L95 off Pile Point
L95 off Pile Point

Photo by Ken Balcomb

L118
L118

Photo by Ken Balcomb

K25
K25

Photo by Ken Balcomb

L95 off Pile Point
L95 off Pile Point

Photo by Ken Balcomb

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Encounter Summary: 

It was blowing 15 knots or more for most of the day, making Haro Strait a bit "chunky"; but as the high slack tide approached the wind died down enough for a brief "Chimo" encounter to ascertain which whales were going northwest off Sunset Point just before 4PM. J pod had spread out and passed Sunset point already, and K pod was just passing as "Chimo" arrived. K25 was a bit offshore and not approachable, but the others were at least tolerant of a few brief snapshots. Whales were also reported to be heading south off Hannah Heights, San Juan Island at the same time, so it became a priority to get a few identifications down that way before day's end. Jane Cogan has been keeping very precise track of which matrilines are present and in what area for most of the summer, so that we can calculate how many mouths are feeding in the fishing areas used by whales and humans in the Salish Sea. This is a fine scale distribution study that can amplify the knowledge gained by tracking and reports to Orcanetwork.

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Ken Balcomb

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K13,K20,K25,K27,K34,K44 et. al. spread out and traveling northwest at Andrews Bay; L22,L55,L72,L83,L89,L92,L95,L103,L105,L109,L118 et. al spread out heading south and feeding off False Bay.

Sunset Point, Haro Strait

48.32.57N/123.10.42W

48.28.44N/123.06.49W

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Encounter #73 - Aug 28, 2015

Photos taken under Federal Permits

NMFS PERMIT: 15569/ DFO SARA 272