2019 Encounters

Encounter #9 - Feb 10, 2019
T100F, T100E & T100

T100F, T100E & T100

Photo by Mark Malleson

T100F

T100F

Photo by Mark Malleson

T100E, T100

T100E, T100

Photo by Mark Malleson

T100E

T100E

Photo by Mark Malleson

T100C

T100C

Photo by Mark Malleson

T100C

T100C

Photo by Mark Malleson

T100C

T100C

Photo by Mark Malleson

T100, T100C

T100, T100C

Photo by Mark Malleson

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Date: 10-February-2019

Sequence: 1

Encounter Number: 09

Enc Start Time: 12:18

Enc End Time: 12:48

Vessel: Mike 1

Observers: Mark Malleson, Duncan Stamper, Steve Isbister, Chris Vesalo

Pods or ecotype: Bigg's Transients

Location: East Sooke

Begin Lat/Long: 48 18.3/123 38.9

End Lat/Long: 48 17.8/123 36.5

 

Encounter Summary:

I decided to head out on Mike 1 with the sailing crew when no one showed up to race against for Sunday's "Around the Buoys" at the yacht club due to the frigid temperatures. I had received a report from Jane Cogan that she had heard loud transient calls on the hydrophone at 0600 as well as hearing a report of 3 killer whales southbound past Eagle Point at 0715.
We had a quick look from Gonzales lookout before heading to the boat. With a large ebb and strong south east winds forecasted for the afternoon we decided to head west towards Race Rocks leaving Victoria's harbour at 1145. After a brief stop at Race Rocks to check out the sea lions, harbour seals and elephant seals we continued west a couple miles offshore. At 1218 as we were approaching Bechey Head I spotted a bull dorsal fin what appeared to be coming straight at us. We stopped and waited while I scanned in case they were going away form us and then T100 E and T100F popped up close to us east bound (48 18.3/123 38.9). We tracked them them for ~ 30 minutes while they travelled east. No predation was observed for our encounter. We left them at 1248 slightly offshore of Becher Bay (48 17.8/123 36.5)

Photos taken under Federal Permits

NMFS PERMIT: 21238/ DFO SARA 388