Encounter #35 - April 24, 2016
T49A's, T65A's, and T65B's
T49A's, T65A's, and T65B's

Photo by Dave Ellifrit

T49A's, T65A's, and T65B's
T49A's, T65A's, and T65B's

Photo by Dave Ellifrit

T49C porpoising
T49C porpoising

Photo by Dave Ellifrit

T49A's, T65A's, and T65B's
T49A's, T65A's, and T65B's

Photo by Dave Ellifrit

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

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24-Apr-16

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Dave Ellifrit

Transients

T49A's, T49C, T65A's, and T65B's

Swanson Channel and Boundary Pass

48 42.93/123 17.38

48 44.27/123 16.97

 

 

 

Encounter Summary: 

Jane Cogan called Dave at home to report that a group of transients had been found near Mandarte Island and were heading toward Turn Point. Dave headed down to Snug Harbor and left aboard Orcinus at 1325.

As Orcinus approached the scene just around the corner of Turn Point on the northwest side of Stuart Island, Simon aboard Taku reported that he had T49C by himself heading quickly north up the east side of Moresby Island. Thinking that T49C might leave the area, Dave decided to go to him first and started the encounter at 1350 about a quarter mile off the east Moresby shoreline. T49C continued north at a medium speed for a couple of series of surfacings before he slowed down, turned southeast, and began porpoising back toward the other transients who were reported to be milling back west a little northwest of John's Pass. T49C porpoised southeast for the next twenty minutes until he was about three quarters of a mile north of the T49A's, T65A's, and T65B's who were milling and socializing but pointed west. T49C stayed about the same distance from the rest of the whales for the remainder of the encounter foraging by himself.

The T49A's, T65A's, and T65B's were in a tight group moving slowly west northwest with lots of socializing. While the older animals were being fairly mellow, the young whales were rolling all over each and having a grand 'ole time. Orcinus left this group in lower Swanson Channel heading slowly north at about 1530. Orcinus took one last brief look at T49C who was also moving slowly north in Swanson Channel about three quarters of a mile to the southeast of the others.