Update / L120 / September 13, 2014

L120 Update from Heather MacIntyre: Photos taken this evening (9/13/14) off San Juan Island from the M/V Legacy with Legacy Charters, just west of False Bay.10655435_589639011144517_6041618173989077756_o

“Two week old L120 seems to be doing very well! Tonight we were the only boat with her for a little while, we got to watch as she nursed and traveled with L86 Surprise (her mother), and probable Auntie L27 Ophelia.10551569_589638881144530_1055846902648864080_o

There was lot’s of rolling around towards the surface behind L86, at which point L27 would promptly position herself halfway behind the two, probably to make sure everything was occurring properly! We saw small splashes at the waters surface, then they continued traveling.10661830_589638777811207_2430105914271051403_o

The pink/orange coloration comes from an extremely thin blubber layer that the calf is born with. Blood vessels are close to the epidermis and will make the calf appear orange/pink. As soon as the blubber layer thickens (from nursing on her mothers milk), the patches will turn white.”10667662_589672991141119_1448053800_o

Photo Credit: Heather MacIntyre, 2014 / Legacy Charters


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