Wednesday, January 22, 2014

1-22-14 A & B - Is It a Thing of the Past?

January 22, 2014
Group A   Group B   and of course Onyx L-87
Is it a 'thing of the past'?

It may be, but we'll have to wait and see.

What I find most interesting is that this past season with such a lack of salmon, instead of 'let's split up for a better chance of finding food' they were together more than they were split....and of course they just weren't here.

Looking back to 2010, which was a hugely abundant salmon year, the whales had split for most of the season.

Was it all social?


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

How Have Group A and Group B Traveled in 2013?


In the beginning of 2013 Group A and B were split.  The J16s were seem with Group B on every encounter in January, making them Group B+ for the sightings in January, 2013.

As the year moved on Group A and Group B traveled together the majority of the season.  In fact there seemed to be more mixing of the Groups when observing J pod, especially during the last part of the season.
Group A and Group B whales may have ended their split...time will tell. 

There were other unusual splits throughout 2013, that included some K pod whales as well, but nothing that would lend itself to attaching a 'shortcut' name to them.



Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Who's Traveling With Who Now?


This is an update as I see it as of the end of 2012...

-As of right now it appears that J pod, for the most part, is no longer doing their obvious split groupings - Group A and Group B. I'll keep the prior post as is, because it gives the breakdown of who's where, and goes with the posts of the last couple years.  It might not hold true in the future.  The whales will let us know :)

-However, they seem to still be traveling pretty much in those groupings when traveling as the full J pod. Sort of like how we like to be with our friends.  No different.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Group A and Group B

Who Belongs Where in J Pod Group A and Group B?

In 2010 J pod began spending time in split groups. 

For the most part they have kept their split group configuration the same.

I began calling them Group A and Group B.
It was easier than listing their names/numbers all the time.                
                                                                                                                
Group A:                                                           
Granny J-2
Spieden J-8
Shachi J-19 and Eclipse J-41
Onyx L-87
Samish J-14 and her three kids:
  Hy'Shqa J-37 and her baby J-49 (2012)

  Suttles J-40
  Se-Yi-Chn J-45
**Slick J-16 and her three kids:                                                          
      Mike J-26
      Alki J-36
      Echo J-42


Group B:
Blackberry J-27
Tsuchi J-31
Mako J-39
The Cookies: 
  Oreo J-22
  DoubleStuf J-34
  Cookie J-38
  Rhapsody J-32
Princess Angeline J-17 and her family:
  Polaris J-28 and Star J-46
  Tahlequah J-35 and Notch J-47
  Moby J-44

                                                                                  

**There were several days when the J16s switched groups
When they did that I called them:

Group A Minus  

Granny J-2
Spieden J-8
Shachi J-19 and Eclipse J-41
Onyx L-87
Samish J-14 and her three kids:
  Hy'Shqa J-37 and her baby J-49 (2012)
  Suttles J-40
  Se-Yi-Chn J-45

Group B+
Blackberry J-27
Tsuchi J-31
Mako J-39
The Cookies: 

  Oreo J-22
  DoubleStuf J-34
  Cookie J-38
  Rhapsody J-32
Princess Angeline J-17 and all her family:
  Polaris J-28 and Star J-46
  Tahlequah J-35 and Notch J-47
  Moby J-44
**Slick J-16 and her three kids:  
      Mike J-26
      Alki J-36
      Echo J-42


This is how it stands now...it could change...