Encounter #4 - Feb 8, 2020
Observ Begin: 11:20 AM
Observ End: 12:20 AM
Vessel: Mike 1
Staff: Mark Malleson, Hanna Malleson
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
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