2021 Encounters

Encounter #12 - March 8, 2021
T060G, T060

T060G, T060

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T060F

T060F

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T060C

T060C

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T060C

T060C

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T060, T060G

T060, T060G

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T049A3,T049A2

T049A3,T049A2

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T049A3

T049A3

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T049A3

T049A3

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T049A3

T049A3

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T049A2

T049A2

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T002B

T002B

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T049A2

T049A2

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T049A2

T049A2

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T049A2

T049A2

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NMFS PERMIT: 21238/ DFO SARA 388

EncDate:08/03/21

EncSeq: 1

Enc#: 12

ObservBegin: 02:41 PM

ObservEnd: 03:54 PM

Vessel: Mike 1

Staff: Mark Malleson

Pods: Transients

LocationDescr: Beacon Hill

Start Latitude:48 24.2

Start Longitude: 123 23.2

End Latitude: 48 25.7

End Longitude: 123 17.1

EncSeq: 2

ObservBegin: 04:13 PM

ObservEnd: 04:23 PM

Pods: Transients

LocationDescr: South of Trial Island

Start Latitude:48 19.4

Start Longitude:123 17.7

End Latitude:48 19.5

End Longitude:123 16.9

Enc Summary Sequence #1:

At 1333 Mark received a 3rd hand report of killer whales milling about off of MacAulay Point just west of the mouth of Victoria’s harbor.
He made his way towards town to mobilized Mike 1 and departed the harbor at 1430 as he received a recent report of them passing the Ogden Point breakwater from the harbor patrol.
As Mark passed by Brotchie Ledge he saw a recent slick and could smell predation. He confirmed that it was the two brothers, T049A2 and T049A3, east bound along the shoreline in front of Beacon Hill Park. They were spotted east bound in Race Passage the day before and then turned back to the west, last seen in Becher Bay.
He started the encounter at 1441 as they slipped past the shoreline in front of Beacon Hill and could see that they were still packing the remains of a likely seal as they continued eastbound.
For the next hour Mark watched the pair move swiftly along the shoreline of Victoria’s waterfront as they treated many shore based viewers looking down below their feet as they cruised by. It looked as though they got another seal in the shallows in Gonzales Bay but barely skipped a stride as they continued along towards Oak Bay.
At 1545 Mark received a report from Evan on Kodiak that he had spotted 4 killer whales east bound on the east side of Constance Bank so Mark ended the encounter with T049A2 and T049A3 at 1554 as they meandered through the reefs of Oak Bay on a line for the Chain Islets.

Enc Summary Sequence #2:

Mark arrived with the killer whales reported east bound at the east edge of Constance Bank as Evan on Kodiak was departing at 1613 ~ 5NM south of Trial Island (48 19.4/123 17.7). Mark was able to quickly confirm that it was T002B traveling with T060C and within 300 meters to the south was T060, T060F, and her newest calf, now almost 2 years old, T060G. They were moving quickly ENE on a line for Middle Bank.
Once Mark got proof of presence photos of all 5 animals he departed and ended the encounter at 1623 to make his way back to Victoria harbor.