2020 Encounters

Encounter #57 - Oct 27, 2020
T046B3

T046B3

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T123D, T046B6

T123D, T046B6

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T123D, T046B6

T123D, T046B6

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T046B1B, T046B1

T046B1B, T046B1

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T046B1, T046B1B

T046B1, T046B1B

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T046B, T046B6, T035A

T046B, T046B6, T035A

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T038A, T038A2

T038A, T038A2

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T137D

T137D

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T046B1, T046B1B

T046B1, T046B1B

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T038A2, T137D

T038A2, T137D

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T046B_T046B6

T046B_T046B6

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T046B, T046B2

T046B, T046B2

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T123D, T035A, T123

T123D, T035A, T123

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T038A, T038A2

T038A, T038A2

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T123A, T123

T123A, T123

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T123A

T123A

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T123A

T123A

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T049C

T049C

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T046B3, T046B3

T046B3, T046B3

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T046B

T046B

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T046B

T046B

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T046B1A

T046B1A

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T038A

T038A

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T123D

T123D

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T137B

T137B

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T049C

T049C

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NMFS PERMIT: 21238/ DFO SARA 388

EncDate: 27/10/20

EncSeq: 1

Enc#: 57

Observ Begin: 12:20 PM

Observ End: 01:51 PM

Vessel: Mike 1

Staff:Mark Malleson

Pods: Transients

Location Descr: Constance Bank

Start Latitude: 48 18.8

Start Longitude: 123 19.9

End Latitude: 48 20.5

End Longitude: 123 11.8

 

Enc Summary:

Mark received a call at 1001 that the leucistic white whale "T'luk"/T046B1B and family were south westbound, and several others were east bound near Race Rocks by a colleague monitoring the military blasting at Bentick Island. After Mark alerted the only commercial whale watch boat out of Victoria and got confirmation that the T046B1's and many other individuals, including two bulls, were all east bound towards Constance Bank, he departed Victoria harbour on Mike 1 at 1158.
At 1220 he spotted a single bull within a half-mile to the northwest of the rest of the group. After getting a proof of presence picture of T049C, Mark trolled over to the large group of Bigg's that appeared to be prey sharing south of Constance Bank (48 18.8/123 19.9).
They were milling about in 3 different social groups amongst the feeding gulls, and Mark was able to confirm the rest of the T046B's along with the B1's, the T035A's, T038A's, T123's and T137B and D. They eventually grouped up as they continued to socialize as they slowly worked their way east towards Coyote Bank. Mark left the group still tracking east at 1330 at Coyote Bank (48 20.0/123 12.6) and ended the encounter at 1351 (48 20.5/123 11.8) with a last look at T049C doing long illusive dives but appeared determined to shadow the group of 20.

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