Encounter #119 - Nov 14, 2016
T60E
T60E

Photo by Mark Malleson

T60
T60

Photo by Mark Malleson

T2B and T60C
T2B and T60C

Photo by Mark Malleson

T60E
T60E

Photo by Mark Malleson

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

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14-Nov-16

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15:15

16:16

Mike 1

Mark and Hanna Malleson

T060's & T002B

Trial Island

48.24.4/123.18.6

48.23.0/123.17.0

Encounter Summary:

We left Victoria Harbour at 1455 as we had a report of a group of transients heading south through Oak Bay. They were initially picked up by a Springtide zodiac. As we got on scene at 1515 we Id'd the whales as the T060's along with T002B. They came through Enterprise channel (between Victoria golf course & Trial Island). They continued west until they made a turn to go back east around the south tip of Trial. We assumed it was to investigate a Steller sea lion who just caught a fish and was ripping it apart on the surface. The whales passed by not interested in the sea lion but T060E investigated a pile of kelp and debris in a tideline in search for prey. Shortly after we saw T060C lunge after what was likely a seal at 48.23.0/123.17.5. A slick formed immediately and gulls were picking up scraps. T060D passed by the boat with a chunk of blubber in his mouth and the whales milled around for a few minutes and showed a lot of interest in the boat. We last saw them heading east for Discovery Island.

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