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Sightings Archive - Oct 16

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October 31

3:00 p.m. - Humpback pectoral fin, Dalco Passage, off Point Defiance, Tacoma. -Caleb Ambideckstriks,

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  4:04 p.m. - seems to be feeding just off Dalco Passage Viewpoint, to the right. Trees blocking view, but can hear it surface. Think it changed direction and is going towards Owen Beach now.
3:54 p.m. - from Dalco Passage Viewpoint Pt. Defiance, surfacing below and a little to the right of the viewpoint, about 200 yards off the beach, heading west towards the actual "Point". -Melissa Burke

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  At Point Defiance at about 3:00 P.M. (Facebook video showed pec slapping and rolling) -Caleb Ambideckstriks

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  12:55 p.m. - slowly going south. A couple more blows and a dive out from Anthony's
11:35 a.m. - Nice humpback tail. Dalco passage. West of ferry. Must be eating again. Same spot as before ...west of Anthony's/Ferry terminal where they seem to feed. In the mornings birds tend to land there too. -Cathy Baker

October 30

4:59 p.m. - Humpbacks still off Dalco view point...3 possibly 4 milling (Multiple spouts in different areas close together). Short dives interspersed with long dives. -Karlen Gleche Pitz

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  Still at Dalco at 4:05 pm headed east. Closer to Vashon. Headed towards ferry terminal. -Jeanette Dorner

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  2:36 p.m. - Still at Dalco! He's staying right at the Dalco viewpoint at Pt Defiance, looks like he's very slowly going towards Owens beach. -JJ Davern

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  Humpback off of Pt. Defiance today around 2:20pm. -JJ Davern

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2:00 p.m. - been watching a humpback off Dalco Viewpoint on the 5 mile drive. -Soun Nonthaveth-Moffett

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1:06 p.m. - Can see it between Vashon and Point Defiance now. -Gaby Kinnear

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12:56 p.m. - Mid channel, spouts now...we saw spouts and tail slaps, it appeared to be tacking back towards the Narrows. -Tod Treat

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12:20 p.m. - Looked as if he/she headed toward Owens Beach...
11:40 a.m. - One humpback whale between Gig Harbor and Vashon...It breached once and had a lot of tail slapping going on for about 5 minutes. It headed toward the Vashon Ferry with a few spouts here and there, but no big action after that. -Gaby Kinnear

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The Morris family saw, from a B.C Ferry, a humpback breaching multiple times close aboard Snake Island (Departure Bay, B.C.), October 30/16 @1430 hrs. -Rod MacVicar, Pacific WildLife Foundation

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I was out there on my single outrigger canoe with the gray whale for over an hour. So bummed I didn't have my camera, but still an awesome experience.  Whale was doing an oval pattern just inside of West Beach. I first saw it as I rounded Deception Island and was heading for the bridge. The whale was heading out (west), then went down for a couple minutes and came back up heading east towards the bridge. Did this for at least an hour, then headed west once the ebb got strong. -Jason Michael Park

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2:03 p.m. - Definitely a gray headed east through Deception Pass.
1:51 p.m. - Watching either a gray or minke right now from shores of West Beach at Deception Pass Park. -Shelly Greybeck   

October 29

Saw this Beautiful Big Guy on our walk this evening! I was so captivated at this moment and so delighted to finally get to take pics of a Whale (Humpback)...We saw him at Point Ruston and followed him to Owens Beach, as the sun was setting. -Desiree Sauve

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6:05 p.m. - Watching the whale from Dalco Passage. He/she milled around a bit seeming to be going south toward Narrows Bridge but than started back west toward Owens. We moved to Anthony's to watch but it just got too dark. -Ronda Walters

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4:03 p.m. - Humpbacks headed south from Browns Point (Tacoma).
3:16 p.m. - Group of whales headed south in Commencement bay. I believe 2 humpbacks. -Patricia Reagan

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2:57 p.m. - Whale sighting, possibly humpback, between Dash Point and Tacoma waterfront. Heading into the Thea Foss waterway....Now closer to the Port of Tacoma, still heading toward the Foss Waterway. -Laura Edgar

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2:05 p.m. Saw one whale, several times, moving towards the Port of Tacoma, just off Browns Point. -Wayne Lattuca

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1:28 p.m. - Watching humpback off Owen Beach/Point Defiance Park. Appears to be heading northwest....not seeing it anymore. I believe it is heading north on the east side of Vashon Island. -Levi Waggoner

October 28

  It was a special treat  to see L-Pod off the west side of San Juan Island. First, it was a treat because seeing any orcas at the end of October is always awesome, but second, it was ALL of L-Pod traveling together! You might think being a "pod" this would happen more often, but it's a pretty rare sight! They were all in one tight, traveling group when I first saw them, making it even more impressive. -Monika Wieland Shields

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  Bittersweet this Friday evening... Orcas came in this afternoon. I believe L pod. So as I watched the orcas tonight, they were beautiful. Bunched up tightly, in two groups. Most likely all in touching distance from one another. Rising to the surface together, pausing together, then going back down in shallow dives. So quiet, and still. I can not help but wonder, do they realize that two more are gone? If this was L Pod... surely they all know the individuals in J and K Pods. Were they honoring J28 and her calf, J54... Mourning them perhaps? -Cher Renke

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1651 Lags (Pacific white-sided dolphins) passing Lime Kiln now too, offshore
1614 L12s are Northbound, others still milling off Lime Kiln
1604 They're just milling now, Maybe ever so slowly Northbound again.
1537 They made it to whale watch point then turned....Southbound further offshore now. But not moving fast at all and off Land Bank.
1530 approaching Land Bank
1515 (L pod) close to shore Hannah Heights Northbound. -Monika Wieland Shields

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3:33 p.m. - North Puget Sound - Seeing blows from Bush Point. Close to the south of Marrowstone. Think it is a humpback. -Jon Watkins

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2:10 p.m. - Ann Linnea of Whidbey Island and friends observed what they thought was a Minke whale (turned out from other reports to be a humpback), swimming off Bush Pt.

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1:53 p.m. - One Humpback two miles southwest of Bush Point. Just breached twice! -Kevin Campion

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5:35 p.m. - South Puget Sound - just saw 2-3 surface of off the Dalco view point at Point Defiance headed west. -Kelsey Lynn

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5:26 p.m. - just surfaced off Owen's Beach. It's been milling in this triangle all day..
5:00 p.m. -  viewing from Owens Beach. Humpback is northbound about to pass Owens beach close!
4:39 p.m. - viewing from Dalco passage it's moving north now.
4:29 p.m. - it's in the same spot, facing north now. Keeps surfacing in the same spot.
4:20 p.m. - viewing from Dalco Passage. Just surfaced and is headed south (whale location pinned on google map as middle of pass between Gig Harbor/Point Defiance/Vashon) -Brittany Gordon

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2:40 p.m. - Still milling about, just saw it (same as Brittany Gordons last specified location, SE side of Vashon). Mark Baker

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2:23 p.m. - watching from Owens beach. 8 minute down time. Appears to be closer to Vashon. Headed towards Gig Harbor or Colvos.. can't tell from this angle. -Brittany Gordon

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2:07 p.m. - Looking from Point Ruston...possibly 2 humpbacks? Just past the point of the new park area - south of Vashon. -Cathy Baker

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1:40 p.m. - Still off Pt Defiance. -Mike Swanton

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12:22 p.m. - looks like it's awake & on the move again. I saw it fluke and then surface a little North of where it had been hanging out. I have to leave but I last saw it west of the ferry lanes, North of the container ship - I was looking east towards the port from Sunrise.
11:56 a.m. - for the last 5-10 minutes it's been in the same spot. I can see just a little bit of its body at the surface. It looks like it could be driftwood but then every once in a while there's a blow. Is it resting? I haven't seen this before. I'm watching from Sunrise with binoculars so it's pretty far & hard to tell what I'm seeing
11:40 a.m. - Just saw blows near Point Defiance. It's traveling Northeast. Back towards the ferry. It's so calm and flat out there it's impossible to miss. -Heidi Powers Armstrong

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9:30am - Marie at WS Ferries reports a humpback was seen 1/2 mile from the Point Defiance ferry dock, heading west.

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  1651 Lags passing Lime Kiln now too, offshore. (Pacific white-sided dolphins while L pod in Haro)  -Monika Wieland Shields

October 27

Such a wonderful and unexpected treat to get to see the T123's at the tail end of an already great day on the water today! Big thank you to Jeanne Hyde for spotting these guys from shore in Friday Harbor! -Traci Walter

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Thanks to Jeanne Hyde for spotting killer whales slip past the entrance to Friday Harbor we were able to catch up to the  T123s - T123 (R) and her daughter T123C (born 2012) trailing right behind and big brother T123A (born 2000) trailing right behind little sis T123C, heading north in San Juan Channel  along the shoreline of San Juan Island in the afternoon. -Mark Malleson

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12:15 p.m. - Just had an update that should put it somewhere off south end of Vashon ...whale did not appear to go into Harbor, just at entrance and last reported moving towards Neil Point (near south end ferry on Vashon) .
11:40 a.m. - Whale appeared to be entering Quartermaster Harbor, by buoy on Vashon side...reporting party could hear it from Rosehilla. -Amy Carey

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7:20 a.m. - Humpback heading north out from Camp Sealth, Vashon. -Wynne MacIntosh 7:55 a.m. - A Minke whale heading south a little bit north of Sunrise Beach on Kitsap side. (reported as a minke by person onboard who felt certain northbound whale was humpback and this southbound whale a minke, we had no other reports - ALB) -Wynne MacIntosh  

October 26

11:45 a.m. - Ron Bates reports many orca in Sturdies Bay, on the south east part of Galiano Island in British Columbia, Canada's Gulf Islands.

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  2:58 p.m. - Hi, just had at least four dolphins in and out of Case Inlet. Moving fast, porpoising high out of the water. Looked like a fun time....a quick visit and back South out of Case Inlet towards Treasure and Stretch Islands. (Good chance this is a sub-group of Common dolphins who stayed over from June and who are reported periodically - ALB) -Beverly Lynch McCallum

October 25

  4:25 p.m. - I did spot a male and female very spread out from Ebeys Landing, east of midchannel. Lost them shortly after that, I'm assuming they're the trailers then. -Rachel Haight

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4:00 p.m. - We just had a call from Marty Crowley, who is on the Port Townsend to Coupeville ferry, who is seeing at least 3 - 4 orcas including several males, spread out on the Port Townsend side, traveling NW out of Admiralty Inlet.

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Jill just called again, she said there were another 12 orcas seen behind the ferry as well. She is pretty sure it is J pod, she was able to get a few photos of dorsal fins. (Js & Ks- see photos)
3:30 ferry -  Port Townsend to Keystone, Whidbey - 5-6 orcas seen from PT ferry, northbound. K21 showed up with other members of Js and Ks at the north end of Admiralty Inlet late afternoon. -Jill Hein

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8:40 a.m. - North Puget Sound  - A pair of humpbacks ~3 miles NW of Edmonds, line of sight halfway between Point No Point and Double Bluff. -Sherman Page

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2:14 p.m. - South Puget Sound - I just saw them from the Point Defiance ferry. Between Vashon and Owens beach, headed north. -Patrick Gould

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12:36 p.m. - 3 humpbacks off of Vashon heading towards Owen Beach. Father-in-law saw them off Vashon but I never saw them at Owen Beach where I was waiting for them. -Amber Stanfill 

October 24

6:00 p.m. - We and the pods came back north. Sara and I followed them from Burien with stops along the way at Fauntleroy (nice groups and resting travel with some tail slaps) and Emma Schmitz (impossible to see in massive rain squall). Now from south side Alki Point watching groups steadily moving north spread out, line of sight north end Vashon and then passing Blake and north of Blake. Mid channel and west of in gorgeous lighting - hues of purple and orange from setting sun - amid still present rain squalls. We left them at darkness around 6:15 just reaching Alki point, all still steady northbound. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network

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6:02 p.m. - viewing from Emma Schmitz, for last ten minutes watched what appeared to be two orcas foraging roughly midchannel in a line of sight to Manchester. Surfaced repeatedly in tandem, lots of directional changes and lunges.
5:43 p.m. -  just got to Emma Schmitz Memorial Viewpoint in West Seattle. Breach midchannel line of sight to Blake Island. -Jason Lee Bell

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Watching from Alki...oh my goodness spyhops and breaches in the golden haze as sun disappeared. Two groups. so far away, but seeing a spyhop in the tiny bit of peach sunlight sparkles left of the day...after spending the WHOLE day with them. Stuff of dreams. -Kersti Muul

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4:15 p.m. - pods have flipped. Bunching in resting mode looks like. Now northbound.
4:04 pm - 10 plus more streaming south mid channel and either side of...out from us at Seahurst Park and north of Dilworth. Lots of breaches...and still foraging by others just south of.
3:54 p.m. - several foraging mid channel between Seahurst Park, Burien and Dilworth, Vashon. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network

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Approx 3:30-4:30 p.m. - I just spent an hour watching the Orcas from West Seattle, about a 1/2 mile south of Fauntleroy. They were on the west side by Vashon. I saw at least 5 Orcas as that is how many I have in a couple pictures. I suspect there is more than 5. -Monica Zaborac, October 24, 2016 

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3:50 p.m. - Really spread out. Some acrobats showing off at Glen Acres.
3:31 p.m. - Seem to be feeding. Moving closer to Vashon side. Can now see without binos.
3:17 p.m. - Orca heading South in front of ferries at Fauntleroy. Mid channel. Quite spirited. Spread out about 1/2 mile. Having a hard time counting - spread out. Large dorsals on several. Circling just north of my house on Glen Acres. Fishing boats acting cluless to distance etc. -Jan Kubat Staehli

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3:37 p.m. - lead group mid channel at Dilworth. -Amy Carey

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3:00 p.m. - seeing a small group mid channel between Blake island and ferry dock. Ferry worker reports another group is south of Dolphin Point, Vashon. -Anna Stuart Olive

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2:57 p.m. - Passengers on that ferry ride were lucky!! Surrounded by Orcas!! They continue to stream past Fauntleroy to the south mid channel.. heading to Pt. Robinson! !! Also saw Salmon jumping! -Melissa Burke

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2:50 p.m. - seeing orcas from Lowman Beach, West Seattle spread to Blake Island. Melisa Pinnow confirms K26 was there. -Kersti Muul

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2:45 p.m. - From Vashon - some passing Fauntleroy Ferry Lanes Southbound mid channel research boat with them. -Melissa Burke

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2:27 p.m. - And there's a humpback out there too! Between Blake and Vashon now, also southbound. -Stephanie Raymond

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2:25 p.m - past 20 minutes watched nice pass by from the south side of Alki Point, orcas and humpback! Some breaches, tail lobs while general trend still southbound while spread out. J17, J44, J53 (thanks for ID's Sara Hysong-Shimazu) were traveling well east of mid channel, started to pass just out from us then turned towards us. They spent some time foraging a few hundred yards off shore back and forth, then continued on southbound. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network

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2:20 p.m. - Head to Constellation park Alki. Orca just passed my place next to Harbor West. they are closer to our side than usual. -Rene Lambie

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2:20 p.m. - fins and blows spread out mid channel south bound, watching from me-kwa-mooks. -Sara Elizabeth

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2:11 p.m. - Heading east passage. Humpback in the mix. Have some Js passing Alki Point now. Still south. -Sara Hysong-Shimazu

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1:45 p.m. - Watching from Beach and 64th on Alki. At least 2, still tracking south closer to Blake Island. Moving fast so they should be approaching Vashon Ferry soon. -Danielle Vance

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1:40 p.m. - looking from Rockaway, Bainbridge Island across to West Seattle. 3-4 orcas including 1 male traveling at a good clip mid to east side of channel approaching Bath House, West Seattle. -Susan Marie Andersson

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1:30 p.m. - Maia of WSF relayed a report of about 8 orcas off Winslow, Bainbridge Island, heading south.

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1:27 p.m. - Leaders passing Blake Island now, very spread out. -Stephanie Raymond

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1:23 p.m. - South side of Alki Point. Just saw L87 heading south. Another big male south of him foraging.
1:10 p.m. - Now one male very steadily south line of sight to yellow buoy just south of Bainbridge. -Sara Hysong-Shimazu

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1:10 p.m. - A few dorsals spotted mid channel between Duwamish Head and Restoration Point, headed south. There's a tiny boat/kayaker out with them. (Scoping from a downtown Seattle tower.) -Rufo Hill

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12:30-1:15 from West Point, Discovery park watched them stream by steady southbound, concentrated mid channel and either side of...now more spread out. Breaching sequence by young one! -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network

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12:20 p.m. - Southern Residents passing West Point Lighthouse/Discovery Park, north Seattle. -Steve Smith, October 24, 2016 

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12:08 - from Sunset Park above Shilshole seeing a sizeable group mid channel west of south end of Shilshole marina. At least 3-4 adult males in this group. And further to their west more dorsals... All steady southbound. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network

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11:57 a.m. - seeing them from Fay Bainbridge, sight line towards Shilshole. -Bob Rosenbladt

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11:40 a.m. - Several whales spread out along Kitsap side (watchung from Carkeek Park) from Indianola to Eagle Harbor along east side of Bainbridge.
11:25 a.m. -  Correction - watching from Carkeek Park. We are now seeing SEVERAL groups spread out along Kitsap side, traveling south. Approaching Fay Bainbridge Park!
11 a.m. -  watching from Carkeek Park seeing at least 2 whales, 1 large male, heading south. Seem to just be traveling. Line of sight south of Indianola, I think...-Kimberly Sylvester-Malzahn

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11:15 a.m. - Juveniles surfing the wake of the Cosco freighter!
11:07 a.m. - Another pod slightly to the North. Big Cosco freighter just plowed right through the middle of them, but Orca don't give a damn. Generally trending South. -Ben Blankenship

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10:59 a.m. - Large male and several others maybe a calf off Jefferson Head right now. Heading south. -Julia Miller

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10:55 a.m. - At least two males and quite a few others heading slowly south, approaching Shilshole from mid-channel. -Kate Stovel

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10:50 a.m. - Thank you for these reports. I looked out and found them immediately, large group of orcas with several large males, spread out and milling about between Meadow Point and Kingston proper, about mid channel to Kingston side. -Ben Blankenship

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10:00 a.m. - Sara Frey called reporting at least 3 orcas in the Edmonds ferry lane, midchannel, headed south, including at least one adult male and a baby, and one big breach. And, at least one humpback in the same general area.

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9:29 a.m. - Humpback just breached twice off apple tree cove! (north of Kingston) Also at least 6-8 orcas incuding L87 Onyx nearby headed south. Humpback was slowly headed south. -Toby Black, October 24, 2016 

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9:24 a.m. - Heading towards Edmonds now...blows - etc. Very calm - perfect viewing! HUGE breach!
9:22 a.m. - I can see them moving southward from the southern tip of Whidbey. Hard to judge where they are in the channel from Apple Tree Point in Kingston. -Sara Frey

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Good morning! Victoria Clipper reports many orcas southbound from Possession Point at 8:46 am. West of traffic lanes. -Stephanie Raymond

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12:45 p.m. - San Juans - Maia of WS Ferries relayed a report of two humpbacks beween Danger Shoals and Sentinel Island (north of San Juan Island). No direction given.

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Approx 2:10 p.m. - Puget Sound - Arrived south side of Alki Point, met up with Sara, just in time to watch large group of residents rounding the point...and a large humpback surfaced right in the midst of them all! Humpback continued southbound (swimming right along with now more spread out Js and Ks) surfacing at regular intervals, robust blows, sometimes presenting fluke, other times not. On one deep dive we could see what appeared to be netting trailing from her/his right fluke tip. We watched the whale for several more surfaces and dives, but was distracted by the passing orcas and others now foraging close inshore. Later, once we moved down to Emma Schmitz Park, I did film another dive, whale presented fluke and the netting was not visible. -Alisa Lemire Brooks

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2:10 p.m. - Heading east passage. Humpback in the mix. Have some Js passing Alki Point now. Still southbound. -Sara Hysong-Shimazu

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9:51 a.m. - Definitley a Humpback with them (SRKWS) Also southbound. Just north of the Edmonds ferry dock. -Sara Frey, October 24, 2016 

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9:29 a.m. - Humpback just breached twice off Apple Tree Cove! (Kingston) Also at least 6-8 orcas nearby headed south. Humpback was slowly headed south. -Toby Black

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Humpback and Southern Resident orcas, north Puget Sound, filmed from Edmonds. Video is primarily of the humpback engaged in tail slaps, lobs and throws. Part way in you will see and orcas. The action around 3:56 starts with an adult male orca rolling then pec slapping, followed by the humpback rolling and, presenting both pectoral fins and letting of a pec slap her/himself! -Video by Stu Davidson, October 24, 2016 

October 23

Sighting of a pod outside of port Angeles on our way back from Victoria. This was about 5 pm and they were headed towards Victoria. (unconfirmed residents - Js and Ks were in Juan de Fuca). -Sierra Evans

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2:25 p.m. Humpback whales - South Puget Sound - just took a deep dive looks to be headed north up Colvos Passage.
2:18 p.m. - it appears to be crossing the channel maybe heading up Colvos? White boat with blue stripe following the humpback.
2:14 p.m. - watching from Gig Harbor (old ferry landing) it just surfaced below 5 mile drive (Gig Harbor view point?) still northbound appears to be very close to Tacoma shore. There is a white boat with a blue stripe headed straight towards its last spray. -Brittany Gordon

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2:17 p.m. - just Passed The Point proper at Pt. Defiance still northbound Colvos passage bound possibly. Blue and white boat following.
2:12 p.m. - it just surfaced at the Gig Harbor Viewpoint 5 Mile drive Pt. Defiance. Melissa Burke

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1:58 p.m. - Saw it's fluke. Not entangled from my far away view. Moving north past Salmon Beach.
1:49 p.m. - Whale moving north in front of Salmon Beach. -Zeno Martin

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12:33 p.m. - I just watched a humpback headed north from Chamber Bay in University Place, now near Gig Harbor, headed north towards Tacoma Narrows Bridge. -Lissa Brod Anderson

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I just watched that humpback head north fairly quickly about mid channel north of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. It was traveling at least a half mile in between surfacing. I saw it blow only once, never showed it's fluke, and saw it surface four times between the Narrows Bridge and salmon beach, all between 130 and 1:50 PM today. I could see it's dorsal fin each time it surfaced and did not appear to be in any distress. -Susan Dynes

October 22

5:25 p.m. - North Puget Sound - Humpback south of Whidbey Island. heading north, one blow just now. Viewing from Sunset Ave in Edmonds with binoculars. -Gloria Faircloth Conrad

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3:00 pm - South Puget Sound min. 3 whales. 1 lone further south, 2 together to the north) spotted trending at a steady pace, lots of blows and breaching!!! at southern tip of Blake Island, traveling on the east side in a northerly direction. -Kathe Bradley

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2:56 p.m. - whales still northbound just east of Blake island. Passing the whale baton off to the Kitsap and Seattle folks now! -Amy Carey

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2:50p.m. -  Charlie called in a report of two humpbacks between the south Blake Island and Southworth, and one seen very close to Southworth that he is not sure whether it was one of the two seen later or was a third whale. They were heading north, nearing the SW side of Blake Island.

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2:45 p.m. - 2 went in front of us on Southworth ferry. -Monica Zaborac

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2:39 p.m. -  they passed Southworth still northbound, lost them when the ferry left.  A second hand report says they are by the south east side of Blake Island still northbound. -Brittany Gordon

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2:26 p.m. - nearing Southworth ferry terminal northbound on Kitsap side. Bad boating behavior.
2:05 p.m. -  northbound near Fragaria, Kitsap.
1:34 p.m. -  at least two headed north just north of Ollala, Kitsap. -Amy Carey

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1:39 p.m. - One has breached twice! Still headed north. There are several boats. -Cathy Baker

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1:26 p.m. - Two are fluking, one is not. 2 also just breached twice.
1:08 p.m. - 3 humpbacks at Pt Richmond in Colvos passage heading northbound. Some lucky passengers on the M/V Issaquah ferry got a close look at the humpback whales this afternoon! I was watching these whales for several hours today, and only two of them are fluking. The third is also lagging behind. -Meg McDonald

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12:36 p.m. - They are heading north up Colvos, mid channel, after a magnificent full breach by one whale.
12:15 p.m. - They are just coming around Point Defiance! -Michele Riley Campbell

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12:25 p.m. - spotted 2 humpbacks from Old Ferry landing in Gig Harbor heading North into Colvos passage. -Heidi Powers Armstrong

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12:05 p.m. - He is back again between the buoy and McNeil island. -Bob Wagner

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Noon - Two humpbacks just passed by Salmon Beach (north of Tacoma Narrows), close to shore. Travelling north. Approximatley at noon. -Zeno Martin

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11:00 a.m. - Two humpbacks headed north through the Tacoma Narrows moments ago. -Phil Caldwell

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10:23 a.m. - Watched them off of Day Island headed North toward Narrows Bridge. Two for sure possibly 3? Pretty much 2 shallow dives and then a deep dive with the fluke showing as they went under. -Glenn Hansen

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10:16 a.m. - Humpback off the south end of Fox Island. Spotted right now. Headed north toward the Fox Island pier. -Bob Wagner

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10:18 a.m. - San Juan Island - 2 Humpback whales headed East in Harney channel. (near Shaw Island ferry terminal). -Brian Schmitz

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10:15 a.m. - Orca Network got a call from a ferry worker reporting 2 humpbacks between Shaw and Orcas Islands, heading east.
6:45 am - thanks to Jeanne Hyde's post about listening to Humpbacks all night into the morning, I turned on Lime Kiln and spent my waking time listening to the vocals of at least one humpback, probably more. Calling? Singing? Was so completely beautiful. Close calls and distant calls, apart and sometimes close together. Also lower frequency groans? Listened to them for at least 45 minutes. Around 8:45 heard some little voices like dolphins? -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network

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Here are some photos of 2 of the 3 humpbacks, This was from 1:30-2:45 in Colvos Passage from Vashon-Southworth. They were moving very fast with short dives. Only 1 HB showed its tail and they were close together. There seemed to be 3rd about 25-38 seconds behind them. I was using my awesome camera Canon 20x and cell phone. -Krissie Carl

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Humpbacks in Tacoma October 21 & 22 - Feeding maybe, Mostly traveling I guess. They didn't vary course or speed for most of an hour. While sailing Friday 10/21 in Commencement Bay we saw 3 whales. 1 large and 2 smaller ones. At first couldn't tell what type. They would roll 3 or 4 times to breath and then would show their flukes for a deep dive and wouldn't surface for 10 to 15 minutes. On the next day (22nd) we were headed north in Colvos Pass up the west side of Vashon when we came across what appeared to be the same three whales. They were headed north as well and were traveling about the same speed, 7 to 9 knots. We stayed on course and they paralleled us about 200 yards away. Same pattern 3 or 4 shallow rolls and then showed flukes and would stay under for 10 to 15 mins. Finally the large one breached out of the water and we were able to see all of the pectoral fins. Confirming it was a Humpback. They stayed with us nearly an hour. Made my day! The large one may have been over 30 feet. The others didn't breach out of the water. Hard to say how large, just that they were quite a bit smaller. Sorry, no pictures. -Dan Wainwright  

October 21

K35 in the morning in the Juan de Fuca as J's and K's make their way back into the waters of the Salish Sea. -Mark Malleson 

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J34 and J22 north west bound past Port Townsend as  J's and K's exit Admiralty Inlet this afternoon. -Mark Malleson

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1:11 p.m. - They are passing Fort Casey/Port Townsend, they were mid channel. Heading towards Ebey. -Mary Janowiecki

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12:30 p.m. - in Admiralty Bay just at the northern end of Marrowstone Island. -Kim Gilliam

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Around 12:15 p.m. - Chilkat powered off and J2 Granny came over to say hello! Northeast of Fort Flagler, closer to Olympic side than Whidbey side of Admiralty. She, Onyx, and an unidentified juvenile swam off toward Point Wilson around 12:30. -Amy K Fowler, October 21, 2016 

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J and K pod seen from Schooner Adventuress off of Bush Point around 11:30am! Pods were fairly spread out and looked to be fishing as we saw a handful of porpoising behaviors. We were able to get some decent ID pictures, will post as soon as we can. -Jennifer Smith

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11:13 a.m. - starting to see blows South from Lagoon Point. -Patricia Prochaska

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11:00 a.m. - The leaders are passing Bush Point, Whidbey Island mid channel spread out, and with J2 Granny. -Marilyn Armbruster, October 21, 2016 

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Dashed out to Bush Point to catch the tail end of J and K pod (K33 Tika ID by Sara Hysong-Shimazu) passing by as they blasted through some rough water. Took a ton of pictures but they were so far out, it was super hard to get good shots of them. I was just thankful for the experience and the chance to hang out with friends, and meet a few new ones. -Durand Dace

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J2 Granny passing Bush Point, Whidbey - We marvel her long-lived life and all she has seen and experienced while leading her clan through out the Salish Sea and Pacific Ocean for so many decades. Fortunate to catch the SRKW's battling strong currents and whitecaps as they passed by Bush Point today, along with a hardy crew of orca fans cheering them on! -Steve Smith, October 21, 2016

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Seeing blows near Foulweather Bluff at 10:26am from Bush Point. -Sandra Pollard

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10:00 a.m. - They are still south of Bush Pt. mid channel. White boat with them...I am at Bush Pointt. A little too far for photos but hoping that will change
9:45 a.m. - They are passing Windmill Pt and near Bush Pt. -Marilyn Armbruster

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9:20 a.m. - A group of Orca spread between Useless Bay and Mutiny Bay. Headed North. -James Greenway

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8:08 a.m. - Mike Moore reported 10 - 15 or more orcas seen from Double Bluff Whidbey Island, headed N between Double Bluff and green buoy and more mid channel.

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  5:31 p.m. - South Puget Sound - both humpbacks just passed Dalco passage on 5 mile still southbound
5:22 p.m. -  both humpbacks just passed Owens Beach still southbound.
5:00 p.m. -  watching from Ruston way...They are getting closer to point Ruston and traveling south towards the ferry.
4:32 p.m. -  watching 2 humpbacks from Ruston way. They are in Commencement Bay by a few sailboats and are headed back out. -Brittany Gordon

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3:30 p.m. - Humpbacks spotted off Point Ruston headed towards the Port. -Brennan Carmody

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1:45 p.m. - Two Humpbacks near Vashon's Sanford Pt (south of Lisabeula) moving slowly south. Majestic! -Dorothy Hanson Harris

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1:10 p.m. - Two whales traveling south Colvos Passage. Spouting. Saw Whale tail as they dove. -Pat Churchill

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12:20 p.m -  2 humpbacks traveling north up Colvos they are a few miles south from the Southworth ferry terminal. Little while boat traveling with them. They are mid channel and seem to be traveling a little slow.. -Brittany Gordon

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10:11 a.m. - At least 2 humpbacks hugging Gig Harbor shore heading north to Sunrise Beach. -Michele Riely Campbell

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October 21 - North Puget Sound - (Reported to NOAA as well) I'd like to report a sighting of a (possible) entangled humpback whale I noticed yesterday while on board the Chilkat Express. We spotted the whale circling and apparently feeding about 3-4 miles NW of the Edmonds Waterfront. The whale continued to circle the same area during our entire encounter with it, which lasted around 20 minutes between 1:15 pm and 1:36 pm. The whale took deeper dives that lasted around 4 minutes after 3-4 shallower surfacings. Every time the whale attempted a deeper dive, it did not show it's flukes and it appeared the tail was being weighed down by something. You'll find attached a sequence of photos (see one below) I took of one of the whale's dives that seem to show a line of some kind wrapped around the lower part of the whale's peduncle. The photos have been cropped and resized to fit in the email, but are otherwise unaltered. The photos were taken yesterday, October 21st 2016 at 1:19 pm and we last saw the whale trending in a southerly direction though still apparently feeding....-Justine Buckmaster

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10:15 a.m. -  a humpback ~3 miles NW of Edmonds, line of sight the leftmost edge of Double Bluff. -Sherman Page

October 20

K44 Ripple, born 2011 and the last surviving calf of K pod, pops out to say hello as he and his family pass Point Robinson, Vashon on their southbound leg of their travels through Puget Sound. -Kelly Burns Keenan (ID by Melisa Pinnow, CWR)

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6:11 p.m. - from Dash Point looks like they are at Maury Island Marine Park. Still southbound. -Melissa Burke

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Southern Resident Orcas visited Vashon - Cappucino K21 - Point Robinson. today. My favorites are the bunched up, cuddling pics. Here is K38, J42, K44, and J45 all in what Melisa calls a "cuddle puddle". -Kelly Keenan, October 20, 2016 (IDs by Melisa Pinnow, CWR

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6:05 p.m. - Absolutely stunning pass at Point Robinson. Just ended and still headed south. -Amy Carey

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5:55 p.m. -  6:00 p.m. - leaders have rounded Pt. Robinson very close to Vashon still southbound. Lots of splashing and blows. From Dash Pt. starting to see blows and splashes with my binoculars at Pt. Robinson. -Melissa Burke

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Thursday evening's visit  - taken around 5:45pm from the shores of Point Robinson beach on Vashon Island. -Marla Smith, October 20, 2016

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  5:37 p.m. - orca approaching Point Robinson still southbound. -Brittany Gordon

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4:30 p.m. - they are just off of Normandy Park beach heading south. -Tanya Esparza

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4:27 p.m. -  Huge breach midchannel perhaps a bit south of 3 Tree yellow buoy. -Meg McDonald

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4:22 p.m. - Quite a few Orcas came by....Off Three Tree Point at mid afternoon. Not very visible. I assume they were constantly under fishing. Finally got a few pictures as they became backlit by the sun. Came down the middle of the Sound between Vashon and Burien. Lots. Very spread out. In my uneducated view, feeding. Large commercial fishing boats had been fishing most of the morning and early afternoon until less than an hour before they arrived. -Elston Hill

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3:46 p.m. - Seeing two right around the channel buoy at Three Tree Point! (Burien) -Kim Rouse Baumgartner

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3:27 p.m. - Orcas off south side of Fauntleroy - Vashon ferry, seem to be heading south. -Michelle Casad

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2:57 p.m. - leaders finally at Dilworth, Vashon. -Amy Carey

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3:00 p.m. - watching from South Beach & Toe Jam HIll on Bainbridge Island with Aviva. Orca were south of Alki, heading toward Vashon ferry lanes. 2 groups of 2-3. One lone male seemed to be farther south. Lots of foraging. A couple of breaches. Mid channel, from our perspective. Nice light for easy viewing. Recommend going out to see them. It is a gorgeous fall day out there!
2:43 p.m. - 6 - 8 or more orcas including 1 large male, she is watching from South Beach, Bainbridge Island and the whales are down by Alki, approaching the Vashon ferry lanes heading south. -Kimberly Sylvester- Malzahn

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2:40 p.m. - two small groups bunched up and were foraging in & south of ferry lanes, mid channel. I could see others further west and south. Few more north of ferry lanes. All generally still heading south.
2:24 p.m. - several crossing through Vashon-Fauntleroy ferry lanes now. Nice steady pass past Lincoln Park by family of three ( female, male, younger) east side of channel. Other males west of channel and further south. Others spread across having passed by last 20 minutes...mid channel and still some on each side of. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network

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  2:15 p.m. - Quite a few visible from the bluff south of Brace Pt/Fauntleroy. Still headed south, on Vashon side of shipping lanes. Lucky us! -Ellen Cole

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  2:00 p.m. - Here at Lowman (West Seattle), watching two swim south toward Blake. Not sure which side of Blake they'll pass, probably east. -Trileigh Tucker

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  2:00 p.m. - Just spotted a pretty big dorsal from Fauntleroy, headed south. -Pat Johnson

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1:39 p.m. - leaders just crossing Vashon ferry lane. -Amy Carey

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1:35 p.m. - call from WA State ferry, from the east bound Bainbridge to Seattle ferry, at least 3 orcas, including 1 large male and several females breaching, southbound, spread out.

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1:50 p.m. - several have stalled to forage ( many directional changes, lunges) between Alki and Vashon, mid channel and both sides of.  Others have continued southbound.
1:30 p.m. -  Trailers between Emma Schmitz Memorial Overlook, West Seattle and Blake Island. Whales still spread across channel all directions, many in 1s and 2s. Still southbound. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network

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1325 larger group passing Alki now. Spread out east to west.
1311 at least one foraging off Alki Point. The leader looked to be about mid channel. Seeing a few within a couple hundred yards from shore reaching Alki Point now.
1302 -  whales passing Alki Point appear to be east of mid channel Lone male out in front has passed north end of Vashon as viewed from Constellation Park in West Seattle.
12:24 p.m. - See at least one orca, I believe a male, southbound off Manchester as viewed from south Alki Point. -Jason Lee Bell

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12:50 p.m. - Jeff Hogan called reporting orcas spread out slowly heading south from So. Bainbridge Island down to the Vashon ferry lanes.

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Watched from northside until just around 1:00 p.m. with last few whales foraging 1/2 - 1 mile N of Alki point for about 15-20 minutes. Resumed southbound rounding point.
12:00 noon - From northside of Alki on Alki Ave at 65th SW watching them come from the north in 1s and 2s still spread E/W and N/S. One male has turned northbound (sightline Rolling Bay Bainbridge from Alki) mid channel. And now southbound...looks like more he's chasing a salmon. Several seiners out. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network 

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Noon- J pod is here too and appears to be the leaders at south end of Bainbridge.
10:55 a.m. -  they are still heading south slowly spread out quite a bit across the channel.
10:27 a.m. - So far I've identified K-pod and L87 down here in Puget Sound. -Bart Rulon

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11:55 p.m. - Js are farther south, now south of Restoration Point (Bainbridge). -Christopher Hanke

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11:15 a.m. - From West Point/Discovery Park...seeing  spread out whales across and N/S. Many south of West Point by now. Saw one breach, more foraging, chasing behavior, though steady southbound by all.
10:50 a.m. - I see a male, and others engaged in foraging behavior off West Point...mid channel. Purse Seiners other fishing vessels are out up and down Puget Sound. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network

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Today the Southern Residents came by Bainbridge Island and I was lucky enough to catch a glimpse of them from shore, (K35 Sonata (ID by Sara Hysong-Shimazu) off Skiff Point, which is mid-island and directly across from West Point Lighthouse) - Behaviors: VERY spread out from north to south end of Bainbridge and West to East (Bainbridge to West Point Lighthouse in Seattle) The weather was wet and dark and gray. Two or three females past first followed by the male in the photos. His direction was mostly south with a brief directional change, so got both sides. I was standing on shore at ground level, orca was probably 300 yards + from shore.
10:23 a.m. - Big male just passed. Reversed direction briefly then continued south. Close to shore, BI side. Same location as previous post.
10:15 a.m. -  2 or 3 orcas southbound steady track. Possibly SRs. Close to Bainbridge Island side. -Susan Marie Andersson

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10:15 a.m. - at least another 2 east of mid channel due west Shilshole marina, steady pace southbound.
10:00 a.m. - glimpse of large male southbound west side of channel approaching/at Faye Bainbridge park. And breaching whale a bit further to the NE. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network

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8:30 a.m. - Saw at least two mid channel heading south between president point and point wells? ( The tanks) . West of the channel marker. Pretty much mid channel approaching the channel mark South of Kingston. -Joanne Graves

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8:10 a.m. - Tony Woelke, WS Ferries. called to report orcas about 1-1/2 mile off shore between Pt Edwards (south Edmonds) and Point Wells (tank farm). First just a few heading south, but he started seeing more as we spoke, some milling. Good chance these could be residents.

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5:25 p.m. - October 20 - We just saw two whales, very close to shore...We're in Mukilteo, just north of the shipwreck. And yes, one of them looked small! -Tori Shemesh

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4:27 p.m. - it's TWO whales! Saw two distinct blows side by side viewing from behind. Still trending south close to shore and very close together - mother and calf?
4:22 p.m. - Just spotted a humpback just south of Mukilteo ferry terminal. Very close to shore and moving south... Some walk-ons spotted him from line and I'm sitting on passenger deck of Tokitae and saw it blow and small dorsal three times and then fluke. -Debbie Stewart

October 19

We had the T046B's - T046B1, CA173, and U052 - Bigg's killer whales (Transients) - with the 4 CA/U gang again in the afternoon. -Mark Malleson, Prince of Whales

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3:15 p.m. - third whale even further northwest of those two now.
3:12 p.m. - two in tandem are heading back north. Still southeast of PNP and Probably south of Scatchet or even Cultus Bay by couple miles.
2:58 p.m. - The 2 northerly whales moved south in tandem, currently much further south of PNP than the 1st whale. Not sure where that 1st whale is, I've been watching #2 & #3.
1:45 p.m. - confirmed at least 3 total in area. 1 SE of PNP now northbound further east of shipping lanes and at least 2 further NW currently northbound. All just circling around out here.
1:40 p.m. - at least 2 whales out there. The one SE of Point No Point (PNP), currently moving southbound and at least one further north and west.
1:30 p.m. - humpback in same general area as 1p.m.. Shipping lanes southeast of Point No Point basically circling out there. Shallow surfacing...no fluke when diving.
1:00 p.m. - from Ocean Ave, Edmonds saw at least one humpback surface a few times before diving...no fluke. Line of sight, Point No Point approx 2-3 miles south of Scatchet Head, Whidbey. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network

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10:26 a.m. - I can see two humpbacks out at the south end of Whidbey. -Tia Scarce

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8:40 a.m. - Two humpbacks 1/2 mile east of Point No Point, tall blows in the morning sun then arched backs, fluked up and dove, headed toward Double Bluff. -Howard Garrett, Orca Network

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  From Edmonds watched at least a dozen spread out Harbor porpoise (including a few calves) for the two hours I was watching humpbacks in the distance. Porpoise were sometimes 300 hundred yards off shore but mostly up to 1/2 mile or so off. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network   

October 18

CA173, CA166, U052 and U081 off of Bechey Head in the afternoon. -Mark Malleson 

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2:12 p.m. - North Puget Sound - whale is now more southwest, moving westbound. Mid channel.
1:50 p.m. -  one whale for the past 20 minutes had been on a southwesterly course, good clip. Regular surfacing/dives, shows fluke each time. 6-9 minute down times.
1:30 p.m. - One breach, and now traveling in a southwesterly direction.
1:25 p.m. - Either made good distance or another whales much closer to Edmonds, south of Possession Point sightline Useless Bay. Several surfaces then fluke, sounded. Traveling northeast.
1:17 p.m. - Just spotted two whales moving northbound 1-2 miles south of Scatchet Head, Whidbey (sightline from Ocean Ave just left of left end of Double Bluff). Fluke...deep dive. -Alisa Lemire Brooks

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1:06 p.m. - Multiple whale blow sightings from Sunset Ave Edmonds looking towards Double Bluff and approx 1/2 way between Double Bluff and Point No Point line of sight. Earlier I saw slight movement in both directions but now staying steady. Whales viewed multiple times between 11:57am and 12:55pm ...Backs, flukes and double blows seen. -Gloria Faircloth Conrad

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11:20 am, one humpback 3 or 4 miles NW of Edmonds, line of sight slightly to the left of Double Bluff. It is going down on long 20 minute dives. -Sherman Page

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3:40 p.m. - Central Puget Sound - Two humpback whales heading north from Fay bainbridge heading towards Indianola. Backs and flukes visible but no pictures. -Scott Weaver

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1:25 p.m. - We, Chilkat, are with 2 Humpbacks, southbound in the middle between Shilshole and Rolling Bay. -Christoper Hanke

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At 9:50 am I saw two whale spouts (I am assuming it was two spouts from the same whale)  in outer Elliott Bay and the saw the back of a while then the full tail fluke as it dove, appeared to be pointed toward Seattle downtown. Suspect because of the tail it was a humpback but can not be sure. Was traveling on BI ferry (Bainbridge/Seattle). Did not see it again for rest of trip. -Betsy Cooper

October 17

5:30 p.m. - Douglas Devaney reports two humpback whales traveling together mid channel west of Alki (now south of) heading southbound at a good pace.

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5:15 p.m. -  Humpbacks passing by Alki Point heading south. -Gary Jones

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We saw these (humpbacks) NW of Alki Point from the sundeck of the Walla Walla just [after] 5pm. -Rufo Hill

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10:45 am - two humpbacks a couple of miles NW of Edmonds, line of sight with Double Bluff on Whidbey Island. -Sherman Page

October 16



October 15

  6:22 p.m. - Three just past Lagoon Point, Whidbey Island northbound. -Margaret Marshall

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12:32 p.m. - Seemed to have stalled a bit north of Edmonds. Saw on breach. Fairly spread out now with one group far ahead.
12:22 p.m. - Northbound, past Edmonds -Apple Tree Point (Kingston) Large male and others mid channel ...traveling north at steady pace. -Sara Frey

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12:26 p.m. - Heading towards Admiralty, really spread. J27 & J19's, J16's only positive ID's so far. Adding J34 to that. -Renee Beitzel

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11:52 a.m. - Orcas between Edmonds and Kingston in the middle of the Sound going North. -Chris Hanke

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  10:32 a.m. - Still 4 Humpbacks spread out south of Whidbey Possession Point/Scatchet Head area. -Christopher Hanke

October 14

  6:26 p.m. - Just saw 2-3 orcas heading west by Fort Ward. On the Bremerton ferry towards Seattle. -Jenessa Zaragoza

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6:00 p.m. - Saw one orca heading west in Rich Passage one half mile off Bainbridge. -Hugh Merriman

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4:50 p.m. -  Orcas off of Alki heading West. -Jill Hadji

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4:15 p.m. - Saw at least two orcas heading south, mid channel, while on the Bainbridge ferry. -Bryan McNeil

October 13

Haro Strait. Js and Ks. What's interesting to me is the phenomenon of Dall's Porpoise playing, or taunting, an Orca, in this case, J26. How do they know, or do they know, that J26 is a Resident, fish eating Orca, and not a Transient, of mammal eating Orca? -Jim Maya

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6:20 p.m. - Some calls on Lime Kiln. -Tony Bahnick

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5:17 p.m. - Some really loud talking going on right now. -Andrew Bergstrom

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4:15 p.m. - Still hearing them. -Susan Berta

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3:24 p.m. - I am hearing a single Orca on Lime Kiln Hydro. -Kara E Clayton 

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  I am about 90% sure I saw a spout between N Mutiny Bay on Whidbey and Hansville on the Kitsap side, at about 1:30 pm. have been trying to re-sight but visibility getting worse. -Susan Berta, Orca Network

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1:00 a.m. - Many humpbacks off the south end of Whidbey. Off Possession Point/Scatchet Head area just going back and forth. -Christopher Hanke

October 12

Some of the Residents headed north by Pender Island (Oak Bluffs) at around 1:30 - 2:00pm today. Fairly spread out but looked like they were catching some salmon. -Madison Duffin

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I saw J34 and J26 off Land Bank at 2 pm. -Monika Wieland Shields

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11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Turned on Lime Kiln hydrophone at 11:30, few minutes later start hearing faint J pod calls. Around noon loud calls. 12:20 even louder calls, single call repeated S38? Same time watching orcas on the webcam. At 12:38 start hearing echolocation along with the S3 call. this continued and at 1:00 some very loud calls. 1:33 more S3 calls, 1:36 loud clackity clack of a boat. 1:40pm S4 calls. Tuned out at 2:00pm they were still vocalizing. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network.

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1:30 p.m. - Still many calls (very loud) on the Lime Kiln hydro. I have been listening off and on for about an hour. Very little traffic other than the calls of the wild. Simply lovely. -Kim Merriman

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1300 - One group milling Land Bank, West Side San Juan Island... trending south, sounds like granny's group well north going north. -Monika Wieland Shields

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I saw about 8 of them off Lime Kiln today around 12:30 PST with at least 2 babies. They seemed to be foraging around staying put. Nice to see they're surviving. -Shelly Greyback

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3 humpbacks off of Eglon heading south at 1455. -Brian Mclaughlin WDFW

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2:30 p.m. - Paul Kukuk of Lagoon Pt, Whidbey Island, reported: I just returned home and my wife informed me, based on her description, that a humpback surfaced a couple of times in front of our house. Big wide tail no dorsal fin so sounds to me like Humpback.

October 11

Sadly, here are a few pictures of my last experience with J28 (Polaris), and her son, J54 (Dipper) on October 11, 2016 in Saratoga Passage.  During the experience with J and K pod, I remember feeling sad that J54 looked smaller than he should be for a calf his age, and that he definitely had the malnourished, "peanut head", look. I've never seen the peanut head phenomenon on a calf like this before. It was noticeable almost every time I saw him this summer, but it seemed particularly obvious on this encounter. J28 was one of my favorite's in J pod partly because she was so easy to identify from a long distance with the distinctive notch on her dorsal fin. If you were looking for the J17 subpod it was easiest to look for Polaris first. We all feel fortunate to be able to watch many of these killer whales grow up into adults and have calves of their own, but that also makes it especially sad when any of them passes away long before they naturally should. -Bart Rulon 

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Members of the Southern Residents (including Js, Ks & L87) in a lovely line cruising Saratoga Passage this afternoon, as viewed from the beautiful seaside town of Langley, Whidbey Island, home of the whale bell and Orca Network's Langley Whale Center. -Bonnie Gretz

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6:59 p.m. - Haro Strait - Still very loud vocals
6:42 p.m. - still great vocals on the hydrophone. Probably 10+ whales in a line right off the rocks, I feel like I haven't seen that all season. (seen on Webcam)
6:24 p.m. - I see a few on the webcam now going north. Wow, HUGE line of them off the rocks
5:58 p.m. - Also apparently L54s at Lime Kiln half an hour ago? Still on hydros now at Lime Kiln, great vocals. sounds like maybe Ks and Ls. -Monika Wieland Shields

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5:30 p.m. - Hunting for salmon Lime Kiln hydrophone. L54 group and definitely Ks too. -Erin Corra

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K33 competing with the purse seiners off Eagle Point, San Juan Island. -Mark Malleson

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1736 - Puget Sound - from Haines wharf N Edmonds. Multiple breaches and foraging type behavior in Possession Sound. They seemed to be trending southward but haven't seen them since I got to sunset Ave (1806). -Ariel Yseth

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6:20 p.m. - From further south in Edmonds search for past 30+ minutes, but could not pick up those southbound whales. We should have been able to see them if they continued south.
5:30 p.m. - Moved to Haines Wharf, north Edmonds. Pods have rounded Possession Point and are just south of Cultus Bay now spread out...some breaches and tail lobs. Initially we spotted many heading northwest towards Admiralty hugging Whidbey. Soon we (Ariel Yseth, Linda Aitkens and I) started seeing many more spread out whales to the south, (2+ miles south of Cultus Bay) with several who looked clearly to be continuing towards Edmonds/Kingston as if keeping to Puget Sound. Watched from this location for approximately 15 minutes before heading a bit south towards downtown Edmonds to try and pick up those heading south. -Alisa Lemire Brooks

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5:36 p.m. - My dad just said he saw them heading west towards Point No Point. (viewed from above Picnic Point, Lynnwood) at least he thought they looked to be headed that way? -Toby Black

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5:05 p.m. - Looks like they are heading around the tip of Whidbey. They just cut straight west. -Nicole Woltersdorf

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This was the tightly grouped leading bunch. A huge spyhop! Not sure who the little calf is -- someone said J16's in this group so maybe J50 or J52? We saw two big spyhops, a breach as they got to the end of the point and lots of tail slapping. They had been heavily foraging spread out with lots of directional changes and as soon as they got even with Possession Beach, they grouped up tightly with one large group in front and smaller group in rear and started moving southerly with purpose. It took about 15 minutes for the pass by.
5:05 p.m. - Beautiful pass by Possession Point. HUGE spy hops and tail slaps. Right before they approached they grouped up tight and picked up the pace. Just saw big breach as they rounded the point. Life is good!
4:52 p.m. - We've (Dori Dace and I) got them at Possession Point mid channel heavily foraging. -Debbie Stewart

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Southern Residents passing Possession Point, Whidbey Island back-dropped by Shipwreck in Lynnwwod on the mainland side. -Dori Dace

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4:45 p.m. - They are still heading south. I counted more than 10. I was up to about 16. Possession Point would be an excellent view spot right now. They are trending more mid channel now but still closer to Whidbey. -Danielle Pennington

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1637 - 13 + orcas heading south between Clinton and Possession Pt. Will send photos when I am off the boat. -Brian McLaughlin WDFW

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Sunlit exhalations of Js, Ks, & L87 - Possession Sound between Clinton and Possession Point, south Whidbey Island. Filmed across the Sound from shore at Mukilteo Lighthouse Beach. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network

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4:20 p.m. - Pods still steady resting course southbound Possession Sound closer to Whidbey currently between Clinton and Possession Point. Large group of leaders sometimes grouped tight, then loosens up a bit, with few still hanging behind. Stunning illuminated blows backdropped by the dark shadows of south Whidbey greenbelt. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network

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3:53 p.m. - Heard that the orcas were coming down Whidbey so I decided to walk on the 3:30 sailing from Mukilteo to Clinton. The orcas passed about 900' or so directly in front of Clinton ferry dock just as we pulled in. J11s in the foreground. -Ariel Yseth

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3:52 p.m - Looks like all of J pod is in the group in Possession Sound, along with the K14s. Definitley saw J2, L87, the J17s, J22s, J162, and J27 among others. Polaris J28, is present with her calf, J54. -Bart Rulon

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3:46 p.m. - Tons of blows Whidbey side, off Clinton, seen from Mukilteo lighthouse. -Brandon Anderson

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3:45PM - Orca sighting. Just starboard of ferry Tokitae we see about six orcas showing off. -Marty Butt

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2:35-3:25 p.m. - From Mukilteo Lighthouse Beach looking north and west, watching illuminated blows steadily making their way south between Sandy Point and Clinton spread along west of mid channel in a few groups, loosely spread. Currently (3:25) they are about 1 mile north of Clinton ferry terminal. Lead group has now bunched up, and consists of a lot of whales, probably at least 12- 15, with 2nd group trailing behind just back a little. Steady slow-medium pace southbound.
2:35 p.m. - from Mukilteo (with some elevation) just caught a breach just southeast of Sandy Point, Whidbey. Then could see some blows and a spyhop! Here they come! -Alisa Lemire Brooks

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2:15 p.m. - A pod of 8 (or perhaps more) orcas (traveling in a group) in Saratoga Passage, headed toward Clinton. Someone with a camera thought they were from J pod. -Trilby Coolidge

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2:15 p.m. - just passed Langley southbound towards mid channel, moving towards this side. At least 12, two or three males, two calves. A blessing to see J28 Polaris & her son J54 from the shores of Langley, Whidbey Island. Yeah whales! -Bonnie Gretz

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2:10 p.m. - A pod of orca (about 10, including 3 males) traveling, heading south from Langley this afternoon. We were drifting, putting up our sails when they came amazingly close. -Curt Johnson

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1:49 p.m. - Pod in Saratoga Passage heading toward Langley! With babies! -Rachel Kellogg Franklin

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1:34 p.m. - Spotted them from my stance Camano at Pebble Beach. They are almost out of my view very close to Whidbey. Folks at Langley are going to get a close encounter soon! -Sarah Malmstead

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Around 1pm today, Oct 11th, we were hugely blessed with numerous resident orca sightings from Bells Beach heading south through Saratoga Passage about midway across the passage. There were about 10-12 in the 1st group and the next two groups which were traveling close behind had 3-5 in each of them. Most were just traveling along with a spyhop and tail lob or two along the way. We were out in our kayaks about 200 or more yards away and still they were incredibly majestic to watch. Still shaking from the excitement of it all. Sorry no photos. Up to 20 total, at least 5-7 large males, many females and at least 1 baby. Traveling. -Kristin Carlson

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1300 hrs - Spotted a Pod of Orca Whales swimming south in Saratoga Passage toward Langley. Location: Saratoga Passage 3 miles north of Langley. -Paul Joseph Wolcott

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12:26 p.m. - they are passing south Fox Spit and heading towards Bells Beach. They are out of my range from Camano now.
12:20 p.m. - they are still in front of Fox Spit traveling slowly southbound. Lots of spouts and slaps.
12:04 p.m. - they are approaching Fox Spit (Whidbey), I'm viewing from Camano State Park. Lots of spouts, 6 -8 clustered together with a few trailing further back. -Krista Paulino

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...Watched from Baby Island (Whidbey) there are two groups the main group which is the furthest south has approximately 5 including one little one and a big male. There are two additional that were quite a ways back and we're very near the beach at the state park (Camano Island). The folks on the Chilkat got a great show when the main group came right up to the boat (which was stationary) before continuing south. -Dan Gulden

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11:32 a.m. - Confirmed sightings of J, K and L pods (just L87) heading south in Saratoga Passage. -Wendi Robinson

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10:45-11:25 a.m. - Just saw a pod of at least 8 orcas, likely 10 - 12, moving south in Saratoga Passage, closer to Whidbey than Camano. Surfaced dozens of times. Sighted a baby between 2 adults. At least 1 male. Some traveling 1/2 mile apart. I'm on Camano looking through binoculars so difficult to assess if more males and babies. Now 30 min later (11:25 a.m. ) I'm still seeing them off Cama Beach area 1 mile south, so they appear to be lingering/feeding in the area. -Ruth Westra

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11:10 a.m. - Group still heading south, past Cama Beach State Park. -Scott Price

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Whales in our front yard today, Southern Resident whales in Saratoga Passage, what an amazing treat! There were members of the J11s, 14s, 16s, 19s and 22s, including J2 Granny and L87 Onyx!! AND the K14s .... and others we could barely see in the distance - WOW. Fall is here.
Wow, Residents in Saratoga Passage today! Js and Ks for sure. Here's a photo of K14 Lea, her son K26 Lobo (not in this photo), and lots of Jpod whales. After traveling north to roughly Race Lagoon, they stalled for some time, foraging, then turned south. -Jill Hein

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11:08 a.m. - Jill Hein is on scene. Pod is south of Shangri La Shores Whidbey side, now southbound. Per report relayed by Renee Beitzell this is RESIDENTS, at least the J16s & J22s!

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11am sighting off of North Bluff, Saratoga Passage today, aboard the Persistence, Captain John Brownlow at the helm and behind the camera. -Shelley Schwinn

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10:35 a.m. - the group is across from Sandy Beach, Camano Island still southbound. Mid-channel or closer to whidbey. Whale watching boat is north of the group I see.
10:05 a.m. - We can see the group from Camano, slightly south of Woodland Beach, Mid-channel or closer to whidbey. Much splashing, lobbing, spyhopping. Seem to be going southbound. Approximately 4 are hanging back, milling, diving, tail splashing. Assume they are feeding. -Krista Paulino

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9:40 a.m. - there are at least 8 orca northbound in Saratoga Passage, mid channel, too far away to ID. Currently between Race Lagoon, Whidbey and Onamac, Camano. -Jill Hein

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9:13 a.m. - Heading north almost to Onamac! At least 3! -Desi Tracy

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Saw orca north of Baby Island heading North in Saratoga Passage at 8:30am on 10/11/16. -Jane Alexander

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Around noon there was a single humpback cruising and feeding on Possession bar! (south Whidbey Island) Failed to get a good shot as I only had my phone today. -Toby Black

October 10

1:50 pm - Admiralty Inlet - Lone male orca southbound off Marrowstone light, towards mid channel, we only saw him once! Probably J26. We were with J16, J50 and J42 (no J26, J36 or J52) off Dungeness Spit around 1:00 pm as they seemed to be heading toward Puget Sound. Keep your eyes peeled! ...Couldn't stop and was far away. (Unconfirmed J26, but J26 along with J pod, and some Ks did show up in Puget Sound the next morning- see October 11) -Renee Beitzel

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Juan de Fuca Strait - Southern Resident Killer Whales today off Sooke this afternoon! Heading Westbound. K25 Scoter gliding westbound, 15-year-old K34 Cali (K25's younger brother), L91 Muncher (born 1995), L90 Ballena (born 1993) and her probable nephew L92 Crewser (born 1995) behind, & L47 Marina (born 1974) mom to L91. -Paul Pudwell

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We had a fun trip today with amazing whales and an awesome group of passengers. We headed north to meet up with the T36As and T65Bs, in Swanson Channel near the entrance to Navy Channel, off of the North Pender shoreline, who definitely had harbor seals on the menu! -Sara Hysong-Shimazu

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10:20 a.m. - 2 Whales passing Alki Beach towards DT (downtown) Seattle! Not sure (type), dorsal fins only. -Lori McCallister October 10 12:01 p.m. - Finned animals in Henderson Bay. Harbor porpoises most likely. -Kayleigh Bee

October 9

We got to see 4 different Humpback whales and two different groups of bow riding Dall's Porpoise! It was a truly gorgeous day on the Salish Sea! This is an image of 3 Humpback whales in front of Turn Point Lighthouse. (1 whale is underwater) -Traci Walter

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What a way to end our amazing 2017 whale watch season - beautiful sunshine, calm waters and Humpback whales!! We headed towards Haro Strait to find these gentle giants - TWO of them together, one ID'd as Monarch (BCZ0180), and watched them leisurely feeding in the Straits. We then heard of another humpback in San Juan Channel, so headed off to see this whale, and came across several Dall's porpoise en route, what a fun surprise! Our 3rd humpback was heading westbound in a hurry, lots of surfacing but not showing his fluke (tail), so unable to ID this one...-Jill Hein, volunteer naturalist.

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Dall's porpoise! These mammals are only found in the North Pacific, they often love to "bow-ride". Enroute from Haro Strait to San Juan Channel. -Jill Hein

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Close up of a Dall's porpoise breaking the surface. -Traci Walter

October 8

2:15 p.m. - 2 minke whales traveling 1 mile south of Lime Kiln park. -Matthew Grodzins

October 7

Taken around 6-7:00pm - I watched Js and Ks come down from the north. Lots of foraging behavior seen as well as several social groups. Hydrophone recording from the same night, just after these passes at Lime Kiln. -Traci Walter, October 7, 2016

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7:00 p.m. - tuned in, still hearing distant cavernous calls. -Alisa Lemire Brooks

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6:56 p..m - sounds like they're gathered around the hydrophone at Lime Kiln! Squeals, whistles, clicks, and maybe some honks too. -Jennifer Hammer

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6:53 p.m. - Lime Kiln. Squeaks, clicks and oooooohs. Makes me happy. -Julie Penezic

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Late this afternoon we had our 60th research encounter of the season as J and K Pods made their way south down Haro Strait. For most of the time we were out there, we were the only boat in sight; we also spent most of our time with the engine off, just making a few adjustments as we recorded for nearly an hour with our hydrophone. The vocalizations were incredible in the quiet seas, and we heard nearly every call type these two pods will make! Here's a nine minute clip of what it sounded like tonight. -Monika Wieland Shields, Orca Behavior Institute

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7:02 p.m. - I have a female and calf here, 50 yards off maybe. Too dark, Baby rolling, mom spyhops next to her/him. More coming by, too dark to see. -Cher Renke

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The pass by at LK was spectacular. The last group we saw were the J17s and they were having a grand old time. So fun to watch them and they were pretty close. I think the Cookies were out further mid channel. We could see them too
6:51 p.m. - Js and Ks, some still coming.
6:42 p.m. - 5 or so approaching Lime Kiln close. -Peggy Mauro

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6:23 p.m. - There are a few offshore at Lime Kiln.
5:25 p.m. - Calls on Orca Sound hydrophone. -Cindy Hansen

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6:27 p.m. - Far out male headed in a little, and is fishing now. These first 4 at first looked like they were aiming out west, but they are headed down island at this point.
6:13 p.m. - Breach off Lime Kiln. Two males out from Land Bank, One way far out. One in middle. The closer male did a little fishing.
6:04 p.m. - I have 2 females in front of Land Bank, but far out. Back and forth, foraging hopefully. These two are now traveling, South. I got a couple shots, but they may be too far. -Cher Renke

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5:55 p.m. - Southern Residents on both Lime Kiln and OrcaSound hydrophones. Possibly heading south along west San Juan Island.
6:47 p.m. - Some were J calls...I've never heard what they were just doing before - it sounded like they were laughing, snorting, and having a good time - I hope they are celebrating finding some big fat salmon!! -Susan Berta

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5:35 p.m. - More whales passing Kellet Bluff now, vocals are off the hook. -Monika Wieland Shields

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As we cruised out of the marina, there were no whale reports, and the water was fairly choppy. Due to worse conditions south west, we headed inter-island north, and soon heard the humpback Big Mama and her calf, Poptart, were across the border at Java Rocks, just west of Waldron Island. After catching a quick look at some Steller Sea Lions and harbor seals, we had a nice look at one of our favorite females and her youngster. The water was still fairly rough, and they were skimming the surface, with long down times and no tail fluking. We then got word of Southern Residents heading south around Swansons Channel, and we caught up with them for a wonderful encounter with members of J and K pods, including the very handsome males, K21 Cappuccino (30 years old), Blackberry J27 (28), and a younger male, Tika K33 (15). Also spotted were Notch (J47), Alki J36 (25) and her calf Sonic J42 (19 months),as well as another J pod mother and calf. Reports were that almost all of J and Ks were spread out, heading south. They reached Lime Kiln Park on San Juan Island in the early evening. A wonderful day and a fitting finale of the 2016 Mystic Sea whale adventures! -Bonnie Gretz, volunteer naturalist

October 6

Great day on the saltwater today! This AM: My son and I flew to the San Juans on a Kenmore Air floatplane to Lopez Island. The trip up was to pickup our boat following it's three week stay for its annual service. On the way home my son and I saw two humpback whales (south of Lopez heading south), a Pod of 15-20 Dall's porpoises (thanks to Sara Hysong-Shimazu for later Id'ing) - The porpoises came at us fast from 1/8 mile away then to our amazement played around right next to our boat for 10-15 minutes (crazy fast chasing each other, leaps, and dives -- unbelievable fun to see). Then, as we approached the north end of Camano Island we (my son actually) spotted large dorsals coming at us. We stopped for a few minutes and watched a good size Pod of Transient Orcas milling about as though on a kill (likely a sea lion). Great day! (although 3-4 foot swells with the wind picking up gets tiring out on open water!) (ID notes: Thanks again to Sara Hysong-Shimazu for subsequently Id'ing the Orcas - "These are the T137s. The big male with the two notches is T137A. They were probably with the T100Bs (they were last night when I saw them near Port Angeles) so the little one with them is T100B2 who was born earlier this year.") -Stu Davidson

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3:40 p.m. - Orca in Saratoga Passage spotted from Woodland Beach, Camano. Mid-channel, tracking northbound. Can't tell numbers yet. We're high bluff. -Krista Paulino

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12:08 p.m. - Orcas off Brighton Beach, heading north from the Clinton ferry, close to Hat Island now. 1 male and either 2 females or female & juvenile. - Vivian and Fritz Hull

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I thought I saw a few orcas heading north from Possession beach around 10:30, but I figured I was seeing things. Good to know I'm not totally losing it! (comment after 12:08 Hull sighting) -Nicole Woltersdorf

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10:58 a.m. - Spotted orca East of Smith Rock. (Smith Island?) -Adnrea Savage

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1:30 p.m. - A lone humpback travelling west to east off Flint Beach at the south end of Lopez Island. -Tom Reeve, Lopez Island

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10:30 a.m. - Just spotted a humpback whale from the ferry headed to Sydney, BC. It was in the Spieden channel heading southeast. -Julie Vehorn

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Minke whale "Nick Jagger". Greetings! For the past few weeks, a lone minke has been enjoying lolling around Eagle Cove. -Alex Shapiro

October 5

  T137s and T100Bs about 5 miles north of Port Angeles in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The lighting was unreal! -Sara Hysong-Shimazu 

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We encountered numerous humpbacks out west about 15 miles from the mouth of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Everywhere you looked you saw humpback whale exhalations. It was incredible! -Sara Hysong-Shimazu

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Two humpbacks feeding between Patos and Sucia - San Juans. Mother and juvenile. 1:00 to 2:00pm. -Dianne Dee Iverson

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Humpback heading west through Boundary Pass at 10:30 this morning  - taken from South Pender Island. This same humpback just headed back east a few minutes ago at 12:30 p.m. -Madison Duffin

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Dall's porpoise, central Strait of Juan de Fuca. -Sara Hysong-Shimazu 

October 4

3:35 a.m. - Hearing some orca voices on Lime Kiln! Looks like they came back north! -Ali Barratt

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Amy Carey sent us a 2nd hand report at 8:30 this morning of 3 orcas southbound near Glen Acres on Vashon - Puget Sound - which is just south of the north end ferry.

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  Pod of common dolphins at Spencer Cove (Harstine Island) for the second day in a row. There were 5 or 6 dolphins, and they have been around the cove all day near the middle of the channel. They leave periodically to follow boats and play in the wake, but keep returning to mid channel. -Nick Wenzel

October 3

  7:28  p.m. - The leaders are now past Lagoon Point. Some passed very close to Whidbey Island. Headed north. -Margaret Marshall

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6:21 p.m. - Pat Scott sees orca dorsal fins mid-channel, from Bush Point, Whidbey Island.

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I camped my butt in the sand against the big rocks at Bush Pt from 3:30 to 6:30 to see these babies! I think last post before I headed down said they were mid channel South Mutiny Bay. Thats a lot of stalling but hoping they found lots of good eats out there...I know there is some good Chinook fishing south Mutiny Bay and before heading around the corner to Double Bluff. Once they came in view from Bush Point around 6:15, most were way out midchannel and further over. Dori and I first spotted them across towards Foulweather Bluff and entrance opening that goes towards Hoods Canal. Could barely see with naked eye, def needed binocs. Once they headed north a bit more near Marrowstone Island, they were a tad closer, like mid channel. -Marilyn Armbruster

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5:30-6:15PM - From a bluff a mile south of Bush Point lighthouse, at 100' elevation, the whales were 2-3 miles away, roughly mid-channel, where they usually travel. They were in travel mode, all 20 or 30 orcas heading north, spread out in small groups with a few adult males traveling alone. I saw only a few tail lobs and breaches as they moved in choppy water at a uniformly slow pace, each one in the same rhythm of rising, blasting a burst of heated breath, then rolling forward and disappearing. -Howard Garrett, Orca Network

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5:55 p.m. - the orcas are now VERY CLOSE to the Whidbey side, approaching Bush Pt. in very cold, windy, white-cappy conditions! -Susan Berta, Orca Network

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4:50 p.m. - 20-30 SR orcas still foraging off Mutiny Bay mid-channel. Lots of tail-lobbing, omni-directional movements, but several tight groups, all generally oriented northward but don't seem to have moved much for the past hour.
4:05 p.m. - At least 5 or 6 orcas are mid-channel, probably up to west of Mutiny Bay, still going very slow, circling and lob-tailing, but trending gradually northward. -Howard Garrett

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4:09 p.m. - They have stalled south of Mutiny Bay mid channel.
3:42 p.m. -  Still heading north mid channel. I've seen a couple of tail lobs. Viewing from the south end of mutiny bay. here is a humpback doing pectoral fin slaps too! What a great day!
3:27 p.m. - I'm seeing blows now south of Mutiny Bay. -Danielle Penningtons

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3:16 p.m. - line of sight from Pt No Pt parking spread from Mutiny Bay back towards Double Bluff. Have observed some foraging behavior from a couple adult males including a brief direction change. Still northbound mid channel or east side of mid channel. -Connie Bickerton

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2:45 p.m. - 3:05 p.m. - Seeing fins and blows just NE of Point No Point. No clear direction, seem to be foraging from Point No Point  to Useless Bay. -Howard Garrett, Orca Network

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2:23 p.m. - At Point No Point: A few whales barely visible with the naked eye. I think most are between Maxwelton and west side of Useless Bay. They appear to be mid channel or slightly east of mid channel. -Connie Bickerton

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1:43 p.m. - Passing Scatchet Head now. Mid channel heading north up Admiralty. -Dori Dace

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1340 - spread between Point No Point and Possession. They (east group) were stalled out heavy foraging along the western contour lines of possession bar at 1330. -Michael P Colahan

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1:15 p.m. - Eastern groups heading towards southeast side of Whidbey. South of Cultus Bay. West group has turned east, looks to be south of Useless Bay/Scatchet Head.
12:50 p.m. - Now watching from Edmonds Sunset Ave, north side of the ferry terminal: pods very spread in all directions. More western groups appear headed towards Admiralty, others in groups holding line east of channel, unclear which side of Whidbey east side groups will choose.
12:35 p.m. -  watching from Edmonds Marina Beach: pods are spread across and north south. Most if not all past Kingston/south Edmonds still northbound in choppy seas. Steady pace... Some breaching & tail lobs. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network

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Approx 12:15 p.m. - I saw them heading north from Richmond Beach they were right by Edmonds ferry. -Joni Barnes Pollino

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11:52 a.m. - From apple Tree Pt. Large group. Heading slowly north. Choppy and closer to Edmonds side - hard to see from here. Lots of blows. -Gina James Vigna

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11:50 a.m - leaders are past the mid channel yellow buoy off north Richmond beach, steaady pace in white-capped seas.
11:40 a.m. Pods are spread across either side of mid channel out from north end of Port Madison to the west and Richmond Beach to the east. Some grouping and brief stalling, while others maintain steady medium pace northbound. Lots of surface activity the past hour...breaches, wake surfacing, directional changes. -Alisa Lemire Brooks

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11:42 a.m. - Orcas visible from Richmond beach park. Headed north. Can't tell how many. -Esther du Crocq

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Only one shot - from the group closest to us at Faye Bainbrdige, showing a saddle that Sara Hysong-Shimazu identified as K22 with 95% certainty. -Connie Bickerton

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Report from 9:45 to noon today from Bainbridge Island. I was first on Rolling Bay bluff, north of Skiff Point for most of the two hours ...reluctantly left Connie and the Kitsap gang at Fay Bainbridge around noon. At 9:45 am I spotted first dorsals about a mile south and west of West Point (Discovery Park, Seattle). Orcas were in a tighter group at this point and I counted 8+ bunched together hanging out in a patch of sun with the emerald city glistening behind them. Orcas continued north slowly with very little surface behavior. Chilkat came on the scene shortly afterward and whales spread out at that point. Connie, Kimberly and Aviva arrived and we watched from a distance for over an hour. The tug came by and we were too far away to see the surfing action you reported on ON. Around 11am we thought all whales were north and east on the other side of the channel, but a male and several females -and I'm pretty sure a couple of calves- appeared right below us very close to shore. We don't know how long they had been there but they soon made tracks and were porpoising to catch up the others which, at that point, which were well past Shilshole and on the east side of mid channel marker. -Susan Andersson

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10:44 a.m. - From Richmond Beach seeing at least one orca porpoising the wake of a large tug east of mid channel out from just north of Shilshole heading northbound. Also seeing blows of others behind that action west of mid channel. Groups spread. Shortly after the wake surfing, larger group gathered, changed direction and milled for a few minutes mid channel out from Richmond Beach/Jefferson Head, Indianola. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network

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10:20 a.m. - They're moving at a medium pace right now, off Shilshole. Lots of tail lobbing and spyhopping!
10:11 a.m. - We are at Discovery park now and they are heading north! All of them (J pod), one year old, J52 Sonic (of the J16s), J34 Doublestuf (of the J22 or "Cookie" matriline), J27 Blackberry, born in 1991, sister J31 Tsuchi and brother J39 Mako. Their mother J11 Blossom died in 2008. Ks too. -Renee Beitzel

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8:45 a.m. - Stephanie Raymond called from Emma Schmitz park in West Seattle while watching "lots of whales out there," mostly on the east side, heading north toward Alki Point. They are headed toward West Point now, lots of tail lobs and some breaching. Saw some Ks and Js in there too.

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8:45 a.m. - Leaders passing Elliott Bay, trailers still passing Alki, farther offshore.
8:41 a.m. - Passing Alki now. -Meg McDonald

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8:35 a.m. - I can see them between Me Kwa Mooks park, West Seattle and Blake Island. Heading north. Big group. -Kate Calamatta

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J46 Star (daughter of J28 Polaris) on the left trailing J34 DoubleStuf. Taken from Lowman Beach, West Seattle earlier around 8:10am this morning. J pod female (J16?) off West Seattle this morning. -Kirsti E Muul

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8:15-9:15 a.m. - Large pod off Alki pt - Large pod between Lincoln Park, to Blake Island heading north 8:15 am to Alki & beyond thru 9:15, several large males, lots of spy hops, tail lobs, pec slapping, breaching...-Jeff Crow

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8:08 a.m. -  killer whales northbound just off Lowman Beach in West Seattle. I was told j-pod. Maybe a dozen animals in the group I saw. -Jason Lee Bell

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7:58 a.m. - Charlie on the ferry Issaquah called to report orcas off Fauntleroy Cove, heading north.

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7:50 a.m. - WA State Ferries reports a pod of orcas heading north off the Fauntleroy ferry dock. I was watching the pod of orcas (Southern Residents) traveling north past Mutiny Bay (Whidbey) and there was a humpback there too doing pectoral slaps. It was too choppy to tell the direction of travel. This was around 4 PM. -Danielle Pennington

October 2

Late afternoon sun illuminates the blows of some of the members of J & K pods (& L87) who passed Bush Point, Whidbey Island while traveling southbound Admiralty Inlet on what marks their first 2016 Fall arrival in Puget Sound. -Steve Smith

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  Southern Residents came down Admiralty Inlet today! Early afternoon reports came in of Js and Ks heading south off Whidbey Island near Smith Island, near Oak Harbor. We hoped they would head on down Admiralty and sure enough reports came in from Ft. Casey, then Lagoon Point of Residents heading south fast off Marrowstone Island in several groups, very active, much splashing. When we got to the lighthouse at Bush Point just after 5 pm beautiful backlit orcas were blasting tall sparkling blows in mid-channel, followed a few minutes later by four others including J27, much closer to the Whidbey side. Later more came south further out, all at the same steady pace, headed for Point No Point and Puget Sound. -Susan Berta & Howard Garrett, Orca Network

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  7:14 p.m. - seem to be stalled and milling south east of Point No Point. Seem active with many dorsals surfacing in different directions. Boat with flashing lights still with them...NOAA?
7:01 p.m. - pod heading south in shipping lanes east of Point No Point. Some of the group are well east of shipping lane. -Stu Davidson

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  6:30 p.m. - I left Point No Point (PNP), the lead pack was traveling very quickly and must have been about half a mile to a mile south of PNP at that time I would expect them to be approaching Edmonds if they continue that pace. -Neil Hathi

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6:34 p.m. - Dorsal seen directly north of the Point no Point boat launch close to Whidbey shore headed South. -Melinda Barajas

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6:24 p.m. - Kit Turner called again from Lagoon Point while watching a single male also heading south, closer to the Marrowstone side.

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6:15 - We still see them from Bush Point approaching Point No Point. -Howard Garrett, Orca Network

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6:00 p.m. - 20 plus orcas (at least 2-3 adult males) heading south to Double Bluff. Traveling, -John Ramsey

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5:58 p.m. - They (leaders) are just north of Point No Point Whidbey Island side of the barge. -Anouska Willett

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5:41 p.m. - Trailers passing Bush Point now. Steady travel southward. -Howard Garrett, Orca Network

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5:38 p.m. - Lots of whales in small groups passing Bush Point over the past 20 mins, and more distant blows now visible. -Steve Smith

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6:02 p.m. - It's so calm right here we can hear their blows. There are multiple groups right now so I can look south and see them and I can look north and see them. Spyhops and breaches.
5:24 p.m. - Just passed very close to Bush Point still heading south.
5:08 p.m. - I've got a group already south of Bush point. -Danielle Pennington

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Watched members of J & K (& L87) travel southbound in several spread out groups in Admiralty Inlet. Most of the groups passed midchannel or west, but a few gave us some nice looks at Bush Pt. Welcome back - hope they find plenty of food. -Rachel Haight, October 2, 2016 

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5:03 - Kit Turner called from Lagoon Point excited about seeing two groups of orcas moving south fast, very active.

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5:02 p.m. - leaders on west side south of Marrowstone. A couple of groups behind, southbound. A few groups on east side of channel off Lagoon Pt, foraging behavior, hanging out. -Rachel Haight

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5:01 p.m. - As soon as Howie called, I grabbed my scope and found them right away. They're off Fort Flagler (if that is the southern-most fort near Pt. Townsend). I first saw a splash, and then another splash, then a few blows. They're quite spread out and pretty far away, but I did not see any fins to speak of. There's a good-sized boat following them­doesn't look like a whale-watching boat. The whales do seem to be heading generally south, though a few are kind of wandering or milling. Thanks for the alert! -Elsa Leavitt

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4:42 p.m. - They are between Lagoon Point, Whidbey island and Marrowstone island still heading south. A few breaches and tail slaps. -Margaret Marshall

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3:44 p.m. - From Fort Casey - they are definitely on west side. In small groups. Some are well south of pt Wilson, another group just north of it. All southbound at steady pace.
3:21 p.m. - orcas are on the west side in Admiralty Inlet. -Rachel Haight

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1:00 p.m. - Js and Ks! J2 Granny and L87 Onyx in the lead with K13's and others following. Southeast off Smith Island so that puts them heading toward Puget Sound. -Renee Beitzell

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The approximate area we spotted J and K pod late morning into early afternoon was south of San Juans and west of the northern part of Whidbey. They headed in a south easterly direction between Whidbey Island and Jefferson and Kitsap Penninsula. Super awesome day for seeing such beautiful magnificent creatures, really took my breathe away, left me speechless at times. K20 Spock, born 1986 (mother to K38, daughter of K13) eastern Juan de Fuca. K22 Seiku (born 1987) on the left, eastern Juan de Fuca Strait, backdropped by Cattle Point, San Juan Island and Turtleback Mountain, Orcas behind. J17 Princess Angeline and her  nearly one-year-old daughter J53 Kiki (Kikisoblu). 15-year-old K33 Tika of the K12 matriline, eastern Juan de Fuca Strait -Marilyn Armbruster (IDs by Sara Hysong-Shimazu)

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We were able to get off the dock a bit early, and motored out into Guemes Channel with glassy smooth water and sunshine, though with the feel of fall in the air. After checking out the lazy harbor seals on Colville Island, we happily caught up with some of J pod just south of Lopez Island. They were very spread out and heading south--we first spent some time with J17 Princess Angelina and her newly named 11 month old daughter, Kiki (the human Princess Angeline, Chief Seattle's daughter's nick-name). Also seen were J47 Notch (6 years old) and his mom J35 Tahlequah (18).
We then moved further south to catch up with quite a few of K pod, including K25 Scoter, a handsome 25 year old male, K22 Sekiu (29) and her son Tika K33 (15), K20 Spock (30) and her son K38 (just 12), and K43 Saturna (6), as well as others spread out across Eastern Bank, all heading south. They were later seen off the west side of Whidbey Island in the late afternoon. They were all very actively fishing, with great lunges through the water to pounce on the salmon, very dramatic and exciting! There were some breaches, a few tail slaps and a nice spy hop as well. It was yet another thrilling visit with about 20 Southern Residents, and very encouraging to see them eating and playing. All pictures taken with a 300mm zoom and cropped. K38 Comet (son of K20 Spock) traveling eastern Juan de Fuca earlier in the day before he and other members of J & K pods (& L87) headed into Puget Sound. -Bonnie Gretz, volunteer naturalist

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They were off Cattle Point, south end of San Juan Island at 10:15 this morning. -Allie Hudec, photo by dad, October 2, 2016 

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6:45 a.m. -  Orcas on Lime Kiln hydrophone. -Thorsten Lisker

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Infrequent visitors. While most everyone else was watching J and K pod residents heading for Puget Sound, the Island Adventures trip from Port Angeles encountered the T038's west of Victoria BC. These whales are rarely seen and it was my first encounter with them. -James Gresham

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This is why I have a love affair with the Pacific Northwest. October 2nd we watched the T036A and T065B group of mammal-hunting transient orcas circumnavigate some of my favorite waters in the San Juans'. The evening lighting off Spieden Island was incredible and dynamic. I am so lucky! -Heather McIntyre

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The T36As in Haro Strait on October 2nd. -Monika Wieland Shields

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Around noon I stopped at the Suquamish Tribal Center on Port Madison and watched a pod of at least 8-10 Harbor Porpoise surfacing from northbound towards the dock. -Alisa Lemire Brooks

October 1

Another great morning off Sooke, BC, 6  minutes from our docks...we find Transient/Bigg's killer whales (T123s) hunting close to shore. Always great to sea! -Paul Pudwell

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9:15 a.m - Orcas, I believe 6 Unidentified killer whales, seen south west of Lasqueti and Texada - Georgia Strait, heading north. -Jillian Rutledge

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