J Pod and Onyx – 15/8/14

I was taking a whale tour over to Victoria with my niece Kelly and we had an amazing encounter with J Pod and it’s honorary member L87 “Onyx”.

L87 alone
L87

We watched L87 on his own for awhile. He was actively swimming in various directions, porpoising, and tail slapping before he quickly started swimming towards a female member of J Pod and her young calf.

L87

We were then treated to an interesting courtship ritual which included lots of fast swimming, porpoising, pec rubs on the dorsal side of the other whale and finally a look at L87’s “little Onyx”.

L87
Looks like L87 (Onyx) was VERY interested in the J Pod females.

It was a pretty special day that’s for sure!

-Nicole

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