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January 11

Here is a baby picture of L124, the youngest living SRKW friskily following L25, the oldest living SRKW. -Photo by Dave Ellifrit, Center for Whale Research, Senior photo-identification analyst
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Brand new little one L124 with mom L77 in Juan de Fuca Strait. K25 center...he was in the middle of big cuddle puddle. Active and keeping with the others from what I saw. J19 "Shachi," L89 "Solsitce" and Mt. Baker. J16 "Slick" launching skyward. -Photos by Sara Hysong-Shimazu and Jeff Friedman,, Maya's Legacy, Jan 11,2019
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SOUTHERN RESIDENTS - Fri Jan 11 - Juan de Fuca Strait - There's not a whole lot we can say about days like today because words really don't do them justice. Watching all of the Southern Resident killer whales come together to socialize and play was a beautiful thing to witness, even more so because we couldn't help but feel like they were celebrating the arrival of the newest member of their community---L124. Days like these inspire us to carry on in our fight to protect these whales and remind us to cherish every, single moment. -Maya's Legacy WW
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Fri Jan 11 - Haro Strait - ~9:30 - J vocals still faintly audible on Lime Kiln hydrophone.
07:54 - Orcas still echolocating on Lime Kiln. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network
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08:37 - For 45 minutes J17 was the only whale I could see from lime kiln. Just now spotted another. Way off shore maybe three miles. I can hear them too. They are coming down. I was /am worried fro Princess Angeline because she is really far off from the others. At the moment anyway.
07:01 - Hearing lots of echolocation clicks. And I am hearing lots of cavitation sounds. And I think there are Ts in the area too. Echo clicks and Ts are not common to hear, so maybe both Js and Ts are in the area
06:20 - J Pod on the Limekiln hydrophones. They are passing by getting quiet. I don't know direction. -Jeanne Hyde
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Fri Jan 11 - Admiralty Inlet - 07:07 - I just heard what sounded like few distant vocals, but not sure who. On Bush Point hps. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network
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06:28 - Hearing faint - maybe L pod calls on Bush Point hydro. I first heard then around 5:05, but then we're drowned out for close to an hour by tug traffic. -Connie Bickerton
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BIGG'S TRANSIENT KILLER WHALES - Fri Jan 11 - T124D with her 2nd offspring T124D2 off Fort Casey, Whidbey Island as they exit Puget Sound. T124D, her offspring, and her niece T124A2 along with her offspring travel together and have spent much time in Puget Sound over the past month. -Photo by Rachel Haight, Jan 11, 2019
(ID by Sara Hysong-Shimazu)
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T124D - Beautiful orca sighting at Ft. Casey in the silvery winter sunshine. About 6 in two groups, heading northbound. -Photos by Bonnie Gretz, Jan 11, 2019
(IDs by Sara Hysong-Shimazu)
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The T124A2s and T124Ds, T124D and T124D1 (group of 6+ whales) were seen from Fort Casey this afternoon - close to Fort Casey - what a thrill. These whales were heading NW towards the Strait of Juan de Fuca, out past Pt. Wilson, around 2:15 pm. The T137s were on the east side of Whidbey this morning, surrounded by T's today!! -Jill Hein
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13:37 - Close to Whidbey, Ft Casey, NB.... south of Lighthouse. -Bonnie Gretz
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13:25 - Orcas. A couple females and a calf south of Port Townsend ferry, Keystone side headed north. Too far away to see (IDs), I was on the ferry. -Christopher Hanke
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13:09 - Ok - at least 4 orcas approaching Port Townsend ferry!
13:02 - There's at least one orca way out from the Port Townsend ferry. So maybe heading this way! -Donna George
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~ 12:30 - We saw two pods of Orca off of Whidbey Island today (1/11/19) - one pod of 4 including a larger male out in the channel between Keystone and Fort Flagler. This group appeared to be heading north at about 12:30....S. Thomas & S. Flaherty, Port Townsend, WA
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12:15 - Paula Ratcliffe called from Lagoon Pt - she was watching the pod of orcas, heading N, mid channel. She counted 7 or 8, with one male with a huge fin, several females and juveniles. She said there were seals in the water not fleeing or acting nervous.
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11:38 - Counted five in a tight group, no adult males. Looks like three juveniles.
11:25 - several orcas heading out Admiralty Inlet, about a mile south of Bush Pt., Whidbey side. -Howard Garrett, Orca Network
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Fri Jan 11 - Saratoga Passage - T137s
(ID notes by Jill Hein: I first spotted them through my scope, they were about 5+ miles away, and thought there were 5. When closer, only saw 4. Didn't get a photo of 137A, but saw his 'nicks' through the scope. My pics are very distant.)
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...And another (pod) in Penn Cove consisting of a large male and two females or immature males @ around 1:30. This group stayed in the cove area for about an hour. The large male in Penn Cove appeared to have an oblong triangular patch of white on his dorsal fin, but it was at a distance and we did not have binoculars. May have been a reflection, but we consistently saw it in the same location on the fin each time he surfaced. Do you know if the individual id guide can be found online? I've seen the app, but don't have space to download it...Thanks so much for all you do for Orca! -S. Thomas & S. Flaherty, Port Townsend, WA
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11:37 - Just passed Madrona beach! Heading North. One has a very tall, skinny dorsal fin. -Tracy Stevens
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Photos taken from my deck this morning on Eagle Crest on Camano, across from Shangri-La on Whidbey. They were heading north on the Whidbey side, I saw a spyhop among 3 orcas, then suddenly a tugboat passed and a big male headed over to check it out and passed closer to Camano. I got a few pics of him before he turned and headed back north towards Penn Cove. Is it T137A? So sorry, the photos are so poor. 11:47 - Got a photo of the big male, I think it's Jack, T137A
11:31 - Orcas. Marcie Goldberg has them now, a group of 2 and a group of 3.
11:29 - 3-5 orcas just past Eagle Crest on Camano across from Shangri-La on Whidbey heading north. -Kristina Trowbridge
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11:16 - Just seen at Camano island Yacht Club boat launch. Headed NW. -Tasha Fisher
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11:03 - orcas have been on a kill for awhile at Shangri la. Many gulls flew in afterwards. Looks like they're just resuming travel northbound.
10:35 - orcas slowly northbound midchannel at Shangri La Shores...all I can say is I think 5... I admit, I've been super distracted by all the cute harbor seals swimming at my feet that have taken refuge while the transients hunted. -Rachel Haight
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10:02 - Orcas. From my view they're just approaching Cama Beach, northbound, mid-channel. 4 or 5 of them, one male. Too far to confirm any ID's. -Jill Hein
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09:52 - Orcas. Lots of splashing near Cama Beach. Now appear to be heading northbound again, past Cama Beach. Closer to Camano side. -Rachel Haight
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09:36 - Orcas (3-4 incl. 1 male) have passed Camano State Park and are heading northbound towards Cama Beach. It is so beautiful out. -Marilyn Armbruster
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09:17 - At least 2 Orcas in Elger Bay...I guess you would say milling. They were heading north, then south, then finally headed north. -Tami Fifield
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About 9:15 this morning, arrived at the Camano Island SP beach area to walk dogs. Walked SE through parking area and as we got to the beach trail, heard some blows by the kelp beds that wrap around into Elger Bay. Thought it might be porpoise but then saw a very tall dorsal fin and several other smaller ones, but definitely bigger than porpoise. The pod was swimming NW along the beach, so we walked on the beach trail a bit behind them to observe. Looked like one big healthy male and 2 very small ones and about 5 or so others of varying sizes in between. The 2 babies were staying close to their moms. Now and then the male turned perpendicular to the group and did some shallow dives. They moved as either a bunched group or fanned out until their noses lined up. They moved rapidly NW in the middle of Saratoga Passage using long dives interspersed with shallow surface dives. It all took about 10 minutes before they were out of sight. No one else was at the beach, although one small boat launched and headed right over the top of where they had just gone down for a long dive. Don't think that boater saw them. -Jeanne Johnson
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UNCONFIRMED SPECIES - Fri Jan 11 - Not sure what I saw, but two whales, in Hood Canal. On the east side of the canal. Very odd because Killer Whales used to go up and down on the other side of the canal, near Shine (I used to watch them all the time!), but this was odd because they were on this side (the east side) AND, they were a light muddy brown colour, kinda like if you had a light tan. Just a couple of undulating humps. No big dorsal fin, so I'm sure these weren't Killer Whales, but what were they? I was thinking Sea Lions, which is also a bit unusual, because we have Harbour Seals out here, but not many Sea Lions, but thinking back, they were very large for Sea Lions. This was in the late morning, a couple of days ago. Heading north, about a 1/2 mile from the bridge... thanks for the chart. That pic of the Sea Lion is exactly the colour of what I saw, but all I saw were slow moving "lumps" in the water, so, hard to judge size. Its weird because I'm used to seeing them 2 miles away, on the other side of the canal. The feeling I have is that they were larger than a Killer Whale (based mostly on how slow they were moving. I remember Killer Whales were a bit more energetic in their movements)...maybe that Minke Whale?...but tan coloured, like the pic of the Sea Lion. Sorry I can't be of more help. -Dean Seaman

January 10

J Pod: - Juan de Fuca - What a special surprise to encounter some of J Pod of our endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales today heading west off Sooke, J27 Blackberry, J38 Cookie, J40 Suttles! Spread out and normal long winter dives with no apparent foraging that we could tell...Paul Pudwell, Sooke Coastal
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K Pod: Puget Sound - Thu Jan 10 - 16:45 - WS Ferries reported at least six orcas heading west off south Vashon.
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16:14 - Looks like they are moving north now from south easy end of Maury.
16:03 - The southern most pod is still heading east from south end of Maury Island. Container ship come in. They are west and a bit south of the ship at this point. Viewing from PT Ruston.
15:42 - At least 8 southeast end of Maury Island. -Kimberly Arentzen Rau
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15:29 - K pod. Now they're south of Maury and steaming east. 6 that I could see, including 1-2 males and a smaller one. Could it be a juvenile?
15:10 - Right in front of Vashon tahlequah ferry on the vashon side! At least 4-5 orcas! -Lissa Brod Anderson
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15:28 - K pod. I hopped the ferry to Vashon side, they went to Tacoma side. On return trip to Tacoma, they went to Vashon side. Lol. Saw some breaching & Pec slaps on their way Northbound in their resting line, up the channel back towards Pt. Robinson.
15:05 - K pod. beautiful resting line right off Anthonys/Tacoma ferry terminal. Close to shore. -Melissa Burke
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K pod viewed from Owen Beach ~ 15:00. -Photo by Lucas Dambergs, Jan 10, 2019
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15:00 - K pod. Lots of pec slaps, breaching, tail slaps, they were having a great time out there. Viewing from Owen Beach. -Photos by Amber Stanfill, Jan 10, 2019
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14:50 - Watching from up above Pt. Ruston...orcas near the ferry lane, between Vashon and Ruston. -Kala Escobar
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14:58 - Ks are hanging out off The Yacht Club, milling, trending west towards Owen. Closer to Tacoma shore
14:49 - K pod - I hopped on the ferry & had them around us. They are westbound, closer to Tacoma shore, off ferry lines. -Melissa Burke
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15:17 - Orcas. Saw from Owen Beach. Trending north - maybe 6 or so. Nearly out of sight.
14:39 - I'm at Tacoma waterfront just east of pt Ruston. 2 trending west close to Vashon. Big male. -Dawn Dewhirst
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14:34 - Orcas. At least one now just east of Browns Point in Commencement bay.
14:20 - Orcas. Several in front of the marina in Commencement Bay. -Kimberly Rau
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14:33 - Orcas. Three between Vashon and Ruston, milling around
14:10 - Orcas. Two males mid channel, spotted from Talhaquah ferry dock. -Steve Fogard
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13:57 - Orcas. Bull+ 1-2 more heading into Commencement heading SE, on a mission. Watching w/ binoculars on Owen Beach. -Jennifer Schweizer Johnson
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13:53 - Orca. K pod Male. I saw one large male through camera at Anthony's of Point Defiance right about here (between Dash Point and S tip Maury). -Jami Cantrell
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Happy Friday - We viewed a pod of Orcas from Ruston Point in Tacoma yesterday, Jan 10. We were looking towards Vashon. They were traveling from the direction of the point toward the port. And then turned back the other direction. This was mid-day between 2 and 3pm. Not sure of total, but more than 5 for sure. My guess would be 8 or 9. Only able to capture a cell phone video of one group. They were quite a ways out. -Thank you, Stefanie Holland
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14:09 - a couple milling, eastbound, off Pt. Ruston. (Moviedo theatre end). They are pretty much everywhere.
14:04 - looks like K25 in the lead of this group, just crossed Quartermaster, up close to Vashon shore, heading for Pt. Defiance ferry terminal, Vashon side.
13:56 - Have a group milling, trending towards Pt. Defiance, between the SE tip of Maury Island & Pt. Ruston. 3 adult males one of which looks like K25. Some breaching & playful activities in this group. Also adult male crossing Quartermaster Harbor entrance, westbound.
13:26 - Leaders have rounded southern tip of Maury Island...spread out from shore to buoy westboundish, towards Pt.Defiance /Ruston. -Melissa Burke
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13:13 - today orca off Dash Point. Slowly heading south. Much more spread apart than last time. Maybe 6 individuals. -Eric Elgar
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13:01 - Moving fast now and hunting behaviors. Pushing something towards the shoreline almost beaching itself.
12:55 - Directly in front of Dash Pt Pier, hugging the coast of Maury, South of Pt Robinson- lots of breaches and blow spouts. At least 3 Orcas. Viewing from Dash Pt Pier
12:10 - Seeing one orca right off of Pt Robinson. Viewing from Dash Pt Pier with binoculars. -Emily Scannell Mruk
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12:02 - I'm at Brown Point lighthouse and saw a breach through my binocs up near Pt Robinson, but can't see them otherwise. -Steph Parke
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11:54 - K pod. K21 Cappucino - Point Robinson. K37 Rainshadow..There were a lot of whales. They were so spread out. There were a lot on Des Moines side. I think I saw at least 6 males all together. -Kelly Keenan
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K21 tail slap sequence as he passed by Point Robinson,Vashon Island. -Photos by Marla Smith, Jan 10, 2019
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11:43 - K pod - some past Point Robinson and some still coming at 11:43 am. -Amy Carey
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11:17 - Orcas. K21 tail lobs off Point Robinson. Starting to pass Point Robinson. Closer to center/ east side right now. -Jake Conroy
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10:45 - Two Orca off 3 Tree Point. Passed in front of our boat and disappeared!!! -Kelle Fitzpatrick
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10:35 - Orcas just off Three Tree Point. -Jessica Brase
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10:27 - Orcas. Spotted lead group off Three Tree Point just now, closer to Vashon side and nearing Tramp Harbor. -Kim Baumgartner
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09:35 - Orcas. L Pod - Jan 10 - Puget Sound - L pod Eyes on them from Fauntleroy! Past the Fauntleroy ferry lanes, southbound. Saw two big males, one group of five together, more spread out. Mostly mid channel to east but some trailers more mid channel to west. Past Brace Point by now. Maybe 10+ whales were in my view. Tough to ID but at least the dorsal shapes very much like residents. Traveling quite fast.
16:45 - A resident group of 12-15 in resting formation NB north of Blake. 5:00 A big male and 4-5 others north of Tillicum village. Leaders passed yellow mid channel marker already at 16:15. -Pia VanHanen
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~16:30 - A pod of what appeared as 6-7 whales spotted moving north near the Lincoln Park - Lowman Beach Park. -Carlos Marentes
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16:10 - Approximatley 10+ Orca traveling north just east of Alki. Watching from Rockaway Beach on Bainbridge Island. -Kimberly Sylvester Mahlzan
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15:56 - 7-8 orcas mid channel between Fauntleroy and Vashon ferry terminals. Moving northbound. -Jim Reitz
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15:55 - Orcas. North of Blake island heading north. -Monica Zaborac
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15:34 - 2 moving quickly north past south tip of Blake Island. Westside of channel. -Trileigh Tucker
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15:15 - Moving towards Vashon ferry lanes North bound at surface Vashon side. -Martin Moore
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15:04 - Watching from Mee Kwa Mooks Park in West Seattle, just starting blows, maybe 6-10. Spectacular!...headed north, more on Vashon side but still visible. -Brittany Noelle
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~15:00 King 5 News went live from the air over L pod (again Ts in beginning). -KING 5 FACEBOOK VIDEO.
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~14:47 - Komo 4 News went live from the air over L pod (Transients T36Bs & T137s in beginning). KOMO 4 FACEBOOK VIDEO.
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14:12 pm - There is a group of 6-10 orcas north of Three Tree, close to the Seattle side, trending north right now. Lots of breaching and tail slaps. It is pretty cool. I can barely see them, but hear the tail slaps and breaches so clearly across the channel. -Kelly Keenan
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~13:50 - Orcas, right off east Vashon viewed from Three Tree Point. Headed north a whole bunch of them. 20+. -Alexander Simenstad
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13:17 - Large group stalled out just a bit south of Three Tree Point...May have a turned north. -Amy Carey
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13:15 - I am viewing from the end of 218th St. in Normandy Park. I am looking straight out to the single radio tower on Vashon. I am watching a group that appears to be slowly heading north, mid channel. So far I have seen one large dorsal fin and several smaller. ...There is a tugboat that was heading straight for the second group. He totally altered his course and is heading west towards Vashon to avoid the whales. -Tanya Esparza
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Taken from Point Robinson Lighthouse on Maury Island about 12:55pm this afternoon...telephoto breach shot, shortly after I arrived at Point Robinson. This group I photographed was heading south toward us at Point Robinson - but turned around just after I shot this, and headed back north toward 3 Tree Point. I can't confirm, but before I arrived there was apparently an earlier group (K Pod?) that went past Point Robinson and continued on toward the Ruston/Pt. Defiance area. I assumed the group that turned around was the same group I saw later from the Vashon Ferry. L110 Midnight breaches north of Point Robinson, Vashon shortly before L pod flipped and headed back north.-Jim Reitz
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12:55 - At least 6-10 now nearing point Robinson headed south. -Amy Carey
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12:15 - Group passing 3 Tree headed southbound. -Christina Van Wolbeck Fenerty
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11:24 - Large group well spaced apart slowly moving southbound off east side of Vashon Island. Been watching for half hour. Earlier they crossed from West Seattle to Blake island north of ferry lane before crossing just south of Vashon ferry dock. No idea how many. -Carolyn Duncan
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10:06 - Saw 2 about 5 minutes ago north of Alki Beach headed south. Before that there were a tleast 6 or 7 but the fog rolled in. -Arial Evans
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09:12 - I didn't have eyes on them myself; sounds like a large group, spread out, favoring the east side of the sound between the traffic lanes and the shore. I just took a good look up that way from Alki Point but couldn't see anything yet.
08:15 - Victoria Clipper V reports orcas southbound at West Point at 8:15 am. (Discovery Park, Magnolia, N Seattle). -Stephanie Raymond
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Thu Jan 10 - (Both King 5 and Komo 4 News copters were in the air at some point when L pod and Bigg's were in the same area. Melisa Pinnow, Center for Whale Research has ID'd the T36Bs and T137s in the Komo News video at same time Ls were heading northbound opposite side of the Sound. See Kersti Muul's observations - alb)
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14:39 pm - I was on shore under the chopper. King 5 helicopter footage that says it's just residents has several minutes of the transients going southbound in the very beginning of the video. This was the same time as the residents were heading northbound. The transients at no point turned around and went North in their travels into the same relative area as the residents. Ts were occupying the Seattle shore while the residents were occupying Kitsap directly adjacent to each other. T137 passed by Coleman pool no more than 50 yards off shore. I believe there were more than just the T137 matriline present. -Kersti Muul
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14:24 - 3 traveling southbound just north on Lincoln Park. -Photo by Dartanyon Race, Jan 10, 2019
(ID notes by Melisa Pinnow, CWR: "appears to have T137 on the right")
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11:29 - after much surface activity and many directional changes orcas look to be trending southbound Kitsap side of channel NE of Fay Bainbridge park.
11:18 - Orcas breaching out from southern end of Port Madison, more on Kitsap side. Maybe on a kill?
10:55 - orca blows of this north group visible mid channel south of Jefferson Head and S Richmond Beach. Clear visibility in mild choppy seas. Believe orcas still southbound. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network
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9:30 - 4-6 southbound off Apple Tree Point Kingston, SB at a a good pace. T137A. Believe at least 2 large males and several others. Perhaps T137B but it's hard to tell. -Sara Frey
(IDs by Melisa Pinnow)
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UNIDENTIFIED KILLER WHALE - Thu Jan 10 - Just had a orca sighting (only 1) headed at 4:25 PM. It was just off shore headed north. I live on the water just at milepost 323. Just a little south of Ayock Point. (Hood Canal). -Elaine Wiley
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GRAY WHALE - Thu Jan 10 - 16:00 - Gray came back around 4:00 and fed for quite awhile north of Hat Isl. Doesn't show a lot out of the water. Fluke looks like possible match to PCFG CRC185.
1:34 - Whale has turned, making a straight shot towards delta and jetty isl.
1:15 - Solo gray whale 100yds east side of Hat Island, mid-island southbound, lots of dives and flukes. -Lori Christopher (ID note by Alisa Lemire Brooks, ON)

January 9



January 8

Tue Jan 8 - Melisa Pinnow, Center for Whale Research reviewed Karen Caldwell's images and Zeno Martins video: "The T137s have joined the T124Ds at least. The T124A2s may still be in there as well."
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16:48 - Orcas just passed Salmon Beach heading north. -Zeno Martin
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16:08 - Orcas, Narrows Bridge heading North. There was a pod on each side of the channel. Gig Harbor and Tacoma. -Andrea Reubel Walker
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16:04 - Orcas. They're actually on the East side of the channel approaching Pt.Defiance now, heading North. -Amy Bliss-Miller
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15:50 - 2-3 + whales between Pt Fosdick and the Narrows Bridge, heading north. Too far away for any details. -Candy Burden Hughes
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15:58 - Orcas near Salmon Beach now.
15:55 - Orcas just went North under the bridge still on the West side of the channel.
15:35 - Orcas headed North towards Narrows Bridge on West side of channel. T124D. Likely T124D1 -Karen Caldwell
(ID by Melisa Pinnow, CWR)
(IDs by Melisa Pinnow, CWR)
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13:55 - Orcas heading south now between Fox Island and McNeil Island. We saw the super tall dorsal fin that I see so many pictures of. I have pictures of him too. There seemed to be at least 6 total.
12:57 - Orcas. Just off Green Point at the entrance to Henderson Bay now. -Lance Lloyd
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~ 10:20 - Spotted a few Orcas swimming in Henderson Bay. -Mary Catherine Lanson Stubbs

January 7

16:45 - Saw what I suppose were these same orcas going by my position approximately 3/4 mile south of Fauntleroy Ferry dock and about 1/2 mile out. T36, T137 and T137D, T137 and T137D, T36B's dorsal tip, T36B, T137, and T36B1 -Jim Nunn
(IDs by Melisa Pinnow, CWR)
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16:35 - WS Ferries reported a small pod of two to three orcas off Vashon Head, no direction given.
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~15:45 - Spotted several orcas south of Bainbridge, Restoration Point, in between here and Blake Island. Large male and one other. Just crossed Bremerton ferry lane. Heading west toward Rich Passage....South of Fort Ward. -Becca Tiger Musser
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14:45 - There was a pod of orcas spotted off Shilshole Bay around 2:45 today! I believe they were traveling South. Mid channel. I work at Argosy Cruises and one of my captains reported they saw them on our Locks sightseeing cruises....(per video look like at least 3). -Mallory Walker, Argosy Cruises
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13:59 - Biggs Transient Orcas - close to the Kayak. Puget Sound Orcas off of the Ballard Locks today. Thought to be the Biggs Transient Pod that "Eats Mammals". -FB Video by Brad Hole, Kayak Fishing Washington
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13:30 - Orcas off Shoreline. Just got a call from WSF saying the ferry capt. saw "3+ juvenile orcas" playing around near the Sierra/Foxtrot buoy.
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Mon Jan 7 - About 10 Orcas passed Turn Point Light Station on Stuart Island at 11:15 am. They were traveling northbound. Once past the point they dove and didn't resurface until they were about a quarter mile north. -Jim Bergquist
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UNCONFIRMED WHALES - Mon Jan 7 - There was a single humpback whale, seemed small maybe a juvenile, traveling from mid channel between Hat Island and Whidbey Island. It headed towards the east side of Whidbey. It took about a half hour to cross the channel from 10:30am to 11:00am this morning 1-7-10....I was pretty high up on a cliff but had binoculars. In the lighting it looked dark almost black with a bump at the top of the head and another bump farther down on the top of the spine. I looked it up and it seemed to be a humpback, but I am not experienced so maybe it was a gray. I had seen a gray last spring going to the same feeding area. -Jennifer Wetmore (could be either, but grays have been confirmed in the area - alb)

January 6

16:17 - Heading south past Day Island. Full breach! No pics - mid channel. -Dawn Dewhirst
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15:45 - Four Orcas near the West shore of Narrows, just North of old TOA club house (in front of our house!) at 3:45 today, Sunday, Jan 6. Stayed a while. Looked like one was young. No good photos, sorry. T124A2 and T124A2B, T124D and T124A2B. -Stacey Silver Ogle
(IDs by Melisa Pinnow, Center for Whale Research)
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Took these photos from Hidden Beach at Titlow today around 3:45 pm. There were at least three orcas and they were doing tons of tail slapping the whole time and I caught one good spy hop too! -Photos by Sally Milligan, Jan 6, 2019
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15:40 - Orcas. 3 seen at Titlow Beach heading southwest. -Emma Lavold
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15:57 - Orcas have passed Narrows Marina & look to be in front of Day Island. Moving more mid-channel. Fox Island fishing pier might be the next place to try. They seem to be trending South not too fast but steadily moving that way. I'm still viewing from Narrows, but they'll be out of sight soon.
15:27 - Orcas are steadily heading towards Titlow now. Look to be close to East side too. -Heidi Armstrong
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15:20 - orcas heading south under bridge, Tacoma side
14:57 - lots of action under Narrows Bridge. Seen from Narrows Park, orcas just north of bridge on Tacoma side. -Sarah Cardinal
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14:46 - Orcas. Can see several from Narrows Bridge Viewpoint in Pt Defiance. Milling. Closer to Salmon Beach. -Dawn Dewhirst
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14:34 - Pod of orcas (5?) North of Narrows Bridge...hanging out just bobbing along East side of Narrows half way between Salmon beach n bridge. -Marlatt Michael N Colleen
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14:24 - At least 4 headed south towards Narrows bridge.
14:10 - 2 orcas
headed towards Narrows Bridge from Bridges Viewpoint (Pt Defiance, 5 Mile Drive). -Kourtnee Marr Lindgren
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13:54 - Orcas. The group is headed into Commencement Bay.
13:42 - 4 orca milling between Gig Harbor and Vashon Island. -Gaby Kinner
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13:04 - Orcas. There is more activity now at the opening of the inlet east of the ferry (Quartermaster Harbor)...
12:36 - Watching orcas at the bottom of Vashon. Much closer to Vashon side...from Marine Park in Tacoma. -Allison Stewart Bishins
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~ 13:00 - Took this from Ruston Way. Making up for my tiny orca picture from Friday. -Photo by Amber Stanfill, Jan 6, 2019
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12:22 - Orcas In front of Maury Island now, headed east. -Lissa Brod Anderson
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12:21 - Orcas are currently in Commencement Bay almost at Point Ruston headed towards Point Defiance. -Meredith Neal
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12:16 - Orcas are heading NE into Commencement Bay past Point Ruston! -Cody Alberts
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~ 09:30 - Saw 4 orcas this morning at Chambers Bay/Sunset Beach around 9:30 a.m! Heading towards Tacoma Narrows bridge. -Robert da Silva
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~ 08:30 - I was on the 501 Amtrak train this morning passing just north of Steilacoom around 8:30 am. There was at least 1 orca and 1 harbor porpoise less than 200 feet off the shore. The porpoise jumped once and the orca surfaced twice. 1st time ever seeing an orca in Puget Sound...James Van Eddy
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Sun Jan 6 - 3:49 Pod of orcas (not sure how many) north of Decatur Island headed East seen from Washington State Ferry. -Nathaniel Cornille, WSF

January 5

Haro Strait - At 1435, an update came in that the whales were in line between Ten Mile Point and Henry Island. "Morning Star" was right in the zone and spotted the whales about a mile away at 1510...It was T93 and T97 and they were a few miles east of Cordova Bay/Gordon Head area. The two males were milling about on an apparent kill...Full report and images at Center for Whale Research Encounter 1.
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Sat Jan 5 - Haro Strait - I saw a group of four or five heading north just south of Lime Kiln at around 11:30 am. Milling with an occasional spy hop. Just had my phone but here's what I got. -Nadine Smith Cook
(2nd hand: it was the T49As - Monika Wieland Shields)
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Sat Jan 5 - Puget Sound - Posted 15:00 - 21 minute ago Orca pod right off McNeil island headed north towards Narrows according to the witness. -Deanna Sparks Kjorlien
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~1:30pm - I have reports with pictures (see Greg Williamson photo below) from the Anderson Island FB group of orcas westbound through Balch Passage between Anderson and McNeil islands. I'm headed to see if I can get eyes on where they went. We also had reports of whales heard heading the opposite direction last night at twilight, so it may be the group from Commencement Bay yesterday. -Belen Bilgic Schneider
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13:07 - We saw them on our down south in the boat today...we were between Key Peninsula and Anderson Island. They were headed north, but once they passed us it looked like they turned around. Then we lost sight of them. This video was taken at 1:07pm today. Maybe this helps. Cheers! -Kathryn Boender
(video shared on Facebook shows at least 8 in two groups, 5 & 3 - alb)
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HUMPBACK WHALES - Sat Jan 5 - MMX0036 Elf, MMY0148 - This one was regularly turning sideways on dives...A few quick shots of the pair of humpbacks right out front of Sooke today. -Photos by Paul Pudwell, Jan 5, 2018
(IDs by Alisa Lemire Brooks, ON)

January 4

16:18 - Orcas are in front of Point Ruston now. -Patricia Reynolds
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~16:00 - I saw 4-5 orcas at about 4 PM at the mouth of commencement bay. They were between point Ruston and the browns head lighthouse milling more towards the lighthouse. They appeared to be slowly moving north north west. My coworker in the area saw them earlier in the day (first spotted 2:30 or 3) along the northern edge of commencement bay. We both saw tail lobbing and some breaching. We don't know if they were residents or transients and they were too far to see saddle patches. -Cheers, Erin Stehr
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15:50 - Orcas right off Browns Point lighthouse. Heading North quick. -Photo by Amber Stanfill, Jan 4, 2019
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15:45 - Group of Orcas killing a porpoise in front of Browns point lighthouse, I think it's a porpoise anyways. -Patricia Reynolds
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13:30 - Orca in East Passage approaching from the north about 500m off Dash Point Pier. The would come up as a group for a few seconds and the moving fast resurface further south. They had rounded Dash Point heading towards the Browns Point light by 1:45. I completely failed on pictures. Estimate about 6 animals. Looked like at least 2 calfs and 1 tall male dorsal. Moving fast. -Eric Elgar

January 3

Haro Strait - 1-3-19 at about 11 pm and again at almost midnight, distant SRKW calls. Sounded like it might be J pod whales. Don't give up on them! -Jeanne Hyde
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Thu Jan 3 - A gray whale spent a short time feeding near shore at Port Susan Terrace, east side of Camano Island, yesterday (3rd) around 9 a.m. So far he's not come by today but we are watching and hoping. -Cheers, Mary Pelland

January 2

UNIDENTIFIED KILLER WHALES - Wed Jan 2 - I saw two orcas this morning at about 7:45 slightly south of Richmond Beach in Shoreline. They were hanging out pretty close to the shore, not heading in any particular direction....I was only a hundred or so feet away and had clear view of the dorsals which I'd say were closer to 3 feet in height, but I didn't see their backs at all so it's possible they were partially submerged. It looked like the dorsals were about the same size, though I believe one was slightly smaller than the other....What I saw were smooth and black without any ridges along the edge. They were moving around kind of back and forth, just not on a mission to get anywhere. -Thank you, Katie Wilson
(after discussion of possibly sea lions Katie still think she saw orcas - alb)
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GRAY WHALES - Wed Jan 2 - Had a visitor at 4:00, NE corner of Hat Island. One of the overwintering grays, doing a little foraging before heading off to the north. -Lori Christopher

January 1

Gray whale (reported as: Humpback (we think) off Possession Point, heading north towards Mukilteo/Clinton crossing. Currently mid-channel. Has small white patch on right side tip of tail. -Michelle Barnes


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