J28 through my eyes

J28 with calf J54, December 2015. Photo by Dave Ellifrit, Center for Whale Research. I first met J28 in 2003, but I didn’t know her name until 2004. She was the first whale of the Southern Resident community that I could ID on sight. Granted, she was easy to spot because of the rather glaring notch on the trailing edge of her dorsal fin; it was thrilling for me to be able to pick her out of the crowd. Living on Pender Island in British Columbia has its many benefits, but my favourite above all others is the proximity to shore the whales come when passing Thieves Bay – at times it feels like you could reach out and touch them. On the many occasions (upwards of 250 times) that I've had the lux

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