T49A4 and T49A
T49A4 and T49A

Photo by Dave Ellifrit

T49A4 and T49A
T49A4 and T49A

Photo by Dave Ellifrit

T49A1 and T123A
T49A1 and T123A

Photo by Dave Ellifrit

T49A4 and T49A
T49A4 and T49A

Photo by Dave Ellifrit

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Encounter Summary: 

Jeanne Hyde called Dave in the morning to relay a report of whales coming in from around Trial Island. Dave left Snug Harbor at 1010 and got on scene at 1045 somewhere south of Middle Bank.
The T49A's and T123's were traveling easterly together with the two big sprouters T49A1 and T123A hanging out together about a hundred yards north of the rest. T49A2 was back traveling with its mom and siblings after mainly traveling with its aunt T49B and cousins for the last couple of years. T49A2 was not present when the CWR encountered the T49A's and T49B's traveling together in October of 2014. During this encounter the T49A's minus T49A1 drifted off a little to the south to rest and started taking long dives and barely moving while at the surface. T123 and T123C drifted toward T49A1 and T123A a couple times before heading back to the T49A's. Toward the end of the encounter, all eight whales came together in a tight group and sped up a little. Orca left the whales at 1337 approximately three miles due south of Cattle Pass as they continued ENE toward the south end of Lopez Island.

06-Apr-15

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Dave Ellifrit

T49A's, T123's

T49A,T49A1,T49A2,T49A3,

T49A4,T123,T123A,T123C

Hein Bank

48.22.22/123.09.70

48.23.37/122.55.11

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Encounter #17 - April 6, 2015

Photos taken under Federal Permits

NMFS PERMIT: 15569/ DFO SARA 272