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Yesterday was our first encounter of the Southern Resident killer whales in our area (San Juan Island, WA) this year. My wife and I were fortunate to see them from shore just outside Friday Harbor; here's a photo from a close pass of 34 year old female K20 'Spock'.
(Lumix GX8 w/ Olympus 300mm Pro)
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I wonder about her health. Is that what they call a "peanut head".? An indication of malnutrition.

Just was looking at photos of new arrival L125 on the CWR website
 

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I wonder about her health. Is that what they call a "peanut head".? An indication of malnutrition.

Just was looking at photos of new arrival L125 on the CWR website
Peanut head has definitely been an issue with this population as their prey source continues to drastically decline. It can be hard to visually identify peanut head from this angle and especially being a snapshot image vs what researchers are able to capture from drones with video to better visualize and even measure the shape of the head and monitor changes over time.
In this encounter the whales were surfacing and moving quickly in rough seas, I believe she was inhaling before a dive in this photo which will make it look different around the blowhole area. The best indicator is definitely seen from above where you will see the eyepatches pointing inward indicating loss of fat around the skull.
It’s such good news about the new calf, a hopeful sign. I just hope they continue to find enough food and can overcome the many challenges they face in their environment.
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Another wild one from our urban nature center.

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what are you looking at?

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Going over old photos and dreaming of escaping the pandemic to Namibia...
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Grazing Deer 1


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Grazing Deer 2
 

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I had a couple in my yard a few days ago, I didn’t see them, but they left their calling card on my lawn.
My petite wife chases the deer off our property because they eat her plants and flowers. She wields a big broom and waggles it at them threateningly if they hesitate and try to size her up. Sometimes the deer are too dumb to go back the way they came and I have to assist.
 
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