2018 Encounters

Encounter #93 - Oct 29, 2018
T046B4

T046B4

Photo by Mark Malleson

T046B3

T046B3

T046B2

T046B2

Photo by Mark Malleson

Photo by Mark Malleson

T046B1, T046B1A

T046B1, T046B1A

Photo by Mark Malleson

Photo by Mark Malleson

T046B, T046B2, T046B4

T046B, T046B2, T046B4

Photo by Mark Malleson

Photo by Mark Malleson

Photo by Mark Malleson

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Date: 29-October-2018

Sequence: 1

Encounter Number: 93

Enc Start Time: 16:26

Enc End Time: 17:39

Vessel: Mike 1

Observers: Mark Malleson

Pods or ecotype: Bigg's Transients

Location: Albert Head

Begin Lat/Long: 48 21.0/123 26.2

End Lat/Long: 48 18.9/123 29.0

 

Encounter Summary:

I departed Victoria harbour at 15:45 to relocate the T046B's who had been found earlier in the day near Becher Bay and left at 14:45 approaching Constance Bank last seen eastbound.
I called Gord Rowles (Crow's Nest) and had him have a scan for me from his 23rd-floor apartment near Beacon Hill to help me. I was approaching Constance Bank when he called to tell me he had spotted a pair of killer whales westbound a little over a mile east of Albert Head. I came across T046B1 and T046B1 pointed west towards William Head. They were doing very long dives and erratic in their direction so hard to track. While keeping track of them I spotted the other 4 members to the south a mile away. Once I got proof of presence pictures of T046B1 and T046B1A I went over to the other 4 which appeared to be milling after a likely seal kill.
T046B was very inquisitive as she swam over to the boat and had a close look at me, swam under the boat and had another look from the other side. I was concerned that perhaps a seal was hiding under the boat but that did not seem to be the case. She left after a half minute and joined the others while they shared their prey.
After some time of drifting in the current with them while they milled around, I ended the encounter at 1739 as the sun was setting. I could see multiple humpback blows near Race Rocks as I watched the T046B's amble their way towards Race Passage.

 

Photos taken under Federal Permits

NMFS PERMIT: 21238 / DFO SARA 388