T102 (by Hysazu)
NEW ORCA CALF IN PUNTA NORTE
Llen (PTN-010), female born approx. in the year 2000, presumably born to Ishtar showed up April 13 at Punta Norte with a newborn calf. March 24 this year a big group of orca was observed and photographed off the coast of Puerto Piramides in Golfo Nuevo, Peninsula Valdes. Out of the over 50 images we’ve got of this orca that day, none shows her with a calf. This would indicate that this calf was born between March 24 and April 13, 2014. Llen is a strander. This is her first calf.
(foto Jorge Cazenave)
There may be a second addition as well. PNOR posts:
[…] Only Maga and Mica stranded that day. Valen, which is a great hunter, stayed back looking after her calf, only a couple of months old.
Exciting news, hopefully the Southern Residents surprise us with new calves, too! :)
Likely one of the most incredible orca encounters we’ve ever had. Just remarkable. The day started out with anticipation. I got an early call from a fellow whale watching boat captain that he had a report of a large group of orcas making their way to toward Moss Landing at a high rate of speed from Point Pinos. So we had the whole fleet keeping an eye out. But none of us ever found them. After an excellent day of humpback whales, we ended the trip and made our way to the dock when we heard on the radio that a local researcher came across a large pod of orcas on a gray whale kill not far from Moss Landing. We decided we were going to head back out and get in on the action. It was just me (captain Mike), Marine biologist and my partner Dorris Welch and Marine Biologist / Photographer Giancarlo Thomae. When we got on the scene, we were shocked. There were orcas everywhere we looked. There were confirmed to be over 30 orcas! Just remarkable. We stayed out until just before dark taking in this epic experience. Stay tuned for more more photos and video. Photos: Michael Sack, Sanctuary Cruises Whale Watching, 04-14-2014.
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Porpoising orcas by Monterey Bay Marine Life Studies
K-Pod returns!! And it was such a beautiful day on the water. <3
Top - K33 and K37
Second Row, Left - K12, K43, K21
Second Row, Right - K21
Third Row, Left - K36, K43, K12
Third Row, Right - K43, K12
Fourth Row, Left - K43, K12
Fourth Row, Right - K37, K43 (sibling <3)