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May 22

Gray whales (North Puget Sounders & friends) - May 22 - Saratoga Passage - 12:10 p.m - Nope gray is making a big wide swing veering northeasterly. Mid Hidden Beach/ Camano State Park (sightline)...Nothings definitive right now. Noon - Gray whale is now West of Baby Island mid channel to Greenbank heading north...looks like heading towards Hidden Beach, way past Baby Island.
11:44 a.m - He or she is in Holmes Harbor... I think s/he has come back my way towards Baby Island. -Marilyn Armbruster
(ID'd as 531, see photos below - alb)
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10:00 a.m - (gray whale) Milling in shallows off of Baby Island. -Taylor Barkee
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9:35 a.m - Gray whale here, off East Point, Whidbey...on it's way north, I don't think it was feeding. -Susanne Schnippering
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May 22 - Possession Sound - (Gray) Just passing by, at a good clip northbound, making a beeline for Saratoga Passage, heads up Camano and Langley coming your way! Orca Network this was 6:40am, 20 minutes later a second whale passed by, mid channel, following in the same direction. -Lori Christopher

May 21

Bigg's killer whales - T123s picked up by Cypress yesterday morning around 11 am, (look closely, there's a seal in front of mom, looks like she's pushing the poor little guy around). We took off and got them again by Colville Island (Lopez) later in the day, around 2pm. They were heading towards San Juan Island. -Photo by Jill Hein, Naturalist Mystic Sea, May 21, 2018
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We set out on Chilkat this morning and found Transient Orcas T123's in Rosario! Watched them make a kill then on they went on their way! We travelled home through Deception Pass and then found 3 gray whales near Gedney Island! #21, #22 and #383! -Janine Harles, Puget Sound Express
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May 21 - Saratoga Passage, Oak Harbor area - 5:45 p.m. - Watching a grey feeding In the waters by the seaplane base in Oak Harbor. Can't believe I'm still getting to watch one this late in the season! -Christine Sweger Miller
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~ 10:00 a.m - A neighbor saw gray in Crescent Harbor. -Angel Almeyda
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May 21- Saratoga Passage - 6:10 p.m. - followed a gray off south end of Camano State Park into Elger Bay but he was moving too fast to get a pic. Trending south now, I think. -Krista Paulino
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May 21 - Possession Sound - 531 fluke underside. - We travelled home through Deception Pass and then found 3 gray whales near Gedney Island! #21, #22 and #531! -Photo by Janine Harles, May 21, 2018
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Gray feeding south of Sandy Point 10 am Monday 21 May. -Aerials by Fred Lundahl, 2018
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9:30 a.m - I Just passed Jetty Island on way to mainland, two are still there feeding!
7:00 a.m - What a way to wake up! My fellow whale soul sister Kim alerted me they were coming, she's on her way to work, in the VIDEO you can see them say "have a nice day", lots of beautiful backlit blows toward the end. Alisa, Orca Network, three grays traveling together southbound NE of Gedney, one turned and headed back towards Camano, the other two went on to the delta (Jetty Island). -Lori Christopher
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#531 Pec fin - Here's a shot from marina beach for identification. -Photo by Kim Vest Gleason, May 21, 2018
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Dolphins - May 21- San Juan Channel - 9:45 a.m - 3 Dolphins-Bottlenose? traveling north possibly feeding..they surfaced several times dorsal fin only and then disappeared. Gray ..did not get to see rostrum or head for positive identification. San Juan channel 48.563084 -123.032801 (north of Point Caution). -Carolyn Spence

May 20

Saratoga Passage, Oak Harbor area - 6:40 p.m. - Lone gray off Polnell Point now! -Nancy Arend
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12:30 p.m. - Mary Jo Adams sees a gray whale in Crescent Harbor (Oak Harbor) near the little bridge, swimming west... Hi, Here are a few photos of the gray whale that I saw today in Crescent Harbor. I hope they will be helpful in identifying it.....I'm not sure what the whale was doing, it kept rolling around and sticking its head out of the water. I haven't seen one behave like that before. -Mary Jo Adams
Lovely face of a gray whale. This is who for now we refer to as Unknown #2. This whale was first photographed by Mary Jo on April 9th in North Saratoga and s/he has been there ever since. Cascadia Research had no match for this whale.
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May 20 - Holmes Harbor - We saw a single gray whale in Holmes Harbor, really close to Goss lake road 10:00am until 1:30pm. -Photo by Chris Bender, May 20, 2018
(ID: PCFG 185 by Alisa Lemire Brooks, ON)
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May 20 - Saratoga Passage - At 2:30pm and 3:00 pm, two more grays passed through the passage heading south. -Peg Boley
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2:00 p.m. - Gray whales #21 Earhart and #22 Shackleton about 1/2 mile off Mabana Beach, Camano Isl. circling, possibly feeding. -Reported by Amanda Gardiner
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1255 - We are with 21 and 22 off Mabana, Camano Island. -Renee Beitzel
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May 20 - Possession and Saratoga Passage - 1:18 p.m - I see the south bound one east side Sandy Point, near westside of Hat Island. -Marilyn Armbruster
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12:36 p.m. - Just rang the bell at Langley! Gray whale, moving back and forth at the surface straight out from the lookout...starting to head south 12:36. -Sarah Ann
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9:56 a.m - San Juan Clipper just left gray whale #531 feeding at Mabana Beach on Camano Island, heading slowly north. -Stephanie Raymond
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On Pebble Beach, we had a thrilling Sunday morning yesterday, 8:00 am, when we awoke to #531 lazily feeding right off our bulkhead. She rolled, twisted, turned in circles as she bulldozed through the mud. The water is shallow and we wondered how she could do it. She fed for about 40 minutes then headed south, leaving the water the color of dirt and our mouths still dropping. In the afternoon, at low tide, the seagulls jumped up and down in the puddles to work the huge horse clams up out of their holes. -Peg Boley
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8:00 a.m - Mornings with unidentified gray (originally reported as #531) are incredible, rain or shine. She spent about 30 minutes feeding in our front yard before moving on to the south. I zoom out mid video so you can see how close to shore she is....she's still here! 8:00am east side of Gedney moving south. -Lori Christopher
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Humpback whales - May 20 - Today's scenic trip took us into Canadian waters, where we encountered three humpback whales, including Split Fluke (BCX1068 b. 2006), between Active Pass and Point Roberts/Strait of Georgia. These gentle giants were traveling in tandem, their powerful heart-shaped blows shimmering against the backdrop of the sun's glare. Some of our favorite pinnipeds, Steller sea-lions and Pacific harbor seals, gave us a cursory glance as we passed their rocky perch, leaving the Stellers to continue their argument (at least that's how it looked) as we wended our way among the San Juan archipelago. -Sandra Pollard, Author/Naturalist, Mystic Sea
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Sea otter - May 20 - 6:42 p.m. - There is a lone sea otter off of Salisbury County Park (Hood Canal). Has been floating for about 45 grooming. -Denise Hull

May 19

Saratoga Passage, Oak Harbor area - Sara Walter reports the Crescent Harbor gray was there again today, Saturday May 19th.
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May 19 - Saratoga Passage - 6:45 p.m - one maybe 2 grays just north and west of Baby Island seen from Fox Spit. -Marilyn Armbruster
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1330 - grays #531 just met up with #185 while going north in Saratoga Passage just south of Mabana. Yay #185!!! -Renee Beitzel
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10:10 a.m - #723 and possibly one other we couldn't ID. Will post photos later
9:43 a.m. - I see them in Elger Bay slowly north bound. San Juan Clipper will be there shortly and try to get IDs. -Justine Buckmaster
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7:33 a.m - Spent last hour watching 3 grays feeding off Mabana on SW Camano Island! Very exciting! Still there as of 10 minutes ago. -Lonnie Kauman

May 18

Members of the T100s - Boundary Pass. -Photo by Justine Buckmaster, May 18, 2018
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May 18 - Strait of Georgia - T036A3 upside down beside T036A2 and T065. Great day on the water with the T036A's, T065 and T063! -Photo by Gary Sutton, May 18, 2018
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We had a great day on the San Juan Clipper today! Three whale species in one day! We saw gray whale #531 feeding close to the shore of Whidbey Island on our northbound trip. On the whale and sealife search we decided to check out an area that no other boats had searched yet and were rewarded by the T100s in Boundary Pass...just north of Skipjack Island. We left as they were crossing the pass toward Saturna Island! On our way back to Seattle, we saw several Minke whales feeding at Partridge bank. Yay whale trifecta! Justine Buckmaster
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May 18 - NPS gray #53 exit - We motored out under gray skies and smooth water, traveling up to Cattle Pass and out to Romeo Buoy, west of San Juan Island. We spent some lovely time with gray whale "Sounder" #53, Little Patch, as he was heading out to the coast to complete his migration north. We then said "bon voyage" to him and head back east, looking at bald eagles, harbor seals and turkey vulture along the beautiful side of Lopez Island. Another lovely day on the Salish Sea. -Bonnie Gretz, volunteer naturalist, Mystic Sea.
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1:30 pm - Still heading westbound. - ~1:00 pm - Farewell, Little Patch (NPS #53)! Island Explorer 4 just caught up with him in the Strait of Juan de Fuca north of Dungeness Spit. -Erin Johns Gless
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We had a single gray heading west just north of Pt Wilsonthis morning. No ID but it didn't look like one of our Sounders. Update: just heard from another boat that it was gray #53 (which was my first guess) but if so, that means right side has changed a lot! -Renee Beitzel
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May 18 - Saratoga Passage, Oak Harbor area - ...And he (gray whale) is still there (Crescent Harbor). Just seen half an hour ago (4:30 p.m.) by my husband. -Sara Walter
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Robert saw two gray whales in Crescent Harbor near the boat ramps this morning about 10:30 am. I went by the same area later when the tide was going out and saw what appeared to be fresh feeding pits. -Mary Jo Adams
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10:22 a.m - The grey is there again (or still there) on the Seaplane Navy base on Whidbey. Is it normal for him to be surfacing to blow every minute? -Angel Almeyda
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This was on the Seaplane base in Oak Harbor this morning. Beautiful. -Screen grab from video by Lauren Minckley, May 18, 2018
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May 18 - Possession Sound - I saw a grey about 5:45 pm on the northeast side of Hat. -Kim Vest Gleason
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3:50 p.m. - Tony reports seeing a gray whale from the ferry, a few hundred yards from the Mukilteo beach, headed south.
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9:40 a.m. - San Juan Clipper is leaving gray whale #531 one mile south of Sandy Point, feeding close to shore, trending south along Whidbey Island. -Photo by Justine Buckmaster, May 18, 2018
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Gray whales (South Puget Sound Unknowns) - May 18 - Hello, We spotted what appeared to be a Gray whale in the Titlow Beach cove in Tacoma, WA on Friday May 18th about noon time. After about 20 minutes right off the marina it seemed to be moving north towards the Narrows Bridge. It surfaced and blew air about 5 or 6 times. I've attached a couple cell phone pictures. -Thanks, Sarah Cazier
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Minke whales - May 18 - ...On our way back to Seattle, we saw several Minke whales feeding at Partridge bank...Photo by Justine Buckmaster, May 18, 2018
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Amanda Gardiner saw 1 or 2 minke whales about 3.5 miles SW of Smith Island, off NW Whidbey Island.
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May 18 - Puget Sound - 2:12 p.m. - We received a distant video of cetacean reported as Minke whale or Harbor Porpoise between Edmonds Pier and Ferry dock. -Spotted by Kai Frazier, Reported by Kari Morgan Frazier
(Viewing the video of this animal surfacing close to shore, it looks like a bottlenose dolphin based on size comparison to humans on the beach and her/his surface behavior. Definitely not porpoise or minke - Alisa)

May 17

Last Thursday Lennie and I had the most amazing experience with the Southern Resident orcas off Estevan Point - North West of Tofino. Initially the report was of 30 orcas, but All of J pod, and members of K and L were seen, with more whales on the horizon we could not get photos of. It is possible the entire population of Southern Residents was in the area!
Southern Resident Orcas off Hesquiaht Harbour and Estevan Light - I got a report of 30+ whales off Hotsprings Cove yesterday afternoon (May 17th). We got on scene at 5 pm and by then the pod was 5 miles west of Barney Rocks. They had been milling for most of the afternoon according to other boats on scene. They also described foraging behaviours, which I observed when I was on scene. Our fish finder did show that there were large amounts of fish in the area! I wasn't sure who we had at first. It has been close to 4 years since I have seen southern residents so I was a bit rusty with ID's at first and I thought we were dealing with Northern Residents. Suddenly I recognized the great L41! And then J27 and L25.... Tasli helped with with some ID's through messenger. L89 was also identified on scene. There were some whales further off shore that we didn't get to spend time with. For the most part they were quite spread out but near the end of our time with them they formed a tight group (J Pod anyways, from what I could tell, the L's were further out) and began travelling west at a consistent 5 knots. We left them at 7:13pm directly offshore of the Estevan Lighthouse. -Marcie Callewaert John
(ID notes by Melisa Pinnow, Center for Whale Research: J41, J31, J39, J40, and J27)
(ID notes by Monika Wieland Shields based on reviewing ID's by Brendon Bissonnette and the photos herself: "All of J-Pod, the K13s, and L12 sub-group were all identified in her photos - but she said there was more offshore that they didn't photograph and she thought it could have been enough whales for it to be all of them.")
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May 17 - Strait of Georgia - 24 Biggs killer whales enjoying life in the Strait of Georgia. T124A6, T124A, T124A4, T036A1 T124A1 and others. -Photo by Gary Sutton, May 17, 2018
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May 17 - Saratoga Passage, Oak Harbor area - 2:45 p.m - 1 grey whale headed west towards Polnell Point, Whidbey side. -Marcie Barney Goldberg
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1:40 p.m. - The same gray whale is feeding right now between Mariners Cove and Polnell Shores. Heading east. -Photo by Terra Parham, May 17, 2018
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May 17 - Saratoga Passage - 2:00 pm - Gray whale At Langley waterfront heading south. -Jim Lovvorn
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May 17 ~ 5:00 pm - gray close to shore by old ferry dock heading towards the Fox Island Bridge. Whale's direction of travel was toward the Fox Island bridge, so north-west. -Mignon Marie Whitaker
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May 15 - 3:00 p.m. - we saw a gray whale traveling north in Dana Passage near Dickinson Point....My view from the beach was limited, and my husband caught a view from our deck, which is about 50' above the beach. We didn't get any photos or videos, and when it surfaced it was a very limited view, just breaking the surface very regularly and no tail showing. The breathing was not as loud as other whales we've seen, where the spouting is more dramatic. -Pam Rhubart
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May 17 - Hi, We were on the 1:15 pm ferry from Port Townsend today and saw what I believe was a minke whale. It was about halfway out in the channel between Port Townsend and Keystone. Here is one quick photo that I was able to get. -Photo by Mary Jo Adams, May 17, 2018
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May 17 - Possession Sound - 6:00 p.m. - Bottlenose dolphin sighting! One hooked dorsal fin heading south bound. Seen on sounder train heading north. The location was right before the Mukilteo Light House. I was on the north bound train. Thank you for have a place to report on cetaceans! -Mikaela Montanari

May 16

Saratoga Passage, Oak Harbor area - (Gray) In Crescent Harbor on the Seaplane Base on Whidbey tonight around 7:30 pm. -Angel Almeyda
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Hi there! Today I met one of you at Ebey's landing. You were doing a presentation for a CHE field trip. I showed you a video off the whale that has been hanging out in Crescent Harbor and you asked me to send them to you guys. So here they are. Videos taken Wednesday (16th). And he is still there. Just seen half an hour ago by my husband (Friday 18th at 4:30). -Sara Walter

May 15

Coastal killer whales - Lloyd Chasey of Point Arena in Mendocino County, reported 6 northbound orcas passing Iversen Pt at 7am on Tuesday 15 May. -Scott Mercer
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Gray whales (North Puget Sounders & friends) - May 15 - Possession Sound - 2:55 p.m. - A single gray, traveling southbound, close to Gedney, mid island on east side.
7:50 a.m - Three grays heading south, east side of Gedney, about 100 yds offshore. -Lori Christopher
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May 15 - Holmes Harbor - Single gray feeding off Saratoga Beach just south of Baby Island. Watched from 6:00am until about 7:30. No direction of travel as it only moved approx 300 yards the entire time. Quite the treat this morning! -Dan Gulden
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May 15 - Saratoga Passage - Saw him off of Harrington Lagoon Road this morning 5:45am feeding. -Kira Dickinson
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Single whale headed north towards Harrington Lagoon at 5:30 this morning. Very close to shore. Possibly feeding. -Randy Zimmerman
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May 15 - Saratoga Passage - We live on the beach in Langley. There has been one grey who has spent an enormous time in front of our house the past week feeding on ghost shrimp. Very close: 70-100 yards off our deck. Any idea which whale and which gender? Pretty sure it's just one. Awesome!! -Judyth Reichenberg

May 14

With reports of whales, we set off towards Sidney Island in Canadian waters! Passing Colville Island by Lopez Is, we checked on the harbor seals hauled out, then saw Dall's porpoise along San Juan Island, continuing north to find the T101s and T102 again! So cool to see these 4 whales two days in a row! We had great views of them as they passed Sidney Island, still northbound. Homeward bound we checked on the seals and Steller sea lions on Spieden Island. It was another spectacularly sunny day and our trip home inter islands added to the amazing day! T101A (born 1993) and T101B (born 1997) on the left, Mom T101 (born 1973) in the middle, and T102 (born 1984) on the right. Jill Hein, volunteer naturalist, Mystic Sea
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Bigg's killer whales - 12:05 p.m - T101s mid Haro going north aiming for Lime Kiln right now! -Monika Wieland, OBI
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Coastal killer whales - May 14 - Received a call from Robert, at the Winchester Bay RV park in OR, near the marina where the Umpqua River comes out, he reported a male orca with a 6' dorsal fin in the marina this morning, then swimming upriver quite a ways, then passing close by the marina and RV Park again on his way back out to sea. They were very surprised to see him!
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May 14 - North Saratoga Passage, Oak Harbor area - 7:06 p.m. - Gray at Crescent Harbor, can't believe we are still getting visits! -Christine Hawkins
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6:34 p.m. - Two grays actively feeding at the seaplane base (NAS Whidbey, Crescent Harbor). -Photo by Christine Sweger Miller, May 14, 2018
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May 14 - Possession Sound and South Saratoga Passage - Another gray traveling north at Pebble Beach, Camano at 6:00 pm. -Peg Boley
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5:12 p.m. - gray staying in the same area, not traveling much.
5:02 p.m. - Still feeding north of the beach walk. May be heading back south! -Connie Bickerton
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3:31 p.m. - Single grey whale in Langley at the whale bell location! Close to shore! -Marcie Barney Goldberg
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At 2:40 p.m. this afternoon, we saw a gray traveling south off of Pebble Beach, Camano. -Peg Boley
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11:13 a.m - This is probably whale Steve Smith noted... whale mid channel between Gedney and Tulalip, traveling south with occasional deep dives. -Lori Christopher
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Whale blow and a sailboat...Posted 11:00 a.m - Maybe the same two we were watching in the Saratoga Passage until a few minutes ago, headed north, just south of Bells Beach about an hour ago. -Photo by Kathy Bridges, May 14, 2018
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10:50 a.m - Gray whale near northwest tip Hat Island, seen from Sandy Point, Whidbey. Nice backlit blows visible with no magnification needed. -Steve Smith
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WA State Ferries called in a report of two grays seen from the Mukilteo Clinton ferry headed NW at 7:40 am (the message said southbound, headed NW, but we think they may have meant the whales were south of the ferry run, headed NW?)
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Early this morning, I woke at 2:00 am the the sound of gray whale blows. The water was totally calm, no wind, all quite. I meandered back into my dreams listening to the whale go farther and farther away into the night. North from Pebble Beach. -Peg Boley
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Gray whales (South Puget Sound) - May 14 - Budd Inlet - Update from CRC with link: A gray whale was spotted this morning near Olympia, WA. We have been tracking the movements of several gray whales sighted in southern Puget Sound in recent weeks. Thus far there have been indications that this year may be one of elevated gray whale mortality, with potentially more whales in poor body condition. Read more about these indications on our website. -Cascadia Research Collective
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We also had a message tonight about a whale in Olympia, off 704 Columbia st. by the Anthony's restaurant. Call was from WA State Patrol, at 6:54 pm, relaying a report from someone, they thought it was a gray and that it might be lost.
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5:30 p.m - Heard the gray whale exhaltion and then saw her/him surface...looks like heading northbound right now. -Gayle Swigart
(Photos to supplement Gayle's report which was included in our Whale Sighting Report date May 15). Lovely illuminated exhalation of this beautiful gray whale who has been in Puget Sound for several weeks. Here s/he is on the 2nd of two consecutive days spent in Budd Inlet; this day deep in the inlet off downtown Olympia waterfront.) -Photo by Gayle Swigart, late/afternoon/early evening May 14, 2018
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Saw this beauty coming out of Olympia Harbor about 1:45pm today... surfaced a few times and then went deep, but appeared to be heading north. We went in the west side of the port at 1:45 and it was coming out from near the log facility headed north. When we left at 3:30 p.m. it was still in the open area just outside the entrances to the ports. -Cari Black
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10:50 a.m. - Gray is still in Budd Inlet very close to the Port of Olympia. That is WAY toward the southern most point of Puget Sound. -Kim Merriman
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Minke whales - May 14 - There was a group of six minkes feeding in north Admiralty at about 11am. I think just north of point Wilson midchannel. Will send photos later. -Ariel Yseth
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11:08 a.m - Single whale spotted from Point Wilson in Fort Worden. Likely minke or possibly a single orca. Headed south, mid Channel. Only saw one time and couldn't get a picture! -Allison Stewart Bishins
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Dall's porpoise - May 14 ...Passing Colville Island by Lopez Is, we checked on the harbor seals hauled out, then saw Dall's porpoise along San Juan Island...There were 10 -12 in the group. Fast! -Photo byJill Hein, Mystic Sea, May 14, 2018

May 13

Rosario Strait - A beautiful evening in the company of the T101s. -Photo by Sara Hysong-Shimazu, May 13, 2018
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A spectacular Mother's Day on the Salish Sea - we traveled a long way to find a humpback out by Constance Bank, and as we were almost home our eagle-eyed Captain Eric spotted Transient/Biggs killer whales by Allan Island - what a catch! They were the T101s and T102 and we had some amazing viewing of this grouping of 4 whales, as they passed Deception Pass and headed south-west. Along with Tufted Puffins, seals, a few harbor porpoise, and dead calm seas, it truly was a super Mother's Day!! -Jill Hein, volunteer naturalist
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May 13 - Strait of Georgia - On the Western Explorer II today, we started out with reports of Minke whales down to the south of San Juan Island. We were treated to perhaps 8-10 different Minke whales feeding in an area. We had Minkes on all sides of us as they zigged and zagged looking for forage fish the birds were targeting. After an incredible counter with those lovely baleen whales, we got word some Bigg's Killer whales had been spotted way up to the north! The Western Explorer II's speed allowed us to head up and see these whales as well. What an amazing way to spend Mother's Day with our guests! T63 Chainsaw in Strait of Georgie near Matia Island. -Western Prince WW (see Traci Walter photo below)
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5:50 p.m. - The Langley gray from this afternoon. It was at the extreme range of my lens, but it sure was a nice sight. -Photo by Rick Evans, May 13, 2018
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2:39 p.m - Michael Brusker reported a gray whale south of Sandy Point, Whidbey Island. Initially reported as whale along with possible fighting porpoise, but thanks to his video (and Connie Bickerton) he and we know it was a gray feeding on her/his side in the shallows with pec fin and half of the fluke exposed...
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11:40 a.m - No pictures but two Grey Whales off South end of Gedney (Hat) Island. -Eric Barnes
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San Juan Clipper called in a report of two grays, 723 Lucifer and 53 Little Patch, milling in Possession Sound well south of the ferry lanes at 9:30 am. Two speed boats came through way too last, almost hitting one of the whales, the Clipper sounded their horn to try to warn the boats to slow down.
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This morning on the north end of Hat Island this gray spy hopped. My friend got this great pic. -Photo by Cheryl, courtesy of Kim Vest Gleason, May 13, 2018
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May 13 - Budd Inlet - ~6:30 p.m. - Gray whale. Down in Budd Inlet, just north of Olympia. Mother's Day. -Photo by Josh Culley, May 13, 2018
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6:30 p.m. - Whale remains in the Tykle Cove as of 1830, putting on a pretty good show for gathering boats. Some are getting pretty close but they don't seem to be disturbing our visitor.
4:00-5:30 p.m. - Tykle Cove/Bliss Beach (Budd Inlet, Olympia) at around 1600 today (13 May 2018). I presume the boat hovering in the area was some of your folks. Last seen headed north at about 1730. -Tom Bigley
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11:25 a.m - Gray whale Hunter Point (Olympia)....heading toward Cooper point. -Jim Chamberlin
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May 13 - Hammersley Inlet - ...back through this morning about 9:00. -Becky Meadows Groom
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Humpback whales - As of yet unidentified humpback whale out by Eastern Bank, Juan de Fuca Strait. -Photo by Jill Hein, May 13, 2018
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Mother's Day brought many feeding Minke whales and a mysterious (unidentified) humpback whale. Welcome to the Salish Sea, newcomer! -Photo by Justine Buckmaster, MV Saratoga, May 13, 2018
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May 13 - On the Western Explorer II today, we started out with reports of Minke whales down to the south of San Juan Island. We were treated to perhaps 8-10 different Minke whales feeding in an area. We had Minkes on all sides of us as they zigged and zagged looking for forage fish the birds were targeting....Traci Walter, Western Prince
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Mother's Day brought many feeding Minke whales...It was also nice to see so many Minkes in one spot. I counted at least 5-7 actively feeding all around us. -Photo by Justine Buckmaster, May 13, 2108

May 12

Guemes/Bellingham channels - At around 1:45 Sunday May 12th off the SW side of Guemes Island I sighted a large solitary Orca. Very large dorsal. It was headed southerly towards the NW point of Fidalgo... I was ready to take photo but it didnt surface again nearby so afraid no photo. I only saw surfacing twice. Being a San Juan boater I've seen them before so I know a really big dorsal when I see one, and this was a biggie!! -Ken Osborn
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May 12 - Jervis Inlet, BC - 11:30 a.m - Orcas 3 to 4 sighted in Jervis Inlet (about 95 km (59 mi) northwest of Vancouver BC,) just offshore. Feeding. 49.8042810, 123.9114740. -Photo by Beverly Saunders, May 12, 2018
(ID notes by Melisa Pinnow, Center for Whale Research: "I am not sure who these guys are".)
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For all the minke lovers/allies among us...Here is this beauty feeding near Partidge Point, Whidbey Island. S/he is one of the many who has been feeding in eastern Juan de Fuca this past week. -Photo by Bonnie Gretz, May 12, 2018
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May 12 - 8:22 p.m - We are seeing two or three whales at the mouth of Tulalip Bay... many blows! -Carol Pom-Arleau
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Gray Whale feeding on ghost shrimp today. We've had 3 visits in the last 24 hours, a pair last night, a pair this morning and this singleton dining this evening ~ 6:00 p.m. Screen grab from video by John C Storbeck, May 12, 2018
(Looks like Gray #21 - alb)
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5:34 p.m. - watching the whale pass Village Pizza in Langley! -Cindi Bowen
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5:23 p.m. - Gray is still there...swimming steadily south. -Karen Night
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4:38 p.m. - #531 still feeding off Langley. -Photo by Langley Whale Center visitor Kristina Dahl. May 12, 2018
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It appeared to be 531. She hung around Whale Bell Park and the Langley waterfront for approximately 2 hrs. -Jim Lovvorn
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3:07 p.m. - One unidentified gray whale seen from Whale Bell Park in Langley, just now! -Wendy Berta Sines, Orca Network/Langley Whale Center
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May 12 - (grays) Saw 2 heading north at Point Wilson at 6:30 tonight. At the same time 2 cruise ships were heading out. -Teresa Lang
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Posted 5:15 pm. - I spotted a pair of whales in Admiralty Inlet passing Mutiny Bay and heading south a couple hours ago. Too far for pic or ID. -Dorian Garson
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10:15 a.m. - Gray whales #44 Dubknuck and #383 (no name) are traveling together between South Whidbey Island and Point No Point, Kitsap northbound heading towards Admiralty Inlet at a quick pace. -Called in by Janine Harles, aboard the Saratoga
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We saw them (grays, see 10:15 am report) pass by the northwest side of Possession Bar around 9:30 am. Too far for a phone picture. -Jody Moran
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May 12 - Hammersley Inlet - 4:41 p.m. - as of now he's still circling in the area. He just went out of our sight up into Oakland Bay. Looks like fish and game or some other official vessel just went by headed his direction. -Collin Long
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4:00 p.m. - Whale in Hammersley Inlet today around 4PM headed into the port of Shelton. Looked like it was feeding, as it rolled onto it's side and slapped it's fin. No dorsal fin so I think it was a Gray Whale. Sorry no photos, I didn't have my phone. -Jody Johnson
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3:35 p.m - Good afternoon. We are watching what appears to be a single grey whale in Hammersley Inlet, just west of Jacobys Shorecrest Co Park. He's mid channel and doesn't seem to be heading in any general direction. -Collin Long
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May 12 - Case Inlet - No picture, whale was too fast... probably a gray whale traveling south between Grapeview & the north end of Hartstine Island about 11AM. -Cammy Malm LaRiviere
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I saw my first humpback whale of the season! Welcome back, BCX1210 Slate! It was nice to see him near the East Point lighthouse (Saturna Island BC). -Photo by Justine Buckmaster, San Juan Clipper, May 12, 2018
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6:30 PM - Just peeling away from THREE Humpbacks in eastern Juan de Fuca. One IDd as Split Fluke (BCX1068 pictured). Got a tail throw, several trumpets and a breach. -Photo by Debbie Stewart, May 12, 2018
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May 12 - We caught up with five (or more) minke whales off Partridge Point. They were actively feeding, with some glimpses of their beautiful heads as they were lunge feeding. -Bonnie Gretz, volunteer naturalist
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Unidentified whales - May 12 - 3:45 p.m. - South of Bush Point - mid passage/wind line. Watching it from Dolphin Drive porch...A small passenger cruise boat Constellation heading to Anacortes actually stopped mid channel and watched it - had better view. We thought it was a large grey based upon the size of the fluke. It stayed in place for about 45 minutes then we lost it. -R Miller
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Email at 11:12 a.m - We saw two whales in Hood Canal just off the water of Port Ludlow! We couldnt see how many but at least two! -Abbe Sutton
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Spotted a solo humpback Saturday morning between Lummi Island and Clark Island. -Photo by William Riggs, May 12, 2018
May 12 - (Just prior to publishing we received word that this whale is a match to humpback photographed by Barbara Howitt in San Juan Channel on May 21st. ID in Keta Coastal as Key0014. We will include those photos and any ID updates in our next report. - alb)
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May 11

Juan de Fuca Strait - We headed out today with great weather and Two full boats of adventure seekers from France, Poland, Germany, Australia, England, United States, Canada with no reports, but within minutes Cpt. Dan finds Transient Killer Whales just east of Sooke travelling west! These two orca T125A and his Brother T128 are rarely seen in our area so this was an extra special day! -Paul Pudwell (see photos below)
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May 11 - The T123s are continuing to hang around the Salish Sea, and we encountered them again this evening near Waldron Island. From left to right that's mom T123 Sidney, her 18 year-old son T123A Stanley, and her six year-old daughter T123C Lucy. -Photo by Monika Wieland Shields, OBI, May 11, 2018
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Friday May 11th - with no reports of whales close by, we headed out - first checking a California sea lion on a channel marker, then west via the San Juan Islands, and were viewing several Steller sea lions and harbor seals by Speiden Island when we heard - Whales!! We quickly turned north towards Sucia and Patos Islands, and found the T123 group of Transient/Biggs killer whales, Mom T123, her son T123A and daughter T123C. We had amazing views of these 3 on a sunny windless day, perfect conditions. Homeward bound via the north side of Orcas Island, we enjoyed seeing some harbor porpoise and more seals/sea lions, and incredibly beautiful scenery. What a day - well done Capt. Eric! -Jill Hein, volunteer naturalist.
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May 11 - Saratoga Passage, Oak Harbor area - Ed Miller reports seeing a small gray whale feeding just east of Polnell Point in Crescent Harbor, in Oak Harbor. He says the whale has been there for the past 4-5 days.
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May 11 - Possession Sound - There were two at the south end of Gedney last night (May 11th in reply to May 12th sighting), may be the same pair. Safe travels! -Lori Christopher
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7:45 am - two grays traveling together towards SE Gedney from the east. -Lori Christopher
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May 11 - Gray whale in Hammersley Inlet. -Photo by Pamela S Burger, May 11, 2018
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6:00 p.m. - Gray whale at Libby Point in Hammersley Inlet. Appears to be heading east. Friday, May 11, 2018. -Debbera Coker

May 10

In Yaquina Bay (Newport) on Thursday 05-10-18 at approx. 9:05 pm PST from the end of the public fishing pier near the South Beach Marina looking north-ish toward the Coast Guard HQ, I saw a lone, presumably male(?) Orca in Yaquina Bay. It was getting dark enough at that time for the CG HQ's lights all to be on, dark enough that I was surprised my camera would even attempt to take a picture, but attached is the photo I got as the Orca headed out of the bay toward the jetties....I've seen orcas in the bay before, and as before, this one simply appeared to be cruising around, checking things out. The sea lion population seemed unperturbed. -Howard Shippey
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May 10 - Oregon Coast Aquarium posted a VIDEO of who they ID'd as T49C in Yaquina Bay.
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May 10 - 7:57 p.m. - We just saw a humpback (believe is the gray) in Hammersley inlet, channel marker #4 (It is Libby Point channel marker, about halfway up Hammersley inlet),...heading east. Unfortunately I didn't get a picture. -Becky Meadows Groom

May 9

6:18 p.m. - two grays northbound up Saratoga, mid channel, just passed northeast corner of Gedney.
9:23 a.m - One gray just passed us, heading south, close to shore. East side of Gedney. There are boats galore as there's another spotted prawn opening today. Hopefully he/she makes it safely through the maze of it all! -Lori Christopher
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May 9 - 6:30 p.m - Whale of unknown species in Vaughn Bay in Case Inlet. Only top of head and blows visible. Shallow diving, no rolls, no visible dorsal fins or flukes. Staying in the deeper half of the bay. The tide is low and is probably leery about crossing the shallows to exit the bay. it will probably be here until high tide, hopefully it won't get stranded in the shallows. ....There was a post in reply to my post of a short video of probably the same whale in neighboring Rocky Bay last Sunday just drifting with full length of the body barely above water. No dorsal, almost positive a small grey. -Bob McEntee
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May 9 - We live on Hammersley Inlet near Shelton. At about 12:30 a.m. my neighbor and I heard what sounded like a whale exhaling and splashing water in front of our homes. Of course it was too dark to see anything. My husband believes it was an extremely large harbor seal. He did not hear the exhale sound. -Debbera Coker

May 8

T019B "Galiano" spyhopping in front of, the appropriately named, Burial Islet after they took down a harbour seal. -Photo by Gary Sutton, May 8, 2018
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Gray whales (North Puget Sounders & friends) - May 8 - Possession Sound - 7:01 a.m - I get up early to savor the sunrises, and sing to the whales. This morning they came and sang back to me! Four of them, plus some harbor seals! These beautiful, majestic gray whales will soon depart for Alaska. (Two went on towards Everett, and the feeding pair turned around and went back North towards Camano). Report & photo by Lori Christopher
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May 8 - Hit a few pit stops on our way home, stopped off at Sandy Point bluff and could see 2 gray spouts out from Langley. Stopped at Seawall Park, took Kai for a little walk so that I could watch them. They were on their way south to Sandy Pt, 5 min away. I headed back there, saw both of them rounding the point pretty close in. I was up on high bank..a nice half hr or so of whale energy before heading back home. Gray whale 383 one of the two whales passing Sandy Point, Whidbey; backdropped by Camano Head, Tulalip, and entrance to Port Susan. -Marilyn Armbruster
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... in the afternoon around 4:00pm, a single gray swam by Pebble Beach headed north up Saratoga Passage. -Peg Boley
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3:48 p.m. - 2-3 grays right now off of whale Bell park in Langley maybe 100 yards offshore spouting. -Craig Weiner
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11:20 a.m - we also saw #22 and #383 south bound from Fox Spit!
11:10 a.m - 3 grays in Saratoga off Mabana south bound. #21 Shackleton, #44 Dubknuck and and unidentified one on the distance heading towards Langley.
10:40 a.m - gray whales #49 and #53 circling SE of Gedney Island. -Justine Buckmaster
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9:00 a.m - Gray Whales still abound in Saratoga Passage...how fortunate we are to experience them. About 9 AM today, 5/8/18 We had a visit from a large Gray Whale feeding out front of Bells Beach, now heading toward Langley and about 20 minutes later we spotted 4 more across from us near the Camano shoreline feeding..too distant and foggy to get any photos. -Kristin Carlson
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8:00 a.m. - two grays swam past Pebble Beach, both headed north up Saratoga Passage. -Peg Boley
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May 8 - Pickering Passage - Hi, Alisa! We were lucky enough to see the whale again this morning at 6:00 a.m. and then again at 7:45 a.m. here on Pickering Passage. I did get a short video clip and while the video is not great, I do think I may have seen a dorsal fin upon zooming in. -Sharmane Michelson-Torres
(looks like the gray whale with unusually pronounced "knuckle" - alb)

May 7

Well there is an ongoing joke here that I have been cursed so far this year when it comes to witnessing predation events....always just too late or left just too early but the T101's broke the curse...They spent about 45 minutes in and around Porlier Pass hammering seals. -Gary Sutton
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Possession Sound - 1348: 5th whale is #44 Dubnuck
1324: 5 grays between southeast Gedney- 49, 53, 383, 723 and one we haven't IDd yet. All relatively close together in pairs and a single. -Renee Beitzel
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12:40 p.m. - One gray feeding in the delta near Jetty Island. -Lori Christopher
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May 7 - Saratoga Passage (Oak Harbor area) - 6:20 a.m. - Gray Whale feeding on East side of Polnell Point, Whidbey Island. -Jeff Humphrey
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Gray whales (Central & South Puget Sound Unknowns) - May 7 - 7:36 p.m - It's (gray whale) back again at the intersection of Pickering and Hanmersley. -Chad Queirolo
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5:30 p.m. - Lone Grey whale seen traveling South through Pickering Passage across from Jarrell Cove State Park. (Whale was dark grey with some small mottled white spots). -Sharmane Michelson-Torres
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Dolphins - May 7 - (reported as White sided, later ID'd as Common - alb) - dolphins spotted just north of Johnson Point (Olympia). One was coming up to the boat and being quite friendly. Seemed to be feeding and not really traveling. -Sarah Shaw

May 6

Bigg's killer whales - The T100s and T123s were heading slowly northwest in Shute Passage in a tight group...-Full summary report & photos at Center for Whale Research Encounter 31.
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Stanley (T123A) being awesome today. (The harbor porpoise disagrees.) -Photo by Sara Hysong-Shimazu, May 6, 2018
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Hi Alisa, Howie, and Susan, Here is a photo I took from Glacier Spirit yesterday of T123A breaching west of Waldron Island. He was with the T100 pod and they had just made a kill. -Photo by Bart Rulon, Puget Sound Express, May 6, 2018
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May 6 - What an EPIC day, we found the T002Cs and the T23s together (Just south of Cape Mudge on Quadra Island), after a while hanging around with these guys we made the choice to go around Mittle Natch, where we by accident met the T19's, they ended up getting together with the rest of the families and they gave us a show we will never forget!!!! Rocky from the T002C family breached right at our boat. Rocky (T2C1) from the T002C family breached right at our boat. -Jos Krynen
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Coastal killer whales - May 6 - Hello! Saw a pod of 8-10 orcas just off the Astoria waterfront last evening. Are you able to track this pod? They were feeding in a concentrated area just east of the Astoria Megler Bridge on May 6th between about 6:30pm and 8:45pm. At dusk they headed west back out towards the river mouth. It was the end of tidal flood, slack high water. I'm hoping they will be back this evening and I can try to get more photos. "That is T125A" -Kristin Washburn Covert
(ID by Melisa Pinnow, CWR)
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May 6 - Possession Sound & South Saratoga Passage - Spyhop of a grey whale in Possession Strait -Photo by Nikolay Belofastow
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Fred Lundahl reports a gray whale between the Langley Marina and Sandy Pt at 10 am, moving south toward Sandy Pt.
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9:39 a.m. - Stephanie Raymond aboard the Clipper called to report three gray whales moving north in Possession Sound, just south of the ferry lane. ID'd were #53 Little Patch, #22 Earhart, and one other. It's a good sign they aren't leaving yet.
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9:25 a.m. - Alex Schaht called to report a feeding gray whale on the west side of Sandy Point in Possession Sound.
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May 6 - Gray Whale sighting between 3 and 4 pm, in Pickering Passage on the northwest side of Squaxin Island. Whale was headed south toward Hope Island and Olympia. -Email from clpotis
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3:22 p.m. - Another gray out in the same place right now. South end of Pickering. -Chad Queirolo
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Today about 1:00 pm a gray whale gave us a show while we were kayaking - Pickering Passage between Walkers Landing and the Hartstine Island bridge. It was slowly heading south in a straight line (no rolling or frolicking) toward the Hartstine Island Bridge, and didn't appear to be feeding. -Chris Williams
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May 6 - 9:15 a.m. - Two grays feeding...but at least one gray stayed in Port Susan all day. They were about 300 yards off Camano Is. (2000 block of Highland Dr.) Were feeding their way south. -Mike Fox
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Humpback whales - May 6 - 8:59 p.m. - Two humpbacks. Just passing Vashon ferry dock now. Closer to Vashon side. Heading south. -Kersti Muul
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7:35 p.m. - Just saw them approaching Alki point (humpbacks -alb). They were right on the surface arcing through the water. A boat came very close to them, they may have sounded? -Jan Watson
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6:28 p.m - Two whales, possibly humpbacks, heading south mid channel, passing Magnolia! (confirmed humpbacks - alb) There were definitely 2 whales, with a small hump, and one of them arched its back and showed a fluke as it dove. See Rebecca's Facebook VIDEO. -Rebecca Sherwood
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One of the two humpbacks off Magnolia the evening of May 6th. Screen grab from video by Rebecca Sherwood.
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Minke whales - May 6 - 8:22 a.m - Claudia Mitchell reports seeing a minke whale traveling south in Admiralty Inlet between Lagoon Point and Bush Point.
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Minke whales - May 6 - 8:22 a.m - Claudia Mitchell reports seeing a minke whale traveling south in Admiralty Inlet between Lagoon Point and Bush Point.
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May 6 - ...we had "glimpses" of two Minke whales north of Smith Island. -Photo by Jill Hein, May 6, 2018

May 5

Boundary Pass...In the afternoon, the T90s and T2B gave us a different kind of challenge. Though they had beautiful lighting on them and a beautiful background, they were in stealth mode, surfacing infrequently and changing direction often as they traveled north into Boundary Pass. -Justine Buckmaster
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May 5 - Puget Sound & Admiralty Inlet - T65As plus? This was today at 3:40pm in front of the lighthouse at Pt. Wilson, heading west into the Strait of Juan de Fuca. T65A6 powering along...-Photo by Carl Gray, May 5, 2018
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3:10 p.m. - We are watching from the bluff at Fort Casey on Whidbey Island. Pod is directly due west, in front of Port Townsend Marine Science Center Pier! Seemed to be miling, socializing, or hunting. Were circling. -Photo by Kimberly Sylvester, May 5, 2018
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1:40 p.m - Northbound approaching Marrowstone Point mid channel. T65A's with little 1 month old T65A6 out front with mom...near Marrowstone Point today. Look how tiny the baby looks compared to strapping big brother T65A2, who is not yet fully grown himself. -Photo by James Gresham, while aboard Island Adventures' IE 4, May 5, 2018
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And from the opposite shores of Whidbey Island...12:25 PM - here is a photo of them coming past mutiny bay heading north earlier today. -Photo by Danielle Pennington, May 5, 2018
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T65A & new calf T65A6 off Point No Point, Kitsap backdropped by Double Bluff, Whidbey Island across Admiralty Inlet. -Photo by Sara Frey, May 5, 2018
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~ Noon-ish - This was from Point No Point - baby T65A6 and mama T65A. They were traveling north at a good clip - baby is strong, no dawdling! -Photo by Donna Green van Renselaar, May 5, 2018
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11:17 a.m. - pod is now slightly north of Eglon, Kitsap still heading north towards Point No Point very much on Kitsap side. Still, the only boats on scene that I can see are: PSE Saratoga, w/Red Head approaching from north and Island Explorer coming from Possession. I've not seen one other boat go near this family the two hours I have been watching, which has been a huge welcome relief considering the many hundreds of boats out there for opening boating day.
10:23 a.m. - pod is north of Kingston dock. And for record and has been a relief: I've not seen one private motorboat approach the pod, nor any of the gazillion sailboats, they are all just going about their business boating while the whales navigate them on this day of mass human water activity. Only the Clipper and Saratoga have been on scene. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network
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~ 10:40 off Apple Tree Point, Kingston. -Photo by Sara Frey, May 5, 2018
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9:59 a.m. - Orcas spotted mid channel by channel marker adjacent to Kingston ferry terminal (buoy is south of) slowly heading north. -Darlene Moneypenny
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9:40 a.m. - T65As (+?) on the move northbound slow steady pace between Point Jefferson, Indianola, Kitsap and Richmond Beach in Shoreline. Victoria Clipper is leaving.
9:15 a.m. - Pod appears to be on a kill? Lots of surface activity and not making forward progress. Mid channel between Port Madison and Richmond Beach amongst the hundreds of sailboats and other watercraft, none within many hundreds of yards of them at this time. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network
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...we saw transient killer whales twice on the San Juan Clipper! In the morning, just outside Seattle, we met up with the T65As (and got to meet their newest family member!) as they sped across Puget Sound from Port Madison to Point Wells, not even slowing down as they fed on a porpoise they caught! The T65As insisted on remaining back-lit for the entire encounter, which made photography challenging...T65A & calf T65A6 Puget Sound. -Justine Buckmaster
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8:45 am Orcas in Port Madison Bay... just passed Indianola pier heading east. Victoria Clipper with them. -Sue Larkin
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Caught them going out of Agate Pass in Keyport, Kitsap this morning. Photo by PaulSherene Leanderson, May 5, 2018
(ID notes by Melisa Pinnow, CWR: "shows others because you have T65A4 and T65A3 in there but that lead descending fin is not a T65A member. T65A2 & T65A3, Calf T65A6 & breacher (mom T65A?) . Pretty sure the individual furthest to the right isn't either.)
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7:30 a.m - 4-5 Orca spotted in the north end of Liberty Bay, Poulsbo this morning. They are now heading towards Keyport leaving the bay. -Elyse Margaret
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6:38 a.m. - Orcas in Liberty Bay, Poulsbo directly in front of the town. Approximately 6, at least 1 male. Now headed out towards Keyport! -Photo by Sandy Pavey, May 5, 2018
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In the waning days of the North Puget Sound grays...a beautiful feet-from-shore spyhop! "Had the most amazing time watching 3 whales feeding just off the beach of Hat Island." -Report & photo by Stacy Olsen, May 5, 2018
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May 5 - Possession Sound & South Saratoga Passage - 7:10 pm: Just seeing a Gray whale, North of Langley, off the deck near Saratoga Creek Lane. He's heading north! -Ellen
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Saw a gray just north of downtown Langley feeding off krill about 7:07 pm. Could not get a good photo. -Missy Main
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Two grays at Langley Marina today at 6pm. -Fred Lundahl
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One gray whale passed Pebble Beach (Camano) just before noon today, within 100 feet of the point. Couldn't I'd or photograph it, we were too far away. -Peg Boley
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12:26 p.m - Another gray off the southern tip of Hat Island by the shrimp boats
12:15 p.m - Gray whale a half a mile off Mukilteo Ferry dock, headed towards Saratoga passage area. -Melissa Simmons
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May 5 - Saratoga Passage (Oak Harbor area) - 10:21 a.m - 1 gray whale off of Polnell Point. It is right up to the shore. -Caitlyn Woolbert
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8:05 a.m. - Grey Whale in Polnell Point feeding. -Jeff Humphrey
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May 5 - Thanks for reminding people about our dolphin visitors, we are still interested in all sightings. Even better they come with photos or video. After collecting bottlenose sighting reports for the last 8 months, we finally got to see one when we found Stump near McNeil Island on Saturday! - Dave Anderson, Cascadia Research

May 4

Puget Sound - 6:17 p.m - Pod about 5 orca (couple juveniles) off north Pt Robinson. Headed south. -Matt Hahn
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3:01 p.m - (orcas) South of Fauntleroy ferry lane heading south
2:40 p.m - (orcas) Now just south of Vashon ferry dock heading south
2:27 p.m. - (orcas) Trending south, now near north Vashon island
1:34 p.m - South of Blake island now...see 3 Orcas between Vashon and Blake. Viewing from Emma Schmitz park. -Mary Hartman
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14:20 - The 5 Orcas are now headed South South East about to go through the Fauntleroy Ferry route.
13:31 - I can now see two additional, making 5 Orcas total (There is a very small calf with the group as well)...They are Actually on the East side of Blake Island and now headed ENE
13:27 - I can see three Orcas on the East side of Blake Island eating something. At 1327 circling around. -Matt Graham
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At least 6 orcas (one baby, and possibly a bull (large dorsal fin) spotted E side of Blake Island just past the rocky marina wall. They were circling and very active, we thought they might be feeding but we didn't see any blood or other food evidence. There was a small juvenile in the pod, and one with a very large dorsal fin (possibly a male) They appeared to be feeding, but no evidence of food. They were circling for awhile, and very active, jumping out of the water and spinning circles. -Stephanie Oster
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12:53 p.m. - Spotted off Blake Island marina. At least 2 spotted hunting. -Ben Morgan
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Orcas off Blake Island, Puget Sound about 12:45 pm. -Photo by Jessica Hansen Crudup, May 4, 2018
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WSF also called in 2 reports from this morning: 10 am, small pod of orcas just outside Blakely Rock southbound; and at 10:30 a pod of 2 adults and 2 juveniles, southbound off Restoration pt.
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Saw them off Blake Island around ten this am. There was definitely a small one with them headed south rather quickly. -Julie St John
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10:00 a.m - my friend reported seeing three orcas while on 9:40 Bainbridge Island to Seattle ferry this morning.. Not sure of direction of travel per her report. -Sue Larkin
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May 4 - These Orca were spotted off the Central Oregon Coast at approximately 11:15 am. Traveling north at a fast pace. These whales were approx. 1 1/4 mile offshore. Photos taken from Rocky Creek State Park. There were at least 2-3 in this group. Please let me know if you need any further information. Photos (below) taken by me, Melissa Janicek
(ID'd as the T73As, according Melisa Pinnow (Center for Whale Research)
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May 4 - Saratoga Passage (Oak Harbor area) - We've had the same gray whale here everyday for a week. Feeding between Mariners Cove and Polnell Shores. Facebook VIDEO by Terra of Gray Whale laying on her/his side near Polnell Point, Oak Harbor, WA. -Terra Parham
(match to what we are calling for now Unknown #2 - alb)
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Screen grab from video by Terra Parham of gray feeding off Polnell Point, Whidbey May 4, 2018
(Matches gray 1st photographed on April 18th & other dates - alb)
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May 4 - Saratoga Passage - ~ 2:30 p.m. - Gray whale Bells Beach, Langley. Spotted a gray making his/her way toward Freeland, about mid-channel. White patches seen on body, but not on tail, when he/she dove. This whale negotiated around a large odd boat that was heading North as well. It looked military with a black body and a tall "lookout" in the front that was at least 2 stories high. -Peggy Sullivan
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May 4 - Possession Sound - 11:46 am - one gray traveling north just passing marina NE Gedney, looks bound for Saratoga passage. -Lori Christoper
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May 4 - Budd Inlet - 3:18 p.m. - It is back. Just now. Heading south again into Budd Inlet - just at the entrance passing between Burfoot Park and Cooper Point spit across the waterfront each other. Same surfacing behavior....a small blow and shallow arch followed by a larger, more robust blow followed by a significant slow taller arch. Then a long dive. My husband is home and HE GOT TO SEE IT!!! It's not moving anywhere very fast. It never fluked while I was watching it....but it is very distinctive in spine/knuckles and lice, etc. So it is clearly I.D.able for either past of future images. -Kim Merriman
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~ 9:00 a.m - Noon - Gray whale in Budd Inlet. Headed south passing Boston Harbor on a very slow surfacing series. Two surfaces (the first one faint, then the second one more robust) with more of its back cresting the surface...Very distinct 'knuckles' as it looks like a humpback whale but with the dorsal curve heading the opposite direction. It did two of these series and then long dives....Cascadia Research was contacted and they put a team on the water. The whale eventually turned around and headed back north, on the Cooper Point peninsula side. Direction of slow and wandering travel is still heading north. And still in Budd Inlet. -Kim Merriman
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May 4 - Two juvenile humpback whales have been feeding in Boundary Bay over the last two days. One is a two year old known as "Google", the 2016 calf of BCX1188 "Jigger", originally documented by the Marine Education & Research Society. Humpback whales feed on a rage of zooplankton and small fish, and it was clear that Google and friend were feeding on some species of zooplankton rather than fish like herring, as local whale watchers could see dense swarms of the small creatures in the water where these two whales were lunge feeding. See Facebook VIDEO. -Tasli Shaw

May 3

Strait of Georgia - A grey whale has been feeding along the shores of the Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada for weeks. From Gibsons to Sechelt and in between. Just wonderful! -Photo by Cornelia van Berkel, May 3, 2018
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May 3 - Saratoga Passage (Oak Harbor area) - 8:30 a.m. - Our Grey whale friend is still here, just goes back and forth between Mariners Cove and Polnell Shores feeding. This is day 3 now! We have named him polkadot...(covered in white circles) right now hes just staying in one spot close to shore. -Marcie Barney Goldberg
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May 3 - Possession Sound & South Saratoga Passage - 7:00 p.m. - Up to 4 (grays) now.
6:20 p.m - 3 whales in my view between Hat and Jetty Island. -Amy Willoughby
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Our Happy Hour gray surprised us again today, right on time at 5:00PM. Motored by us fairly quickly to a feeding area just north of Pebble Beach, then stopped to feed for about ten minutes. Then he/she headed out into Saratoga Passage and headed south. Tried to ID the pectoral fin from Guide to Gray Whales, but didn't find a photo of a fin with this much white on it. -Peg Boley
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2:04 p.m. - Gray whale #21 at Mabana and we are now with 22, 383 and 531 east of Gedney and heading toward the delta. -Renee Beitzel
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High Noon - three whales moving south along southeast Gedney, these two were a little behind the third. (See this beautiful VIDEO which includes #22 Earhart - alb). -Lori Christopher
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10:15 am - 2 grays off Camano Island opposite Langley, Whidbey. -Fred Lundahl
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May 3 - Commencement Bay, Tacoma - 5:50 p.m. - Alrighty, spotted again below the Cliff House Restaurant headed west.
5:04 p.m - Alright it will be passing Jack Hyde Park in Tacoma in the next five to ten minutes. We are relocating to Browns Point Lighthouse. Whale is still headed West.
4:40 p.m - Ok we just saw a spout off of Ruston to the east of the two Navy Vessels along Ruston Way. Can't tell which direction it's headed. Tony Collins and I are watching from the Cliff House Parking lot. Apparent direction is WestBound toward the entrance of Commencement Bay. -Desiree Sauve
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11:36 a.m - Gray whale in Thea Foss, Tacoma, headed in. At bridge. -Jen Burke
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May 2 & 3 - Carr Inlet - Gray whale: The 3rd and the day before (2nd) it was going back and forth in front of our house on Von Geldern Cove Rd. It was mostly swimming around between Penrose Pt and Joe's Bay, in Carr Inlet, Puget Sound. -Anna Gladstone Bender
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May 3 - Lunge feeding humpback - Straight of Georgia. -Photo by Gary Sutton, May 3

May 2

6:54 p.m - 6!!! Most are moving to the Tulalip/Snohomish River side, 1 is heading towards Camano Head, 2 are milling closer to Tulalip than Hat or Jetty.
6:27 p.m - Definitely 5 maybe even 6 or 7. I'm going to reposition to see if I can figure it out.
6:20 p.m. - Watching 4 whales maybe even 5, but definitely 4 between Hat and Jetty Island. Cheers! -Amy Willoughby
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We met up with gray whale #531 in Saratoga Passage as she cruised north, fluking often. Then, in Possession Sound we met up with 4 gray whales socializing in a tight group! The group of 4 included #21 Shackleton, #22 Earhart, #383, and #723 Lucyfer. -Photo by Justine Buckmaster, Chilkat Express, May 2, 2018
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Spotted a blow in Saratoga passage this morning near Whidbey shore, south of Baby Island, north of the green six-second navigational light. We have seen a few over there this year. Usually we see Gray whales coming and going to the shallow waters on Camano with the incoming tide to feed on the mudflats and going out mid channel afterwards. -Pat Vivolo
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May 2 - Saratoga Passage (Oak Harbor area) 7:30 a.m - I already heard the gray whale this morning. S/he was heading north toward Mariner Cove. -Reported by Marcie Barney Goldberg
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May 2 - Puget Sound - 19:25 - (Likely) Gray Whale just outside of Elliot Bay. Sighted from sailing vessel Obsession. -Captain Joey Lamarche
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Humpback (was gray) whale sighting off of Meadow Point headed south to Golden Gardens Park on May 2nd, 2018 at 5:30p. I heard the whale blow 3 times and only spotted it briefly when it surfaced. -Michael Hamm
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Around 5:00 p.m - Gray off Shilshole Marina heading south. -Photo by Evan Boyd, May 2, 2018
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5:06 p.m. - Just saw what I'm pretty sure was a gray at Carkeek Park heading south toward Golden Gardens. Saw him come up 3 times but moving at a pretty good pace! -Photo by Bryan Nygren, May 2, 2018
(S/he is match to gray photographed by Jeanne Hyde April 18th)

May 1

Hood Canal - T65As - 7:42 p.m. - Headed toward Bangor.
7:15 pm. Look to be heading north, with tide, east side of Coyle, Bridge side. Def far side of channel from our vantage point.
6:56 p.m. - Changed directions and now look like are going north east? Lots of rolling. We are at Hjelvick Rd, south of Bee Mill Rd on 101. -Kimberly Sylvester
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7:06 p.m. - They just headed north back into Dabob Bay. -Bernadette Schuster-Nichols
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6:21 p.m. - pod is still in Dabob Bay steady southbound nearing the mouth of bay now on east side of channel (along Coyle side)
5:15 pm - T65As are currently in Dabob Bay, mid way, NE of Point Whitney, mid channel heading southbound. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network
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5:33 p.m. - Three Orcas, one small, one medium and one larger south bound out of Dabob Bay on the east shore side, too far away to ID or get pics but we can see a white boat keeps running up ahead and stopping in their path, unfortunately we can't see numbers on the boat but we'll keep an eye on it if they get closer to us. They are about the head of Quil Bay. -Lynn Stewart
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5:09 p.m. - Can see them from Point Whitney. They are on other side of the bay. Just south of where bay divides. East shore side close to beach. -Amanda Edwards
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T65A group observed at 5 pm, 1 May 2018 in Dabob Bay opposite Lindsay Beach. Occasional feeding, primarily traveling. -Photo by Alan Herold, May 1, 2018
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4:44 p.m. - Just saw them coming out of Dabob. (north bay). -Bernadette Schuster-Nichols
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3:00 p.m . - They are still in Dabob Bay, they went up northern bay. Waiting at gorgeous Point Whitney park for them to come back south.
1:34 p.m. - T65As have entered Dabob Bay, still northbound Brinnon side of mid channel. Loosely grouped
1:00 p.m. - T65As are still south of but approaching Brinnon at slow resting pace northbound.
12:15 p.m. - arrive at Triton County Park off Hwy 101 to see pod north of the park moving more towards mid channel at steady pace NB. 2 males ahead, mum & little one mid, one older trailing. -Photo by Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network, May 1, 2018
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Day report: First saw T65As around 11:15 am just north of the town of Eldon with them being closer in until Triton Cove State Park around noon (for about a half hour, was truly orca blessed, to capture some awesome moments quickly). About Triton Cove SP is where they started to move out further east near mid channel, but heading north towards up into Dabob Bay. Met up with my friend Alisa just after that and we stopped at a few other places to watch them and ran into new friends...we landed at Point Whitney north of Brinnon, beautiful place. We all met there for at least 2+ hrs patiently waiting for the orcas to come back out of Dabob Bay (north bay), they had to, they could not swim any further north at that point, its a dead end. Beautiful beach and mountains on our left side and the water on our right side. Met some awesome whale outdoorsy enthusiasts....loved this one family, mama and her 3 incredible young children, the daughter who I think she told me was 8, she could run the Langley Whale Center on her own, she knew so much. Their mama is amazing; just watching the dynamics of this family was pretty cool...Point Whitney is also where Alisa and I met up with Susan and Howie, Sweet Briar Pup and after leaving there, met up with Ken. To be with those four friends warmed my heart to pieces. A few of my photos I am pleased with. I love the stillness of the waters and reflections. -Marilyn Armbruster
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10:53 a.m - Pod is 1.5 miles south of Hama Hama coming north 6 knots. -Christopher Hanke
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Taken about 9:30 a.m just north of Hoodsport, Hood Canal. -Photo by Katie Dunn, May 1, 2018
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8:56 a.m - 2 or 3 Orcas in Hoodsport off of the Port Dock. They are heading North on Hoodsport side. (Now out of view as of 9:15 viewing from across). -Rustie Milam
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Orca sighting Hood Canal, Lilliwaup, near Colony Surf, they went by at about 6:15 am heading south on the north side of the canal. Reporting for a friend. -Deberra Coker
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May 1 - Saratoga Passage (Oak Harbor area) this evening off of Mariners Cove - (Both Marcie and Brian Goldbergs photos are match to Unknown #2 who was first photographed April 18th by Mary Jo Adams - alb)
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4:50 p.m - Grey whale just went by us headed south towards Polnell Point, Whidbey side. -Photo by Marcie Barney Goldberg, May 1, 2018
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May 1 - Saratoga Passage - 6:47 p.m. - watching 1 gray feeding at north end of Mabana. (Camano Island). -Krista Paulino
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4:50 p.m - Saw 3 grays (originally reported as humpback) very close to the shore in downtown Langley on Whidbey Island. They were rolling around for a bit and then continued south. -Becca Shim
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May 1 - Possession Sound - I could do this all day, and night. Two grays, came into the cove right at sunset to feed. Stayed about an hour, 50-100 ft off the beach. -Photo by Lori Christopher, May 1, 2018
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3:30 p.m. - at least one whale east of Hat, mid island, close to shore, feeding, slowly moving north. -Lori Christopher
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We saw two whales from ferry about 12:30 p.m - Harley first saw them near Clinton ferry dock before they moved east. He last saw them moving parallel to ferry headed to Mukilteo and closer to that side. -Sharon Ann Clark
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10:40 - Gray whale south of Mukilteo/Clinton ferry lanes headed west. -Reported by WS Ferries
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May 1 - 3:35 p.m - Hi all, we spotted a humpback from the Spirit of Seattle over by West Seattle! Hanging out between shore and the barge moorings...I didn't get a clear look at the dorsal fin but my coworker did. (Also possible this is a gray whale seen next day). -Kelly Greenwood
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Dall's porpoise - May 1 - ~6:30 p.m. - While we (Susan Berta, Howard Garrett, Marilyn Armbruster, and myself along with others) were on shore watching the T65As across Dabob Bay in Hood Canal, Howard caught notice of these Dall's in his binoculars. This pod of Dall's (at least 3) were much closer to use on the Hwy 101 side off north end of Seal Rock Campground, Brinnon. So exciting and sweet to see these Dall's who used to be more abundant in Puget Sound and the Salish Sea and are rare these days.

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