2019 Encounters

Encounter #62 - September 4, 2019
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Date: 04-09-2019

Sequence: 1

Encounter Number: 62

Enc Start Time: 19:05

Enc End Time: 19:17

Vessel: Mike 1

Observers: Mark Malleson, Joe Zelweitro, Gord Rowles

Pods or ecotype: Bigg's

Begin Lat/Long: 48 23.9/123 12.9

End Lat/Long: 48 23.6/123 13.1

Encounter Summary:

Mark, Joe and Gord were finishing up an encounter with K pod heading east past the south end of Discovery Island and had been keeping an eye at the T060's along with T002B and T059 who were to the north of them hunting seals in the Chain Islands. They watched this group of Bigg's turn south and pass behind the trailing members of K's within a half mile and decided to end their encounter with K pod and finish up the day with a quick look at the Bigg's. They stayed with them for less than 15 minutes and left them west bound south of the Oak Bay Flats as the sun was setting behind the clouds and the daylight was diminishing. This group had been around for several days prior working their way through the Southern Gulf Islands and the San Juan Islands. They were first found earlier in the day at the top end of Moresby Island heading south down Swanson Channel where they continued south down Haro Strait and entered Oak Bay via Baynes Channel.

Photos taken under Federal Permits

NMFS PERMIT: 21238/ DFO SARA 388

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