2018 Encounters

Encounter #104 - Nov 30, 2018
U084\

U084\

Photo by Mark Malleson

U083\

U083\

Photo by Mark Malleson

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CA174

CA174

Photo by Mark Malleson

CA174

CA174

Photo by Mark Malleson

CA174

CA174

Photo by Mark Malleson

Photo by Mark Malleson

Photo by Mark Malleson

CA173

CA173

Photo by Mark Malleson

CA166

CA166

Photo by Mark Malleson

CA173

CA173

Photo by Mark Malleson

CA173

CA173

Photo by Mark Malleson

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Date: 30-November-2018

Sequence: 1

Encounter Number: 104

Enc Start Time: 12:38

Enc End Time: 14:38

Vessel: Mike 1

Observers: Mark Malleson

Pods or ecotype: CA's/U's (Bigg's)

Location: north east of Dungeness Light

Begin Lat/Long: 48 13.6/123 04.5

End Lat/Long: 48 12.0/122 50.6

Encounter Summary:

I left Victoria harbour at 1130 to go look for the killer whales I had seen come in from the west off of Sheringham Point the evening before (CA's/U's along with T046B's) I pushed off to the south towards Dungeness when I heard that Jane and Tom Cogan along with Melissa Pinnow were west bound south east of Race on Morningstar on a search. I stopped and scanned when I arrived at Coyote Bank and could see a fair number of gulls feeding to the south towards Dungeness so I pushed on further. I stopped for another scan as I was fairly certain I had a slick from a potential seal kill (48 14.2/123 8.1). I decided to push on for a line towards Eastern Bank and ~ 2 miles further to the south east I spotted killer whales! It was part of the CA/U group that I had seen the day before but a few were missing including the bull, CA166 and the T046B's. I paralleled them for almost 30 minutes while they travelled close to 8 knots. They then doubled back towards the north west and I could see more coming south east to join them (48 13.9/122 59.2) It was the rest of the CA/U group except the bull CA166. I eventually spotted him close to a mile behind moving quickly towards the group. He eventually got within a quarter mile but stayed behind. As the group approached the entrance to Admiralty Inlet they fanned out over a mile and continued traveling fast to the south south east. Morningstar arrived at ~ 1430 and I ended the encounter at 1438.

 

Photos taken under Federal Permits

NMFS PERMIT: 21238 / DFO SARA 388