T99D
T99D

Photo by Ken Balcomb

T99D
T99D

Photo by Barbara Bender

T36B lunge
T36B lunge

Photo by Dave Ellifrit

T99D
T99D

Photo by Ken Balcomb

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Encounter Summary: 

While we were with the T137's near Kellett Bluff, we were receiving reports of another group of transients heading east from Discovery Island. After we left the T137's, we headed back to Snug Harbor to pick up Barbara and left again at 1520.
We arrived on scene at 1540 near the Beaumont Shoal buoy to find the T's loosely spread working some tide rips. The juveniles were mixed up and active. The behavior seemed to be a mix of hunting, post kill revelry, and kids goofing around. It was difficult to tell whether the whales made a new kill while we were there or were still carrying around parts of an old kill. We saw T36B do a lunge and toss a part of something but we were unable to catch it on camera to see what it was.
The whales headed east toward Eagle Point with lots of splashing and milling. Jared Towers at DFO had reported that he saw T99 with a new calf (T99D)earlier in the year and that calf was still present. The calf could have been a late 2014 calf. T99B was back with mom too after being missing in our two August 2014 encounters with T99. T99A is still missing.
The whales continued easterly, still active and splashing as they went. Three juveniles (T36B1, T36B2, and T99B) repeatedly swam side-by-side and upside down under our boat having a grand 'ol time. We left the whales at 1655 still heading easterly a couple miles west of False Bay.

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Chimo

Dave Ellifrit,

Ken Balcomb

Barbara Bender

T37, T36's, T99's

T37,T36,T36B,T36B1,T36B2,T99,T99B,T99C, and T99D

Haro Strait

48.27.04/123.10.84

48.28.60/123.07.85

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Encounter #10 - March 7, 2015

Photos taken under Federal Permits

NMFS PERMIT: 15569/ DFO SARA 272