Encounter #35 - May 17, 2019
Encounter Number: 35
Enc Start Time: 12:09
Enc End Time: 13:05
Vessel: Mike 1
Observers: Mark Malleson
Pods or ecotype: Transients
Location: Race Rocks
Begin Lat/Long: 48 18.9/123 31.6
End Lat/Long: 48 18.1/123 29.1
I left Victoria harbour at 1130 to follow up a report of 2 bulls headed north near Race Rocks.
I came across T093 and T097 west bound east of Race Pass. As they were heading west through Race Pass I received a call that Mirauder IV had spotted a group of females and juveniles with a newish calf ~ 2 miles to the east. I left immediately as they were pressed for time and the conditions weren't ideal for keeping track of them. The wind was blowing close to 20 knots from the south west. I was able to confirm members of the T046B’s. They were pointed south but doing long dives making it hard to photograph in the rough seas. There was a newish calf in the group that was quite scarred up and light grey in colour that appeared to be with T046B1 who was seen with a calf last fall. I saw a second newer calf that was with T046B. I ended the encounter at 1305.
Photos taken under Federal Permits
NMFS PERMIT: 21238/ DFO SARA 388