2021 Encounters

Encounter #35 - June 8, 2021
T46B4

T46B4

Photo by Dave Ellifrit

T46B2

T46B2

Photo by Dave Ellifrit

T46Bs

T46Bs

Photo by Dave Ellifrit

T46B

T46B

Photo by Dave Ellifrit

T46B6

T46B6

Photo by Dave Ellifrit

T46Bs

T46Bs

Photo by Dave Ellifrit

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EncDate: 08/06/21

EncSeq: 1

Enc#: 35

ObservBegin: 11:50 AM

ObservEnd: 12:20 PM

Vessel: Orcinus

Staff: Dave Ellifrit, Michael Weiss

Pods: Transients

LocationDescr: President Channel

Start Latitude: 48 40.54

Start Longitude: 123 00.20

End Latitude: 48 41.75

End Longitude: 123 00.80

EncSummary:

Michael and Dave were working in the CWR photo-ID office when we heard the report that some Bigg’s killer whales were found near Waldron Island. We grabbed our gear, headed down to Snug Harbor, and left in the boat around 1120. We arrived on scene in President Channel at 1150 to find the T46Bs in a tight group moving slowly north up the Waldron Island shoreline. The whales looked like they could have been resting and, for at least four series of surfacings, kept coming up well behind us. We finally timed it right and got our one good pass. None of the T46Bs except T46B6 were arching much on their short dives but they all gave us a nice arch before their long dive. We ended the encounter at 1220 about a mile south of Pt. Hammond.