Encounter #120 - Nov 17, 2016
T60F and T60C
T60F and T60C

Photo by Mark Malleson

T46 & T46E
T46 & T46E

Photo by Mark Malleson

T2B
T2B

Photo by Mark Malleson

T60F and T60C
T60F and T60C

Photo by Mark Malleson

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

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17-Nov-16

1

120

14:19

15:27

Mike 1

Mark and Hanna Malleson

Transients

Constance Bank

48.21.5/123.21.5

48.17.4/123.23.5

Encounter Summary:

We left Victoria harbour at 0940 to go for a search out west. We ran out the middle of Juan de Fuca and made it south of Point no Point. At 1120 we received a VHF transmission by Ron King of about 12 killer whales including 2 males east bound passing by his anchored boat at the north edge of Coyote Bank. We turned around and ran closer to the Vancouver Island shore on our way to his location. At 1153 we spotted 2 humpbacks off Sooke. We did not have time to stop to ID them as Ron's location was 20 miles away and we didn't want the trail to get any colder. We came across Ron fishing at the reported location and we had a quick chat to clarify what he had seen. Ron felt that the whales were heading for Dungeness about 1.5 hours prior to us getting there so we continued on our track line towards Admiralty Inlet. After about 8 miles when we were north of Dungeness we decided to work our way north as there was no sign of them. Ken Balcomb was spotting from the shoreline of Dungeness and had a clear view and also felt that the whales had either gone back west or north. Once at Hein Bank we stopped for yet another scan and continued to Middle Bank also without success. We then headed south west for a last hope that the better lighting to the south would produce. As we were approaching Constance Bank we got a call from Gordon Rowles who spotted a group of killer whales on the north edge of Constance Bank. He was helping us look for them through a set of big eyes from his 23rd floor apartment in Victoria. At that point we were only 3 miles away. The whales turned out to be the T060's with T002B slowly heading west. The were grouped up and at one point T060D came past the boat with a chunk of flesh in his mouth. Ron King spotted us with the whales on his way back from fishing. He noticed that the whales we were with was not the same number of animals he had seen earlier. Gordon Rowles soon called again to say that he had seen more killer whales south of us heading south east. We left the T060s & T002B and went south to ID the others. At 1527 we found the T046's with T122. T046D was trailing a half mile behind as they moved quickly towards the original spot Ron had seen killer whales that morning.