2019 Encounters

Encounter #5 - Jan 25, 2019

Photo by Mark Malleson

T085D

T085D

Photo by Mark Malleson

T085D

T085D

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T085B

T085B

Photo by Mark Malleson

T085B

T085B

Photo by Mark Malleson

T085B

T085B

Photo by Mark Malleson

T085A

T085A

Photo by Mark Malleson

T085A

T085A

Photo by Mark Malleson

T085

T085

Photo by Mark Malleson

T085

T085

Photo by Mark Malleson

Photo by Mark Malleson

Photo by Mark Malleson

Photo by Mark Malleson

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Date: 25-January-2019

Sequence: 1

Encounter Number: 5

Enc Start Time: 14:03

Enc End Time: 15:42

Vessel: Mike 1

Observers: Mark Malleson

Pods or ecotype: Bigg's Transients

Location: South of Constance Bank

Begin Lat/Long:4 8 17.3/123 18.5

End Lat/Long: 48 19.7/123 29.3

Encounter Summary:

I received a report from Spencer Domico at ~1300 that he had come across westbound killer whales 11 miles south of Discovery as he was headed to Port Angeles.
I left Victoria harbour on Mike 1 at 1330 as Spencer left the T085's at 48 16/123 17.8 traveling north. I re-spotted them at 1403 chasing a harbour porpoise (48 17.3/123 18.5). They caught it and consumed it within 2 minutes of me arriving.
They traveled northwest to the southwest corner of Constance Bank and then turned to the west. They were traveling west towards Pedder Bay at a steady 5 knots and doing ~6-minute dives. I watched them pass by a couple of harbour seals and did not observe any more predation. I ended the encounter at 1542 and returned to Victoria harbour.

Photos taken under Federal Permits

NMFS PERMIT: 21238/ DFO SARA 388