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Encounter 16

We were successfully able to ID CA26, CA36, CA35, CA35A, CA58A, and CA58A1! These whales were just traveling in a tight group together for a couple of hours.

Encounter 16

CA26 and CA36 are older post-reproductive females that usually hang out with each other and occasionally other whales. We first identified CA26 in 1982 and CA36 in 1992! CA35 was first identified in 1992 and CA35A is her first known offspring. It appears that CA58A was separate from her mom, so this may be the beginning of her leaving and forming her own matriline! However, we won’t know for sure until we see her a few more times with or without CA58. 

Enjoy these photos by Daniel Bianchetta

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