2019 Encounters

Encounter #36 - May 31, 2019
T65B1 breach

T65B1 breach

Photo by Dave Ellifrit

T75C1

T75C1

Photo by Dave Ellifrit

Socializing juveniles

Socializing juveniles

Photo by Dave Ellifrit

Inverted tail lob

Inverted tail lob

Photo by Dave Ellifrit

Tail wave next to T75C

Tail wave next to T75C

Photo by Dave Ellifrit

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Date: 31-05-19

Sequence: 1

Encounter Number: 36

Enc Start Time: 10:45

Enc End Time: 11:50

Vessel: Orcinus

Observers: David Ellifrit, Michael Weiss, Darren Croft

Pods or ecotype: Transients

Location: Beaumont Shoal, Haro Strait

Begin Lat/Long: 48 28.46/123 12.23

End Lat/Long: 48 29.17/123 11.01

Encounter Summary:

Dave, Michael, and Darren left Snug Harbor on Orcinus at 1030. There had been reports of a group of Transients near Beaumont Shoal, so the team headed across Haro Strait in that direction.

The team arrived on scene north of Beaumont Shoal, to find the T65Bs, T75Bs, and T75Cs (8 whales in total). The whales were in tight groups, being extremely social. The younger whales were constantly playing, with lots of spy hops and breaches.

The group slowly made their way northwest towards San Juan Island, with the adults in the lead and the young individuals following. The group continued to socialize as the team left the scene just before 1200.

Photos taken under Federal Permits

NMFS PERMIT: 21238/ DFO SARA 388