Encounter #109 - Oct 1, 2016

Photo by Ken Balcomb

Photo by Ken Balcomb

Photo by Ken Balcomb

Photo by Ken Balcomb

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

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01-Oct-16

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109

17:34

17:39

Chimo

Ken Balcomb

Bigg's killer whales

False Bay, Haro Strait

48 28 01N/123 04 28W

48 28 14N/ 123 04 40W

Encounter Summary:

Just as the sun was about to set, Ken saw a dark fin off Bellevue Point San Juan Island, so he raced to “Chimo” and caught up with the whales off False Bay as the light was beginning to fade. The photos are not good, but T123, T123A, and T123C are evident. The entire encounter lasted five minutes during which the three whales took turns popping up to the surface seemingly randomly and far apart. I presume they were on a foraging mission, but I did not stick around to see. A light drizzle was beginning to fall as “Chimo” returned to Snug Harbor.