2018 Encounters

Encounter #80 - Sept 16, 2018
T041A, T041A3, T041A2

T041A, T041A3, T041A2

Photo by Mark Malleson

T137R

T137R

Photo by Mark Malleson

T041A, T041A3

T041A, T041A3

Photo by Mark Malleson

T041L

T041L

Photo by Mark Malleson

T137AR

T137AR

Photo by Mark Malleson

T041AL

T041AL

Photo by Mark Malleson

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Date: 16-September-18

Sequence: 3

Encounter Number: 80

Enc Start Time: 17:04

Enc End Time: 17:25

Vessel: Mike 1

Observers: Mark Malleson, Joe Zelweitro

Pods or ecotype: Bigg's Transient killer whales

Location: Church Rock

Begin Lat/Long: 48 17.9/123 36.2

End Lat/Long: 48 18.6/123 35.4

 

Encounter Summary:

We got to Whirl Bay at 1704 as the T041's were working their way west along the shoreline.
I spotted more blows slightly offshore to the west (mouth of Becher Bay). They were the T137's traveling quickly east with the flood current towards Race Passage. They were spread out and passed within a quarter mile of the T041's. We got shots of T137 and T137A but short on time and concerned we could lose track of the T041's we let the T137's continue on without getting proof of presence of T137B and T137D.
We followed the T041's as far as the Bedford Islands and ended the encounter at 1725. They grabbed a seal in the kelp bed in the bay to the north-west of Church Rock (48 18.9/123 35.5) and divided it up amongst each other on the move.

 

Photos taken under Federal Permits

NMFS PERMIT: 21238 / DFO SARA 388