Encounter #45 - May 15, 2016
T99 and T99D
T99 and T99D

Photo by Dave Ellifrit

T97 and T93
T97 and T93

Photo by Dave Ellifrit

T93 right side
T93 right side

Photo by Dave Ellifrit

T99 and T99D
T99 and T99D

Photo by Dave Ellifrit

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

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15-May-16

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45

12:13

12:56

Orcinus

Dave Ellifrit

Transients

T36A, T36A1, T36A2, T36A3, T99, T99B, T99C, T99D, T93, and T97

Haro Strait

48 31.71/12313.67

48 29.05/123 12.84

Encounter Summary: 

Jane Cogan called Dave at home around 0830 to report that she was hearing transient calls on the Orca Sound hydrophone. The whales continued making calls for the next few hours and were sometimes quite loud and chatty. By late morning, Jane finally spotted the whales through her scope north of Halibut Island. Whale watch boats arrived in the area and got on the whales soon after. John Durban reported that the T36A's and T99's along with T93 and T97 were present and that they were heading south near the east side of Sydney Island. Dave headed down to Snug Harbor and left aboard Orcinus at 1205 and arrived on scene at 1213 about a mile or so southwest of Kelp Reef.

The whales were in a single group with T93 and T97 following the others rather hopefully by ten to twenty yards as they headed southeast. With all the socializing that was apparently happening in the morning, one has to wonder if T93 and T97 were hanging around looking for a mating opportunity. The whales turned a little more to the south southeast and continued traveling at a medium speed and Orcinus left them 1256 about four miles south southeast of Kelp Reef.