A Fantastic Evening Encounter with L Pod! – 23/8/16

We were motoring slowly around Stuart Island when L Pod began to pick up speed. They were travelling southward in Haro Strait, heading for the Strait of Juan De Fuca.

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L92 “Crewser” and L83 “Moonlight”

L92 “Crewser” was extremely active, often breaching and spyhopping throughout the encounter. L82 Kasatka even joined him in a number of breaches and L118 “Jade” playfully bellyflopped once or twice.

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L118 “Jade” bellyflopping
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L92

However, it was L72 “Racer” and her son, L105 “Fluke,” that stole the show! We were motoring slowly when the two of them came over for a close pass – it was my first time experiencing “whale breath!” They zigzagged their way intermittently throughout the other L Pod members, before diving and reappearing a little ways offshore from the main group. It was interesting to see how this small family wove their way in-and-out throughout the encounter, and completely bittersweet to observe them after the passing of L95 “Nigel” earlier this year.

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L105 and L72
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L72 and L105
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L72 “Racer”

It was a fantastic evening encounter with L Pod and friends, motoring back into the harbor with memories for a lifetime.

-Brendon

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