Encounter #75 - July 27, 2016
J52
J52

Photo by Ken Balcomb

J26 and J2 off the County Park
J26 and J2 off the County Park

Photo by Ken Balcomb

J26 and J2 off the County Park
J26 and J2 off the County Park

Photo by Dave Ellifrit

J52
J52

Photo by Ken Balcomb

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

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27-Jul-16

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75

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14:20

Orcinus

Ken Balcomb

Dave Ellifrit

J pod

Haro Strait

48 32.30/123 10.32

48 32. 13/123 10.71

Encounter Summary: 

Most of J pod had been spread out down San Juan Island all morning while J2, L87, the J16s, and the J19s had been found in Boundary Pass and were heading south around Turn Point. Dave headed down to Snug Harbor in the early afternoon and left aboard Orcinus to go and pick up Ken over in Oak Bay on Vancouver Island. By the time Ken and Dave came back across Haro Strait, the southbound J pod whales were in Andrews Bay.

Orcinus got on scene around 1400 off the County Park on SJI. J16, J42, and J50 were in the lead and traveling fast with J42 moving about a hundred yards west of J16 and J50. J19 and J41 were spread out not far behind the leaders. J41 breached once. Next, J36 with both J52 and J51 traveled south quickly past us off the County Park. J51 and J52 were active and playing around with one another. J2 and J26 were tight together inshore of the J36s with J51 and paralleling their course. All the whales continued quickly south toward Lime Kiln and we let them go past us at Bellevue Point at 1420. Melisa had been watching the whales from shore at CWR and had seen L87 heading south way offshore of the southbound J pod whales.