Encounter #14

February 29, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Observer - Mark Malleson
Weather conditions - Strong SW winds (18-20 knots)
 

I had talked to Gord Rowles at ~1500 to ask him to look from his 23rd floor apartment with the spotting scope for J's who I predicted would be somewhere south of Trial as they were heard acoustically in north Haro at 1030. They were likely heading west with the last of the ebb current.

Gord phoned me at 1540 having spotted them just south of Victoria harbour moving west towards Race Rocks.
I left Victoria harbour at ~1600 and found them at 1618 slightly west of the Victor Hotel marker. The first group I saw was the J16's moving west in a tight group. The J22's were close by to the north west. I was able to find some of the J17's (J28 and J53) but the conditions were deteriorating so I decided to head back to the harbor at ~1700.  It looked as though all of Jpod were there with several animals well to the south that I never made it to.

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