September 14, 2001

ORCAWALE 2001:  Weekly Report for 9/06/01 to 9/12/01

 

Lisa T. Ballance

 

 

It is impossible to compose any scientific dialogue in the face of this week’s events. 

We continue to work but the news has left us in shock.  Our thoughts are with you all at home.

 

 

 

                                 Trackline Avg

Date   Time    Lat      Long      Miles    Beauf

 

090601 0652 N47:36.15 W124:27.51  95.1nmi  3.4

       1908 N45:52.85 W125:11.70

090701 0659 N45:19.42 W127:33.43  92.9nmi  5.1

       1645 N44:21.97 W128:57.46

090801 no effort                   0       6+

090901 no effort                   0       6+

091001 0712 N43:57.46 W129:06.92 121.0nmi  4.6

       1941 N42:04.54 W129:41.43

091101 0721 N42:00.87 W129:46.98 103.2nmi  4.7

       1819 N41:03.80 W131:00.16

091201 0728 N40:46.81 W130:14.59 115.6nmi  4.0

       1946 N39:19.98 W129:46.37

 

 Code                        Species     Tot#    

 

   21                    Risso's dolphin    1

   22        Pacific white-sided dolphin    1

   27       northern right whale dolphin    1

   37                       killer whale    1

   40                    harbor porpoise   12

   44                    Dall's porpoise    2

   63               Baird's beaked whale    2

   76                     humpback whale    2

   77            unidentified delphinoid    1

   79           unidentified large whale    1

 

                                   TOTAL   24

 

  Common dolphins       0

  Spotted/spinner       0

  Blue/humback wh.      0

  Other delphinids      0

  Other cetaceans       0

 

 

Biopsy (Juan Carlos Salinas and Erin LeBrecque)

Photo-ID (Annie Douglas, Leigh Torres and Laura Morse)

 

                                                                        Biopsy                                      Photo

Species                                    #Biopsies         Cumulative       #ID-Photos      Cumulative

                                                (this week)       Total               (this week)       Total

 

Physeter macrocephalus            0                      8                      0                      15

Balaenoptera musculus  0                      1                      0                      3

Balaenoptera physalus  0                      9                      0                      13

Megaptera novaeangliae           1                      8                      2                      9

Delphinus delphis                      0                      14                    0                      3

Lagenorhyncus obliquidens       0                      7                      0                      0

Lissodelphis borealis                 0                      14                    0                      0

Phocoenoides dalli                    1                      2                      0                      0

Orcinus orca                             2                      2                      12       .           18

Eschrictius robustus                  0                      2                      0                      5

             Total                           4                      67                    14                    67

 

 

Oceanography (Candice Hall and Josh Fluty)

 

Day                  #CTDs             #XBTs             #Bongos           Notes

 

6 Sept              0                      6                      1          too shallow for AM CTD

7 Sept              0                      4                      1          in transit (between tracklines);

 no AM CTD

8 September     0                      0                      0          weather day; no operations

9 September     0                      0                      0          weather day; no operations

10 September   1                      4                      1         

11 September   1                      4                      1

12 September   1                      4                      1

 

 

Seabirds (Michael Force and Cornelia Oedekoven)

 

Partial list of seabirds (in decreasing order of abundance)

 

Grays Canyon (35 NM west of Westport, WA) and coastal WA (off Destruction Is): Sooty Shearwater, Pink-footed Shearwater, Common Murre, California Gull, Buller’s Shearwater, Black-footed Albatross, Sabine’s Gull, Northern Fulmar, Brown Pelican, Rhinoceros Auklet, Cassin’s Auklet, South Polar Skua, Black-legged Kittiwake (first one for ORCAWALE 2001), Plus about 6 other species represented by less than 5 individuals

 

Offshore: Leach’s Storm-Petrel, Red Phalarope, Sooty Shearwater, Long-tailed Jaeger, Black-footed Albatross, Arctic Tern, Parasitic Jaeger, Buller’s Shearwater, “Dark-rumped” (Hawaiian?) Petrel, Pomarine Jaeger, Ring-billed Gull (unusually far offshore), Ashy Storm-petrel

 

 

Acoustics (Shannon Rankin and Julie Oswald)

 

Physeter macrocephalus: 7 detections

Unidentified dolphins: 1 detection

Grampus griseus (echolocation clicks): 1 detection = visual sighting #145

Last modified: 12/24/2014