2019 Encounters

Encounter #34 - May 14, 2019
T87

T87

Photo by Dave Ellifrit

T124A2, T124A2B, and T90C

T124A2, T124A2B, and T90C

Photo by Dave Ellifrit

T90D does a reverse surfacing

T90D does a reverse surfacing

Photo by Dave Ellifrit

T90, T90B, and T90C

T90, T90B, and T90C

Photo by Dave Ellifrit

the T90s and T124A2s

the T90s and T124A2s

Photo by Dave Ellifrit

T90D and T90B

T90D and T90B

Photo by Dave Ellifrit

T87

T87

Photo by Dave Ellifrit

the T124A2s and T90

the T124A2s and T90

Photo by Dave Ellifrit

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Date: 14-May-19

Sequence: 1

Encounter Number: 34

Enc Start Time: 14:35

Enc End Time: 15:00

Vessel: Orcinus

Observers: Dave Ellifrit

Pods or ecotype: Transients

Location: Spieden Island

Begin Lat/Long: 48 38.59/123 10.31

End Lat/Long: 48 39.29/123 11.40

Encounter Summary:

Dave received several calls from various sources about a couple of different groups of Bigg’s killer whales in the area, including a group that headed up San Juan Channel and into Spieden Channel. As the San Juan Channel whales neared the west end of Spieden Channel, reports said that T87 and the T90s were present but there was still a little confusion about who a couple/few extras were in the group. Dave grabbed his gear, headed for Snug Harbor, and left in the boat at 1415.
“Orcinus” arrived on scene around 1435 off the west end of Spieden Island. The whales were just finishing feeding after a kill and blubber oil could be smelled in the air. A group of five or six whales were grouping up while another pair of whales were still feeding about 200 yards to the east of them. After a long dive, all the whales formed up in a tight group heading towards, and then along, the southwestern tip of Stuart Island. The other matriline in the group with T87 and the T90s turned out to be the T124A2s. The encounter ended at 1500 with the whales continuing slowly northwest up the southwestern shoreline of Stuart Island.

Photos taken under Federal Permits

NMFS PERMIT: 21238/ DFO SARA 388