2019 Encounters

Encounter #75 - September 21, 2019
T077A

T077A

Photo by Mark Malleson

T011A

T011A

Photo by Mark Malleson

T011A

T011A

Photo by Mark Malleson

T011A

T011A

Photo by Mark Malleson

T011A

T011A

Photo by Mark Malleson

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Date: 21-September-2019

Sequence: 2

Encounter Number: 75

Enc Start Time: 10:08

Enc End Time: 10:53

Vessel: Mike 1

Observers: Mark Malleson

Pods or ecotype: Bigg's (CA's/U's)

Location: Becher Bay

Begin Lat/Long: 48 19.9/123 35.9

End Lat/Long: 48 18.7/123 36.0

Encounter Summary:

As Mark was about to leave Victoria harbour on Mike 1 to survey out to the west in the Juan de Fuca Strait he received a call from Paul Pudwell from Sooke that there was a pair of bull Bigg's killer whales east bound along the shore line of East Sooke Park. He arrived shortly after 1000 to find a few of the commercial whale watch boats out of Victoria already on scene with T011A and T077A at the head of Becher Bay. The two males were in the far north east corner of the bay milling around behind the log booms. It looked as though they made a kill back in there on a probable seal. They then did a long dive of close to 8 minutes as they worked there way back out of the bay on the eastern shoreline. They continued along the shoreline to the east towards Race Rocks. Mark ended the encounter at 1053 to follow up a sighting of more killer whales spotted well to the west.

Photos taken under Federal Permits

NMFS PERMIT: 21238/ DFO SARA 388