to mid channel to the far side again this afternoon. So far Wilkinson, Merge, Freckles,Claw and perhaps Inukshuk are out there. And there are others too!. October is such a month. The humpbacks were vocal from time to time during the night, nothing yet today. Earlier we reported (around 9am) hearing Biggs orcas for a while in Johnstone Strait. Yesterday, we heard Gs and A5s. The weather was nicer yesterday so Jared managed to get out but only found the A23s and A25s at the north end of the Plumpers (west of Hanson Island) but no sign of the Gs. Too bad! Today the Cormorant nest on Parson Rock (go to https://explore.org/livecams/orcas/orcalab-parson-island) has been very active and intriguing. And of course, the sea lions are resting on several rocks today as the wind blows on shore. https://explore.org/livecams/orcas/orcalab-steller-sea-lion-haulout

Helena
23 Oct 2017 16:21:18 PST



Distant calls audible.
遠くでオルカの声が聞こえます

Bigg's calls this morning in Johnstone Strait- just a few.

Helena
23 Oct 2017 08:49:00 PST



A5 and Gs in Blackfish Sound

Helena
22 Oct 2017 12:42:57 PST



There's a lovely cormorant scene on the Parson Rock camera! And the humpbacks and dolphins have been very exciting this morning being vocal and worrying each other, maybe Wilkinson, Merge and Inukshuk among the many in Blackney Pass this morning. Sea Lions and Zuni the sea gull have been catching food.

Helena
22 Oct 2017 09:39:34 PST



Orcas near mics.
オルカがマイクのそばにいます

There's a lovely cormorant scene on the Parson Rock camera! And the humpbacks and dolphins have been very exciting this morning being vocal and worrying each other, maybe Wilkinson, Merge and Inukshuk among the many in Blackney Pass this morning. Sea Lions and Zuni the sea gull have been catching food.

Helena
22 Oct 2017 09:39:15 PST



No calls but orcas nearby
コールは聞こえませんが、オルカは近くにいます

So off into the sunset. The groups, A5s, G17s and another G clan group kept going to the west past the entrance of Blackness Pass.

Helena
20 Oct 2017 18:09:15 PST



Superb sounds!!
とてもいい音!

Well this is exciting. We just reconnected the hydrophone at Robson Bight and without a beat there were A & G clan calls heard. So now we are trying to figure out who and where. Stay tuned!

Helena
20 Oct 2017 16:12:42 PST



No orcas present.
オルカは近くにいません

Yesterday - a quick note. Work on the Explore upgrades finished yesterday so we said good-bye to HDOnTap's Tim Sears and Andrew Olsen. With one last stop at "CP" we headed to Alert Bay despite the rain and wind. Accompanying us was Laura Gosset from the BornFree Foundation who was at OrcaLab for a brief visit. Everyone was crowded into the cabin along with all of Tim's and Andrew's gear. Despite the steamy window's Laura managed to see a few orcas heading west along the Hanson Island shore. This was at 12:18pm. By the time we got to Alert Bay, Jared Towers (also out and about on this blustery day) reported that he had found the A23s and A25s heading north in Weynton Pass. This was most likely the whales we had seen. We would like to thank Tim and Andrew for all the incredible work over the last three weeks. We would especially like to thank Mike Durban for his amazing assistance during this challenging time. And, a thanks to everyone for their patience while we adjusted the systems. In a day or so everything will settle down and hopefully we will be able to give our full attention to the whales once more.

OrcaLab
17 Oct 2017 07:55:34 PST



No calls but orcas nearby
コールは聞こえませんが、オルカは近くにいます

Another nice surprise! The A34s were found off the Cracroft Point area this morning just after 9am. For a while they moved back and forth, mostly in the rip off the entrance to Blackney Pass and then made their way into Blackness Pass and headed north to Blackfish Sound about 12:30pm. Heard a radio report about seeing 30 orcas off Bold Head area yesterday. Hmmmm..... might be the ones we have been waiting for.The A34s are certainly keeping us on our toes while we finish up the system upgrades

Helena
15 Oct 2017 14:19:26 PST



No calls but orcas nearby
コールは聞こえませんが、オルカは近くにいます

A nice surprise! The A34s came up to the entrance to Blackney Pass at 4:30pm and then travelled quickly through to Blackfish Sound in two waves around 5pm. The last call we heard in Blackfish was at 6:30pm so they are still not too, too far away. Where are the others?

Helena
14 Oct 2017 17:54:08 PST



No orcas present.
オルカは近くにいません

After all the glamour of yesterday! Today is such a contrast. Not only the sunny skies & calm seas have disappeared, replaced by grey, gloomy, wet and blustery, but the orcas as well. We have no idea where they ended up- never heard them after the final report that they (the A23/25s, A34s and G12s) were headed south in Weynton Pass in a resting line (exhausted probably from their continuous exertions for Chum). Let's hope they were satiated and happy with their day's effort. The humpbacks too have been quiet in contrast to yesterday's output. They are out there but mostly going back and forth sedately. The gulls are the one exception. There must be something tasty in this bay because they have been exercised about it all day. A cheerful addition to what should be a rather ho-hum, stay indoors kinda day, too bad we are all busy - it was more fun in the sun!

Helena
14 Oct 2017 13:19:32 PST



Orcas near mics.
オルカがマイクのそばにいます

Dolphins right now. Another long day, full of whales of every description. After almost 9 hours of hanging out in Blackfish Sound, the A23s/A25s, the G12s and the A34s finally moved into Weynton Pass and began to move south towards Johnstone Strait around 6:20pm. After a busy day Jared Towers finally got out to ID the whales and watch as they shifted from Blackfish to Weynton Pass. We have not heard them enter the Strait yet but we are aware of the dolphins tonight. All day humpbacks were incredibly vocal in Blackfish Sound at the same time as the orcas. In Blackney there were a lot of breaches and serious humpback foraging throughout the day. In the late afternoon Inukshuk came into Blackness Pass and headed south trumpeting along the way. Soon after there were humpback vocals on Parson Island. A coincidence? I'd like to think it was Inukshuk but there were others in the area as well. Quite the day but the best part is that it was a typical Fall day and it has been a while since we could say that!

Helena
13 Oct 2017 22:11:10 PST



Superb sounds!!
とてもいい音!

Exciting A5 calls in Blackfish Sound with G clan as well!!! Perhaps if they come this way go to: http://explore.org/live-cams/player/orcalab-base

Helena
13 Oct 2017 10:15:56 PST



No orcas present.
オルカは近くにいません

This is a bit better! This morning at 7:36am we started a recording after hearing distant Resident calls on Flower Island/Blackfish Sound. We could just make out G clan calls in the midst of a beautifully vocal humpback also in Blackfish Sound. We made a guess that it was the gang who went by here yesterday. Sure enough. Alex saw the whales off wedge Island about 8:25am. Then a whale watch boat picked up the trail and found them near Foster Island area, closer to Malcolm Island at 12:30pm. Then Jared, who is on a MERS watch for humpbacks in trouble from fishing nets during the Opening reported that the A34s and the G12s were off Lizard Point. The A34s were eastbound. This was at 1:30pm. We have been waiting but have not heard or seen anything. The tide will soon be in flood so maybe that will encourage them to make another visit. Meanwhile, the sea lions are spread out across all the rocks to the south of us. There is fresh snow on the mountains and the humpbacks continue to go back and forth in Blackney. You can watch the seal lions by going to: https://explore.org/livecams/orcas/orcalab-steller-sea-lion-haulouthttps://explore.org/livecams/orcas/orcalab-steller-sea-lion-haulout

Helena
11 Oct 2017 14:47:31 PST