2019 Encounters

Encounter #10 - Feb 16, 2019
T090D

T090D

Photo by Mark Malleson

T090C

T090C

Photo by Mark Malleson

T090C

T090C

Photo by Mark Malleson

T090B

T090B

Photo by Mark Malleson

T069D1

T069D1

Photo by Mark Malleson

T090

T090

Photo by Mark Malleson

T069's

T069's

Photo by Mark Malleson

Photo by Mark Malleson

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Date: 16-February-2019

Sequence: 1

Encounter Number: 10

Enc Start Time: 09:42

Enc End Time: 10:15

Vessel: Mike 1

Observers: Mark Malleson, Hanna Magnusson

Pods or ecotype: Bigg's Transients

Location: Zero Rock

Begin Lat/Long:4 8 30.9/123 17.5

End Lat/Long: 48 32.5/123 19.6

Encounter Summary:

I received a call at 0826 from George Hamilton who spotted a group of ~ 7 killer whales slowly north bound past his place north of Ten Mile Point.
Hanna and I immediately headed downtown to mobilize Mike 1 and departed Victoria's harbour at 0900.
At 0942 I spotted a group of killer whales near Little Zero Rock through the binoculars. We approached the area slowly waiting for another sighting but it wasn't until well over 10 minutes before I spotted them again (48 30.9/123 17.5) They were doing between 10 and 14 minute dives the whole time we were there. T090 and T090D were slightly east of the rest of the T090's and the T069D's.
We ended the encounter at 1015 slightly north of Little Zero Rock (48 32.5/123 19.6) in order for me to get back to Victoria harbour to take guest out on a Prince of Whales 1100 departure. Our last distant looks showed they were pointed north towards James Island.
After well over 2 hours of scanning and searching the area I re sighted them at 1315 very close to where we started our encounter in the morning. This time they were pointed very slowly south.

Photos taken under Federal Permits

NMFS PERMIT: 21238/ DFO SARA 388