June 27th - T77A, T124C and the T124A2's in the Southern Gulf Islands!

On the 27th of June we continued our whale finding streak with T77A on our morning trip and the T124A2’s and T124C in the afternoon!

Photo by Rebeka Pirker.

Photo by Rebeka Pirker.

When we first make contact with an animal on the water one of our first tasks is to determine who it is we are looking at. To do this we look at the dorsal fin for any distinct nicks or scars, and T77A (Saulitis) is an example of a whale to has some very noticeable marks!

T77A. Photo by Rebeka Pirker.

T77A. Photo by Rebeka Pirker.

He is a 23 year old male (born 1996) meaning he is nearly full grown. In just a couple of years he will be full size, but he is already an impressive sight. His giant dorsal has two nicks taken out of it partway up, check out the picture of him below!

Photo by Rebeka Pirker.

Photo by Rebeka Pirker.

In the afternoon we saw another big, easy to ID whale Cooper (T124C) who was travelling with his niece and her children, the 124A2’s! Cooper is 26 years old (born 1992) so he’s full size, meaning that big dorsal is about 6 feet tall! He also has a big nick out of his dorsal making him easy to pick out of a crowd.

Photo by Rebeka Pirker.

Photo by Rebeka Pirker.

Enjoy some more of the pictures of Cooper travelling with Elkugu (T124A2) and her two offspring.

Photo by Rebeka Pirker.

Photo by Rebeka Pirker.

Photo by Rebeka Pirker.

Photo by Rebeka Pirker.

Photo by Rebeka Pirker.

Photo by Rebeka Pirker.

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