2019 Encounters

Encounter #26 - April 9, 2019
T100B1

T100B1

Photo by Mark Malleson

T100B

T100B

Photo by Mark Malleson

T100B

T100B

Photo by Mark Malleson

T011A

T011A

Photo by Mark Malleson

T011A

T011A

Photo by Mark Malleson

T011A and T100B1

T011A and T100B1

Photo by Mark Malleson

T011A

T011A

Photo by Mark Malleson

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Date: 09-April-2019

Sequence: 1

Encounter Number: 26

Enc Start Time: 09:33

Enc End Time: 10:16

Vessel: Mike 1

Observers: Mark Malleson

Pods or ecotype: Bigg's Transients

Location: south of Kelp Reef

Begin Lat/Long:48 29.8/123 13.3

End Lat/Long:48 31.7/123 13.0

 

Encounter Summary:

At ~0800 Hanna and I saw killer whales while having breakfast in Oak Bay between Chatham Island and the Chain Islands traveling north for Baynes Channel. We could see 1 bull that looked like T011A, a cow and what looked like a juvenile. At 0810 it looked as though they got a seal along the shoreline of Vantreight Island as I could see them milling about for several minutes with lots of gulls gathered around them.


We left the house as they exited Baynes channel to go to the boat. I left the Victoria Habour at 0850 and spotted them at 0930 a few miles south of Kelp Reef still traveling north. At the start of the encounter I saw them grab a likely seal and prey share while they continued to saunter north (48 29.8/123 13.3).


I left them at 1016 3.5 miles south of Henry Island traveling slowly north against the ebb current (48 31.7/123 13.0).

Photos taken under Federal Permits

NMFS PERMIT: 21238/ DFO SARA 388