2019 Encounters

Encounter #39 - June 26, 2019

The Southern Resident orcas need your help like never before.
together we will be a strong collective voice for the whales.

Date: 26-Jun-19

Sequence: 1

Encounter Number: 39

Enc Start Time: 10:50

Enc End Time: 12:15

Vessel: Orcinus

Observers: David Ellifrit, Michael Weiss

Pods or ecotype: Transients

Location: Haro Strait

Begin Lat/Long: 48 32.12/123 13.28

End Lat/Long: 48 29.48/123 11.12

Encounter Summary:

Michael received a report from Jane Cogan about transient calls on Haro Strait hydrophones, and later visual confirmation of a group of whales in mid Haro headed towards Kelp Reef. At 1030, Dave and Michael left Snug to try to locate and ID the whales. At 1050, they arrived on scene southwest of Kelp Reef with the T46Bs, T36As, T65Bs, and T77A. The whales were socializing, and milling non-directionally. At 1130, the whales split into two groups. The T36As, T65Bs, and T77A headed northwest, moving quickly, with T77A separated from the rest of the group by nearly a mile. The T46Bs, meanwhile, headed south down Haro Strait. The team spent a bit of time trying to keep up with the northern group, before flipping to get more photos of the T46Bs, particularly interested in further assessing T46B1B’s skin condition. At 1215, the team ended the encounter in mid Haro Strait, just west of Lime Kiln park.

Photos taken under Federal Permits


© 2019 Center for Whale Research

The Center for Whale Research is a 501c3 nonprofit organization registered in Washington State.

All rights reserved. No part of the material found on this website may be reproduced or utilized in any form, or by any means, without the prior written consent of the Center for Whale Research.  All members of CWR are non-voting members. 

  • Facebook - White Circle
  • Twitter - White Circle
  • Instagram - White Circle