2019 Encounters

Encounter #87 - October 23, 2019
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Enc Date: 23/10/19

Enc Seq: 1

Enc#: 87

Observ Begin: 03:40 PM

Observ End: 04:14 PM

Vessel: Mike 1

Staff: Mark Malleson

Pods: Transients

LocationDescr: South Discovery

Start Latitude: 48 18.9

Start Longitude: 123 15.4

End Latitude: 48 19.8

End Longitude: 123 13.9

 

Enc Summary:

Mark left Victoria harbour at 1430 on Mike 1 and headed out to the south west corner of Constance Bank to get humpback ID's of a group of 12 - 15 individuals who he had seen actively feeding earlier in the day. At ~1520 he heard that the only commercial whale watch boat was about to leave the T046B's who were south of Trial Island south east bound so he decided to leave the humpbacks and go to them. The T123's had been left an hour earlier south of Discovery Island east bound.


He came across the T046B's ~7 miles south of Discovery Island traveling south east at a steady 6 knots. The T046B1's were grouped up a quarter mile to the north of the rest of the T046B's who were slightly spread out. They were difficult to track as they were doing long dives and started trending northwards. Mark finished off the encounter at 1614 as they grouped up ~15 minutes prior and then disappeared. He had last seen them heading north for Oak Bay. He arrived back in Victoria harbour at 1635.

Photos taken under Federal Permits

NMFS PERMIT: 21238/ DFO SARA 388

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