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T018's in Boundary Pass
. - Mark Malleson
We had the T18 transient quartet. T19B, Old Floppy Fin, is the one of the most amazing whales to be seen in these waters. He's the biggest one.
Turn Pt. Light and Boundary Pass.
10:13 - whales on the west side of San Juan Island
near the county park. - James Maya
I left the T018's at around 14:00 at turn Pt.
- Alan Hobbes Buchanan
Ken Balcomb reports J pod headed west out the Strait of Juan de Fuca
past Beechy Head BC in the afternoon around 3 pm
10:53 - K pod calls on the LK hydrophone!!
- Melisa Pinnow
9:53 AM -
Just heard a brief and somewhat distant J call on Lime Kiln phones.
- Pam Ren
T011 and T011A off Tofino BC
. - Tofino Whale Centre, sent in and ID'd by Josh McInnes.
Transient killer whales in Race Passage
, southwest of Victoria. - Mark Malleson
Rhonda Reidy came across a group of 10 east bound transients near Secretary Island
in the afternoon
. I arrived as they were entering Becher Bay
and watched them move quickly to Race Passage where I left them at 1540
traveling north east for Victoria. - Mark Malleson, Prince of Whales
We saw between 7 and 9 orcas heading south along Bainbridge Island
, about 2nm north of Eagle Harbor, at 1:30pm
today. I think there were 2 males, maybe 3. - Alex Wetmore
Rick Lesslie saw a gray whale
heading north off Bell's Beach
, just north of Langley.
I came across T124C at the mouth of Becher Bay @ 1145.
I left him at 1245 exiting Race Passage
traveling east. - Mark Malleson, Prince of Whales
At about 4:45 a 3 or 4 orcas
were off north end ferry dock on Vashon
. Heading south towards dolphin point. Waning light but I may go try to find some tricky Ts. - Amy Carey
4:10 PM - Orca
sighting during a day sail feeding just north of Pt. Monroe
(the curved sand(?) bar just NE of the mouth of Port Madison
, at the north end of Bainbridge Is), through binoculars, while watching a pod of porpoise off our stern. - David Kobernuss
Mark spotted a lone transient orca feeding in Becher Bay. T124C
is a young male who travels by himself. - Prince of Whales Whale Watching
Gray whale #53 spotted off Possession Point
, and between Mukilteo and Clinton
, our first "local " gray sighting of the year, just in time for our Langley Whale Center opening!
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