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Sightings Archive - Oct 15

October 2015 Whale Sightings

Summarized Sightings map HERE


October 31

5:00 p.m. - Just saw them from Alki trending south...3 for sure, but only saw them come up twice. Too far out to identify or get pictures. -Jill Hadji

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Fred Felleman called to relay a report to him of 4 orcas, including one adult male, southbound at West Point/Discovery Park (Seattle) at approx. 4:30.

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4:00 - 4:10 p.m. - north/central Puget Sound - watched what is turning out to be a 4th whale (to Stu's 3) After last report humpback flipped and is now traveling south, shallow surfaces approx. every minute in southerly direction. Same general area as earlier post.
3:50 and 3:55 - from Stamm Overlook Park, north Edmonds saw blows of at least one whale 1.5- 2 miles south of Possession Point. Northerly travel. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network

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4:01 p.m. - north/central Puget Sound - group of three humpbacks now on north end of Sandy Lane - Kitsap side .
3:35 p.m. - repeated tail slaps by one of the three!
3:08 p.m. - humpbacks are back and forth'ing on the Kitsap side near Rose point and Elgon. As seen due west from north Edmonds. *when I first saw these I thought it was an orca pod due to number of blows! But then I saw their back and knew it was humpbacks. I think it might be three - maybe a mom and calf + 1 - they are staying close together. Last dive was southerly most close to what I believe is near Rose point
2:42 p.m. - two, maybe three humpbacks about 1.5 miles south of Point No Point heading northerly near shipping lanes Kitsap side. Whales relatively close together making seeing the blows easier.. Especially given this gusty day! -Stu Davidson

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1:20 p.m. - central Puget Sound - Charlie reports a humpback whale off the North end of Vashon Island, between Vashon and Blake Islands.

October 30

Humpback in Puget Sound. Off Point No Point, Hansville, WA. -Steve Smith

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12:30 p.m. - central Puget Sound - I saw a single humpback just south of Southworh ferry... Very near shore heading northbound. Went to Harper pier hoping to see it near Blake Island, but never saw it again. Lots of wind waves made for difficult viewing. -Noreen Ferris

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12:07 p.m. - north Puget Sound - Humpback in Saratoga Passage, mid channel, in front of Woodland Beach, Camano Island. Appeared to be heading south. Saw 4 blows, saw back and tail when he dove. Additional blows suggest several whales. -Krista Paulino

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11:27 a.m. - north Puget Sound - humpback whale appears to be sleeping at the surface. I can see its back but not doing anything but floating in one spot. East of Point No Point and east of shipping lanes. As seen from north Edmonds. -Stu Davidson

October 29

11:54 a.m. - I have a friend, Elysia, who now lives on the water in Port Townsend (lucky girl!). This is who they saw off their porch. Here are the co-ordinates they posted: so this was NW of Pt. Hudson, NW of Chetz, NW of red bell #2, between Pt Hudson and Pt. Wilson. They're excited to know the identities if anyone has any idea. I know it's a long shot. -Traci Wilson

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Orcas NW of Pt. Hudson, NW of Chetz, NW of red bell #2, between Pt Hudson and Pt. Wilson. -Elysia Hartzell

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10:50 a.m. - Saw about five , including one adult male and one female/juvenile, heading north from Port Townsend toward Point Wilson, at Point Hudson (the marina)....headed out of Admiralty. -Jen Matchem

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We received a message from 10:13 this morning from a woman reporting a pod of orcas off the south end of "the island" about 1/2 mile west of the south end ferry dock. Did not say which island but we are guessing Whidbey, and Clinton ferry dock? She said she has never seen this many before - but did not say how many or what direction they were traveling. We have left a message asking for more information, will post when we receive it - but perhaps someone should be looking in Possession Sound as well?

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8:59 a.m. - 4+Orcas with blows and tails heading north towards Double Bluff just outside Useless Bay! I'm at home I Useless Bay Shores and too far away for pictures. -Ellen Molbak Welsch

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6:00 p.m.- north Puget Sound - Marilyn Deroy is watching two humpbacks east of Point No Point, quite a ways out but with two blows almost simultaneously it must be two whales.

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- north central Puget Sound - These three whales spent the day feeding and frolicking around the Puget Sound, close shore from Hansville's Point No Point lighthouse. Rebeca Rambal
(four unique whales are seen in this video-ALB)

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3:00 p.m. - Strait of Georgia - ...2 humpbacks in straits of Georgia 1/2 way down Galiano. Seen from Safari Quest Un-cruise boat. -Bethany Ryals

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1:30-2:30 p.m. - north Puget Sound - 2 sets of overactive humpbacks around Point No Point... As we were watching them a bald eagle flew over our heads. I love this place! -Kim Page

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1:37 p.m. - north Puget Sound - Two humpbacks at Point No Point going south mid channel. Last I saw the 3 minutes ago they were right between the lighthouse and south point of Whidbey Island. -Rebeca Rambal

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11:41 a.m. - north Puget Sound - We see two humpbacks milling back and forth by Skunk Bay. We are viewing from Maxwelton on Whidbey and they appear much closer to Kitsap side. Josh and I both saw a tail on their deep dives. -Rachel and Josh Haight

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10:35 and 10:45 a.m. - north Puget Sound - Multiple blows probably ENE of Point No Point, mid-channel. Seem to be trending SE as seen from just south of Bush Point, Whidbey Island. -Howard Garrett, Orca Network

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10:08 a.m. - north Puget Sound - Whale is slightly east of shipping lane and still in line with light house and north Edmonds.
8:50 a.m. - line of sight to the humpback currently between Point No Point light house and a mile north of Edmonds ferry terminal. The whale seems in a feeding pattern milling back and forth north and south- still east of shipping lane.
8:20 a.m. - humpback east of Point No Point and east of shipping lane. Coast Guard ice breaker ship #20 just passed the whale on its port side as the ship's heading south. -Stu Davidson

October 28

CA172 westbound in the Juan de Fuca . -Mark Malleson

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5:30 p.m. - They are north of the bridge...can see them in the distance from the Narrows viewpoint at Point Defiance. -Angela Batie Carlin

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5:10 p.m. - North beyond the Narrows Bridge now. They were closer to Gig Harbor side. There were five as best we could count.
4:57 p.m. - Just passing under the Narrows bridge northbound. -Jill Clogston

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4:50 p.m. - orcas passing Narrows park now! -Brittany Gordon

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4:45 p.m. - with the Transients just south of the Narrows Bridge, from Titlow Beach. -Belen Schneider

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4:45 p.m. -Transients heading north towards the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. -Brandie Hassing

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4:45 p.m. - My son who is on Fox Island pier reported two male orcas passed by...says moving slow with no true direction. -Wayne McFarland

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4:47 p.m. - Still south of Narrows bridge trending north. Closer to Gig Harbor side..
4:35 p.m. - About 5 off Titlow heading north. -Jill Clogston

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4:35 p.m. - Two male orcas heading north just due west of the Narrows Marina right now...there may be as many as six. -Andrea Hennings

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3:45p.m. - On the ferry from Anderson Island to Steilacoom, just saw two blows repeatedly heading north toward the Narrows bridge. This corroborates the update I got from a ferry worker that the Captain saw 2 Orca heading North past McNeil this afternoon. -Belen Schneider

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1:00 p.m. - Saw 4 orcas in Rocky Bay, north end Case Inlet...they were here 2 days in a row! -Lance Bottcher

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12:50 p.m. - Orcas, about 7, southbound in Case Inlet past Joemma. -Courtney Turk

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Strait of Juan de Fuca - Humpback near Race Rocks. -Mark Malleson

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4:17 p.m. - central Puget Sound - Humpback breaching between Shilshole and Bainbridge. Observed from Sunset Hill park above Shilshole. 7-9 full breaches just NE of yellow mid channel buoy southbound towards West Point. We watched for about 40 min. Then lost sight of whale after a long dive. -Lance King

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North central Puget Sound - 2 humpback adults blowing and diving at Point No Point tonight from 3:55 until dusk. I was out walking at Point No Point today from 3:55pm until after 5:00pm and saw two large adult Humpbacks feeding together. They were blowing and diving fairly shallow which gave me the opportunity to see most of their bodies. Wow! What a show! They were moving south of the lighthouse, across in front of the lighthouse and over to Norwegian Point and back again. A few times they were quite close to the beach because the tide was in. Amazingly, beautiful animals! -Jann Clare

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1:45 p.m. - central Puget Sound - Just spotted Humpback whale at west side of Blake Island near Manchester off NW shore near Sandy Beach. -Noelle Morris

October 27

SUCCESS! Bigg's killer whale in Case Inlet. After four hours, I was on my way home and just happened to look right as I made the final stretch into Pierce County along Case Inlet and boom! I caught a dorsal out of the corner of my eye. I did a u-turn and parked on the side of the road, then ran up to a guy with a waterfront house and asked if I could use his yard to take pictures. He was very cool about it, and even went to look at them from his deck. I was treated to a twilight show by a male, female, and a baby.

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New calf J53 and J17 tonight in Haro Strait. -Heather MacIntyre

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K26 headed back to San Juan Island in the evening. -Mark Malleson

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Lots of calls right now (7:21 PST) on OrcaSound. -Nicole Soulodre

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6:50 -7:29 p.m. - listened to a lot of calls on Orca Sound hydrophone, Js and . -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network

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6:30 p.m. - Listening to some great orca calls on the OrcaSound hydrophone -Susan Berta, Orca Network

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6:20 - Calls on OrcaSound. -Howard Garrett, Orca Network

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5:15 - 5:55 p.m. via the webcam, watched SRKWs stream past Lime Kiln northbound... -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network

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5:30 p.m. - Orca sighting, west side San Juan island on Aerie drive Jpod? -Sharmon Auge

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5:09 p.m. - I see some activity on the Lime Kiln web cam!! -Leeda Funderburk

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J17 and J53 east bound past Trial Island late afternoon. Three days after J53 was first seen in Haro Strait. -Mark Malleson

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2:50 p.m. - Woohooooo! Lots of residents inbound! Hoping I'll see the new calf! -John Boyd

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A pod of 4-5 Bigg's/Transient orcas with a youngster were traveling north towards Allyn /Victor this evening at 5:30. One had a huge dorsal fin. -Erin Ewald

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4:00 p.m. - Four or maybe five orcas were in Pickering Passage today. There were two adults and two or three young ones. We saw them moving northbound to the east of Jarell Cove. We watched them approach then pass us, but we could not see them beyond McLane Cove. -Kevin Stoops

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3:35 p.m. - Orcas heading North in Pickering Passage towards N. Top of Harstene Island. -Brandon Grevstad

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12:25 p.m. - There are seven of them. They are currently heading north past Stretch Island (Where Pickering Passage meets Case Inlet- ID'd as the T90s and the T101s) -Kim Merriman

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11:05 a.m. - They came back and now they're right off Harstine point where Pickering and Case Inlet come together. There's a boat near them.
8:51 a.m. - There are at least five Orcas cruising down the middle of Pickering Passage - just off the tip of Harstine Point and headed toward the bridge. There was at least one juvenile and one that seemed exceptionally large. -Ruby Luby

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5:33 p.m. - north/central Puget Sound - Humpbacks have moved closer to Bush Point, Whidbey. You can see them feeding from point no point.
5:18 p.m. - Two humpbacks at Point No Point. Feeding with no direction of travel. Just north of the beach closer to Kitsap side of channel. -Diane Iverson

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5:00 p.m. - central Puget Sound - Spotted one of the humpbacks that has been hanging around Blake Island for the last week off the NW side of the island. -Paul Ruppert

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4:43 p.m. - central Puget Sound - Just got off work and decided to stop by Manchester to see if I could spot the humpback, YUP!! their she blows on the west side tip of Blake Island and moving toward Bainbridge... -Kathe Bradley

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2:05 p.m. - central Puget Sound - watching 20+ dolphins/porpoise in Yukon harbor! Still seeing the humpback in the same spot also
1:42 p.m. - it's on the middle of the west side of Blake island, heading south.
12:33 p.m. - lots of tail lobbing and huge splashing going on same area
12:21 p.m. - Watching the humpback on the north west tip of Blake island again today! It's headed south -Brittany Gordon

October 26

6:00 p.m. - someone posted to the Anderson Islander's FB page around 6pm that they saw them heading south past Lyle Point. -Belen Schneider

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5:00 p.m. - Two large male Orcas were observed near Ketron island moving south at a quick pace. One Orca partially breached creating a big splash very near shore, and then both Orcas appeared to be circling the area while along side each other for a couple minutes. They both appeared to move south of Ketron and disappeared. -Taylor Frierson

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4:55 p.m. - Two male orcas off the West beach of Ketron Island. -Andrea Hennings

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3:00 p.m. - north/central Puget Sound - One, maybe two humpbacks off Point-no-Point. -Peach Stebbins

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2:33 p.m. - central Puget Sound - Watching a humpback on the south tip of Blake Island for the past 15 minutes. (whale is on the south west side of the island) -Brittany Gordon

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3:00 p.m. - 2 humpbacks in Jervis inlet E. Of Texada Island... -Bethany Ryals

October 25

California Transients- CA172 and CA173 in the Juan de Fuca Strait -Mark Malleson

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CA166 west bound in the Juan de Fuca. -Mark Malleson

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6:00 p.m. - Left the orcas passing Evergreen Park, Bremerton- headed back out of Dyes Inlet. They stopped under Warren Ave. Bridge and played- lots of tail slaps and big splashes. Heard they were seen at Beachman park after that. -Katie Schmelzer

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5:30 p.m. - 4 orcas in Dyes inlet. They checked it out and are leaving. An awesome sight. -Kari Wright

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5:00 p.m. - Saw at least 4 coming out of Dyes Inlet, south of Tracyton and across from Rocky Point. -Ann Aoki Becker

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I'm so thankful for this page. Orca network has brought our whole community together today to watch the whales. I met so many new people and had so much fun. We got to follow the orcas from Olalla this morning out to Silverdale and back until 6pm when they went under the manette bridge.
5:24 p.m. - orcas just passed Lions Park headed towards Manette bridge.
4:30 p.m. - orcas still in Dyes Inlet, mid channel appear to be headed back to Tracyton. -Brittany Gordon

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Last I saw was at 4:30 and they were near heading toward Tracyton from Silverdale. Haven't heard anything since. -Matthew Scheer

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4:25 p.m. - Passed right by Boat Shed Restaurant and under Manette Bridge! -Alicia Harck

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3:18 p.m. - Several Orcas at Bremerton. Headed north up the Washington Narrows toward Silverdale. Lots of tail slaps, turning upside down, and spyhops. -Rick Snodgrass

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3:29 p.m. - watching orcas from Traycton they are mid channel headed towards Silverdale.
3:01 p.m. - Just went under the Manette Bridge. -Brittany Gordon

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3:05 p.m. - Just spotted 3 going through into Bremerton under the bridge. -Maxine Knight Byers

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Reported sighting in Bremerton at 3pm going past the Manette Bridge. -Layren Eli Oldfield

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2:50 p.m. - I was catch and release cutthroat fishing and turned around to tie on a new lure. Finished and turned around to a pod or orcas swimming by. Two large males and possibly a calf lost them as they neared Tracyton and Silverdale. -Matthew Scheer

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3:10 p.m. - Orcas heading up Port Washington Narrows - Bremerton. Jus now saw 4 - 5 orcas swimming up Port Washington Narrows toward Silverdale. -Cheryl Creelman

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3:07 p.m. - Maxine Byers reports the orcas going under the Bremerton bridge into Bremerton.

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Breaching Orca in Port Washington Narrows, approaching Dyes Inlet. We saw one orca swimming swiftly under the Manette Bridge toward Silverdale and Dyes Inlet from between Bremerton and E Bremerton. -Ellen Johnson

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2:10 p.m. - At least 3 orcas on south side of Bainbridge Island on ferry route. Saw 1 male, 1 calf and one too far away to be sure of gender. -Kristine Teets

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1:00 p.m. - Tim Ferris reports 8 or 9 orcas in Colvos passage heading north.

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1:33 p.m. - Watching humpback and orcas from Harper Pier, Olympia. Orcas might be headed into Bremerton. Still traveling north.
12:56 p.m. - Seeing orcas from south of the Southworth ferry dock. Still headed north closer to Vashon Island.
Noon - 15+ orcas just passed Prospect Point in Colvos Passage headed north. -Brittany Gordon

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11:50 a.m. - Donna Sibbers called to report seing 3+ orcas heading north up Colvos Passage near Pt. Richmond, including 2 possible males. They also saw two huge sea lions 1/2 mile away, chasing porpoise (or maybe they were all fleeing from the orcas if they are Transients?!).

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Noon - they passed Lisabeula headed north. Making steady progress but not moving too fast.
11:34 a.m. - Just below Lisabuela being followed by boats way too close...also saw two dolphins trailing behind the 4 orcas and not too far back. Dolphins were also headed north up Colvos. -Lark Pelling

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11:12 a.m. - Believe I saw them from Owen beach near gig harbor side. Only once no direction of travel yet. -Jill Clogston

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10:26 a.m. - Just spotted a pod of orcas by Point Defiance! About 4-5, were traveling from east to west from around Tacoma Port towards west tip of Point Defiance. No idea if they were transients or residents. -Momoko Hozumi Shiga

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9:30 a.m. - Two orcas spotted off the east coastline of Maury Island. Believe they were 2 males. -Susanna DeBell

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These photos (T49C and T77A, T101A - male born 1993, T102 - male born 1984) were taken about 9:15am in Colvos Passage at the southern end of Vashon. They spent about 45 min. around the area. Fun to watch! -Ann Marie Crisalli Eberhart

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9:10 a.m. - Carl Selves at Gold Beach, Vashon Island, reporting two large male orcas traveling past Gold Beach heading south quickly.

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Close encounter with breaching Humpback near Race Rocks. -Mark Malleson

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North/central Puget Sound - Saw half a dozen humpbacks about 2NM south of Scatchet Head off Whidbey Is. Did not appear to be traveling as they were doing doughnuts in the same areas. Within a mile or 2 of that general area. -Nathan Witherly

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North/central Puget Sound - The humpback from Point No Point about 3:30. Traveled north. It came up twice, just about 200 yards from shore. -Marilyn DeRoy

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Central Puget Sound Humpback still hanging around the south side of Blake Island. Two Orca's spotted of the west side of Blake Island. Humpbacks appear to have been feeding in this area for a week. We have seen them in front of the marina on the east side as well. Orcas were passing through, headed north on the west side of Blake Island. This is second hand information from park visitor. -Paul Ruppert

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2:07 p.m. - central Puget Sound - Humpback just took a deep dive off the south tip of Blake Island.
1:51 p.m. - Humpback is headed south towards the (Southworth) ferry dock now. Orcas went towards Bainbridge Island.
1:39 p.m. - watching orca and humpback from Harper pier! -Brittany Gordon

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2:00 p.m. - north/central Puget Sound - Whale (not an orca) off President Point, Kitsap in shipping lanes south of channel marker, may be moving north. -Joanne Graves

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Eastern Juan de Fuca Strait Humpback whale lunge feeding near Smith Island (in the background) this afternoon. -Sara Hysong-Shimazu

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This lunge feeding humpback picked up a seal on it's bottom jaw as it rolled during feeding. Smith Island is in the background. -Connie Bickerton,

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Lunge feeding humpback whale. The huge gulp of herring is visible as is a harbor seal that appears to be tumbling out of the whale's mouth. West of Smith Island this afternoon. -James Gresham

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Minke whale near Smith Island. -Sara Hysong-Shimazu

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Two Humpbacks in Haro Strait. Right off Smugglers Cove. I heard them before I saw them. -Laura Goode

October 24

J53 with J17 in the morning north of Kellett Bluff. -Mark Malleson

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Super excited another new calf born to the Southern Resident Killer Whales. Welcome little J53 we believe born to J17. What an amazing year for the Southern Residents! -Simon Pidcock

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Welcome to the beautiful world little J53 - Haro Strait, west side San Juan Island. -Heather MacIntyre

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L91 Muncher and her calf L122 (now 2nd youngest SRKW) - Haro Strait south of Lime Kiln. -James Gresham

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2:15 p.m. - So great to hear all three pods on the hydrophones today! Still hearing J pod calls. -Susan Berta, Orca Network

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1:55 p.m. - watched them passing the lighthouse for over an hour, and they are still coming from the north! All spread out still. -Joanne Schlund

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1:28 p.m. - Mewly calls (Ks) on Oercasound now. -Howard Garrett, Orca Network

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1:15-2:05 p.m. - vocals continuous since this morning, hearing S1, S37, S7, whistles. Occasional visuals on web cam including breach.
12:40 p.m. - hearing S1 calls and sounds like S17 calls. J pod is in the area too.
12:29 p.m. - vocals continue on OS while others are visible on the webcam aimed at Lime Kiln. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network

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11:07 a.m. - Viewing from Lime Kiln... Residents spread all the way across Haro southbound, not at the park yet, but can see them approaching. A crisp autumn morning out on the rocks at Lime Kiln, and when one of the youngest members of the Southern Residents surfaces next to his mom, for a moment the world is perfect. -Monika Wieland

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10:47 a.m. - After a long journey north, SRKWs are back on the west side of San Juan Island. Hearing, so far anyways, at least members of Ks and Ls live on OrcaSound hydrophone. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network

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Saw 5-6 Orcas, perhaps with a baby, heading into Findlayson Arm off the Saanich Inlet around 7pm Saturday, Oct 24. -Rhona McLevy Maguire

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5:03 p.m. - central Puget Sound - its mid way between Blake island just took a deep dive.
4:55 p.m. - Humpback is off of the south west tip of Blake island right now! -Brittany Gordon

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3:35 p.m. - central Puget Sound - Washington State Ferries called to report a whale that has been hanging around Southworth is there again this afternoon. (likely the/a humpback)

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1:25 p.m. - north/central Puget Sound - Just saw a humpback dive just off the lighthouse at Point No Point, looks like 2 possibly. -Laura Heindselman

October 23

T069C leaving a trail of harbour seal crumbs for the gulls in the morning at the southern tip of Vancouver Island. -Mark Malleson

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Noon - How about this... transient T069C tossing a seal about 80 ft into the air! Quite a scene! I took Island Adventure out of Port Angeles and saw a couple of them at noon just over the Canadian border. -Rebeca Rambal

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T069C just after launching a harbor seal about eighty feet into the air. Sometimes the magnitude of a moment is best captured zoomed out! -Heather MacIntyre

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5:35 p.m. - humpback breaching (repeatedly) and tail slapping south east of Point No Point. West of north Edmonds about 2 miles
4:54 p.m. - north most whale just south east from Point No Point last roll n dive heading towards the lighthouse, still near shipping lane
4:20 p.m. - looks to be at least two, maybe three, between Point No Point and midway to Kingston.
4:08 p.m. - humpback south of Point No Point near Elgon - charter boat nearby but keeping a good distance. Just arched into a deep dive heading southerly. -Stu Davidson

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12:20 pm - north/central Puget Sound - Off Hansville saw blows then 3 spectacular breaches, almost certain a humpback. Appeared to be moving southerly toward the lighthouse. Still looking but not seen anything again for several minutes. -Paul Hebert

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Humpback fluke - Juan de Fuca Strait, between Port Angeles and Victoria. We saw around 7 Humpbacks on the way, a couple very close to where the transients were. -Rebeca Rambal

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1:49 p.m. - central Puget Sound - Now off the Sand Bar at the NW tip of Blake heading for Bremerton Ferry Lane.
1:38 p.m. - It's making it's way north again, mid channel between Blake Island and Harper/Southworth
12:24 p.m. - Unless there's two, it's now between Blake Island & Manchester, about mid channel heading south towards Southworth. Small white sail boat trying to catch up to it.
11:51 a.m. - Just saw it dive off the NW tip of Blake Island, mid channel. -Melissa Bird
9:38 a.m. - central Puget Sound - My friend Scott just called to tell me the Humpback is off Manchester ( off Olympiad Dr. Between Southworth & Harper) still, and that he thinks there are 3 of them today. He is seeing blows too far apart to be the same Whale. I asked if he thought the others could be the dolphins, and he said he doesn't think so. Closer to the Kitsap side but heading towards Blake Island. -Melissa Bird

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10:30 a.m. - central Puget Sound - Pretty certain we saw one head north past Blake on the western side. -Kate Calamatta

October 22

4:00 p.m. - spotted humpback south of Blake, north of Vashon, just off Southworth dock. -Kristen

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3:00 p.m. - Looks like a humpback, west side of Blake close to Southworth terminal, heading north at quick pace. Have some grainy pics with fluke splash will post later. On Tullikum -Wayne McFarland

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12:07 p.m. - It's not an orca. I just can't tell if maybe humpback or gray? I don't have a good enough camera to get it from where I am. I am at the Harper Pier. (confirmed humpback). -Ashley Yorba

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11:50 a.m. - I first spotted it (humpback) from the window at my house, then jumped in the car and saw it at a viewpoint from shore (which is where I took this photo) We live in North Nanaimo. The picture was taken from a location called Rocky Point #2. It is the 12th whale I've seen from home in the last year. But all of the other whales were Orcas so seeing a new one was extra exciting! -Adrienne Lacroix

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11:01 a.m. - The whale was back for over an hour going back and forth by Blake Island, but hard to tell what kind it is from the Harper Pier. Hope the whale comes back. -Molly Rainey

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This was posted this morning on one of our local community pages: Looks like our "guest" whale is still here... sited near the southwest part of Blake Island this morning about 9:10 am today (Thursday)! -Ronda Barrow Hempler

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3:00 p.m. - central Puget Sound Humpback near Blake Island...it was a long way out. -Wayne McFarland

October 21

Needless to say it was an epic afternoon and evening. K and L pod Southern Resident killer whales in Blackfish Sound after an afternoon of foraging on chum salmon. -Jared Towers of DFOs Cetacean Research Program

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I42, I108, I33, I45 and I62 Northern Resident killer whales in front of Orcalab on Hanson Island. When this photo was taken K and L pod Southern Resident killer whales were less than two miles behind them. -Jared Towers of DFOs Cetacean Research Program

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Both Southern (K and L pods) and Northern (I35, I68, I13, A34 and A36 matrilines) Residents were in Blackfish Sound off northern Vancouver Island this evening! More details on the encounter are provided HERE (and copied in this report below) -Jared Towers of DFOs Cetacean Research Program

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(copy of the report by Helena and Paul, Orca Lab, as provided at the link above)
Multiple pod calls audbile. Last night Barbara and David heard and identified southern resident orcas in Johnstone Strait. They had been seen earlier in the afternoon near Ripple Point making their way north. Then this afternoon Jared called to say the southern residents were off Donegal Head. Very soon after we heard calls! But the calls were northern G clan calls, specifically I31/I11 type calls!!! What the??? We told Jared. He said "seriously?" because he was looking at southern residents clustered together behind a tug heading into Blackfish Sound. We could hear the southerns but the G clan calls sounded closer. Jared then reported that there was a group close to Flower Island. Was this the G clan group? They then came into view. Jared followed this group in and identified them as a mix of I31s and I11s. (northern G clan orcas) As he followed this group he watch the southern residents move close to Burnt Point on the Hanson Island side and soon they were in our view. There were a lot of southern residents!!!! The northerns chose to stay on the far shore almost parallel to the southerns who moved to mid channel. The vocals dropped off. The groups progressed through the Pass and out of view. Whew! So beautiful! So unusual, once in a lifetime! But it was not all yet over. We had seen another group over on the far shore and eventually this group made their way into Blackney well after the others. It turned out to be the A34s with A46!. There was just enough light to see them and Jared came back to do a quick confirmation before heading home. Southern and northern residents are not known to mix and this was a close. So amazing, we are all blown away and thankful too. -Helena & Paul

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U039 Bigg's/Transient orca, in the Juan de Fuca. -Mark Malleson

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This evening I was paddle boarding near Blake Island when an Orca came fishing nearby. The whale stayed in the harbor for nearly an hour. It was magical. I also heard that there was a grey whale in the same area this morning. She was alone. She was large. When she breathed it sounded like a freight train. She was diving, swimming back and forth, and slapping her tail. At first she was in the ferry lane then eventually swam toward Manchester/Bainbridge. A guy on a sail boat said the whale was chasing Coho Salmon in the ferry lane. He saw her too. When the whale returned 30~40 minutes later a fisherman was witnessing her as well. A woman and her son on shore in South worth could see her too. She was Definitely larger than a porpoise or dolphin...it was a magnificent whale. I am so happy and honored to have seen her. -Gina O'Brien

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Humpback whale reported feeding at Pier 50 at 5:00pm. -Kelly Keenan

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4:00 p.m. - spotted a whale west of Elliott Bay Marina constantly jumping tail up. Worried he might be caught in gill net. -Fay Alm

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4:45 p.m. - a pair of humpbacks 2-3 miles NW of Edmonds. -Sherman Page

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2:00 p.m. - Lunge feeding humpback near Hein Bank. -Sara Hysong-Shimazu

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Bumpy Humpback in near Hein Bank. -Rachel Haight

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...we saw a couple humpbacks, the fin whale, a minke, and the cutest harbor seal feasting on a bait ball. Hein Bank. -Rachel Haight

October 20

Wow 2 days in a October with over 50 Southern Resident orcas is very cool! When we first arrived with them at 1230 they were leaping and spy hopping, tail lobbing and barrel rolling. K35 Sonata (left, male born 2002) with his niece and nephew K36 Yoda (middle, born 2003) and K26 Lobo (right, born 1993) K44 Ripple (male - born 2011), K16 Opus (female - born 1985), K21 Cappucino (born 1986)....very happy full belly Orca me thinks! We left approximately 50 Southern residents at Ripple Point heading north in Johnstone Strait at 1600hrs. -Nick Templeman

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T049C and T077A in Parry Bay during a harbour seal kill near Victoria - -Mark Malleson

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10:09 p.m. - It's a bit odd but on Camano at northern end of Mabana, since 7 pm I've heard blows and tail slaps. Too dark to see much so no idea what sort of whale it is and I think maybe 2 but not 100% sure it is 2. Definitely whale though. Very close to shore. Its been here for almost 3 hours. Too bad we don't have a full moon. -Sally Olin

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Humpbacks (at least 4 different humpbacks at once) have been active last couple days off Whidbey Island. -Toby Black

October 19

After a 15 mile run to the south of Victoria, BC...A humpback BCZ0131 named Gnarly! I've never seen Gnarly...Another first. She has the most amazing fluke I've ever seen! -Jim Maya

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2:10 p.m. - we've been watching what thought, and now confirmed is 2 humpbacks...moving back and forth in same general area as 1:35 report. Went south about a mile now back on northerly pattern.
1:35 p.m. - we see humpback (w/white on fluke) milling around approx. 2 miles west of us and 2 miles south of Cultus Bay. Viewing from Sunset Ave, just north of Edmonds ferry Sightline looking at Double Bluff, way too far for photos. -Alisa & Ed

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1:11 p.m. - Spotting a humpback at Point-No-Point, Kitsap from the lighthouse. Sarah Roderick Fitch

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9:58 a.m. - At least one Humpback is visible off the south end of Whidbey this morning. I'm watching from Edmonds and it's extremely distant. Lots of blows made me wonder if there's two. -Alex Wilson

October 18

...We found members of J, K and L pods in bound/foraging south of Cape Mudge lighthouse(north end of Georgia St, south end of Johnstone St.) by approximately 2 miles. Once on scene, we started scanning and as far as 4 miles away we were seeing dorsal fins! In 20 years of operating I have never witnessed all 3 pods together, nor have I ever seen them come up this way ALL together, usually its smaller sub pods. L115 and L47, L72 Racer and K14 Lea, L91 in the foreground, L83. There were many chum salmon showing on the surface, lots of surface foraging behavior from the orcas. About 15 animals shot off and surfed towards the cape at 15 knots or more. We left the pods foraging together on Chum salmon not 2 miles south of Cape Mudge @ 1800hrs! Janeen Templeman and I had a once in a lifetime encounter! -Nick Templeman

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We found a mom (left) and calf (right) humpback pair in Rosario Strait and later found a pod of Dall's porpoise. The calf tail slapped several times, and as if in response, mom threw her tail in the air. It was chilly and gray, but the water was unbelievably flat calm. -Rachel Haight

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4:07 p.m. - Just saw 2 Minke whales off of Marrowstone Point! -Lindsay Walker

October 17

15:23 - SRKW Orca heading North between Cape Lazo and Vivian Island, Georgia Strait. There are dozens of them spread out across the strait. -Bill Coltart, Pacific Pro Dive (via Whales & Dolphins BC Sightings)

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T049C and T077A near Port Townsend today seemed like he was checking us out and its actually one of the few photos I've gotten where you can clearly "see" the eye. Orcas have visual acuity very similar to humans above the surface and in clear conditions underwater, they can see up to 100 feet in front of them! -Rene Beitzel

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One of "The Twins", TO49C or T077A, spyhopping near Port Townsend. -James Gresham

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12:32 p.m. - And again, now going west toward Protection Island. We are now off Violet Spit where there's a harbor seal haul out.
11:34 am.m - Changed direction again. Now heading east.
11:14 a.m. - They've just changed and heading west now toward Protection Island.
11:05 a.m. - T49C and T77A heading for Pt. Wilson. -Renee Beitzel, Chilkat

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4:11 p.m. - appears to be three more humpbacks more north in the Elgon area.. Four out there?!
3:56 p.m. - the humpback almost made it to Apple Cove Point (north of Kingston) now turned back northerly toward Eglon. Couple pleasure boats mirroring at a good distance. -Stu Davidson

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2:27 p.m. - Chilkat just left humpback off Point-No-Point. Milling mid channel but closer to Kitsap side. -Renee Beitzel

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2:23 p.m. - So cool!! First humpback whales I've ever seen!! At Point-No-Point. -James Whiting

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1:30 p.m. - Another humpback near Point No Point ...this one is traveling south between Point No Point and Eglon close to Kitsap side.
1:08 p.m. - Humpback at Point No Point. Feeding just north of the lighthouse in between fishing boat. -Dianne Iverson

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Noon - We were out near the Gig Harbor lighthouse today and could see him in the distance by Pt. Defiance. He had an entourage of boats watching him. -Allison Stites Heaton

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8:55 a.m. - Possible sighting of the humpback next to Tacoma yacht club going north. (Dalco Passage, near Point Defiance Ferry) Caught a glimpse before it went out of our view. -Ronda Walters

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11:40 a.m. - I am aboard the sea wolf heading south thru Admiralty Inlet and we just spotted a minke just north of Bush Point closer to west side. No direction of travel. Feeding. -Dianne Iverson Cape Flattery Sighting, 3 humpbacks and 1 minke...at the Cape Flattery lookout there were two humpbacks an adult and youth (I was unable to identify without a fluke showing) hanging around between about 6:30am until heading into the strait around 1:30pm. Another humpback cruised by along with a minke and porpoises. What a wonderful treat! -Brittany Foxley

October 16

12:19 - 39 SRKW Orca heading North off Bowen Island headed for Texada Island, Georgia Strait. ?K-pod, and 20 from L-pod. -Simon Pidcock, Cowichan (via Whales & Dolphins BC Sightings)

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1:45 p.m. - Thought someone might be interested in these new rake marks on K35s left dorsal. These were taken Oct 16 between the North Arm of the Fraser River and Sandheads at 13:45. He was with K13s, K21, L90 and L92 but more that I could not ID were about. Pretty sure L122 and his family were about too. Mostly travel pretty spread out but they came together and headed East at the North Arm. There were some half breaches and tail slaps going on. -Kathryn Taylor

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5:30 p.m. - Pretty sure the transient "twins" T49C and T77A went through Spieden channel. I just got home and by the time I saw them around 6 PM they were by Sentinel and seemed to be heading west. -Peggy Mauro

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BCZ0298 (AKA Split Fin) and an un identified humpback in Swanson's Channel today. -Heather MacIntyre

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4:30 p.m. - 1 humpback whale and 1 Pacific white-sided dolphin...We've been hearing reports from friends about a humpback whale and its dolphin friend in south Colvos Passage for about 6 weeks. We went out on our sailboat hoping for a sighting. We spent about 30 minutes watching them roll, breach, and investigate boats (including ours). We capture many cool photos, including two that show the dolphin jumping over the top of the whale! We understand that both humpbacks and Pacific white sides are rare in the south Sound. The dolphin seems healthy -- VERY full of energy, speed, and social curiosity, porpoising over the humpback. Can't vouch for the health of the whale, but it was very active. -Cheryl Mikkelborg

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1:25 p.m. - At Point No Point saw a humpback just off the lighthouse. Saw blow and great tail view as it dove. Haven't seen reappear after several minutes. No known direction of travel. -Paul Hebert

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12:40 p.m. - Humpback milling mid channel off Owen's Beach. (Point Defiance, Tacoma). -Rick Oppegaard

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9:18 a.m. - Humpback spotted heading north just a bit south of Gig Harbor entrance. Slow rolls and slow pace. -Dino Martini

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We had been enjoying watching a humpback out in the Colvos passage for about two weeks, starting on Labor Day...humpback is back with his little dolphin for about a week now and seems very happy eating, swimming, and breaching out in the Colvos. -Claudia Tolar

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4:30 p.m. - Pacific white-sided dolphin jumping over the top of the top of the humpback whale...The dolphin seems healthy , VERY full of energy, speed, and social curiosity. Colvos Passage. -Cheryl Mikkelborg

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4:30-5:30 p.m. - We spent about 30 minutes watching them (humpback and PWSDs) roll, breach, and investigate boats (including ours). We capture many cool photos, including two that show the dolphin jumping over the top of the whale! Her/his unique dorsal and pec fin notches tell us this is the same dolphin who has been report in south Puget Sound area since at least August of 2014. -Cheryl Mikkelborg

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October 15

5:45 p.m. - Stunning evening on the water with the J22s, J16s, and a humpback whale! A tender moment between J36 Alki and her son J52 Sonic off of Kellett Bluffs. Many photos to follow, including of J50 and J52 being cute. We left J22s and J16s slowly Northbound at Kellett (with a humpback!). We heard there were more south but never saw any others. -Monika Wieland

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5:18 p.m. - Now they're only on Lime Kiln. Lots of boat noise.
4:40 p.m. - On Orcasound now. -Renee Beitzel

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2:20 p.m. - SRKW calls live on Lime Kiln hydrophone. -Alisa, ON

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This is second hand info from my son: 2 possible orcas (large) close to Lagoon Point jetty heading northbound around 6:30 p.m. -Patricia Prochaska

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About 5:30 p.m. - 4 orcas traveling north, in front of Windmill Heights. (Freeland, Whidbey Island, north end Mutiny Bay). -Dennis Allen

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5:03-5:10 p.m. - This is just to report 2 very, very large orcas just traveled by in front of our house at the top of the north face of Double Bluff, my sighting as they were passing the green navigation buoy to the left (south) heading north towards Bush Point. They were maintaining a distance of about 400 yards off the shore, surfacing together about every 50 to 100 yards. In no hurry, just slowly/moderately passing along. By the time I got the camera and tripod out to record, by the time I had found them on the screen and focused they submerged and did not rise again. The sound of their breathing was clearly heard and caused our two dogs to bark at them. This did not seem to disturb them in any way; most likely since we are some 85' above the shore and water. -Michael Moore

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Stunning evening on the water with a humpback whale off Henry Island. -Monika Wieland

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5:30 p.m. - Hi there! We are new to the area, so please forgive me that I don't know exact locations. Tonight, around 5:30 we were on the beach in Mukilteo near the lighthouse and saw 2 whales, near Whidbey Island. I thought they were Gray Whales at first, but upon research I discovered they were humpbacks. They were heading south, then heading north, then heading south again. Moving slowly and showing their tails. It was wonderful. When we left, they seemed to be heading north. -Holly C Cook

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4:20 p.m. - A humpback 2-3 miles SSW of Scatchet Head. From Sunset Ave N in Edmonds, it is line of sight with Double Bluff. -Sherman Page

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2:30 p.m. - Humpback of the tip of Point Defiance, Tacoma. -Rick Oppegaard

October 14

CA173/U031 and CA166/U033 in the Juan de Fuca. -Mark Malleson

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These two boys are affectionately called "The Twins" and are known to researchers as T77A and T49C. They're actually not related but are frequently seen traveling together. But it's not just that that's earned them their nickname, they also have very similar notches in their dorsal fins. Today they were seen heading north in Rosario Strait and spent some time hunting at Lummi Rocks. -Sara Hysong-Shimazu

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1:20 p.m. - spotted 6 adult orca (3 were very large males fin maybe 6 ft) passing the east side of Fox island heading south. They passed within 60 to 80' from shore. I was so close I could have thrown my fish line over there back, wow! They were traveling toward the Nisqually valley. -Edward Kruger

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12:30 p.m. - Spotted four transient orcas, two male, female, and calf feeding between Point Defiance and Gig Harbor. We were with a group of 6th graders on a Foss Waterway Seaport educational boat trip. -Jim Christensen
(Looks like the T101s per Melisa Pinnow)

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10:20 AM - Sighting of two Orcas. Spotted two orcas from Gold Beach (Vashon) about mid-channel between Gold Beach and Dash Point State Park. One large dorsal, other smaller, but could not tell from scale if it was male and female or female and juvenile. Heading south slowly and staying down for long periods. One possible male. -Debbie Miller

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9:15 a.m. - Transients in Friday Harbor. -Monika Wieland

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5:47 p.m. - Just drove across the Tacoma Narrows bridge heading west and saw a humpback below. -Beverly Varela

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5:29 p.m. - The humpback is currently mid channel, off of Possession Beach heading southwest slowly, towards Possession Point. -Tiffany Reynolds

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4:12 p.m. - Humpback spotted in Bellingham Channel west of Guemes Island. -Crystal Mervyn

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3:50 p.m. - Two Humpbacks heading north directly across from Lighthouse Park in Mukilteo, closer to Whidbey Island. -Peg Bohan

October 13

"Tres Generations" L047, L091 and L122 south west past Hein Bank. -Mark Malleson

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The newest orca kiddo to the Southern Residents, L122 with mom L91. He seemed to have lots of energy today! Those are both a gilnet & a purse seiner net in the background. There was lots of fishing going on in the whale's primary forage habitat off the west side of San Juan Island. I am always amazed at how effortless the whales navigate the lay of the nets. K35 "Sonata" does a half breach with San Juan Island in the background. I haven't seen J2 "Granny" for a while, but here she is! An absolutely GORGEOUS day on the water today! It's October right?!? Beautiful encounter with some Js, Ks, and Ls! -Traci Walter

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J Pod member "kelping". It strung this piece of kelp along for a while! L122 - Newest member of the resident community, he is certainly finding his independence, although he is still quite small. - Haro Strait -Heather MacIntyre

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1:50 p.m. - watching dorsals and blows of southbound whales on the webcam aimed at Lime Kiln lighthouse. -Alisa, ON

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1:37 p.m. - Orcas now visible on the Lime Kiln webcam. -Jann Clare

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1:35 p.m. - Faint calls on Lime Kiln, in between the boat noise. -Wayne McFarland

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1:30 p.m. - I got to check in with the youngest member of the Southern Resident Community this afternoon at Lime Kiln - that's L91 Muncher with her calf L122. I think members of all three pods- definitely Ks and greater L4s, but thought I saw J19s too. Many waaaay offshore but some closer to Lime Kiln.
11:45 a.m. - Residents on OrcaSound hydrophone. -Monika Wieland

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1:15 p.m. - 4 orcas (including 1 adult male) observed traveling east between County Park and Lime Kiln. Viewed with a scope from my deck. I do believe there was a baby alongside one of the females but I was too far away to be certain. -Michelline Halliday

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11:25 a.m. - More than 30 residents southbound feeding at the north end of Haro Strait. From Turn Point to Henry island. -Dianne Dee Iverson

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9:53 a.m. - 30 plus residents approaching Turn Point, southbound.
9:27 a.m. - Large group of residents strung out between Saturna and Waldron Islands, 15 plus. -Kimber Owen

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6:30 p.m. - Saw 4 orcas at Fort Worden beach at very tip near lighthouse. (Point Wilson) Looked like they were eating or trying to catch food along sand bank about 40-50 feet from shore. One was quite small & none really big. Awesome!! -Christina Brinch

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11:24 a.m. - Had a run in literally with a stellar sea lion, we think they got a chunk but sea lion got away, twins still heading South, more mid channel, veering towards Olympic Peninsula side.
10:08.The "twins" T049C and T077A in Admiralty Inlet nearing Bush Point. -Janine Harles

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11:20 a.m. - they (T49C & T77A) are still just south of Marrowstone. -Dennis Allen

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We saw this family (T101s) off Minor Island Tuesday afternoon! -Annette Colombini

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Marie Waterman of WA State Ferries shared a report of 6 - 8 orcas (other report included T101s in this area) southbound in Rosario Strait, just off Thatcher Pass, at 11:05 am .

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11:11 a.m. - now heading south, tight together, side by side.
11:05 a.m. - they seem to have found a forlorn seal just south of Marrowstone Is. Stalled out same place since 10:45.
10:45 a.m. - T49C and T77A just arrived between Bush Pt. and Mutiny Bay. -Howard, ON

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10:08 a.m. - Two male transients heading south just north of Bush Point in Admiralty Inlet. Looked like T049C and possibly T77A? T049C, born in 1998. He is still seen traveling with his natal pod on occasion, but mostly travels with his "twin" T077A, born 1996. No relation. -Renee Beitzel, Chilkat

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5:05 p.m. - Likely a humpback spotted from Edmonds, closer to Point No Point. Did not see whale (too far) but see blows. -Kayli Ann Breitweiser

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3:46 p.m. - 2 Humpbacks between Haines Wharf (north Edmonds) and Kitsap. South of PNP. One mix channel and one closer to Kitsap. -Josh Adams

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3:55 p.m. - I believe there are two, one further northwest and one humpback now closer to Whidbey approx 1 mile south o f Cultus Bay last dive northerly.
3:25 p.m. - humpback kept moving north about a mile plus then turned back south. Down times about 5 minutes.
3:05 p.m. - came looking for orcas and spotted a humpback. From Point Edwards see blows, her/his back and then fluke. approx 2-3 miles south of Cultus Bay, south Whidbey . Whale was moving in northerly direction. -Alisa, ON

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12:45 p.m. - Humpback just off of Point No Point still. -Janine Harles

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12:15 p.m. - the pair is still there, just south of a mass of seabirds. 11:40 a.m. - a second humpback a mile north of Point No Point. 11:25 a.m. - Two humpbacks feeding together 3 miles NW of Edmonds, 3 miles S of Scatchet Head. -Sherman Page

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10:43 a.m. - the whale & dolphins have been making their way south again, very close to the Gig Harbor side. Whale is now south of Vashon.
10:22 a.m. - Finally found it (the humpback) again. It's now north of Sunrise Beach. Just saw it along with a sea lion and a dolphin or two.
9:55 a.m. - Humpback spotted from Sunrise Beach, close to tip of Vashon Island, heading south. Saw the tail-between Sunrise & bottom end of Vashon. More mid channel. -Heidi Powers Armstrong

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10:50 a.m. - those at Scatchet Head should have a great view of the humpback as it feeds back and forth just south of the beaches. Still passing fishing boats really close!
10:32 a.m. - South east of green buoy heading more north now. More certain now that it's a humpback (a big one). Passing close to those fishing.
9:55 a.m. - huge whale south of Scatchet head (east of green buoy) deep dive heading southerly. Enormous back as it rolled into a dive. -Stu Davidson

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10:43 a.m. - the whale & dolphins have been making their way south again, very close to the Gig Harbor side. Whale is now south of Vashon.
10:22 a.m. - Finally found it (the humpback) again. It's now north of Sunrise Beach. Just saw it along with a sea lion and a dolphin or two. -Heidi Powers Armstrong

October 12

8:50 p.m. - hearing faint Transient calls on Lime Kiln. -Sara Hysong-Shimazu

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8:40 p.m. - Transients calling on the Lime Kiln hydro right now! -Justine Buckmaster

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3:32 p.m. - Those whales off the south end were Ts - False Bay northbound. -Monika Wieland

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About 10:15 a.m. - they (orcas) were by a boat by Owens Beach (Point Defiance, Tacoma). A big flock of gulls was there too. -Bryan Owens

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9:30 a.m. - Appears to be at least 3 orcas under Tacoma Narrows bridge now- traveling north. -Julie Merriam

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9:30 a.m. - Looks like transients on a kill near the Narrows Bridge, at least 3 adults and a red slick on the water trending north. -Peter Woodward

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10:15 a.m. - 4 or 5 orcas heading northwest passed Tilly Point on south Pender. -Madison Duffin

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North Sound - 9:30 am, one humpback 3 miles south of Scatchet Head and another a couple of miles SE of Point No Point. -Sherman Page

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Gig Harbor - 9:04 a.m. - 1 Humpback and 2 dolphins still in Dalco Passage very close to Gig Harbor side. -Michele Riley Campbell

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0820 - One humpback seen playing/feeding? at 47 deg 53.0' N x 122 deg 27.4' W (eastern edge of Northbound traffic lane, approx 2.5 nm SSW of Scatchet Head, Whidbey Island) Many tail lobs, a few full breaches, sounding & circling. Suspect feeding-- many birds also in area. Underside of tail almost 100% white. -Capt. Andrew Reay-Ellers, r/v JACK ROBERTSON, Applied Physics Lab, UW

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8:00 a.m. - Humpback near Brooks Point, south Pender Island. Heading east. -Madison Duffin dolphin

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9:04 am. - 1 Humpback and 2 Pacific white-sided dolphins still in Dalco very close to GH side. -Michele Riley Campbell

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6:00 p.m. - My friend was watching with the binoculars when he saw a humpback diving about 200 yards off Point No Point this evening. It was heading north. -Jann Clare

October 11

6:30 p.m. - Echolocation on Lime Kiln hydros right now! -Renee Beitzel

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What a great day full of orcas ... first I got to see the T034s and T037s while I was working, then I went out again to see T049C and T077A (aka the "twins"), as well as K and L pod. Watching the resident orcas come into the Salish Sea in a large line, surfacing in respiratory synchronisty was definitely the highlight of my day! There's nothing that compares. -Heather MacIntyre

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What a day! The Peregrine with First Mate, Melissa Sehgal, left the dock at Noon not knowing the location of any orcas. By the end of the day we got to see the T034s and T037s up near Pt. Roberts, thanks to a tip from someone on the BC Ferry, and the boat Explorithor. While coming back to our dock at Snug Harbor Resort and Marina, we got word of Resident Orcas coming in! While heading out to see the Residents on our second trip, we discovered the Transients known as The Twins, T049C and T077A. They are amazing! Very big! They travel together most of the time. Not brothers, just buds. We then went out to watch many of the Ks and Ls, heading toward San Juan Island. -James Maya, Mayas Legacy Whale Watching

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We were lucky enough to spend time with some of the SRKW's in front of Sooke. We caught up to them by Otter Point and they were very wide spread heading East. After enjoying them we went to Race Rocks and met up with the residents again on our way back to the dock. They were very active and quite enjoyable to watch! -Deanne Brett

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WOW! We left with a full boat on a 12:00pm departure today in Search of 3 or 4 humpbacks whales off Sooke... In minutes from our dock at Salty Towers we find L & K pod coming in from the West right in front of Sooke! Very social and active today...Always great to sea! -Paul Pudwell, Sooke Coastal Explorations

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T034s and T037s today traveling south through the Strait of Georgia today. -Heather MacIntyre

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What a day! The Peregrine with First Mate, Melissa Sehgal, left the dock at Noon not knowing the location of any orcas. By the end of the day we got to see the T034s and T037s up near Pt. Roberts, thanks to a tip from someone on the BC Ferry, and the boat Explorithor. While coming back to our dock at Snug Harbor Resort and Marina, we got word of Resident Orcas coming in! While heading out to see the Residents on our second trip, we discovered the Transients known as The Twins, T049C and T077A. They are amazing! Very big! They travel together most of the time. Not brothers, just buds. We then went out to watch many of the Ks and Ls, heading toward San Juan Island. -Capt. Jim Maya

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4:30 p.m. - Humpbacks near Point No Point, Kitsap today! -Steve Smith

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3:45 p.m. - Humpback just NE of PNP...not very close to shore. As viewed from lighthouse. -Rebecca Rambal

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Humpback today while we were salmon fishing off Point No Point, Kitsap. -Julie Finnell

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We saw a humpback off point no point! It cruised up and down the channel for a while, gave us a few tail flukes. -Elisabeth Ellis

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2:00 p.m. - 3 humpbacks still just south of PNP. One cow/calf pair. -Renee Beitzel

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1:44 p.m. - I see whale blows directly in line of Point No Point lighthouse as seen from north Edmonds.. Looks close to pt no pt east side beach. -Stu Davidson

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1:25 p.m. - They are near Eglon. I can see them from Scatchet Head. -Tiffany Reynolds

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9:35 - Just caught sight of a beautiful fluke just south of Double Bluff closer to Kitsap side. -Elyse Margaret

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9:40 a.m. - Now moving south past PNP now, closer to Kitsap side. There appear to be three. Two adults and a juvenile.
9:12 a.m. - At Point No Point (PNP) watch two humpbacks mid channel. No definite directional travel. Lots of surfacing and deep dives. -Martha Carlstead

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One of the at least 2 humpback whales were off Point No Point this morning. -Carolyn Barry

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8:30 a.m. - Donna called with a sighting of three humpbacks, including one small one who breached multiple times, just off Gig Harbor.

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Left two humpbacks at 3:15 p.m. off of southern tip of Lopez this afternoon feeding. -Dianne Iverson

October 10

Humpback in Spieden Channel this afternoon! -Heather MacIntyre

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Today, wind, sun, rain and a humpback. Spieden Channel, San Juan Islands, WA. -Capt. Jim Maya

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6:50 p.m. - Was just out at Scatchet head. At least one whale was heading south/southwest at a good pace, from the green buoy. -Tiffany Reynolds

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2:10 p.m. - Humpback across from Salmon Beach (Point Defiance) just breached about 5 times. -Zeno Martin

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1:10 p.m. - blows and deep dives (nice fluke!) - This humpback is south east of green buoy south of Scatchet head. Appears moving southerly- as seen from shore north Edmonds. -Stu Davidson

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12:33 p.m. - The humpback is off the mouth of Gig Harbor at this very moment! Right between Point Defiance and the Harbor - just going back-and-forth at the moment. Definitely has some dolphins with it. Came from Colvos passage, made it's way over towards point defiance, then back up Colvos a few minutes ago. -Heidi Powers Armstrong

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10:15 a.m. - Two Humpbacks swimming between Norwegian Point and PNP for the last two hours. -Elyse Sollitto

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8:20 a.m. - two humpbacks east of Point No Point, as viewed from Edmonds. -Sherman Page

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12:33 p.m. - The humpback is off the mouth of Gig Harbor at this very moment! Right between point defiance and the Harbor - just going back-and-forth at the moment. Definitely has some dolphins with it. Came from Colvos passage, made it's way over towards point defiance, then back up Colvos a few minutes ago. -Heidi Powers Armstrong

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Coming into Gig Harbor, getting the bow line ready, looked down to see this guy (Pacifc white-sided dolphin) watching me! -Steve Olson

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10:03 a.m. - Humpback and 2 dolphins back in South Sound! Between Vashon Island, Point defiance and Gig Harbor. Looks like the same three, and same behavior we saw for several weeks in September. -Michele Riley Campbell

October 9

4:51 p.m. - many distinct separate blows east of Pt no pt as seen from north Edmonds.. Three to four humpbacks?!! Also, blows south of Pt no Pt towards Eglon along the shipping lane. Lots of whales in the area!! -Stu Davidson

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There were three humpback whales up on Possession Pt. this afternoon. I was salmon fishing on the west side and they were on the flats area mostly on the west side. The locals think they are cruising the bottom for food. -Jim Finnell

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2:20 p.m. - Saw 2 blows just south of mouth of Gig Harbor. -Allison Heaton

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2:07 p.m. - Just spotted South of the entrance of Quartermaster harbor. -Steve Olson

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2:02 Humpback off Salmon Beach, mid channel, trending south.
1:54 South of Gig Harbor and the actual Point at Pt. Defiance, mid channel now. Still trending south.
1:27 p.m. - just South of the mouth of Gig Harbor now by the 1st group of beach houses, still close to shore trending south.
1:17 p.m. - They are just North of the Mouth of Gig Harbor, close to shore, two boats with them, heading towards the Harbor at the moment. -Melissa Burks

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12:30 p.m. - Another humpback took a deep dive at Point No Point, some tail shots, so exciting. -Ashley & Gary Arciniega-Luu

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12:19 p.m. - humpback is mid channel between Point No Point and Scatchet head. (south Whidbey) -Stu Davidson

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10:03 a.m. - Humpback and 2 dolphins back in South Sound! Between Vashon Island, Point Defiance and Gig Harbor. Looks like the same three, and same behavior we saw for several weeks in September. -Michele Riley Campbell

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9:47 a.m. - whale blow east of Point No Point maybe half to 3/4 miles offshore. Looks to be a humpback. Direction is back-n-forth but slight southerly. -Stu Davidson

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9:45 a.m. - 3-4 humpbacks (One is a calf/yearling), spread out across the channel south weserly of Possession Point, mid channel. -Renee Beitzel

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ID'd as BCX1210 in the DFO catalog- One of 3 humpbacks we saw in Puget Sound today. This was the only one close enough to get fairly good shots of it's dive sequence. It is all the same whale. -Renee Beitzel
(This humpback was photographed by Renee off the west side of San Juan Island on September 25, 2015 and had been seen on several occassion around the San Juan Islands.)

October 8

Fin Whale moving in on a bait ball at McArthur Bank. -Mark Malleson

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6:05 p.m. - My husband and I saw a humpback and a porpoise (Pacific white-sided dolphin-ALB) off of the Gig Harbor viewing area, then we followed it to Sunrise Beach in Gig Harbor. It is 6:05 and he is still hanging out in the Vashon/Gig Harbor/Point Defiance area! -Sarah Share

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10:30 a.m. - Joe Bell reports that while he was fishing off Pilot Point between Eglon and Point No Point, a large whale, probably a humpback surfaced about 400 yards from the beach.

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6:05 p.m. - My husband and I saw a humpback and a porpoise (Pacifc white-sided dolphin) off of the Gig Harbor viewing area, then we followed it to Sunrise Beach in gig harbor...still hanging out in the Vashon/Gig Harbor/Point Defiance area! -Sarah Share

October 7

2:40 p.m. - Five Star's vessel Supercat found the Resident Orcas coming in from the west at Race Rocks this afternoon at about 2.40pm. Many Orcas in amongst the rain, possibly all 3 pods heading east. -Andrew Lees

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9:30 am - John Rogstad from WA State Ferries relayed a report of a male orca in San Juan Channel heading west. Not sure where in San Juan Channel but probably near Friday Harbor, headed toward Spieden Channel.

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Finally got to see this fin whale. First near Hein Bank about 1:00 p.m. Then again about 4:00 p.m. near McArthur Bank in the vicinity of some huge bait balls. -Sara Hysong-Shimazu

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5:40 p.m. - There is at least 4 humpbacks, as I cannot see SE of Scatchet Head from my home, so my 3 plus at least 1 of Stu's.
5:10 p.m. - saw three humpbacks NW of Edmonds. One is just a couple of miles north of the ferry and the other two 3-4 miles away. Binocs will be needed. From Sunset Ave N, line of sight is Double Bluff for one of the farther ones and scan partway to the left for the other two. -Sherman Page

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5:36 p.m. - My guess is that there is overlap. The two I was watching traveled from southeast Point No Point to closer to south Whidbey and now one heading east towards Possession Point last I saw it.
5:15 p.m. - did spot a humpback south east of Scatchet head heading more towards Possession Point.
4:12-4:16 p.m.- huge breaching just south east of Point No Point and then closer to Kitsap - two humpbacks - at least a half dozen breaches! -Stu Davidson

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4:00 p.m. - south tip of Whidbey, closer to Edmonds side, I am seeing humpback spouting with what I think are a group of orcas breaching and lots of tail slapping around the humpback. Not sure if I am interpreting this right. (no one else reported seeing orcas to confirm type of cetaceans-ALB) Lots of unusual looking activity. I have only seen humpbacks since then. The smaller cetaceans disappeared pretty quickly. Right now there are a couple humpbacks swimming off of Eglon, south of the boat ramp. -Rebecca French Gerke

October 6

T060C getting ready to swim through some kelp- T060's and possibly a few others as they hunted from Battleship Island, through Spieden Channel and then down into San Juan Channel. -Renee Beitzel

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1:05 p.m. - We had a report from WSF of orcas in San Juan Channel at 1:05 pm heading south, about 1/2 mile south of North Pass.

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2:00 p.m. - There were two humpback around Point no Point, until approx. 2pm. -Annemarie Vosselman

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9:45 a.m. - 2 humpback a near POINT NO POINT playing in front of our house all morning so far. We face Whidbey Island looking north and they are straight out from our property on Twin Spits Rd, Hansville. -Paula Merilian Bingham

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5:50 p.m. - humpback sighted at Port Townsend Bay, traveling west to east out of the bay near the ferry terminal. -Kyle Porter

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5:39 p.m. - back and forth, more north again, I'd say north of Eglon.
5:29 p.m. - two humpback blows/dives a mile south of Point No Point near Kitsap side...moved just slightly south and more to shoreline. -Stu Davidson

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5:50 p.m. - Port Townsend Bay humpback seen traveling west to east out of the bay near the ferry terminal. -Kyle Porter

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3:00 p.m. - Hiked the Ebey's Landing loop trail on Whidbey Island. While on the shoreline, saw a Gray Whale heading south. Witnessed various surface behavior, including a full body breach. It was amazing...I remember seeing knuckles (through my binoculars) when the whale was just breaking the surface of the water while cruising. They were on the back end of the body, near the tail. Plus, this whale leapt vertically out of the water. At one point, it's entire body was perpendicular to the horizon. -Carmelo Quetell

October 5

6:54 p.m. - Richard Bliss called to report seeing two adult male orcas in the Columbia River, seen from the Hiway 101 bridge, swimming upstream toward Astoria.

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Kevin Lungren and I followed the T100, T101, T124, and T124A pods as they swam northward through Saratoga Passage, through Deception Pass, and northward into Rosario Strait. We watched members of the superpod make two kills well before they swam under the Deception Pass Bridge. Shortly after going through the pass they all appeared to go into sleep mode, swimming in three tight groups as they traveled northward into Rosario Strait. -Bart Rulon

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5:30 p.m. - Seeing the Ts (including the T100s, T101s, T124s, and T124As) heading north in Rosario along the Blakely Island shoreline. 15-20 animals.
5:00 p.m. - Northbound in Rosario past Washington park now. Aiming for Thatcher Pass it looks like. -Sara Hysong-Shimazu

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Transient Killer Whales were seen swimming north through Saratoga Passage and Skagit Bay. They later exited through Deception Pass, swimming under the bridge in the late afternoon and then heading north in Rosario Strait. -Sara Hyagon-Shimazu

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Saw quite a few, like 10 or more, on the 4:15 return ferry to Anacortes from San Juan and Lopez today. -Shelly Turner Grebeck

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4:00 p.m. - Orcas at Deception Pass. 12 boats fishing the hole for silvers had a very special treat today, 6-10 orcas traveling thru...stayed close together. Took 5 minutes to get from bridge pass to Deception Island, they were going with ebb tide. -Greg Cormier

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I saw a pod of approximately 7 Orcas (including at least one male) swimming west through Deception Pass about 3:15 pm. -David Stamey

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Scenes from today as we followed transients from the south end of Whidbey all the way up the east side and out through Deception Pass, then they headed north in Rosario passing Washington Park. ID'd as T100s, T101s, T124s, and T124As. -Rachel Haight

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Approx. 2:15 p.m. - I saw several Orcas off of Ala Spit and Dugualla Bay, Whidbey. They were heading towards Deception Pass. -Christine McEwan

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T124D1, T124D, and T100B, T102 (born 1984). Quite a few Transients in Saratoga Passage today, heading north towards Deception Pass - around 2 pm. -Jill Hein
(IDs by Sara Hysong-Shimazu)

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Had a beautiful day today with Rachel and Jill and an amazing group of Ts (including the T100s, T101s, T124s, and T124As) at the north end of Camano Island. Broken up into three groups, quite a few whales.
1:33 p.m. - Heading back towards Skagit bay. Made a harbor seal kill. -Sara Hysong-Shimazu

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12:13 p.m. - 2 orcas at the north end of Saratoga Passage moving toward Skagit Bay quickly. -Dana Brooks

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12:35 p.m. - Just left T101's entering Skagit Bay.
11:56 a.m. update: Three groups of T's still heading north just south of Penn Cove. -Renee Beitzel, Chilkat

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11:45 p.m. - they are in three groups. One group close to shore by Camano near Rockaway Beach. Another group further to the south and more mid channel, with the third group a little further south mid channel. Still appear to be northbound. JUST SPOTTED: 4th group on Whidbey side. -Rachel Haight

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11:30 a.m. - Another report of the Transient orcas from Connie Barrett of Camano Island, reporting watching 4 different groups of orcas north of Camano Island State Park, traveling north at a fast pace.
10:54 a.m. - They are moving FAST! A group is mid channel north of Fox spit. Other group further south and closer to Camano. Still continuing north. Moving to next spot....
10:45 a.m. - Caught my first glimpse. Appear to be angling more NW. Relocating to Fox Spit now in case they cut close that way. -Rachel Haight

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10:05 a.m - Just now! Orcas in Saratoga Passage heading north. Just passed me at Pebble Beach. More than ten at least! -Sarah Malmstead

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7:56 a.m. - Still going north past Glendale (Whidbey) mid channel now.
7:30 a.m. - 4 orcas passing Possession Point boat launch heading north close to shore. -Deception Pass Tours

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7:28 a.m. - 2 adult Orcas on Possession Bar. Then went east towards Shipwreck. (Lynnwood) -Jason R Bourne

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4:53 p.m. - whale blows on Kitsap side shipping lanes - south of Point No Point... looked to be northerly, then did a deep dive southerly. Humpback is east of the shipping lanes. -Stu Davidson

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Humpback sighted about 2:45 pm between Kingston and Point No Point, about 100 yards off Kitsap side. Headed North. -Beverly Steinman

October 4

11:16 p.m. - still hearing vocals, more distant and less frequent.
10:51 p.m. - SRKWs vocalizing on OrcaSound...very echoey. Awesome. -Alisa, ON

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5:08 p.m. - Orca moving in! Just heard the first call. -Katy Rudolph

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Most of the SRKWs just south of Sandheads (off Vancouver BC) .We spent quite a bit of time near L122, and it seems he likes hitching a ride on mom's head (or anyone else who will take him!). Then he had this one exuberant surfacing where he was squirting some water out of his mouth. -Andy Scheffler

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Last seen still heading south from Three Tree Point at 7:00pm. -Kelly Kennan

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6:50 p.m. - Moved over to south side of Three Tree Pt., watched at least 6 more this side of mid channel. Still southbound when I left at 7:15.
6:45 - 2 surfaced 75 Feet from shore right in front of us!!!
6:40 p.m. From north beach at Three tree Point, Burien watching 4 orcas come right towards us. Neighbors say more on south side the past hour. -Alisa, ON

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6:12 p.m. - I'm waiting for Fauntleroy ferry now. The 3 on the east side passed by 20 minutes ago. I can still see the group that's closer to Vashon trending south. From my point of view it looks like they're under the 3 radio towers. -Jessica Pagan

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Orcas off Seola Beach south of Fauntleroy ferry Sunday night about 6pm. -Sue Spezza

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6:00 p.m. - Two groups of 2 each swam past the Fauntleroy Ferry Terminal tonight around 6 pm. -David Burns

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5:53 p.m. - They are right behind Vashon ferry. Ferry has stopped. -Tanya Jackson Esparza

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5:53 p.m. - behind Vashon ferry mid channel still southbound. -Roxane Johnson

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5:51 p.m. - 2 at Lincoln Park close to shore nearing Fauntleroy more behind a little further from shore. -Neil Hathi

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5:50 p.m. - 2 orcas spotted traveling south just off Lincoln Park in West Seattle. -Cathy Takayoshi

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5:43 p.m. - I caught a brief glimpse of them just now well south of Alki. -Steve Smith

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5:21 p.m. - some Orcas off Beach Drive heading south heading towards Lincoln Park. -Dana Sheppard

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5:20 p.m. - Several orcas west side of West Seattle heading south by Lincoln park. At least one large male. -Jill Hadji

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T102 from Alki. Jessica Pagan
(ID by Melisa Pinnow)

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5:06 - Call from Kristen Jones reporting 3 Transients, including one "big boy" male, booking it south close to Alki Beach. -Kristin Jones

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5:05 - from Magnolia Bluff see three groups. Lead group is past Alki/Restoration pt mid channel. Trailing group is out from Elliot Bay about midway in ferry lanes east side of channel. Third smaller group of 1-3 are heading right towards Alki Point. All southbound. -Alisa, ON

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5:00 p.m. - I observed orcas, from a kayak, roughly 1/2 mile off the coast of the Magnolia neighborhood/Discovery park in Seattle. In talking with someone later, who had been observing the pod's travels from the coast, I understand they had been traveling south down the sound. I paddled out from the coast towards them, and observed them surfacing for probably 10 minutes, after which they "disappeared." I waited another 10 minutes in the area looking for any signs, but didn't see any. This other person had been watching the for 45 minutes, she said. At one point I saw 4 in succession. Someone else I talked to said she had seen what she thought was a whole pod spread out. -Noah Townsend

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5:00 p.m. - Orcas just off of Alki seeing blows watching from Bainbridge. -Brittany Gordon

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4:54 p.m. - one group south of Alki, second group south end of Elliot Bay. Too far east to see much except blows from Bainbridge.
4:14 p.m. - just watched two groups past West Point headed south. East side of mid channel as seen from Rolling Bay. -Connie Bickerton

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4:00 p.m. - Amy and I are now at Golden Gardens, we just watched probably the same 2-3 males and one female pass just outside the green buoy. And watching a couple groups spread out south end of Shilshole approaching West point. -Alisa, ON

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Around 4:00 p.m. - We saw 3 orcas headed south as we returned to Shilshole. So cool! -Greta Knappenberger

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3:50 p.m. - 4 orcas off of north side of Discovery park. -Jill Hadji

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Approx 2:25 p.m. -Amy Carey and I watched at least a dozen orcas in two groups out from Richmond Beach Saltwater Park. Lead group of 6-7 were south of Jefferson Head mid channel with the other group of another 5-7 spread out on either side of mid channel just north of yellow mid channel buoy between Point Wells and Presidents Point. With reports of a few more whales still to the north, passing Edmonds close to shore we dropped down to Kayu Kayu Ac park (north Richmond Beach, just south of Point Wells) at approx 2:40 p.m. just in time to catch sight of 2 large males and at least one female very close to shore, just clearing the end of the dock at Point Wells, Woodway. I think we have at least 15 whales! All southbound. -Alisa, ON

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2:37 p.m. - orcas passed Edmonds Marina beach and approaching Richmond Beach now. -Michelle Goll

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2:22 p.m. - couple Orcas heading right towards parked ferry terminal Edmonds.
2:17 p.m. - a couple orcas heading towards Sunset (Edmonds) Just a little north west of Sunset getting closer to Edmonds side. Close enough to Edmonds that you shouldn't have needed binoculars! -Stu Davidson

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2:19 p.m. - seeing orcas from Jefferson Point traveling south with a sailboat that has blue on it. -Brittany Gordon

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2:25 p.m. - two or three orcas approaching Marina Beach a few hundred yards off of Edmonds. 2:10 p.m. - two or three orcas just west of the Edmonds ferry terminal, heading south. -Sherman Page

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2:10 p.m. - We have been watching them from the Kingston ferry lookout for the last 1/2 hour. Still heading south! -Wendy Haskins

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1:56 p.m. - one group south of Point Wells, lone male north of Edmonds. All heading south.
1:48 p.m. - southbound mid channel at ferry lanes
1:44 p.m. - just spotted orcas north of Kingston, no clear direction of travel. -Connie Bickerton

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1:24 p.m. - WOW.. Now I see the Orcas!! Heading south just south east of Pt no Pt. Close to shipping lanes, several! -Stu Davidson

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1:00 p.m. - We just saw what looked to be about 10 orcas...They just passed Eglon heading south. Beautiful! -Kelly Griebel

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12:35 p.m. - They are mulling about together, tail slaps and a few breaches due east of Point No Point still. Mid channel. -Jen Walters

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12:43 p.m. - south of Whidbey, many breaches and splashing!
11:54 a.m. - Looks like they are in Mutiny Bay. -Elyse Sollitto

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11:45 a.m. - Mutiny Bay side about 15 minutes ago, heading south. Very close to shore. -Kathy Hitzmann

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11:38 am- Orcas mid channel off Foulweather heading east, mid channel look to be heading towards Double Bluff, Whidbey. -Jen Matchem

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11:29 a.m. - Yipee, I got me some orca healing this morning, saw them from the Mutiny Bay boat launch as a few were at the north side of Double Bluff Pt where it meets south side of Mutiny Bay. More were mid channel and heading towards Kitsap side. My lucky day. -Marilyn Armbruster

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11:25 a.m. - I see them! Just outside Mutiny Bay, also think I saw humpbacks beyond, closer to Kitsap side. -Kristin Kreifels

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11:20 a.m. - ...Saw a pod of at least five orcas(?) going south towards Bush Point. -Joye Merry Johnson

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11:10 a.m. - Still headed south mid channel just past Mutiny Bay. -Sam Christine

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11:10 - Seems to be two or three more orcas now off Mutiny Bay heading south.
10:45 - just saw four orcas, look like Transients, heading south mid-channel, between Mutiny Bay and Foulweather Bluff, Admiralty Inlet. -Howard, ON

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One of the Transients. Watching from a distance on a bluff south of Bush Point. -Susan Berta

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10:48 a.m. - Claudia Mitchell reports orcas between Lagoon Point and Bush Point 1/4 mile off the beach among the salmon fishers.

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10:35 a.m. - South bound orcas, group of 4 close to Whidbey side south of Bush Point. -Jan Bell

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10:32 a.m. - Orca just moved past Bush Point headed south. Look like Three. Mid-channel. Spy hops and thrashing. -Patrick Scott

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Around 10:30 a.m. we spotted a single humpback moving south west of the shipping channel. We followed the spout and then to our surprise, he breeched. What a sight for our visiting friends. We live on east side of Marrowstone Island. The breech took place heading south just before East Beach Park. Shortly after that we also spotted a pod or two of orcas east of the shipping channel. We could view them best with binoculars. At least six were sighted heading south. -Patricia Ives

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4:15 p.m. - 2 humpbacks today 2 mile south of Scatchet Head. One larger, one smaller. Milling about feeding in all directions, with lots of bird companions. -Eric Jolley

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3:50 p.m. - Just saw a single humpback at Point No Point. Came up twice. Not sure where it is at now. -Patty Hahn

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Kitsap Orca watch received a report from Michelle Chambers and Jen Walters of 4 humpbacks off Eglon, Kitsap side at 1:24 today.

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1:19 p.m. -Humpback again heading northerly still east of PNP.
1:14 p.m. - Been watching (from north Edmonds) only seen the Humpback in the area of PNP
12:30 p.m. - The humpback has moved a bit south, still mid channel east of the shipping lanes. Line of sight from Bracket's Landing North/Sunset Ave N would be halfway between Double Bluff and Point No Point (PNP), but closer to Edmonds. -Stu Davidson

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1:00 p.m. - I see two humpbacks, one just east of PNP and another further east south of Scatchet Head. -Shreman Page

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12:25 p.m. - Humpback sighting, Slowly traveling. 3-4 blows then dive. Returning to surface every 5 minutes. Belle Chain Islets, in the Strait of Geogia off Samuel Island. -Doug and Leslie Peers

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11:50 a.m. - Watching from Sunset Ave in Edmonds. Just saw one humpback dorsal that from my line of sight would appear to be near Point No Point? Also saw one a bit more towards Whidbey (Scatchet Head). -Amy Carey

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11:30 a.m. - Another humpback 3 miles NW of Edmonds, 3 miles south of Scatchet Head, east of the shipping lanes in among the small craft and a mass of sea birds. From the Bracket's Landing North area of Edmonds, it is line of sight with Double Bluff. -Stu Davidson

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11:09 a.m. - (Humpback) Going south toward Bush Point on Whidbey. -Joyce Merry Johnson

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10:32 a.m. - big humpback breach between Foulweather Bluff and Mutiny Bay.
10:20 a.m. - Large humpback going south one mile south of Bush Point, Whidbey Island. Mid channel. -Howard, ON

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9:00 & 10:00 a.m. - We saw them too. Traveling north from Edmonds to Everett about 9:00 am. First I saw two, then an hour later (around 10am) saw 2 or 3 more in same area heading north from Edmonds toward Everett, then one of them veered off to the west toward Point No Point. He stopped to feed and dove down and showed us his tail. He was swimming in different directions before heading toward Whidbey and then west again. It was the coolest sight I'd ever seen! -Wendy Nelson

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8:00 a.m. - 2 humpbacks near Eglon boat launch. Feeding and seem to be traveling south. -Grace Bowser

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Possibly mother and calf Humpbacks off Point No Point, Hansville between 3-4:00 p.m. -Anita Marie

October 3

Just when I think life as a biologist, educator, and photographer can't get any better, this happens: J, K, and L Pod in Active Pass, BC tonight. From back to front - J40 Suttles, J14 Samish, J37 Hy'shqa, and J2 Granny about to surface. -Heather MacIntyre

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L54 Ino passing the southern end of Lopez Island on Saturday afternoon. -James Gresham

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I got to check in with members of all three pods today, including a nice group of the J17s, J19s, and J31. Left Js Ks Ls at Battleship (Haro Strait) quickly northbound at 1:00, spread for many miles. -Monika Wieland

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1:13 p.m. - Westbound just past south end of Lopez now. 11:51 a.m. - L54's westbound at Bird Rocks. -James Gresham

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11:12 a.m. - been watching many whales over the past 30 minutes on the webcam and listening on the hydrophones to intermittent vocalizations, whistles, an echolocation as members of J, K, and L pod power on northbound past the lighthouse, with quite a few passing close to the lighthouse and people on the rocks.
10:45 a.m. - start hearing whistles on Lime Kiln hdyrophone and visuals on the webcam of northbound SRKWs. -Alisa, ON

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K pod calls from 6:35-7 before it stopped. (the hydrophone) Sounded like one or two whales from K pod. -Barbara Bender

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3:56 p.m. - North of Narrows Bridge about a mile there are two orcas very close together. Heading towards Pt. Defiance. -Yofi Barr

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5:00 p.m. - Whale off Point No Point, probably humpback. -Bob Rosenbladt

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4:50 p.m. - Kristin Bell called to report watching a humpback off Point No Point surfacing and tail lobbing as it appeared to be swimming east.

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4:40 p.m. - They surfaced again, pretty much same area. Straight out from Haines, appear to be headed north. My guess is less than a mile off the Edmonds side. Heading N or NW. Waiting for them to surface again.
4:30 p.m. - Just saw two humpbacks off Haines Wharf (I think that's what it's called) in Edmonds. Saw several sprays, then two flukes so presumably down for a longer dive. Edmonds side, naked eye. -Kristin Kreifels

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10:00 a.m. - Marilyn and a friend just called from Eglon to say they're watching the humpback (1 or 2??) from their house about 1-1/2 miles south of the Eglon boat launch, gradually heading north.-James DeRoy

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8:30 a.m. - The Humpback is back at Point No Point this morning! Or maybe she never left? Just South of the point- no apparent direction. She looked to be foraging. Kitsap side. -Elyse Margaret

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4:38 p.m. - Ok, this is cool. We just had a large group of LAGS (Pacific white-sided dolphins) go porpoising south off of the west side. How fun! (Between Lime Kiln and False Bay). -Sandy Buckley

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Transient Killer Whales in Sooke Harbour & Basin tonight, T11A Rainy & T11 Wakana hunting and exploring the inner harbour and basin. This is a rare, wonderful, special day! Sooke Basin to the end of Whiffin Spit. WOW! -Paul Pudwell

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This is the fin whale that's been hanging around south of Lopez Island for the past few weeks. I finally saw it today. Fin whales are the 2nd largest animal on earth behind the blue whale. This is the first time a fin has been seen in this area for at least 10 yrs. I've heard contradicting things about it and have been wanting to get a look. Fins are seen routinely in Southern Ca. and I've seen many. They are also an animal we had to know to complete naturalist training in Ca. Although they can reach 75-80 feet in length I would estimate this animal at 50-55 feet. Either a sub-adult or just a smallish adult. It appears to be healthy and was behaving normally, maintaining a rhythmic sequence of 8 minute long dives with 3 breaths on the surface in between. Based on the bowel movement it had while we watched it seems to be feeding just fine. The whale has penella balaenopterae pits but so far I have not seen any penella remaining attached. They are a warm water parasitic copepod and would likely detach in the cold water here. Good to see this whale. I hope it hangs around for awhile. The common murres on the other side of the whale are about 1 foot long and give some size perspective. -James Grehsam

October 2

7:02 p.m. - The boat noise is clearing out - they're still there.
6:23 p.m. - Picking up a bit. Love these calls. - Debbie Stewart

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6:20 p.m. - Orca on the Lime Kiln! Hearing LPod I think... -Katy Rudolph

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8:00 p.m. - still intermittent calls.
6:52 p.m. - been mostly quiet past while, intermittent calls. Hearing echolocation now.
6:15 p.m. - start hearing faint vocals on Lime Kiln. Sounds like members of all three pods, -Alisa, ON

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11:06 a.m. - K & L pod passing Sooke, B.C. now! East bound at the moment...Reports of others near Victoria west bound. -Paul Pudwell

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Doris Davies reports seeing humpbacks of Norwegian Point.

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11:30 a.m. - traveling north on S/V Wandering Star saw one whale surface, blow, and dive several times. We were just off Pilot Point, south of Point No Point. The whale was slowly heading south close to shore and appeared to be feeding. Did not see the pecroral fins for positive ID. -Margaret Glowacki

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"This grey whale has really taken a liking to Vancouver, or so it seems. And it might have even called in a friend. On Friday, several eyewitnesses reported seeing two grey whales in English Bay." See the full VanCity article with photos and video: Two grey whales spotted in Vancouver today

October 1

We went up to Sooke B.C. as a superpod was reported, when we arrived, the fog was so thick we could barely see anything! When out of the fog we were surrounded by appx. 10 resident orcas, most of which looked like L's including L25 Ocean Sun and the two L babies!... -Janine Harles

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12:46 p.m. - J,K, & L Pod off Sooke, B.C. right now! -Paul Pudwell

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I was heading north toward Mukilteo from Possession Bar this evening and passed 3 Orcas heading South. Looked like an adult and 2 juveniles. -Ron Reeder

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12:30 p.m. - I watched 4 orcas, 3 adults and one younger, in Port Susan Bay from my Port Susan Terrace home. They traveled East 100 yards off shore for about 30 mins. -Melanie Serroels

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12:30 p.m. - We had a huge treat at lunch today when a small group of orcas swam by our home at Port Susan Terrace beach on Camano Island. There were probably three adults and one juvenile. They hung around for about 30 minutes. They were closely followed by a group of porpoises. How's that for dessert? -Bob and Mary Pelland
(Looks like T137A. Dave Ellifrit, Center for Whale Research)

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12:30 pm - Just saw two Orcas off east shore of Camano Island in Port Susan Bay. It Looked like one was a calf. There were 3 orcas and they were heading south toward Everett. It was so cool seeing these from our deck. -Cindy Stulken

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The Mukilteo Clinton ferry reported seeing the orcas again, on the north side of the ferry at around 11:30 am - then a 12:30 report of orcas in Port Susan.

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My name is David Long. I am a surfer, and I surf at Ocean Beach San Francisco. I saw two Orcas side by side at Ocean beach, Sloat Ave., at about 9 am on Thursday October 1 , 2015. Fins fully exposed, white on the side, traveling north. -David long

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3:05 p.m. -beautiful humpback just south of Point No Point, Kitsap. -Janine Harles
(This whale was photographed on 9/26 & 9/28 in this same general area, see our Sept 28th Sightings Report)

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5:22 p.m. - humpback blow close to Kitsap side several miles south of Pt no Pt - directly west of north Edmonds. Just saw a fluke and dive, looks heading more to shoreline
4:08 p.m. - I'm thinking it might be a humpback mom with calf
12:25 pm - huge splash from what I believe had to be a humpback breach. Mid channel east of Point No Point & south of Scatchet Head. In line between Double Bluff and north Edmonds. -Stu Davidson

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Got word of some apparent humpbacks seen between the Edmonds and Point No Point this AM by birders. "I saw quite a few blows and several backs of what looked like Humpbacks in a 30 second period about 8:30am this morning from the pier. The quick frequency of the blows made me think I was seeing at least two whales. They were far enough that I could only see the very top of their backs and their blows though so hard to know." The direction they said would put them between PNP and Whidbey. -Josh Adams


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