Encounter #65 - Dec 3, 2020
Photos taken under Federal Permits
NMFS PERMIT: 21238/ DFO SARA 388
ObservBegin: 02:46 PM
ObservEnd: 03:52 PM
Vessel: Mike 1
Staff: Mark Malleson
LocationDescr: between South Pender and Turn Point
Start Latitude: 48 42.8
Start Longitude: 123 12.2
End Latitude: 48 42.1
End Longitude: 123 14.7
Mark received a call from John Durban at 1338 that there was a large group of Bigg's pointed south in Boundary Pass near Blunden Island, South Pender.
He left Victoria harbour at 1355 on Mike 1 and made his way in the direction of Turn Point.
At 1446 he spotted the large group of Bigg's socializing and it appeared that they may have been finishing prey sharing as a few gulls were hovering above them and one occasionally swooped down to pick up the last of the scraps as the animated group sauntered south west down Boundary Pass.
Mark spotted a pair of animals who were slightly west of the group ~1 nm south of Tilly Point on South Pender Island and started with them (48 42.8/123 12.2). Mark identified these two on the outskirts as T049A2, a 13 year old sprouting male with his 9 year old younger brother, T049A3. They were rolling over each other and entertaining themselves independent of the rest of the group during the entire encounter although the large group did eventually join up with them. Mark could see that the T018's, T034's T037 with the T037B's and the T049A's made up the remainder of this Bigg's party.
Mark ended the encounter at 1552 with diminishing daylight ~1 nm north of Turn Point. Although the whales were still socializing in a tight group it appeared that they were slowly making their way west toward Moresby Island.