Sunday, November 1, 2015

11-1-15 How They Traveled Most of 2015


As of late October 2015

Granny J-2, Onyx L-87, and the J14s were consistent. However, that included the K14 family group who traveled with them almost consistently into October.

The J19s
Shachi J-19, Eclipse J-41 and now she had her first offspring, J-51.
They did some switching between Group A and Group B whales.
It seemed that Notch, J-47, of Group B liked being with little guy J-51.
The first time both Group A and B whales were in the same general vicinity when these two were seen together.
The second time (that I saw) J-51 (group A) and J-47 (Group B) were playing as little kids will do. Their mothers were nearby.  All four were at the back of Group A and toward the front of Group B. That day J-47 and his mother went with Group A.  That is the first time I am aware of the J17 family group (Group B) splitting (J-35 and J-47 belong to the J17s). And they stayed with Group A.

After that the J19s switched back and forth between Group A and Group B throughout the season.

The J16s
The family with two new offspring - J-50 and J-52 - were, as usual, independent and on every encounter one had to see if the J16s were present.  Sometimes they were miles from the rest of J pod.  And the next sighting they might be with J pod.

For the most part Group B traveled together.  However the J22s sometimes split off and spent time with some L pod whales. 

By October J Pod was traveling as a full pod, plus Onyx L-87.

Now with 4 new offspring in J pod (and 2 in L pod) I sometimes wonder if the kids are 'in charge'.  Don't we humans try to keep the kids happy and want to give them time to play with other youngsters.  I wonder if the orcas do that too.  It sure looked like it during 2015...so far.  November 1, 2105

I'm guessing that with offspring in three different family groups in J pod:
J16s - 2 babies
J17s - 1 baby - 10-24-15 first seen (belongs to J-47's family)

J19s - 1 baby
...there may just be lots of play dates in the future and Groups A and B might be all mixed up!
 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

1-21-15 How They Traveled In 2014

During 2014:
Group A and Group B were still just that.  
However, in 2014 they mixed it up a bit.


A sample:

Group A and the J22s
    Everyone else was out

Group A and the K14s
    Group B was out

Group A Minus, the J22s, and the L12s
    Everyone else was out

Group A Minus up in the Strait of Georgia
    J16s down by Whidbey Island
        Group B was out

Late in the year all of J Pod traveled together.


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?  (List Updated end of October 2015)

Starting 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 (RIP 2013)
Shachi J-19
  Eclipse J-41 and J-51 - born Feb. 2015
Onyx L-87
Samish J-14 and her family:
  Hy'Shqa J-37 and J-49 (born 2012)
  Suttles J-40
  Se-Yi-Chn J-45
**Slick J-16 and her family:                                                          
      Mike J-26
      Alki J-36 and J-52 - born March 2015
      Echo J-42
      J-50 - born Dec 2014 
     
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 (RIP 2014)
Princess Angeline J-17 and her family:
  new calf J-53 - 10-24-15 CWR presumes calf belongs to J-17
  Polaris J-28 and Star J-46
  Tahlequah J-35 and Notch J-47
  Moby J-44

                                                                                  

**There have several times when the J16s switched groups
When they did that I called them:  (but it gets a bit confusing!)

Group A Minus  

Granny J-2
Spieden J-8 (RIP 2013)
Shachi J-19
  Eclipse J-41 and J-51 - born Feb. 2015
Onyx L-87
Samish J-14 and her family:
  Hy'Shqa J-37 and  J-49 (born 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 (RIP 2014)
Princess Angeline J-17 and her family:
  new calf J-53 - 10-24-15 CWR presumes calf belongs to J-17
  Polaris J-28 and Star J-46
  Tahlequah J-35 and Notch J-47
  Moby J-44
**Slick J-16 and her family:  
      Mike J-26
      Alki J-36 and J-52 - born March 2015
      Echo J-42
      J-50 - born Dec 2014