2017 Encounters

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Encounter #99 - Oct 25, 2017

Date: 25-Oct-2017

Sequence:1

Encounter Number: 99

Enc Start Time: 10:25

Enc End Time: 12:05

Vessel: Mike 1

Observers: Mark Malleson, JoeZelweitro

Pods or ecotype: Transients

Location: Victoria Harbour to Esquimalt Harbour

Begin Lat/Long: 48 25.4/123 23.5

End Lat/Long: 48 25.7/123 26.9

 

Encounter Summary:

I left the dock in Victoria Harbour at 1012 to follow up a report of a pair of killer whales seen west bound close to shore near Clover Point.
As I was taxiing out of the Harbour past the fuel dock at 1020 I spotted what turned out to be T011 and T011A exiting West Bay Marina. They cruised the shoreline past the sewage treatment pant site under construction at Macauley Point, continued west and entered Esquimalt Harbour. This is the first time I have ever seen killer whales go in here. The went all the way down to the north west corner of the Harbour where T011 took a seal and shared it with her son T011A. It looked like he got another one at Cole Island and then they got one more along the north shore of the Harbour before they finally exited the Harbour at 12:05 when I ended the encounter.

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

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