Saturday, August 17, 2013

Emergency Soundwatch and Night at the Fair

So, today there were no volunteers for Soundwatch, so I eventually (at 1pm) joined on. And boy, I am glad we did. There were some whales out there!

First, I was on landbank, looking at them:

I love the ability to get panoramic shots on my cell phone camera


And then on the water:




And then a Canadian boat hit a fledgling and passed the animal over to us! Soundwatch doesn't really deal with this type of thing, but we were closer to Wolf Hollow, the local wildlife rehabilitation center. So this is happening as another boat was calling in a stranding, some private boaters were going into the center of the Orcas out there, and I was calling people because I couldn't find the number for Wolf Hollow on the phone and 411 didn't work because we were out of service.

Eventually we got stuff settled out and settled the bird in the (clean) pee bucket.



Then we sped back to Snug Harbor.

While waiting for Wolf Hollow, there was an amazing Lion's Mane Jellyfish. Look at how big it is!





Last I saw, the bird was still living, but more updates to come!


Then that night, I went to the fair for funsies with my friend, Lili!

Blackfish

Last night I went over to Bellingham to see Blackfish, a documentary about Orcas in captivity, focusing on Tilicum, one of the murderous whales of SeaWorld.

Oh my goodness, everyone just has to see this. It documents the spiral into insanity of a kidnapped two-year-old who was taken from his mother and then bullied into the ferocious acts that he then committed against various trainers. It's also an interesting look at how little SeaWorld actually knows and the actrocities they've committed.

I'm furious. You should all see this.


Thursday, August 15, 2013

*the sound of someone hyperventilating from happiness*

Okay, y'all. Prepare for the picture post of a picture post. This is gonna be AMAZING.

So I was working on Japanese translations for the museum and then Cindy (my lovely boss) pulls up the Lime Kiln hydrophones on her computer, and what do we hear?

SO.
MANY.
WHALE CALLS.
One even comes right up to the hydrophone and starts singing into it or something. It was loud!

So I go up to the museum and get the hydrophones on the speakers and start telling people about the calls. Then Cindy sprints up the stairs and tells me to come down, quick! We're going to Lime Kiln.

We convince Patrick to come with us and then we are off! Halfway there, however,  the calls taper off the hydrophones. We're halfway there and the whales are leaving!

As we speed across the highway, we turn onto Landbank--and we see the whale watch boats in the water. With a screech of tires, we turn into the parking spot and bodily launch ourselves out of the car. I already have my camera out, and this is what we see:













Kelping





Not a tail lob, but just a slowly sinking tail....what?!



Someone's belly up!




What a gorgeous sight


Logging alone!


Logging with family!





Spyhop!












Beginnings of a "Tiny Tail Lob!"


D'awww, cutie!







Some sort of synchronized swimming





And a seal pup surprised us!




And then they started getting close to land




WHOOO

OOOOOO

HOOO

OOOOOOOOO

OOOOOOOOO!

*passes out from excitement*





























I see a "sea snake"











Seal pup again!