Encounter #47 - May 19, 2016
T97 and T93
T97 and T93

Photo by Dave Ellifrit

T11A near Monarch Head
T11A near Monarch Head

Photo by Dave Ellifrit

T65A's and T36A's in Boundary Pass
T65A's and T36A's in Boundary Pass

Photo by D. Giles

T97 and T93
T97 and T93

Photo by Dave Ellifrit

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

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19-May-16

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14:43

16:13

Orcinus

Dave Ellifrit and D. Giles

Transients

T11, T11A, T36A, T36A1, T36A2, T36A3, T65A, T65A2, T65A3, T65A4, T65A5, T65B, T65B1, T93, T97, t99, T99B, T99C, and T99D

Boundary Pass

48 44.64/123 07.84

48 47.15/123 02.07

Encounter Summary: 

Simon Pidcock found a large group of transients heading east in Boundary Pass in the early afternoon. Dave and Giles headed down to Snug Harbor and left aboard Orcinus at 1415 and arrived on scene about a half mile south of the Java Islets at 1443.

The T36A's, T65A's, T65Bs, T99's, T93, and T97 were in a fairly tight group heading northeast with T93 and T97 oh so slightly behind the others while the T11A's were about a half mile to the southwest. By about 1505, the T11's were paralleling the larger group but separated by about 300 yards. The big group had slowed down, tightened up even more, and seemed to be socializing. T93 and T97 began to drop back from the larger group and then broke off to the northeast.

The T11's had moved all the way over to the rocks just south of Monarch Head and began milling. T11A logged at the surface briefly too. The larger group broke up and members of it also came over and milled near Monarch Head while others began milling to the north of them. Most of the whales went around the corner and went deep into Narvaez Bay. T93 and T97 reappeared and headed toward the other whales. All the whales then continued northeast loosely spread along the Saturna shoreline toward East Point with the T11's trailing. We left the whales at 1613 near Boiling Reef heading north.