2020 Encounters

Encounter #4 - Feb 8, 2020
T137A

T137A

Photo by Mark Malleson

T137 and T137D

T137 and T137D

Photo by Mark Malleson

T137 and T137A

T137 and T137A

Photo by Mark Malleson

T137B

T137B

Photo by Mark Malleson

T137B

T137B

Photo by Mark Malleson

T137

T137

Photo by Mark Malleson

T137

T137

Photo by Mark Malleson

T137D

T137D

Photo by Mark Malleson

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EncDate: 08/02/20

EncSeq: 1

Enc#: 04

Observ Begin: 11:20 AM

Observ End: 12:20 AM

Vessel: Mike 1

Staff: Mark Malleson, Hanna Malleson

Pods: Transients

Location Descr: Oak Bay Flats

Start Latitude: 48 24.7

Start Longitude: 123 15.9

End Latitude: 48 23.4

End Longitude: 123 14.2

Enc ummary:

Mark received a call at 0950 from George Hamilton who spotted a group of 4 killer whales while out fishing north of Baynes Channel. He could see them milling around on a kill near the Fulford Reef marker north of Chatham Island.
Mark and Hanna departed Victoria harbour on Mike 1 at 1050 and headed towards Oak Bay. George had kept track of the group as they went south through Baynes Channel and continued to hunt near the Chain Islands.
Mike 1 arrived on scene at 1120 slightly south of the Chain Islands to confirm the T137's who were finishing off their prey sharing of a seal they had reportedly taken in the Chain Islands. They approached Mike 1 with curiousity and T137D came alongside the boat, paused and looked up at the Mike 1 crew as the rest of the group worked their way south. Mark commented that T137B appeared to be a male showing signs of sprouting. After several minutes the group went into a resting pattern as they continued slowly in a southbound track. They surfaced for 5 to 6 breaths followed by 4 - 5 minute dives. Mike 1 ended the encounter at 1220 and headed back to Victoria harbour.

Photos taken under Federal Permits

NMFS PERMIT: 21238/ DFO SARA 388

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