The second half of 2020 seems to be zipping by – we can’t believe we’re already in October and rapidly nearing the end of what has been quite a year! Also...PACMAM TURNS 6 YEARS OLD THIS MONTH! That's right, October marks our 6th birthday so if you would like to help us celebrate, please head over to our "Donate" page to support our ongoing work.
Autumn is in full swing here in Washington, and while wild fires still rage across much of the West Coast here in Anacortes we are starting to see more of the windy, rainy conditions typical of the season. We are thankful for the rain, although it does mean our field time becomes a little less predictable! Speaking of field time, our researchers have been able to get out regularly throughout the last month and were rewarded with some great observations of harbor porpoise and harbor seals. We are also very excited to have several new volunteers starting with PacMam in October, and are thrilled to begin working with new scientists and individuals interested in the marine environment!
What else has been going on at PacMam? Read on to find out more!
This harbor seal was right in front of our researchers for this picture - it definitely looked like a struggle to eat that octopus!
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From The News:
Southern Residents Celebrate New Births: After the Southern resident killer whales spent most of their Summer farther down the coast, researchers were thrilled to report not one, but two births in the last month! The first calf, J-57, was born to female J-35, Tahlequah, who made global headlines in 2018 when she spent almost a month pushing around the body of her dead calf. From the initial reports J-57 seems to be a feisty young male, and we can’t wait to see how he progresses over the next year. The second calf was announced on September 27th and, having made it through the first weeks of life, was assigned the numerical name J-58. Born to J-41 Eclipse, we’re not sure yet which sex this young calf is, but photos have shown J-58 swimming alongside J-41 and its brother J-51 Nova. Although this is super exciting news for the struggling Southern resident population, it is important to bear in mind that many calves do not survive their first year of life so the next year will be pivotal for both J-57 and J-58. Researchers will be keeping tabs on these new babies and we will all keep our fingers crossed for their good health and survival!
Orcasound wins 2020 Environmental Excellence Award: Orcasound were one of the winners at this year’s Marine Environmental Excellence Awards (hosted by the Port of Seattle), held remotely on September 22nd 2020. The organization was applauded for providing excellence in Environmental Education and Outreach through their cooperative of NGO members (one of whom is PacMam!), and made it through the difficult selection process to beat out hundreds of other organizations that did business or partnered with the Port of Seattle last year. Specifically, recognition was given for Orcasound’s work compiling hydrophone data to advance understanding of impacts of underwater noise on Southern resident killer whales, and for developing new technologies for sharing orca sounds with the public to help them learn about orcas. Orcasound coordinator, Scott Veirs, received the award as President of Beam Reach.
New J-pod baby J-57 is a boy! Photo credit: PNW Protectors.
Harbor porpoise mother and calf pair surface in Burrows Pass.
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Well that’s it from us, thank you again for your continued support of our work and our continued efforts to understand and protect the marine mammals of the Salish Sea. If you want to support us further, please head to our website, www.pacmam.org/donate to make a secure, tax-deductible donation. Every donation made goes straight back into funding our various programs, and in these difficult times we need your help more than ever to keep these going. Thank you so much for your continued support - see you in November, and Happy Halloween!