Encounter #104 - Sept 26, 2016
The L girls
The L girls

Photo by Ken Balcomb

K21
K21

Photo by Ken Balcomb

Port Angeles
Port Angeles

Photo by Ken Balcomb

The L girls
The L girls

Photo by Ken Balcomb

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Photos taken under Federal Permits
NMFS PERMIT: 15569/ DFO SARA 388

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26-Sep-16

1

104

14:20

15:27

Chimo

Ken Balcomb

J,K, L subgropups

central Strait of Juan de Fuca

48 07 53N/123 30 01W

48 11 47N/123 47 17W

Encounter Summary:

A mixture of J,K and L whales that had not gone up to the Fraser River yesterday (Enc 103) had travelled south in Haro Strait in the afternoon and were headed out the Strait of Juan de Fuca today. Ken responded to this group by launching “Chimo” from Port Angeles and encountering the whales north and west of Freshwater Bay, Olympic Peninsula. The seas were flat calm and the whales were foraging in groups as they travelled west. Several individuals were observed to be swimming in tight swirls presumably pursuing fish, but no scales were observed.