T049A1

T049A1

Photo by Mark Malleson

T049A1

T049A1

Photo by Mark Malleson

T049A

T049A

Photo by Mark Malleson

T049A3

T049A3

Photo by Mark Malleson

Encounter #48 - July 2, 2017

Date: 02-July-17

Sequence: 1

Encounter Number: 48

Enc Start Time: 08:48

Enc End Time: 10:24

Vessel: Mike 1

Observers: Mark Malleson, Hanna Malleson

Pods or ecotype: T049A's

Location: Victoria Waterfront

Begin Lat/Long: 48 21.6/123 21.5

End Lat/Long: 48 22.4/123 29.9

Encounter Summary:

We left Victoria harbour at 0800 after receiving a call an hour earlier from a local fishing guide in Oak Bay flats who saw a small group of Killer Whales heading south. We decided to head out towards Constance Bank in the event they were heading west. The seas were quite big so we went as far as the west edge of Constance. We started heading east slowly after a scan with binoculars and were lucky enough to have stoped in the right spot! The T049A's were approaching coming west. We paralleled them for several minutes. They were very consistent in their dive pattern and course doing 3 knots over the bottom. When the first Whale Watch boat arrived from Victoria at ~0915 the T049A's started picking up speed and headed straight for Albert Head at 6 knots. We were expecting predation near Witty's Lagoon (Haystock Island) but did not witness any. We left them as more boats were arriving from Victoria.

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