Encounter #85 - Aug 18 , 2016
K26
K26

Photo by Ken Balcomb

SR chasing fish
SR chasing fish

Photo by Ken Balcomb

K14
K14

Photo by Ken Balcomb

K26
K26

Photo by Ken Balcomb

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

Date:

Sequence:

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18-Aug-16

1

85

1251

1333

Chimo

Ken Balcomb

J and K pod individual;s

Haro Strait

48 28 33N/123 05 34W

48 30 29N/123 09 17W

Encounter Summary: 

Returning from Sequim in mid-day, Ken encountered a very spread out assemblage of J and K whales travelling and foraging toward the southeast along the west side of San Juan Island. A few individual fish chases were observed, but no fish scales were seen in the "tracks" left by the whales. Perhaps the fish, if caught, were smaller and swallowed whole rather than broken apart and shared.

Notes-Comments:The encounter was brief because it is very inefficient to try to identify very many whales when they are spread miles apart.