Encounter #27 - April 6, 2016
J34 and J46
J34 and J46

Photo by Dave Ellifrit

J38
J38

Photo by Dave Ellifrit

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inverted tailob

Photo by D.Giles

J34 and J46
J34 and J46

Photo by Dave Ellifrit

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Photos taken under Federal Permits

NMFS PERMIT: 15569/ DFO SARA 272

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06-Apr-16

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16:39

16:45

Shachi

Dave Ellifrit, D. Giles

J Pod

J17's and J22's

Patos Island

48 47.31/122 59.28

48 47.48/122 59.02

Encounter Summary: 

After Shachi left the transients around 1625, we decided to make a brief pass at J pod since radio talk had them still in northern Boundary Pass. J pod was closer than expected and we got on scene about a quarter mile west of the Patos Island lighthouse at 1639.
The J17's and J22's were loosely spread in a single group heading slowly east-southeast. Some of the animals seemed to be socializing as several whales were splashing around as we were arriving. J34 did a cartwheel and a pec slap before going on a long dive. We let the whales file slowly past us as we got proof of presence photos on all eleven of them and left soon after at 1645.