Encounter #33 - April 20, 2016
T49A's
T49A's

Photo by Mark Malleson

T49A1
T49A1

Photo by Mark Malleson

T99's
T99's

Photo by Mark Malleson

T49A's
T49A's

Photo by Mark Malleson

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

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20-Apr-16

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Mike 1

Mark Malleson

Transients

T36A's, T49A's, T65A's, T99's, and T123's

SE Juan de Fuca Strait

48 18.20/123 16.00

48 14.30/123 04.40

Encounter Summary: 

On the morning of April 20th I got word there were killer whales seen south of Trial Island heading west.


I headed out on Mike 1 to check them out. Zim Zakreski on a BC Whale Tours zodiac had found them and waited for me to get there.

Upon arrival I saw that they were the T099's and T036A's fairly spread out traveling slow. They had turned around and were headed south east on a line for Dungeness.

We were several miles south of Trial Island and had a report from the Clipper that more whales were spotted between the ODAS marker and Hein Bank.

Mick McGregor on Kodiak was able to locate and identify one of 2 groups as the T049A's which were 7 miles to the south east of the T099's and T036A group. When I left to see the 2 groups to the south-east Mark on a Springtide zodiac was with the lead group and the only boat left on scene. He waited for me to arrive and upon arrival I saw that it was the T123's and the T065A's in a tight group a half mile ahead of the T049A's. They were on a south east track for the entrance to Admiralty Inlet moving at 7 knots.

When I left them they had all turned to the north east and were pointed on a line for Smith Island.