July 3rd 2018
Today was the first day of our small boat effort covering the entire US West Coast from the US-Canada border to S California in collaboration with Southwest Fisheries Science Center. We (John Calambokidis and James Fahlbusch) covered about 70 nmi working from Port Angeles in one of Cascadia’s RHIBs (Ziphid) and encountered three humpback whales including a mother-calf pair. We also worked with a survey being coordinated by SR3 for the next three days. Tomorrow we will shift west to the west entrance of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and N Washington coast and hope to start working with the NOAA ship surveying south in the next two days.