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ENCOUNTERS

Orca Survey & Aerial Observation

2022 ENCOUNTERS

An Encounter refers to any time we observe killer whales (orcas), from one of our research boats or land, where at least one individual is identified and photographed. Typically, 2-4 staff are involved in an encounter. Once we come into contact with whales (ie. within distance of identifying individuals by sight) we have begun our encounter. During an Orca Survey encounter, our main goal is to photograph every individual present from both the left and right side. During an Aerial Observation encounter, our main goal is to collect video observations of foraging and social behavior, which we use to study the links between ecology, social structure and population dynamics.

Orca Survey
Enc # • Date • Pods

« #46 • 04-Aug • J, L Pod - Haro Strait

« #45 • 29-July • L Pod - Haro Strait

« #44 • 25-July • J Pod - Haro Strait

« #43 • 24-July • J Pod - Haro Strait

« #42 • 23-July • J Pod - Haro Strait

« #41 • 23-July • Transients - William Head

« #40 • 12-July • J Pod - Boundary Pass, Haro Strait

« #39 • 11-July • J, K & L Pod - Boundary Pass, Haro Strait

« #38 • 10-July • Transients - South of Sheringham Point

« #37 • 09-July • J, K, L Pod - North East Race Rocks

« #36 • 05-July • Transients - Gulf Islands

« #35 • 24-June • J, L Pod - Haro Strait 

« #34 • 23-June • J, L Pod - Haro Strait 

« #33 • 22-June • J, L Pod - Haro Strait 

« #32 • 14-June • Transients - Haro Strait 

« #31 • 11-June • Transients 

« #30 • 30-May • Transients - Trial Island

« #29 • 28-May • Transients - President Channel

« #28 • 26-May • J Pod - Haro Strait

« #27 • 24-May • J Pod - Georgia Strait/Boundary Pass

« #26 • 22-May • Transients - Discovery Island

« #25 • 21-May • Transients - Bellingham Channel

« #24 • 19-May • Transients - Bellingham Channel

« #23 • 13-May • Transients - San Juan Channel

« #22 • 11-May • Transients - Haro Strait

« #21 • 10-May • Transients - Haro Strait

« #20 • 06-May • Transients - Boundary Pass

« #19 • 28-Apr • Transients - Haro Strait

« #18 • 22-Apr • Transients - Haro Strait, Spieden Channel, New Channel

« #17 • 11-Apr • Transients - San Juan Channel

« #16 • 10-Apr • J Pod - Haro Strait

« #15 • 10-Apr • Transients - Constance Bank

« #14 • 07-Mar • J Pod - San Juan Channel

« #13 • 01-Mar • J Pod - Haro Strait

« #12 • 11-Feb • J Pod - Becher Bay

« #11 • 09-Feb • Transients - Sidney Island

« #10 • 27-Jan • Transients - Salt Spring Island

« #9 • 26-Jan • J Pod - Harney Channel

« #8 • 24-Jan • Transients - Discovery Island

« #7 • 23-Jan • Transients - Sherringham Point

« #6 • 22-Jan • L Pod - Haro Strait

« #5 • 22-Jan • Transients - Beechey Head

« #4 • 20-Jan • J, L Pod -  Haro Strait

« #3 • 16-Jan • Transients - Otter Point

« #2 • 13-Jan • J Pod - Swanson Channel

« #1 • 09-Jan • J Pod - Trincomali Channel

Aerial Observation (drone)
Enc # • Date • Pods
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Where is the Salish Sea exactly?

Salish Sea Transboundary Ecosystem 

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Source: Environment and Climate Change Canada

Salish Sea: 

Measures 17,000 sq km (6,564 sq mi) with 7,470 sq km (2,884 sq mi) of coastline; 37 species of mammals, 172 species of birds, 247 species of fish, and 3,000+ species of invertebrate inhabit the region (119 of these are at risk); eight million people make their home in the area