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March 17

BIGG'S TRANSIENT KILLER WHALES - 17:55 - Transients in San Juan channel right now in front of Friday harbor; Male, female and young one, eastbound. - Mariann Carrasco
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17:15 - Second day in a row T2Cs are near Friday Harbor slowly southbound in San Juan Channel. -Monika Wieland
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Itty bitty one peekin out...~17:00 - T2Cs Deer Harbor area westbound with some direction changes and milling thrown in. Confirmed kill (blood in water + prey in mouth.) -Photo by Cassie Barclay, Mar 17, 2019
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14:30 - WS Ferries reports 3 orcas westbound in Harney Channel.
14:30 - 3 orcas spotted from Orcas island ferry...They were headed west...it was magical. -Rachael Kloek
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12:30-12:50 - Greetings - Rare sighting today of 2, or possibly 3 orcas in Eastsound, just south of Rosario. One larger Orca with a very large and upright/vertical dorsal fin, and either one or two smaller whales traveling with the larger one. First spotted about 12:30pm on 3/17, traveling south along the western shore of Eastsound Inlet. By 12:50pm, the whales were at the southwest end of Eastsound. Not much more to note. -Craig Doberstein
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UNIDENTIFIED KILLER WHALES - Sun Mar 17 - Georgia Strait - Hi today I saw one orca here 49.119204, -123.494200. Did not obtain any photos of the male transient orca. -Melissa Hafting
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GRAY WHALES - Sun Mar 17 - Saratoga Passage - 1145 hours - (Whidbey Island) Lone grey whale spotted outside of the Oak Harbor channel, near the R2 buoy, heading north towards Crescent Harbor. -Dave Steckman
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Sun Mar 17 - Possession Sound - 15:57 - spouts just off of the jetty, looking towards Hat Island from Legion Park. Closer to the jetty side. -Mara Patton
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15:29 - can see spouts between Clinton ferry dock and Jetty island, viewing from Legion Park (Everett). -Dave Hendler
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14:34 - spotted another grey whale by the green channel market at the south west tip of Hat Island. -Danielle Pennington
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...We later went up to see #2246 who was on south side of Gedney. -Photo by Renee Beitzel, Mar 17, 2019
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11:15 - gray 49 Patch is off east side of Hat/Gedney Island. -Alan Lacy
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11:00 - Gray whale 49 Patch and CRC 2246 near Hat Island 11:00 AM. Video is 2246 slapping tail. -Steve Smith
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Sun Mar 17 - Puget Sound/ Possession Point - 14:25 - 2 grey whales swimming north just north of the Clinton ferry dock...swimming in between Hat island and Whidbey. They are just north of the north dock. Moving slowly. -Danielle Pennington
(maybe 53 & 383? - alb)
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11:15 - 2 grays, 53 Little Patch, and 383 (pictured) are off Possession Point. -Photo by Renee Beitzel, Mar 17, 2019

March 16

San Juans - 15:35 - T2Cs southbound San Juan Channel, currently near Friday Harbor. -Monika Wieland Shields
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Not exactly sure how this works but wanted to let you know that we saw four orcas heading south between the west coast of Orcas Island and Spieden Island. This is a picture of three of them and then a fourth (I think) came cruising by about five minutes later. This was taken about 2:30pm on March 16th. T2Cs southbound heading towards San Juan Channel. Gorgeous!!! -John Felton
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Sat Mar 16 - Strait of Georgia - 14:00-15:30 - Hello All, Just wanted to thank Carl, Erin and Nomi for an amazing day yesterday. We all got a little nervous about seeing any Orca as the day went on however Captain Carl and the incredible network with other captains out there saved the day. We went up to Canadian waters where we were able to see Vancouver and had one of the best shows I can remember. The total count was difficult to be sure of however double digits for sure, including a few big males and some younger ones. They were the T's and early thoughts on some are T49A1, T49 Family (verified as T49As - alb), Brothers -T19B, T19C, etc. Please verify. I attached a picture of my Google Maps of the area we saw them (~1 mile N of Tumbo Island, BC). All around 2-3:30pm. Enjoy the pictures and once again, great time out there! T49As (T49A3 in forefront)...T91B and T19, T19C and T19B. -David Haeckel
(ID confirmed by Melisa Pinnow, CWR)
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Sat Mar 16 - Skagit Bay - 07:30-08:00 - John Agen called to report a probable gray whale in north Skagit Bay, about 6-7 miles SE of Deception Pass, 50-60 yds off a reef in shallow water, heading SE toward the Swinomish Channel.
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Sat Mar 16 - Are you sure it's March? More beautiful weather today and another encounter with 3 Gray Whales. We spotted #49 Patch first and had a fleeting close look as he cruised past us SE of Hat/Gedney Island. A bit further E we found #53 Little Patch socializing with #383 with a beautiful view of Mt. Baker in the background. On our way home we stopped to see some Steller Sea Lions and Brandt's Cormorants hanging out on the Scatchet Head buoy. -Justine Buckmaster
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~13:00 while aboard Puget Sound Express. Newbie NPS gray 2246 right side. -Photos by Ignacio Torres, Mar 16, 2019
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Saturday, March 16: Perfect day for a boat trip with glassy seas, blue skies and crystal clear mountains - and whales. After leaving Langley Marina we headed south where Saratoga grays #49 (Patch), #53 (Little Patch) and #383 were feeding between Hat Island and the Delta around noon. One of the whales decided to check us out before making a directional change towards the shoreline of Hat Island. Although there were other boats around, engines were cut and distance requirements well maintained, making for a peaceful encounter broken only by the whales' powerful exhalations as they surfaced. (Photos Sandra Pollard - zoomed and cropped). -Sandra Pollard
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10:15 am approximately....Gray 383 goes on a dive off Hat Island. Gray whale 53 Little Patch left dorsal ridge. Possession Sound, mid channel off Hat Island to the southeast. San Juan Clipper. -Photo by Alan Lacy, Mar 16, 2019

March 15

San Juans - 14:45-17:45 - I watched a KW group mill about/sleep? in Bellingham Channel and Rosario Strait for 3 hours -today from 2:45-5:45 PM - viewed from WA Park-stopped watching them on the south side of Blakely, they were headed NW but made many directional changes over those three hours. -Amy Eberling
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14:30 - KWs off Anacortes ferry terminal. At least 3 kws - 1 or 2 males - off Anacortes ferry terminal at 230 heading E into channel. Were behind the ferry as we pulled out and of course I left the binoculars in the car! -Brad Hanson, NWMFS/NOAA
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Fri Mar 15 - 18:35 - I am on the Sunshine Coast just north of Vancouver, British Columbia. On March 15, 2019 at 18:35 hrs., I spotted a pod of orcas swimming just offshore along the beach at Hopkins Landing in Howe Sound. Unsure of the number but did see 2 surface at the same time. They were heading west towards the Georgia Strait. -Kerry Jess in Hopkins Landing
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Fri Mar 15 - ~16:30 - we watched this grey feeding just north of Pebble Beach today. He/she fed for about 20 minute then headed south. Wondering if anyone can ID it? Photo by Peg Boley, Mar 15, 2019
(gray 383 left side - alb)
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16:00 - 1-2 gray whales heading south of Pebble Beach Point, Camano Island. -Sharri Sandnes
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15:40 - Spotted single gray spouting close to shore at south Mabana Beach, Camano. Appeared to be heading north. It's been down for 20+ mins, so can't provide more details. -Krista Paulino
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We encountered 3 gray whales in Possession Sound today! We first found #49 Patch at his normal hang out SE of Hat/Gedney Island mostly resting waiting for high tide to feed on the Snohomish River delta. On the N side of Hat/Gedney we found 2 gray whales socializing and fluking high on each deep dive. They turned out to be #383 and #531! This is my first encounter with #531 this year and it's nice to welcome her back as she and other Sounders continue to arrive back into Puget Sound. -Justine Buckmaster
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12:15 - NPS gray 49 Patch is alone on east side of Hat/Gedney Island. Grays 383 and 531 were together on NW side of Hat/Gedney, just south of Sandy Point last seen angling towards Camano. -Renee Beitzel, Puget Sound Express
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08:45 - Three grays feeding off Jetty Island. -Lori Christopher

March 14

Thu Mar 14 - San Juan & Canadian Gulf Islands ..."Orcinus" arrived on scene around 1220 where the T10s and the T2Cs, minus T2C2 and T2C3, were traveling slowly north tight to the east shoreline of Moresby Island. Several whales from this group stopped and briefly logged at the surface. After a long dive, the whales moved more into the middle of lower Swanson Channel and began to wake up a bit. T10 did two big cartwheels and T2C did one. A whale appeared from the north and this turned out to be T2C3. T2C3 logged briefly at the surface about a quarter of a mile north of the other whales when all the whales went on another long dive. When the whales came up again, T2C3 had re-joined the group and everybody continued north...Full summary report/photos at Center for Whale Research Encounter 16.
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Thu Mar 14 - Puget Sound - 18:40 - Lone orca observed from of Point No Point, between PnP and Double Bluff. Mid-channel, moving westward in straight line. 6:40 PM on Thursday 3/14. Tall straight dorsal fin. Too far away to note any other features, even with binoculars. I thought it was odd because I've never seen "just one" orca....he was heading out Admiralty. -Van Bergen
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17:45 - Just saw a few headed northbound in front of Apple tree point....North of Kingston. Kitsap side. Northbound orcas. About a mile north of the ferry terminal....They were making pretty good time. -Andrew Dempsey
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17:15 - I am seeing at least one male and couple others north of Meadow Point, Golden Gardens.. probably out from Carkeek ...mid channel. Not sure if traveling or milling. Long down times. From Sunset Hill park, Ballard (above Shilshole Marina)
16:10 - T46s and T137s and T49C. They are currently northbound north of Eagle Harbor, Bainbridge on west side of channel. Looked to be grouped up. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network
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15:50 - Last seen from Constellation Park, orcas headed northbound on Bainbridge Island side.
15:35 - Seeing orcas from Constellation Park...they seem to be milling around just south of Blakely Rock. -Brittany Noelle
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~15:30 - Just got off the Bremerton ferry. We saw a pod of about 7 orcas were headed west toward Bainbridge at about 3:30. -Katie Bradshaw
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14:12 - Orcas. Looks like they're just north of Vashon. I can pick them up from Alki point. -Chris Ramirez
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14:00 - Orcas crossing the Vashon ferry lane on the Vashon side heading north. -Mike Yov
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13:40 - Orcas. Passed Dilworth and heading quickly North towards Vashon Ferry. Close to Vashon side. Saw at least 3, possibly 4. -Lindsey Clark
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13:30 - Just passed Dilworth still heading north...most were midchannel, a large male popped up very close to our beach, he is huge! T137B and mom T137, big boys T46D and T137A, T46E (r) and others. Found T46's and T137's at Dilworth Beach this afternoon. We got a very surprising close pass by the big boy T49C (pictured). He scared the crap out of a couple guys out fishing when he surfaced out of no where right next to their small boat. -Kelly Keenan
(confirmed by Melisa Pinnow, CWR)
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13:12 - Ts are have now grouped up in two groups maintaining steady northbound travel mid channel now between the north side of Three Tree Point and Dilworth, currently on long dive.
12:50 - Several of us stayed and watched the Ts for hours as they finished their meal and the sun warmed the atmosphere. The Ts have now finished their meal and are heading northbound, grouped up with several porpoising at high speed! Groups are mid channel and east of still south of Three Tree Point. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network
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This was the best I could do from Three Tree Point today...had to zoom way in lol. Anyhow, great fun seeing them even that far away. -Photo by Brian Nygren, Mar 14, 2019
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Orcas were active on a kill it looked like just north of KVI for quite a while. I left around 1pm. From Point Robinson. -Photo by Caroline Martin Matter, Mar 14, 2019
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12:46 - Update and ID confirmation from Bart Rulon: Saratoga has T46s and T137s on a kill a few miles north of Robinson point Vashon Island milling
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12:28 - orcas still breaching, spyhopping, diving etc off of KVI (beach, mid Vashon). Lots of circling birds. -Jake Conroy
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12:12 - pod that had split north previously have returned South again and rejoined. They are now all spread out still North of KVI (Point Heyer on Vashon) close to the Vashon shore, and have stalled. Looks like lots of predation activity.
11:40 - pods have split some headed north hugging the Vashon shore nearing Dilworth, some just north of KVI, milling south but not committed direction yet. -Marla Smith
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11:00 - Approx 8-10 orcas (2-3 bulls) have drifted a little bit south (of 10:30 report) with their meal, spread out. Presuming larger prey (like sea lion) since spread apart and dozens of gulls swooping in for scraps at every location. Orcas are staying around for the time being. Still a lot of surface activity: breaches, lazy tail lobs and logging for extended periods!
10:30 - Definitely on a hunt, a lot of surface activity (breaches, lunges, directional changes, tail throws, etc) At least 2 bulls, so probably two groups.
10:25 - just spotted them again, same place as 10:15 (between S side Three Tree Pt, Burien and Tramp Harbor, Vashon) looks like orcas may have stalled, maybe on hunt/meal. Lots of directional changes and no forward progress.
10:15 - orcas are south side of Three Tree Point, Burien mid channel heading southbound. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network
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08:30 - Kelly Keenan relayed a report of orcas (3-4 with one big male) off Fauntleroy Ferry dock (West Seattle) heading southbound.
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Thu Mar 14 - 12:39 - 5 unidentified orca off Sandheads, mouth of the main river. They made a drastic course alteration and moving fast towards the jetty, likely on a kill. Lots of rock sausage and a few stellar chilling on the jetty. -Scott MacLeod
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Thu Mar 14 - 13:00 - Hello, Wife and I Spotted 3-4 Orcas off Lighthouse Point on Mayne Island. They were heading west between Mayne and Galiano Islands. Sighting was at approximately 1pm from the 12pm Swartz Bay - Twawwassen Ferry. Another smaller boat was on course to intersect their path, but that boat was seen to stop and turn off its engines once they saw the Orcas. We were only able to get this clear photo of one of the Orcas. I have attached the photo. If there are any other reports of which Orcas these may have been, we would appreciate that information. -Regards, Cody Tornow
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One of the as of yet unidentified orcas westbound eastern entrance Active Pass. -Photo (and crop of) by Cody Tornow, Mar 14, 2019

March 13

Members of the T46s and T137s surfing a cargo ship wake in Admiralty Inlet while passing Bush Point, Whidbey. -Photo by Richard Snowberger, Mar 13, 2019
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Wed Mar 13- Admiralty Inlet - 7:20 - Orcas, saw them from Shore Meadow Rd - traveling steady southbound mid channel. -Emily Wandres
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7:08 - Orcas, 4-5? southbound mid channel surfing freighter wakes off Bush Point. -Jan Bell
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Not only do we have the bonus of an hour of extra light, but this evening brought the added bonus of orcas in Admiralty Inlet. At 6:20 pm orcas were seen off Lagoon Point, Whidbey Island, heading south. With perfect sea conditions and a soft sheen on the water, along with Howard Garrett we watched a group of at least six whales pass Bush Point at 6:57 pm, exhilarating in surfing a freighter wake. The encounter was fast and brief as they porpoised at high speed, kicking up a spray before plunging into a dive and rapidly surfacing again. Our last sighting of them, in fading light, was as they passed the entrance to Hood Canal and Foulweather Bluff. What a lovely way to spend an evening! -Sandra Pollard
18:57 - Bigg's orcas in Admiralty Inlet passing Bush Point, Whidbey southbound along with a cargo ship. Wake surfing in Admiralty Inlet. "T137A - Looks like him! Looks like maybe the 46s with them!" -Photos by Richard Snowberger, Mar 13, 2019
(ID notes by Sara Hysong-Shimazu)
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Anna Singh'Deo called to report the pod of orcas off Bush Pt. - at 6:55 pm they had just passed the lighthouse. It looked like two bulls and 5 - 6 others, mid channel swimming south.
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Kit Turner called from Lagoon Point about 6:20 to say the Clipper had slowed and there were orcas across Admiralty Inlet. I got to Bush Pt. by 6:25 and scanned and scanned some more and didn't see anything until Sandra and Dick [Duck] showed up whereupon they appeared, way off on the Marrowstone Island shore bunched up nicely heading south. We saw at least four females and young followed by two males. A huge southbound container ship passed, prompting the whales to hitch a ride on the bow wake and surf at speed while porpoising at full race, like leaping gazelles. It sure looked like fun. -Howard Garrett
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Wed Mar 13 - San Juans - After a series of phone calls from Jane Cogan relaying reports of a group of transients heading up San Juan Channel, Dave and Katie met at Snug Harbor and left in the boat a little after 1500. We arrived on scene at about 1530 in Spieden Channel. The whales, already identified as the T90s and T101s, were traveling slowly west near the southeastern shoreline of Spieden Island. T90C Spyhops. Photo by Dave Ellifrit, Center for Whale Research, Mar 13, 2019. Full summary report/photos at Center for Whale Research Encounter 15
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Wed Mar 13 - Hello! I believe I saw/heard a gray whale last night (Wednesday 3/13/2019) at 7:49pm. I was on the beach right by Lover's Bluff on Lummi Island (48.714009, -122.699765) when I heard three blows total over the course of about 1 minute. I started recording a video right after the first blow (attached). It was very close to shore....It seemed to be traveling North, and a few minutes later I heard it blow again seemingly near Village Point. I got in my car and headed to a beach a little North of there. At 8:15 I heard it blow again twice, and then about 2-3 minutes later I heard another blow, still traveling North. (I have an audio recording where you can hear at least one of the blows, it's not great quality though). I hope this is helpful, and please don't hesitate to let me know if I can provide any other information. Thank you for all of the work you do! -Very Best, Kelsey McLane
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Wed March 13 - Saratoga Passage - Aw, springtime. Love is in the air. This grey was feeding off Polnell Shores. -Terra Parham/Photo by Greg Parham, Mar 13, 2019
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Wed Mar 13 - Possession Sound - From there we made our way out toward Hat island where captain Tyler found gray whale #53 Little Patch. We got some great flukes from him before heading to the shallows off of Hat island. Here we watched as #383 spy hopped multiple times, some of which were very high out of the water. -See full report/photos at Island Adventures March 13 blog post.
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I just looked at the photos the CRC interns took on yesterday's (March 13) whale watch trip and 531 has arrived. I hadn't seen any other confirmation of this yet so wanted to pass that on. It was sighted with CRC383....CRC531 was on the edge of the river delta when sighted on the 13th. -Alie Pérez, Cascadia Research Collective

March 12

Rosario Strait...out into Rosario strait where captain Tyler found us a group of orca whales right off of Burrows island. It turned out to be the T90's and we got some amazing looks at them as the were heading out into the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Encounter report/photos at Island Adventures March 12th blog post
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Tue Mar 12 - Puget Sound - 17:21- 18:40 - T137 and her son T137A, T137B and her older brother T137A. T137s. T137A off Point No Point. Following up - with pics from earlier post. 5:21 PM - heading out to run "Point No Point" beach. Couldn't believe it - Transient Orcas trolling right off the shore (30 to 40 meters out). Two big harbour seals were also in very close - 2 meters. Transient Orca pod then moved out - guessing 120 to 150 meters out - stayed there for 35 minutes diving (appeared to be feeding at times, unsure exactly, they'd all circle up at times - pod stayed in exact same spot - diving, every 45 seconds to 1.5 minutes- then appearing - avg sized orca / notch dorsal, 2 side by side oracs / always stayed close together / then massive male Orca, notch fin). After 35 to 40 min in same diving location (directly out from light house) they "slowly" trolled towards homes - toward Hansville grill. Then turned out into the abyss ... heading towards Whidbey Island!!! I pointed them out to many along beach - others also snapped pics & observed. Two big harbour seals stayed within 2 to 3 meters of water the entire time / they stayed along beach (2 meters of water) for over an hour. Possible the Transient pod had dinner earlier at 100 to 150 feet out - again they stayed in same location for 35 to 40 minutes - appeared to be feeding a few times. Unsure, best guess when they'd circle up/very close to each other. New at identifying orcas, feeding, etc. Second unreal experience off "Point No Point"!!!!! -Andrew Muehling
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15:00 - Last report from me...seeing entire family, now grouped together. T137s now well south of Possession Point heading southwesterly out from Picnic Point, still east of mid channel but moving further away from mainland. Slow steady pace.
14:50 - I think they went on long dives...after losing them from sea level, I walked back up the ramp over the railroad tracks and with the assist of elevation spotted T137A further west out from Picnic Point and south of Possession Point heading slowly southwesterly. Ive not seen others yet.
14:13 - Orcas surfing the wake of a tug that is passing northbound! And now milling around mid channel south end Possession Sound...After surfing can see T137A milling making many directional changes, not in any hurry.
14:05 - Orcas are spread out: T137A is about mid channel milling back and forth, the other three spread in ones mid channel to east of mid while traveling slow/med pace southbound. I think T137D is closest to me.
13:55 - I relocated to the beach at Picnic Point Park, Lynnwood... I can now see dorsal slicing through glassy calm water to the north (out from Shipwreck) heading my way, soon to disrupt some resting thermoregulating sea lions if they stay on course.
13:20 - After regular surface intervals, T137A is on long dive, have not seen him, but just now caught glimpse of 2 of his family members dorsals to the south, more inshore towards Mukilteo than last sighting, both heading Southbound
13:11 - T137s made fast time. I arrived Mukilteo Lighthouse Beach, alerted others on site and those about to leave...immediately we spotted the large dorsal of T137A traveling on his own further offshore east of mid channel, Clinton ferry terminal line of sight. His family had already passed, looking south soon after spotted someone else surface past south end of park (closer inshore than T137A) angling toward mid channel.
12:45 - 13:00 - Arrived at Harborview Park, Everett in hopes to see the T137s, looking over the bluff short distance west could see dozens of gulls swooping in on glassy seas on what clearly was the location of the meal, but no orcas. I figured they must have flipped so I headed back west and on my way to Mukilteo as I was coming over the hill in the distance I spotted at least one of the T137s just east of Mukilteo Ferry dock heading west at 13:00. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network
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Today we encountered them while they were northbound just between Everett and Mukilteo. The T137's is a family of 4 consisting of T137 (36 yo) and her 3 kids, T137A (17yo), 137B (13yo) and T137D (7yo)...When we arrived we could tell they were in pursuit of something. Was it a harbor seal or harbor porpoise? Not long into the predation event, we saw a seal head pop up amidst the chaos! This harbor seal wasn't going down without a fight and lasted quite a while before it all went silent. Depending on the size of their prey, how many are in the pod, and who is leading the hunt, it can take minutes to hours to take them down. Techniques need to be learned and skills perfected and today we got to see the learning process in action as the two youngest lead the charge with help from mom and big bro only when needed, They were distant for most of the encounter so max zoom and cropped where needed to show detail and/or the seal. 12:30 - It's the T137s, they are hunting a harbor seal, 2 miles east of Mukilteo ferry dock. T137A, T137 and youngest T137D-Renee Beitzel, Puget Sound Express
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We had another double header today! With glass calm seas, we quickly found 3 Gray Whales between Hat/Gedney Island and the Snohomish River delta. We were able to identify #49 Patch and #53 Little Patch but the third whale was a little too elusive to ID. Not far from the Gray Whales, we also encountered the T137s hunting a Harbor Seal just north of Mukilteo. The young bull T137A Jack gave the poor pinniped several slaps with his curled flukes. They seemed to finish the hunt and began feeding just as it was time for us to head back to the dock. Another great day on the water! -Justine Buckmaster, Puget Sound Express
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11:47 - 4 orcas at Mukilteo, milling around and slowly working their way North towards Everett. -Photo by Tyler Graham, Mar 12, 2019
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11:33 - Orcas just off Mukilteo ferry dock headed north 3-4 of them...They were going to Everett definitely. Riding the shoreline. The bull popped up right next to the ferry. -Melissa Simmons, WSF
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07:49 - Just saw 3 orcas near North Beach (just north of Golden Gardens, North Seattle) heading north. Looked like a male, a female, and a young one. -Amanda Salov
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We had another double header today! With glass calm seas, we quickly found 3 Gray Whales between Hat/Gedney Island and the Snohomish River delta. We were able to identify #49 Patch and #53 Little Patch but the third whale was a little too elusive to ID. Not far from the Gray Whales, we also encountered the T137s hunting a Harbor Seal just north of Mukilteo. The young bull T137A Jack gave the poor pinniped several slaps with his curled flukes. They seemed to finish the hunt and began feeding just as it was time for us to head back to the dock. Another great day on the water! -Justine Buckmaster
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...three gray whales around Gedney island. They were fluking like crazy and showing their tales off on almost every dive. They turned out to be 531, 383, and 56 and it was amazing to see them feeding around the Possession sound...See full report/photos at Island Adventures Mar 12th Encounter blog post.
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RISSO'S DOLPHIN (Georgia Strait) - Sat Mar 9 - Risso's dolphin Deep Bay (upper Georgia Strait near Denman Island). Lone Risso's dolphin off Deep Bay, BC. - Facebook link
These notes from the sighting last Saturday at Deep Bay from Jessica Torode-Scott: Hi Deborah, "I thought I would share some more info with you about inshore Risso's! I spoke with one of my colleagues, who told me that there was a lone Risso's spotted almost exactly 4 years ago near Salt Spring. At the time, we didn't have any confirmed sightings of Risso's in inside waters in our database, but Dr. John Ford said that there have been confirmed records in the past including a group of about 10 Risso's seen on four occasions in the Strait of Georgia in the summer of 1978. Plus there's quite a few stranding records from inside waters. The Risso's near Saltpring never stranded to our knowledge, just hung around for a few days...and was mistaken for a sick killer whale and a shark. Her reply to my question of why do they think it was there..."Honestly we aren't really sure...it's a mystery! Hopefully we will have some more sightings so that we can track its whereabouts and behaviour. Feel free to share on Facebook! "You can contribute to research and conservation by reporting your whale, dolphin, porpoise, and sea turtle sightings to the B.C. Cetacean Sightings Network. Download the WhaleReport app, visit their website at wildwhales.org, email sightings@ocean.org, or call 1-866-I SAW ONE." So please share away...Deborah Freeman

March 11

GRAY WHALES - Mon Mar 11 - 1:49 - Just saw my first gray of the year in Port Susan near Warm Beach. -Gary Lingenfelter
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12:10 - Renee Beitzel reports #49 Patch and #53 LP (Little Patch) are off SE Hat/Gedney Island AND #383 is in Saratoga Passage offshore Elger Bay, Camano Island.
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Mon Mar 11 - Hello, Today I saw at least four orcas from Fort Worden in Port Townsend. Orcas entering Admirlty Wilson off Point Wilson.. I watched from the bluff as they came around from the straight towards the bay. At one point, they were quite close to the shore near the lighthouse. Here's the best photo I got. Just amazing. Brought me to tears. This was the first time I've ever seen orcas in our waters in my 28 years of living on the sound. Thanks for all you do! Any idea of which pod this might have been? -Alexis Arrabito
(Video shared shows bull in the group. This is possibly T137s who showed up in Puget Sound the next morning - alb)
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Sat Mar 9...Dave and Melisa headed to Snug Harbor and left the dock at 1430 aboard "Orcinus". At 1503, "Orcinus" arrived on scene with the T123s and T124As off of Foster Point, near the east entrance of Harney Channel. The whales were all grouped up and zig-zagging their way toward Obstruction Pass. Surfacing beside T124A3 was a new calf, likely born at the beginning of 2019. T123's calf that was born in late 2018 was also present....Full encounter report/photos at Center for Whale Research Encounter 14.
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Mon Mar 11 - Today was a bit colder and more overcast than the past few days, but sighting conditions were still fair and we encountered 3 Gray Whales. SE of Hat/Gedney Island were #49 Patch and #53 Little Patch. Later we continued north into Saratoga Passage to see if we can spot any of the other Grays in the area. We found #383 in Elger Bay heading south. Despite the clouds, the mountains were still showing including Mt. Rainier making for some nice photo opportunities. -Justine Buckmaster
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UNCONFIRMED SPECIES - Mon Mar 11 - My coworkers were at the Olympic sculpture park around 1pm and thought they saw orcas. -Erika Kathryn Frank
(we had no other reports of orcas in this area, possible it was rafting sea lions or maybe dolphins - alb)

March 10

SOUTHERN RESIDENTS - Matriarch J17 Princess Angeline swims with her family in the upper Georgia Strait near Campbell River, BC. -Photo by Nick Templeman, Mar 10, 2019
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Sun March 10 - Upper Georgia Strait - We had an amazing surprise today... Southern Residents... passing Campbell River southbound. We were able to ID the J17's plus L87 as they made their way southbound into the Gulf. J17s eldest daughter J35 Tahlequah, J35's son J47 Notch, J17's youngest offspring, daughter J53 Kiki, J17's granddaughter J46 Star, L87 Onyx who travels with J pod, currently w/the J17s. -Photos by Nick Templeman, Mar 10, 2019
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BIGG'S TRANSIENT KILLER WHALES - Sun Mar 10 - After an amazing display of coordinated hunting tactics, 6 yr old T137D applies the coup de gras to a harbor seal with support from mom T137 in the background and sibling T137B in Lopez Pass. Although it can be difficult to see at times, the calves must learn to hunt and T137 is a great teacher. -Photo by James Gresham, Mar 10, 2019
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T137s were in Lopez Sound. Here is T137A traveling and spy hopping...Photos by Ariel Yseth, Spirit of Orca, Mar 10, 2019
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Sun Mar 10 - Possession Sound (Snohomish Delta) - 16:54 - Seeing two whales from Howarth Park headed west towards Hat island (closer to the island). -Brian-Nicole Jenkins
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14:30 -16:15 - Watched heart shaped blows and bodies of at least 3 grays between Hat/Gedney and Jetty Island, Everett...milling back and forth feeding, spread out from south end Hat to mid way up north side mid channel mostly, on occasion two whales fin to fin diving together. Sun is out, so is the tide, water calm...Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network
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14:11 - One maybe two whales south of Hat island. We are spotting them from Harborview park in Everett. -Jerald Russell
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11:31 - Sounds like #383 is back! Island Explorer 4 on scene with 5 whales SE off Hat Island. Welcome Gray whale 383!. -Erin Johns Gless, Island Adventures
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...Welcome back #383! We were thrilled to witness the return of another one of our Sounders today. It seemed we were not the only ones excited about 383's return, as every gray we've been seeing over the past couple of weeks was present in Possession Sound today, and quite social at that. Little Patch (#53), Patch (#49), CRC-185, and CRC-2246 were all in attendance....See full encounter report on Island Adventures March 10th Blog Entry.
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These two were all about each other for a minute today...New arrival, "sounder" #383 approached kindasortagettingoldnewbie PCFG #185 and put his head on top of 185's back. Always fun to watch their interactions! They are anything but mindless feeding machines. -Photo by Renee Beitzel, Mar 10, 2019
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Mar 10 - Saratoga Pass (Oak Harbor area) - 11:55 - Grey is off Polnell Pt. I think it's heading east. -Terra Parham
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09:00 - Large, single grey whale about 1.0 mile SSW of Crescent Harbor, heading SSE. I'm viewing from my scope from Harrington Lagoon...It was a ways out from my perspective and headed slightly toward Polnell Pt. -Erik Anderson
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Sun Mar 10 - We encountered a total of 5 Gray Whales on the SE side of Hat/Gedney Island. We first arrived on scene with #49 Patch and then #53 Little Patch, though we could see other Gray Whales surfacing a bit further out. We found out that they were #383, #185, and #2246! We even saw a sweet cuddle session between #383 and #185! I didn't get photos of the bromance since I was inside the cabin when it happened, but it was sweet to see. -Justine Buckmaster

March 9

T123s - Took the 12:40 ferry to Lopez island and a couple [orcas] were spotted just 5 min before docking. -Photos by Jayce Lemmer, Mar 9, 2019
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13:15 - Just received a call from Marie Waterman, WS Ferries who reports two orcas seen off Frost Island (east side Lopez) heading westbound.
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12:40 - another group of orcas on the same ferry ride! SW of Blakely Island heading west. (T123s) -Monika Wieland Shields
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T123D and T123 "Sidney". -Photo by Sara Hysong-Shimazu, Maya's Legacy, Mar 9, 2019
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Sat Mar 9 - T124As - There were multiple groups of transient/Bigg's killer whales in the Salish Sea today - just another sign of spring! OBI's Sara Hysong-Shimazu encountered the T124As in San Juan Channel, and they had a new calf with them! It was mostly seen surfacing next to T124A3. -Monika Wieland Shields
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T124A6, T124A3, and T124A3A (presumably). Today's trip brought meet ups with two different families of our Salish Sea Bigg's killer whales---the T123s and T124As. With the T124As was a new calf with 13-year old, T124A3. Here's a photo of the new baby swimming next to the (presumed) new mom. -Photos by Sara Hysong-Shimazu, Maya's Legacy, Mar 9, 2019
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12:50 - T124As -Jeff Friedman
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12:05 - Orcas Turn Island San Juan Channel southbound, seen from ferry. -Monika Wieland Shields
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Sat Mar 9 - Gray whales!!! CRC49 Patch! PCFG CRC185 off southside Hat Island today. CRC 53 right side, 49 Patch, 53 Little Patch and a spy-hopper 185! South end of Hat/Gedney Island. -Photos by Jill Hein, March 9, 2019
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Out on Saratoga today, found 4 gray whales near Everett! #49 Patch, #53 Little Patch, #185 and #2246. CRC 53 (Little Patch) left side. Beautiful whale face...CRC53 Little Patch! which I could see in the distance but did not get close enough for pics. Papa Eagle was waiting for us back at the dock in Edmonds! Great day on the water with Puget Sound Express! All whale watch guidelines were followed. All photos taken with zoom lens and cropped for details. -Photos by Janine Harles

March 8

15:07 - Possibly the T123s coming down Swanson...confirmed T123s, including the calf! -Monika Wieland Shields
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Fri Mar 8 - (Later reports have orcas/blows in two areas several miles apart heading in opposite directions, it is possible a 2nd group was in other than the T99s -alb)
17:35 - Viewing from Maxwelton. See blows between here and Point no Point northwest bound. Hopefully some folks at Pt no Pt can see them....Marilyn Armbruster
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17:22 - I swear I saw them south bound closing to the Edmonds side but only saw them once and can't find again... 3 and heading south at a good clip about 10 minutes ago from my kitchen table. -Michelle Goll
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16:35 - Last I saw blows they looked to be 2-3 miles south of Scatchet Head heading NW toward Admiralty Inlet at about 16:25. I then moved to Stamm Overlook could not relocate them as of 16:35
16:09 - I finally spotted blows (3-4 in succession) to the west of Edmonds a few miles and south of Whidbey 1.5-2 miles (sightline from Haines Wharf with some elevation is just north of Point No Point at horizon). -Alisa Lemire Brooks, ON
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15:39 - Spotted group due west of Picnic Point mid Channel...I'm using binox and they're at the horizon line, so far away, but lots of activity, stationary...they seem to be due south of the nearest landmass which is Whidbey....There looks like 50 gulls swarming above what appears to be a very productive hunting site. -Alex Ho
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14:45 - orcas nearing Shipwreck (Lynd across from Possession Beach park still Mukilteo side of mid channel southbound. -Marilyn Armbruster
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14:30 - whales have passed Glendale heading south still on Mukilteo side.
13:40 - Whales south of Hat Island heading towards Everett grouped up. -Sandra Pollard
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14:17 - 4 total seen heading south from the ferry lanes. Mid west side of channel. I made sure to point them out to anyone who would listen to me on the ferry. -Danielle Pennington
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13:45 got em. Will be crossing the ferry lanes soon. Viewing from my living room on extended lunch (don't tell the boss!) -Debbie Stewart
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...The excitement didn't end there, though, we also had a brief encounter with Killer Whales! The T99s were also in a social mood after sharing a kill near Sandy Point on Whidbey Island. I hope this is a good sign for the rest of the season. -Photos by Justine Buckmaster, Mar 8, 2019
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From today- Part 2: Killer whales: Gray whale trips aren't always only about grays. We got super lucky today with a pod of killer whales reported further north, but southbound, earlier in the morning. We were running short on time, but when we realized how close they actually could be, we went for it! Upon our arrival, there were 4 whales that I was able to identify as the T99's -T99B's narrow, notchy dorsal is a dead giveaway. Birds were flying overhead and the whales were already heavily into prey sharing with head stands, moon-walking and converging in one area. Just when it looked like they were about to move on, they continued feeding and we were treated to a spyhop....which I saw but failed to get a photo of (boo). Despite that, it was a pretty amazing first day back. -Matriarch T99 (born 1984), T99B (born 2007), Siblings T99C and D are carrying the kill while T99B trails behind, likely picking up pieces. -Photos by Renee Beitzel, Mar 8, 2019
12:45 - ID'd as T99s, pod of 4 is stalled out on hunt/meal south of Sandy Point, Whidbey. -Renee Beitzel
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12:16 - A pod of 3 Orcas are heading south towards the ferry from Sandy point in Saratoga passage. -Debra Rack
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10:30 - ...my family is on vacation in Langley and we saw three orca this morning. One went ahead and two were behind. We're on Bells Beach. It was at 10:30 this morning and they were heading south. -Erin Taylor
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Fri Mar 8 - Pax were fun, weather was mostly sunny, albeit chilly, and whales did not disappoint! Part 1: Grays - We started with gray whales #49 Patch who was resting by himself near Gedney Island while #53 Little Patch and #185 were off on their own, having some kind of "bromance" off the edge of the Snohomish River Delta...that is a very technical term (see sarcasm) for when the males of a species are associating so closely and spending all of their time together but away from everyone else who may be in the area. Also, we know dolphins (like killer whales) like to engage in that sort of behavior, but it is not likely that is what these two were doing. They were VERY closely socializing while waiting out the tide near Everett. Prominent dorsal ridge and knuckles with small white patch on #53 Little Patch (I call him LP for short) and then #185 with more subtle dorsal ridge and knuckles, comparatively. #185 - I noted last season that his blowhole surface is much more flat than the rest. Its one way to tell these two apart when you can't see anything else. They are both on the darker side of gray, but have very different markings on their backs and flukes. Even the fluke shapes are different! Top fluke of #185 showing "flared" edges, another unique attribute. After all, he is not truly a "Sounder"...yet. -Photos by Renee Beitzel, Mar 8, 2019
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First day of the season! I think it's safe to say our first Gray Whale trip of 2019 was a success! We saw three Gray Whales resting and socializing between Hat/Gedney Island and Everett; #49 Patch, #53 Little Patch, and #185. It was interesting to see #53 Little Patch and #185 closely associating and likely socializing with each other since they are technically from different populations of Gray Whale! The excitement didn't end there, though, we also had a brief encounter with Killer Whales! The T99s were also in a social mood after sharing a kill near Sandy Point on Whidbey Island. I hope this is a good sign for the rest of the season. CRC49 Patch right side! CRC53 and PCFG CRC185 fluke tops. 53 (L) and 185 (R) fluke undersides. NPS Gray 53 (Little Patch) left side. Pacific Coast Feeding Group (PCFG) Gray CRC185 (male) left side. -Photos by Justine Buckmaster, Puget Sound Express
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DOLPHINS - Fri Mar 8 - 11:45 - I believe what I saw this morning at 11:45am was maybe a Bottlenose Dolphin? Saw the same thing about a week ago. The photos are not great because they are very far away with my telephoto lens....Saw off Apple Tree Point near Kingston, heading south at quick rate, just cruising. -Photos by Mark Vigna
(ID notes Dave Anderson, Cascadia Research: "It's definitely a dolphin, best guess is bottlenose, but can't be certain that it's a bottlenose, much less Stump. The dorsal fin doesn't look right for her, but it could be the angle". )

March 7

T122 swims past a canoe along the shoreline of Victoria's waterfront (T122 was traveling with the T46s). -Photo by Mark Malleson, Thu Mar 7 - Calf sighting in Cowichan Bay this morning March 07, 2019 Photo by Cam McCubbin on Arbutus Ridge on Vancouver Island. -(Forwarded by John ML Kendrick)
(as of yet the pod in Cowichan Bay has not been ID'd - alb)
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COASTAL KILLER WHALES - Thu Mar 7 - 17:48 - BIG NEWS: Orcas just reported off Newport area this hour. Four of them. UPDATE on the Orcas: there was four or five of them spotted by the head of Surfrider Foundation's Newport chapter, seen heading north. -Oregon Coast Beach Connection
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Thu Mar 7 -GRAY WHALES - we got a good look at 2246's flukes. Has clearly been through some ordeals! -Photos by Island Adventures, Mar 7, 2019
(Report and images provided by Erin Johns Gless)

March 6



March 5

Tue Mar 5 - Admiralty Inlet - 17:35 - Gray whale, Bush Point, southbound, just past rip, three blows, and then tail fluke up and down dive. In sun so couldn't see underside of fluke. Welcome to another Sounder!!! -Jan Bell
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Tue Feb 5 - Possession Sound - 16:30 - I am leaving; All 3 grays that I can see are currently now trending southbound, all in same general area, between Jetty Island and Hat/Gedney Island. Heart shape exhalations illuminated by late afternoon sun. Pretty.
16:04 - Lead gray now just out from mouth of Snohomish River, in the Delta south of Priest Point. Other two still spread south of her/him.
15:40 - Distinctly seeing at least 3 grays, all on the move north. Lead whale north end Jetty Island steady travel NB, 2nd whale little south of & more inland towards Jetty Island from lead whale, 3rd whale further south from 2nd and further out in the channel than the first two.
15:15 - I left for a while, came back to Legion Park, Everett and still see blows of at least 2 grays out in Possession Sound, between Jetty and Hat Islands. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, ON
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14:15-15:15 - My son and I watched them from American Legion Park in north Everett. They were active between Jetty Island and Hat Island. (Between 2:15pm and 3:15pm. Some were big blows! -Kathleen Lawson
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13:15 - I moved locations and maybe 1-2 of the grays did too: Now looks like 4th (and possibly 5th?) gray now closer in off Jetty Island, just out from Naval base/shipyard.
12:50 - Now seeing at least 3 grays out here, currently SE of Hat, and West of Jetty. 2 hanging close together, 3rd just bit SW of them. Too far from land viewing at Legion Park to ID individuals, but can see blows, bodies and occasional fluke.
12:25 - Now see blows of 2nd gray whale to the south; between SE of Hat and south end of Jetty Isl.
12:15 - Seeing blows of at least one gray midway between northern end Jetty Island and SE Hat/Gedney Island. Viewed from Legion Park, Everett. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network
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We found whales quite early on in our trip, which meant we had ample time to visit with them. It turned out to be three grays: Patch, Little Patch, and CRC-185....On the return trip home we found that a fourth gray whale had joined the fray. It turned out to be CRC-2246. -Naturalist Sam, Capt. Carl, and Brittany, Island Adventures
(See IA's March 5th blog entry for report/images of encounter w/49, 53, 185, 2246)
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Tue Mar 5 - ~ 12:00 - Our Bottlenose friend? Came by at 12:00 pm today. Was sort of playing around and going back and forth. It is really hard to capture as fast as it comes up....She looked like maybe some feeding activity? A bit of splashing, direction changes, etc. Last times I saw the dolphin it was traveling fast. -Photos by Sara Frey
(ID notes by Dave Anderson, Cascadia Research: "That is definitely a bottlenose, and probably Stump, but it isn't clear enough to be certain of the ID".)

March 4

BIGG'S TRANSIENT KILLER WHALES - Mon Mar 4 - 14:45 - Fort Casey may may be good place to go. We at Lagoon Point and from our line of sight they are half way between Fortt Flagler and Fort Casey mid channel.
14:26 - Bro Gary spotted 4-5 from Lagoon Pt nearing Ft Flagler mid channel northbound...Marilyn Armbruster
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13:30 - Orcas Just passing Bush Point headed north. Think there were 3-4 and now near Flagler! -David Haeckel At least 3 orcas rounding Bush Point, Whidbey around 1:30pm heading north, closer to the Marrowstone Island side. They were moving pretty fast and lots of sun glare. So enjoyable seeing them. I never get tired of it. -Photos by David Haeckel, Mar 4, 2019
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12:36 - Orcas past yellow marker northbound heading towards Foulweather Bluff.
12:30 - Seeing a couple of blows and rise and fall of dorsals, Kitsap side heading to yellow marker north of Point No Point. As seen across Mutiny Bay from beach. -Sandra Pollard
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~ 10:15 - Photo I just received from a friend whose a biologist for the Tulalup Tribe and out on the water at the right time!!. Orcas off Possession Head - South tip of Whidbey, he reported about an hour ago (~10:15). (see photos below by Max Lundquist) -Tony Bahnick
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T46s rounding south Whidbey off Possession Point. -Photos by Max Lundquist, Mar 4, 2019
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09:19 - Saw a beautiful pod of orcas on the 9:00 Clinton-Mukilteo run this morning! They are heading towards Whidbey it looks like. I counted 5!...I was going towards Mukilteo and they were on the port side of the boat. Looked to be heading towards the Clinton dock or further north. -Shanna Barrett Dumke
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UNCONFIRMED SPECIES - Mon Mar 4 - Just got this text from my coworker this morning (She was commuting to Pt Townsend over the bridge so I'm sure she saw them from the car while driving. She has a science background I think powers of observation would exclude little harbor porps. But dolphins or otherwise unobserved orcas are a possibility!): "At 7:53am there was a pod of whales just north (less than 500 yards) of the hood canal bridge, just before midspan. I saw five dorsal fins. I am guessing pilot whale, but ? and I couldn't stop." -Donna Green van Renselaar
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UNCONFIRMED: GRAY OR HUMPBACK - Mon Mar 4 - Saw one (reported in gray whale post - alb) Monday morning at about 9:45 am off of Three Tree Point (Burien). Saw the blow and waited for it to come up. Tide was high so it was in close, spectacular!...headed north to go around the point. Just off the public beach on the south side of Three Tree Point. Also known as Point Pully on navigation maps. Could have been a humpy..thought that's what it was at first. Quick look before it rolled back in. -Alfred E. Newman

March 3

It's March, and it's no surprise that sightings of mammal-eating transient/Bigg's killer whales are beginning to pick up! We had a double-header today encountering the T46s in Saratoga Passage and then the T90s and T101s heading into Cattle Pass on the way home. Pictured here are T101 and T101B under Mt. Baker with Lopez Island in the background. -Monika Wieland Shields
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Sun Mar 3 - ~18:00 - T46s exiting Saratoga Passage heading east...backdropped by Camano Head, entrance to Port Susan, Tulalipt, and snow capped Cascade Mountain foothills. -Photo by Marilyn, Armbruster, Mar 3, 2019
~18:00 - a little after 6pm, they had angled over towards Camano Head, could not tell if they were still heading south, or east or even possibly north up Port Susan? they were defintiley on long down times, at times up to 10 minutes. Lost track of them after this point...
17:46 - Orcas out front Langley Pizzeria Whidbey side mid channel southbound....From Fox Spit to Langley almost 2 hrs. -Marilyn Armbruster
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17:34 - Cama Beach sighting from Hidden Beach. Orcas are still heading south. -Brittany Brickzin
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16:00 - the orcas passed Fox Spit Whidbey side of channel quickly, but they did stall out a bit once they were out from Bells Beach and a little south of there. Possibly on a kill or 2. -Marilyn Armbruster
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16:00 - Orcas mid channel viewing from Camano State Park, heading south.
15:00 - Viewing pod from Sandy Beach, Camano. They were mid channel, milling, diving, lots of blows. All down now. Waiting for another sighting to determine direction. -Krista Paulino
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15:00 - Ts milling on a seal kill (mid channel between N of Cama Beach Camano and Hidden Beach), T46D and T46E in Saratoga Passage this afternoon., Whidbey. -Monika Wieland Shields
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14:20 - yup! (orcas) Southbound in front of my house across from Race Lagoon, but too far for photos, about the same as yesterday. IE5 still with them. -Kristina Trowbridge
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14:15 - Ts SE bound now, Camano side of channel probably even with Race Lagoon maybe? Steady pace still.
13:52 - Orcas southbound passing Harrington Lagoon Whidbey side.
10:37 - Orcas still traveling steady West halfway across Crescent Harbor.
10:22 - Orcas steady travel westbound. Now about to Polnell Point. -Rachel Haight
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14:15 - Ts have angled over towards Camano, southbound. I'm viewing from Shangri La Shores, Whidbey.
13:50 - Ts got a wild hair and are booking. Now at Harrington Lagoon. Southbound
13:17 - Orcas are now out from Scenic Heights, heading south and closer to Whidbey.
12:30 - Orcas very slowly trending south at turtle pace, just southwest of Polnell Point.
11:35 - if i had to make a guess i would say they are 1/4 way from Polnell Spit to Maylor Point milling back and forth. Im still at Scenic Heights
11:00 - For the past half hour been watching from Scenic Heights (south Oak Harbor), orcas milling back and forth west side of Polnell Shores. -Marilyn Armbruster
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11:58 - Orcas now West of Polnell Point, Whidbey. -Photo by Terra Parham, Mar 3, 2019
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10:22 - Small pod off Polnell Point. Seem to be big males and some young ones. Headed into Penn Cove now. -Dean Kayler
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09:20 - Orcas...On the move now headed northeast still mid channel. (N end of Saratoga Pass). -Marcie Goldberg
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09:07 - We are seeing them (orcas) mid-channel in between Camano and Whidbey just milling in circles. (N end of Saratoga Pass) -Kristina Trowbridge, Eagle Crest, Camano Island
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08:07 - At least 3 orca northbound in Saratoga Passage passing Woodland Beach, Camano. -Krista Paulino
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Sun Mar 3...The T46s are such a cool family for many reasons. One is that T46 Wake was part of the last killer whale capture in Washington State in 1976. She was released and is still plying the same waters as one of the most successful mothers on record. As we discussed on the boat while we were on scene, if she had been taken into captivity as many other whales were in the 1960s and 70s, there would be nearly 20 fewer transient killer whales in the region, because that's how many living descendants she has...Monika Wieland Shield
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Fri Mar 1 - (email received Mar 2) - Good morning Alisa, 3 days ago spotted 2 whales between Everett and Hat Island. 2 days ago there were 4 again, same area. Yesterday (March 1) there appeared to be many more than 4. If I had guess, somewhere between 6 and 10....It's possible there were only 4 yesterday. They were very active blowing and surfacing in the same general area I have not seen that kind of behavior before. I've attached the best pics from the other day. Not very reveling. Hope they are of some use....I'm not sure when they arrived in the area. I spotted them in the early evening, 6:00ish.They were southwest of Hat Island in deeper water several hundred yards south of "the dolphin". I'm making an assumption you know what "the dolphin" is. (wood tepee looking structure on the edge of the delta,west of the southern tip of Hat Island). Have you heard of any other migrating grays arriving to PS this year? -Jim Quintel

March 2

15:15 - After a seal snack outside Penn Cove the T46s are now southbound toward Onamac Point, Camano Island. -Matt Stolmeier
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Lovely view from across the passage from Kristina's deck at Eagle Crest, Camano of the T46s while northbound Saratoga Passage on the Whidbey side. -Photos by Kristina Trowbridge, Mar 2, 2019
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13:50 - Orcas are past Shangri La Shores, semi heading northwesterly towards Oak Harbor and possibly Penn Cove.
13:45 - Per Monica Carr and Cara Ernst the orcas are out from Shangra La Shores heading north again. -Marilyn Armbruster
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13:20 - Orcas in view southbound approaching Hidden Beach, mid-channel. IE5 appears with them. -Durand Dace
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13:06 - Orcas. T46E in Saratoga Passage with the Cascades as a backdrop. A straggler just passed by Shangri La Shores at least 10 minutes behind the group, all southbound.
12:56 - Whales southbound, now south of Shangri La Shores.
11:51 - Ts appear to be on a kill off Race Lagoon (Whidbey).
11:08 - Orcas approaching Shangri La spread out. Couple closer to Whidbey side, the few others more mid-channel. Northbound.
10:34 - After going quite slow for awhile, orcas now have picked up the pace and are north of Hidden Beach northbound.
10:08 - Orcas northbound off Hidden Beach mid-channel, long down times. Also - possible gray whale feeding in shallows at Cama beach. I can see a large single blow fairly close to shore and what appears to be people on shore observing. Too far for me to confirm but heads up to anyone on camano to check out.
09:49 - (orcas) blows and dorsals between Hidden Beach and Fox spit. Appear to be steady northbound. Appear to be aiming more toward Whidbey side currently. -Rachel Haight
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12:33 - We can see them (orcas) across from Race Lagoon, but nearer to the Camano side now. -Stephanie Smith
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11:06 - Just seeing dorsal now Harrington Lagoon north fairly close to Whidbey...from Jill Hein's. -Bonnie Gretz
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11:00 - whales still pushing northbound mid channel in line with Polnell Point as seen from Hidden Beach. -Sandra Pollard
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10:30 - I am sitting high bank at Baby Island. Orcas are directly north, mid Baby Island/Cama Beach/Hidden Beach Triangle, longish downtimes heading northerly somewhat angled towards Whidbey. -Marilyn Armbruster
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09:50 - T46E while over NW of Camano State Park heading northwesterly. Back of camera photo by Marilyn Armbruster ID'd as T46E by Melisa Pinnow, Center for Whale Research.
09:30 - Marilyn Armbruster reports 4 orcas (incl 2 males) off Fox Spit, Whidbey Island right now. (presuming still northbound, will get more details once she's done with encounter
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07:20 - Good morning - I wanted to report seeing 3, possibly 4, orcas several 100 yards off Sandy Point Beach and heading north up Saratoga Passage. Time was today, Saturday, 02-Mar-2019, at about 0720. Sorry no photos. I watched for 6-8 minutes, but the dog was more interested in the smells up along Wateredge Drive so had to move on....At least one was a male, I would guess, as the dorsal was visibly taller than the other two. A second might have been further across the channel (towards Camano Island), but I only glimpsed it once (thus the note regarding "3 or 4" in the group). -Jeff Rice
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GRAY WHALES - Sat Mar 2 - EVERETT: The return of gray whale #49 -- Patch! We had beautiful sunny skies as we left the dock for our 3-hour tour. It was an incredible day topped off with our first sighting of one of our all time favorite whales, Patch. Photos of Patch and blue skies to come soon! -Capt. Carl, Brittany, and Casey, Island Adventures March 2 Blog Post
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Spotted Patch today in Possession Sound around 1 p.m....Captain and naturalist on board Island Adventures ID'd him for us - they said it was his first sighting this year. ...I was using a cell phone and we were appropriate distance away, so the quality of my photos is not great. -Melanie Carver-Cox
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10:05 - Huge grey between Everett Marina and Hat Island. We're on our way to Orcas and he breached a few times right along side us! -Julie L. Dirks
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Sat Mar 2 - 10:08 - Possible gray whale feeding in shallows at Cama Beach (Camano). I can see a large single blow fairly close to shore and what appears to be people on shore observing. Too far for me to confirm but heads up to anyone on Camano to check. -Rachel Haight

March 1

UNIDENTIFIED KILLER WHALES - (presumably Bigg's T46s who showed up in Possession Sound/Saratoga Passage early morning March 2 - alb)
17:25 - Orcas, still hanging out in the area, mid channel, slowly heading north. At least 4 maybe 5, and one large male.
~17:00 - At least 2 orcas straight out from North Beach (N Seattle neighborhood) viewing area (just north of Golden Gardens). Lots of blows and are swimming around in the same area - can't tell which direction they are headed. One seems to be large male. Is a small sailboat nearby for reference. -Sir Winston
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13:25 - Yes! Just saw another spout, looks like orcas are between mid-channel and Whidbey side, can't tell exact location due to distance but down off SW side of Whidbey now...
13:20 - I believe I just saw an orca spout and fin now closer to the Whidbey side, further south, perhaps off the Double Bluff/Useless Bay area, but visibility is fading and I only got one look and could not get another sighting to confirm.
13:05 - orcas are headed over toward the Kitsap side of the Inlet, toward Hansville and Point No Point. -Susan Berta, ON
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12:49 - Two male orcas and at least two others headed south-east in Admiralty Inlet toward Puget Sound, now roughly between north Mutiny Bay and north Skunk Bay, mid-channel. -Howard Garrett, Orca Network
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12:40 - Our neighbor Kate Sheppard just texted there are 3 orcas out front just south of Bush Point, Whidbey Island...Thanks so much to Kate's sharp eyes and quick reporting of these orcas! Howie is out looking...Susan Berta, Orca Network
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DOLPHINS - Fri Mar 1 - 15:00 - A likely Bottlenose dolphin just went by, close to shore off Apple Tree Point (Kingston)) going NB. Neighbor thinks he saw it yesterday too. Was moving fast. No pics. -Sara Frey


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