AI7 Junken and her 3 year old calf, AI11 Holleman. Taken recently in the Kenai Fjords by aramdil on Flickr.
Made a new blog; cetaceans-of-alaska!
This blog focuses on all of the species of whale, dolphin, and porpoise that inhabit our waters. If you’re interested, check it out!
I just spoke to the North Gulf Oceanic Society about the status of the 7 remaining AT1 transient orcas. Unfortunately, the news a bit worrisome.
AT2 Marie, AT3 Ewan, AT4 Paddy, and AT6 Egagutak have all been spotted this season, but AT9 Chenega, AT10 Mike, and AT18 Iktua have not been spotted. While it is unlikely that all three passed away in a single year and the AT1s are seen more often around glacier areas where NGOS does not generally operate, it’s still a cause for concern.
If these three whales have passed away, it would mean there are only 4 AT1 transients are left. I dearly hope the missing three are spotted soon, or at least by next season.
This is Gulf of Alaska transient (GOA) AT37 Lituya. She was recently spotted by NGOS a few days ago traveling with her family in Montague Strait.
AT37 Lituya is a successful matriarch and mother. She has had three confirmed calves in the past ten years: AT80 Yakutat, AT81 Yakutaga, and a newborn calf who was born sometime this year. She also has a probable adult son, AT72 Spencer.
Fun fact: AT37 Lituya was tagged a few years ago and her and her family traveled nearly 2,500 miles in a single month!
Photo by NGOS.
Very old photo of AK1 Hive, supposedly taken near Kodiak; the AK6s are usually found in the Kenai Fjords, some 300 miles away from Kodiak.
Killer whale that we saw in Alaska. #CarnivalMiracle #CarnivalCruise #Alaska
While small boats flee to the harbors as the fall storms are brewing up here in Alaska, the whales are making a beeline towards the rough seas. Today, the AJ20s charged straight towards open water in Prince William Sound, where the waves are predicted to reach 16 feet. The juveniles in particular seem to enjoy the rough-and-tumble play that is associated with such raging waters.
Photo by NGOS.