Flame is one of our favorite whales. In 2011 she had her first calf (that we know of). We watched her teach her calf, who we nicknamed Spark, how to lift its flukes when diving. Spark seemed very precocious. We haven’t seen Spark since that fall, but saw Flame in the summer and fall of 2012.
On New Years Day of this year, we saw five whales feeding in the Fritz Cove area, and were able to identify Flame among them. They were accompanied by a couple dozen sea lions that seemed to be following the whales to feed on the leftovers.
In March, a friend filmed a whale feeding with sea lions near Eagle Beach. He showed us the footage, and to our surprise and delight, it was Flame. The period between the two sightings was so short that we think that she may have stayed all winter, though we haven’t heard of any sightings since mid-March so it’s also possible she may have left for Hawaii very late.
In other news, we’ve sent the book off to the printer, now we wait! We should have it in hand in 6-8 weeks.