2020 Encounters

Encounter #25 - April 30, 2020

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Enc Date: 30/04/20

Enc Seq: 1

Enc#: 25

Observ Begin: 12:30 PM

Observ End: 01:05 PM

Vessel: Orcinus

Staff: Dave Ellifrit

Pods: Transients

Location Descr: Kellett Bluff

Start Latitude: 48 36.50

Start Longitude: 123 12.00

End Latitude: 48 37.24

End Longitude: 123 12.31



Dave just missed a call from Jane Cogan but got the message that she and Tom had transients off their deck. Since the whales were so close, Dave grabbed his gear, headed to Snug Harbor, and left in the boat at 1220. Cell phone service in Mitchell Bay is terrible but Tom and Jane were able to get a hold of Dave over the VHF radio and tell him the whales had disappeared around Kellett Bluff about five minutes previously. Dave headed around Kellett Bluff, saw the whales ahead of him almost immediately, and the encounter began at 1230 at the north end of Kellett Bluff. The five whales were the T75Bs and T75Cs in a tight group traveling slowly north about fifty yards or so off the bluff. The whales moved slowly north up the Henry Island shoreline until they were several hundred yards south of Battleship Island when they took a hard left and headed west. The water where they were headed was darker and sloppier so Dave ended the encounter there at 1305.


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