Encounter #58 - June 26, 2016
T125A and T128
T125A and T128

Photo by Dave Ellifrit

T99D and T73A3 playing
T99D and T73A3 playing

Photo by Dave Ellifrit

T73A3 and T73A
T73A3 and T73A

Photo by Dave Ellifrit

T125A and T128
T125A and T128

Photo by Dave Ellifrit

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Photos taken under Federal Permits
NMFS PERMIT: 15569/ DFO SARA 288

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26-Jun-16

2

58

17:20

18:40

Orcinus

Dave Ellifrit

Transients

Juan de Fuca Strait

48 09.59/122 59.90

48 08.93/122 53.42

Encounter Summary: 

Jane Cogan left messages for Dave throughout the day keeping him informed about various groups of transients west of Victoria and in Georgia Strait. Late afternoon, Dave headed over to CWR and then down to Snug Harbor. Ken had left in Chimo a little earlier to head to a group of transients off Albert Head while Dave had plans to head for another group of T's that were nearing Dungeness Spit. Dave left in Orcinus at 1600 and got on scene at 1720 about a mile west of Protection Island.

The T99's and the T73A's minus T73A1 were heading slowly southeast in a tight group. T49C had also been reported to be in the area. At about 1730, another group of whales appeared about three quarters of a mile to the southwest of the others. The new whales turned out to be the T36's and T73A1 and they quickly headed toward the other whales and merged. The whales broke up into small groups that loosely spread out. The younger whales were socializing with a couple different pairs of similar sized juveniles rolling around with one another. T49C reappeared and briefly joined the others before moving off to the periphery. He was taking longer dives then the other whales and rarely maintained the same direction on subsequent series of surfacings.

At about 1820, T125A and T128 appeared traveling east very slowly and trailing the other T's by a couple of hundred yards. They appeared to be merging into the rest of the whales when Orcinus ended the encounter at 1840 about two and a half miles northeast of Protection Island.