2019 Encounters

Encounter #7 - Jan 31, 2019
T060C

T060C

Photo by Mark Malleson

T060E

T060E

Photo by Mark Malleson

T060C & T060E

T060C & T060E

Photo by Mark Malleson

Photo by Mark Malleson

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T060C_T010_R_20190131MLM_JF1-0638

Photo by Mark Malleson

T060E

T060E

Photo by Mark Malleson

T060C

T060C

Photo by Mark Malleson

T060

T060

Photo by Mark Malleson

T010C

T010C

Photo by Mark Malleson

T010, T010C & T060

T010, T010C & T060

Photo by Mark Malleson

T010C

T010C

Photo by Mark Malleson

Photo by Mark Malleson

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Date: 31-January-2019

Sequence: 1

Encounter Number: 07

Enc Start Time: 09:26

Enc End Time: 11:11

Vessel: Mike 1

Observers: Mark Malleson, Hanna Magnusson

Pods or ecotype: Bigg's Transients

Location: Zero Rock

Begin Lat/Long: 48 29.6/123 16.4

End Lat/Long: 48 35.3/123 19.1

Encounter Summary:

I spotted a group of killer whales near the Chain Islands from the living room window traveling north through Oak Bay at ~0820. Hanna and I got organized and headed downtown to mobilize Mike 1. We departed the dock at 0900 and made our way north towards Zero Rock. We stopped to have a scan slightly north of Baynes Channel and I could see them a little south of Zero Rock pointed north.
We started the encounter at 0926 (48 29.6/123 16.4) with T060 and T010C who were traveling a few hundred hards behind the rest of the group.
At 0934 the lead group went into a bait ball and grabbed a seal as the 2 bulls picked up the pace to join them for some prey sharing (48 30.2/123 16.7).
The group turned slightly west towards Little Zero Rock and milled about for a couple of minutes before separating into 2 groups. T060C and T060E took turns keeping tabs on a seal hiding out on the bottom for ~20 minutes before they grabbed it and shared it at the surface at 1033 (48 32.3/123 19.3). They didn't waste any time eating it and then porpoised at 10 knots towards Darcy Island to catch up with the other 3 members of the group. They reunited at 1048 (48 33.8/123 19. 7) and continued north towards Sidney Channel. At 1100 they made another seal kill at 48 34.5/123 18.8.
We ended the encounter at 1109 as they entered Sidney Channel (48 35.3/123 19.1) T060E was trailing by ~200 metres.

Photos taken under Federal Permits

NMFS PERMIT: 21238/ DFO SARA 388