Encounter #13 - Mar 7, 2019
Encounter Numbe: 13
Enc Start Time: 11:07
Enc End Time: 13:07
Vessel: Mike 1
Observers: Mark Malleson, Hanna Magnusson
Pods or ecotype: Bigg's
Location: Victoria's waterfront
Begin Lat/Long: 48 23.9/123 27.0
End Lat/Long: 48 24.3/123 18.7
I received a report a group from a colleague on a tugboat who saw a group of killer whales between Albert Head and William Head a mile offshore travelling north east.
Hanna and I mobilized Mike 1 and left Victoria harbour at 1045. We spotted them at 1107 slightly north east of Albert Head moving very slowly towards Victoria's harbour mouth. They were doing close to 7 minute dives and making less than 2 knots, likely resting.
After ~ 30 minutes they picked up the pace to close to 6 knots after crossing a tide line and worked their way past Clover Point within a hundred metres of shore. They milled about for less than a minute offshore of Harling Point before continuing on towards Enterprise channel. We left them at 1307 as a couple of commercial whale watch boats arrived.
We did not observe any predation for the 2 hour encounter.
Photos taken under Federal Permits
NMFS PERMIT: 21238/ DFO SARA 388