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  •  Recent adventures of K-pod, tracking them. (14+ / 0-)

    have you seen this???

    their amazing journey in only that short time from Puget Sound down to Point Reyes and back..almost.

    One was seen to beach after a seal, the first such recorded beaching in North America, and we have seen them do this in SA...K-pod is thought to be a Salmon eating tribe.

     My sil said she saw one do it down here in the 60's once. Seal got away, up there near Arcata, ca, the said the seal was bitten..and got away.

    I had a group once go past me while doodling along in a slow windless catamaran race down here in Santa Barbara once, they were 50' away, I never heard them, my friends were pointing and freakin out! I waved back, 'hi'...they were all 'dude, his fin was 6' high!....6'!!!'

    This machine kills Fascists.

    by KenBee on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 04:47:47 PM PST

      •  another comment with many Killer Whale links (6+ / 0-)

        in the Dolphin Diary...awwww cute isn't something you are likely to hear if killer whales visit your , heh, feeding station. More like 'awww fk!'...'where's my camera!'

        At those links they track the Salmon eaters of K-Pod and also the marine mammal eater KW's in the region.
          I had a friend telling me about his adventures kayaking the outside of Vancouver Island and seeing them there too.

        I am remembering another chance they had to snack me and didn't...in the early 70's I was canoeing around Quandra Island in the Inland Passage by Vancouver Island, myself, and an eagle and a seal that followed me, obviously spirit friends...and a pod of KW's went by, I could hear them breathing and they were gone and away before I could turn around to see them go behind another island.

        At night they went thru a gap right next to my campsite 'phewwwwww-ssssp!' splash...

        This machine kills Fascists.

        by KenBee on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 10:57:52 PM PST

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        •  A drop of water, running free as it always should (3+ / 0-)
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          I see the Elwha reference, yay!  

          You would probably really enjoy going to a Dana Lyons concert.  My favorite song of his is 'Drop of Water', which he played as the very last order of business before the dam came down.

          Kind of fuzzy video; music starts at about 2:00.

          He'll be away in Hawaii for most of February, and then the tour goes on.

        •  Have you seen this account (2+ / 0-)
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          of an Alaskan boy's encounter with a seal hunting orca pod?

          http://seattletimes.com/...

          •  OMG! what were they saying??? (1+ / 0-)
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            that's is amazing...were they saying:

            'sorrysorrysorry!'

            or

            'hahahahaha!'

            or

            'we wuz jes funnin!'

              glad they have a sense of humor and the good taste not to pluck me off my little boats or eat that little boy in his seal blubber looking wetsuit. Lots of surfers to chose from too...

            Now I wonder what the traditional stories are about such incidents, coastal peoples would surely have many such stories....and considering they are also hunting at and in the waters edge could have gone either way like this incident.

            And tthis:
            'As he swam underwater, Ellis said, he heard a "boom" that sounded like a gun'..was that some sonic blast that confuses prey? sounds like it might be such...or a sonar mapping giving real good last second image.

            Really interesting, thanks very much.

            This machine kills Fascists.

            by KenBee on Thu Jan 24, 2013 at 11:32:12 AM PST

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    •  talk about a culture crossover! (4+ / 0-)
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      .K-pod is thought to be a Salmon eating tribe.
      I wonder if it has to do with the dwindling availability of the pod's typical food source due to salmon lice spilling over from farmed salmon.

      We learned a lot from this wonderful documentary:

      http://www.amazon.com/...

      No. 1, no more farmed salmon for us unless we can confirm the fish was raised in a completely enclosed tank.

      No. 2, no more Seaworld visits. Orcas kept there are kept under conditions of horrific cruelty.

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