Encounter #36 - May 31, 2019
Encounter Number: 36
Enc Start Time: 10:45
Enc End Time: 11:50
Observers: David Ellifrit, Michael Weiss, Darren Croft
Pods or ecotype: Transients
Location: Beaumont Shoal, Haro Strait
Begin Lat/Long: 48 28.46/123 12.23
End Lat/Long: 48 29.17/123 11.01
Dave, Michael, and Darren left Snug Harbor on Orcinus at 1030. There had been reports of a group of Transients near Beaumont Shoal, so the team headed across Haro Strait in that direction.
The team arrived on scene north of Beaumont Shoal, to find the T65Bs, T75Bs, and T75Cs (8 whales in total). The whales were in tight groups, being extremely social. The younger whales were constantly playing, with lots of spy hops and breaches.
The group slowly made their way northwest towards San Juan Island, with the adults in the lead and the young individuals following. The group continued to socialize as the team left the scene just before 1200.
Photos taken under Federal Permits
NMFS PERMIT: 21238/ DFO SARA 388