Encounter #24 - Mar 31, 2016
J34 off South Beach
J34 off South Beach

Photo by Dave Ellifrit

J28 and J54
J28 and J54

Photo by Dave Ellifrit

J28 and J54
J28 and J54

Photo by D. Giles

J34 off South Beach
J34 off South Beach

Photo by Dave Ellifrit

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Photos taken under Federal Permits

NMFS PERMIT: 15569/ DFO SARA 272

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31-Mar-16

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8:53

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Shachi

Dave Ellifrit and D. Giles

J Pod

J17's and J22's

Haro Strait

48 29.61/123 08.63

48 27.58/123 02.94

Encounter Summary: 

Jane Cogan called at 0730 to report J pod calls on her personal hydrophone. Dave and Giles met at Snug Harbor and left aboard Shachi at 0835. We saw our first whales off Hannah Heights at about 0850. J38 was traveling south by himself mid-Haro Strait. There seemed to be some foraging going on by other whales inshore of us.

After a visit with a U.S Customs boat, we found the J28's heading slowly southeast together off False Bay around 1000. A little later we found J17, J44, and J53 spread out foraging near Eagle Point. J53 was goofing around and did a couple of spy hops but would not roll for us to confirm its sex. These three eventually grouped up and moved slowly southeast. The leaders, J35, J47, J22, and J34, were spread out southeast of the J17's off South Beach. These whales made it to just north of the Salmon Bank buoy before turning around and heading back north again. J22 and J34 came together briefly as they headed north off South Beach. J34 broke off and did two big breaches before veering off to the west.

Closer inshore, J17, J44, and J53 grouped up with J35 and J47 and they all traveled slowly north together in a tight group off American Camp. This group moved inshore toward Eagle Point. The J28's were a few hundred yards behind the rest of the J17's also traveling slowly in a tight group and we ended the encounter with them off Eagle Point at 1100.