2020 Encounters

Encounter #32 - July 1, 2020
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NMFS PERMIT: 21238/ DFO SARA 388

Enc Date: 01/07/20

Enc Seq: 2

Enc#: 32

Observ Begin: 03:44 PM

Observ End: 03:37 PM

Vessel: Mike 1

Staff: Mark Malleson

Other Observers: Connie Ahern

Pods: Transients

Location Descr: Albert Head

Start Latitude: 48 23.3

Start Longitude: 123 28.5

End Latitude: 48 25.5

End Longitude: 123 26.4

EncSummary:

Mark received a report at 1445 of killer whales near Ogden Point breakwater.
The whales were reported as T125A and T128, which he had found the day before off of Sooke and left them heading east along the shoreline of East Sooke Park. As Mark was already downtown and had started to mobilize Mike 1, he decided to head out regardless. Mike 1 departed the dock at Victoria harbour at ~1515 and started the encounter at 1544 as the two bulls made their way south past Albert Head. They split up within a few minutes as T128 pushed slightly offshore.
At 1614 after a long dive, the pair were spotted heading back north after they appeared to successfully grab a seal (48 22.8/123 28.7). They prey shared as they continued to travel north back towards Victoria and split up, this time T125A slightly offshore. At 1657 near the entrance to Esquimalt harbour T128 found a seal, and T125A joined them as they quickly made short work of it (48 25.5/123 26.4). After a few minutes of milling around while they prey shared, they made their way across the mouth of Esquimalt harbour before turning in to the harbour. This was the first time Mark had ever seen this pair go in here, and it may have been their first time as they dove down for well over 5 minutes as if mapping out the area before turning around and exiting.
Mike 1 ended the encounter at 1736 as T125A and T128 worked their way offshore pointed south.

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