T73A3 and T73A
T73A3 and T73A

Photo by Melisa Pinnow

T75s and the T73As
T75s and the T73As

Photo by Dave Ellifrit

taillob
taillob

Photo by Melisa Pinnow

T73A3 and T73A
T73A3 and T73A

Photo by Melisa Pinnow

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Encounter Summary: 

Jeanne Hyde called Dave at home early in the morning to report that she was seeing a few transients heading north in Andrews Bay. She took some dot shots that revealed that T75 and T75A were there at least. The whales were re-found between Halibut Island and Kellett Bluff by a little after 0930 so Dave and Melisa met at Snug Harbor and left aboard Orca at 1005.
Orca got on scene at 1018 right between the east sides of Gooch and Halibut Islands. The whales were in a tight group and heading south again. Along with T75 and T75A, T73A and her three offspring (T73A1, T73A2, and T73A3) were present. T73A3 was a new calf born sometime after the 2012 DFO catalogue came out although it is likely it was born sometime in late 2014 or early 2015. T37A1 looks like he might be sprouting soon. The group picked up speed and pointed toward D'Arcy Island. The whales entered Hughes Passage and then spread out and began milling around a reef off the north side of D'Arcy Island. They killed at least one of something as we could smell blubber oil on the wind.
By about 1110, the whales quit milling and started fast traveling southwest in the direction of Zero Rock. We left the whales at 1125 off the south side of D'Arcy Island about 3/4s of a mile west of Kelp Reef heading in a more southerly direction.

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Dave Ellifrit

Melisa Pinnow

T75's and T73A's

T75, T75A, T73A, T73A1, T73A2, and T73A3

D'Arcy Island area

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48 33.23/123 17.96

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Encounter #52 - June 23, 2015

Photos taken under Federal Permits

NMFS PERMIT: 15569/ DFO SARA 272