We’ve been up here off the northern tip of Vancouver Island for about a week now. After a few days of setting up, we were ready to find the killer whales. But there were no residents (that is, the fish-eating ones) to be found. We looked and we waited. And then yesterday we heard blows in the thick fog. And we heard underwater calls when we listened with a hydrophone. After finding them, we managed to get a tag on at noon! It stayed on for 7.5 hours and it was our first successful deployment. The animal is G52 by the local Canadian researcher vernacular, though in our books this 16-year-old female is oo09_231a.
Tomorrow we leave God’s Pocket where we’ve been staying and transfer aboard a boat called the Achiever. And if all goes well we’ll continue to find resident killer whales and — hopefully — tag them!