Photo by Mark Malleson

Photo by Mark Malleson

Photo by Mark Malleson

Photo by Mark Malleson

Photo by Mark Malleson

Photo by Mark Malleson

Photo by Mark Malleson

Photo by Mark Malleson

Photo by Mark Malleson

Photo by Mark Malleson

Photo by Mark Malleson

Photo by Mark Malleson

Photo by Mark Malleson

Encounter #13 - Feb 4, 2017

Date: 04-Feb-17

Sequence: 1

Encounter Number: 13

Enc Start Time: 11:00

Enc End Time: 13:50

Vessel: Mike 1

Observers: Mark Malleson

Pods or ecotype: Jpod

Location: Otter Point

Begin Lat/Long: 48 19..5/123 55.3

End Lat/Long: 48 22.5/124 07.1

 

Encounter Summary:

I left Victoria Harbour at 10:15 in search of J's/L87 knowing that they were seen going south down San Juan Channel the previous evening just before dark and calls were heard on the LK hydrophone at ~1am. As I was leaving the dock I got a late report of killer whales seen off of Sooke at ~9:00 so my hopes were very high.
At 1100 I came across J16, J50 and 42 offshore of Sooke travelling west. I spent close to an hour observing them and keeping an eye out for more before continuing on to find the rest. Approximately 3 miles ahead and offshore I spotted several others which included J26 and L87. One of the two bulls was quite frisky as I saw him waving his member around. J27 was the furthest west and south of any that I could find. I left the main group which included J17, J53, J26 and L87 ~ 4 miles south west of Jordan River at 1350 still traveling west. They were moving up to 8 knots at times with the outgoing ebb. I didn't observe any obvious foraging.

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