J19 breach
J19 breach

Photo by Dave Ellifrit

K27
K27

Photo by Ken Balcomb

J27
J27

Photo by Dave Ellifrit

J19 breach
J19 breach

Photo by Dave Ellifrit

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Encounter Summary: 

Melisa Pinnow called Dave at home about mid-day to report that she was seeing L84 and L88 from shore near Kanaka Bay and believed only those two and the L54's were around at that time. John Durban called a few hours later to report that a bunch more whales had been found coming in from south of Beaumont Shoal.
Dave headed down to Snug Harbor and left aboard Orca at 1605. At 1622, Orca saw L91 and her new calf L122 off Mt. Dallas but the pair moved inshore before they could be photographed and Orca continued south to find the bulk of the whales. Ken came out a little later and had a brief encounter with L47 and L115 and then K27 and K44 off Lime Kiln.
Orca found its first group about twenty minutes later several miles off South Beach. This was the J22's, J27, and J39 and they were heading southeast very slowly. About a half mile to the east of them, K14, K36, and K42 were actively foraging and L88 was slowly milling nearby. About another half-mile east of the K14's, an excited L84 was in hot pursuit of J35 before he broke off and headed north. He later briefly pursued J19.
All the whales were incredibly spread out and most of them began moving in a southeast direction. Orca got a few more photos of a couple random groups before ending the encounter still several miles off South Beach at 1740.

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Orca and Chimo

Dave Ellifrit - Orca,

Ken Balcomb - Chimo

J, K, L

J19, J22, J27, J31, J34, J35, J38, J39, J42, J52

K14, K26, K27, K36, K42, K44

L47, L84, L88, L115

Haro Strait

48 25.56/123 00.99

48 24.43/123 59.76

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Encounter #81 - Sept 17, 2015

Photos taken under Federal Permits

NMFS PERMIT: 15569/ DFO SARA 272