Encounter #39 - May 3, 2016
J52
J52

Photo by Ken Balcomb

J16's
J16's

Photo by Ken Balcomb

J16 and J26
J16 and J26

Photo by Dave Ellifrit

J52
J52

Photo by Ken Balcomb

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Photos taken under Federal Permits
NMFS PERMIT: 15569/ DFO SARA 388

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03-May-16

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39

16:34

16:52

Orcinus

Ken Balcomb
Dave Ellifrit

J16's

the six J16's

Spieden Channel

48 37.59/123 07.99

48 38.23/123 08.61

Encounter Summary: 

The J16's had been found off the west side of San Juan Island in the morning. By 1305, the J16's had moved slowly north past CWR about a quarter mile off the reef. Ken and Dave left a while later to see the T's in Boundary Pass (Encounter 38-1). We ended that encounter at 1613 and decided to briefly check out the J16's who were reported to be heading east in Spieden Channel at that time. We arrived on scene at 1634 about a mile east of Battleship Rock. The J16's milled some and went on a long dive before coming up on the north side of Spieden Channel just a little east of Sentinel Island. We left the J16's soon afterward at 1652 as they moved closer to the Spieden Island shoreline and headed slowly east in a tight group.