2018 Encounters

Encounter #76 - Sept 13, 2018
K33, K22, and J22

K33, K22, and J22

Photo by Stewart MacIntyre

J26

J26

Photo by Dave Ellifrit

K35

K35

Photo by Stewart MacIntyre

K21

K21

Photo by Stewart MacIntyre

L82 taillob

L82 taillob

Photo by Stewart MacIntyre

K37, K22, and K33

K37, K22, and K33

Photo by Dave Ellifrit

K35 and K42

K35 and K42

Photo by Stewart MacIntyre

20180913DKE_SJ1-0837_K22 and K33

20180913DKE_SJ1-0837_K22 and K33

Photo by Dave Ellifrit

K21

K21

Photo by Astrid van Ginneken

K33

K33

Photo by Astrid van Ginneken

J42 and J16

J42 and J16

Photo by Astrid van Ginneken

K36, J41, and J19

K36, J41, and J19

Photo by Dave Ellifrit

Photo by Stewart MacIntyre

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Date: 13-Sep-18

Sequence: 1

Encounter Number: 76

Enc Start Time: 12:40

Enc End Time: 16:25

Vessel: Orcinus

Observers: Dave Ellifrit, Astrid van Ginneken, Stewart MacIntyre, Kathy Babiak

Pods or ecotype: J,K,L

Location: Juan de Fuca Strait and Haro Strait

Begin Lat/Long: 48 16.57/123 26.13

End Lat/Long: 48 28.42/123 05.35

 

Encounter Summary:

We were again working in the CWR office when we got the word that K pod and others were heading east near Race Rocks. We all grabbed our gear, headed for the boat, and left Snug Harbor at 1125. We arrived on scene near the VG buoy southeast of Race Rocks at 1240 after slogging through some lumpy seas. The whales were spread out in groups and singles heading east. The first groups we saw were J and K pod whales all mixed up. A little later we would see groups and individuals that would include the L4, L47, and L72 matrilines of L pod plus L90. All the groups and individuals headed east and eventually hit the west side of SJI around 1545. Here, they dissipated even more with some whales foraging to the south and a few others foraging along the shoreline near Hannah Heights who were pointed north. We ended the encounter at 1625 off Pile Point.

Photos taken under Federal Permits

NMFS PERMIT: 21238 / DFO SARA 388