Wonderful Encounter with the T124A’s -12/6/14

A really wonderful encounter with the T124As.

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They were very social and just about the most adorable calves I have ever watched.

T124a4, t124a2
T124A4, T124A2

T124A5 and T124A2A, both almost the same age, were SUPER playful with each other. It looks like they were having a tail slapping competition at one point, as they furiously slapped their floppy flukes on the water in tandem.

t124a2 with calf t124a2a and t124a4 coming atthem
T124A2 with her calf T124A2A and T124A4 coming at them

They were like little pieces of popcorn bouncing around and breaching out of the water, doing child-like back breaches that would turn into wiggly fluke kicks in the air, cartwheels over top of each other, side twists … just being hyper kids! Their playful energy seemed to rub off on older sibling T124A4 who joined them in the breach fest.

T124A3 or T124A4 breaching!!!
T124A3 or T124A4 breaching!!!

 

T124A4 ... check out the FRESH scrapes and tears from a harbour seal no doubt ...
T124A4 … check out the FRESH scrapes and tears from a Harbour Seal no doubt …
T124A4 chasing
T124A4 chasing
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T124A4
T124A4 starting a breach with T124A5 about to do a tail slap, upside-down cause' why not!!
T124A4 starting a breach with T124A5 about to do a tail slap, upside-down cause’ why not!!
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T124A4 and T124A5

It has been a privilege to encounter so many Bigg’s killer whales this season so far. I can’t imagine the number of times we must bomb past these guys on our way to see the resident whales.

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T124A4
T124A5 in the front and T124A2a in the back
T124A5 in the front and T124A2a in the back
T124A with a FRESH notch in her tail! Still bleeding!
T124A with notch in her tail

The photos do not do it justice, but it does give you an idea of how much they were breaching!

-Tasli

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