T10C aerial scan
T10C aerial scan

Photo by D. Giles

T10C aerial scan
T10C aerial scan

Photo by Dave Ellifrit

T10 aerial scan
T10 aerial scan

Photo by Dave Ellifrit

T10C aerial scan
T10C aerial scan

Photo by D. Giles

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Encounter Summary: 

After receiving several reports throughout the day of the T10's heading east along the Victoria and Oak Bay waterfronts, Dave and Giles decided to go take a look at them as the whales headed north up Cordova Bay.

Orca got on scene at 1500 about a mile or so south of Zero Rock. The three T10's were moving slowly north in a tight group and taking long dives of 6-10 minutes. Around 1524, the brothers T10B and T10C split off from their mom and were traveling a couple of hundred yards to the east of her. After the next long dive, all three whales were spread out traveling slowly northwest. As we approached T10C, he did three big aerial scans in a row to take a look at us. Around 1550, the T10's began converging on each other and came back together at 1555 and we ended the encounter there about one mile west of the west side of D'Arcy due to failing light.

28-Dec-15

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Dave Ellifrit, D. Giles

T10's

T10, T10B, T10C

Cordova Bay

48 30.91/123 17.84

48 33.95/ 123 18.61

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Encounter #103 - Dec 28, 2015

Photos taken under Federal Permits

NMFS PERMIT: 15569/ DFO SARA 272