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Sightings Archive - Nov 15

November 2015 Whale Sightings

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November 30

CA172, CA173 and CA166 in the Juan de Fuca. -Mark Malleson

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4:00 p.m. - A probable humpback blow about a mile east of Point No Point. -Howard Garrett, Orca Network

November 29

2:45 p.m. - The whale was pretty much straight out from the Puget Marina, probably pretty close to shore and we watched it drift south toward Tolmie Park. We saw blows and the birds were massed on the water and rose into the air with each set of blows. Seeing whale spouts from Andy's Marine Park Beach on Anderson Island looking across to the Nisqually Reach preserve. No direction, feeding and breaching, but very distant for observation from here. Likely humpback/gray, not orca. -Belen Schneider

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My husband and I saw 2 Orcas spy hopping and breaching off the California coast halfway between Pescadero and Santa Cruz. They were clearly feeding as they stayed in the same spot for a long while but would disappear under water then resurface minutes later. At least other whales were spouting farther out and to the side, but I couldn't identify them as Orcas. By the way, we also noticed a few seals had come in close to shore and were just hanging out. -Nancy Walker

November 28

The K12s between Sooke and Cliffs in the middle of the Juan de Fuca Strait. Very spread out and foraging... They were slowly moving westward. Looking towards the Olympic Peninsula and the Elwha Valley... -Debbie Stewart

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K pod in the Juan de Fuca Strait, near the Elwha. -Steve Smith

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Boarded the Peregrine at 1PM and we were initially heading to see some humpbacks off of Victoria. It was a good thing we topped off the gas tanks before heading out because after arriving to Victoria we got word of orcas out past Race Rocks. And yes, residents! Wow. Our final destination put us smack dab in the middle of the Strait of Juan de Fuca west of Port Angeles between Sooke and Cliffs. We arrived on scene after 3:00 PM and encountered some members of the K12's very spread out and foraging. We saw K33 actively fishing. They were slowly moving westward. Looking towards the Olympic Peninsula and the Elwha Valley, you can't help but reflect on the positive effects the Elwha restoration will have on salmon recovery and our resolve must not be broken until the Snake River Dams are breached as well. -Debbie Stewart

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K POD TODAY!! When we got a report early this morning of killer whales heading west, no one expected to see the Resident Orcas today. I however, held out hope. Historically, they always seem to make an appearance right around, or on Thanksgiving. Today, we happened to get lucky when Dale Mitchell (out of Victoria) found these guys milling close to the mouth of the Elwha River. Members of K Pod were spread out foraging, as you might expect for this time of year. Their food source (Chinook/King salmon) is getting scarce now with our dramatically reduced salmonid population here in the Pacific Northwest, so they will need to be serious about foraging if they're to survive the winter. These whales will average 80 miles per day of travel this time of year, and will need to replenish the calories they burn traveling daily. What a treat to see these guys today ... they may not have been jumping out of the water in full breaches, but each moment with them was precious. I'm so grateful that I got to spend some time with them! -Heather MacIntyre

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10:00 a.m. - Probable K pod sighting about 10 am in Strait of Juan de Fuca south of Victoria, heading west. -Reported by Ken Balcomb.

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8:20 a.m. - Watching it [humpback] from the Kingston bluff...it doesn't look too big from here. It was tail slapping a lot. -Brian Stoll

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8:06 a.m. - whale blows north of Kingston around Rose Point - seems to be moving northerly toward Elgon. Close to Kitsap side. Type - I'd guess humpback. -Stu Davdison

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8:00 a.m. - Rare treat this morning on the Ferry ride to Kingston. Whale spotted lobtailing (tail slapping) off the port side bow of the ferry. Just east of Kingston. -Josh Hansen

November 27

4:26 p.m. - on the bluff just north of the Kingston ferry, saw many go by including a couple of large males. Closser to this side although out in the shipping lanes. -Michelle Goll

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4:00 p.m. - at least some stalled south of Kingston ferry. They've spread out and are making many directional changes and some diving as if foraging. They often do there. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network

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3:45 p.m. - if it's the same group they are just south of Kingston near President Point. We're watching from Richmond beach. Heading north. -Jon Garrett

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3:44 p.m. - heading north again, off President Point, close in to Kitsap, (I could hear them), toward Kingston. -Joanne Graves

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3:33 p.m. - Been watching them for about an hour. Still heading up north towards Kingston. -Lindsay Ekblad

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3:32 p.m. - on ferry from Edmonds to Kingston and they still south from here. This should be a great spot to watch them in a little while. Closer to Kitsap side, heading north. -Michelle Goll

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3:30 p.m. - from Kayu Kayu Ac park, north Richmond Beach in Shoreline, can see the lead group north and west of yellow mid channel bouy between us and President Point, Kitsap. Heading towards Kingston. Trailers half a mile behind. -Ed Brooks

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3:10 p.m. - It looks like they may be heading east, off President point, south of the channel marker.
3:03 p.m. - just approaching President Pt, south of Kingston, heading north, close to Kitsap. -Joanne Graves

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2:48 p.m. - from Richmond Beach Saltwater Park saw a few blows on far side close to Kitsap. At this point barely visible with binocs. -Bri Wilson

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2:28 p.m. - seeing orcas southwest from Richmond Beach Saltwater Park in Shoreline. Closer to Kitsap or mid channel. -Michelle Goll

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2:24 p.m. - seeing some due east of Fay Bainbridge, mid channel, east side. -Connie Bickerton

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2:10 p.m. - from Sunset Park above Shilshole, sightline seeing large group past Faye Bainbridge coming in line with Port Madison. Keeping a steady pace northbound. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network

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2:00 p.m. - Watching from Rolling Bay on Bainbridge, approx 10 orca, 3 males, heading north, mid channel. -Kmberly Sylvester-Malzahn

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1:39 p.m. - viewing from Rolling Bay on Bainbridge. Residents! Got a picture of a male with an open saddle, K21 Cappucino. -Connie Bickerton

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1:35 p.m. - Sunset park right now. Looking out orca are mid channel near two sail boats. -Martin Moore

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Friends and I were out sailing and were in the middle of the Sound off Shilshole Bay Marina, and saw 2 Orcas swimming north. Very exciting! Thanks. -Jay Craver

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1:30 p.m. - Seeing them from Sunset Park (above Shilshole Marina) still northbound, mid channel. Just north of Rolling Bay. Still watching from Sunset park, looking through a scope I was pretty confident I saw K33 and K12. 11:49 a.m. - Seeing them from Magnolia looking towards south end of Bainbridge. Very distant. But can see them with binocs. Headed north. Seeing another group behind more in line with the north end of Vashon. -Sara Hysong-Shimazu

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12:45 p.m. - Make that 3 groups (20 + orcas). 2 groups close together mid channel and 3rd group west of mid channel parralleling. Steady northbound north of Eagle Harbor. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network

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12:09 p.m. - I've seen a number of blows and some surface activity within the last 10 minutes or so off the north end of Blake Island and trending slowly north. Looking for Lower QA with binocs. -Katie Kirking

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11:55 a.m. - The ferry boat KALEETAN, Seattle to Bremerton, spotted two male killer whales just northwest of the "Tango" vessel traffic buoy. The crew reports the whales were displaying hunting/feeding behavior. No pictures were taken. -John Rogstad, WSF

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11:40 a.m. - looks like most/all have turned northbound. Lead group (including 2 adult males) is approaching south end Bainbridge, others still 1/2 mile or so south of them.
11:25 a.m. - large group has flipped and is northbound between Tillicum Village and north end Blake Island. 11:20 a.m. - from south side Alki can see some in front of Tillicum Village, Blake Island heading northbound. Not sure if flipped or foraging but were traveling at a fast clip. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network

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10:30 - Jeff Hogan sees orcas spread out from Alki, in the Bremerton ferry lane, generally trending south.

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10:02 a.m. - We have watched at least 3 orcas heading south past the island, still a bit north of the ferry lanes. -RicAnn Bock

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Just saw some on north side of 935 ferry from Bainbridge Island. Mid channel. 1st group was headed south. Second group headed west towards first group. -Marion Koppang

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Report from Victoria Clipper at 8:20 am, large group of orcas spread out southbound between West Point and Alki. Watching from Alki now but haven't spotted anything yet. -Stephanie Raymond

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3:51 p.m. - I'm at Eglon, seeing humpback in south distance close to ferry lane. (Edmonds/Kingston run). -Becky Newell Woodworth

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3:00 p.m. - Mom and baby humpback slowly heading north 200 yards off shore just south of Eglon. (Kitsap) -Beverly Steinman

November 26

2:30 p.m. - Cowichan Bay, BC - Ken Balcomb reports the T018s were seen in Cowichan Bay, across Haro Strait from San Juan Island.

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12:15 p.m. to 12:40 p.m. - Probable humpback blows off Point No Point seen from south of Bush Point. Can't tell if it's more than one humpback, but we're just happy to see humpbacks in the Possession Triangle (roughly from Edmonds to Kingston to Scatchet Head on Whidbey Island). That makes almost three months of possibly continual visitation in that area by up to three or four humpbacks some days. Not to mention regular humpback sightings in the south Sound, and all around the Salish Sea. There's much to say thanks for on this Thanksgiving Day. Wishing everyone a happy Thanksgiving. -Susan and Howard, Orca Network

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10:37 a.m. - About an hour ago I drove across the Hood Canal Bridge and saw blows only about 100 yards north of the bridge, mid span. Definitely not humpback, but I couldn't stop to look closer. Couldn't see the back or tail. Lots of birds at the surface too. -Amy K Fowler

November 25

6:09 p.m. - Puget Sound - this was posted on another group I belong to, "Im at Al's and can see them near Point Richmond out in the middle" (to confirm orca came up Colvos). -Brittany Gordon

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4:00 p.m. - they were fighting the current and moving pretty slow. A group six or so! We think they headed up the channel between Gig Harbor and Vashon island. (Colvos Passage)
3:25 p.m. - They are at Point Defiance now, heading north. -Desiree Brake

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2:50 p.m. - They are near the Tacoma Narrows Bridge right now, just saw them. It looked like they were heading south toward Chambers Bay. -Brian Mickelson

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1:40-1:50 p.m. - Just saw 3-4 orcas in Gig Harbor very near the Narrows Bridge. Appeared to be feeding, perhaps including juveniles. Got some pictures but they're very small in them. -Noelle Bailliett

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1:30 p.m. - Spotted about 5-7 whales just south of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, making their way North. A nice Thanksgiving treat. -Beverly Walker

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11:30 a.m. - Report of orcas heading North around the east side of Anderson island, past Cole Point. Talked to the gentleman who lived on Cole Point and had seen them around 11:30. He said they were very active and it sounded like they were breaching and playing. -Belen Schneider

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2:46 p.m. - looks to be a humpback (blows) just south east off of south east beach of Point No Point as seen from north Edmonds. Direction unknown. -Stu Davidson

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8:10 a.m. to 11:55 a.m. - at least 3 humpbacks off Point No Point in mid-channel, seen from south of Bush Point, Whidbey Island. Happy Thanksgiving. -Howard and Susan, Orca Network

November 24

4:45 p.m. - Spotted four orcas swimming lazily in Pickering Passage northbound on the west side of northern Harstine Island, south Puget Sound, one orca was very likely a male. He was trailing the other three orcas by 200-300m and was swimming in more of a circular pattern (feeding?). -Paul Dinnel

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4:15 p.m. - Orcas: Five possibly just came through Pickering Passage headed slowly towards Allyn. -Mary R Larson

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3:30 p.m. - photo of pod traveling north up the east side of Case Inlet. 2:46 p.m. - Three whales spotted headed North in Case Inlet. Heading toward north tip of Harstine Island, south Puget Sound. -Jerilyn Evans

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11:33 a.m. - Puget Sound - Seeing multiple blows - at least ten within a minute, just NW of Point No Point. Guessing humpback. -Susan Berta, Orca Network

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10:55 a.m. - Watching frequent blows that look to be north west of Point No Point, as seen from north Edmonds. Blows seem to be a northerly direction - guessing humpback or grey. -Stu Davidson

November 23

I love heading out out with a full boat, and then finding Orcas! In this case, it was a single Orca, T77A. Such good news, since the last time he was seen, he was tangled in some line and a float. NOT TODAY! SWIMMING FREE! Notice the identifying notches in the dorsal fin! Near D'Arcy Island, BC. -Capt. Jim Maya, Maya Legacy Charters

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12:25 p.m. - Penn Cove - Jenny, at the Mosquito Fleet restaurant in Coupeville, along with several customers, saw a whale surface a few hundred yards from shore, between the beach and the dock at the end of the Coupeville Wharf. From the description it sounds like a gray whale. It was heading east, out of Penn Cove.

November 22

3:00 p.m. - the Ks and Ls seen yesterday in Puget Sound have headed out to the wide Pacific, seen near Sombrio, almost to Port Renfrew. -Howard Garrett, Orca Network

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Johnny Berg, Wendy Pinnow and I caught up with K and L pod (minus the L12s) way out west past Jordan River. It was so great to see the orcas again, especially the exotic L54s, and to see Johnny's face as he saw orcas for the first time in his life. -Melisa Pinnow

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L54 and L90 westbound out the Juan de Fuca Strait. We came across members of K's and L's off of Jordan River in the afternoon. They were moving quickly west bound. -Mark Malleson

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4:25 p.m. - south Puget Sound - Distant photos, but for the sake of tracking and documentation, I think this is a Transient male south of the Chamber's Bay Golf Course and north of Steilacoom. -Belen Schneider

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3:41 p.m. - it's hard to tell at this point but they're headed towards the south end of McNeil Island.
3:33 p.m. - Make that at least 4 next to a jet ski. 3:25 p.m. - At least 2 orcas headed south in Hale Passage heading towards Steilacoom. At least one boat next to them. Towards the southwest end of Fox Island. -Kelly Lauricella

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3:11 p.m. - heading SE towards the Narrows Bridge. They are beside us right now.
2:50 p.m. - Spotted at least five orcas at the northern tip of Fox Island in Hale Passage. Incredible. -Brent Kobayashi

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10:20 a.m. - I saw these Orcas passing through at 10:20 AM! I spotted only three and they were headed towards the Purdy Spit and passing by Minter Beach estates! So beautiful. I'm so happy other people got to see them too!! -Anne Mae Anderson

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10:35 a.m. - Heading south on west side of Henderson Bay. Glen Cove heading to Lakebay. -Sammy Salmon

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Ann Frier reports first seeing a few orcas in Henderson Bay around 9:30. And around 9:50 2-3 were moving towards Purdy Spit.

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12:15 p.m. - Puget Sound - Just got to Point No Point and there is at least one humpback. Michelle Goll

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12:13 p.m. - Michelle Moyer reported 3 whales (probably humpbacks) just south of Point No Point.

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12:10 p.m. - Humpback northbound by Point No Point just now. -Doug Hayman

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For your info, one of our cutters made the following report of whale sightings during a patrol on the 22nd:
-ORCAS (03) 41-25N, 125-07W (California)
-HUMPBACK WHALES (04) 42-26N, 125-06W (Oregon)
-HUMPBACK WHALES (02) 42-32N, 125-06W (Oregon)
-COMMON DOLPHINS (06) 43-32N, 125-06W (Oregon) -Brian Corrigan, USGC

November 21

7:15 p.m. - distant calls and echolocation on Port Townsend hydrophones. -Susan Marie Andersson

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4:40 p.m. - A pod just off the south east of Point No Point beach. -Stu Davidson

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3:22 p.m. - WSF reported 10 plus orcas at Edmonds headed north in the traffic lanes.

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3:20 p.m. - just watched them from the Kingston/Edmonds ferry. Passing Kingston, still heading north. Pretty spread out. Closer to Kitsap now. -Sara Tryoer

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3:16 p.m. - Got some directly in front of Kingston mid channel, north bound very spread out. -Elyse Margaret

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3:13 p.m. - See a pod just south of Kingston heading northerly. -Stu Davidson

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3:05 p.m. - Still northbound Eglon area. Much closer to Kitsap side. -Lance King

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2:55 p.m. - I see blows sw from the Edmonds fishing pier just south of Kingston ferry opening from this angle. -Michelle Goll

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2:59 p.m. - still heading north. Either abreast, or just south, of Kingston-Edmonds ferry route. 2:48 p.m. - large number just south of President Point. half way between western (kitsap) shore and channel marker. 2:39 p.m. - off President Pt, moving north , splashing a lot. Heading toward Kingston, west side of mid channel. -Joanne Graves

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2:41 p.m. - from Suquamish dock we saw several passing Richmond Beach heading north. Close to Seattle side. One big breach. -Sara Troyer

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2:30 p.m. - Blows and commotion in Port Madison at 2:30, come on over orcas! -Steve Smith

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2:25 PM. - several Orcas to the west of mid channel off President Point, Kingston heading north at a pretty good speed. They are in small tight groups but the groups are pretty spread out. -Chris Beamer Otterson

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2:19 p.m. - They're coming! Jefferson Point (north end Port Madison) -Danette Walker

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1:56 p.m. - orcas moving past Golden Gardens, heading north mid channel. -Sue Surowiec Larkin

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1:50 p.m. - watching from Faye Bainbridge State Park (looking toward Discovery park) - Seeing blows and a few splashes way off in the distance. Just north of West Point lighthouse now and still moving northbound. Looks like they are traveling closer to the Seattle side now. -Lila Pharis

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1:25 p.m. - Yes passing West Point, northbound. Closer to Bainbridge lots of splashing. -Jenny Slack

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1:20 p.m. - group of orcas making their way north, approaching West Point lighthouse. -Sue Surowiec Larkin

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1:15 p.m. - Looks like they're passing Discovery Park. Steadily northbound spread across the channel. -Rachel Haight

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12:51 p.m. - Washington State Ferries 5-6 orcas northbound in shipping lanes off Restoration Point.

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12:44 p.m. - Large pod from off Restoration point in ferry lanes heading N moving fast 1/2 mile apart- at least 12. -Kayla Black

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12:36 p.m. - Large group crossing Bainbridge Island ferry route north bound. Mostly mid channel. Rick Hatten -
12:06 p.m. - watching from Manchester, they are still NB, appear to be closer to Seattle side, in between Bainbridge and Blake Islands. Not yet to yellow buoy - white boat watching them. -Brittany Gordon

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12:01 p.m. - Group of orcas are at north end of Blake Island. Watching from Alki point. -Jill Hadji

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11:43 a.m. - They are active in front of Blake Island. Very close to shoreline and just south of the boats docked at the north end. -Krista Larson Billinghurst

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11:33 a.m. - Just watched them from the north end of Vashon, they cleared the passage and are rounding Blake, heading North. Happy orca chasing! -Stacie Bennett Caughell

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11:25 a.m. - Washington State Ferries reports 5-6 orcas northbound off Blake Island.

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11:21 a.m. - passing between Vashon and Blake Islands, should be visible from West Seattle. K22 Sekiu leads L105 Fluke up Colvos Passage. -Meg McDonald

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11:16 a.m. - (watching from Southworth Ferry dock) They are now north of Southworth, still NB headed towards mid channel (southeast of Blake Island). -Lila Pharis

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11:05 a.m. - very spread out just passed Southworth heading north, look to be mid channel and looks to be heading on the east side of Blake Island. Very active 3 breaches right next to Southworth ferry terminal. -Brittany Gordon

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10:55 a.m. - The pod of orcas just cleared Colvos Passage...Heading north rapidly, crossed Southworth Ferry lane. Heading northeasterly towards West Seattle! -Noreen Ferris

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10:48 a.m. - Orcas just visible northbound from Southworth ferry dock. Approaching ferry lanes steadily. -Lila Pharis

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10:46 a.m. - Orcas seen from Southworth heading north thru Colvos...very close to shore at Southworth, multiple breaches. Mama & baby are in the group. -BFST

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10:44 a.m. - Orcas are northbound in Colvos Passage, approaching the Southworth ferry dock now, and generally keeping to the west side. -Rob Mosley

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10:37 a.m. - Nearing Southworth ferry. (should clear northend of Vashon and be visible from Seattle and Bainbridge in about 30 minutes). -Amy Carey

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10:03 a.m. - At Peter Point Vashon, close to Kitsap side. In front of Fragaria. -Fiona Hope

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10:00 a.m. - About a mile or so south of the Southworth ferry headed north into a very cold wind. Approx. 20 that I see.
9:39 a.m. - Just nearing Cove Walk area on Vashon.
9:07 a.m. - Just passing Lisabuela on Vashon.
8:45 a.m. - Nearing Lisabuela on west side of Vashon northbound. -Amy Carey

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9:00 a.m. - L88 Wavewalker. Beautiful pod pretty spread out, some enormous males right through Olalla Bay. Best morning ever! -Kelly Sedgwick. (ID by Sara Hysong-Shimazu)

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8:52 a.m. - Just had a pod of Orca whales heading north in Colvos passage by Gig Harbor. -Rita Walters

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8:06 a.m. - They all headed up Colvos, so close to Vashon side traveling in 4 groups of up to 6 or 7 each, close to Vashon side, I am just losing sight of them now!
7:57 a.m. - Lots and lots of orcas in Dalco Passage, ferry appeared too divert path to get to Vashon, some heading up Colvos and others still in Dalco! -Michele Riley Campbell

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7:45 a.m. - Washington State Ferries reports 15 plus orcas off Dalco Point, feeding.

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1:00 p.m. - south Puget Sound - Orcas feeding off Lakebay and Penrose Point (Carr Inlet). We counted at least 6. Wow. -Jed Casey

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Noon - I was on Rocky Point by Von Gelderen cove near Home WA and saw several Orca (maybe 4 or 5) hunting seals...Henderson Bay. I watched for about 30 minutes, unfortunately I did not have my phone to get pics. They were about 50 to 75 yards out from the bluff. They headed south toward Olympia. Does anyone know which pod they might be? -Leila Luginbill

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11:58 a.m. - NW Whidbey - I'm seeing breaching and lots of feeding action off the west beach of Whidbey Is, traveling North they are south of Smith island right now. I'm .25 miles up from the Hastie lake boat area they are right in front of me, easily seen with the naked eye. Definitely orcas! At least 4. Feeding at the surface, there are lots of gulls taking advantage of the carnage, -Melinda Killian

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Puget Sound - I was waiting at Point No Point, Kitsap for the orcas as darkness fell... They were off in the distance, but I also believe there were four humpbacks in the area as well. There was a pair together, another one a little further north, and then one humpback practically came up onto the beach, it was so close. There was also a breach in another location, I *think* it was an orca, but it was pretty huge, and may have been a 5th humpback. Lots of whales around today! -Rachel Haight

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3:36 p.m. - Waiting at Eglon Beach and just spotted a humpback! -Elyse Sollitto

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Haro Strait - The photo was taken from "The Sea Lion"-San Juan Safari's boat-that went out at noon...we found them around 1:48 pm using my iPhone. We didn't see three, but we saw a mother humpback and her calf milling about for about 30-40 minutes in the same area they were reporting seeing the three in the morning. -Amanda Marie Colbert

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10:58 a.m. - WA State Ferries called with a report from the ferry Elwha of 3 humpbacks in Haro Strait northbound.

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Three humpbacks encountered in Haro Strait. -Melisa Pinnow

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8:20 a.m. - at Lime Kiln State Park with Connie Bickerton and Sara Hysong-Shimazu. Connie spotted the blows of a humpback due west, mid channel. We all watched it surface and blow for several minutes before it dove, it surfaced several minutes later at it continued north then went on a dive again. We could not re-sight the whale again. -Alisa Lemire Brooks

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2:15 p.m. - Puget Sound - saw a couple of whales off President Pt, Kitsap, heading north. I don't think they were Orca whales. (Orca whales came by about 1/2 hour later, the first two may have been humpbacks). -Joanne Graves

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1:09 p.m. - whale blow (seems to be a single whale) a mile or so south of Point No Point near Kitsap side. Direction or type unknown at this report. -Stu Davidson

November 20

4:30 p.m. - Admiralty Inlet - They slowed considerably and are just hanging around Lagoon Pt, mid channel and more on Kitsap side. Too far away for saddles, but they appeared to be fishing. I would guess 15+, but no clue as they were spread out far and wide.
3:30 p.m. - And even more. Big breach more mid channel and north. Spread out in small groups.
3:28 p.m. - Just found them. About to pass Lagoon Pt. Whidbey side. There's a lot. Spotted another group further south and west. -Rachel Haight

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4:13 p.m. - 10-12 orca just passed Lagoon Point, heading south to Bush Point mainly on Marrowstone side. -Paula Ratcliff

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2:37 p.m. - 3:40 p.m. - Amy Johnson at the Pt. Townsend Marine Science Center reports a pod of 8-12 orcas off Ft Casey State Park heading south.

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2:30 p.m. - Orcas (5-6?) off Point Wilson heading towards Bush Point. Passing Keystone / Coupeville Ferry terminal. -Betsy Carlson

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I spent the day wandering around Whidbey. I tried to find the orcas in Saratoga. I spotted a male off Hidden Beach for about two minutes, and then I never saw that pod again. I looked all over the place for them too. Then, as I was giving up, I saw a report of inbound orcas in Admiralty. I spotted them at Lagoon Pt, where they slowed down considerably, and appeared to be foraging. I watched the sunset behind the snow covered OIympics as the orcas slowly trended south. It was a beautiful sunny day. -Rachel Haight

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2:25 p.m. - WSF reports from Salish ferry on Port Townsend/Keystone run seeing 3-8 orcas headed south in shipping glanes toward Marrowstone Point.

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11:45 a.m. - Small orca--light was behind it and it was too far out in the water to see details. One small whale, near Fort Ebey traveling south to northwest. Swimming around in one area but slowly working it's way west. Light and distances made it impossible to see markings. -Diana Butler and David Paull

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1:52 p.m. - Saratoga Passage - I think there are at least 6 judging from blows. They are spread out.
1:37 p.m. - at least 4 blows. Bypassed Holmes Harbor and continued heading south.
1:30 p.m. - see them towards Greenbank, heading towards Holmes Harbor. -Krista Paulino

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1:30 p.m. - Caught brief glimpses of blows south of Holmes Harbor around 1:30 and never saw them again. Total disappearing act! -Steve Smith

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1:19 p.m. - I spotted one at Hidden beach. A male headed SW. Saw him surface half a dozen times... Haven't seen him since. -Rachel Haight

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12:22 p.m. - Confirmed they are heading south. Now off south Woodland Beach, Camano. 2 or 3 so far.
12:05 p.m. - Changed direction. Now facing north. May just be circling/feeding. Still mid-channel or slightly east to Camano side.
11:55 a.m. - Orca in Saratoga passage, mid-channel, heading south passing Penn Cove, Whidbey/ Woodland Beach, Camano. Only see one so far. -Krista Paulino

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2:07 p.m. - Humpback in Dalco Passage close to Vashon Island, multiple breaches just now. -Michele Riley Campbell

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12 noon - two humpbacks in Haro Strait, off Henry Island heading north mid channel. -Susan Berta & Howard Garret on San Juan Island

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10:51 a.m. - Just saw a humpback whale a couple miles west of Spieden in north Haro from the Sidney ferry, heading north. -Monika Wieland

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12:39 p.m. - Gray whale south of Point No Point traveling south at a good clip, near Kitsap side. -Steve Smith

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3:00 p.m. - At least a half dozen Dall's porpoises near Kelp Reef in Haro Strait, bow-riding. -Susan Berta & Howard Garret (on San Juan Island)

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Dall's porpoise bow riding the Peregrine in Haro Strait. -Jill Clogston

November 19

4:00 p.m. - Received a call from Debbie reporting 4 - 5 orcas heading north a little bit south of Clinton ferry dock.

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3:40 p.m. - one small orca between Mukilteo and Clinton on the north side of the ferry boat during the crossing, traveling north swimming, not very fast. Too far away to see many markings except for some white coloring at the base of the black dorsal fin. I've seen whales in this area before, but always in a group; I've never seen a solo orca there before. Thanks for your good work. -Diana Butler and David Paull

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10:00 a.m. - North end of Vashon at the WSF Vashon Ferry Terminal. Whales were headed north, one breaching... I did not spend time observing them as I had to attend to other work activities. Therefore I don't have a good count. -Burt Miller, WSF

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8:16 a.m. - WS Ferries reports a small pod of 3-6 orcas milling mid-channel near the Port Townsend/Coupeville ferry lane. No direction given.

November 18

7:34 a.m. - Michelle Moyer reports a whale around Point No Point, Kitsap as seen from the bluff just to the south of PNP Lighthouse. Last seen moving in a northerly direction.

November 17

During power outage at 3:30pm, a humpback spotted between Vashon and Point Defiance, at least 50 rapid tail lobs followed by a full breach, just spectacular. -Michele Riley Campbell

November 16

J's, K13sL122 and L91north east bound off of Victoria's waterfront . -Mark Malleson

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3:13 p.m. - Word from Mark Malleson via Ken Balcomb is that Js and Ks are coming into Haro Strait off Victoria, and L pod is heading out Strait of Juan de Fuca, also off Victoria, this afternoon. -Howard Garrett, Orca Network

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9:31 a.m. - There's a single humpback feeding just south of Eglon, Kitsap boat launch. -Melissa Reid Varno

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12:42 p.m. - Maia of Washington State Ferries called to relay a report of a small Gray whale off the Tyee buoy, Bainbridge Island.

November 15

11:15 a.m. - off Point No Point, Kitsap...The whale was first seen north of the Point No Point Lighthouse (Kitsap), then went south toward Eglon, then back close to the original location and was seen further north from Norwegian Point by other members of our group around noon. -Patricia Damron
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10:30 a.m. - I finally got a good look at the back, these are humpbacks, slowly moving S or SW.
10:20 a.m. - two humpbacks or gray whales 2-3 miles SSW of Scatchet Head, line of sight Double Bluff from Sunset Ave in Edmonds. -Sherman Page
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Humpback off of Point No Point, Kitsap this morning at 10:00am. -Amber Brust
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11:34 a.m. - Gray whale heading north along the eastern shoreline out of Eld Inlet toward Hunter Point and Squaxin Island. It is the same gray whale that was here on 11/11/15. -Kim Merriman
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10:58 a.m. - Large gray whale just spotted in Budd Bay towards the end of Cooper Point headed toward Steamboat. -Kim Stamp

November 14

L91 and L83 with L122 westbound south of Otter Point. -Mark Malleson

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Off Sooke, BC where members of Js, (J17 and J53 ) Ks, & Ls spent part of the morning and afternoon socializing and foraging together. -Deanna Brett

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12:04 p.m. - J50 with a chunk of salmon, J52 Sonic, J26 Mike, J2 Granny, J34 Doublestuf with his mother J22 Oreo, K26 Lobo near Sooke. J36 Alki with her son J52 Sonic and sister J50 Scarlett. Westbound in the Strait of Juan de Fuca near Sooke BC this afternoon. We spent time with many members of J Pod, and a few K Pod whales. L92 made a brief appearance and other L Pod whales could be seen in the distance This is a huge crop and it caused the image to suffer some but this is important as it confirms she is eating solid food. It also appeared to me that she caught the salmon on her own. -James Gresham

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2:32 p.m. - J K & L pod are all visiting Sooke B.C. - Canada today...always great to sea! Off Sooke all morning and still hanging around right now! Thanks to Mark Malleson again...for his dedication and intuitive knowledge of where they are. -Paul Pudwell

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12:00 p.m. - Report of southern residents Westbound off Beecher Bay in Juan de Fuca Strait. Jpod, Kpod and Lpod. -Josh McInnes

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Lunge feeding humpbacks near Race Rocks on Saturday. -James Gresham,

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After a wonderful afternoon at the grand opening celebration of the Langley Whale Center we were on the 4pm ferry crossing from Clinton to Mukilteo. Mid crossing I was happily surprised by a whale surfacing in between the ferry lanes. A Gray whale! Ed confirmed! We watched it surface and fluke several times. We headed over to Lighthouse park and spoke with police officer Peg Bohan who said she' s been seeing grays lately in this area. So, there really are grays up in Possession Sound in November. Interesting. -Alisa & Ed

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Humpback north of Port Angeles. -Mark Malleson

November 13

Nothing like waking up to a text saying there are orcas in the area! J17 and J53 visiting Dilworth, Vashon Island today. -Kelly Keenan

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10:45 p.m. - Sounds like the SRKWs on PT hydro. Started hearing them a few minutes ago. Faint, heard J pod. -Connie Bickerton

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4:20 p.m. - they are booking it! Got to Shilshole/Golden Gardens about 4pm and they were already here, due west. They are clearing Meadow point about now. Lost sight in yet another bank of rain. A bit spread out but close in proximity to one another. Finished out the day watching with Bri Wilson who has trekked along with them all day as well! -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network

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4:08 p.m. - YES! YAY! We see them! They are surfing the wake of the tug boat. Still heading north. (exciting times for her, this was her first time seeing orcas). -Danette Walker

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3:45 p.m. - several passing by West Point Lighthouse. Surfed tug wake. Still northbound. -Susan Marie Andersson

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3:37 p.m. - Seeing orcas between south end of Magnolia and Rolling Bay, Bainbridge Isl. spread out from mid channel to Kitsap side. -Sue Surowiec Larkin

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3:20 p.m. - from near Magnolia Marina see large group 20+ in long line, including 4 plus adult males mid channel transected north of Eagle Harbor. Some breaches and tail lobs as they travel steadily northbound. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network

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We received a report from Loren of a pod of ~10 orcas off Redondo Beach about 100 yards off the beach at about 3 pm. He said at first they were spread out, then they all collected in a really tight pod of 7 or 8 fins, and stayed that way for 20 - 25 minutes, then headed south toward Tacoma. (We found this report late in the day. Coupled with the WSF report below of southbound orcas off south end of Bainbridge, it indicates the pods split at some point - ALB)

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2:20 p.m. - Marie at Washington State Ferries called again, with a report from a Captain of 3 orcas SOUTHBOUND in shipping lanes off Restoration Point.

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2:10 p.m. - ON north side of Alki saw one female cleared the Alki side of yellow buoy that is between Alki and Restoration Point, Bainbridge. Not sure if leader, seas are very rough, not seeing others.
1:55 p.m. - LOL...thru the wind and sideways rain, found one large male approx. 1 mile off southside of Alki Point moving steadily northbound in white-cappy seas.
1:20 p.m. - quick peek of male passing Lowman Beach northbound. Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network

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West Seattle to Vashon ferry - 1:15 pm. Pretty choppy, I can't see how many there were, but Orcas! -Amanda Kelly

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1:05 p.m. - WA State Ferries reports at least six orcas seen off Vashon Head, north end of Vashon Isl., heading north in the southbound traffic lane. And at 1:15 - At least one juvenile in the pod, and they are very active.

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12:55 p.m. - 6-8 orcas moving through Vashon ferry lanes, moving north, mid channel. -Sue Surowiec Larkin

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12:30 p.m. - I saw him (an adult male) off Glen Acres in Vashon, just a Big black triangle dorsal ploughing north through the whitecapped waves. -J Felcity Welt
12:25 p.m. - stopped at beautifully restored Seahurst park in Burien as the pod moves north. Have seen quite a few steadily northbound across the channel. Lincoln park is good next stop then along Beach drive to Alki after. Rain comes and goes.
12:05 p.m. - Many have passed Three Tree Point, Burien northbound. A male, female and calf are well east of mid channel, very close to the the point. Others spread across. Visibility very limited. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network

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12:07 p.m. - Few off of Dilworth mid channel. -Bri Wilson

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11:34 a.m. - several large fins now visible from Normandy Park Cove. -Dave Rausch

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11:15 a.m. - Leaving Pt. Robinson with orcas heading north towards Dilworth. -Kelly Keenan

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11:05 a.m. - several have stalled and have been foraging spread out around between Des Moines and Point Robinson, many directional changes with some now heading north, others still foraging as the trend north begins. Several have moved very much to the east side. Huge wall of rain marched up from the south, now enveloping the area. Hardcore whale watchers out there! -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network

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11:02 a.m. - They turned , now headed northbound from Point Robinson. -Amy Carey

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The best part about today's visit from Jpod was not that they came close, or breached a bunch, but they were foraging. I could see them chasing fish and really moving around to get food. That warms my heart the most. Eat up sweet orcas. I hope there is many more abundant meals in your future. Southern Residents visited Vashon Island today, and with the brisk winds and rainy squalls, the babies seemed to be popping out of the sound like popcorn. -Kelly Keenan

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11:00 a.m. - From the beach of Point Robinson using iPhone camera, no zoom. Was awesome to see. -Ryan Rooks

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10:47 a.m. - Some past and in front of Point Robinson and some still coming south.
10:13 a.m. - Lead group passing point Robinson with the rest still back towards Three Tree Point. Southbound into the waves! -Amy Carey

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L72 Racer passing Point Robinson, Vashon/Maury Island before they are turned around. -Steve Smith

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10:30 a.m. - Point Robinson off Vashon ...they came so close! So fun! -Jessica Seaman

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10:45 a.m. - many have passed and several still north of Point Robinson. Steadily southbound very spread out mid channel to west.
10:24 a.m. - from perch north and above Des Moines Marina see several spread out. Large male approaching Point Robinson now, 2 other males more toward mid channel and group of 4 plus including another male are traveling much closer to shore just north of Point Robinson. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network

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10:03 a.m. - Sighted between Des Moines and Point Robinson headed south. -Patrick Gould

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8:51a.m. - seeing approximately a couple dozen in two groups.
8:31 a.m. - Just found some at Dilworth headed south.
7:25 a.m. - Just received a report from a community member here on Vashon of whales headed Southbound at Dolphin Point - which is near the North end of Vashon Island. No specific number but the report said "large group." I will try to brave the weather and head out soon to see who we might have. -Amy Carey

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7:11 a.m. - Pod of orcas off the north eastern tip of Vashon. Heading south. -Andrew Medina

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7:10 a.m. - Marie Waterman of WA State Ferries reports about a dozen orcas heading south along the east side of Vashon Island.

November 12

4:00 p.m. - Orcas off President Point, heading south, on the Kitsap side. -Joanne Graves

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3:36 p.m. - I just saw a pod of orcas from the Edmonds ferry a couple hundred yards from the Edmonds dock. They didn't really seem to be moving in any direction. The first one that I saw was a calf on the port side only about 20 yds from the ferry. -Brandon Fleck

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We spotted some orcas from 10:00-10:30am this morning on the west side of Lummi Island (out in the pass between Lummi and Clark, but closer to us on Lummi). They were a ways out and it is very windy so there were a lot of white caps. ...they were far out, at least 2 smaller ones that seemed to be calves, and several adults (at the very least 2, but I'd guess more like 4 or 5. At least one adult male. They appeared to be playing and maybe feeding. They were jumping a lot and sort of circling around a relatively small area right on the line (either the tide line or where the currents were meeting). They also appeared once or twice to either be dragging/tossing something through the surface of the water, or sort of jolting quickly along the surface (again, hard to discern what we were seeing there given the distance and the waves). from what I could tell they were moving south/southwest, since they seemed to drift a little that way over the course of the 20-30 minutes I was watching. The last one we saw was significantly to the left (aka south), although after that I didn't see any of them again in either direction. -Kelsey McLane

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Tacoma - The whale was seen at 11:15 only about 200ft from shore, if that. It was in the same area as the eider. No large dorsal fin seen and it only surfaced twice. No blowing seen. It appeared grayish with white spots (though these could be due to barnacles) and appeared maybe 30 to 40 feet in length. Any whale in Tacoma is a pretty good find. (This is the same gray as in our November 10th report and Kim Merriman's report below on the 11th - ALB) -Christopher Clark, Sumner, WA

November 11

T49A4 from our most recent encounter...the T68C's (4 whales) and T68B2. T49A2 was not present so there were 12 whales total up there that day...East Point/lower Georgia Strait. -Dave Ellifrit, Center for Whale Research

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Transient Killer whales feed on marine mammals and don't often get the opportunity to "let loose". The noise they make from having a bit of fun can make their presence know to their prey. So when they do have a bit of fun, they give it their best and have lot of fun all at once. We just happened to be there at the time when things got quite amazing. 4 different family groups were together and were socializing like crazy! We were able to put the hydrophone down too and heard incredible vocals as well! Truly an amazing encounter on a beautiful November day! The 4 family groups were the T049A's T123's T68B's T68C. -Traci Walter

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"There were somewhere around 10 Biggs Killer Whales between Patos Island and East Point on Saturna Island, and they were being so social it was amazing! Breaching over and over, tail lobbing and slapping, feeding, spy-hopping, and generally looking like a bunch of very happy WILD orcas!" -Chris Teren

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10:46 a.m. - north central Puget Sound - infrequent blows, but just got one mid channel north of line of sight between north Edmonds and Point No Point.
9:51 a.m. - humpback breaching (multiple times) mid channel due west of north Edmonds (one mile north of Edmonds ferry) -Stu Davidson

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9:50 a.m. - a humpback breached a mile NW of Edmonds.
9:40 a.m. - another humpback 2-3 miles NNW of Edmonds. -Sherman Page

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9:30 a.m. - There was one lone gray or humpback whale sighted just north of the Clinton Ferry dock . It was headed south towards Possession Point. -Doug Brand

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10:56 AM - There are at least two Grey's heading south, right out front of Columbia Beach - just south of the Clinton Ferry. Feeding. Saw spouts, backs and then tails. -Jill Brewster

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12:35 p.m. - Olympia - Gray whale. Confirmed. Headed east across Budd Inlet into Eld Inlet right at my house. Then it turned north, very close to shore and is still heading north, toward Hunter Point and Squaxin Island.
Morning - Neighbors to the south of me called at 8:00 and said a whale had surfaced three times heading north. I ran to the deck to see if I could see it. All I saw were sea lions. But 10 minutes later, across the span of water, I saw what I believe was a large blow! A single one. Heading south into Budd Inlet. Then the sunlight was on the water, blinding me. Have not seen anything since. Still on the lookout. If it was/is a whale, and I can confirm, I'll let you know. (This is the same gray as in our November 10th report - ALB) -Kim Merriman

November 10

4:00 p.m. - A pod of Orca whales sighted off of Magnolia Bluff/Seattle. 20 +, including males, looked like a large pod. -Sue Johnson

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K pod & much of L pod's visit into Puget Sound from shore at Lowman Beach, West Seattle as the pods traveled northbound in tight resting groups close to the Seattle side. Lovely, lovely, lovely day! -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network

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9:00 a.m. - Leaders headed south past Dilworth on Vashon - think we may have more than one pod. -Amy Carey

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8:50 a.m. - orcas in Dilworth southbound spread all across channel. I can still see more coming from the north. -Aimee Demarest

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8:40 a.m. - Between Vashon and West Seattle. Mid passage. They're heading south. Spread out. In between Dilworth and Vashon Ferry. -Erin McDermott

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Commenter on WSB just reported, "A big pod of killer whales just showed off for the passengers on the 7:50 ferry to Southworth! Huge pod going south!" (Don't know yet whether they were headed into the east or west passage. -West Seattle Blog

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4:41 p.m. - just spotted dorsals approaching West Point lighthouse, as viewed from Rolling Bay Bluff, Bainbridge Island. Still northbound. -Connie Bickerton

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4:40 p.m. - Sara, Durand, Ed, and I have been waiting at Shilshole marina/Golden Gardens and finally see fins, blows, breaches approaching. Sightline near green buoy off West Point, Dsicovery Park , Magnolia. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network

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4:18 p.m. - Now out of view from Magnolia Park and Magnolia Blvd Viewpoint. Discovery Park is probably next best bet with sun going down. They have been closer to Seattle side. There are some happy breaching whales out there! -Courtney Flynn

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4:15 p.m. - Off Magnolia, Perkins Lane. Northbound very close to Seattle side. -Lance King

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3:37 p.m. - Very large pot of orcas in Elliot Bay. Heading north. -Rick Snodgrass

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3:19 p.m. - pod of whales just south of Bainbridge Seattle ferry lanes mid channel. No direction of travel. -Sue Surowiec Larkin

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3:11 p.m. - Alki pod heading out NW with the research boat, being super frisky, and further out in the channel. 3:15 pm - not sure if heading north or milling at this point. -Kristin Jones

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2:50 p.m. - With Sara Hysong-Shimazu who can confirm IDs Ks and Ls. They are still northbound north side Alki. Very close to Seattle side. All of K pod, L47s w/L122 and probably L4s! -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network

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2:27 p.m. - Orcas off West Seattle heading north. Heading towards Alki Light. -Jason Mihok

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Baby L123 looking around while traveling with her/his family in Puget Sound. Little L122 peeking up while surrounded by his family, south side of Alki Point, West Seattle. -Sara Hysong-Shimazu

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Watching Ks and Ls pass by Alki Point. -Kersti Uzala Muul

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2:05 p.m. - I'm at Emma Schmidt park West Seattle. Big pod just approaching south end of park. Close to this side! -Alisa Lemire Brooks

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1:50 p.m. - 10-12 whales milling around mid channel off Lincoln park, small boat near them, I hope reasearch vessel. (yes was research- ALB) Watching to south from 4600 beach drive park, Vista West Seattle. -Martin Moore

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1:55 p.m. - we are standing on the Seattle shoreline of Mee Kwa Mooks Park--South of Alki Beach/Alki Point--watching them approach. They're very spread out and still moving North slightly Eastward.
1:30 p.m. - watching 12+ orca with babies on Lincoln Park walkway, north of Vashon ferry lanes, south of Blake Island. Feeding patterns, but definitely moving NE. -Steve Wharton

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1:28 p.m. - south group still northbound. Stunning!!! Approx 25-35 whales with 2 babes and 5-6 adult males in gorgeous resting line now north of Fauntleroy ferry lanes. About to clear point at Lincoln Park. Did I say stunning! Research skiff now with this group. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network

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1:25 p.m. - At least 10 orca traveling North as viewed from the Fauntleroy Ferry landing. -Amy Bliss-Miller

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1:47 - from Lowman - so GREAT seeing them so well with the naked eye! Woohoo! Heading slowly north.
1:17 p.m. - at Lowman - large group, lots of spouts, still south of Vashon ferry lane. Heading slowly north, trending east. C'mon over here, orcas! -Trileigh Tucker

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1:13 p.m. - Can see a group in about mid channel off Fauntleroy milling. At least one male in group. Seen from Schmitz with binoculars. -Buzz Shaw

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1:00 p.m. - at least 10 whales in Vashon/Fauntleroy ferry lane north bound now. -Martin Moore

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12:49 p.m. - from Lowman Beach large pod heading north currently in front of Lincoln Park. -Jill Hadji

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12:47 p.m. - Just south of the north tip of Vashon Island closer to West Seattle there is a pod of orcas heading north. Looks to be 20+ and lots of small fins. -Josh Boender

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12:44 p.m. - seeing orca from south of Fauntleroy ferry dock, not even a mile, closer to east side. Watching while aboard ferry from Vashon Island to Fauntleroy, West Seattle. -Brittany Gordon

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12:33 p.m. - At Lincoln Park, West Seattle and see a bunch of them heading this way (northbound) just south of Fauntleroy/Vashon ferry lane.
11:01 a.m. - I see many from Three Tree Point, on the southside! Hanging out but slowly going north. -Leslie Wong

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12:25 p.m. - Saw at least some of the south group from Marine View drive at north end Arroyos Heights (south of Fauntleroy) heading north on east side of channel close to this side. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network

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12:10 p.m. - slowly north mid channel sight line from Dilworth to just south of Fauntleroy ferry terminal. Lots of tail lobs. -Sara Hysong-Shimazu

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11:55 a.m. - at least 15 have bunched in couple of groups and continued north. Sightline between Three Tree and Vashon/Fauntleroy ferry lanes but they are well south of lanes.
11:35 a.m. - they have flipped and are now heading north, very spread out from Three Tree Point to Dilworth very slow pace, lots of lazy tail lobs.
11:20 a.m. - I just got to Three Tree point, Burien. Several are milling, spyhops, and breaching at yellow buoy off the point. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network

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I was in between Normandy Park and Maury Island, about half way out between 10-Noon. There was a constant eruption of orca fins, jumps, and spouts. They were in three clumps and stayed, generally, west of mid channel. At one point, two of the groups came within about 3/4 mile of three tree point. They never got more than a 1/2 mile away from me. I was on a SUP. -Matt Parker

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10:34 a.m. - Many whales between Three Tree Point and Point Robinson.
9:00 a.m. - Leaders headed south past Dilworth on Vashon - think we may have more than one pod. -Amy Carey

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8:50 a.m. - orcas in Dilworth southbound spread all across channel. I can still see more coming from the north. -Aimee Demarest

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8:40 a.m. - I see at least two orcas between Vashon and West Seattle. Mid passage, they're heading south. Spread out. In between Dilworth and Vashon Ferry. Going slow. Kind of milling around. -Erin McDermott

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Commenter on WSB just reported, "A big pod of killer whales just showed off for the passengers on the 7:50 ferry to Southworth! Huge pod going south!" -West Seattle Blog

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Reports this morning of two separate groups of whales, not together but just a few miles apart had me presuming the larger group was the Southern Residents, and very curious about the second group. Kimberly first spotted them off Manchester, and then subsequent reports from Brittany, Sue Larkin and others had me chasing these whales. They headed north, as the residents flipped north too, and the T's took off. They made record speed around Restoration Point on Bainbridge Island and past the Bainbridge ferry lanes to Rolling Bay, while the Residents were near the north end of Vashon Island. I headed to Rolling Bay Bluff. Not long after I started searching, they popped up in front of me, and appeared to rest from their exertion for a few minutes.Susan showed up and not only did she see them, but her Mom got to see them too. These Transients resumed their travels at a slower but steady speed in typical sneaky T behavior by disappearing for a good amount of time before popping back up further north, traveling on the west side of Puget Sound mid-channel. Identified by Sara as T37As, T37 and T34s. Thanks everyone - much fun running into you all today!
1:46 p.m. - Northern group of Transients continued north after a few minutes of resting. They are on the west side of mid channel.
1:34 p.m. - Northern most group visible from Rolling Bay. Identified from photo as Transients (by Sara Hysong-Shimazu) -Connie Bickerton

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1:00 p.m. - 5-6 orcas northbound north of Winslow west of mid channel. -Lance King

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12:30 p.m. - About 6 Orcas moving fast through Bainbridge ferry lanes now, moving north east of mid channel. -Sue Surowiec Larkin

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12:20 p.m. - Seem to be trending with the the tide. Heading north between Bainbridge and Alki Beach. However they seem to be doing a lot of hunting so who knows? -Kimberly Sylvester-Malsahn

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Noon - group off Bainbridge Island trending north and east near Restoration Point, Bainbridge Island. -Susan Marie Andersson

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12:03 p.m. - group off Bainbridge island north of the container ships but still south of ferry lane is VERY active, lots of breaches! No direction of travel. I'd say maybe 6-8 at least.
11:17 a.m. - watching orca tail lobbing in between Bainbridge island and Blake island, mid channel (north of the 3 container ships) watching from Manchester. Can't tell direction of travel, but they are very active. There is boat with red bottom that is with them. As viewed from Manchester. -Brittany Gordon

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11:22 a.m. - Just saw a breach and surface activity with binoculars from lower Queen Anne. Just to the North of the blue Hanjin cargo anchored north of Blake Island. No clear direction. -Katie Kirkiing

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11:10 a.m. - Still trending east. Probably 6-8 Orca... A fishing boat has been following them..
11:00 a.m. - Change direction. Now heading east towards Blake Island. Still watching from south end of Bainbridge.
10:20 a.m. - Watching from South Beach, Bainbridge Ialand. I see them on Kitsap (west) side of Blake Island. Watching through scope. Too far out to IDs or get direction yet. -Kimberly Sylvester-Malsahn

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Lone male headed south about mid-channel off West Beach at about 8:45 am. -Carol Duncan

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5:30 p.m. - Two humpback whales sighted in Trevor Channel near Bamfield BC. Last sighted heading Northwest. -Josh McInnes

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3:37 p.m. - north central Puget Sound - humpback blows on Kitsap side south of Pt no Pt approx 1 mile. -Stu Davidson

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2:52 p.m. - Spotted a Humpback at Point No Point around 2:30. Heading toward Norwegian Pt. -Jann Clare

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Central Puget Sound ... just sighted the ever so "elusive" humpback , breached twice and not seen it since. Location: milling just south of the tanker ship Capri Sea? anchored west of Blake Island closest to the Harper Pier / Southworth DR.. Humpback was heading south close to the beach near Harper Pier and west of Blake Island.... no Orca's , lots of sea lions foraging in the area as well...sorry, no further postings today. -Kathe Bradley

November 9

11:50 p.m. - San Juan Island - Hearing them still at Lime Kiln. -Jennifer Hammer

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11:32 p.m. - Clear vocalizations on Lime Kiln.
11:21 p.m. - Faint Whistles on Lime Kiln now.
-Melissa Bird

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10:50 p.m. - J pod on Orca Sound hydrophone. -Sara Hysong-Shimazu

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9:05 p.m. - ...Went down to the channel (Spieden) with my flashlight and heard a ton of blows heading west through the channel. Pretty sure they were orca maybe they'll be on the hydrophone soon. -Peggy Mauro

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9:28 p.m. - Listening to K pod (and possible L pod) vocals have been heard on the Port Townsend hydrophone for the past 30 minutes. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network

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8:53 p.m. - SRKWs on Port Townsend hydrophone. -Sara Hysong-Shimazu

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2:34 p.m. - Rosario Strait - Orcas went east of The Peapods on their way north. I took some phone video but they were too far away from the Orcas Island shoreline to see well except with binoculars. Its always thrilling to see these beautiful creatures. -Israel Johngab

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11:56 - Marie Waterman of WA State Ferries reports a pod of about 1/2 dozen orcas were northbound off Lawson Rock in Rosario Strait.

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12:45 p.m. - Admiralty Inlet - went past Windmill Hts (north Mutiny Bay) going south at a fast clip, closer to Hansville side.
12:26 p.m. - Orcas, saw 3, south of Bush Point headed south mid channel. -Dennia Allen

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11:15 a.m. - A lot of splashing and some dorsals mid channel just south of Port Townsend ferry lane. They appeared to be southbound. We're headed to Lagoon now. -Rachel Haight

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10:30 - Jan Faulkner is watching a pod of orcas from Lagoon Point, Whidbey Island. She's looking through a good scope to north of Port Townsend, just off Fort Worden and the PT Marine Science Center. Very hard to count but it sounds like a resident pod, with at least two babies, going both north and south, so no direction of travel yet.

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Illuminated blows of two humpbacks near Edmonds at sunset! -Stu Davidson

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4:12 p.m. - Two humpbacks close together! Still due west of a mile north of Edmonds ferry terminal... less than a mile from North Edmonds shoreline
1:36 p.m. - seems to be up around four humpbacks between Point No Point and Elgon ?!
1:22 p.m. - looks like two humpbacks now in the area just south of Pt no Pt.
11:47 a.m. - humpback just south of Pt no Pt near shipping lane. Last roll over and dive was heading north westerly. -Stu Davidson

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10:56 a.m. - Two humpback whales at Point No Point heading south. -Michelle LeMieux Hall

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3:00 p.m. - There was a large whale just off shore at Pt. Defiance. Looked like it was headed towards Narrows Bridge or Gig Harbor. Was either a Gray or Humpback whale. -Brian Mickelson

November 8

Just got a report from a friend that we have whales near the Vashon Ferry at 8:45. No clear direction - just back and forth - which is common for that area. 2nd report as well from the same time. Both said about 5 and did not see big males. Visibility was not great to the south with fog and the squall. (several experienced spotters attempted to find this pod with no success). -Amy Carey

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3:30 p.m. - NW Whidbey Island - Whales believed to be Humpbacks sighted off of West Beach, Whidbey Island due west of W Beach Road and Ft Nugent Rd. Appeared to be one large and one small likely feeding. -Kevin Knight 3:30 p.m. - North end Vashon - Humpback north of Vashon, near the ferry terminal. -Dale Blackburn

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4:00 p.m. - Tacoma Narrows - Fluke of the humpback traveling past Point Defiance north into Colvos Passage. -Zeno Martin

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Just watched the humpback Gig Harbor swim past Pt. Defiance, still heading north towards Colvos. -Celestia Star

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3:25 p.m. - Humpback just passed the Narrows Viewpoint in Pt. Defiance Northbound close to Pt. Defiance side following a Barge closely.
3:19 p.m. - Humpback right under Narrows viewpoint. He's moving pretty quick. A few tail slaps. -Lindsay Ekblad

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3:04 p.m. - Humpback approaching the south end of Salmon beach, heading north.
2:45 p.m. - Looks like gray moving north past Gig Harbor entrance and humpback still moving north towards east narrows bridge tower. Large blows and tail slaps. -Dino Martini

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3:00 p.m. - We saw this humpback following a tug and barge headed toward Colvos past Gig Harbor today! -Bill Foster

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2:59 p.m. - single whale spouting north of Narrows, Tacoma side, heading north. -Beth Blankenship

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2:55 p.m. - Donna Sibbers called to report seeing a humpback whale heading north, just north of the Tacoma Narrows bridge mid-passage.

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2:47 p.m. - just drove over the Tacoma Narrows and saw humpback north of the bridge mid channel. Headed to Narrows park to get a better look! Couldn't tell direction of travel but defiantly not orca. -Brittany Gordon

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2:15 p.m. - Slowly trending north. Still across from Narrows Viewpoint and it's still south of Gig Harbor. (anyone else see two blows at once? I thought I did but just once).
1:55 p.m. - At Narrows Viewpoint at Pt Defiance. Whale is directly across from us on Gig Harbor side. -Jill Clogston

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1:25 p.m. There is a single whale headed toward the fishing pier on Fox Island. -Bob Wagner

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1:26 p.m. - Humpback is north of Tacoma Narrows Bridge, hugging Gig Harbor shore. Still slowly making its way north.
12:53 p.m. - Just spotted the humpback, under Narrow bridge, looks to be heading north. -Zeno Martin

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12:52 p.m. - Yay! We finally see it! Blows and fins and flukes! It's just north of the west tower of Tacoma Narrows bridge. We are viewing from our house roughly above Salmon Beach. -Julie Merriam

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12:30 p.m. - Not sure if it's the same whale, but this update was posted at 12:30: He is along McNeil in between the big dock and the prison. We saw him come up a few times so far from the ferry.
11:00 a.m. - Humpback southwest of Anderson Island as of 11am, posted on the Anderson Islander's FB page. -Belen Schneider

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5:29 p.m. - north central Puget Sound - We sighted two humpbacks around dusk at Pt No Pt Lighthouse. The whales were close into shore and startled a fisherman. They weren't diving deep as they rounded the point, so only the dorsal fins and backs were visible. We were delighted to see these big guys again! -Carol Keathley

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3:30 p.m. - Saw the Humpbacks this afternoon at Point No Point, here's one breaching. -Theresa Meek Merrill

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2:42 p.m. - Sitting in Edmonds we can see big blows way up by Point No Point. Two whales, not Orca. -Jack Nolan

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Noon - Seeing 2-3 humpbacks E/SE of PNP. Blows with naked eye, good views with binoculars. -Kristin Kreifels

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10:57 a.m. - Husband is out fishing and reports whales off of Point No Point. He is close to Possession Bar, south Whidbey. Go Whales! -Jessica Schneider Hockstedler

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10:23 .m. - can still see them although they're heading southeast. Not sure if they'll circle around and come back. 8:50 a.m. - 2 humpbacks at Point No Point looking toward Double Bluff (Whidbey). -Michelle Goll

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While fishing off of Point No Point we spotted two humpback whales several times taking air and diving several times. Whales were spotted feeding between Point No Point and Whidbey Island from 0730 to 1400. -John Dawson

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I was at Old Ferry Landing in Gig Harbor this afternoon and watched the gray whale coming up the Narrows from about 2:00-3:00 pm today. It was hugging the Gig Harbor side for the most part and even swam a bit into the mouth of the harbor as it passed by. -Heidi Powers Armstrong

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2:45 p.m. - Gray at the mouth of Gig Harbor. -Gaby Kinner

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2:40 p.m. - Too far north to be seen from the Narrows Viewpoint, but trending a little faster northward, still hugging Gig Harbor side. Definitely a heart-shaped blow like a gray whale. -Jill Clogston

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2:25 p.m. - Hold on, much larger blows now coming up just south of Narrows bridge..much higher and straight up.. So is there a grey and humpback now?? -Dino Martini

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2:20 p.m. - We are at the old ferry dock in Gig Harbor, whale spotted just south of us but very close to Gig Harbor side heading north towards us. -Jacy Newcomer

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1:37 p.m. - Well, our sneaky gray has given us the slip just north of the Narrows Bridge, slightly inside the west tower. Perhaps he's resting at the surface? We'll leave him at peace. Thankful to have been able to spend time with him. Thanks Orca Network for answering our questions and humoring us newbies on "The Whippoorwill".
11:56 a.m. - We're comfortable reporting this as a gray whale, unable to determine size, meandering in a north easterly direction just south of the Narrows Bridge.
11:42 a.m. - With think it's actually a gray, traveling NE, approx 2 kts through the water, near the Narrows. -Tyler Fisher

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Noon - Hello, While riding my bicycle across the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, I happen to see this Gray whale surfing near the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, agitating the water. It surfaced at least three times and submerged, but shallow enough that I could still see where it was and where it was going. I was able to get these pictures, before it fluked, and disappeared as a boat was coming at speed, not at it, just close by. If it came back up, it would have been under the bridge and out of my sight. -Ralph Reed

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We sighted two humpbacks Sunday around dusk at Point No Point Lighthouse. The whales were close into shore and startled a fisherman. They weren't diving deep as they rounded the point, so only the dorsal fins and backs were visible. We were delighted to see these big guys again! -Carol Keathley

November 7

12:33 p.m. - south Puget Sound - It's a humpback! Swimming south towards town of Steilacoom. 50 to 100 yards offshore.
12:29 p.m. - Whale sighted just offshore near Steilacoom. Just below Madrona Park! Big spout. Sloping back. Waiting to see more. First seen below Madrona Park, heading south. It swam further towards the shore, almost right up to the ferry dock. Then headed back out into the inlet and we lost sight of it in the rain. Lots of spouting. Saw its sloped back many times. Caught a good look at its tail once. Beautiful! -Tari Poe Norris

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10:36 a.m. - Watching spouts from the Steilacoom/Anderson Island Ferry this morning. They are near the entrance to Carr Inlet, between Fox Island and McNeil Island closer to Fox. To far off to have any details, can't identify the type of whale. It looks like more than just one, and they are pretty continuous. There appears to be two boats near them. No idea on direction. -Peace Corey

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A humpback headed down on a dive. Saturday in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. South of Race Rocks on the Canadian side. -James Gresham

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1 Gray Whale along the west side of San Juan Island -Mark Malleson

November 6

J pod passing Point Robinson southbound in perfect conditions and brilliant sunlight. -Gayle Swigart

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J pod southbound Puget Sound near Seattle: Tweet from WSF of orcas seen from the Bainbridge/Seattle ferry no location or direction.

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At 9:43 a.m. we received a confirmed sighting from Renee Beitzell aboard the Chilkat (who was taking children on a field trip of sorts) that J pod was straight out from Vashon ferry terminal heading south in several groups spread out. J pod continued south around Vashon and north in Colvos.

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Meanwhile... K pod was southbound at the north end of Admiralty Inlet. First report at 9:02 a.m. from Warren Griffith: On Kennewick ferry headed to Port Townsend, passed pod of Orcas, 5 or 6 with a calf! Heading south. Then Orca Network volunteers, Rachel Haight and Sandra Pollard took off scouting and found K pod. We caught sight of them a bit south of Bush Point. Ks continued south and were last seen before dark around the Port Madison area. Somewhere along the shores of central Puget Sound the two pods will meet...

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Friday morning at 1 am we heard a pod of whales, likely orcas, as they passed by just south of Bush Point, Whidbey Island, heading south. We started hearing a few distant blows, then they came closer and before long there were MANY blows, sounded like a fairly large pod going by, then a few more scattered blows. Hopefully more Southern Resident orcas in Puget Sound on Friday! -Susan Berta, Orca Network

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5:30 p.m. - J Pod - central Puget Sound to Vashon - Orca pod just went through Olalla bay,close to Anderson by now. -Kelly Sedgwick

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5:22 p.m. - watching them breach, tail lobbing very active pass through Colvos passage, closer to Olalla side they have been passing for at least the past 10 minutes, still coming steadily in groups of 2-3!! Still northbound almost to the end of Colvos... Totally makes racing from Tacoma here worth it! Just as I think they are gone more keep going by! -Brittany Gordon

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5:18 p.m. - They just passed Ollala store! We caught a glimpse before it was too dark. -Nichole Read

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5:03 p.m. - Still northbound in Colvos. Passing Lsabuela.
4:21 p.m. - Northbound up Colvos nearing camp sealth on Vashon island. -Amy Carey

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4:30-5:00 p.m. - Slow procession heading north on the Kitsap side across from Reddings Beach and Lisabeula Park. -Richard Rogers

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4:44 p.m. - Breach off Pt. Richmond Colvos Passage close to Vashon side.
4:26 p.m. - they are heading north in Colvos, mid channel approaching Pt. Richmond. Humpback still surfacing below us at Dalco Passage. -Melissa Bird

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4:20 p.m. - They are just now headed up Colvos Passage. Very large group. Beautiful. I can't even describe what an amazing sail it was yesterday. We also had a dolphin playing under our bow. -Julie St John

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4:18 p.m. - They are off Sunrise Beach, still heading north. I floated with these members of J pod today for over 2 hours, and I can't tell you enough how incredible those moments were. Such a beautiful, majestic and intellectual creature they are..what a family!
3:54 p.m. - Between Vashon and Gig..going north west..
3:38 p.m. - Between Vashon and Owens beach now, heading south towards Pt Defiance.
3:29 p.m. - Just a lil south of Quartermaster..lotta breaching! -Dino Martini

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4:06 p.m. - From Dalco Passage Viewpoint, hugging the SW tip of Vashon trending towards Colvos Passage. -Melissa Bird

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4:04 p.m. - Looks like heading north up Colvos Passage. Hugging Vashon pretty close. -Annie Hilen

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4:00 p.m. - they are hugging the vashon shore right next to a white sailboat they are headed south twards the opening of Colvos passage large group maybe 15+. -Brittany Gordon

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3:55 p.m. - Watching them just to the west end of Vashon. -Ronda Walters

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3:50 p.m. - At Tahlequah now, we think they're going to head north up colvos. -Kaycie Alanis

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3:50 p.m. - Heading west past south end ferry dock - heading towards Colvos passage. -Lisa Lucke

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3:45 p.m. - Now crossing in sound end Vashon ferry terminal. Still southbound -Amy Carey

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3:38 p.m. - They are just passing Tahlequah/Vashon ferry landing now, continuing west. -Gayle Swigart

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3:30 p.m. - They had past the Tahlequah ferry dock and last seen from Browns Pt headed west around the south tip of Vashon Island about 3:30-ish. I believe people are seeing them from Gig Harbor now. Not sure which way them went. -Lila Pharis

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3:24 p.m. - They are a little past the Vashon ferry terminal. Saw over 10 breaches. Oh happy day! Over 10 orcas, headed towards Point Defiance area. -Emily OsipowWallace

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3:18 p.m. - Watching breaches and blows from Owen's Beach, out near Quartermaster Harbor. -Emily White

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3:30 p.m. - now in Point Defiance ferry lane heading west. 3:00 p.m. - Now just off Piner Point. -John Troup

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Watched orcas from Ruston Way and Pt Defiance 5 mile loop Viewpoints of the Orca whales that were near Vashon, actually pretty much went around Vashon Island, a big group. -Marilyn Armbruster

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3:26 p.m. - Now off the tip of Vashon headed for Takequah Ferry run. Very active!
3:20 p.m. - They are awake from their nap! Breaching all over!! Middle of the Mouth to Quartermaster.
3:09 p.m. - some have rounded the S. Tip of Maury Island, can't tell if they are headed for Quartermaster Harbor yet. Just got a nice big breach! Trending towards Quartermaster Harbor.
2:39 p.m. - From N. 45th and Stevens in Tacoma, I can see them just NE of the Yellow Channel Marker at the S. End of Maury Island. They are currently traveling West towards Maury Island. Two boats with them. -Melissa Bird

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2:57 p.m. - orcas still westbound. Approaching yellow bouy. They've picked up speed and spread out a bit. Research boat still tailing. (Still watching from Browns Point)
2:14 p.m. - from Browns Point - looking north (definitely need binos). Still headed south/southwest around Maury Island. -Lila Pharis

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2:50 p.m. - orcas south Point Robinson Vashon side going south. -Marilyn Armbruster

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2:25 p.m. - they are mid channel with two small boats. Not yet to Browns point. Just off the Gold Beach housing community ( look to the east of the big gravel mine scar). =Amy Carey

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1:55 p.m. - Viewable now from Maury marine park overlook. -Jane Richardson Gill

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1:31 p.m. - just caught a beautiful showing of 10-15 trailed by the dingy (researcher) with the yellow flag off of Point Robinson on Vashon heading south! -Dana Reinert

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1:29 p.m. - they just passed Pt. Robinson heading south close to shore, slowly.
12:10 p.m. - I'm at Point Robinson, barely seeing blows to north closer to Vashon side, between Dilworth (I think) and a white sailboat. No direction of travel. J53 surfacing in the middle of her/his family. -Jill Clogston

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Great day! From Noon to 1:30 watched J pod from the shores of Vashon, both Dilworth Beach and Point Robinson. -Nooshwander Bill

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12:26 p.m. - I see some blows between Dilworth and Pt Robinson close to Vashon. They appear to be milling about, no general direction of travel. (Viewing from Des Moines Pier) -Robin Mann

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12:40 p.m. - They continue to move south very slowly. They will probably be at point Robinson in about 20 minutes
11:49 a.m. - I am at Normandy Park Cove. Looking north I can see breaching towards the Vashon side. -Roxane Johnson

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12:15 p.m. - I noticed he was flying an orange flag so I am assuming it is a research boat. All have gone south of Three Tree Point. -Elston HIll

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12:07 p.m. - Watching several Orcas from Vashon Island, small instable motored right into the middle of them, off of Point Robinson, hope they're doing research! -Warren Griffith

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11:42 a.m. - Leaders southbound near Three Tree Point spread all across channel with lots CLOSE to Vashon.
11:02 a.m. - Also have some just south of Fauntleroy ferry southbound. And some approaching close to Dilworth
10:41 a.m. - Bit of a breach party off Dolphin Point on Vashon island and more spread out across channel. Appear foraging or slowly southbound. Some should be visible from Lincoln park now. -Amy Carey

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10:24 a.m. - J pod! This more southerly group has J pod members of the J11s, J19s and L87. -Renee Beitzel.

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10:06 a.m. - Blows off Vashon ferry dock seen from ALKI now,,, look to be moving South. -Buzz Shaw

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10:03 a.m. - Kristin reports the pod tucked in around Blake Island heading around the west side up the inlet

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9:43 a.m. - At least 4 headed Alki --> Lincoln; spread out but, nearer Seattle shore side. -Joe Potestivo

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9:30 a.m. - Update per Renee Beitzel on Chilkat is at least some around southend Bainbridge Island heading southbound.

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9:09 am - Kristen reports orcas from Alki Point, at least six including one baby, heading south.

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K pod southbound Admiralty Inlet. Spent most of the morning freezing at Bush Pt. A group of whales passed by more mid channel, doing some fishing and spyhopping as they went along. After they had passed, K33 Tika and his mom K22 Sekiu came passing by a bit closer to shore. I featured a sequence of Tika as he approached Bush Pt and some other sights of the morning. A pod of harbor porpoise as well as a Steller sea lion popped up off shore while watching the orcas swim by. Just minutes later, the orca plane flew overhead, though it was probably too choppy for them to spot whales. There was also a steady line of sailboats headed out on this cold, windy day. They provided a bit of color among the shades of grey. Another day in the life on Whidbey. -Rachel Haight

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4:30 p.m. - group of us at Richmond Beach Saltwater park saw several breaches out from mid northern part of Port Madison...could not find after.
4:03 p.m. - still close together but have split up a bit and picked up pace to medium clip. Approaching Jefferson Head/Indianola shortly. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network

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3:40 p.m. - Central Puget Sound group- orcas off Kingston. I've been watching this group for about an hour now. They've been off of Apple Tree Cove, west and south of the yellow buoy/mid-channel market since 3 pm. There is one good sized male and several (4 or so) smaller dorsals. Staying together now, may be resting. Foraging behavior earlier. Still slowly moving south. -Susan Marie Andersson

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3:05 p.m. - Male mid channel south of Kingston keeps making directional changes, probably chasing a salmon. Other male Kingston side trending south and female even closer surfacing out from breakwater at ferry dock few minutes prior.
2:30 p.m. - from Kayu Kayu in Richmond Beach spotted several mid channel between Point Wells & just north of Kingston ferry. -Alisa Lemire Brooks and Ed Brooks

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2:30 p.m. - watching from North of Kingston ferry looking North of Edmonds ferry seeing 3-4 fins. Seem to be trending south. Due east? -Kimberly Sylvester-Malzahn

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2:37 p.m. - closer now to Kitsap side. About to pass Kingston.
2:15 p.m. - They are still in the same spot. I can't keep track of them very easily. They were going north at one point, now they are headed back south. They've moved closer to the middle of the sound but are still north of Kingston.
1:04 p.m. - from Edmonds fishing pier I see several orcas breaching straight out from Eglon. Heading slowly south, closer to Kitsap side. -Sara Troyer

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12:05 p.m. - Jim & I saw them at Point No Point moving southbound very fast in wild choppy water. Definitely saw three, anyway. -Marilyn DeRoy

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11:21 a.m. - K13 Skagit, K20 Spock, Kpod north of Double Bluff heading south! Really choppy out here. -Renee Beitzel

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10:57 a.m. - Just off Windmill heights (2 miles south of Bush Point), Putting on quite a show, jumping out of water. -Mike Meyer

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10:48 a.m. - A group passed Bush Pt at 10:30 slowly southbound. Another group closer to shore came up behind them. That group has been fishing off Bush Pt for ten minutes but may have moved on south now. One of them Sara ID'd as K33 from my pic.
9:52 a.m. - they are east of mid channel about to pass Lagoon Point. Southbound. No idea on numbers yet. Heading to Bush Pt. -Rachel Haight

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10:30 a.m. - Orcas spread out from south of Bush Pt., in slow travel mid channel, headed south. Choppy seas and too distant to ID or count with confidence. -Howard Garrett, Orca Network

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10:28 a.m. - Elsa Leavitt reported whales all over, just past the Bush Pt. Lighthouse, heading south. 1 Saw a spyhop, a calf, an orca swimming upside down, a big male.

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10:10 a.m. - Sandra Pollard reports orcas heading south quickly off Bush Point, 5 including one male.

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9:02 a.m. - On Kennewick ferry headed to Port Townsend, passed pod of Orcas, 5 or 6 with a calf! Heading south. Check that one off the bucket list! -Warren Griffith

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1:54 p.m. - Also just began hearing calls on the Orcasound hydrophone (NW San Juan Island). Later ID'd by many as the J16s. -Susan Berta, Orca Network

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Thank you Tom from BC Whale Tours for finding the T137's and 86A's off of Sooke late morning. Although we missed them predating on a California sealion we were able to watch them feeding on the carcass for close to an hour. On our way back to Victoria I spotted the T002C's and 123's in Race Passage. -Mark Malleson

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4:09 p.m. - south Puget Sound - While watching J Pod Orcas in the distance, this humpback surfaced several times below us at Dalco Passage Viewpoint. We heard it before we saw it. -Melissa Bird

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3:41 p.m. - Humpback is back off the mouth of the harbor and we can see the Orcas far away in the distance! -Jessica Hill

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I managed to catch a couple of shots at sunset. Melisa confirms this is K26 Lobo, who was fishing with J27 Blackberry in Colvos. So we had some Ks with the Js. -Meg McDonald

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12:37 p.m. - Humpbacks (multiple!) in Colvos Passage, just N of No 6 marker, on Gig Harbor side of passage, heading N toward Olalla. Definitely one very large whale , and at least one smaller. -Christy Robinson

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11:30 a.m. - ...some paddle boarders reported to me a humpback viewable from Sunrise Beach in Gig Harbor, to the north near Vashon Island's shore. I saw a blow and a dive, but no tail fluke. -Sarah Carter

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4:20 p.m. - They (J pod) are just now headed up Colvos Passage. Very large group. Beautiful. I can't even describe what an amazing sail it was yesterday. We also had a Pacific white-sided dolphin playing under our bow. -Julie St John

November 5

9:00 p.m. - Connie Bickerton heard faint calls on the Port Townsend hydrophones at around 9 pm, possibly K pod.

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I was out at Point No Point right at dark, about 4:50 pm until 5:30 pm. Was told by a nice lady and her children that we just missed the Orcas with a baby, they also spotted a humpback. As we were there we could hear blowing and saw at least 2 big males, maybe a baby (a smaller dorsal close to the adult) and 2 other adults feeding just off the shore south of the lighthouse. Then they drifted north and then east following the tide rip until it got too dark to see. You could tell they were feeding, and not moving too fast. -Jann Clare

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They were all spread out between Whidbey Island and Point no Point, Hansville, it took almost an hour for them all to pass, some far, some close. Heading North. It was a very large pod, all spread out with little ones, guessing J Pod. it was so calm that we could here them blowing in the distance, so magical!
4:28 p.m. - Seeing them from Point No Point way out. Looks like they are heading east of mid channel. -Michelle LeMieux Hall

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3:43 p.m. - Orcas north west of Kingston. Almost to Eglon. -Erin Steinman

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3:35 p.m. - About a dozen or more orcas northbound heading in direction of Point No Point. -Gary Peterson

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3:32 p.m. - Just saw one while on the Kingston ferry!!! Moving north. -Leslie Wong

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3:27 p.m. - Several spanning from mid channel to closer to Kitsap side heading north - north of ferry lanes and west of north Edmonds
3:20 p.m. - seeing orcas mid channel between Edmonds and Kingston and between east and west ferries. -Stu Davidson

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3:03 p.m. - At least 3 mid channel Point Wells/Kingston are milling,including 2 large males, other group cluster near research boat closer to and just north of Kingston, all trend north, others ahead 1plus miles north of them.
2:48 p.m. - they've resumed steady northbound movement...still spread out some north of and others still south of Kingston. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network

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2:55 p.m. - A call from James McDermott (not that one), who is watching the orcas in the bay at Kingston - he said they were heading north, spread out, but now one has turned back south and they appear to be stopping to feed.

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2:12 p.m. - passing President Point (Kitsap) moving north fast. -Joanne Graves

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2:10 p.m. - they just passed President Point in Kingston heading north at a pretty good clip. Several of them relatively close to the Kingston side shore. One a ways out in the middle breached, but mostly they are just moving along. -Christ Beamer Otterson

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1:45 p.m. - Passing Fay Bainbridge park northbound. -Sue Surowiec Larkin

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2:00 p.m. - correction, several already mid way between Jefferson Head and yellow mid channel buoy. 1:55 p.m. - very spread out mid channel to west of mid channel lead males currently out from northern end Port Madison. Several went into Port Madison . Another group was breaching and tail lobbing for several minutes mid channel out from Faye Bainbridge about 10 minutes ago. 1:18 p.m. - from Richmond Beach Saltwater park see at least 6 spread apart sightline north, in front of, and south of Faye Bainbridge park streaming north. Very west of mid channel! Few more closer to mid channel. Males in lead and trailing, females young ones spread. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network

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1:19 p.m. - Watching from just south of Shilshole Marina, 7-10 orcas midchannel between us and Bainbridge Island. At least 2 large male, good sized females, two babies, but too far away to ID. -Kerry Kirking

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1:06 p.m. - many more approaching from the south. Leaders trending northeast. 12:56 p.m. - just spotted a male and female dorsal northbound near the north end if Faye Bainbridge. West of mid channel. -Connie Bickerton

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12:45 p.m. - confirmed still heading north towards Faye Bainbridge just past Valley Rd. -Janan Peterson Hruby

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12:17 p.m. - just missed 7 or 8 passing Discovery Park/West Point. -Ashley Roessler

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Noon - I was on the Seattle-Bainbridge ferry at 1200. We watched the Orcas traveling from Alki area towards Magnolia. -Pat Herron

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11:45 a.m. - Sue Surowiec Larkin just reported seeing two large males and one female northbound west side of mid channel between Discovery Park and Yeomalt moving slowly. Faye Bainbridge Park may be a good place to watch for them within the hour. -Kitsap Orca Watch

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11:07 a.m. - still 1 or 2 orcas off Alki Beach milling and tail slapping. A larger group (4 or 5) are in the distance heading towards discovery park. -Charles Vendley

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11:06 a.m. - Group of 5-10 orcas off of beach road heading south- lookout at the lighthouse...were heading south... They're mid channel now- barely visible anymore... -Ashe Davlin

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10:55 a.m. - 4-5 Orcas sighted while on Bainbridge Island ferry. They were on both sides of us and in front of the ferry. We were going towards Bainbridge Island. -Dorothy Canepari

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10:45 a.m. - Ocras spotted in Elliott Bay. Pod of about 7 orcas spotted in mouth of Elliott Bay. -Kyle Arbour

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10:54 a.m - Still a couple of stragglers. The rest headed North toward Discovery Park but there are a couple milling about and headed East toward Seattle.
10:24 a.m. - Still some hanging around right off Alki - in front of the bath house
10:15 a.m. - We just watched them from Beach Drive around the lighthouse and headed North past Alki. -Kristina Duca

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10:16 a.m. - Group of 5-10 orcas off of Beach road heading south- lookout at the lighthouse. -Ashe Davlin

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10:00 a.m. - Pod of Orcas this morning off Alki Beach viewed them from the ferry. -Gay McCray

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9:35 a.m. - Mid channel off of Alki point appear to be in three groupings. -Jill Hadji

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9:20 a.m. - Orcas passing Alki lighthouse now, northbound. -Buzz Shaw

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9:23 a.m. - Okay. Not certain now. There is one group of orcas heading north past Vashon, mid channel and one big group heading south between Bainbridge and Blake on the peninsula side
9:15 a.m. - Mid channel but south from my perspective. But now I've seen orcas heading south past Bainbridge. I think the first one I saw , the vashon one could have been a humpback.
9:06 a.m. - I can see them to the south towards Vashon, viewing from from Me Kwa Mooks, West Seattle. -Kate Calamatta

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Captain on 840 ferry to West Seattle pointed them out, they were heading northwest from off Lincoln Park.
8:20 a.m. - Got em! Still near Fauntleroy. Appear to be northbound or foraging on Seattle side near Lincoln park.
7:40 a.m. - confirmed we had some at the Fauntleroy dock around 7:40. No direction reported
7:15 a.m. - got an unconfirmed report of possible orca in Vashon passenger boat ferry lanes headed south. -Amy Carey

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It is rare to see northern resident orcas off southern Vancouver Island but the G17, G46 and possibly G27 matrilines were observed off Race Rocks today by whale watchers out of Victoria. They were spotted by Matt Burnaby of Orca Spirit Adventures and first recognized as northern residents by Mark Malleson who has also photographed G pod in Juan De Fuca Strait on two other occasions since 1999. -BC Killer Whale Research

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Puget Sound - Saw a small pod on Thursday around 4:00 p.m. off Possession Point beach. Three black fins. We are visiting from NJ for a family reunion- so excited to see these creatures! -Kate Stewart

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Humpback west of Race Rocks. -Mark Malleson

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4:46 p.m. - Humpback is below Dalco Passage hugging the shore line also appears to be another whale mid channel. -Brittany Gordon

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4:07 p.m. - Humpback is just off the point of Point Defiance, close to shore. -Michele Riley Campbell

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12:30 p.m. - John Campbell reports: Humpbacks in Carr Inlet between Lakebay and Gig Harbor heading in towards the mouth of Minter Creek .They are here for my son's 18th birthday. One seen at a time, but a couple breaths were close together. Traveling fast to the end of the inlet towards the mouth of a salmon stream (Minter Creek) and the Purdy Spit.

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Noon - While out with a group of middle schoolers through Foss Waterway Seaport's on the water education program, we spotted a humpback whale off the Tahlequah ferry dock around noon today. -Jim Christensen

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7:53 a.m. - Humpback and dolphins, close to Gig Harbor, just north of harbor mouth. It was moving slightly to north. -Michele Riley Campbell

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9:00 a.m. - Volunteer Kersti is at Lincoln park and says she also spotted a humpback. -Whitney Neugebauer, Whale Scout

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4:06 p.m. - Humpback turned south toward Edmonds side. -Suzy Hoffman

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3:07 p.m. - Two humpbacks still milling around off Eglon.
1:43 p.m. - I'm seeing a couple humpback between Apple Cove Point and Eglon heads milling mid channel. -Gary Peterson

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10:02 a.m. - Admiralty Inlet - Saw pod of Pacific white sided dolphins off Admiral's Cove, Whidby Island, appeared to be heading north. Not 100% sure on species. (unconfirmed, that area is plentiful with Harbor porpoise). -Warren Griffith

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7:53 a.m. - Humpback and dolphins, close to Gig Harbor, just north of harbor mouth. It was moving slightly to north. -Michele Riley Campbell Haro Strait - Even though it's November, and fairly late in our whale watching season, we've still been having incredible encounters on the water! ...we counted over ten individual humpbacks, including BCY0160 "Heather" and her calf off Henry Island, and BCZ0298 "Split Fin" all within five miles of each other... -Heather MacIntyre

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Gray whale in Victoria harbour. -Mark Malleson
(This is the same gray whale who was in south Puget Sound on November 8th)

November 4

Days recap by Rachel Haight who first spotted and reported the orcas: My whale scouting routine always starts at Ebey's Landing. When I first arrived, out of the corner of my eye, I saw something black, then disappear. I figured it was a bird, since it is 99% of the time. As I was about to drive up the bluff for a better look, I looked out my window and saw multiple fins! What I initially took to be a small pod of transients turned out to actually be a lot of residents! I followed them as they traveled south past Whidbey and past Edmonds with Alisa as well. We even saw a humpback in the same vicinity as the orcas. The closest pictures were taken from Bush Pt, while the picture of the line of blows was taken at Edmonds. The line of their backlit blows as they swam along were breathtaking.

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5:05 p.m. - From Kayu Kayu, seeing large group off of Kingston, looking straight across at the Kingston ferry dock, I was seeing a large group of dorsals, slowly moving north. -Pam Ren

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5:05 p.m. - left them mid channel between. Kingston/Pt Wells steadily northbound medium pace.
4:23 p.m. - 2 males made it to Jefferson Head then they all flipped, all northbound west of mid channel drifting back again towards middle.
4:13 p.m. - most drifting bit west of mid now...between yellow buoy and Jefferson Head/Indianola.
4:07 p.m. - from Richmond Beach Saltwater Park see them southbound most approaching mid channel at yellow buoy with some on either side. Some tight groups with several males on outsides. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network

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4:08 p.m. - Passing Channel marker south of Kingston still moving south
3:53 p.m. - they appear to be on the move, going south, mid channel, south of Edmonds as seen from Kitsap side. -Joanne Graves

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4:00 p.m. - Several blows seen from end of Edmonds fishing pier looking south. (Using binoculars) some large splashing and large dorsal fin spotted. Looks like they're heading south hugging shoreline close to Kingston. -Jennifer Love-Talley

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3:49 p.m. - can see lots of blows from the orcas just north of point Jefferson close to Kitsap side - as seen from Edmonds marina park. -Stu Davidson

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3:37 p.m. - Orcas at Richmond Beach! Even saw some breaching, made my day. -Ashley Nagrodski

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3:28 p.m. - Still watching midchannel Kingston side heading south slowly or milling. -Kristen Bogren

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3:28 p.m. - Been watching a large, active group mid channel just south of the Kingston/Edmonds ferry (boat passed them just a few min ago). At least a dozen and lots of tails slaps, spy hops and a few breeches! -Jennifer Greiner Clark

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3:26 p.m. - now seeing them from Carkeek. -Whitney Neugebauer

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Brightly illuminated exhalations of residents as they pass between Kingston and Edmonds. -Rachel Haight

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3:09 p.m. - is beautiful!!! They bunched up mid channel slowly moving south...in front of Kingston/south Edmonds. Illuminated exhalations lots of surface activity.- Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network

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3:06 p.m. - Just saw many orca from the Kingston ferry going SE mid channel. They were very spread out but I believe there were around 10 or 11. First they were coming towards Edmonds, and half way turned around to go back towards Kitsap, due South. -Rebeca Rambal

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2:51 p.m. - just in front of the Kingston Ferry, the ferry is stopped. As seen from President Point. -Joanne Graves

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2:34 p.m. - orcas right off port side of stopped mid channel Edmonds/Kingston ferry. Those people got a close view of this group!! -Stu Davidson

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2:25 p.m. - from Edmonds Marina Beach we see orcas spread all across channel from south of Edmonds ferry to just north of Kingston. Steadily southbound.
1:55 p.m. - Rachel and I came to Stamm Overlook Park in north Edmonds to scout for second group of SRKWs and found them (at least 7 including large male) and a Humpback east of mid channel about a 1.5 miles north of the ferry dock moving southbound.
1:43 p.m. - from Edmonds Rachel and I are seeing a lot of blows south of Eglon west of mid channel. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network

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1:55 p.m. - more orcas south east of point no point well east of shipping lanes - those are heading south as well - also right near these orcas is a humpback as traveling south
1:33 p.m. - group of about six orcas still heading south probably around Eglon now
1:14 p.m. - see orcas on Kitsap side heading south towards Elgon near shipping lane. -Stu Davidson

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1:25 p.m. - Eleven passed Eglon mid channel. -Elyse Sollitto

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1:19 p.m. - passing Eglon now still southbound following big blue shipping boat -Brittany Gordon

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12:55 p.m. - They came through in three groups. All of them are now south of Point No Point. -Dianne Iverson

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12:55 p.m. - Orcas southbound off Kingston. -Gary Peterson

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12:30 p.m. - the orcas north of Point No Point, very active. At 12:38 p.m. passing the point, porpoising south about 100 yards off, at least 11 orcas. -Marilyn Deroy

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12:30 p.m. - At the same time we were also still seeing blows further to the east, all the way from Point No Point what looks like the Shoreline area, south of Pt. Wells. -Susan Berta, Orca Network

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12:30 p.m. - Beautiful!! I greeted the Orcas today as they came by the lighthouse at Point No Point. My first Orca sighting and it was a large group!! Spectacular! -Jann Clare

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12:25 p.m. - I'm at Point No Point, seeing them on Whidbey side! Happy orca breaching at Double Bluff as this one passes! -Elyse Sollitto,

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12:20 p.m. - watching from a distance (so of Bush Pt) we see spouts from the green channel marker that is N of Point No Point, south and south east - at least 6-8 orca spouts SE of the marker, and more spouts over toward Pt. Wells, plus 3 breaches SW of Pt. Wells, near Edmonds/Shoreline - not sure if by orcas or a humpback, but it appears there are more blows over in the Pt. Wells area so possibly orcas. -Susan Berta, Orca Network

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11:30 a.m. - 8-12 orcas heading south at a rapid clip, some cartwheeling and porpoising, toward Point No Point.
11:20 a.m. - Possible J42 south of Bush Pt. -Howard Garrett , Orca Network

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11:05 a.m. - Elsa Leavitt sees at least two orcas heading south, just south of Bush Pt.

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11:10 a.m. - definitely Residents! Just passed Bush Point, spread out.
10:16 a.m. - just arrived at Lagoon Point and with continued great luck, found them immediately. Just north of Lagoon Point, mid channel, southbound still. There may be more whales than I thought, still unsure. At least 7+. Several breaches
9:58 a.m. - They are quickly moving south. South of the PT ferry lanes now.
9:22 a.m. - Orcas southbound off Ebey's Landing (north end of Admiralty Inlet). -Rachel Haight

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11:48 a.m. - Orcas near Deer Harbor, Orcas Island. There were 4- and they were headed from Deer Harbor into the San Juan channel- going past several little islands (can't remember names right now!). We stuck around for about 20 minutes to see which direction in the channel they might go but they kept diving and we're very elusive! -Kelly Curtis

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J pod - Quartermaster Harbor - Maury/Vashon. Granny (J2) in the front, foreground. Looks like Hy'shqa (J37) behind her with T'ilem I'nges (J49). The two males at the back are Onyx (L87) in the foreground, and sprouter Cookie (J38) behind. -K Rachel Kiel

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8:45 am - Marie Waterman of WSFerries relayed a report of four orca heading north off Leo Point, off the north end of Lopez Island.

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4:32 p.m. - Dalco Passage viewpoint from 5 mile, humpback with dolphin friend, no direction, still mid channel out from gig harbor. -Belen Bilgic Schneider

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2:30 p.m. - Great views of the Humpback and dolphins off the Dalco Pass turnout on the 5 mile drive at Pt. Defiance Park. Kayakers got really close. -Diana Lyster

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12:50 p.m. - Single Humpback just off shore heading north towards Pt Defiance, right off Salmon Beach. -Asher Beckett

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11:15 a.m. - the Humpback is at the mouth of Gig Harbor. A very small whale. There was also a much larger humpback near Point Defiance. -Lisa Durbin Charbonneau

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3:00 p.m. - Humpback still milling around between southworth and tip of Blake island...was headed west but turned and headed back to Blake, seen from Kitsap. -Wayne McFarland

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2:38 p.m. - We had a call from Marie Waterman of WSF reporting the Humpback whale loitering between Blake Island and Vashon Island.

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11:08 a.m. - Charlie Leahy of WSFs from the Ferry Kitsap, reporting a humpback or large baleen whale, feeding or milling in the area between Southworth and Blake Island.

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10:05 a.m. - Humpback and dolphins close to GH just north of harbor mouth, just now. -Michele Riley Campbell

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1:55 p.m. - Rachel and I came to Stamm Overlook Park in north Edmonds to scout for second group of SRKWs and found them and a Humpback east of mid channel about a 1.5 miles north of the ferry dock. Humpback was surfacing in southerly direction. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network

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9:25 a.m. - Whale spotted on Mukilteo ferry, midway across Possession Sound. A large fluke, probably not an orca. -Zachary Simonson-Bond

November 3

Js and Ks - Manzanita Beach, Quartermaster, Vashon -K Rachel Keil

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5:21 p.m. - Fay Bainbridge Park. 2 Orcas moving North at Sunset 200 yards off the beach. -Scott Weaver

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4:56 p.m. - Pod of 6-8 approaching Point No Point now. -Gary Peterson

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4:43 p.m. - Yay. Orca sighting just north of Kingston ferry. Mid channel or even closer to Seattle. -Deb Post Hamlin

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4:50 from Saltwater park/Richmond Beach watching that group hanging out.
4:00-4:30 p.m. - from Kayu Kayu watched lead group(s) pass northbound between me and Kingston mid channel and west of...very spread out, in ones, twos, some threes. South a few miles trailers veered into Port Madison towards Suquamish with calf (per Connie B). 3:50 - some are nearing Kingston with others miles in the rear. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network

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4:24 p.m. - From Edmonds fishing pier I can see a group passing Kingston heading toward Eglon. Close to Kitsap side. -Sara Troyer

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4:08 p.m. - There are probably 5-6 orca off of Kingston. Traveling north. Mid channel. Still south of the ferry lane. -Laura Finch

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4:00 pm - A couple came into Port Madison bay, and they are now porpoising north to catch up. -Connie Bickerton

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4:00 p.m. - orcas off Faye heading north and west. Very young calf amongst them. -Susan Marie Andersson

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3:30 p.m. - Large group of orcas heading north fast approaching Fay Bainbridge...west side of mid channel. -Sue Surowiec Larkin

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3:00 p.m. - Spotted 2 Orcas today in on the north side of Port Madison Bay (north end of Bainbridge Island) towards Indianola. They swam in the same area with no direction of travel established. -Tim Cuddy

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2:45 p.m. - breaches between mid channel buoy and Bainbridge Island. Sunset Hill park with binoculars is best bet between now and next 45 min. Carkeek in next hour aprox. Based on speed of travel. -Lance King

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2:45 p.m. - orca passing Faye Bainbridge seem to be closer to Kitsap side still northbound. -Brittany Gordon

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2:40 p.m. - whales closer to Kitsap both at Faye Bainbridge park and south end Rolling Bay. Others mid channel at Faye/Golden Gardens transect. Northbound. As viewed from Sunset park above Shilshole marina. -Alisa

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2:08 p.m. - Seeing blows at Rolling Bay Walk on Bainbridge Island. -Sarah Jones O'donnell

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1:40 p.m. - Barely visible from Alki anymore, even with binoculars. The last group is nearing the Bainbridge Ferry line, closer to Bainbridge (research vessel with them). All those breaches & tail lobs were fantastic! -Kathleen Love

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1:40 p.m. - ...there were several breaches and spy hopping going on seen just South of Alki! Closer to bainbridge side! -Kayli Ann Breitweiser

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1:38 p.m. - watching from above Creosote on Bainbridge. Leaders are north of me, not sure how far but possibly rolling bay. Large trailing group is near Alki Lighthouse (line of sight) just east of mid channel with NOAA. Saw multiple breaches, spy hops and tail lobs. -Connie Bickerton

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1:30 p.m. - lots of breaching and tail lobs as they move out of sight from south side Alki.
1:15 p.m. - last group just past on east side of yellow buoy between Alki and south end Bainbridge. Northbound. -Alisa, ON

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1:20 p.m. - Seeing them with the research vessel from the north side of Alki. Closer to Kitsap. -Anna Stuart Olive

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1:20 p.m. - Just saw a breech and lots of blows between Blackly Rocks and Yellow mid channel marker. -Susan Marie Andersson

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1:10 p.m. - Watching lots of take lobbing from Rockaway Beach on Bainbridge Island. -Christ Merritt

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12:55 p.m. - 6+ Lincoln Park to Alki near shore, Seattle side, breaching w/small boat trailing. -Joe Potestivo

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12:50 p.m. - I'm leaving Emma Scmitz, J pod trailing group sightline past Blake, they are more east of mid channel . Next stop south side Alki Point. -Alisa, ON

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12:45 p.m. - Down at Alki Constellation Park heading right at us now 12:45 NE from Vashon. -Martin Moore

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12:35 p.m. - They are breaching at the yellow buoy now (off south end Bainbridge/Alki Pt)
12:25 p.m. - Just spotted them. I'm looking from near the PI building on the 7th floor (downtown Seattle) See them splashing between Alki point and NE corner of Blake island. -Casey Williams

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12:25 p.m. - Whales seen from the Olympic Sculpture park, way offshore, heading north! -Tyler Hartje

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12:15 p.m. - At least 10 orcas migrating north now 1/2 way between Blake and Bainbridge Island. Vicki Pardee

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12:12 p.m. - Just coming to MeeKwaMooks Park, some close to Seattle side. -Terri Mitchell

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Noon - Charlie Leahy of WA State Ferries called to report 6 - 12 orcas northbound between Fauntleroy and Vashon Island.

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11:50 a.m. - got 'em! I'm at Lowman, orcas are halfway btw Southworth fy dock and s end of Blake, hdg north, yay! -Trileigh Tucker

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11:50 a.m. - Kristen is watching a large cluster of orcas heading north, from West Seattle.

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11: 55 a.m. - They are north of Vashon mid channel. Watching from Emma Schmitz overlook park on Beach Dr
11:20 a.m. - lead two groups still northbound just west of mid channel approaching Fauntleroy/Vashon ferry lanes. Research boat with them. -Alisa

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11:35 a.m. - Bethany on the ferry reports the large group is mid-channel between Fauntleroy and Vashon, heading north, with others closer to Vashon.

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11:35 a.m. - Spotted south of the ferry Fauntleroy to Vashon -Addie Meade

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11:30 a.m. - Maia of WA State Ferries reports 7-10 orcas headed north in the Fauntleroy ferry lane.

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11:30 a.m. - Orcas sighted from the Fauntleroy-Vashon ferry run just now. Five or six? -Becca Knox

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11:25 a.m. - they're still trending north. First group is past ferry lanes. Lots of breaching!! They're closer to the west side. I watched from Southworth - Fauntleroy ferry. -Jessica Pagan

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11:23 a.m. - There is a red inflatable with them now. All bunched up mid-channel & still south of the W. Seattle/Vashon ferry lane.
11:20 a.m. - seeing blows from Lincoln Park. Just southwest of the ferry waiting to come into the dock. Ok - I also meant BREACH! to the west/northwest of the ferry waiting!! -Lila Pharis

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11:21 a.m. - group headed north mid channel in faultleroy ferry lane!! -Aimee Demarest

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11:15 a.m. - seen from lincoln park breeching off northeast side of Vashon. -Jill Hadji

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11:46 a.m. - watching from Fauntleroy ferry. Orca are to the south east tip of Blake island heading north still.
11:00 a.m. - spotted from Fauntleroy ferry looked to be off dilworth near fishing boats still headed north. Looks like Eclipse (J41) in front, Nova (J51) popping up behind her, and grandma, Shachi (J19) behind. The dorsal on Eclipse's right side might be Blackberry (J27) just based on the shape, but that's just a guess". -Brittany Gordon
(ID "notes" by Sara Hysong-Shimazu)

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11:11 a.m. - Spotted them a little south of the Arroyo area of West Seattle, headed north towards Fauntleroy. -Patrick Gould

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10:55 a.m. - All now passed Dilworth headed north mid channel. -Amy Carey

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10:20 a.m. - from north side Three Tree. pt. Lead group of 25 plus well past yellow buoy. 2nd large group around yellow buoy from my sightline. Steady northbound look to be mid channel. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network

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Morning northbound pass of J & K pods, & L87 in resting mode traveling in three very large, tight groups past Three Tree Point, Burien. Newest calf J53 w/J17 pops up mid video. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network

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10:15 a.m. - Just spotted a pod between Vashon and Shorewood headed North. Fishing boats in the area too. -Shari Sewell

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9:55 a.m. - Northbound mid channel nearing Three Tree Point. -Amy Carey

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9:54 a.m. - I just arrived south side of Three Tree Point Burien and see the illuminated blows of several tight groups northbound. Lead 2 groups sightline KVI tower. -Alisa

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Off Point Robinson, Vashon/Maury Island. It looks like a mom and calf. There were at least 12 in two clusters traveling closely. -Emily Schmitt Wigley

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K27 and K44, J47, J40, J14, J27-Blackberry . At least part of Kpod was at Vashon with Jpod, J35 Tahlequah with the visible saddle patch and that's J22 Oreo behind her today. -Kelly Keenan
(ID Melisa Pinnow)

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Here's J53, the newest J pod baby, surfacing next to mother J17 Princess Angeline this morning at Point Robinson, with brother J44 Moby following. -Meg McDonald

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9:00 a.m. - Passed Pt Robinson, at least ten. -Bonnie Darby

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9:00-9:15 a.m. - This morning we observed at least 15 orcas plus a baby or two passing by our house on the east side of Vashon. We live between Pt Robinson lighthouse and Maury Island beach. They were clearly in a hunting mode, and they were so close to the shore, we could hear them breathing. -Brandy Wiggins

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8:50 a.m. - Carl Cells reports a large group of orcas, including 8 males, heading north along Maury Island toward Pt. Robinson.

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8:33 a.m. - had an update they may be headed back north along Maury from Manzanita beach to Piner Point area.
7:30 a.m. - Amy Carey relayed reports of orcas southbound near Goldbeach on Vashon/Maury and just now near Quartermaster Harbor.

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8:00 a.m. - Northbound in Quartermaster Harbor, depth is about 60 feet here, taken from the deck of a friends home on the West shore of Quartermaster. -Karl Schmidt

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8:00 a.m. - We watched about 12 orcas coming into Quartermaster Harbor. They stayed along the eastern shore between Vashon and Maury, going north toward Burton, then turning around and exiting the harbor the same way at about 8:30. They then appeared to head back east then north toward Point Robinson. This was the first time I have ever heard of orcas actually coming into Quartermaster Harbor. They were very active. We watched from about 3/4 mile away from our house and beach on the Vashon side of the harbor. -Jeffrey Gill

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7:50 a.m. - the pod came by Manzanita Beach, Quartermaster, Vashon. Approx. 18 (including 2-3 babies). They were very active. They turned around and headed back out at 8:10. So amazing! -K Rachel Keil

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7:00 a.m. - Several orca passing by Gold Beach off Maury Island. Spread out, headed south toward Tacoma.. Males, females, young. -Burt Miller

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Three orcas seen in San Juan Channel. One adult male, 1 females, and 1 juvenile. Photos suggest the T123s. Traveling, but lingered along shoreline of Shaw Island for a while.

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A message from Paul Cotrell, DFO Marine Mammal Coordinator: We received a report/pictures yesterday through the BC Marine Mammal Response Network that T077A may have a rope and float entanglement (see photo). The animal was sighted with the gear from the Thetis Island-Chemainus Ferry in Stuart Channel (20 miles south of Nanaimo). If you can add this information to your Orca Network with the details that if the animal is sighted to please call the BCMMRN 1-800-465-4336 (in Canada), or 1-877-SOS-WHALe (1-877-767-9425) (in US) and if gear still attached to monitor from a distance and not engage with the animal or gear. We have our expert disentanglement team ready to go. Hopefully the gear has come off on its own. Paul Cottrell, Pacific Marine Mammal Coordinator Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Fisheries Management Branch

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2:02 p.m. - Orca on the Lime Kiln. Still a little distant - not sure who they are. -Katy Rudolph

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9:45 a.m. - Pod of approximately 5 Orcas off the mouth of the Little Qualicum River, 20 miles NW of Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, BC. One large male and possibly one young orca. They appeared to be fishing for Chum Salmon and/or playing. -Daryl Erickson

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BCX0380 east of Active Pass (last time I had seen this animal was in 2005 off of Victoria). -Mark Malleson

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BCY0160 and calf at South Pender Island. -Mark Malleson

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Between 10 and 11am today, lone humpback feeding in Dalco /Colvos area. -Michele Riley Campbell

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3:13 p.m. - We are in Cultus Bay, looking toward Eglon, out in midchannel -- large blow spout, barely seeing the watery sheen as something (humongous lions mane jellyfish just learning to exhale?) passes going northerly. -John Morelock

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12:50 p.m. - spotted the humpback from some distance away. I'm above Golden Gardens with very large binocs looking north. Blows close to Kitsap side. Humpback is south of Point No Point but still well north of Kingston ferry. Hard to pinpoint location with the collapsed view from my vantage. He's closer to shore than the bunch of fishing boats I see in the vicinity. Now that I mapped it probably still near Eglon as other commenter reported from earlier. -Jennifer Greiner Clark

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11:15 am - two humpbacks, one just north of Eglon and another south of Eglon, a few hundred yards offshore Kitsap side. -Sherman Page

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8:00 a.m. - while scouting for orcas up north (didn't see any) I did see a tall blow of what I am assuming was a humpback about a half mile south of Point No Point. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network

November 2

4:08 p.m. - Just letting you know there is a pod of orcas 2 miles north of Edmonds ferry. -Tony Tedford

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3:55 p.m. - saw 5-7 Orcas (adults and calves) hugging the coastline off President Point, Kingston this afternoon -- they were traveling North. What an incredible sight! -Kristin Stafford

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3:50 p.m. - Saw the group of orcas just north of the Edmonds ferry about an hour ago. One with a baby. Traveling north towards Mukilteo. Saw 2 humpbacks spouting in the distance on the Kingston side. -Laura Patton Ballard

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4:00 p.m. - I can see about 6-8 spread across the channel between north Edmonds and Point No Point, Kitsap. All heading north, ones closest to east shore are paralleling the shoreline. Easy to spot from east side shoreline
3:38 p.m. - spot orcas not too far out from north Edmonds heading northerly. Currently due west of north Edmonds , not that far out. If they kept going north they would be on the east side of Whidbey Island. It will be awhile at their current rate! -Stu Davidson

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2:41 p.m. - Large group approaching Edmonds Marina northbound. -Melissa Bird

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Ken Balcomb reports that J pod turned back south around 2:30 this afternoon, while Ks and at least some Ls (they were very spread out) were trending north and eastward.

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2:05 p.m. - watching from Edmonds jetty. Very close to Kitsap side heading north right by headland that is to the south of Kingston. Moving fast towards Kingston lots of splashing and blows. -Karen Knight

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1:56 p.m. - some orcas off President Point, Kitsap side, south of the channel marker, heading north. NOAA is with them, I think. -Joanne Graves

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1:47 p.m. - Jill Clogston and I are at Kingston Ferry Terminal, we can see them to the South of us! -Melissa Bird

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1:46 p.m. - watching the orca from Kingston, they are south of Kingston heading north with NOAA and CWR. -Connie Bickerton

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1:30 p.m. - Saw them from Faye Bainbridge park sightline across to Golden Gardens. Very large group. -Rebeca Rambal

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1:30 p.m. - Ken Balcomb has found members of all matrilines, so it's possible all 82 Southern Residents are in Puget Sound now, between Shoreline and Indianola, northbound.

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1:21 p.m. - Several orcas just off President Point south of Kingston (closer to the west side) heading north. They are quite tight together moving at a good speed. -Chris Beamer Otterson

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1:07 p.m. - from Shilsoe Sunset Park, see large group northbound on west side of channel north of Bainbridge. Single male mid channel northbound too. -Bethany Ryals

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12:35 p.m. - Brad Hanson of NOAA called and is with lead group of Js, including J26, mid channel between Faye Bainbridge and Golden Gardens. And we see Ken Balcomb of Center for Whale Research with a larger group to the south. All traveling northbound.

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12:20 p.m. - one group flipped up while others stuck to southbound but eventually all flipped and formed tight groups, all now heading northbound.
11:30 a.m. - We are viewing from Sunset park atop Shilshole marina. Orcas have grouped up...some in resting lines mostly mid channel with some on either side if...south of Faye Bainbridge/Golden Gardens. Slowly southbound. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network

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11:09 a.m. - seeing them from Carkeek grouped up going south. Seem to be closer to Kitsap side. -Whitney Neugebauer

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11:00 a.m. - Four or more orcas heading south almost to Shilshole marina, Seeing from Fay Bainbridge park. -Bob Rosenbladt

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10:38 a.m. - must have seen at least 30 orcas heading south spread across the channel , as seen from mid channel just north of Shilshole. -Stu Davidson

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10:37 a.m. - Seeing orcas southbound mid channel from Faye Bainbridge park, at least 3 -5 of them!! -Sue Surowiec Larkin

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10:18 a.m. - from Richmond Beach Saltwater park, watching them pass with many still coming from the north. Several spread across channel around yellow mid channel buoy south of Edmonds/Kingston with leaders 4 miles to the south. -Alisa

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10:14 a.m. - pod has regrouped and more together, mid channel beween Richmond Beach and Shilshole. Slowly southbound.
9:52 a.m. - Several playing near surface, sight line east of Point Jefferson. -Stu Davidson

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10:00 a.m. - more orcas passing President Point, Kitsap side heading south
9:57 a.m. - just passed President Point going south trending toward mid channel but on the Kitsap side. Appears to be a blue hulled yacht watching from a respectful distance. -Joanne Graves

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10:25 a.m. - They are now pushing SW toward the north end of Bainbridge. Currently in the traffic lanes.
9:49 a.m. - 4 orcas heading south just off Point Wells - Edmonds. -Jim Devereaux

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10:00 a.m. - orca just off President Point south of Kingston, looked to be 8-10 of them (one big male) spread out and slowly heading south. -Chris Beamer Otterson

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10:00 a.m. - Many Orcas traveling south off Kingston President Point Road. Many large males, females with babies. They were spread out from mid channel buoy to President Pt Appeared to be more than one pod perhaps several. Great to see them return to Puget Sound, love them. Just like a parade! Travelling several pods over long period of time Some out by mid channel buoy some closer to President Pt Rd Looked like females with babies coming last but there were many over a 1 hour or so. Great to see them in the sound. -Margret Steen

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9:25 a.m. - leaving Edmonds...watched several well east of channel as well as all the way across. Southbound. Im heading to Kayu Kayu at Richmond Beach. -Alisa

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9:00 am - Capt. Wilke of the Walla Walla ferry, Kingston/Edmonds run, reports 7-12 orcas milling off Apple Cove since 4:30 am. There were a lot of gillnetters but they left before 9.

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9:00 a.m. - several more groups of 1 to 6 orcas just passed by Edmonds, 1 mile offshore, heading south. Plus more heading south mid channel and near Kitsap. -Sherman Page

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9:13 a.m. - the group of orcas currently in the Kingston/Edmonds ferry lane slowly
8:58 a.m. - Surrounded by a spread of a group of about 6 or so Orcas just off shore from north of Kingston.. Near commercial fishing boats! Orcas are milling around the area. -Stu Davidson

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8:54 a.m. - on bluff in Kingston seeing them southbound mid channel very spread out. -Connie Bickerton

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8:50 a.m. - From Edmonds looking toward Elgon. Orcas banking south to Kingston. -Ariel Yseth

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8:40 a.m. - many orcas heading south near Eglon, some mid channel, most near Kitsap, well spread out. Also, a humpback 3 miles NW of Edmonds. -Sherman Page

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8:45 a.m. - orcas spread across channel slowly southbound spread out in 1- 3s with some whales maybe a mile off Edmonds with others mid channel and east/west of mid channel. Saw many blows north of Kingston (Clipper stopped and just resumed).
8:00 a.m. - several orcas spread out approx 3 miles south of Possession Point and 3 miles west of Edmonds. Foraging? Milling? In southerly direction. And a humpback! Viewing from high bluff Stamm Overlook park. Rain squall impairing visibility towards Whidbey a bit to see if others continued, but appears they have flipped, any whales I'm seeing are southbound.
7:38 a.m. - from Edmonds I see blows and dorsals spread out from Eglon to maybe a mile plus south if Scatchet Head buoy. Northbound. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network

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7:37 a.m. - can see orcas all the way across from south east of Point No Point across the channel to Useless Bay.
7:22 a.m. - They seem to be heading across the channel to Scatchet Head - orcas spread out but probably half a dozen at least. They are surfacing a lot and don't seem to be on a mission to leave this feeding area. Still spread out from east of Point No Point and towards Scatchet head. Easy to see from north Edmonds. -Stu Davidson

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7:20 a.m. - Pod of orcas on north side of Kingston. Heading to Eglon area. -Erin Steinman

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WS ferries called in two reports of five orcas 6:42 am off Apple Cove Pt and at 7 am off Apple Cove headed SW toward fleet of gillnetters.

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2:44 p.m. - Lone humpback deep in South Puget Sound. Heading south into Eld Inlet and passing Flap Jack Point. And it trumpeted during two of the surfacing series. Very cool! This is absolutely NOT the same whale or type of whale from yesterday's "mystery" which I think Orca Network has 'solved'. This is far too small and behaved totally differently. -Kim Merriman

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5:03 p.m. - humpback right in front of Eglon, can be seen with bare eyes. Headed south right in front of a green flashing light out from the south tip of whidbey island. -Brittany Gordon

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3:30 - 5:00 p.m. - While waiting at Point No Point in hopes the SRKWs would travel our way, we saw watched several blows of humpbacks in the area east of Eglon. -Alisa Lemire Brooks and several other Orca Network volunteers

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2:46 p.m. - 2 breaching humpbacks at Marina Beach in Edmonds along with Ken B and the orcas! It was unbelievable watching the one humpback tail slapping and lobbing SO MANY times right by the beach! -Janine Harles

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One of two humpbacks who surprised me while watching for orcas. They surfaced next to us on the docked ferry and cruised within 100 yards of shore. Here they are further south of the fishing pier with Edmonds Marina beach in background. -Janine Harles

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2:30 p.m. - Two humpbacks heading south a hundred yards off the Edmonds Marina. -Sherman Page

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2:28 p.m. - Humpback just outdid the orcas south of Edmonds fishing pier... BREACH! -Michelle Goll

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2:27 p.m. - Humpback breaching right off Edmonds jetty. Heading south, near Marina beach. Tail slaps and lots of flukes. Two possibly? -Karen Knight

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2:28 p.m. - Humpback just outdid the orcas south of Edmonds fishing pier... BREACH! -Michelle Goll

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12:48 p.m. - Saw blows of two humpbacks from Eglon. -Connie Bickerton

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12:40 p.m. - while waiting for the SRKWs to head back north, I am watching 2, maybe 3, humpbacks a couple of miles NW of Edmonds. -Sherman Page

November 1

The M/V Sea Lion had an incredible day out on the water with the Southern Residents including K12 Sequim and K16 and K20 Spocktoday, as they traveled south through Rosario. We found them in the pouring rain and 5 foot seas near Lawson Reef with the help of reports from the ferry and shore... Thanks to those who helped us find them today! They were in a very splashy mood: breaching, tail lobbing, and spyhopping. It seemed they were having a grand old time in the waves! -Sarah McCullagh

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Southern Residents - There were whales everywhere. Several groups of 3-7 whales. I saw at least 3+ babies and multiple adult males. Seemed like they paraded by Fort Ebey for a good 20 minutes or more. Some groups closer to shore, some a little further out, but I'm so glad they came closer to the Whidbey side. So nice hearing them breathe, and having the problem of not knowing which orca pod to film because there were so many! When I saw the report of orcas southbound along Smith Island, I had to head out. It wasn't long before I realized there were dozens of whales and that they were residents!!! I had wanted, so desperately, to be there the moment the SRKWs came back for their first fall visit, and boy did my wish come true. I never expected them to hug Whidbey as they headed south, so it was quite the treat! I spent well over an hour with them at two different spots on Whidbey. Guess that fortune cookie was right after all! It's not the best video quality, and my camera wasn't always cooperating, but here's a sample of what I saw today! -Rachel Haight

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5:36 - 6:26 p.m. - listened to Southern Residents (sounded like Js, Ks and some Ls) on Port Townsend hydrophone!!! Happy day! -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network

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5:50 p.m. - J pod too.
5:40 p.m. - I heard plenty of L pod calls so unless Onyx was doing his talkative thing we have L pod in the mix. Wasn't sure about K pod though due to distance from hp. -Meg McDonald

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Hearing calls on PT hydrophone 5:35 pm! Listen in to the Southern Residents off Port Townsend, WA- YAY!! so happy they are finally heading into Puget Sound (a month later than usual)! -Susan Berta, Orca Network

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I couldn't count fast enough but had to be at least 12 strung out swimming past Ft Ebey about 4:40 this evening. Amazing sight! -Sharon Sherman

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5:05 p.m. - I left Fort Ebey the trailing group was well south of me and disappearing into the low light.
4:47 p.m. - Should be on PT hydro soon. Hugging Whidbey side south bound past Ebey. I think it's J pod.
4:17 p.m. - Big breach of an orca, they're off Partridge Point (Whidbey) now, southbound. Lots of them!!! Could it be residents?! -Rachel Haight

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4:16 p.m. - I just came in from watching, counted over 12, they traveled in a few smaller groups, traveled pretty fast, south, passed along the eastern side of the buoy, I think its the green one out there. They only just became so distant I couldn't track them anymore
3:29 p.m. - 4-6 orca along the north east side of Smith Island. Slowly moving south along the island. Viewing with binoculars from our house along west beach. -Melinda Killian

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2:07 p.m. - Just spotted these whales. They are by the south end of Lopez Island now, presumably heading west. I can barely see blows and splashes (probably breaches) with my binos. -Rachel Haight

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Noon - Maia at WA State Ferries relayed a report of a pod of 8 orcas in Rosario St., on the Anacortes side. No direction of travel given.

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Awesome! We saw one big male as we were getting off the ferry at Kingston this morning about 10am. It was heading north. Can't be 100%, it was real quick but it was a distinct black fin...fairly large dorsal Wished I would of had more time to investigate! -Josh Murphy

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4:14 p.m. - central Puget Sound - He is still able to be seen at the pier (Harper Pier, Port Orchard) he did a deeper dive but he's here, gonna see if I can find a closer spot and it's definitely a humpback! -Ashley Arciniega-Luu

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4:00 p.m. - north central Puget Sound - Easy to locate as the humpback is being followed by a huge flock of gulls. The Whale is definitely feeding off a fish ball. 3:31 p.m. - huge splashes (breaching) just east of Point No Point. Likely a humpback. Easily seen naked eye from north Edmonds. -Stu Davidson

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2:50 p.m. - Saratoga Passage - Multiple blows and back sightings off west side of Camano Island, near Madrona Beach. Guessing humpbacks... Don't look like orcas. Appear to be feeding and slowing moving north. -Lise Place

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2:43 p.m. - central Puget Sound - Just saw him from Harper Pier, Port Orchard. Did not get photo, but saw humpback fluke.
2:27 p.m. - Whale sighting now south of Blake island, can see spout from Harper pier. -Rachel Pamela

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2:00 p.m. - north/central Puget Sound - several whales (separate blows) near Eglon area, between Kingston and Point No Point. -Stu Davidson

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1:36 p.m. - central Puget Sound - Still a whale near Blake Island (just to the NW of it) today. Spotted from the ferry, crew says it was also here an hour ago. Couldn't tell type, multiple blows, one spyhop, but seen only briefly and from a distance. I'm thinking humpback. Nose had more that shape, from what I briefly saw. -Karl Johnson

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12:15 p.m. - north/central Puget Sound - whale blows near Rose Point (north of Kingston). Type and direction again unknown yet (weather is limiting good views).
9:20 a.m. - whale blow just north of Kingston ferry terminal (maybe 1/4 mile). Type or direction hasn't been determined yet. (An probable orca sighting was reported in same general location. Each report could be orca or humpback, both species have been in the area - ALB) -Stu Davidson

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9:30 a.m. LARGE mystery whale in Eld Inlet. First spotted a very tall (15+ feet) "blow" heading south. Went to the deck. Heard a VERY LOUD blow to my south. Then one to the north. Then it apparently circled around and surfaced less than 20 feet off my bank. Could only get one quick photo of its back. It has a very distinct dorsal fin - making me question if its a different whale than a humpback. It circled around again and did a shallow surface about 40 feet from shore. I wasn't prepared for it to do that. No other photo I.D. Very choppy water and high wind makes its blows dissipate very quickly. Never showed a fluke. Last seen heading north toward Squaxin Island. -Kim Merriman


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