J47
J47

Photo by Barbara Bender

J45
J45

Photo by Barbara Bender

Photo by Ken Balcomb

J47
J47

Photo by Barbara Bender

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Encounter Summary: 

Returning from Seattle on Kenmore Air after the unveiling of the "Orca" seaplane in Seattle shortly before 1800, Ken saw whales spread out heading south off CWR. Barbara with the TWM Naturalist Training group saw J2 and others heading south off Lime Kiln light house shortly later. We set out in "Orca" at 1850 and found the J19's with J35 and J47 off Hannah Heights about 1/2 mile offshore in a group. J51 was energetic and rolling around, but we were unable to be in position for a photo of the underside as the whales moved offshore and then toward the south. The J14's were several miles behind and offshore of the J19's but all grouped up around 1945 and headed in the direction of Discovery Island.
Notes-Comments: There was no apparent feeding behavior noted during the encounter. The Kenmore Air "Orca Seaplane is dedicated to promoting awareness and conservation education about SRKW's and Chinook, and the Pacific Northwest ecosystems. It is gratifying to see an Iconic Northwest Airline champion the Iconic Orca - killer whales and Chinook salmon in the region.
 

02-May-15

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Orca

Ken Balcomb

Barbara Bender

SRKW J pod

J14,J37,J49,J40,J45,J35,J47,

J31,J19,J41,J51

Hannah Heights

48.29.647/123.07.908

48.28.328/123.10.911

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Encounter #28 - May 2, 2015

Photos taken under Federal Permits

NMFS PERMIT: 15569/ DFO SARA 272