The K13’s Put on a Show! – 23/8/16

The first Southern Resident Killer Whales we encountered today were the K13s (K13, K20, K25, K27, K34, K38, and K44) – and they definitely put on a show for us!

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K44 “Ripple”

We had just arrived on-scene around 4:30pm when K25 “Scoter” and K27 “Deadhead” erupted into the air in a handful of breaches. K34 “Cali” even got into the action, forming a triple breach.

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K25 breaching!
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K27 “Deadhead” breaching!

After the excitement of the breaches, K20 “Spock” even gave us a nice syphop in the distance.

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K20 “Spock”

The K13’s were travelling quickly in front of the majority of L Pod (L26s, L47s, L72s, and L4s) when they lined themselves up to hit the wake of a nearby freighter. I’ve never seen anything like it! All of a sudden, they increased their speed and began porpoising through the waves. Notably, K25 “Scoter” and K13 “Skagit” were really high-tailing it!

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K13 “Skagit” surfing
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K25 “Scoter” surfing

We ended the encounter with them as they reached Stuart Island and turned our attention toward the Ls who were fast approaching.

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K34 “Cali”

 

-Brendon

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