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Encounter # 45 • September 2 • T18's

Photo by Stweart Macintyre

Transient lunging for a harbor seal
Photo by Dave Ellifrit

T19B and T19
Photo by Erin Heydenreich

Transient breach
Photo by Ken Balcomb

Photo by Marjoleine Roos

Transient attacking a harbor seal
Photo by Stweart Macintyre

Transient lunge
Photo by Dave Ellifrit

Encounter # 45 • September 2 • T18's

Platform: Orca and Starlet
Departed Snug Harbor: 1:30 p.m.
Begin Encounter: 1:51 p.m.
Start Lat: 48° 29.633 N
Start Long: 123° 13.893 W
End Encounter: 2:50 p.m.
End Lat: 48° 29.317 N
End Long: 123° 13.402 W
Returned to Snug Harbor: 4:00 p.m.

Observers: Dave Ellifrit, Erin Heydenreich, Astrid Van Ginnekin, and Stewart Macintyre on Orca. Ken Balcomb, Marjoleine Roos and Tiffany Humphrey on Starlet.

Long time volunteer, Stewart Macintyre, spotted transients from the Center for Whale Research at 1:00 p.m. a few miles SW of Zero Rock. At 1:51 we encountered the T18's (T18, T19, T19B, and T19C) three miles NE of Baynes Channel. The whales attacked and killed a harbor seal and then grouped up and headed SW toward Discovery Island, B.C. From the photos taken we were able to confirm that T19C is a male.

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These photos were taken under MMPA permit #532-1822and/or DFO license #2006-08/SARA-34.