L118 and L103
L118 and L103

Photo by Dave Ellifrit

L95
L95

Photo by Barbara Bender

Breach
Breach

Photo by Barbara Bender

L118 and L103
L118 and L103

Photo by Dave Ellifrit

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Encounter Summary: 

We ended encounter 50-1 with transients at 1047 near D'Arcy Island and headed back across Haro Strait to encounter the residents who had been heading north up San Juan Island. The leaders were at north Kellett Bluff and we started the encounter at 1054.
The whales were very spread out in singles and small groups and we first encountered members of the J14's, J19's, K14's, and L4's who were mixed up and appeared to be socializing as they traveled north. We were seeing other whales around-mostly very spread out in singles but we ended up finding all the K12's and L55's. A little while later we found L95 and the L47's in a tight group heading slowly north. The K13's were traveling in a loose group at least a half mile south of them.
By about 1230, most of the whales were either along the Stuart Island shoreline or north of Turn Point although we did find L87 traveling north mid-strait all by himself off Tiptop Hill on Stuart Island. We were not seeing any of the J10's, J11's, J16's, J17's, K16's, or K21 so when Jane Cogan called to report she had whales heading north in Mitchell Bay, we decided to head that way to see who was down there.
We were on the southern whales by 1252 and they were spread out all over Mitchell Bay with the leaders pointed slowly south. J27 and K35 were fooling around with one another and J38 and J39 were also goofing around together a couple of hundred yards inshore of them. K16 and K21 were also in the area but were traveling slowly south by themselves. Members of the J10's and J17's were spread out nearer to shore and we only got proof of presence dot shots on a few of them.
We had seen J26 just south of Kellett Bluff when we first arrived on the southern group but had heard the J16's grouped up and were heading north off Kellett Bluff. We left J27 and K35 still hanging out with one another off Bellevue Point at 1333 to head to the J16's. We got on them at Kellett Bluff at 1345. J16 was in the lead and she did a little floating around at the surface near the bluff while waiting for the rest of her family to catch up. We stayed with the J16's only briefly as they slowly headed north near the rocks at Kellett Bluff and ended the encounter there at 1355.

21-Jun-15

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10:54

13:55

Orca

Dave Ellifrit

Barbara Bender

J, K, and L pods

J2, J14, J16, J17, J19, J26, J27, J28, J34, J36, J37, J38, J39, J40, J41, J42, J45, J49, J50, J51, and J52

K12, K13, K14, K16, K20, K21, K22, K25, K26, K27, K33, K34, K35, K36, K37, K38, K42, and K44

L27, L47, L55, L82, L83, L86, L87, L91, L95, L103, L106, L109, L110, L115, L116, and L118

Haro Strait

48 36.124/123 12.71

48 35.33/123 12.26

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Encounter #51 - June 21, 2015

Photos taken under Federal Permits

NMFS PERMIT: 15569/ DFO SARA 272