April 20th, 2015 (each photo has a caption with ID information) Most of Jpod (everyone but the J17s) in lower Rosario Strait. At first they were spread over more than a mile, milling individually and presumably foraging, diving for long periods of time. And without any apparent signal, they all came together along the shoreline and began to mill around together, like a family meeting. They went north, then south, then back north again, almost like they were making a decision and discussing something. Then they did decide to go north all in a group, perhaps to go find the J17s who were likely north of them in the Strait. J27 and J38 broke off from the main group and headed way east by themselves, maybe to help look for the J17s? Great day with fascinating behaviour from Jpod. The mystery of the society deepens each time I see them.
J27 and J31 Brother and sister in the Strait of Georgia. The water is murky from the surge of runoff from the Fraser River at that time of the year. The Fraser River is the most significant salmon bearing river for the southern resident killer whales during the summer as the majority of the chinook they are eating originate in the Fraser.