2018 Encounters

Encounter #88 - Oct 12, 2018
T65A4

T65A4

Photo by Ken Balcomb

T65A2

T65A2

Photo by Ken Balcomb

T49A2

T49A2

Photo by Ken Balcomb

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Date: 12-Oct-18

Sequence: 1

Encounter Number: 88

Enc Start Time: 13:34

Enc End Time: 14:03

Vessel: Orcinus

Observers: Ken Balcomb

Pods or ecotype: T65As

Location: Haro Strait

Begin Lat/Long: Sunset Point, San Juan Island

End Lat/Long: Open Bay, Haro Strait

 

Encounter Summary:

 

The T65As swam up the west side of San Juan Island from Eagle Point and were approaching the Center for Whale Research so Ken set out in “Orcinus” for a quick proof of presence of who was in the group. It turned out to be T65A2, T65A4, and T49A2, an occasional travelling buddy. Tom and Andy had been keeping track of their progress up island and were on the CWR porch for some drone work while Ken encountered the whales by vessel to compare points of view. It is really quite remarkable how much can be learned by aerial view of the whales underwater to merge with how much we know by documenting individuals for their lifetime.​

Photos taken under Federal Permits

NMFS PERMIT: 21238 / DFO SARA 388