2018 Encounters

Encounter #86 - Sept 30, 2018
L106

L106

Photo by Mark Malleson

L87

L87

Photo by Mark Malleson

L83

L83

Photo by Mark Malleson

L82

L82

Photo by Mark Malleson

L72

L72

Photo by Mark Malleson

K35

K35

Photo by Mark Malleson

K25

K25

Photo by Mark Malleson

K20

K20

Photo by Mark Malleson

Photo by Mark Malleson

J39

J39

Photo by Mark Malleson

J27

J27

Photo by Mark Malleson

Photo by Mark Malleson

Photo by Mark Malleson

Photo by Mark Malleson

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Date: 30-September-218

Sequence: 1

Encounter Number: 86

Enc Start Time: 11:01

Enc End Time: 14:36

Vessel: Mike 1

Observers: Mark Malleson

Pods or ecotype: J, K and L Pod

Location: north west of Crescent Bay

Begin Lat/Long: 48 15.8/123 47.5

End Lat/Long: 48 15.5/123 47.0

 

Encounter Summary:

I left Victoria at 09:00 and worked my way out the shoreline of Vancouver Island to the west. The visibility was limited as there was light rain and fog.

 

When I reached Otter Point I headed south west across the Juan de Fuca Strait towards Pillar Point where I came across ~20 humpback whales at 48 15.8/124 00.1.

 

At 10:45 I received a call from Chris Bain on Forever Wild who came across Southern Resident killer whales a few miles east of me as he was heading west towards Pillar Point mid strait.
I arrived on scene a few minutes later to see a large group of whales spread out from the middle of the strait to the south traveling south east. I started the encounter at 11:01 (48 15.8/123 47.5)

 

There was a larger group of ~15 animals with members of all thee pod mixed together with the rest spread out to the north west and south.

 

At 11:42 I observed J39 chasing a fish at 48 16.2/123 45.9. At 1240 I was able to collect salmon scales from a predation event by L105 at 48 17.9/123 45.1.

 

I eventually found K25 along with a few of the K13's to the north west of the group moments before the visibility deteriorated. They were moving quickly to the south averaging 8 knots. I continued to the south towards Freshwater Bay and found the bulk of the animals milling slightly east of an inbound US nuclear submarine military convoy. I watched them all turn back to the west and pass by the convoy. I ended the encounter at 14:36 at 48 15.5/123 47.0

 

Photos taken under Federal Permits

NMFS PERMIT: 21238 / DFO SARA 388