Encounter #16 - Mar 7, 2016
the T18's
the T18's

Photo by D. Giles

T19B, T18, and T19 in Satellite Channel
T19B, T18, and T19 in Satellite Channel

Photo by Dave Ellifrit

T19C and T19B
T19C and T19B

Photo by D. Giles

the T18's
the T18's

Photo by D. Giles

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Photos taken under Federal Permits

NMFS PERMIT: 15569/ DFO SARA 272

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07-Mar-16

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13:26

14:23

Orcinus

Dave Ellifrit, D. Giles

T18's

T18, T19, T19B, and T19C

Satellite Channel

48 42.07/123 22.46

48 42.37/123 27.96

Encounter Summary: 

After getting a phone call from Jane Cogan relaying a message that Peregrine had found the T18's near Gooch Island, Dave and Giles headed out to take a look at them. We decided it was a good opportunity to take our "new" 1981 Boston Whaler currently named "Orcinus" out for a test run as the brand new engine needed to be broken in too.

We left Snug Harbor at 1250 and got on scene at 1326 about a mile and a half north of Swartz Bay. Since both Peregrine and Legacy had recently left the whales, we had to re-find them which we did after a brief search. The T18's had already exited Shute Passage into Satellite Channel and appeared to be resting as they were traveled slowly west in a tight group.

All four whales milled briefly near us at 1351 but it was unclear whether they actually got something. We saw no diving gulls or any other signs of a confirmed kill. The T18's continued west in Satellite Channel and briefly picked up a little speed on the north side of Piers Island before slowing down again. We left the whales at 1423 still heading slowly west about a mile north east of Moses Pt. at the top of the Sannich Peninsula.