2019 Encounters

Encounter #40 - June 29, 2019
T37A2

T37A2

Photo by Dave Ellifrit

the T37As

the T37As

Photo by Dave Ellifrit

T37A and T37A5

T37A and T37A5

Photo by Dave Ellifrit

the T37As

the T37As

Photo by Dave Ellifrit

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Date: 29-Jun-19

Sequence: 1

Encounter Number: 40

Enc Start Time: 17:40

Enc End Time: 18:05

Vessel: Mike 1

Observers: Mark Malleson and Dave Ellifrit

Pods or ecotype: Transients

Location: Cape Flattery

Begin Lat/Long: 48 25.07/124 40.57

End Lat/Long: 48 25.20/124 38.12

Encounter Summary:

Mark and Dave did a survey on Saturday all the way out the Strait of Juan de Fuca and past Carmanah Point. We checked out a couple of corners of Swiftsure Bank and found some scattered humpbacks but no killer whales. On our way back in from the bank, Mark spotted some blows a couple miles to the northeast of Cape Flattery. The whales turned out to be the T37As heading east in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The T37As traveled in a tight group with a newish calf tight by T37A's side. The calf did briefly travel between a pair of siblings before returning to T37A’s side. We stayed with the group for 25 minutes and left them still traveling in an easterly direction at 1805.

Photos taken under Federal Permits

NMFS PERMIT: 21238/ DFO SARA 388