T124A2 and T124A2A
T124A2 and T124A2A

Photo by Dave Ellifrit

T124A2 and T101A
T124A2 and T101A

Photo by Dave Ellifrit

T101 and T124A
T101 and T124A

Photo by Dave Ellifrit

T124A2 and T124A2A
T124A2 and T124A2A

Photo by Dave Ellifrit

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Encounter Summary: 

At about 1735, Dave received a call at home from Ken and Mark Malleson relaying a report of transients that Rod aboard 4-Ever-Wild had called into Mark. 4-Ever-Wild found a large new group of transients near Discovery Island on there way home from another group of transients. The whales were reported to be feeding at first before taking off in the direction of San Juan Island.As no boats were on the T's, Dave flew over to CWR to grab some gear and then to the boat and left Snug Harbor by 1805. Jeanne Hyde had gone down to Lime Kiln to scan from shore. Dave headed toward Beaumont Shoal before heading south toward Middle Bank. Luckily, Jeanne called Dave before he got too far to say she saw the whales to the northeast of Orca heading toward San Juan Island. Amazingly, for this area, Dave and Jeanne had good enough cell service to remain on the phone until Jeanne could direct Dave to the whales.Dave finally got on the whales at 1835 about a mile and a half west of Kanaka Bay and heading for it. The transients turned out to be the T101's and T124A's and they were in a tight group moving toward Kanaka Bay. As they approached SJI, they slowed down a bit. By 1910, they turned ESE and spread out just a little as they crossed the mouth of False Bay. The whales continued down island loosely spread out with some whales near, but not on the shoreline. The whales then formed three groups spreading out with T102 and T101B being the closest to shore. About a hundred yards west of them was T124A2, T124A2A, and T124A3 in a tight group and the rest were paralleling them another 200 yards to the west. Orca ended the encounter at 1948 near sunset with the whales heading ESE in those three groups about midway down South Beach.T124A1 was not present but this is not unusual and she often takes off and travels with other whales. T124A5 was also not present and this is a bit more worrisome as the whale is a little young to be dispersing yet.

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Dave Ellifrit

T101's and T124A's

T101,T101A,T101B,T102,

T124A,T124A2,T124A2A, T124A3,T124A4

Haro Strait

48.28.49/123.07.83

48.26.94/123.00.13

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Encounter #23 - April 17, 2015

Photos taken under Federal Permits

NMFS PERMIT: 15569/ DFO SARA 272