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May 11

BIGG'S/TRANSIENT ORCAS - Tue, May 11 - Central Puget Sound - 15:00 - [orcas] Today at Owen Beach, saw two pods! There were a lot, maybe 5 each pod, but could only be seen through binoculars. This is the best picture we could get today as they were so far out. -Cassidy E. Arimoto
photo - T124D ID: ALB
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[orcas] We did [see them] this afternoon off Owen Beach. 5 or so of them. 1st time seeing one and I'm so tickled! -Jennifer Fabricius
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COASTAL ORCAS - Tue, May 11 - Oregon Coast - 19:20 - We spotted two orcas off Boiler Bay OR at 7:20 pm on May 11, 2021. One male and one female. We have been watching them feed for 50 minutes now. They have been about 1/4 mile off shore, going north, then they would circle back south. -Edith Hitchings
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UNIDERNTIFIED ORCAS - Tue, May 11 - Strait of Georgia - 19:23 - Orca heading south from Savary Island. Will update if I can confirm number. Update: The orcas I saw remained in the same general area for about 20 min. (7:23pm-7:40pm). They were far away, but I could see a couple of spy hops and I can confirm one orca with a large dorsal fin. At 7:40 the orcas began moving north from Savary Island. I continued watching from shore until 8:10pm and the orcas were still moving north. -Patti Perepeluk
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GRAY WHALES - Tue, May 11 - Saratoga Passage - 18:14 - Gray whale heading south from Woodland Beach. -Beth Reaver Lee
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14:16 - [gray] Just went by Madrona Beach, heading north. In pretty close, couple hundred yards. -Alan Wentzel
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12:27 - Looks like a gray in Saratoga Passage. Heading from Camano Island Park towards Cama Beach. (Heading north) -Anna Terranova Bonadies
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UNIDENTIFIED SPECIES - Tue, May 11 - South Puget Sound - [gray or humpback] I'm on Harstine Island and someone said one has been spotted on Dana Passage. one of my neighbors mentioned a post on Nextdoor of an early morning sighting but unfortunately, I don't have details and can't seem to confirm. -Angie Bial
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Tue, May 11 - Hood Canal - ~11:00 - I saw a vague posting in a local group for people living in Union, along the Hood Canal, that said orca were spotted at Potlatch State Park this morning around 11am but no other sightings in the area since. - Shylyn Slye
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Tue, May 11 - South Puget Sound - 17:45 - Absolutely not confirming that it was Orca(s) but we did see a black dorsal fin surface roughly 7-8 times in about 10 minutes off the southern tip of Ketron Island today around 5:45 PM heading quickly southbound towards Nisqually. The fin was "orca-like" in size and shape, but we were far away (just got done kayaking) and even with binoculars couldn't confidently identify it as an orca. The fin did look larger than most of the porpoises I've seen. I usually see the porpoises in large groups north of the Steilacoom Ferry and Sunnyside Beach where multiple fins surface at once in a more "chaotic" fashion. This was different, definitely heading southbound and we know we did not see more than 1 fin surface at a time. Finally lost track of it as it got closer to Dupont. -Katie Dyer
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11:30 - This morning, on the west side of Anderson Island, south end of Key Peninsula -- basically in the middle of the water intersection between all 3 points of land there (Nisqually Reach Aquatic Reserve?). I watched them (from the air) for about 10 minutes and they didn't seem to be headed any direction in particular---just meandering back & forth in the middle there. It was a pod -- maybe 10 or so? Some large, some younger, occasionally disappearing, but surfacing a lot. Follow-up: No images - I was 1800' above the water so they would have been tiny in an iphone picture, but they were very visible to the naked eye! Dark colored, moving as a pod, and big enough to see clearly, so I assumed orcas. -Rebecca Graham
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07:18 - Just saw a whale spout east of McNeil Island, south sound. Not close enough to id. After blowing twice, I never saw it again. -Scott Perry

May 10

BIGG'S/TRANSIENT ORCAS - Mon, May 10 - South to Central Puget Sound (T87, T124As, T124Ds) - 20:00 - Moving fast! Nb toward Eglon. 4-5 orcas. West of shipping lane, Kitsap side. Viewing through scope from Mukilteo. 3 in front, 2 trailing. -Alice Thuy Talbot
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20:10 - Point No Point now.
19:48 - Group heading north along Kingston side of channel. Viewing multiple blows across from Edmonds fishing pier. -Barbara Gamrath
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17:55 - Just saw an orca fin twice north of Point No Point, mid channel. Think it's traveling south but could be wrong. -Kelly Wisniewski
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~17:40 - Looks like male sighted between PNP and Norwegian Point. Saw dorsal fin only twice. Witnessed by a few others. Sorry no pictures. Heading north-northwest from Kitsap side toward mid channel. -Mike Maddox
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19:30 - They milled around a lot directly out from Kingston. Looked to be hunting a few times. They are now just getting out of my sight. Mid channel still heading north.
18:29 - Visible from Kingston ferry… group is heading north - east side of channel. Just passed the ferry that is heading to Edmonds. 629pm. Northbound.
16:55 - Male out of sight now. He was heading northwest from Eglon.
16:46 - Still have male in sight. He is milling around north of Eglon.
16:34 - Male is traveling on the west side of Whidbey.
16:27 - Big male just passed us northbound at Eglon mid channel. Leisure pace. -Tisa Annette
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16:14 - [orcas] Spotted off the m/v Spokane briefly. We were on the way to Kingston south of the ferry lanes, seemed to be mid channel. -Amanda Mandi Rogers
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15:27 - Maija Holston, WSF Marine Ops, emailed to report: Whales, 1527 PUYALLUP 5/10/2021. Master reports 4 orca 1/4 mile N of the traffic lanes between EDM/KING.
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15:48 - Group continues to forage - trending West/SW w/lots of surface activity and some directional changes - sightline now well south of tank farm towards Kingston - barely in view now from Apple Tree Pt., Kitsap side of midchannel. At least 4 individuals with a little one.
15:27 - Apparently two groups or split group Kingston-bound ferry lane - nb/ milling with others farther out, Kitsap side. Sightline is Apple Tree Point to just south of tank farm, lots of directional changes - foraging?
15:20 - Thanks to Donna's post we now see group between Apple Tree Point and Kingston dock trending southbound but may be hunting. Have no idea if same group as earlier flipped or if another has come in. No sign of male with this group.
15:00 - Eyes on [orcas] from Apple Tree Pt., mid channel, N of Tank farm/well S of Edmonds, unclear direction, long down times. 2 females + another female or juvie with. -Donna Green Van Renselaar
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15:44 - Milling/hunting due east of Kingston ferry docks.
14:40 - One male, N bnd, just south of ferry heading to Kingston.
14:38 - [orcas] 4-5 maybe more, long stay-down times. Moving N fast, west [side] of channel, north of ferry heading to Edmonds. -North Allen Aspelund
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13:40 - [orcas] Pod moving north at Redmond Beach. Visible from upper parking lot with binoculars. -Capri Jensen
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12:30 - Chilkat Express just departing killer whales mid channel but pointed to Point Wells, northeast bound. -Christopher Lewman, Puget Sound Express
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12:35 - [orcas] Spotted from Suquamish dock. They are well on the east side. -Brendan Moore-Penaskovic
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Taken this afternoon from Kayu Kayu [Ac] Park in Richmond Beach. -Jim McKinlock
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14:04 - All on the move. T87 mid channel, out from N end of Richmond Beach boundary; families grouped, trailing 1/4- 1/2 mile. All northbound east of mid channel.
13:50 - Families are still in same general place between Kayu Kayu Ac Park and NE of mid channel buoy on a meal. Gulls swooping in, gathering scrappy snacks. T87 is just NW of them engaging in some breaching, long dives, making directional changes, etc.
13:37 - They are actually stalled out just milling back and forth in lazy state. Don't appear to be hunting. Baby so cute!
13:25 - So It was T87 who split north earlier. He wasn't with the group off Richmond Beach, and he is now north of yellow mid-channel buoy off Kayu Kayu Ac, Richmond Beach, facing south...slow southbound waiting for/meeting up with families, who are split in two groups close together heading northbound east side of channel south of buoy! They all off Kay Kayu at moment, making slow progress and some directional changes
12:55 - They are split up or others circled back. There is a group still south of my 12:45 update stalled out off south end Richmond Beach.
12:45 - Orcas are between Richmond Beach and just south of Jefferson Head, mid channel, now steady northbound. Still viewing from high vantage point in RB just north of Richmond Beach Saltwater Park.
12:10 - Group of Ts appear to be on the move. Trending/drifting? offshore NE bound, still very much Kitsap side, south end Port Madison. Seeing clump of multiple simultaneous blows.
11:52 - Orcas are pretty much stalled out. Presume on a meal.
11:45 - Seeing breaches/lunges off Fay Bainbridge, orcas are very much on Kitsap side. Viewing from high elevation across the Sound at Richmond Beach. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network
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11:27 - [orcas] Spotted them on the Bainbridge side close to Faye Bainbridge. I'm viewing from Discovery Lighthouse with binoculars. -Jan Barnes
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10:40 - STG [Saratoga] is with them 1/2 mile south of West Point, mid channel, heading north quickly. T124As, T124Ds, and T87. -Justine Buckmaster, Puget Sound Express
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11:39 - They are straight out from Fay Bainbridge.
10:37 - Male was trailing but is closer to rest of the group now. -Tisa Annette
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11:09 - They are passing Shilshole now.
10:26 - [orcas] Group northbound past Elliot Bay, mid channel. -Sue Larkin
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10:05 - [orcas] Northbound past Blakely Rock, just west of mid-channel. -Phil Echelman
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09:54 - NB, approaching Blakely Rocks.
09:45 - [orcas] North of military ship docked at Manchester, northbound, mid channel, view from Constellation Park, West Seattle. Harbor porpoises near shoreline here. -Mary Hartmann
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09:32 - [orcas] Viewing from W. Seattle. They are moving NB, just passing the northern point of Blake. (Some long dives. 3-4 leading with big guy a bit behind.) -Paul Steyn Benade
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09:45 - The are approaching Restoration Point now. >09:13 - [orcas] Mid Blake Island, east side, northbound. -James Tilley
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08:57 - [orcas] Headed between Blake Island and West Seattle. (viewing from beach at Southworth ferry terminal) -Brandi Marie
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08:55 - Big male midchannel followed by 4-5 others close to the Kitsap side. They have a calf with them, lots of surfacing, still traveling north. Now down for a longer dive. Just came up a bit north of Point Southworth.
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08:46 - [orcas] They are north bound mid channel, Colvos almost at north end of Vashon. -Matt King
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06:17 - [orcas] Just passed Tacoma Narrows Bridge heading north, mid-channel. (It looked like 3-4, couldn't confirm males as they were right at the shadow/sunlight line on the water and had longer down times.) -Amanda Van Meter
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06:00 - The orcas are heading NB under the Narrows bridge. 6:00 am. (My neighbor Debbie got a better look at them since she saw them when they were closer to Day Island. She thinks there were 6 or 7 and one male leading them.) -Karen Caldwell
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GRAY WHALES - Mon, May 10 - San Juan Islands - We started off the trip with gray whale CRC-1364 in scenic Deepwater Bay, Cypress Is.. Its blows brilliantly illuminated in the morning sun, with vivid emerald waters and fiery madronas setting a breathtaking scene. We talkative pigeon guillemots dotted the shoreline while swallows swooped down from above. This beautiful gray whale continued north up Bellingham Channel while we continued our search to the south. … -Sam Murphy, Island Adventures Whale Watching (Anacortes)
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11:29 - A grey whale just passed by about an hour ago headed south! [Bellingham Channel between Guemes and Cypress Islands.] -Erin Licata
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Mon, May 10 - Possession Sound - 13:36 - Gray whale across from Possession State Park, east side of channel, northbound. -Joe Dreimiller
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13:18 - These are gray whales 723 and 44 pointed north toward Possession Sound. -Justine Buckmaster, Puget Sound Express
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13:52 - They just passed me in Chennault Beach neighborhood, Mukilteo. Continuing north.
13:05 - Seeing a couple blows southeast of Possession Point. Initially look like gray whale, then saw a dorsal? So may be a humpback. Will update if I can get a more clear visual. updated: Pretty sure they are both grays. -Alice thuy Talbot

May 9

BIGG'S/TRANSIENT ORCAS - Sun, May 9 - Boundary Pass (T36s, T65, T123s) - 14:00 - T123s, 36s, and 65 were in Boundary Pass about 100 yards from the border heading towards East Point at 1400. -John Boyd
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Sun, May 9 - Central to South Puget Sound (T87, T124As, T124Ds) - May 9th Orcas between Anderson Island and Ketron! Photo credit goes to Jeffrey Ritter! -Gay McCray
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20:25 - [orcas] We are watching them from the Riv Marina [east side of Anderson Island, north of Oro Bay]!! -Jazmin Nijjar
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18:16 - [orcas] Whole pod hunting by Oro Bay. Male off towards Steilacoom side. Playful and hunting. Stationary for now. -Braidon Peterson
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18:15 - [orcas] Moving back and forth between Ketron Island and Anderson Island. Viewable in the distance from Nisqually Reach. -Elliott Sweet
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17:46 - Headed down south towards green bouy and shipwreck.
17:38 - Still at Anderson Island. We see the male. We are right in front of DuPont.
17:31- [orcas] Turned around by Anderson headed northbound. -Denise Couch
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17:24 - Male bringing up the rear, still southbound past Anderson Island. The rest are a good bit ahead of him.
17:17 - Past the south end of Ketron, were southbound, but just went dark.
17:01 - [orcas] Southbound on the Anderson Island side of Ketron. -Belen Bilgic Schneider
---- Altogether, my count was 5 between Anderson and Ketron Islands - the male and then 4 females/young with one baby that is still a little pink, so I think we have a new addition. [T124A4A would be in this group...born/1st seen early March per CWR encounter #11 relayed to me by Sara Hysong-Shimazu. -alb]
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17:25 - Big splashing and bird activity by Ketron ferry, very close to shore. Viewing from Saltar's Point Beach (Steilacoom).
16:56 - [orcas] Still heading south/west by Anderson Island. Viewing from Steilacoom. They are definitely closer to Anderson side. -Stacy Gordon
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16:50 - [orcas] Viewing from Saltar's Point Beach, Steilacoom. They are between here and mid McNeil Island, still southbound in travel mode. -Gayle Swigart, Orca Network
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16:36 - [orcas] Group still heading south. …off Steilacoom mid-channel. -Corissa Thomas Wobler
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~16:26 - Here's the male--taken around 4:26pm on the north end of Chambers Bay. -James W Doyle
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16:25 - [orcas] Directly off Chambers Bay. -Laureen Claggett
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16:45 - Out of my view, southbound towards McNeil.
16:22 - [orcas] Southbound 4. At Chambers now. Viewing from Fox Island fishing pier. -Stacey Crofoot
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16:10 - [orcas] 4 pm, pod of 4 heading south of Titlow Park. -Samantha Hinton
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16:00 - T124As and T124Ds still southbound. See map. [mid channel between Tacoma side and mid-eastern entrance to Hale Passage. -gs] Plus one male about a half mile away. -Bart Rulon, Puget Sound Express
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15:58 - Viewing male from Titlow Beach, 3:58. -Rietta Rain
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15:55 - [orcas] They just went under the Narrows Bridge at about 3:55pm, heading south. -Heather Maher
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15:49 - Just saw a couple heading southbound towards Tacoma Narrows Bridge. -Amanda Van Meter
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16:19 - Have passed Fox Island southbound. Male is still doin his own thing, close to the group but across the channel closer to Tacoma side, others are closer to Fox Island side.
16:06 - Passed Pt. Fosdick southbound.
15:53 - Approaching Narrows on the Tacoma side of the Towers, southbound, females & calves, male ahead of them.
15:39 - [orcas] From just north of the bridge, I can see two groups: one of 5 mid channel between Gig Harbor & Tacoma Side, & one group of 2 including adult male closer to Tacoma side, approaching the bend in the Narrows just north of the Bridge, southbound. -Melissa Bird
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16:01 - Way past Narrows in travel mode. Moving towards Chambers Bay.
15:30 - Looks like they have committed...heading toward Salmon Beach, Tacoma side.
15:27 - [orcas] Watching from the old ferry dock in Gig Harbor. Still see them in the distance off Point Defiance, no commitment to the Narrows yet. -Mallory Piekarski-Rabinowitz
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15:21 - [orca] Just saw one, right by Point Defiance. (Heading toward Tacoma Narrows) -Susan Varney
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15:05 - At 15:17 Maija Holston, WSF Marine Ops, emails to report: Whales 1505, Chetzemoka reports: Master reports 4 orca headed westbound between PT DEF and TAHL [Point Defiance and Tahlequah, S Vashon -alb]
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15:00 - Past Owen Beach headed towards the Narrows again. Almost to the tip of Point Defiance, viewing blows from Redondo.
14:40 - Grouped up off Owen Beach.
14:20 - South of container ship at Quartermaster Harbor, lots of splashing now, most likely feeding very close to the Vashon side.
14:13 - [orcas] Passing Quartermaster, approaching the container ship still heading south. -Steve Brown
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14:06 - [orcas] Large group heading south about to reach Quartermaster Harbor. Tight group ahead of a single male, Vashon side. We counted 7 total, one male. -Nina Brown
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13:37 - Single orca traveling south towards Redondo Beach. Last sighting at: 47.384720,-122.333109 [north of Saltwater State Park -alb] -Andrew Bartles
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Hearings on the Sound Action web cam/hydrophone:
13:34:07 - Loud call.
13:33:19 - Louder call.
13:32:58 - Louder call.
13:32:44 - Another faint call? Much boat noise.
13:32:04 - First vocal I heard - faint.
-Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network
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13:30 - Spotted a baby orca at Point Robinson at 1:30pm heading south at a steady pace. -Cara Brueckner
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HUMPBACK WHALES - Sun, May 9 - San Juan Islands - Into Thatcher Pass, through the inner islands, and out Wasp Pass we went until we reached Waldron Island where a humpback mother-calf pair were chilling. It turned out to be none-other than Salish-Sea regular "Slate" returned from her wintering grounds with a new little bundle of blubber at her side. The calf was quite playful, rolling across mom's back and throwing its flukes at the surface. At one point, the pair turned towards us so we shut down and waited until they passed. They surfaced right off the bow, both mom and calf in unison, melting our hearts in the process. …Sam Murphy, Island Adventures Whale Watching (Anacortes)
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It was pretty nice to spend Mother's Day with one of our favorite moms out here--BCX1210 "Slate" and her newest calf! -Maya's Legacy Whale Watching
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13:31 - There are two humpbacks near Waldron Island in Cowlitz Bay. It's a mom and calf on Mother's Day! -Pam Cameron Keffer
["That'll be BCX1210 Slate and calf." -Ellie Sawyer]
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12:00 - Wonderful to see Slate and her new calf today! Calf must have breached 10 times, and then did tons of cartwheels, tail throws, and spinning in the water. They were first sighted near Green Point (1200)…John Boyd
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GRAY WHALES - Sun, May 9 - San Juan Islands/Griffin Bay - 17:00-20:00 - [gray] He was first reported at 5:00 pm out from Jackson's Beach, circling around Griffin Bay. I watched him until about 8:00 and he was continuing that same behavior circling around the area. Doing 2 or 3 shallow dives and then going down for 10 - 12 minutes. -Cindy Hansen, Orca Network
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Sun, May 9 - San Juan Islands/Bellingham Channel - The fun started just fifteen minutes into the trip when the crew found gray whale CRC-1364 ripping along with the currents in Bellingham Channel. We got some great looks at both its dorsal ridge and flukes, in addition to several lungfuls of stinky whale breath. -Sam Murphy, Island Adventures Whale Watching (Anacortes)
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Sun, May 9 - Possession Sound - 19:30 - Happy to finally say I see 2 grays south of the delta possibly sb. Did see some feeding, fin/fluke action. Viewing from south end of Sandy Point. -Marilyn Armbruster
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10:32 - Grey whale on northwest side of Hat Island just now. -Katy-Kat Logan Glasier
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12:02 - 531 just outside of the [Snohomish] Delta between delta and Hat [Island]. And: 2356 was the unidentifiable whale from earlier.
11:19 - Unidentifiable gray whale south end of Hat Island.
10:45 - Gray whale 185 west side of Hat Island.
----a.m. trip: We cruised out to the west side of Hat Island where we found gray whale 185. He was moving north quickly through many fishing boats and then suddenly put on the brakes and gave us some looks. We left him with the boats and circumnavigated Hat island to find gray whale 2356 feeding off the southern end of the island. We were headed north when we spotted 531 along the edge of the Snohomish River Delta and quickly joined up with her for some time. After a while 531 began to head back out toward Hat Island so we swung over to the Snohomish River marker to look at an adult bald eagle. We got some amazing views before the eagle took flight and we headed out toward Hat Island. We joined 531 for some final views before making our way back in to the dock. -Tyson Parker Reed, Island Adventures Whale Watching
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Sun, May 9 - Port Susan - p.m. trip: … In the north end of Port Susan where we found multiple gray whales in the middle of a feeding frenzy. We got some very close looks at 21 Shackleton and also watched gray whales 53, 723, and 44 swimming and feeding in the distance. Waters were raging and pectoral fins were thrashing everywhere you looked. … Tyson Reed, Island Adventures Whale Watching (Everett)
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MINKE WHALES - Sun, May 9 - San Juan Islands - Not long after we left the gray whale, an attentive passenger and Captain Shane spotted the teeny-tinyest minke whale swimming amongst rhinoceros auklets off the southwestern corner of Cypress. -Sam Murphy, Island Adventures Whale Watching (Anacortes)

May 8

BIGG'S/TRANSIENT ORCAS - Sat, May 8 - San Juan Islands (T36 and T36Bs, T46Bs (minus T46B1B), T46C2, T63 and T65, T123s, T125A and T128) - 17:00 & 18:00 - Left the T36s, T46Bs, T65, T63, T125A, T128, and T87 northbound at 1700. T123s northbound at 1800 at Point Caution. -John Boyd
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16:00 - T123s near the Lopez ferry terminal (unsure of direction); also a large group of Ts southbound off the west side of Lummi Island. -Monika Wieland Shields, Orca Behavior Institute
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14:35 - At 14:40 Maija Holston, WSF Marine Ops, emailed: Whales in ANAC 5/8 1435hrs.: SAMISH Master reports 3 orca westbound just east of Thatcher Pass. -
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… T-party! Highlights of this encounter included a sudden unexpected aerial leap by T36B1 and close passes by T125A, T128, and T65. Let's be honest, the whole trip was a highlight, it seemed like non-stop wildlife. In total, we saw at least twenty-one Bigg's killer whales and one Gray! Incredible! Here is a breakdown of the whales we saw: T36 & T36Bs, T46Bs & T46B1Bs (minus Tl'uk [T46B1B]), T46C2, T65 & T63, T123s, T125A &T128. -Sam Murphy, Island Adventures Whale Watching
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Today in San Juan Island, I can confirm T46Bs, T46B1s without Tl'uk, T46C2, T65, T63, T36, T36Bs, T123s are here. T123s are not part of the T-party. 17 individuals in the T-party and 4 individuals from T123s. -Yifan Ling
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GRAY WHALES - Sat, May 8 - San Juan Islands - … We left the [orca] pod to continue their southbound trek and circled Cypress to visit with gray whale CRC-1364 who was in Deepwater Bay, Cypress Is. With repeated soundings, it was easy enough to reach an ID using the fluke photos, but we hardly need it with this whale given how much time it has spent near Fidalgo of late. Get one look at the dorsal ridge and we could tell you who it is. -Sam Murphy, Island Adventures Whale Watching (Anacortes)
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Sat, May 8 - Port Susan - 15:00 - Multiple gray whales feeding a mile off Kayak Point at 1500. Two I was able to ID were 21 and 44. It was a feeding frenzy!!! --- …we headed north to Port Susan. Upon reaching the shallow waters in the north end of [Port] Susan, we found a massive feeding frenzy of gray whales. Everywhere we looked whales were digging into the bottom and feeding like crazy. The waters surged all around us as we watched the shrimp buffet. It was absolute pandemonium, and we were even able to get a couple of ID's. Two of the whales feeding closest to us turned out to be 44 Dubknuck and 21 Shackleton. -Tyson Parker Reed, Island Adventures Whale Watching
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13:53 - 4-5 Grey Whales feeding off the shore of Kayak Point, 5.8.21. -Annie Archibald
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Sat, May 8 - Possession Sound - 12:30 - Probably the same whale. Saw between Jetty and Hat Island - traveling west. A whale watching boat is following. -Lynn Baker
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14:37 - Gray 531 now feeding aggressively in the Snohomish delta.
11:00 - Gray whale 185 feeding on the edge of Snohomish delta. [Gray whale] 531 traveling slowly northbound between Hat Island and the delta showing flukes occasionally. -Tyson Parker Reed, Island Adventures Whale Watching
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MINKE WHALES - Sat, May 8 - San Juan Islands - ~14:30 - 5/8/21 at approximately 14:30pm Minke whale sighted in the Bellingham Channel between Guemes and Cypress Island[s]. Follow-up: I unfortunately didn't get any photos. There has also been some night activity here for the past 3 nights. I can hear the whale(s) but can't see anything to identify species. -Erin Licata

May 7

BIGG'S/TRANSIENT ORCAS - Fri, May 7 - San Juan Islands (T123s) 15:28 - Passing Reuben Tarte now. (They surfaced off O'Neal, then did a deep dive and didn't surface again until well past Reuben Tarte.)
15:18 - Milling off O'Neal.
15:11 - [orcas] Heading inshore toward O'Neal now. -Cindy Hansen, Orca Network
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14:28 - Pod of orca in San Juan Channel. At least 1 male and 1 calf. [T123s northbound. -Ellie Sawyer] -Michelle Seidelman
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HUMPBACK WHALES - Fri, May 7 - Central Puget Sound - ~10:45 - [humpback] Took this mediocre shot along Rich Passage with my mobile phone around 10:45 am today from Fort Ward Park on Bainbridge Island. -Carl Siegrist
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08:48 - Currently right off of the ferry dock in Bremerton.
08:14 - Outbound at this point. 100% sure.
07:41 - Humpback whale in Sinclair Inlet. -Daniel Chambley
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GRAY WHALES - Fri, May 7 - Saratoga Passage - 13:46 - Passing the park close to shore now, heading towards Elger Bay.
13:35 - Two grays heading north midchannel in Saratoga Passage, approaching Camano Island State Park. -Serena Tierra
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12:30 - Gray whale CRC44 northbound. [north of Langley, closer to Camano side. -gs] -Bart Rulon, Puget Sound Express
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11:50 - 44 headed south along Camano, Pebble Beach area.
11:40 - 531 and 21 in Saratoga Passage headed toward Mabana Beach together. -Tyson Parker Reed, Island Adventures Whale Watching
----… We caught up with them outside of Langley and right away we were able to identify them as CRC531 and CRC21 thanks to 531 sounding her flukes and 21's very yellow rostrum. We got a lot of great flukes and close surface behavior from these two whales and had another whale southbound along Camano island. After 531 and 21 continued north we swung over to check out the southbound whale who turned out to be 44 Dubknuck. He was showing his flukes like crazy... He soon made the turn north to join 531 and 21 so we began to make our way south. …
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Fri, May 7 - Possession Sound - 15:33 - Currently seeing 3-4 different whale blows (assuming grays) between Jetty Island/Everett and SE Gedney. Look to be milling. -Renee Chamberland
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10:45 - 2261 and 2 other gray whales in the Snohomish river delta.
---We began to scour Port Gardner as we made our way between the Snohomish River Delta and the Hat Island feeding grounds. It didn't take long for Captain Carl to find our first group of whales feeding just off the delta. We were quickly able to ID gray whale 2261 due to its round scar on its dorsal ridge and traveling with them was gray whale 185. As we watched these two massive animals, Brittany found two more whales out near Camano Island, and one way in toward the beaches near Tulalip. After some great looks at 2261 and 185, we branched to find the two that we had seen heading toward Saratoga pass. -Tyson Parker Reed, Island Adventures Whale Watching
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Fri, May 7 - Central Puget Sound - ~17:00 - Small pod (4 or 5) of harbor porpoises feeding in circles off Waterman, west of Rich Passage about 5 PM today. -Jim Ellis, Waterman/Port Orchard

May 6

BIGG'S/TRANSIENT ORCAS - Thu, May 6 - Strait of Georgia - 14:44 - Report Tl'uk off Neck Point Hunting about an hour [ago]. -Comox Valley Wildlife Sightings
[The 46Bs and B1s were east of Port Angeles but 46B1B was not with them. If he was reported today, it will be interesting to find out who he's been traveling with! -Jeff Friedman, Maya's Legacy Whale Watching]
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Thu, May 6 - Admiralty Inlet (T46Bs w/o T46B1B, T46C2, T87, T125A and T128) - We had a great opportunity to watch an unusual mix of Bigg's killer whales today lined up with the Olympic Mountains as a backdrop on both of our trips! We found the big adult bulls T87, T128, and T125A traveling along with the T46B pod just offshore from the Dungeness Spit. T87 is a lone male that mixes it up with other pods most of the time. The supposed brothers, T128 and T125A, travel together and we've seen a lot of them in this area lately. -Photographer/Naturalist Bart Rulon, Puget Sound Express
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Through my photos taken during the whale watching trip today, I can confirm T87, T125A, T128, T46Bs (exclude T46B1B), T46C2 were in this group. Follow-up: Yes, I saw the eyepatch of T46B1 at least twice. Update: I scanned the photos again, I can confirm that T46B1A was there, only T'luk was missing. -Yifan Ling
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~20:30 - My wife and I saw a group of roughly a half dozen orca, including a large male, off of the north side of Port Townsend around sunset last night (8:30ish). We first noticed them around Middlepoint and then lost them in failing light headed toward Pt. Wilson (They were traveling west to east). We observed a group of about three otters head out to a large offshore rock (roughly 500ft offshore) and one of the smaller orcas investigated the area around the rock. Otherwise, the orcas stayed offshore at least a quarter mile. We think we could just make out some nervous heads of the otters on the rock; the light was failing. Also, some harbor seals sticking pretty close to shore. Seems likely that this is at least part of the group referenced below [by tug Cpt. Joh Gore, seen in Admiralty Inlet]. -Neil Harrington
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06:45 - John Gore (sp?), Captain tug Ocean Mariner, called while southbound off Marrowstone Island and passed two groups of NORTHBOUND orcas: one included a bull with ~5 smaller whales; 2nd group was stationed 200 yards behind lead group and included a bull with 4 other killer whales. Approximately a total of 10-12 heading northbound in the southbound shipping lanes off Craven Rock, heading for Marrowstone Point and then beyond to Port Townsend. Orcas were running along pretty good; lead bull was kind of playing. That was 06:45 this morning, today, May 6, 2021.
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COASTAL ORCAS - Thu, May 6 - Oregon Coast - ~14:30 - Every year, for the past 6 years, we have sighted Orcas from our backyard. They were a little early this year. We always report them to you and hope maybe you can identify the pod. Today's sighting was approx. 2:30 pm on the Siuslaw River in Florence, OR. They only stayed about 20 minutes or so. Swam in a bit over a mile and back out. [video] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4oxate0rSk -Deborah Heldt Cordone
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HUMPBACK WHALES - Thu, May 6 - Central Puget Sound - 18:15 - Saw what looked to be a single Humpback at Dash Point Pier heading west towards Tahlequah. -Sean Rourke
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~15:00 - humpback? [confirmed from video by Caressa] At Dash Point about 3pm. -Caressa Salee
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GRAY WHALES - Thu, May 6 - Saratoga Passage - ~12:45 & 13:00 - Viewing from high bank between Fox Spit and Baby Island, saw a gray blow mid channel between Whidbey and Camano State Park. Saw the blow again at 13:00. I think it's heading south??? But not for sure. I've lost s/he for now. A little windy and choppy out there. -Marilyn Armbruster

May 5

BIGG'S/TRANSIENT ORCAS - Wed, May 5 - Discovery Bay/E. Strait of Juan de Fuca - ~20:50 - At approximately 8:50pm on May 5th, 3-4 orcas heading east just off North Beach, Port Townsend. A bit south of mid-channel as they headed around the Point Wilson bend, it looked to be two males with possibly a female and juvenile. Some minutes later, a very large male surfaced roughly 20yards from shore (2 blocks west of North Beach Park), resurfaced several times, then went on his evening way. Magical mystery tour carries on...Annette Huenke
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Video taken in the late afternoon of May 5, 2021 from the shore at Diamond Pt., at the mouth of Discovery Bay. […including T125A, T128, and looks like at least T46Bs (minus B1s) and others hunting just feet from shore off Diamond Point at north end of Discovery Bay. -alb] [video] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPDGZt0yYN0 -Sally and Gene Beall
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14:40 - Around 12 whales, 125A and 128 [are] here 3 miles south of Beckett Point. Just finished a kill, heading back north. Left them at 1440, 1/2 mile south of Beckett Point, northbound.
12:30 - Got a report of 4-6 Orca Whales off Diamond Point, southbound. -Christopher Hanke, Puget Sound Express
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~13:15-16:30 - These Orcas came into Discovery Bay about 1:15 yesterday heading southeast until they got to Contracter's Point. They stayed at the bottom of the bay, whales feeding until about 2:30. …then the pod slowly started swimming toward Beckett Point, mid-channel. The biggest male came right next to the Beckett Point shore as they headed towards Protection Island. The whales fed out there until about 4:30 when they swam past Diamond Point very close to shore heading west towards the Strait of Juan de Fuca. -Karel Reeves
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HUMPBACK WHALES - Wed, May 5 - Haro Strait - 10:51 - There's a humpback in Haro Strait heading north. It's just a little south of Henry Island. -Pam Cameron Keffer
[Turned out to be Dalmation and Pop Tart. -John Boyd]
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GRAY WHALES - Wed, May 5 - South Puget Sound - 14:20 - I'm near Joemma Beach and just saw a grey whale. it was heading South near Joemma Beach out the Case Inlet at 1420, today 5/5/2021. There was one boat following it; otherwise, it was just us and them. The whale was about 15-20 yards from the shore line, in pretty shallow water. -Melanie Boling
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Wed, May 5 - Possession Sound … Gray whales #723 and friend (possibly #56) were socializing at the surface. We stopped to drift with them as they synchronized their breathing, taking in the sweet stench of whale breath with each surfacing. We noticed another gray whale in the distance making its way towards us. As it approached, the two we were with seemed excited about the appearance of the third (possibly #185), as they picked up the pace and bee-lined towards them. What unfolded next was nothing short of spectacular. The three proceeded to feed in the shallows off the southeastern corner of Hat Island, spyhopping repeatedly. Even the most novice photographers could have captured a spyhop photo today, there was plenty of opportunity. As the activity died down, we continued the search to the north of Hat Island and then into the Snohomish River Delta. We did find a fourth whale rolling in the delta, showing off pecs and flukes as it fed. We watched from afar, as the water was far too shallow for us to approach, a testament to the skill of these massive benthic foragers. Before heading home, we visited with the trio of grays one more time. They were lounging at the surface, lined up side by side. …Sam Murphy, Island Adventures Whale Watching (Everett)
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13:00-13:30 - I was at Harborview Park on Mukilteo Blvd about 1:00-1:30 and saw a couple of boats following what looked like just one gray whale. It was about halfway between Hat Island and Everett. -Anton Kleparek
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08:30 - Wednesday solo Gray traveling from Mid Hat Isl., northeast, towards the delta, mid channel. -Lori Christopher

May 4

BIGG'S/TRANSIENT ORCAS - Tue, May 4 - Strait of Georgia (T49A2 minus T49A1, T123s) - The T123's & T049A's sans T049A1 attacked a sea lion in the Strait of Georgia today. -Rachelle Hayden, SSOS
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BIGG'S/TRANSIENT ORCAS - Tue, May 4 - Strait of Juan de Fuca (T125A and T128) - T125A/T128 hunting about 1 mile north of Ediz Hook. Looks like they killed a Steller sea lion and remained feeding for quite a while before slowly meandering east. -Lee Leddy
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UNIDENTIFIED ORCAS - Tue, May 4 - Strait of Georgia - 13:41 - Orca travelling north along Texada Island - halfway point along Texada. Visible from Vancouver Island. -Patti Perepeluk
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GRAY WHALES - Tue, May 4 - South Puget Sound - 18:40 - Think it was a grey whale heading north past Salmon Beach. I last saw it mid channel near Point Defiance. -Teri Fields Mattsen
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~17:40 - Thought you might find it interesting that I just saw two gray whales just swim east to Point Fosdick and turned north heading for the Narrows. Time spotted was 1 hour ago. Less than 100 meters from shore. -Michael Parkour
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~08:30 - Yesterday morning [5/4/21], at around 8:30, there was a second-hand report of a whale in Budd Inlet heading south - passing Boston Harbor. I looked all day and saw nothing. I relayed report to Jessie as well. I just saw the report of a gray whale in the Narrows. So, I'm curious if in fact there was a whale this far south. Seems to be a lot of territory to cover though. -Kim Merriman
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Tue, May 4 - Saratoga Passage - 13:50 & 15:00 - A solo gray in Saratoga Passage headed south toward Pebble Beach from about a mile south of Mabana. About 50 yds off Camano shore. Smaller blow than others and not coming out of the water much. Steady slow pace south. This is the 2nd gray I've seen today and the other had quite a bigger blow and larger body. Picture from earlier whale at 1:50 that was headed south as well. -Jennifer Feldman Spanton
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Tue, May 4 - San Juan Islands - 09:44 - Currently viewing what's assumed to be the Gray Whale that's been feeding around Salmon Bank. Northeast of the Salmon can. Viewing from the lookouts near South Beach. -Olivia Esqueda
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Tue, May 4 - Possession Sound - 12:37 - Greys between Hat and Everett…two for sure.
12:00 - At least one grey sighted between Hat and Mission Beach, headed east! -Andrea Michelle Young
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HUMPBACK WHALES - Tue, May 4 - San Juan Islands - 08:54 - whale and possibly calf NB San Juan channel 1nm south of Turn Island. Edit...could have been humpback idk.
[BCX1210 "Slate" and calf confirmed by Erin John Gless from photos by April Ryan]
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UNIDENTIFIED ORCAS - Tue, May 4 - Strait of Georgia - Update to Patti's May 4 sighting included in the previous Orca Network Sighting Report: 15:49 - At 3:49pm I saw two groups of orcas heading south along Texada. These two groups were first spotted about 1/4 of the way down Texada Island (heading south from the north tip of Texada). They were also very far away, but it did appear there were 3-4 orcas in the first group and little ways behind them there were another 3-4 orcas.
13:41 - First seen 1:41pm along Texada Island (as per original email). I saw them last at 3:30pm making their way from Harwood Island toward Savary Island. -Patti Perepeluk

May 3

BIGG'S/TRANSIENT ORCAS - Mon, May 3 - Strait of Georgia - First encounter of 2021 with what I hope is the new T101s and extended family T100Bs as they all look great travelling together. Nice to see T101 with some company after losing her oldest boy T102 last season here locally. -Nick Templeman, Campbell River Whale & Bear Excursions
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Mon, May 3 - E. Strait of Juan de Fuca - 12:19 - Just saw 2 orcas 1.2 mi NE of Smith Island. Beautiful! -Cheryl Rodden Maldonado
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09:10 - Mark Millard, WDFW, called to report encountering two orcas milling around at Partridge Bank, south of Smith Island. One Male has notch. (Asked if he saw just two males, he wasn't sure, but then think the other just popped up so he said yes. -alb)
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GRAY WHALES - Mon, May 3 - Central Puget Sound - Spotted a whale at Point Ruston! I believe it's a grey whale. Seemed small though. Headed in the direction of the [Port of Tacoma] shipyards like in the direction of Rainier. -Charles Suaris
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UNIDENTIFIED SPECIES - Mon, May 3 - South Puget Sound - ~12:00 - From Fox Island community page: "There's a whale heading west from Fox Island Bridge. Not an orca." Approx. time of post is noon. Subsequent comments are asking if anyone has seen anything. Nothing else to confirm a sighting. -Stacey Crofoot

May 2

BIGG'S/TRANSIENT ORCAS - Sun, May 2 - Admiralty Inlet (T125A and T128) - 14:30 - Two guys passing Ft. Casey, already past Pt. Townsend on that side. Just saw two distant surfacings. -Bonnie Gretz
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13:10 - MV Saratoga found T128 and T125A northbound near the south end of Marrowstone Island. -Bart Rulon, Puget Sound Express
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Sun, May 2 - Hood Canal - ~11:55 - Just saw a lone, large orca steaming north out of Hood Canal one hour ago. [~11:55] -Russ McCrum
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11:53 - Orca off Driftwood Key heading southbound 11:53. Shot by Willie Moneda. It headed south. [video: https://www.facebook.com/bryann.bingham/videos/10226560154015151/] - BryAnn Bingham
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Sun, May 2 - San Juan Islands (T123s, T124A2s) - 20:18 - [orcas] Past Kelp Reef 30+ minutes ago. Still heading N.W. -George Hamilton
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16:15 - Off of Eagle Point slowly heading in the direction of False Bay. -Kevin Culmback
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13:35 - Nearing Cattle Pass, westbound.
12:45 - T123s and T124A2s near Iceberg Point on Lopez Island, milling but were previously heading west. -Monika Wieland Shields, Orca Behavior Institute
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12:30 - A half dozen or so orcas, including one large male, slowly working their way west past Flint Beach, Lopez Island. -Tom Reeve
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GRAY WHALES - Sun, May 2 - Central Puget Sound - ~18:45 - In Colvos Passage, off the Olalla Bridge. We think possibly a Minke [gray whale -alb]. About 6:45 PM, May 2, 2021. Too big to be a dolphin or sea lion, smaller than an orca. Follow-up: Yes, still heading south. We are way up hill from the beach, so no photos. I did grab my camera but was too late. -Joanie Weeks
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17:57 - Large Gray Whale, mid channel, Colvos Pass at Driftwood Cove (2 miles south of Southworth) heading south quickly. -Kristi King
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15:38 - At 15:45 Maija Holston, WSF Marine Ops, emailed report: 1538, Suquamish Master reports 1 small gray whale just south of Tyee and headed southbound.
[Suquamish was on Bainbridge to Seattle run -alb]
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Sun, May 2 - Possession Sound - 19:00 - [gray] 1 Mid channel heading towards Hat [Island]...viewing spouting and little breaching from Edgewater Beach Mukilteo, 7 PM. 18:40 - [gray] It just passed the [Mukilteo] Lighthouse Park....still close to shore 6:40. -Mary Ann Macomber
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18:40 - Single gray whale approaching the ferry lanes in a NW direction toward Hat Island. -Durand Dace
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17:39 - He's heading toward the Muk ferry. Still on the Muk side of the channel.
17:15 - Large gray whale close to shore in Mukilteo at 17:15. Trying to figure out the direction. Appears to be heading north. Just north of Possession Point, closer to Muk shore (I'm on Marine View Dr.). He's huge. -Jodi Krause Poissant
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17:10 - [gray] Whale north side of Hat Island. -Dawn Ayre
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17:39 - It is closer to Mukilteo. Was very close as we could hear it very loud. Now it's ahead of us, and hard to tell, is still going north.
16:40 - Baleen whale seen from Picnic Point headed north. Looking towards head of Whidbey. -Nataliya Lisitsyna
[Thanks to images sent by Nataliya Lisitsyna I could ID the gray whale seen off Picnic Point as CRC2261. This whale first showed up last year and returned this year. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network]
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14:15 - 2 grays east of Hat Island. -Robin Stangland
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14:09 - [gray] South of the ferry, mid-channel, heading southwest. -Angie Chesney-Mattison
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14:37 - Possession Point Park heading south. (Looked like it was more south towards Edmonds/Kingston. We only saw it briefly.)
13:27 - [gray] Seen at Mukilteo ferry, heading south. -Stacey Fuller
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13:20 - Gray heading west right off edge water beach in Mukilteo. Fairly close to shore and passing the ferry lanes. -Alice Thuy Talbot
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13:02 - 753, Lucyfer, off Possession Pt. -Azuriel Mayo
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13:00 - Solo Gray southbound SE corner of Hat Island. -Lori Christopher
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15:43 - Gray whale 531 and one other slowing moving around the north side of Hat Island.
14:40 - Gray whale 44 headed toward Snohomish Delta near chip barge.
12:09 - CRC 531 off the south end of Hat Island. 185 feeding in Snohomish Delta. 1-2 more feeding far into the delta earlier today.
--- … As we reached the delta's day marker, we found an adult bald eagle and joined up with gray whale 185 as he was feeding along the outer edge of the shallows. After sometime we left 185 and went over to Hat island where we found gray whale 531 and she gave us some amazing looks. After many great looks at her flukes, we headed back over to 185 that had made his way back up into the delta and was quickly trying to escape the [declining?] water levels. We could see him as he was quickly swimming out of the delta because it had gotten so shallow he could not dive below the surface. He made his way to the deeper water near us and then headed toward Hat Island. He led us directly to 531 again and she came in for a very close pass!!! -Tyson Reed, Island Adventures Whale Watching
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11:37 - Hi there - We just saw what appears to be a gray whale between Gedney Island and Everett. The Island Explorer 4 is watching it too. Sorry but no pics. The whale appeared to be milling. -Stephanie Woody
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UNIDENTIFIED SPECIES - Sun, May 2 - Hood Canal - 13:30 - There may also be a baleen whale near the Hood Canal Bridge. It was a brief glimpse as I was driving, but I saw what appeared to be a grey peduncle diving. It was far too large to be the porpoise that frequent the bridge, but I didn't get a long enough look to identify specific species. Time was around 1330. -Kris Clark

May 1

BIGG'S/TRANSIENT ORCAS - Sat, May 1 - Possession Sound and Saratoga Passage (T123s and T124A2s) - 20:20 - Southbound towards Edmonds. Counted 7 whales. One huge male. Viewed from Chennault Beach neighborhood in Mukilteo. They were on Mukilteo side of mid channel. -Alice Thuy Talbot
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19:58 - [orcas] Mid channel between ferry and Possession Point. -Jodi Krause Poissant
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A Pod of 6 Transient Orca cruised by Mukilteo Beach yesterday evening [5/1] before sunset, heading south. The bull orca identified as T123A, otherwise known as "Stanley" was lingering closely behind the rest of the pod. -Kory Harris
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19:33 - I saw at least two (one male) at Mukilteo Lighthouse heading south. -Alice Pearson Rickenbach
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19:37 - In line with Possession Pt. going south.
19:33 - [orcas] Moved through very fast. Sun is so bright, one male, maybe 3 females going south. -Linda Aitkins
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19:24 - [orcas] Mid channel from Mukilteo to the Clinton ferry - with one huge male! Heading SB. -Lauren McManus
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photo - Taken at 7:25 this evening from Mukilteo/Pioneer Cemetery.
photo - 7:10 at Edgewater Beach Park.
photo - Taken at 7:04 at Edgewater Beach Park in Mukilteo. -Jacqueline Slaughter
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18:39 - It looks to me like maybe mid channel. I'm viewing from north side Clinton Ferry Terminal with them in line with northend of downtown Everett, southbounding.
18:00 - Viewing from mid-Brighton Beach, orcas across southside Hat Island, not quite mid Hat. SB. -Marilyn Armbruster
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20:10 - Pod has made it to southern Possession Sound, southern boundary of Mukilteo on the mainland side. Steady southbound on course for Picnic Point then Edmonds if they stay the course. Pretty clouds of purple and pinks, and western sky of orange as sun nestles in for the night. >19:22 - Pod tightly grouped at north end of Mukilteo Lighthouse Beach steady southbound. Exhalations illuminated in low sun!
19:15 - They are on the move on the north side ferry lanes, N side of Mukilteo, SW bound.
17:55 - Still some surface action while drifting/trending SE.
17:45 - Orcas are still stalled out same general area and have been engaging in a lot of surface activity which leaves me no doubt they have found and are working on their next meal.
17:35 - Seeing more lunges, believe they are hunting.
17:30 - Orcas are out in middle between west Hat and Whidbey south of Sandy Point/north of Clinton. Possibly hunting. Too far to say if traveling/or direction. Saw several breaches and exhalations about 10 minutes ago. Edit to include approx. lat/long: 48.012869, -122.345235. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network
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16:30 - [orcas] Still passing Langley, trending southbound, approaching Sandy Point. -Neil Hathi
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15:30 - Update from another group: the orcas are out from Pebble Beach, Camano heading southbound.
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T123s and T124A2s on a hunt for over an hour just offshore at Fox Spit. -Rachel Haight
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15:00 - [orcas] Mid channel between Mabana and Fox Spit. Slowly south, mostly socializing. -Matt Stolmeier, Outer Island Excursions
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13:45 - Still right off the beach at East Point. Playing around. Probably about 6 of them.
13:07 - Circling around East Point right now. But they were going north.
13:04 - Off East Point [Fox Spit].
12:55 - 3+ orcas north of Bells Beach off Whidbey. -Kate Casaubon
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14:20 - Orcas now trending southbound and more on the move.
14:12 - Orcas stalled out off Fox Spit, still actively hunting.
12:50 - At least one group of 4-5 Orcas steady northbound in Saratoga Passage heading toward Fox Spit.
---What a way to bring in the merry month of May, with the arrival in style of the T123s and T124A2s rounding Sandy Point, Whidbey, before entering Saratoga Passage where they continued northbound past Langley before congregating off Fox Spit in search of lunch. They spent some time actively hunting as a streamlined, coordinated group, showing the relentless determination for which they are renowned to wear down whatever prey they had in their sights, though it was difficult to tell how successful they were. No obvious evidence surfaced and, apart from terns fishing close to shore, few birds appeared. Even so, the variety of behaviors presented gave a fascinating insight into the intriguing world of the ocean's top predator, before they turned tail and meandered southbound once more -Sandra Pollard
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~12:30 - These were taken off Fox Spit this afternoon about 1230. -John Files
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11:50 - Fred Lundahl called to report the orcas now north of Whale Bell Park (more mid channel) off Langley...and a gray whale lolly-gagging about 1/2 mile behind them, close inshore Whidbey.
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11:45 - [orcas] North of Langley now, continuing northbound leisurely pace. Saw about 5 in the group. -Donna George
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11:44 - Orcas, Boy and Dog [Park, Langley], northbound. -Christy Korrow
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11:28 - [orcas] There are at least 7, Whidbey side, just past Sandy Point headed toward Langley Marina. -Luanne Seymour
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15:50 - Passing Langley mid channel (but closer to Whidbey side.) Still southbound.
11:20 - Passing Sandy Point, angling toward Saratoga.
11:05 - [orcas] Mid channel between Hat and Sandy Point. -Dori Dace
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18:00 - 6:00 still southeast-bound.
10:48 - T123s and T124A2s together again. Northbound. -Bart Rulon, Puget Sound Express
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10:27 - [orcas] Yes, I can see them heading north, west of Hat. -Mary Ann Flanders
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At 10:11 - Donna Sanders, WSF Marine Ops, emailed to report: TOKITAE Master reports the vessel has stopped mid channel for an ORCA crossing. Number of species unknown.
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19:07 - Mid channel, still north of the north ferry lane heading south. Still seeing spyhops.
18:54 - They seem to be traveling again. Heading directly east towards the Port of Everett.
18:40 - About halfway between Hat Island and the northernmost ferry lane. With directional changes mid channel.
18:28 - Trending south still. Still showing social behavior with tail slaps and spy hops. Hard to get a count with the distance and whitecaps.
18:16 - Still hunting. In between the south end of Hat Island and the end of the Clinton ferry dock. Heading south.
18:12 - Still in the same area displaying surface activity. Drifting south.
17:56 - Seeing the orcas from just above the Clinton ferry dock. Closer to Hat Island.
10:20 - They will pass between Whidbey and Gedney Islands. Lazy northbound travel. 3 groups total.
10:16 - Seeing 3 groups now. Looks to be about 10 in total. With 3 males. Waiting to see which side of Gedney they choose.
10:12 - Just passing the south slip now. There are 2 groups. Very close in to Whidbey. One very large male. Continuing north and a little west.
10:05 - Seeing many more now. At 6-7 with 3 large males.
10:03 - Orcas in the Clinton ferry lane heading north. At least one large male. -Danielle Pennington
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GRAY WHALES - Sat, May 1 - Possession Sound - 10:00 a.m. trip - … We didn't get far on our continued search before we joined gray whales 44 and 21 just off of Camano Head. As usual, Shackleton was being very shy with his flukes but after a bit, CRC 44 came through and showed his flukes as he headed south along the west side of Hat Island. …Tyson Reed, Island Adventures Whale Watching (Everett)
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Sat, May 1 - Port Susan - 11:28 - grey whale off of Kayak Point right now. (Feeding and started heading north to warm beach/hung out there for an hour. -Jessica Rockstad
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HUMPBACK WHALES - Sat, May 1 - Strait of Georgia - Several Humpback Whales have already been confirmed in the Salish Sea this spring, but there is always extra excitement when BCY0324, aka Big Mama, makes her annual debut in the Salish Sea. Big Mama was first spotted by Humpback Whales of the Salish Sea contributor Maeva June off Galiano Island on April 24th. Maeva photographed not one, but two Humpbacks that day, and although she saw them from a great distance, we were able to identify one as Big Mama. The second whale, however, was a mystery, and there was a chance that Big Mama had a calf with her. We knew that subsequent encounters were needed to confirm this. Big Mama's last known calf was Poptart, born in 2016. Then yesterday afternoon [May 1st], Grace Guiney and crew aboard Eagle Wing Whale Watching Tours photographed Big Mama in the Strait of Georgia, confirming that no calf was present. However, Big Mama is looking as beautiful as ever, and everyone is happy to know that she is back, calf or no calf. We have documented Big Mama in the Salish Sea in 16 of the last 17 years, during which time she has had 6 successful calfs, and 1 grandchild (so far!). -Tasli Shaw, Humpbacks of the Salish Sea


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