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November 8

Fri Nov 8 - J27 off Fauntleroy/Southworth Ferry -Cheryl Tomblinson
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17:55 - Large group of orcas (J pod) flipped and turned NORTH, between Fauntleroy and Vashon Island. -Brad - WSF Ops
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17:01 - From Southworth Ferry Dock. watched them surf the wake of the Ferry heading to dock at Vashon. Traveling south between Vashon and West Seattle. Unknown numbers. -Melissa Bird
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16:52 - Very close to the 4:10 Fauntleroy/Southworth/ Vashon ferry, we were going east and they were on all sides of us! -Cheryl Tomblinson
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16:21 - Can see some just near the Fauntleroy to west Seattle ferry. -Amy Carey
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16:20 - Watching from the Wild Mermaid on the Vashon ferry dock, cruising mid channel headed southbound down the east side of the island now past the ferry lanes, counted at least six in steady travel mode in small groups. -Marla Smith
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16:15 - Group southbound right next to the ferry headed for Southworth mid channel.
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15:51 - Still heading south, can see some East of Southworth ferry. -Amanda Gilbert
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15:47 - There's a few stragglers still visible a little more than halfway between Blake and Vashon @3:47.
1554 - Still heading south, at least one or two seem to be on the eastern side of the north tip of Vashon right now, a few approaching the Vashon Ferry. -Brian-Nicole Jenkins
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15:36 - Viewing from near Spokane and 60th. Several seem to the Southwest from vantage point. Fairly well past mid channel off of Blake Island. No clear direction for the group. -Douglas B. Greenswag
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14:58 - Watching from Constellation Park in West Seattle. Large male just passing Tilikum village right now, very spread out, still headed south. -Brian-Nicole Jenkins
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14:05 - Still heading south just passing Vashon Ferry dock on North East side of Vashon, a long spread out line of them, not at Vashon yet, north of Blake.
1533 and there's an orca leaping around just at the south end of Blake Island. -Amanda Gilbert
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13:54 - Large group of Orcas crossed in front of the Bainbridge ferry. At least 6 headed south and 2-3 headed north. Mid-channel. -Lauren Coates
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13:37 - Orca off Eagle Harbor, South bound. -Neal McCulloch
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13:30 - Saw them around 1:30ish heading south, however there was a massive freighter that roll right by them, which I was not ok with. It was about 15-20 individuals. First time I have seen them on the ferry, and I have taken the ferry at least 10000 times! Super blessed! -Jordan Baxter Hadden
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08:52 - Good Morning, I just caught a glimpse of the tip of a dorsal through the fog. Looked like an Orca, not sure. About a mile or so North of the Edmonds/Kingston Ferry crossing on the eastern edge of the NB traffic lane. We only saw the one, and it really was just a glimpse in the distance through the fog. I would guess it was SB based on the direction it was pointed. -James Greenway

November 7

Thu Nov 7 - 17:28 - Hearing some occasional faint vocals on the Lime Kiln hydrophone - J-Pod was inbound from the Strait of Juan de Fuca earlier this afternoon, though the first calls we're hearing sound more like Ls! -Monika Wieland Shields, Orca Behavior Institute
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Thu Nov 7 - 10:27 - Gray whale northbound in Bellingham Channel just west of Anacortes. -Report from Washington State Ferries

November 6

BIGG'S TRANSIENT KILLER WHALES - Wed Nov 6 - T049C south of Discovery Island. -Mark Malleson

November 5

Tue Nov 5 - A special day with our beloved Southern Resident Killer Whales J & K Pod were feeding, socializing and active! -Paul Pudwell
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12:35 - About a dozen Southern Residents - likely Ls - offshore of Deadman Bay (just south of Lime Kiln) facing south but not really going anywhere. -Monika Wieland Shields, Orca Behavior Institute
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09:53 - 10:02 - calls still being heard on Lime Kiln hydrophone
08:30 - Some great calls on the Lime Kiln hydrophone. (L pod)
-Katie Davis Watkins

November 4

SOUTHERN RESIDENTS - Mon Nov 4 - From Maya's Legacy: J37 "Hy'shqa" breaching with a humpback whale in the background! -Photo by Sara Hysong-Shimazu
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Mon Nov 4 - We love our Southern Residents for their special wild and free antics! What a very special day east of Sooke, BC with J and K pods. -Paul Pudwell
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Mon Nov 4 - K36, K26, and K14 and K13 north bound off of William Head on the morning of November 4th. -Mark Malleson
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11:30 - Js and Ks inbound from south of Victoria. -Monika Wieland Shields, Orca Behavior Institute
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UNIDENTIFIED KILLER WHALES - Mon Nov 4 - 13:30 - on the west side of Harwood Island (off of Powell River BC) at least 6 Orcas. Looked like one large one a ways out front on its own then two smaller ones following several hundred yards behind, then another smaller and looked like two calves another couple hundred yards behind them. Headed north. Cheers and keep up the phenomenal work you do to protect these amazing creatures. -Rob Chalmers, Powell River BC
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HUMPBACK WHALES - Mon Nov 4 - From Maya's Legacy: J37 "Hy'shqa" breaching with a humpback whale in the background! We had members of all three pods foraging and socializing among dozens of humpback whales. This was reported to be in the Strait of Juan de Fuca south of Victoria this afternoon. No direction of travel was apparent.
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11:30 - 12:30 Humpbacks southbound in San Juan Channel and a Humpback near Green Point on Spieden Island. -Orca Behavior Institute
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GRAY WHALES - Mon Nov 4 - 15:40 - Single gray whale off picnic point, meandering west, lots of birds and bait in area of whale. -Riley Fee

November 3

Sun Nov 3 - Sunset off Victoria's waterfront with humpback on November 3rd. -Mark Malleson
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14:20 - 2 humpbacks headed for cattle pass, "Strike" and "Double Drop". -Alan Niles

November 2

Sat Nov 2 - 15:30 - Had a short visit with Humpback BCY0160 "Heather" in Boundary Pass near Monarch Head on Saturday afternoon. -Debbie Stewart
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Humpback feeding at the western entrance to the Juan de Fuca Strait on the afternoon of November 2nd. -Mark Malleson

November 1

Nov 1 - visit with Southern Resident killer whales in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. J56 "Tofino" was looking exceptionally spunky as she bounced around between her mom, J31 "Tsuchi", J19 "Shachi", and J41 "Eclipse". She was incredibly spunky and it was heartwarming to see. -Jeff Friedman, Maya's Legacy
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Fri Nov 1 - Southern Residents were in the Strait of Juan de Fuca yesterday off of Race Rocks, J-pod kind of spread out all over the place foraging, intermittent calls heard when we put the hydrophone into the water. -Claudia Loren


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