2020 Encounters

Encounter #4 - Feb 8, 2020

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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.

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