Encounter #61 - Nov 19, 2020
Photos taken under Federal Permits
NMFS PERMIT: 21238/ DFO SARA 388
ObservBegin: 02:28 PM
ObservEnd: 04:18 PM
Vessel: Mike 1
Staff: Mark Malleson
LocationDescr: Oak Bay
Start Latitude: 48 26.7
Start Longitude: 123 16.5
End Latitude: 48 24.3
End Longitude: 123 22.8
At 1349 as Mike 1 was in the process of tying up to the dock at Victoria harbour after Encounter 60 with the T252's Mark received a report from George Hamilton that there was a group of killer whales south bound along the shoreline at Ten Mile Point. Fin and Hanna were ready to call it a day so Mark headed off solo.
With George keeping a lookout from shore, Mark came across the group feeding on a probable seal on the west side of Jemmy Jones Island west of Baynes Channel at 1509. He confirmed the T035A's and T038A's were still with T137B and T137D who had been seen several times with them in the last few months. The animated group prey shared for the next ~30 minutes before continuing on south west through Oak Bay. They passed along the shoreline of the Victoria Golf course and then cut across Enterprise Channel for the shoreline at Harling Point. At 1527 they found another seal in the rock pile at the mouth of Gonzales Bay (48 24.3/123 19.7) and frolicked around for another ~30 minutes while they prey shared. This time they drew in a few onlookers, one kayak and a couple of paddle boarders which were out for an evening paddle and were able to take in the last of the activity before the whales got back on their westward track along the shoreline of Victoria's waterfront.
Mike 1 conveniently ended the encounter at 1618 as they passed by Victoria harbour's Ogden Point breakwater and the sun dropped down below the Sooke hills.