Encounter #64 - July 3, 2016
J2
J2

Photo by Ken Balcomb

L87
L87

Photo by Ken Balcomb

J2
J2

Photo by Ken Balcomb

1/2

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

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03-Jul-16

1 & 2

64

830

1658

Mike 1 and Shachi

Mark Malleson and Ken Balcomb

SRKW J pod

Strait of Juan de Fuca and Haro Strait

48 18.5N/123 32.0W

48 40.9N/123 15.0W

Encounter Summary: 

Mark and Hannah Malleson encountered "J pod" in the morning inbound near Race Passage in pretty rough water. The whales had been reported earlier off Otter Point as a 'big group' but there were only J2, L87, and the J14's and J19's in a spread pattern as they continued inbound. Ken was returning from Sequim by automobile/ferry so did not get out on the water in "Shachi" until 1620, and then it was only to photo-document J2 before fueling the boat to be ready if more residents come in.

Notes-Comments:The continuing pattern of only a few residents widely spread can be correlated with the Chinook salmon pattern of relatively few fish making it to the Fraser River Albion test fishery nets. This is another bad year for Chinook salmon in the SRKW core summer habitat!