2019 Encounters

Encounter #76 - September 21, 2019
T019B

T019B

Photo by Mark Malleson

T019C

T019C

Photo by Mark Malleson

T019C

T019C

Photo by Mark Malleson

T019, T019C, T018

T019, T019C, T018

Photo by Mark Malleson

T018

T018

Photo by Mark Malleson

T019

T019

Photo by Mark Malleson

T018

T018

Photo by Mark Malleson

T019

T019

Photo by Mark Malleson

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Date: 21-September-2019

Sequence: 3

Encounter Number: 76

Enc Start Time: 11:15

Enc End Time: 12:12

Vessel: Mike 1

Observers: Mark Malleson

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

Location: Strait of Juan de Fuca ~ 5nm north west of Whiskey Creek

Begin Lat/Long: 48 14.5/123 50.3

End Lat/Long: 48 14.3/123 45.7

 

Encounter Summary:

At 1045 Pete Zelen on Goldwing had come across more killer whales in the Juan de Fuca well to the south west Becher Bay which he soon confirmed was T019C and T018 spread out. Mark soon after ended his encounter with T011A and T077A as they exited Becher Bay and headed that way. At 11:15 he came across T019B south east bound traveling at 7 knots and could see T019 within a half miles to the south of him. Over a mile behind them T018 and T019C followed.
Once Mark got photos of both T019 and T019B he worked his way to the west to take a look at the other pair. Soon after he arrived with them they picked up the speed and made a direct line to where T019 and T019B were now milling. At 1203 (48 14.4/123 45.9) it appeared they found a seal and prey shared for a few minutes before continuing on together to the south east. Mark ended the encounter at 1212 and continued to track west.

Photos taken under Federal Permits

NMFS PERMIT: 21238/ DFO SARA 388