T46D cartwheel
T46D cartwheel

Photo by Ken Balcomb

T137B spyhop
T137B spyhop

Photo by Ken Balcomb

T137A
T137A

Photo by Ken Balcomb

T46D cartwheel
T46D cartwheel

Photo by Ken Balcomb

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Encounter Summary: 

All day we received reports of a large group of Transients heading up Admiralty Inlet from the vicinity of Edmonds, but we also expected Residents to come down from Georgia Strait in the north. Ken did an early morning search for Residents (priority)in "Chimo" of Haro Strait, Boundary Pass and President Channel without finding anything. With nothing else reported, he departed Snug Harbor again at 1613 and sped across the Eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca for a T encounter. The water conditions were excellent, and Ken's brother, Howard Garrett was on scene with the whales so they were easy to find with guidance from the whale-watch vessels. Upon "Chimo"s arrival, one of the whales did a spectacular full-body breach before any camera was ready, and lots of splashing and tail-lobbing ensued. Gulls dove in for scraps of whatever hapless prey item; and, then it was over. Apparently there had been several bouts of feeding as the whales travelled north in the Inlet.

Notes-Comments: A brief video was taken of the whales' travels.

12-Jun-15

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Chimo

Ken Balcomb

Transient (Bigg's)

T46's and T137's

Admiralty Inlet

48.08.608/122.43.537

48.11.573/122.46.106

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Encounter #45 - June 12, 2015

Photos taken under Federal Permits

NMFS PERMIT: 15569/ DFO SARA 272