Encounter #107 - Sept 29, 2016
T11A
T11A

Photo by Dave Ellifrit

T11
T11

Photo by Dave Ellifrit

T11A
T11A

Photo by Dave Ellifrit

T11A
T11A

Photo by Dave Ellifrit

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

Date:

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29-Sep-16

2

107

17:25

18:13

Orcinus

Dave Ellifrit

Transients

T11 and T11A

Cordova Bay

48 29.82/123 18.21

48 33.32/123 20.43

Encounter Summary:

After leaving the T10, T36A, T37A, and T65B groups south of Hein Bank at 1630, “Orcinus” headed northwest with the hopes of seeing the T11s on the way home. With the help of “Ocean Magic 2” who was the last boat on scene with the T11s near Gordon Head at the south end of Cordova Bay on the southeast tip of Vancouver Island, “Orcinus” made to the area right as “Ocean Magic 2” was leaving around 1725.

T11A was the first whale seen as he traveled slowly northwest across the mouth of Cordova Bay and passing about a half mile west of Zero Rock. T11 finally appeared around 1750 over a quarter mile to the west of T11A. T11 would surface from her long dives and go through most of her shallow dive sequence before T11A would surface and then he would remain up for several breaths after T11 went down on another long dive. The two briefly came within 20 yards of each other around 1800 before separating again. The pair continued slowly northwest paralleling each others course and separated by several hundred meters again. “Orcinus” left them around 1815 a couple of miles south of the bluff on the south end of James Island.