2019 Encounters

Encounter #39 - June 26, 2019
T46B1B

T46B1B

Photo by Dave Ellifrit

T36A1

T36A1

Photo by Dave Ellifrit

Photo by Michael Weiss

Photo by Michael Weiss

T77A

T77A

Photo by Dave Ellifrit

Photo by Michael Weiss

the T46Bs head south

the T46Bs head south

Photo by Dave Ellifrit

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Date: 26-Jun-19

Sequence: 1

Encounter Number: 39

Enc Start Time: 10:50

Enc End Time: 12:15

Vessel: Orcinus

Observers: David Ellifrit, Michael Weiss

Pods or ecotype: Transients

Location: Haro Strait

Begin Lat/Long: 48 32.12/123 13.28

End Lat/Long: 48 29.48/123 11.12

Encounter Summary:

Michael received a report from Jane Cogan about transient calls on Haro Strait hydrophones, and later visual confirmation of a group of whales in mid Haro headed towards Kelp Reef. At 1030, Dave and Michael left Snug to try to locate and ID the whales. At 1050, they arrived on scene southwest of Kelp Reef with the T46Bs, T36As, T65Bs, and T77A. The whales were socializing, and milling non-directionally. At 1130, the whales split into two groups. The T36As, T65Bs, and T77A headed northwest, moving quickly, with T77A separated from the rest of the group by nearly a mile. The T46Bs, meanwhile, headed south down Haro Strait. The team spent a bit of time trying to keep up with the northern group, before flipping to get more photos of the T46Bs, particularly interested in further assessing T46B1B’s skin condition. At 1215, the team ended the encounter in mid Haro Strait, just west of Lime Kiln park.

Photos taken under Federal Permits

NMFS PERMIT: 21238/ DFO SARA 388