T099D

T099D

Photo by Mark Malleson

T099C

T099C

Photo by Mark Malleson

T099

T099

Photo by Mark Malleson

T065A2

T065A2

Photo by Mark Malleson

T065A3

T065A3

Photo by Mark Malleson

Photo by Mark Malleson

T065A

T065A

Photo by Mark Malleson

Photo by Mark Malleson

Photo by Mark Malleson

Encounter #76 - Sept 9, 2017

Photos taken under Federal Permits
NMFS PERMIT: 15569-01/ DFO SARA 388

Date: 09-September-17

Sequence: 1

Encounter Number: 76

Enc Start Time: 09:43

Enc End Time: 19:19

Vessel: Mike 1

Observers: Mark Malleson, Hanna Malleson, Eve Jourdain, Richard Karoliussen

Pods or ecotype: Transients/Bigg's

Location: William Head/Sooke

Begin Lat/Long: 48 19.6 / 123 31.1

End Lat/Long: 48 18.3/ 123 41.7

Encounter Summary:

Hanna and I left Victoria harbour at 0839 to look for a group of killer whales that had been reported west bound south of the harbour entrance. With help from Ocean Magic II we were able to locate what turned out to be the T065A's and the T099's within a mile offshore of William Head. They were moving slowly south tightly grouped. We only stayed on scene long enough to get proof of presence shots of them as several commercial boats arrived shortly after us and it started to rain. Later that day we decided to head back out with our visiting friends Eve and Richard who founded the Norwegian Orca Survey out of Andenes, Norway. The T065A's and T099's had been reported to be heading east out near Sheringham. We left the harbour at 1725 and located them at 1811 south of Sooke as the last commercial boat was leaving. We stayed with them for close to 2 hours as they came in past East Sooke Park. For the majority of the encounter we watched them chase around common murres in the fog and saw at least 1 get eaten.

Notes-Comments:

2017 Encounters