May 2013 Whale Sightings
3:13 - J-pod
on the west side of SJI
! J-26 in the lead so good to see them! Beautiful calm waters today - with members of J-pod traveling south past False Bay. J-26 was the star.
Nice calls on Lime Kiln phones
beginning on the Lime Kiln hydrophone at 1:10 p.m
12:54 - J pod
on Orca Sound
Gang o' T's. These pics are from our encounter with a large gang of Southbound Transients
. We first came on scene 0.5 miles off the Van Isl shoreline just south of Campbell River
(northwest Georgia Strait). Witnessed what I thought was a seal being tossed around when we first came on scene. Some hunting behaviour occurred during our time with them, but nothing to exciting. Not like the breaches from the other day! Id's that I could get include T018-019-019B-019C/ 023-023C-023D-023C3-023D3/ 075B-075B1-075C/ and lone female 121A
whom I am sure I have not seen very often!
So lucky to have J-Pod
hanging around on the west side of San Juan Island
all day today. The J-16s were very playful and it seemed that one little guy just couldn't stay in the water.
Western Prince Whale Watching
J Pod on West Side of San Juan Island
all day! This is the second time they have come in, gone north, disappeared the second day and shown up again on the third...Wiley Wasculs!
1:40 - J pod group B
heading North from False Bay
with the J17s closest to shore.
10:30 - J pod
has moved north. OrcaSound
now can be heard whistling, echo-locating and vocalizing!
really beautiful loud J pod echo, calls and whistles
Here are some images from our AMAZING encounter with the 002C's and 123's
. We had a report of 5 KW's off of Marina Island
(near Campbell River, north end of Georgia Strait) from a watertaxi. So all the vessels converged on the area. 2 had gone through, no luck, so we slowed down and had a good look. When my guest who was facing backwards spotted them she practically jumped out of her seat! They were being very social, some tail lobs, small spy hops etc. the Juveniles were doing small breaches. Then all of a sudden T002C came flying out of the water so high I couldn't believe it!! Still amazed I was able to capture it! She then jumped 4 more x back to back! 123A got in on the action and breached a few times as well! Every time we went to leave it started again!
On the way back to our dock at Snug Harbor we heard a report of inbound whales. To old salty sea captains, like me, that means whales coming in from the ocean west of Victoria, but probably more Ts. Then the sweet words came over our radio! Js!
We've seen them only four times since March so the news was especially sweet. The Js were happy and all accounted for
, including Granny, their 100ish year old matriarch.
Capt. Jim Maya
Yay for J Pod
! I love the sight of whales in the evening
! They were bombing north with the flood tide.
9:32 pm -
A welcome sound
Susan Marie Andersson
9:25 pm - Faint calls on OrcaSound
Else Jean Jensen
8:23pm - Listening to J-Pod on OrcaSound
7:05 pm - J Pod
loud and clear on LK!
We just had J pod
coming in from the Strait of Juan de Fuca
- It's been about a week since our last encounter.
Center for Whale Research
I was looking out from Beechyhead in East Sooke park
today and saw 10-20 orcas about 500m off shore
. At 2:13PM
they had all gone through Race passage. 3:30PM
they were off Albert head
. At the times that I was observing them, the whales were always with-in a 100m of each other.
We spent yesterday afternoon watching some lovely Transient Orcas in Swanson Ch. BC
, our first Orca sightings since Saturday.
Capt. Jim Maya
I saw 3 orcas in Sechelt Inlet
heading towards Porpoise Bay Marina in Sechelt (about 25 miles NW of Vancouver BC). They were chasing a pod of Pacific White Sided Dolphins
. There seemed to be one huge male orca and 2 smaller ones. It was about 10:30am
they chased them into the bay and then left and headed out of the inlet. There were lots of boats around so probably they got scared off? The dolphins hung around though in the marina probably scared of the orcas. Anyway..it was really cool because the orcas came really close to the marina and you could see them easily without binoculars even.
We encountered a breaching Minke Whale
a few miles west of Hein Bank
(south of San Juan island). This Minke actually breached 5 times in a row, something most of us had never seen before, it was an incredible sight:)
We saw a humpback
do several full breaches near the southern end of Lopez Island
! It was absolutely breathtaking to see a creature of that size lunge out of the water, over and over! And the noises he was making were so loud - it was almost like he was grunting or growling at the same time as he would come up and do his blows on the surface.
Naturalist Leizel Grant
The amazing, incredible, breaching Humpback in San Juan Channel
!!! Roughly 33 breaches in about 3 miles! Multiple ferries even got to see it too! The Western Explorer is in the image, and the UW Friday Harbor Labs is in the background.
whale breached over 30 times, and traveled right past Friday Harbor (through San Juan Channel)
Kevin Culmback, Naturalist, San Juan Safaris
Humpback just outside Deadman Bay at 1:00pm
Very rare to see the T77s
. We got there in time to see them taking a seal, out near Albert Head, BC
, south of Victoria. We left them after the kill headed toward Race Rocks, at 3:00 in the afternoon
Capt. Jim Maya, Maya's Westside Whale Watch Charters
Humpback BCY0324 "Big Mama" was near Kelp Reef
Mark Malleson, Prince of Whales
a very large mature Humpback Whale
surfaced directly in front of our place in Davis Bay (Sechelt), BC
. It was a single animal and was traveling south along the shoreline in shallower water. It surfaced approximately 10 times in the time I observed it, making dives and showing it's tail. It is not common to see whales on this area of the coast so it is considered a significant sighting locally. The first time I saw it, it surfaced about 100 feet from shore and I was looking directly down on top of it from my vantage point then chased it along the beach trying to get photos. Was a thrilling thing to see!
Saw what I take to be a minke whale about 11 a.m. on Partridge Bank
. It was cruising NNE.
Humpback BCY0324 off San Juan Island
, in front of Center for Whale Research.
Center for Whale Research
Our new favourite Georgia Strait humpback
was the star of the show again today. It was found just northwest of the Sandheads light station, lunge feeding, at times in only 20 feet of water! Not much fluking today, but we observed many lunges at the surface, with the whale sometimes surfacing upside down. As we departed, the Hb was headed southwest into the deeper waters of Georgia Strait
Joan Lopez, Naturalist, Vancouver Whale Watch
Encounter # 21 - this morning with Transients off Beaumont Shoal
Center for Whale Research
Two Humpbacks off Pillar Point in Juan de Fuca Strait
, about 40 miles west of Port Angeles. Sighted around 1pm
. Whales where traveling W with 5 minute dive intervals.
off Siwash Pt. in Clayoquot Sound
49 15.759N X 122 11.28W (mid-way up the west side of Vancouver Island), open saddles
(means probable residents).
Dave Ellifrit at the Center for Whale Research has confirmed them as K pod.
Some of the 20-25 offshore killer whales in Kachemak Bay, Alaska
. They killed a few sharks; floating liver samples were collected for species ID. They rested after foraging for two hours. Can you spot the baby?
Craig Matkin, North Gulf Oceanic Society
Large gray whale surfacing in Plumper Sound
, north shore of South Pender heading east about 25 minutes ago. Our neighbor thinks it's a Humpback
. They spotted one earlier this morning heading into Plumper Sound. HUGE event for us!
Had the T123's and 002C's this afternoon
. They appeared northbound up the East shore of Texada Island
. We picked them up just after a kill of some kind had occurred. There were multiple breaches and other activity shortly before us arriving on scene. We arrived on scene @1445
and left @1630
. When we left they were traveling north @ 4-5 knots, aiming for Grants Reef just south of Savary island. 123A
was travelling with 002C2
, bringing up the rear. Does anyone else notice that 002C2 is always behind a little when the gang is swimming? It's something I always wonder. Seems to be happening more lately when I have seen them. The order switched, and when I left 2C was with her calf, 2C1 was speed swimming with 123A, and 123 and C2 were bringing up the rear!
This afternoon around 12pm
Jon Scordino received a call from the fish dock reporting killer whales inside the Neah Bay harbor
. Unfortunately our boat was not available, but I went and sighted them from land. When I first caught up to them (12:15
) they were way inside the harbor, closer to the jetty side, straight out from the fuel dock. I watched them until about 12:45
when they were passing the coast guard dock on the way out of the harbor. They were probably inside the harbor for over an hour based on when and where they were first reported. My best guess was 4-5 whales
. I think at least 3 adult sized and one smaller one. There was one large male with a somewhat wavy looking dorsal fin. They were just traveling very slow and occasionally milling around.
Adrianne Akmajian, Marine Mammal Technician, Makah Fisheries Management
The Center for Whale Research responds to the photos: The photos are tentatively identified by Dave Ellifrit as T73B, T73C, and T73C1, with the highest confidence being T73B. They are on the DFO Transient guide page 72/73. They are not common in this area. They are in the report of 6 May 2013 off Trinidad, CA. T73B was a juvenile in our first Hood Canal encounter years ago (2003).
Ken Balcomb, Center for Whale Research
We decided to go for the more northerly orcas at Crofton
- turns out it was the always-exciting T49B's and T65A's
. By the time we got there, they had already caught something - still not entirely certain what, but the prey was divided up early and it seems everyone had a piece to swim around with or toss around. T65A2 swam past us underwater with a piece of the leftovers gripped in its mouth. They were batting pieces of hide and blubber around with their tails quite a lot. In one shot, an orca has this piece wrapped around her peduncle, and the colouring of it matches quite closely - perhaps it was a Dall's porpoise. The whales were spread out in a couple little subgroups that kept diverging and regrouping. Lots of action, lots of gulls picking up scraps.
Andy Scheffler, naturalist, Vancouver Whale Watch
I live on Hammerslet Inlet in Shelton, Wa
. I spotted 2 small Orca this morning at 6:45am
. They were headed out toward main channel and away from Shelton. I hope I can hear back from someone when they're spotted headed my way as I always get great pictures.
Spotted single? Orca
initially going West around 5:30AM
then later going east around 6:30AM
in the vicinity of Bayview Rd
. Shelton WA.
On our last day of Marine Naturalist Training we were treated to a field trip aboard the Odyssey. On our return, Capt. Pete spotted a minke at 10:00
am traveling northbound in San Juan Channel
. Calm waters made this minke easy to see as it continued surfacing every 4-5 minutes in a zig-zag pattern, two times very near our boat much to the thrill of us all. We left the minke about 10:40 am still making it's way northbound.
Alisa Lemire Brooks
Saw an adult with two babies
off the western side of Steamboat Island, Totten Inlet
, this morning, around 11am
. At 2 pm
saw several adults off western side of Hope Island
, heading south.
Tschaekofske, Heather J (DFW)
Enas Losie called with a report of orcas in Totten Inlet
near Steamboat Island.
I just saw 2 Orcas near pt. defiance
heading towards the Narrows bridge
. They were following a tug boat pulling wood.
There were three orcas
, one male for sure. This was the first time that I have been able to spot them all the way down here in the deep south of Puget Sound
! There are too many long inlets and so few public places to get a good open view from shore when they finally do make it down this far. It must have been my lucky day today, though!..further south in Totten Inlet (12:20 pm
). This one breached about 10 times in a row!
Julie from Olympia called to report seeing 3 orcas in Totten Inlet
this afternoon, Sunday, at 3 pm
. She was in a canoe traveling from Mud Bay to Totten Inlet, up around the Steamboat Island area. The orcas were first heading SW, then turned and headed back toward the NE. One of the orcas was displaying what is often referred to as a "sea snake" or "pink floyd" - possibly a little mating or playing around going on?!
We saw them too! They were down in Totten near Gallagher Cove
, then they headed north out of the inlet and around the top of Hope Island. Appeared to be one adult and two smaller ones.
4 or 5 N bound in Saratoga Passage
on Whidbey shore. About at Cama beach
just north of home. Maybe a juvenile in group.
Hearing echolocation clicks on Orca Sound hydrophone
Loud orca calls on Lime Kiln Hydros
Kara E. Clayton
Magic moments for boat and land-based whale watchers as members of J pod
foraged along the west side of San Juan Island
. Although the whales were well spread out, two spending time happily together and sharing a freshly caught salmon were Hy'Shqa (J37) and her son, J49
- such a delight to see this little one has made it safely through the winter.
Sandra Pollard, Naturalist on Mystic Sea
2:30 PM -
As I was sitting on a rock, a pair came by first, one a large male and this one; I've identified the large male as Blackberry, but need help with this one. This one tail lobbed RIGHT in front of me and it's an experience I'll never forget. Sorry if this is not the best ID photo... Later, a group of 8+ orcas came by. The whole experience was great! Taken at Lime Kiln
We had just begun our goodbyes at our graduation ceremony for the Spring 2013 Marine Naturalists Training at the Whale Museum when I received texts from both Pam and Ed that J pod was on the hydrophones
. We cleared the museum pretty fast, making our way to the west side of the island where we spent the next four hours with J pod & L87 as they partook in the west side shuffle. First planted ourselves at Land Bank
watching them spread out in small groups a couple of miles apart heading southbound. They stalled at Hannah Heights and a bit south for over an hour when a breach seemed to signal the move northward. Orca and humans alike made their way back to Land Bank where youngsters J38 Cookie, J44 Moby and J47 Notch engaged in much tactile behavior very close to shore where we could see them quite beautifully underwater. They continued their engagements & rituals further up at Lime Kiln as did we. I heard above water vocals for the first time and was privileged to see "sea snakes" on a couple of occasions. The pod engaged in just about every tactile and active behavior imaginable. I feel completely blessed to have witnessed their bonds and culture in such an intimate and beautiful place. A dream encounter come true.
Alisa Lemire Brooks
Boy, J pod
is really working the west side today! Back on Lime Kiln hydrophones
once again....Sounds like a party to me!
AMAZING DAY WITH J-POD MOTHER, Hy'Shqa J37, AND HER BABY, J49
! At first they were all spread out; some were milling near shore and some were further offshore, traveling south in small groups. But J37 and J49 were the stars of the show, as they were really active -- splashing around and swimming in tight circles, and within a couple of minutes we saw them flip a big Salmon up in the air that they had been chasing! We also saw J2, J16, and J26, all off the west side of San Juan Island, just south of Pile Point, and even caught 2 full breaches. We had fantastic, warm weather and flat calm seas today!
1:51 - J Pod on the west side of San Juan
around False Bay/Eagle Point....yeah! And to quell the rumors--the "new" calf is nearly 1 year old--J49. No new calves yet.....yet!
12:20 - J pod on Lime Kiln phone
12:20 - Killer whale calls on Lime Kiln
12:09 - J Pod
just passed Mitchell Point (San Juan Is.)
11:55 AM - J pod currently on Orcasound
Stephanie Raymond on the Victoria Clipper reported a pod of 4 - 5 Transients
, with a small calf, traveling north in Possession Sound
this morning at 9:24 am
. They stopped and mingled around the Clinton Ferry dock, it appeared they may have made a kill there; then they continued north bound.
9:20 am -
Matt Malone reports 3 orcas heading north in Saratoga Passage
past the Clinton ferry dock, about 1/4 mile rom shore on the Whidbey side.
9:07 am -
Julie White reports 3 orcas in Totten Inlet
, near 3200 block of 90th Ave., Olympia, (2 small, one adult female) just milling, no direction given.
I saw what could have been the same group (at least 3 Orca
)traveling north through Tacoma Narrows
. That was about about 2 PM
While moving my "new" boat from Olympia north to Bellingham, I was fortunate to see at least 3 Orca in southern Puget Sound
between Boston Harbor and Hunter's Point. That was on Saturday about 1 PM
. They were traveling North toward Hunter's Point. The only identification I can provide is that one appeared to have a larger dorsal, seemed narrow and very straight. The other two appeared to be smaller. My sightings of Orca in that area are very rare over the the last 50 years or so.
No idea what J pod
had been up to before they made it back to the islands, but we have watched them resting literally hours - 4 and counting
if not more...And they are doing the west side shuffle while they rest....they have not been out of sight since early this afternoon. Super tight group or two, up down, up down. Some of these fisherman out here have had the experience of a lifetime. Sigh.
Today the Mystic Sea did a complete circumnavigation of the San Juan Islands, covering about 100 miles! We finally found the whales at Hannah Heights
, heading north very slowly. It was a great show with 20+ Orcas from J pod
- we saw several fluke shots and tail slaps and even a couple breaches! We also saw several Bald Eagles, some Harbor Seals, lots of Harbor Porpoise, and even had a quick visit with a California Sea Lion.
Naturalist, Leizel Grant
Saw J Pod
from the air. Just off coast near Lime Kiln
. Totally surrounded by boats.
Susan Marie Andersson
3:12 - J pod
reported headed south in Haro Strait
It looks like J Pod
quickly heading south in Haro Strait
. Just passed us at Mitchell Point!
We are on the Queen of Cumberland pulling into Otter Bay (North Pender Island)
and passed some killer whales
heading the other way (going south
). There was a large male and at least 2 smaller fins, though we didn't have much time. If you know who they are, I would be interested.
Saw 5 orca just off the coast in campbell river
We noticed three orcas at 5:00 p.m.
heading north out of Eld Inlet
. Then they dove. When they surfaced again, they had turned around under water and headed back south into Eld for 30-40 minutes. Then they came out again. They did that same routine (at least 4 times) until 8:30
- when they headed the furthest north since 5:00. Last sighting was as they were heading north toward Squaxin Island and then hung a "west" and headed toward Hope Island.
sighted Saturday 8:00p.m
. Top of Eld Inlet
heading north. Must of come from Totten Inlet from the day before.
They are currently over by qtr. masters harbor
Kayaked today and saw 3 orcas near Boston Harbor
, Puget Sound.
, most likely, off Boston Harbor
, Budd Inlet, about 4:00
. Milling around. Two females and one male.
A small group of three or four orcas were sighted in Dana passage yesterday around 2:30pm.
They were diving and surfacing infrequently near the southern tip of Squaxin Island. Could be seen from Boston Harbor marina.
2:20 pm - a pod of 5 transient orcas
were reported headed into Commencement Bay
We saw 3 orcas this morning
traveling south toward Boston Harbor
/Olympia - it looked like one large one and 2 small ones. They were moving pretty fast and swam right past Harstine Island.
Dave Davenport reported a minke whale off Cattle Pass
, south of Lopez Island
, at 12:45
Just saw two blows from pt no pt
seems to be heading north towards Marrowstone Island
HB is heading north towards driftwood keys / twin spits
. Just saw it blow.
3:10 - the humpback
is reported near the Hood Canal bridge
heading toward Pt Gamble.
2:45 - Humpback whale. Salsbury park
. - north of Hood canal bridge
. Saw it three times, then it fluked in what appeared to be a deep dive. Last seen headed towards Port Gamble. The whale was heading north out of Hood Canal and surfaced maybe 30 feet off shore. I of course was looking at my phone. I heard it, and the kid yelling so grabbed my camera and headed around the point. The whale continued around the point still 30-40 ft off the shore, past the dock and the three boat launches. The boat launches were stacked up with shrimpers waiting to pull their boats in. The whale surfaced again, 10 ft off one of the waiting boats. It surfaced one last time, and this time did a deep dive, and by the time I got my camera organized, I barely captured it's flukes disappearing. I saw it surface two more times as it headed out of the bay, and then three times from Point No Point before it disappeared headed north.
I saw one whale
today at 2:18pm
as I headed west on the Hood Canal Bridge
! I was approximately 1/4th the way across the bridge heading west & I saw the whale to my right, on the north side of the bridge, heading south, on its way under the bridge. It's huge body rolled & then its huge tail fluke came out of the water. The bridge obstructed any view of head. I'm not familiar enough with types of whales to determine what type of whale this was, but the tail was a grey color & classic shape. Humpback
? Unfortunately, I was unable to pull my car to the side of the rode to continue to watch him to see if there were any markings, what he was doing, get photos, etc. I have lived in Port Ludlow for 15 years & cross the bridge on practically a daily basis & have never seen whales there before (at the Hood Canal Bridge), so I thought this might be of interest to you. Also, I am concerned that he was going in the wrong direction & may be lost?
Location: Port Gamble, WA
on Hood Canal just north of the mill site along the breakwater
Time: 6:48 AM
Number of whales: 1
Health: No perceivable problems, looked healthy
Direction of travel south towards Hood canal Bridge
including one male, were seen about 70 miles north of the Columbia River
, ten miles offshore, reported by Ralph Perez.
Just got back from Encounter #20. J pod showed up off Iceberg Point
on the south end of Lopez at around 11 a.m. this morning
Center for Whale Research
6:30 pm -
Ken Balcomb reports J pod heading north between Lime Kiln and Snug Harbor
, in a slow resting line, moving toward Kellet Bluff.
My husband thought he saw 2 orcas in Totten Inlet
near Arcadia Point around noon
, heading north. We have not seen orcas here before.
We saw one large and two smaller orcas
on the Pickering passage side of Harstine point
. They were moving slowly up the passage and faded away.
1:45 - 2:15 - 3 transient orcas
hunting a sea lion at Lakota Beach
. Traveled south towards the mouth of quartermaster harbor after the sea lion was able to beach himself.
Observed 3 adults
traveling south along cost of Maury Island
from vantage point on Dash Point fishing pier
....Whales appeared to change direction several times near entrance to Quartermaster Harbor
and then disappeared....Might have entered harbor.
My mother-in-law watched three orca chase this poor guy around between Dash Point and Maury Island
earlier today. He sought refuge on the beach only to die a few hours later. Fish and Wildlife are performing a necropsy tomorrow.
Heather Jo Gulian
I FINALLY saw one! Right now there is at least one to the right of the Tahlequah ferry
dock (if you are facing PT. Defiance.) I couldn't get a pic but saw it jump and spray a couple of times.
Chad Clinton called from near the mouth of Totten Inlet
to say 3-4 orcas
are working the 100' deep middle of the inlet at about 10:15 this morning
8:30 am -
Looked about 5-7+
headed south in colvos passage
towards the end of Vashon, moving pretty leisurely. We'll see where they go..!
we woke up to orca
this morning. this time they are playing - stationary. we have seen several tails out of the water - tail slaps? i think the same pod as yesterday.
steve rees, pt richmond beach, gig harbor
This morning off of steamboat island olympia, at least 3
7:40 - 4 to 5 whales off lighthouse park, Point Roberts
Another two species day!! This year has been incredible so far with Humpbacks hanging out in the Strait of Georgia
. The day was a bit strange though. Everyone was expecting to find J pod but, despite everyone's best efforts, they were no where to be seen. Transients, as they have all year so far, saved the day! T63 and the T65's around East Point cruising down Boundary Pass
. It was my first time seeing T63 "Chainsaw" and his unique fin....It was awesome!. On the way home we ran into a Humpback whale lunge feeding in the Strait.
Gary Sutton, Wild Whales Vancouver
Brad Hanson of NOAA's NW Fisheries Science Center reports identifying T185 and her offspring near Commencement Bay
It was a phenomenal day aboard the Mystic Sea today! We had 15+ Transient Orcas off of Point Lawrence heading southbound in Rosario
. They split into 3 groups and were all lunging, rolling and feeding and we even saw one do an amazing spy hop. The grand finale was when we saw a Humpback
in the middle of the T's just east of Thatcher Pass
! We followed the whales down to Bird Rocks before turning and heading home to Anacortes. We had fabulous warm weather and flat, glassy waters .
Headed towards Fox Island Bridge/Hale Passage
Under the Narrows Bridge
headed South FAST right now.
Closer to owens beach
2:57 - Two adults and a baby south end vashon
milling around now.
Dave Davenport called with a report of a single male orca
heading south from the south tip of Lopez Island
, toward Smith Island.
At about 3:30 pm
I saw three adult female orca
with one juvenile about 1/2 mile west of Browns Point in outer Commencement Bay
. They were traveling east toward the mouth of the Puyallup River. I sighted them from my sailboat while sailing. There were no other boats around at the time. My friend took pictures which I will provide after he sends them to me. I have seen Orca in nearby Dalco Passage before and reported them several years ago.
Last saw them heading south towards narrows bridge
, look for small boat with person in red jacket following the pod.
Milling around about 1 mile south of Gig Harbor light house
Heading south towards narrows bridge
we had 5 orcas headed east past the south end of Vashon.
orca sighting at point richmond (gig harbor) 1:50pm: 15ish orca
spotted headed south at moderate pace. there was at least one "baby"in the group and all of the others appeared to be females??
Brad Hanson of NMFS reports two groups of orcas
are in south Puget Sound now. One group of 4 or 5
, including 2 or more males are off the south end of Vashon Island
, and another smaller group is off the north end of Vashon Island
Spent much of the day on the west side of San Juan Island
watching J pod make their way from the south end near Salmon Bank
. They paused for a few hours milling and foraging at Middle Bank
, then late afternoon resumed their travels northward. Nestled in a beautiful resting line approaching Land Bank they were fairly close to shore but moved off shore a distance where they remained as they continued past Lime Kiln. Last we heard they were off Henry Island still northbound in resting mode.
Alisa Lemire Brooks
came in today! All appear to be there. J8 and L87
led the pod up the west side of San Juan Island. J2
traveled by herself offshore of the others and about midway between Group A and Group B. J28, J37 and her calf J49 are whales I was concerned about. They all look good. Lots of socializing, some apparent foraging, and many surface active behaviors. Good to have J pod back!
Today was amazing. Breaches, spyhops, cartwheels, surface and underwater vocals galore. So much play behavior. J Pod
sure seems to be happy to be in familiar waters! I shot 877 pictures and videos.
Finally, J Pod returned this morning
after a long absence of over 70 days, and all of them are there! First it was two transients west of Victoria, and then they turned into 7, and then...J POD! We left them at Henry Island headed north
this evening. Joyous return! They were sure having fun!
Capt. Jim Maya
It's a J pod party on the San Juan hydrophone
right now!!! Some large ship noise starting in though...
still hearing very faint calls on OS.
so loud and awesome!
Alisa Lemire Brooks
6 pm -
Sounds like they are having a party on orca sound
5:32 - Pretty vocals on OrcaSound
5:20 pm - Hearing them on OrcaSound
Whale report from Ken Balcomb:
is passing the Center for Whale Research heading north up Haro Strait
. All of J pod is present
, and no new babies were seen. They all made it through the winter.
End: 16:06 -
Aboard Research Vessel Shachi Latitude:48.48496 Longitude:-123.13301
Mid-point: 14:30 -
Shachi Latitude:48.41987 Longitude:-123.24710
Start: 13:40 -
Shachi Latitude:48.39781 Longitude:-123.29253
5:02 - Clicks at Orcasound
Beginning to hear faint calls on Lime Kiln hydrophone at 4:20 pm
12:10 pm - Jpod
is inbound from the Victoria waterfront
Five Star Whale Watching: Woohoo, just got confirmation that J pod is off Victoria waterfront
. What a trip this afternoon! Over to Malaspina Strait area (northern Georgia Strait)
, Grief Point for a large gang of Transients. I believe we had the 002C's, 18-19's, 63, 100's, 101's 102, 123's
and possibly more!
7:50 am -
Whale passing South at Lagoon Point (Whidbey Island)
, probably minke???
30 ft long, small dorsal fin, surfaced again about 5-7 minutes later further out in the Sound.
WSF ferry Issaquah repoted gray whale off tie up slip at Vashon
heading north thru Manchester.
We had another incredible encounter with the T49Bs and T65As
yesterday on the west side of Portland Island (Southern Gulf Islands, BC)
. They were attacking a Steller Sea Lion from about 12:45 until 2:45
. The Steller ended up getting away after all that.
Western Prince Whale Watching & Wildlife Tours
We reported seeing two Transients in Sooke Harbour, BC off Vancouver Island. T-20 and T-21
have been in the area for a few days between Sooke and Victoria, but never in Sooke Harbour. This is fantastic news because in the 5 years I've lived here I have never heard of or seen any Orca activity near Sooke Harbour.
We received a message this afternoon from Jessica, reporting seeing 5 orcas at Chambers Bay (south of Tacoma), at around 10:30 or 10:45 am
this morning. There were also porpoise that seemed to be staying in one spot, close to shore. The orcas were heading south toward Steilacoom.
Scott Feist called with a sighting of 4 orcas a couple of miles off Westport WA
. He said he thought there were 3 male dorsal fins, but no photos.
Sammye Kempbell heard from a neighbor that there is a gray whale in front of the Capt. Whidbey Inn, in Penn Cove
, Whidbey Island.
I had a very interesting encounter with the T49Bs and T65As
in the morning. Pelagic from Deer Harbor Charters found the whales near
at about 8:30 AM
. I headed out on the Western Explorer to see them in San Juan Channel, near Yellow Island, then Pelagic left. At one point, as the whales went down for a long dive (about 5 minutes), a 45'-50' power boat came up the channel at speed. The boat passed me at about 100 yards to my offshore side, throwing about a 3' wake. As the boat continued on its way the whales suddenly surfaced in the boat's wake and began surfing it. This continued for about 2-3 minutes until the boat's captain finally seemed to notice and stopped the boat, at which point the whales went back to traveling up the channel. Later that morning, near Speiden Island they attacked a Steller Sea Lion, which managed to make it safely to shore.
Ivan Reiff, Western Prince Whale Watching and Wildlife Tours
For the third day in a row, Orcas! T65As, T49Bs and T49A2
. They have been traveling a lot. Just today they went from the
Orcas Ferry Dock, USA, to the Swartz Bay Ferry Dock, BC
Capt. Jim Maya
6:41 am -
Marie Waterman of WSF relayed a report from the captain of the Elwha of 5 orcas seen from the Lopez ferry dock
, heading west.
Mother's Day - what a treat seeing transient orcas T49B's and T69A's off Iceberg Point, Lopez Island, around 1:30 pm
on a glassy calm day. The two groups... were extremely active with spy-hops, breaches, cartwheels, and some surface vocalization to celebrate a recent kill.
Sandra Pollard, Naturalist on "Mystic Sea"
12:30 p.m. -
MV Mystic Sea reporting 7 Transient Orcas off the South end of the San Juan Channel
! We have identified that three of the whales are T49Bs [revised] and 4 whales are T69As. It is a phenomenal show with the Transients breaching, rolling and jumping. There are two immatures and the elder whales seem to be teaching the young ones to make a kill. We have calm seas, mixed fog and blue sky and incredible conditions. What a BEAUTIFUL show!!!
Transients in Oak Bay,
Victoria at 7:30 am
, and near Pt. Caution, San Juan Channel
, heading toward Wasp Island at 4:30
Alan Hobbes Buchanan
2:31 - Orca headin up San Juan Channel
toward Friday Harbor!! Moving pretty fast...about 5 total.
Looks like they are heading into San Juan Channe
Spotted 3-5 orca off Cattle Point Lighthouse
right at the entrance to San Juan Channel. Heading toward Lopez...about 6 boats with them.
4:40 pm -
my little sister, Siri Love, spotted either a gray whale or a humpback
(she isn't sure) in the water just off of Fort Ward park Bainbridge island
We're guessing this is a humpback
approx 3pm - Possible humpback sighting off Fauntleroy ferry terminal
heading south, large spray and exposed back/spine area....dark in color.....
Wayne McFarland, WSF
Got a text around noon from Bob Fields and Holly and I flew out the door and caught up with three orcas
near the Empire boat ramp, inside Coos Bay OR
, at about 1PM
, we saw them off and on for an hour and finally lost them near Charleston, a male, mother, and calf it appeared to me. Very cool- a lifer for Holly, I have only seen them in the bay one other time but they occasionally come up, but I usually hear about it after the fact.
My little sister, Siri Love, spotted either a gray whale or a humpback
(she isn't sure) in the water just off of fort ward park bainbridge island
We spent approx 1 hr with T018 and T019-19B-19C
, as they made there way south with the flood tide. Nice to see this gang, first time this year for us.
I found T068, T068A, and the T111's
west bound east of Pillar Point
(approx. 30 west of Port Angeles, Strait of Juan de Fuca) in the morning.
Mark Malleson, Prince of Whales
T49Bs and T65As
encountered going through Porlier Pass
into Trincomali Channel (Gulf Islands). We observed two kills, the first was definitely a harbor seal (as confirmed by photos from another boat) and the second kill appeared to be a seal as well. It was interesting to watch T65A and T65A4, who were several hundred yards north, come porpoising at high speed to the rest of the group, where they were subduing a harbour seal. T65A and T65A4 then joined in the feast. It was like they were being called for dinner!
Well all I can say about today is WOW! We found the T49B's and T65A's
heading down Trincomali Channel
(Gulf Islands, approx. 25 miles south of Nanaimo). Along the way they got hungry, we shut our boat down and they put on one hell of a show. 25 minutes of playing with the seal before finishing the job...it was one if the coolest things I have ever seen.
Gary Sutton, Wild Whales Vancouver
Today there were at least 4 Minke Whales at Salmon Bank
Western Prince Whale Watching
1:20 pm -
Angie Gleason saw a humpback only 40 feet off Richmond Beach
in Shoreline, heading north.
Fred Benedetti, a volunteer at the Seattle Aquarium, was at Richmond Beach
today and saw a humpback
spyhop off Richmond Beach in Shoreline, between 1 and 1:30
Small unidentified black whale [probable humpback
] with small dorsal fin heading north from Shilshole
. Blows witnessed.
Cassandra Renee Santiago
9:10am - Humpback whale
just off end of Fauntleroy ferry dock
, flippering (pectoral slapping) the water. Possibly moving slowly north. I was too far away to get a photo before the whale submerged, but the shape and size of the flipper (12'-16') and the slapping of the water were unmistakable Humpback traits. People on the ferry said that the whale had been very close to the boat (while docked at the pier). I watched the water for an additional 5 minutes until the ferry left, but sadly didn't see the animal again. Absolutely phenomenal experience - I never expected to see a Humpback in Puget Sound.
Devin Petersen from Seattle
I'd like to report a sighting of killer whales that my family and I had this morning
. We witnessed what seemed to be between 2 to 3 orcas off the coast of Fort Bragg, CA
. This happened around 11AM
. We were taking a walk on the paved coastal trail in MacKerricher State park, and had a very good view over the water. We discovered what seemed to be at first, a greyish -brown big belly floating up and thought it was a grey whale. But suddenly those heads popped up, which were clearly black with the white round marking around the eye and more white marking down the side. We now believe the greyish thing, may have been seals, they were feeding on? We could see the spouts and all. At one point there seemed to be 3, but definitely 2 different heads visible. They were about half a mile north of the area where part of the beach is sectioned off due to the baby seals in the area, and about a quarter of mile away from the beach. They were swimming north. Sorry, we don't have pictures.
We received a call from Minda from the Marine Mammal Institute in So. Beach, OR at 3:15 pm
, relaying a report from Bob Aldrich, reporting a sighting of 3 orcas
, then observing 2 orcas attacking a mom and calf Gray whale south of Newport
, OR, where Beaver Creek meets the ocean, at Ona State Park.
Fran Matthews with Marine Discovery Tours of Newport OR called at 10:35 am
to relay a report from a fishing vessel, 3 miles south of Newport, OR in 7 fathoms of water, of 2 orcas feeding
, one of them approached their fishing boat so they were quite excited! The whales were heading generally north.
Orca in Yaquina Bay OR
. I understand this happens from time to time, but I've never seen it until today.
I just returned from a 3 week trip. My neighbors say that one gray has been here at Kayak Point
(in Port Susan, east of Camano Island) every day for about two weeks
. There's one here right now, 7:30am
Around 8am at East Point/Fox Spit
there was a gray
who hung around for an hour. It was rolling around on its side, moving slowly probably abut 40 yards from shore. My husband watched it from south of the point on our deck then walked down to the beach and saw watched it head north.
8:30PM - Whale breaching in Elliott bay
off Seattle tonight.
Austin G Watson
Not sure if anyone else reported this... The video (I think) speaks for itself. This seemed to be a lone Humpback
traveling south along the downtown Seattle waterfront
at approximately 9:30pm
. I did not see it surface again after sounding just off Pier 66. This is the first Humpback I have seen in Elliott Bay
(assuming my ID is correct?).
About 5:30 p.m.
several of us saw a whale off Edmonds Marina Beach
. Today when talking with a NOAA volunteer at a festival, we are thinking it was a humpback
. This whale was black, it blew a large plume of water, and it dove down showing it's V-shaped tail.
We had a wonderful day with a humpback whale
today off East Point, Saturna Island
. We heard the humpback was near East Point around 12:30
and when we left the scene at about 3:15
he was still in that general area, pointing North. There was lots of surface activity including lots of pec slaps, a mini cartwheel, and even a breach! We also got some great fluke shots. I'd love to know who it was we saw out there today!
Brittany Bowles, Marine Naturalist San Juan Excursions
Five Star Whale Watching's album: Gray Whale near Becher Bay! Patch, beloved gray whale #49,
appears to be headed back out to the big beautiful Pacific ocean after spending a couple of months foraging in the inland waters of Salish sea. Safe and happy voyages to you big guy, was nice spending springtime in your presence, see you next year!
Alisa Lemire Brooks
From Bainbridge Island, approx 6pm, about 2 miles south of Agate Pass
, I was kayaking with a friend in completely quiet and still water and we heard a big SPLASH... Looked over and there was the top of a whale, about 30 feet long & approx 500 feet away. Didn't get a good look as the sun was setting behind it, but thinking it to be the lone humpback
that has been sighted in the area??? Watched for a few minutes but didn't see it surface again. What a privilege.
A gray whale
was just off shore at Harrington Lagoon today @ 1
. It was an amazing sight to see its fluke as it dove down! It was headed toward Penn Cove.
We had a gray whale
right in front Greenbank beach about 1:30 pm
. It was going north.
Just saw a gray in Penn Cove
between Long Point and Snakelum!
Kelly Stadler of Coupeville called to report one or two Gray whales feeding off of Madrona Way (Penn Cove) at 7:30 am
- they fed back and forth for awhile very close to the shore (20' out), then headed toward the Mussel dock off the Hwy, then back toward Coupeville. They also saw Gray whales in Penn Cove two weeks ago.
Center for Whale Research staff with killer whales
at this location and time (south Georgia Strait).
End: 17:46 PDT Latitude: 48.83665, Longitude: -122.89340
Start: 16:39 PDT Latitude: 48.79925, Longitude: -122.89493
Awesome day in the southern Strait of Georgia! We encountered a significant group (at least 11, likely more) of Bigg's (transient) orcas
, spread out approximately one mile off the eastern shore of Tumbo Island (east side of Saturna Island).
There were at least two main groups of animals (1/4 mile apart) heading south east, with what appeared to be the signature ragged edge dorsal of T63
about several hundred yards out from the nearest group (other boats on scene confirmed the presence of T63). Our boat was fortunate enough to spend time with the T2Cs, T123s, and T102
who were traveling in a closeknit group, surfacing in unison at a leisurely pace. T102 broke off from the group to travel on his own, while T123A and T2C1
(aka "Rocky") were seen engaged in some "touchy feely" tactile behavior (I saw T2C1 upside-down at one point with T123A rolling on his side in unison). T123A has some discoloration on the right side of his dorsal (like a grey sunburn) ... something to take note of next time he is seen. Very beautiful and so exciting to see multiple Bigg's killer whales in one area! I feel very lucky to have seen them.
Best EVER encounter with Transients
tonight 10 minutes from the dock...Unbelievable Transient Orca Show in Samsum Narrows
. I have never seen Transients so social and airbourne. At one point there were four orcas completely out of the water at the same time. Lots and lots of surface vocalizations and even vocalizations while they were breaching. The Orcas blows and surface vocalizations were echoing off the rock bluffs at Bold Bluff in Sansum Narrows. They were still going off non-stop when I left at dark. It was the T049B's and the T065A's
, totaling seven animals.
Ocean EcoVentures Whale Watching - Cowichan Bay
We had an amazing encounter with about 15-20 Transients Orcas. We had T63, the T123s and the T2Cs
for sure. Many others as well. We were with them 2 miles north of Patos Island at 3:00 PM
. Ken Balcomb was heading out there as we were coming in. So he should have a full list of IDs.
Western Prince Whale Watching
Big pod of orcas in Cowichan Bay, BC
....lots of little ones.
We have had some very interesting whale sightings around East Point, Saturna Island
this past week. There have been 2 separate confirmed sightings of pilot whales
. Those of us that live out this way have never seen them here before, at least in the past 5 years (I don't know of the years before that). The first sighting was two or three - the report was made by John Gahn on your site (I asked him to post with you). John is formerly from Oregon and is familiar with pilot whales in those waters and has spent a lot of time on the water. He was in a kayak and couldn't get an overview. The second report was my neighbours', Rick Graham and Kevin Leslie, who saw 2 very close to our shoreline close to East Point Park. Rick used to work at the Vancouver Aquarium. It was rather funny because the day before I told them about the pilot whale sighting and they didn't believe me :) The next day they saw them and confirmed that they truly are pilot whales.
Then a rare occurrence of a humpback whale in Boundary Pass on Friday, May 2
, breaching and showing off it's huge pectorals. And, a grey whale close to Tumbo Island
- not very common here either. The transient orcas have been seen almost everyday
. It's been a great week of fantastic sightings!
At about 7 pm
, Bonnie Gretz of Coupeville called to relay a report from Dan Miranda, of a Gray whale splashing around in Penn Cove
, Coupeville, near the boat launch.
Clarence Hein called to relay a report he'd received from a friend who was at the Front Street Grille in Coupeville, watching a Gray whale spy-hopping
in front of the restaurant - wow - Coupeville is getting a show tonight!!
We received a call from a woman in Greenbank
, who was watching a Gray whale feed off "downtown" Greenbank
(the beach directly across from Bakken Rd) at 12:50 pm
I'd like to report the sighting of 2 Orcas, one male and one female
, traveling north from Narvaez Bay, Saturna Island
around East Pt. and continuing north in the Georgia Straight. Sighting them from kayaks we watched them for about an hour and one half from 9:30am until 11:00am
They were traveling at a leisurely pace taking long dives and then a few breaths on the surface. Once they entered the Georgia Str. they both engaged in tail slapping on each surfacing. It was a beautiful day with flat seas and clear conditions. The whale blows could be heard from a considerable distance away.
John Gahn, Saturna Island, BC
We searched the flat calm waters for almost 5 hours before finally seeing T20 and T21
break the surface in the Strait of Georgia
. The views of the coastal mountains were unbelievable and water conditions couldn't have been better. Another great day out there!
Gary Sutton, Wild Whales Vancouver
Seeing spouts just past Jetty island
. We're at the marina in Everett they are between Mukilteo and hat island
. Pretty sure it's Greys! :)
sighted off of the point by Ft Casey
about 1000 yards off the coast 1230
. Sea gulls were flocking towards it as it came to the surface. Is it normal for the sea gulls the dive and peck at it?
Saw a [humpback
] whale this morning, cruz'n Olalla
Just sighted a humpback
heading north in Colvos Passage
in the Olalla area (about 10:45 am
). I was working in the yard and quickly turned around when I heard the blow - just in time to see his/her back and a nice fluke. He/she dove for quite a while then did a quick surface before heading out of view. Perfect day!
Sandy Alferness Jeter
] came up the West side of Colvos Passage
Northbound at 10:40
this morning. The attached photos were taken from my deck in Prospect Point.
On a truly glorious spring (more like summer) day, one young Minke whale
kept passengers on "Mystic Sea" guessing where he (or she) would surface next in the glassy sea off the west side of San Juan Island
. A school of harbor porpoise in Cattle Pass, sunbathing Steller sea lions on Whale Rocks and a watchful nesting eagle in Hughes Bay made for a perfect trip.
Sandra Pollard, Naturalist on Mystic Sea
I'd like to report the sighting of 2 to 3 Pilot whales North of Tumbo island
. They were maybe a quarter of a mile away but appeared to be feeding and moving north up the Strait of Georgia at 10:30am to 11:00am
John Gahn, Saturna Island, BC
Christy Palmer reports seeing two Risso's in Totten Inlet
while kayaking near Little Skookum, south of Steamboat, from 3 to 7 pm
We encountered a small pod of orcas
traveling towards Nanaimo between Thetis island and Valdez
. Approx 12 orcas
we counted. We can't say for sure if they continued any further as we were heading the opposite direction. What a great experience!
fantastic [gray whale
] spyhop awhile ago..all three have move west away from the Snohomish delta to deeper water continuing towards Gedney
from Legion Park (north Everett)
seen three whales blows so far. Two
off the north end of Jetty Island
sloshing :) around...so most likely feeding. Third one out from middle of Jetty Island (direction of travel unknown...distracted by many Osprey flying over our heads).
Alisa Lemire Brooks
Sighting of what I think were two greys
just southwest of Hat Island, around 0915
. The ferry slowed to keep a distance from them. Was there a baby grey? I saw one spray from a blow hole...the spine/body, then another spay from different whale next to the spine, then fluke from whale of first spray. I did not see the fluke of the second whale. So exciting and we were so close. I have been keeping an eye out all spring and this is the first time to spot a grey. They're so beautiful!
Not sure if its the same one but about 8 pm
walking down Ruston way (Tacoma)
- most positively saw a humpback
jump out of the water- completely out of the water- about maybe 200 yards off shore- unfortunately there was no one else around- accept a guy driving by on a motorcycle- that saw it as well and pulled in and stopped to watch- I must say- it was AWESOME-
Spotted a single humpback whale
surface and dive along the edge of Dumas Bay in Federal Way
. Whale was swimming north and moving quickly.
sighting off Fauntleroy ferry terminal
heading south, large spray and exposed back/spine area....dark in color....appprox 3pm
Wayne McFarland, WSF
Not sure if you got any reports but haven't seen any on your site or the West Seattle blog- yesterday we were in the car line on the Ferry dock at 3pm
, looked up and saw a large whale (think it was a humpback
from shape, coloring and small hump) come out of the water then followed with the tail out of the water. Maybe 100' off of shore in Lincoln Park, 100' N of the dock. Just saw it 1x, then drove onto the ferry. Went up onto the deck and several people up there saw it going S on the other side of the ferry dock, again maybe 100' off of the shore (we could see the trail in the water). Disappeared from view after the point. Happened too fast for us to get a pic, but I'd be surprised if some Orca Network or WSB readers didn't have a pic or video. Truly awesome, unexpected, and amazing how close in it was.
sighted ~200 yards NNW of West Point Lighthouse (at Discovery Park)
at approximately 14:30
. The whale was moving quickly south.
We received a call from Sandy Charbonneau, who reported watching many Gray whales
spouting a mile or two offshore of Ocean Shores, WA
on Sunday and again Monday; and on Sunday while they were watching the Gray whales spouting & fluking, they also spotted two black triangular fins that looked like orcas
- very likely some Transient orcas following the Gray whales.
A gray (Eschrichtius robustus) whale
has recently been photographed in Walvis Bay, Namibia
. This is the first record we are aware of for the species in the South Atlantic or Southern Hemisphere and likely represents one of, if not the longest movements of any mammal. The animal has been seen around the bay by marine tour operators since the 04 May 2013
. A more detailed back story and photographs confirming species identify are available for viewing on the Namibian Dolphin Project blog.
was traveling north very close to the beach at Marina Park, Edmonds around 6:00pm.
It was moving pretty fast for a humpback ;)
We were lucky enough to spend some time with a Humpback Whale in Haro Strait
. This photo was taken at 1:30 PM
at the top of Haro Strait, heading towards Swanson Channel.
My wife announced about 10:30
that she saw a couple big dorsal fins [about a mile south of Little Skookum in Totten Inlet,
where the two Risso's dolphins
were seen May 6]. Of course I had to look so I grabbed the camera and headed for the lawn to take a few shots. I called John Calambokidis at Cascadia Research and he said a pair of Risso's dolphins have been in south sound for a year or so. Then he reminded me I called about this time last year ! So quickly I forget!
1900 - Killer whale
spotted in the Siuslaw River in Florence Oregon
swimming inland by the crab dock.
At least 5 Orcas off Decourcy Island
headed north for Dodd's Narrows.
Single male killer whale
heading north past Westside and Deadman Bay Preserves
(San Juan Is.) today around 12:30pm
or so. My field assistant Casey saw four or five surfacings - northbound. No boats in the area, though several hours later saw Peregrine (Maya's Whale Watching) heading back north.
There is at least one gray whale
on the east side of Gedney island
right now. I can see it from Howarth park in Everett. Looks like it might be between camano and gedney but still to the east.
11:44 - greys in the Everett delta
Island Adventures Whale Watching
8:45 - Humpback
straight out from pier 55, Seattle
Susan Marie Andersson
Spotted the Humpback
twice, just north of the grain silos and Elliot bay
fishing pier. Taking long dives.
Just saw it (the humpback
) off West Point
, headed towards Elliott Bay!
Spotted it (the humpback
) at 7:20pm from Sunset Hill Park
, still headed south. It was just offshore near the Discovery Park Lighthouse. It was blowing regularly and made a couple of dives, showing off its tail nicely.
Steven Dare Lundholm
Just got a third hand report of a kw seen breaching from Rays boathouse (Shilshole marina)
right around sunset - supposedly observed by several people.
Note: this fits the time and place for the humpback
It wasn't blowing regularly, but I just saw a blow from Carkeek
to the south. It must have passed us I the sun. Just saw it again from Edmonds Marina Beach park @5:10
still heading south. Moving really fast. Close to shore.
5:07p - Humpback off edmonds marina
No doubt about it. Humpback in Mukilteo
!!! Surfaced a couple times. Heading south quickly. Seen from Mukilteo Lighthouse Park.
I think I just saw the humpback at Howarth Park
(between Mukilteo and Everett). It surfaced, made a horn like noise then I saw a gray colored back with a small but distinct dorsal fin. Close to shore heading toward Mukilteo.
We Spotted a humpback whale
this afternoon about 3 pm off Mukilteo Beach
, heading south. Never saw the head or flippers but it had the humpback-shaped dorsal fin and tail. It surfaced 4 or 5 times. About 20 minutes later, saw it moving back north (assumed it was the same whale).
Diane, Girl Scout troop 41342=
A humpback whale in Boundary Pass
, breaching and showing off it's huge pectorals.
off of Mittlenatch Island, upper Gulf of Georgia
. Looking at others' photos from the day, it looks like we had 25+ Transient KW's
in the area! 063 was with 065B's and 023's
. also saw pics of T100's and 101/102's. and T069D
. We left them spread in a line 3 miles wide headed south between Salmon Point and Mittlenatch last night at 2000hrs
Nick Templeman, Campbell River Whale and Bear Excursions
The Mystic Sea found two Transient Orcas
about 3 miles south of Trial Island
, south of Victoria. We identified them as brothers; T93, born in 1963, and T97, born in 1980
. The two Transients were travelling fairly fast, making about 7 knots. They were veering apart and then coming back together . . . then Captain Monte Hughes shut the engines off for a while and it was such a treat to watch their huge dorsal fins rise up out of the water together, when the only sounds to be heard were of the water lapping up against the hull of the boat, and the mystical sound of the Orcas' blows! When it was time for the Mystic Sea to start heading home the whales were off of Constance Bank heading east towards Whidbey Island. On the way back towards Lopez Island we had a great sighting of a large group of Harbor Porpoise (almost like mini-Orcas!) playing on the surface near the weather buoy.
T93 and T97
, west of Hein Bank at 3:30 PM
, headed south toward Pt. Townsend. There were four groups of Ts today. I love our whales and our mountains.
Capt. Jim Maya
I came across T093 and T097
in the morning 9 miles south of Victoria
, zig zagging around after harbor porpoise but generally traveling east.
I also spotted T040 "Captain Hook"
2 miles south of Race Rocks
also traveling east 6 miles behind them.
Mark Malleson, Prince of Whales
this morning, two Orcas
, one following the other a good distance apart and not far from shore, headed east past Eagle Cove
. From 11:05 am to 11:35, one lone orca was hanging out fairly close to shore, first at Eagle Cove and then at Eagle Point, feeding, before heading west. Nothing dramatic, only one minor tail lob. It's so wonderful to have them back! Again, all of these were late this morning at Eagle Cove/Eagle Point.
8:30 AM -
Sitting by the Clinton ferry watching "sprays" heading south of Mukilteo
close to the shore there.
Gwendine Ellis Norton
3:31 - Humpback
heading north through Saratoga Passage
, Camano Island side just about at Cama beach close to shore:)
7:19 - Two more gray whales
heading south now. Mid to east channel Saratoga
. Across from Breezy Point heading towards Camano park. Looks like grey's this time, moving s...l....o.....w!
Just got the call - Gray Whale in Penn Cove
4:00pm - Grey off Kayak Point county park
right now. Just North. I can see him blowing from the dock. Looks to be heading to warm beach. The whale actually came within about 50 yards of the Pier. Really close to shore at on time.
We watched the gray whale
off of Hidden Beach/Greenbank
for almost an hour. He went south about 9:40AM
. So cool!
Cindy Dean Prahl
9:24 am - Gray whale
heading south from Hidden Beach, Greenbank
, about 30 minutes ago.
Nancy Culp Zaretzke
We started off May with a bang! A two species day! We had a juvenile Humpback in the Strait of Georgia
who was pretty active (see below)....lots of cartwheels. After hanging out with him/her for while we headed into Active Pass and found the T124A's
heading south towards Prevost Island. We were excited to see a new calf with the group (T124A2's first calf so I guess that would be T124A2A....getting complicated now haha). It was a perfect way to start out May.
Gary Sutton, Wild Whales Vancouver
Great day on the water this afternoon
! In calm seas and sunny skies we went out in search of a Minke Whale spotted at Constance Bank and ended up finding TO65A2
just south of Trial Island
:) We followed this lone male Transient Orca as he slowly moved Eastward leaving him a few miles south east of Oak Bay Flats!
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