‘Chainsaw’ Orca Seen Near Henry Island

Posted April 1, 2021 at 5:00 am by

Contributed Photo/Center For Whale Research.

From Cen­ter For Whale Research

The Cen­ter For Whale Research’s 15th orca encounter in 2021 was on March 29 and brought sight­ings of the whale “Chain­saw.”

The whales were still head­ing quick­ly north toward Hen­ry Island in loose­ly spread groups. Our first pass was a semi-back­lit one with a lot of whales com­ing up at once. We saw some hints of the T49As and T71s as they passed. 

“Chain­saw” is also easy to pick out of a crowd. He seemed to be in a group that includ­ed sev­er­al young males slight­ly behind the oth­ers. By the time we got to the good light side, the groups began split­ting up and many whales start­ed trav­el­ing quick­ly toward Open Bay. Most of the T71s and a few oth­ers took a more north­west­er­ly route per­ilous­ly close to the bor­der so we decid­ed to go for the whales safe­ly on the U.S. side.

Read more about the encounter at www.whaleresearch.com.

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