Encounter #43 - Sept 9, 2020
Photos taken under Federal Permits
NMFS PERMIT: 21238/ DFO SARA 388
Observ Begin: 12:31 PM
Observ End: 01:26 PM
Vessel: Mike 1
Staff: Mark Malleson
Location Descr: Sombrio Point
Start Latitude: 48 27.2
Start Longitude: 124 24.7
End Latitude: 48 23.7
End Longitude: 124 19.2
At ~1225 Mark on Mike 1 was working his way west past Sombrio Point on route for Port Renfrew when he caught a suspiciously killer whale like blow offshore of him. He turned out and saw some small dorsal fins pointed east against the moderate south east outflows. Mark slogged his way against the 3 foot seas and eventually got some shots of what turned out to be the T109B's. After a few minutes of tracking to the south east with them at ~5 knots he spotted another group to the south which included a bull.
This group included the T041's, T123's and the T109C's.
The group eventually came together and continued in a south east direction.
Mark ended the encounter at 1231 and resumed his course for Port Renfrew.