T65A

T65A

Photo by Dave Ellifrit

T49A1

T49A1

Photo by Dave Ellifrit

T65A2

T65A2

Photo by Dave Ellifrit

T49A3 and T49A4

T49A3 and T49A4

Photo by Dave Ellifrit

Encounter #32 - Apr 23, 2017

Date: 23-Apr-17

Sequence: 1

Encounter Number: 32

Enc Start Time: 13:05

Enc End Time: 13:18

Vessel: Orcinus

Observers: Dave Ellifrit

Pods or ecotype: T49As, T65As, T65Bs

Location: Haro Strait

Begin Lat/Long: 48 36.48/123 15.02

End Lat/Long: 48 35.17/123 15.13

 

Encounter Summary:

After a series of phone calls from Jane Cogan relaying reports of a large (and, at the time, unidentified) group of transients heading south in Haro Strait, Dave headed down to Snug Harbor and left aboard “Orcinus” at 1255. “Orcinus’ bumped its way across Haro Strait in a two foot chop and arrived on scene off the southeast end of Sydney Island at 1305 only to discover that it was the T49As, T65As, and T65Bs again. The T65As were in the front group while the T49As and T65Bs were following by a couple hundred yards. Both groups continued south into deteriorating sea conditions and Dave ended the encounter at 1318 off Hughes Passage after grabbing a few quick proof of presence shots of all eleven whales.

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