2019 Encounters

Encounter #13 - Mar 7, 2019
T046E

T046E

Photo by Mark Malleson

T122

T122

Photo by Mark Malleson

T122

T122

Photo by Mark Malleson

T046F

T046F

Photo by Mark Malleson

T046F

T046F

Photo by Mark Malleson

T046E

T046E

Photo by Mark Malleson

T046E

T046E

Photo by Mark Malleson

T046D

T046D

Photo by Mark Malleson

T046D

T046D

Photo by Mark Malleson

T046

T046

Photo by Mark Malleson

T046, T046E, T046F

T046, T046E, T046F

Photo by Mark Malleson

T046

T046

Photo by Mark Malleson

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Date: 07-March-19

Sequence: 1

Encounter Numbe: 13

Enc Start Time: 11:07

Enc End Time: 13:07

Vessel: Mike 1

Observers: Mark Malleson, Hanna Magnusson

Pods or ecotype: Bigg's

Location: Victoria's waterfront

Begin Lat/Long: 48 23.9/123 27.0

End Lat/Long: 48 24.3/123 18.7

 

Encounter Summary:

I received a report a group from a colleague on a tugboat who saw a group of killer whales between Albert Head and William Head a mile offshore travelling north east.

 

Hanna and I mobilized Mike 1 and left Victoria harbour at 1045. We spotted them at 1107 slightly north east of Albert Head moving very slowly towards Victoria's harbour mouth. They were doing close to 7 minute dives and making less than 2 knots, likely resting.

 

After ~ 30 minutes they picked up the pace to close to 6 knots after crossing a tide line and worked their way past Clover Point within a hundred metres of shore. They milled about for less than a minute offshore of Harling Point before continuing on towards Enterprise channel. We left them at 1307 as a couple of commercial whale watch boats arrived.

 

We did not observe any predation for the 2 hour encounter.

Photos taken under Federal Permits

NMFS PERMIT: 21238/ DFO SARA 388