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July 14

HUMPBACK WHALES - Sun Jul 14 - Puget Sound - 10:04 - Humpback. Still hanging around Jefferson Head.
09:05 - Humpback mid channel Jefferson Head, appears to be south moving. -Matt McCulloch
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08:53 - It looks like that humpback from last night is still in the same general area this morning. Haven't seen any flukes at all today. 4 NM North of West Pt. in the Vessel Traffic separation zone. -James Greenway, Victoria Clipper

July 13

Sat Jul 13 - Puget Sound - 19:46 - A single humpback in the separation zone 3nm North of West Pt. Very surface active. Looks to be lunge feeding....When we left, 19:54, the humpback was still lunge feeding at the surface. There were a couple of sailboats in the vicinity. We didn't get a good view of the flukes from the San Juan Clipper so I don't have an ID. It looked not quite full grown....It was pretty cool. The bait fish were kind of boiling at the surface, which I had never seen up here, so that was also an interesting thing to watch. -James Greenway
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UNCONFIRMED SPECIES - Sat Jul 13 - 2nd hand: Good morning. Some Bow Community members talking about seeing whales (they say gray) in Samish Bay yesterday (13th) west of Blaus and heading NW. I asked them to report to you. -Cathy Miller Scott

July 12

BIGG'S TRANSIENT KILLER WHALES - Fri Jul 12 - Juan de Fuca Strait - T065A patrolling the seal haulout at Protection Island on the afternoon of July 12th. -Photo by Mark Malleson, 2019
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Fri Jul 12 - Hood Canal/Admiralty Inlet - Second hand report: I'd say there were at least 6 whales heading North. Passed Bush pt at about 5:15 as they were just straight out from our house at Lagoon Point at 5:30. Seemed to a group of 4 and a twosome slightly behind. One of the 4 in front was small as was one of the 2 bringing up the rear. -Logan and Linsdey McCune Goheen
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16:59 - 2 (maybe three) orca just swam northbound past Bush Point. Moving towards midchannel. One significantly smaller than the other. -Gregory Roeben
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~16:30 - Sorry for the delay. We saw at least two orcas heading northbound at around 4:30 yesterday afternoon (12th). They appeared to be a mother and small one, and there might have been at least one other. They were moving pretty fast, with a few blows. They were maybe a few hundred yards out from the shore just south of Bush Point. We drove down the hill to get a better look from a neighbor's house, and we never saw the whales again although we searched for almost an hour. -Elsa Leavitt
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15:32 - We are heading south in hood canal and there we a pod of 3 heading north just past Port Gamble. Please be cautious of the sweet creatures if passing through the area. -Renei Cochran
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12:33 pm - at least two orca were southbound under the Hood Canal Bridge. Was driving so just posting now. -Kirsten Tucker
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Fri Jul 12 - Haro Strait - 12:15 - Two humpbacks on the west side, Smugglers Cove, SJI, traveling north. The sighting was incredible! We are on the West side of San Juan Island. Fingers crossed we will be lucky enough to see more whales! -Cora Dennis
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GRAY WHALES - Fri Jul 12 - 16:25 - Watching 2 grays west of the pass (Deception). WW boat and 3 others on site. Too far for ID/photo of whales. -Shelley Greybeck
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11:23 - Just got a call to our Island Adventures office - gray whale under Deception Pass bridge right now! -Erin Johns Gless
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MINKE WHALES - Fri Jul 12 - Minke. A few from today at Partridge Bank. The bait just wouldn't disappear! -Photos by Matt Stolmeier
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Fri Jun 12 - I was at Joseph Whidbey State Park yesterday (12th) at 7pm and saw what I think was a lone Pilot Whale going south at a steady pace. I had binoculars and could see the distinctive bulbous head, short dorsal fin and back. It never raised its tail. There was just one. I checked online and my books at home so that's my best guess. Did you get any other reports of a Pilot Whale yesterday? Do they sometimes travel without a pod? -Maribeth Crandell

July 11

Thu Jul 11 - 14:30 - Transient pod spotted off Turn Point light station headed towards Moresby Island. -NW Sailing Adventures, LLC
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North on the flood current with news of the T77s (minus T77A) Biggs/Transient Orcas who were Northbound from Kelp Reef. We tacked around Low Island where we saw a bald eagle and harbor seals with pups. We made haste crossing to Sentinel Island following the Stuart Island shoreline meeting the T77s at Turn Point Lighthouse. We then sailed parallel as they crossed into Canada towards Moresby Island as a tight group...See full blog post: Sailing with T77s, T30Bs and a couple orcas weve never seen before, T117B and T172. -Barbara & Davit Howitt, All Aboard Sailing
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Killer marine adventures with Transient / Biggs Orca including Matriarch T37A and T77B & younger sibling T77C from Sooke to Victoria and back all day...and one Humpback we took a little look at...along with porpoise, seals, sea lions and "Ollie" the sea otter. -Paul Pudwell
(IDs confirmed by Melisa Pinnow, CWR)
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Thu Jul 11 - Juan de Fuca Strait - It was a superb afternoon to be out on the water with smooth lake like water. The clouds hung ominously over the Olympics but not a drop of rain fell on us...We were off to a great start when not far out of Port Angeles we encountered 5 humpback whales. MMX0160 was feeding then we ID'd MMX0079 Pantera with a third ID'd as MMX0012 Tulip. They were feeding and circling all around...traveling home we once again encountered more humpbacks and could see many more in the distance but we watched the two closest to us feeding together. They were feeding just below the surface letting out huge bubbles as the squeezed all the water out of their mouths. They turned out to be MMX0160 again this time teamed up with BCY 0324 Big Mama. They absolutely topped off our day. -Island Adventures
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Thu Jul 11 - San Juans - Saw this in the distance from the ferry. Looked like the humpback was flapping its pectoral fun repeatedly causing quite a splash. Couldn't see the reason for its distress from that distance. -Kaitlyn Wolfe
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15:26 - Humpback flapping, fluking mouth of Guemes Channel...No orcas. But as we watched, we surmised it was a juvenile and adult. Adult was rolling on back and side splashing and making obvious and intentional finning. Meanwhile watched juvenile dive right next to her. -Susan Dolland
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Thu Jul 11 - Eastern Juan de Fuca Strait - 15:15 - Gray - This was off the shore of West Beach, maybe 150 yards, at 3:15 today....West Beach in the state park, (technically almost West Point, the whale was swimming toward the entrance of Deception Pass). So cool to see. Is it a gray whale or humpback? -Elisa Brown (video shows gray whale milling - alb)
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12:50 - Jacqui Bridgman shared video (not included here) of gray whale surfacing slowly ~ about 100-150 feet off Deception Pass Park in flat calm seas.
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Thu Jul 11 - Possession Sound - 14:10 - ...A small gray whale was feeding in front of my home today, in the shallows of the Snohomish River delta near Everett. We have seen one exhibiting feeding behavior at every high tide since the fourth. I assume it is the same individual. A group of 8 river otters accompanied the whale today, which made today's sighting unusual. Also on the fourth, we went out on the Island Explorer 5. They found us a group of three Minke whales lunge feeding south of Cattle Point. I have seen Minkes many times over the years, and they always have been solitary. Something new. -Curt Johnson

July 10

Wed Jul 10 - Strait of Juan de Fuca & Haro Strait
16:02 - They ended up passing County Park northbound still mid-strait, several miles offshore.
15:00 - Bigg's killer whales mid-Haro currently aiming at County Park. -Monika Wieland Shields
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A harbour porpoise getting whacked during a hunt with the T034's and T037/T037B's near Beaumont Shoals on the afternoon of July 10th. -Photo by Mark Malleson, 2019
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It was a foggy day for sure... but Cpt. Dan still was able to get a few shots of the Transient Killer Whales (T037/37Bs & T034's - Id by Mark Malleson) off Victoria. We always go the extra mile to give our guests from around the world and our great locals the best possible experience! -Paul Pudwell, Sooke Coastal
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Wed Jul 10 - Active Pass - 16:00 - Hi, Alisa, At 4pm today, the T065As entered Active Pass from the west and travelled eastward. Not far behind them, two humpbacks followed them through the Pass. We have never before seen both types of whales within hour of each other. (Photos) Taken from the shore of Galiano Island by Karoline Cullen. Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sy8S6M5IlUU by Gary Cullen. -Karoline Cullen
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15:25 - Marie Waterman at WA State Ferries called in a report at 3:25 pm of a humpback in Guemes Channel, with two orcas nearby acting aggressively toward it. (Per Erin Johns Gless one of the whales reported by WSF in Geuemes channel was "Two Spot" (CS631/CRC16017).
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Wed Jul 10 - Juan de Fuca Strait - Morning - Port Angeles...We headed more west and ran into a clearing allowing us some much needed visibility and there it was we found our humpback friends. The first whale was BCZ0180 Monarch showing off his big white flukes. We started seeing whales exhaling on all sides so we checked out a few more finding MMX0079 Pantera in the mix along with 3-4 more unidentified humpbacks. They were busy eating and taking short breaks on the surface so we had lots of time with them. We even got some looks at the 2 year old calf of BCX1068 Split Fluke named Valiant. He is one of three third generation Humpback whales in our water... -Island Adventures
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Wed Jul 10 - Active Pass - At 4pm today, the T065As entered Active Pass from the west and travelled eastward. Not far behind them, two humpbacks followed them through the Pass. We have never before seen both types of whales within hour of each other. MMX0120 Ocean w/scars and friend traveling through Active Pass (Photos) Taken from the shore of Galiano Island. -Karoline Cullen
(ID confirmation by Erin Johns Gless)
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Wed Jul 10 - Haro Strait - 08:58 - Two humpbacks off Smugglers now heading north. -John Hinchcliffe
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07:27 - 2 humpbacks northbound at Westside pullouts now! (Land Bank/West Side Preserve, San Juan Island). -Lee Connally
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Wed Jul 10 - Hein Bank - ...It was at Hein bank that we came across our first gathering of minke whales. There must have been 4-5 different minkes present, feeding throughout the glass-calm waters that were slowly being engulfed in fog...Island Adventures

July 9

Tue Jul 9 - Admiralty Inlet to Strait of Juan de Fuca - Port Angeles PM trip: ...Once we reached the area between Hein and Eastern Bank, we could see that there were two separate groups! Both included a really small calf and one with a taller dorsal fin. I was able to ID them as the T34's with T37Bs and T37, herself. They were eastbound at a good pace and occasionally surfaced in unison. The seas were still flat calm but soon erupted with surface activity from the young ones as they began to hunt....Island Adventures
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11:15 - T37, T37Bs, and T34 pod northbound off Fort Flagler, Marrowstone Island. -Bart Rulon, MV
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Great day on the water! Found the T037B's along with their newest addition, also T037 and T034's in Admiralty Inlet. We got there just as they were feeding, and were treated to a breach fest by the young ones after the meal. (My pics were too soft, not posting). Then we went over near NAS Whidbey in the Strait and found two gray whales #2252 and #2253! We also saw a minke whale but no one got shots of it. Continued on to Protection Island where we saw seals, seal pups, elephant seal and tufted Puffins! Oh yeah, and a submarine! Thanks Captain Pete Hanke!! -Janine Harles
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Mon Jul 8 - Gulf Islands - 12:45- T65A's are off the Canadian Gulf heading north/west...between Saturna & Pender. -Nadia Perez
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We left Friday Harbor and set a course to the North. Winds were light today and the currents were ebbing. We heard a report of the T65A family of Orcas a ways North in Trincomali Channel coming South. There was also a humpback whale heading west in Boundary Pass and two others at Eastpoint Westbound....We took Johns Pass around Stuart island and then crossed into Canada where we met the T65As Biggs Orcas. The male T65A2 was back with his family; we've been seeing him travelling with his aunt the T65Bs on July 2nd and 3rd...See full blog post at: Orcas and humpbacks, oh my! -Barbara & Davit Howitt, All Aboard Sailing
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Tue Jul 9 - Juan de Fuca - Calm seas and humpback whales - BCX1251 - Orion galore! Also with nuclear subs with air support the jet...not the Eagles. -Paul Pudwell
(ID by Alisa Lemire Brooks, ON)
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Afternoon - Port Angeles: The rain continued as we pushed on but he found another whale just north of Port Angeles and this time it was a humpback who was taking very long dives. Fortunately, we were able to get a really good look at the underside of the flukes and it turned out to be "Stitch"! What an AMAZING trip!!
Morning - Port Angeles: The day began with a mix of sun and clouds, but the seas were calm as we left the dock. We headed northwest for about 30 minutes before we found several humpbacks scattered throughout the area. About one mile northwest of PA bouy, we slowed to take a look at two humpbacks, "Pilot" and MMX0160 who went on a few dives before resting at the surface. They logged for a few minutes, side by side before waking up and resuming their feeding behavior....We traveled that way for a time and just north of Port Angeles, we encountered more humpback whales. This time it was a few of our favorites, "Divot" and "Two Spot" who were feeding and hanging out together!! We got some amazing flukes from both of them and one synchronized dive! After spending quality time on the glassy waters of the Strait of Juan De Fuca with these two, we headed in to the dock with big smiles and high spirits... -Island Adventures
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Tue July 9 - San Juans - 16:15 - Two humpbacks in Spieden Channel, likely westbound. -Monika Wieland Shields
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Tue July 9 - Rosario Strait - Morning - Anacortes: ...One of our friends had found a humpback whale that was headed our way and so we decided to make it a triple header! As we approached the whale from about 2 miles out we saw her arch high into the air and sound her flukes as she disappeared below the glassy surface. We then began to scour the Strait for any signs of the whale but the seas all laid calm around the boat. The humpback had gone on a deep dive but was not deterred in her course as she popped up to the east of the boat still headed toward Whidbey island. This time we were able to slide in with her and began enjoying some gorgeous views of a true giant of the sea. She surfaced multiple times and then with perfect timing and grace she brought her flukes out of the water to show us who she was, it was Big Mama!...-Island Adventures
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Tue Jul 9 - San Juans - ~09:00 - This whale was in Lopez Pass headed to Lopez Sound. -Photo by Wendell Crim, Jul 9, 2019
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Tue Jul 9 - Eastern Juan de Fuca Strait - 17:00 - Gray closer into shore at West Beach...still northbound...def a gray and it most likely is one of the two Janine mentioned in above post #2252 or 2253? I do have some great ID shots as after it headed north past the south West Beach pullout, it came in much closer to shore. looked like it was trying to feed, but only for a short moment...and then it continued in travel mode north.
16:15 - gray whale? 3/4 mile straight out from West Beach (Oak Harbor) traveling northbound, long downtimes, 5+ minutes. Appears to be a gray...will try for photos. 2019 Newbie Gray whale 2252 - off West Beach, Oak Harbor. -Marilyn Armbruster
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Great day on the water!...Then we went over near NAS Whidbey in the Strait and found two gray whales #2252 and #2253! We also saw a minke whale but no one got shots of it. Continued on to Protection Island where we saw seals, seal pups, elephant seal and tufted Puffins! Oh yeah, and a submarine! Thanks Captain Pete Hanke!! -Janine Harles
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Tue Jul 9 - Eastern Juan de Fuca Strait - 16:04 - Slow moving Gray?? Off Fort Ebey Road-Now. Going south!...I was looking West from the bluff north of Libbey Park. There was exhalations and it was barely breaking the surface...David Haeckel
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Tue Jul 9 - Possession Sound - 16:36 - Gray whale Southeast corner of Hat Island....Saw this beauty on our way to town! Orca Network, traversed from the delta to the SE corner of the island. Then she worked her way north hugging the shore, we saw her again on the way home as we pulled into our marina, she was on her way back south. -Lori Christopher
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Tue Jul 9 - Birch Bay - 13:30 - just got a call from Randy Ambuehl saying he saw two minkes in Birch Bay Sunday. No further details but he described the dorsal fins so it sounds plausible.
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Tue July 9 - Partridge Bank - ...This didn't slow us down one bit though as we cruised toward Partridge bank and found two minke whales, both feeding in and around the shallow banks near Admiralty inlet. With a few great surfacings from the minkes and reports of another species just over the horizon we decided to peel off and try for a double header...Island Adventures
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Great day on the water!...Then we went over near NAS Whidbey in the Strait and found two gray whales #2252 and #2253! We also saw a minke whale but no one got shots of it....Janine Harles

July 8

Mon Jul 8 - Puget Sound - 20:42 - It was just reported about 6-8 orca, including a couple of juveniles, northbound about of a mile off Blake Island. I have made a broadcast to all of our vessels in the area. -Respectfully, Marie Waterman, WSF Marine Operations
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20:40 - Orca. More towards Blake Island heading toward Restoration Point a a pretty steady pace. -Kari Daniels
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20:13 - Pod of 4-5 Orca headed north by Dolphin Pt, Vashon Island. -Jaime Kennedy
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20:07 - Orca. Approaching Fauntleroy ferry heading north. -Kari Daniels
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~19:15 - Orca. Northbound, south of Dilworth close to Vashon side then down. Did not spot them again. Viewing from Seahurst. -Cindy Eckes Waddington
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18:50 - Orcas made a u-turn just south of Three Tree Point, headed NB along Vashon shore, west of mid-channel. -Brittany Noelle Philbin
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As always, here are some of my favorite photos from seeing the transients from Alki and Three Tree Point....For the whales. -Photos by Brittany Noelle Philbin, Jul 8, 2019
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18:55 - Orca. Turned north and have passed Three Tree Point, Burien mid channel.
18:25 - Orca. I got sidetracked but my friend does (have eyes on them) and says they are still south of Three Tree Point, but headed north (?) At 6:25pm
17:40 - WW boat took off, whales continue south
17:22 - Orca. Continue steady southbound mid-channel, strung out. Passing Three Tree Point, Burien. WW boat with them. -Christina Van Wolbeck Fenerty
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16:58 - Orca. Looks like they are still slowly southbound on the east side of Vashon close to Seahurst Park (Burien).
16:27 - Orca. mid channel south end of Blake island. -Robyn Dally
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16:15 - Orcas off Lincoln Park (West Seattle) southbound. T37 and T34s a mile ahead of the T37Bs. -Bart Rulon
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15:40 - Orcas off Alki, viewing from Charles Richey. Milling, with slightly southerly trending. -Brittany Noelle Philbin
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12:50 - T37, 37Bs and 34s Southbound off Fay Bainbridge park. -Bart Rulon
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11:40 - Still hanging around south Jeff and Port Madison.
(11:32 - Matt posted video of now grouped up pod heading southbound - alb)
11:20 - Orca Hanging out just south of Jefferson Beach dock...Seem to be spread out. -Matt McCulloch
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10:50 - Pods were split in two areas lots of milling, directional changes east side of Sound due west of Carkeek Park. Now pods seem more grouped, trending slowly SWerly toward mid channel.
10:30 - orcas are between Richmond Beach and Carkeek drifting south with their meal. (two kills per Bart Rulon). -Alisa Lemire Brooks, ON
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10:36 - Orca. Watching from Richmond Beach, just feeding it looks like, moving slowly. -Joni Barnes Pollino
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10:15 - T37s and 34s 2.5 miles south of Point Wells (Woodway) on a kill. -Christopher Hanke
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09:13 - Donna w/WS Ferries Ops called to relay report from a couple of their ferries that a small pod of orcas is playing around near the Edmonds dock, around the dive park area.
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Mon Jul 8 - Juan de Fuca Strait - WOW! An Epic day with breaching humpback whales off Sooke, a new Mom and Calf off Sheringham Point Lighthouse, and a single Humpback off Jordan River...Always great to sea! (incl. MMX0079 Pantera & MMY0080 Hemlock) -Paul Pudwell
(Alethea Leddy ID'd Pantera from fluke image not included, Paul then confirmed Pantera was the breacher. Alethea also ID'd Hemlock)
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Mon Jul 8 - Boundary Pass - ...We travelled together slowly Eastbound until passing the two Humpbacks Heather (BCY0160) and Raptor (BCY0458). At that point we left the 65As to drift with the humpbacks in the beautiful calm waters which mirrored the coastline of Tilly Point, South Pender....(link to blog post in Bigg's section). -Barbara & Davit Howitt, All Aboard Sailing
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Mon Jul 8 - Puget Sound - 12:20 - this Humpback is heading right toward Suquamish...MMY0147.
11:50 - humpback just outside Port Madison Bay, Indianola. Northbound. -Bart Rulon
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10:00 - Donna WSF Ops called again with update: MV Tacoma is eastbound heading into Seattle 1.5 miles off Alki and is reporting 2 humpbacks east of shipping lanes. Ferry slowed. direction of travel unknown.
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09:50 - Saw a lone humpback headed north in Elliott Bay. -Neal McCulloch
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08:37 - There is a very small humpback in Elliot Bay .3 NM N of pier 15. Reported to the San Juan Clipper by the WSF...we did get an ID, MMY0147. -James Greenway, Victoria Clipper
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Humpback MMY0147 downtown Seattle. -Photo by Cary Shannon, Victoria Clipper, Jul 8, 2019
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08:32 - Donna w/WS Ferries Ops just called to relay report from the MV Tacoma of either a single humpback or gray whale in Elliott Bay at Pier 52, 1 mile off the dock in the SW range.

July 7

Sun Jul 7 - Strait of Juan de Fuca - Some of our local Sookies and guests from around the world shared our back yard today with Transient Killer Whales (T077a, T037B's & T034's), Humpback Whales, hundreds of porpoise, seals, sea lions and of course "Ollie" the sea otter putting on a show all within a half hour of our docks! -Paul Pudwell
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Sun Jul 7 - San Juans - 15:30 - T65As coming down President's Channel. -Monika Wieland Shields
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Sun Jul 7 - Swiftsure Bank - Is the migration late or just less than normal? Was out at Swiftsure Bank past few days and literally 50+ Humpback feeding both days....was more than I'm used to seeing this time of year. Possibly just heavily concentrated on abundant krill. - Matt McCulloch
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Sun Jul 7 - Admiralty Inlet - 16:00 - Saratoga encountered Humpback MMX0147 southbound in the traffic lanes between Port Townsend and Ebey's Landing. -Justine Buckmaster
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Sun Jul 7 - Puget Sound - 06:27 - Humpback. Now mid channel heading to Kingston...Didn't see any flukes couldn't tell if it was Two Spot or not. It went mid channel and then headed north
06:05 - Humpback in front of Richmond Beach Park, very close to shore. Heading slightly south. -Tim Harles
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05:45 - Large non-orca southbound just off shore north of Richmond Beach (couldn't stay to monitor longer... Was taking family to airport). -Karen Jeanne Rutter Weber

July 6

SOUTHERN RESIDENTS - Sat Jul 6 - Haro Strait - 00:30 - Hearing calls again. -Barbara Howitt
(Encounters from the 6th and on will be included in our next report)
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Sat Jul 6 - Sweet child o' mine - J31 Tsuchi w/her new baby daughter J56. We just posted Encounter #45 from July 6th. While neither of the encounters with J and K pods on the 5th and 6th were really good ones for saying anything definitive about who might be missing, we did have two days in a row where all the members of the J17s and K13s were seen except for J17 and K25. These were the only two whales that were not seen on either one day or the other. We will continue to look for J17 and K25 in upcoming encounters but the chances of finding them are starting to look a little grim....Mama K16 & her son K35 Sonata. -Photo by Dave Ellifrit, Center for Whale Research, Jul 6, 2019 - Full report w/images at Center for Whale Research Encounter 45.
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17:10 - We left a very playful and active group of approximately 15-20 whales 2 miles off shore near false bay heading east southeast at 5 knots at 1710. Lots of breaching and tail lobs and sea snakes! -John Boyd
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J-Pod made a quick visit to Eagle Point yesterday afternoon (approx. 2:45 pm). They were very spread out, swimming through for 20 minutes. J-56 made a cameo visit. She's a gem. -Photo collage by Kristin Hemenway, Jul 6, 2019
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J31 Tsuchi and her ~2 month old daughter J56 on July 6 passing Lime Kiln Lighthouse. -Photo by Monika Wieland Shields, Jul 6, 2019
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Lime Kiln hydrophone
14:34 - And visible on webcam aimed at Lime Kiln: 14:43 - Porpoising orcas screengrab
14:33 - started hearing loud Ks along with Js...and lots of echolocation.
14:30 - Excellent loud J vocals on Lime Kiln...call and response with more distant vocals. Sweet.
OrcaSound Hydrophone
14:10 - excellent burst of Kitten vocals, Ks. S16s.
14:05 ...and maybe Onyx.
14:00 - At least K calls on Orca Sound hydrophone along with loud southbound Bulk Carrier SwanSea. -Alisa Lemire Brooks
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...We stopped at Sucia to visit the eagle nests, then to Patos to see the lighthouse. It was here at Patos that we met up with J pod and K pod! The Ressies were making their way south, turning into Boundary Pass and over to the Canadian side of the Pass... See blog post w/images HERE. Island Adventures
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11:45 - SRKW coming down Boundary Pass. -Monika Wieland Shields
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06:31 - If your wondering where they are, THE RESIDENTS JUST WENT THROUGH ACTIVE PASS!! Over 30+. -Rachel Hayden
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TRANSIENTS/BIGGS WHALES - Sat Jul 6 - Puget Sound & Admiralty Inlet - ~20:00 - I thought I was hearing distant calls on the Bush Point hydrophone but then a ship came in and made it super noisy. -Alexander Simenstad
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9:30 - We just spent the past 4+ hours with this family of Bigg's Transient orcas. First picked up at 5:50 from 2 miles south of Bush Point while they were still off Mutiny Bay, heading northwest against a strong flood tide. They were 3-4 miles away the whole time, which is too far for photos with our cameras. They didn't make much progress but didn't seem to care, flopping and splashing like they might have been taking down a seal or sea lion. There were a lot of spyhops and breaches, cartwheels and lobtails, interspersed with long dives and basically swimming in place against the tide. At one point several of them caught a wave in the wake of a passing ship and surfed in it, making huge splashes. By 7 PM they had veered further offshore toward Hood Canal, into an eddy in the currents that looked like a long dark line for miles up and down the mid-channel in Admiralty. They stayed pretty much on that line, slowly moving north, for the next 2.5 hours. The would frolic on the surface for a couple of minutes, then dive for a few minutes, then tread water pointed north for a few minutes, rinse and repeat. In all that time there were only the grandmother, mothers, and their juveniles. Then about 8:40 suddenly a large full adult male showed up about a half mile behind the others and closer to the Whidbey side. He just loped along in slow motion heading north. Where did he come from? Was he going to join the others or pass them by with a wink and a nod? About 9:20 he popped up again, this time about a half mile behind the females and kids, in the same dark streak, still plodding along while the family ahead of him frolicked and started to make some headway northward in the now slack tide, just south of the south end of Marrowstone Island. -Howard Garrett, Orca Network
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19:30 - The Ts have moved a bit further, now finally out off the entrance to Hood Canal at 7:30. Just saw some amazing surfing on a ship's wake!
19:15 - the Transients have not moved far, basically in the same place, hunting and milling for the last hour, but now appear to be angling over toward Foulweather Bluff. -Susan Berta, Orca Network
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18:32 - T's 3.1 miles SE of Bush Point NW bound 3 knots against the flood tide. -Christopher Hanke
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~18:10-15 - From our viewpoint, about 1 mile south of Bush Pt, at around 6:10 or 6:15 it looks like they made a kill, still mid-channel but not to Foulweather or Hood Canal entrance yet...
18:00 - Transients are still several miles south of Bush Point. -Susan Berta, Orca Network
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18:10 - Appears transients turned west and are headed towards the entrance of Hood canal.
17:58 - Transients northbound in the wake of the Eurodam cruise ship, approaching shore Meadows area, mid channel.
17:40 - Pod continuing north along Mutiny Bay, closer to Whidbey side. -Rachel Haight
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17:24 - Orca. Close to Whidbey, north of Double Bluff green channel marker. Viewing off Limpet Lane north of DB green channel marker. -Marilyn Armbruster
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17:20 - Orca. Just spotted two and another three heading from Useless Bay around Double Bluff. Saw them through binoculars, but no pictures. -Dawn Stephens
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Lovely day on Redhead - the morning trip took us over to Whidbey Island to see two grays, and in the afternoon, we caught up with a Transient group consisting of (probably) T34s, T36s, T37Bs and big handsome male T77A. -Photos by Bonnie Gretz, Jul 6, 2019
17:50 - Transients. Just left them going fast north at about Bush Point. Cool to see T77A with them!
15:40 - Orca. Redhead found them Useless Bay heading north!!!! -Bonnie Gretz
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13:00 - This big group of Orcas passed by our boat around 1pm on 7/6. I think they are transients, can you confirm? -Thanks Brenda Ferguson
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Saw this giant Orca (presume T77A - ab) on Saturday July 6th. Watched it for 20 minutes. In Kingston, Mukilteo on the right, looking towards Whidbey. Any reports on who this was?... from about 12:30-1 we saw it from Kingston, in Sandy Beach Lane, looking east...it was traveling North past Whidbey island. Then we saw a second one that was smaller around 8:30/ 9 pm same day, from Kingston, Sandy Beach lane looking East towards Edmonds, appeared to be traveling south. -Rachel Elizabeth
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12:45 - Orca. Passed Apple Tree Point Kingston, steady northbound. Large Male very close to shore. 2-3 others west side of shipping Lane. Got great shots of the male....with no card in my camera...grrr. -Sara Frey
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11:42 - These are Transients. Initial look is T37, T37Bs, T34s, and it looked like some T36s in there too. -Bart Rulon, PSE
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11:24 - Orcas due west of Meadow Point (Golden Gardens). Traveling north. -Matt McCulloch
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10:45 - Pod off Discovery Point July 6, 2019...Heading North. -Scott Griffin
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10:25 - Orca. Eyes on from Alki Point. Two WW boats next to them. Mid to east channel, border north Elliot Bay border proper. Southbound splashing. Large male. -Kersti Muul
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09:41 - Orca. Just saw them off West Point - definitely on big male traveling away from at least 6 others headed south. -Mara Barckert
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09:01 - Orca, at least six, including at least one adult male. Shilshole Marina headed toward West Point (Discovery Park, Magnolia). Headed in towards the locks now which is eastbound...Looks like 2 are headed south toward Elliot Bay. Came from the north, first saw them off Jefferson Head an hour ago. -Gabe Miller
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08:08 - Orca pod mid channel and south bound about 2 miles south of Kingston-Edmonds ferry crossing! -Craig Smith McMaster
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~08:00 - I observed a pod of three Orcas traveling south at around 8:00 AM about 600 feet off of the coast of Richmond Beach Saltwater Park in Shoreline, WA. Appeared to be two smaller whales followed by one larger whale. -Allen Oberhauser
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Sat Jul 6 - Juan de Fuca Strait - The great marine adventures continue with many humpback whales around Sooke today on both our morning and afternoon tours! Another fluking awesome day! -Paul Pudwell
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Mulit generations...grandchild Valiant, born 2017 to BCX1068 Split Fluke (not pictured) who is the 2006 daughter of BCY0160 Heather.
(IDs by Alisa Lemire Brooks, ON)
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Sat Jul 6 - W Juan de Fuca Strait - 11:18 - Small humpback just outside Neah Bay...headed west. There was also a couple minke feeding further out. We were watching them all from our cruise ship! -Stephanie Pucker
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Sat Jul 6 - Puget Sound - 15:30 - Chilkat had the Humpback Two Spot (CS631/CRC16017) off Eglon traveling N-NE at 330. -Christopher Hanke
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10:17 - Large whale I think humpback in Murden Cove, Bainbridge. He's going back and forth. Feeding I guessed, close to shore. There is a dorsal fin. And a while ago he was slapping a pectoral fin. I can try to get a picture but hes been down for a little bit. -Roxane Jackson Johnson
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Sat Jul 6 - Eastern Juan de Fuca Strait - Lovely day on Redhead 7/6: the morning trip took us over to Whidbey Island to see two grays, and in the afternoon, we caught up with a Transient group consisting of (probably) T34s, T36s. T37Bs and big handsome male T77. 2019 Newbie gray whale 2252 - off West Whidbey Island. -Bonnie Gretz
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Sat Jul 6 - Juan de Fuca Strait - 11:18 - Small humpback just outside Neah Bay...headed west. There was also a couple minke feeding further out. We were watching them all from our cruise ship! -Stephanie Pucker
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Sat Jul 6 - 20:45 - We are seeing several blows from the ferry Coho coming to Port Angeles from Victoria. -Beth Selthofer

July 5

Fri Jul 5 - Haro Strait - Michael called Dave at 0715 to relay a text message from Giles saying that there were southern residents on the west side of San Juan Island. Since Michael was stuck on the mainland, Dave headed down to Snug Harbor and left in the boat at 0755. The leaders were first encountered at 0805 off CWR. The whales were spread out and heading north with members of the J19s, K12s, and K13s in the lead...Full report w/images at Center for Whale Research Encounter 43.
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K43 Saturna, J51 Nova, and J41 Eclipse passing Lime Kiln Point State Park. -Photo by Monika Wieland Shields, Jul 5, 2019
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Fri Jul 5 - J56, the newest member of J pod, is a girl. -Photo by Ken Balcomb, Center for Whale Research, Jul 5, 2019
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Fri Jul 5 - Haro Strait - 23:22 - There's those L- Pod calls again. 22:48 - Calls on Lime Kiln hydro again now, or still? -Monika Wieland Shields
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21:37 - if you want to hear them tonight...you might want to turn on the Lime Kiln hydrophones now...just hearing a few echo clicks and a couple calls...happy listening..Jeanne Hyde
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15:45 - orcas still in False Bay area. -Chris Wilson
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J19 Shachi - Welcome home J and K pods! We have missed you so. -Photos by Cindy Hansen, Orca Network, Jul 5, 2019
(ID by Katie Jones, CWR)
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Wow! What an amazing day! J & K pods came in after a 59 day absence. It was wonderful to see them socializing, foraging and playing in the kelp. For the time I was out there they went back and forth 4 times. And I had missed the first two! Each pass was more amazing than the previous one! K20 with way too much bling on! That has to be the most kelp I have ever seen a whale pick up! -Alison Engle
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L87 Onxy and his clan...14:20 - Westside Preserve, San Juan Island. -Photos by Cathleen Burns, July 5, 2019
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So tiny! Youngest Southern Resident J56, estimated to be less than 2 months old, next to her mother J31 Tsuchi, taken off Lime Kiln. -Photo by Monika Wieland Shields, July 5, 2019
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14:00-14:40 - 2-2:40 watched 7-8 SRKWs at the Landbank, then hustled to Lime Kiln & had a close encounter there until 3:10. Just got back to cell service range. Last seen heading south again. Tons of social behavior (spy hops, breaches, tail slaps). Epic day. -Michelle Leann
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7-5-19 Haro Strait SJI between Edwards Point and Hannah Heights.
15:00 - Observed from shore, 12-15 orca (hard to count) traveling to the south close in. Moving fast but taking time to jump and slap.
13:21 - Observed from shore, 12 - 15 orca (hard to count) traveling to the north close in. I can speculate that the orca were happy and having a great time. I saw spy hops, tail slaps, fin slaps and lots of jumps.
12:12 - Observed from shore, traveling to the north 6 -7 including 3 large males slowly traveling, pausing for a while to dive then switching direction back to the south. Tentatively identifying K34 Cali, K26 Lobo.
09:55 - Observed from shore, traveling to the south approximately 20 orca including 4 large males. They were spread out & moving fast. One tight group of 4. I believe I see L87 Onyx traveling with K37 Rainshadow with K27 Deadhead following (see photos). There's nothing finer than seeing the black and whites on a smooth slate grey sea. J19 Shachi, K20 Spock, K27 Deadhead, K44 Ripple, K26 Lobo, L87 Onxy -Photos by Michelline Halliday, SJI
(IDs by & some confirmed by Melisa Pinnow, CWR)
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~ 10:30-12:15 orcas came to eagle point from the north, went around and back. now going north again. some already around Pile Point. others still south of pile point. many close-ish to shore. lots of beaching etc. behaviors. a couple smaller lineups traveling together. very, very nice. watched from about. -Chris Wilson
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Sorry, don't have IDs, but lots of photos. They were foraging for 30-40 minutes at Eagle Cove before turning north again...photos taken on the west side of San Juan Island, south of Lime Kiln Lighthouse and at Eagle Cove. The baby pics were at Lime Kiln. Pictures were taken from about 9AM to 11 AM today. Here's my album from this morning. Please feel free to use any of the photos. J31 Tsuchi and her daughter J56, K22. -Dante Aubert
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14:09 - Tuned back in...Loud calls Lime Kiln! Sounded like Ls in there too (but they weren't present, so probably Onyx)
09:55 - J and K calls on Lime Kiln hps.
09:43 - Tuned into Lime Kiln hps, hearing faint calls...
09:43 - still hearing faint calls on OrcaSound hps.
09:08 - Hearing J pod.
08:16 - Hearing J or L calls.
08:10 - Just tuned in to Orca Sound...heard loud calls, w/loud ship. K calls! -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network
(IDs by Alisa Lemire Brooks, ON)
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08:04 - J pod on Lime Kiln hydrophones! Movin fast!! -Erin Corra
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BIGG'S TRANSIENT KILLER WHALES - Fri Jul 5 - 21:34 - Friend is seeing 4 orca - 2 female, 1 male, 1 youngster. Saw them last evening too. "Between McConnell island and reef...across from Deer Harbor. They headed behind McConnel towards Yellow Island which is across from San Juan Island". -Sara Frey
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17:45 - Just got a report of a small group of orcas westbound off the south end of Shaw Island. -Monika Wieland Shields
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Three orcas just off the ferry dock at Lopez Island this afternoon. -Photo by Lisa Napier, Jul 5, 2019
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Fri Jul 5 - Admiralty Inlet - 20:55 - Orca pod near Fort Casey heading south towards Lagoon Point. About 5 to 7 individuals. (T37 & T37As - jh). -Benjamin Potter
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Fri Jul 5 - Strait of Juan de Fuca - Great to hear our Endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales returned to inland waters...we hope they are finding the food they need! We chose to visit 10 humpback whales on our Morning Adventure and Transient / Biggs Orca on our afternoon tour! (T077a, T37b's & T034's) ID by Mark Malleson Lone male T77A...- Photo Dan Pudwell) The Salish Sea is full of amazing marine wildlife and we respect what all that nature provides...Always great to sea! - Paul Pudwell
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...Ken decided to search the Eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca to see if there were any Ls trailing them. Sure enough, about 30 minutes after leaving Port Angeles and in mid-Strait a little cluster of KW dorsal fins appeared on the horizon. On approaching them, the distinctive fin of T77A was evident, so it was worth a few minutes to check the whales out for identification...Full encounter report w/images at Center for Whale Research Encounter 44.
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UNIDENTIFIED KILLER WHALES - Fri Jul 5 - S Gulf Islands - ~12:30-13:00 - Orca. We passed what looked to be four whales, one smaller, on Friday July 5 2019 at about noon, just off Hall Island after getting through Porlier Pass. I was in tears. -Tammy Coughlin
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HUMPBACK WHALES - Fri Jul 5 - Puget Sound - 10:00 - MV Saratoga and Chilkat Express encountered Humpback Whale "Two Spot" (CS631 aka CRC16017) circling and apparently feeding south of Possession Point. We left him at 10:12 still circling over Possession Bank. -Justine Buckmaster
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08:00 - Scott Whelan came into Langley Whale Center and reported a breaching humpback at 8 am this morning, Indian Point, South Whidbey.
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Thu Jul 4 - Juan de Fuca Strait - Within a few minutes from our docks at Salty Towers Cpt. Dan found the first of some 8 humpback whales (MMZ0041) today off Sooke! ...Paul Pudwell
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GRAY WHALES - Fri July 5- Birch Bay - 11:35 - Whale still hanging around Birch Bay this morning. -Photo by Carole Murray, Jul 5, 2019

July 4

Thu Jul 4 - Haro Strait - 18:05 - Lone HB headed NW on SW side of SJI heading towards Lime Kiln. -Hollly Youngblood Cannon
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Thu Jul 4 - Possession Sound - 09:23 - Two Spot (CS631 aka CRC16017) is in Possession Sound, mid channel pointed NW towards Clinton ferry terminal. San Juan Clipper left this animal here at 0923. -James Greenway
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Thu July 4 - Eastern Juan de Fuca Strait/Admiralty Inlet - On a fairly quiet day on the Salish Sea we found a gray whale by the west side of Whidbey, then by the Rock Pile, homeward bound, we were MUGGED by a humpback. WOW. "Mathematician" came to visit us, circled the boat several times, then "allowed" us to continue home. What an amazing perspective on how large these whales are, when their curiosity gets the better of them! Amazing treat! -Jill Hein
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Incoming humpback - We were able to ID this whale as "Mathematician" BCY0785. -Photo by Jill Hein, Jul 4, 2019
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Thu Jul 4 - Eastern Juan de Fuca Strait - On a fairly quiet day on the Salish Sea we found 2019 Newbie gray whale CRC2253 by the west side of Whidbey, then by the Rock Pile, homeward bound, we were MUGGED by a humpback. WOW. "Mathematician" came to visit us, circled the boat several times, then "allowed" us to continue home. What an amazing perspective on how large these whales are, when their curiosity gets the better of them! Amazing treat! -Jill Hein
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PUGET SOUND GRAY WHO DIED - This sections is the reports we received over the last 3 week of this gray whale's life. We wanted to get these reports on record and pay homage to this whale who hung on for so long. He spent most all this recorded ime in Case Inlet in southern Puget Sound, under the caring and watchful eyes of many residents of that area. He then moved south into Budd Inlet on what was to be the last day he was seen alive. While we are incredibly sad for him to lose his life, we are relieved he is no longer suffering. His was a long slow death. Please see summary for links to Cascadia Research report and media links about this lovely gray whale . - ALB

July 3

Wed July 3 - 15:26 - Pod (T46s) off Turn Point Light House. at least two boats appear from land to be continually getting ahead/too close! -Susan Dolland
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Wed July 3 - San Juans - 16:50 - T65Bs and T65A2 going into Westsound. We witnessed a very dramatic harbor seal hunt by the T65Bs and T65A2 deep in Westsound this afternoon! -Monika Wieland Shields
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~16:30 - saw 4 orcas in the sound between Orcas and Shaw Islands. I don't know if they were residents or transients, but we were thrilled to see them! (Transients) -Mae Cannon
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15:50 - T65Bs and T65A2 off Foster Point, Orcas Island heading west. -Monika Wieland Shields
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15:35 - Orcas off Orcas island, near Diamond Point. -Brian Schmitz
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13:39 - Orca. Headed north off Fishermans Bay, Lopez entrance. -Kyle Ripley
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11:55 - Orca. Saw them from Jackson Beach - they were all the way on opposite side of Griffin Bay closer to Cattle Pt then. At Cattle Pt now (12:25) & do not see them or boats - think they're just around the corner, still in Griffin Bay. -Michelle Leann - 10:00 - T65Bs and T65A2 in Griffin Bay. Monika Wieland Shields
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Wed Jul 3 - Juan de Fuca Strait - What a fluking awesome day with over 12 humpback whales around Sooke Waters, MMX0012 "Tulip", MMX 0077 "Trifecta", MMX0079 Pantera, MMX0120 "Ocean" ...was able to get at least 8 or 9+ different ID Shots and make many people from around the world smile with our marine adventures! (ID'd whales include: MMX0012, MMX0077, MMX0079, MMX0120, BCX1057, BCX1068's 2017 calf, BCY0324. MMX0120 Ocean left dorsal (ID by Erin Gless) - alb) -Paul Pudwell
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SPECIES UNCONFIRMED - Wed July 3 - At Richmond Beach low tide we saw 2 or 3 orcas heading south about 20 minutes ago.(asked about certainty of species: No photos but now wondering if they were common dolphins..they did seem smaller than what i ve seen before..) -Jodi Barnes Pollino

July 2

Tue Jul 2 - Horseshoe Bay - 17:04 - Coming across from Nanaimo to Horseshoe Bay. Saw a group of Orcas at a distance. One large male. Seemed to be feeding. Breaches. Yay binoculars...I'm guessing 4-6. It was definitely a nice surprise. -Cathy Baker
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Tue Jul 2 - Deception Pass - Saw these beautiful orcas at Cornet Bay close, Deception Pass. Photos by Rakan Alduaij, Jul 2, 2019
(T124 As per earlier reports below)
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20:12 - Orca. Heading under Deception Pass right now...They came through Dewey Beach and headed down Whidbey island around 6:30 then around 7:45 they came back up passed by the house and onto deception pass. A pod of 5 or 6 with a baby!!! Someone on another site captured these photos. -Fiona Iwan
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17:47 - Transients just came under Deception Pass, about to head past Yokeko Point towards Hope Island, Skagit Bay, believe the 124A's. -Tyler McKeen, Victoria Clipper
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17:21 - T124As going under Deception Pass bridge now!! -Justine buckmaster
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Tue Jul 2 - San Juans - 17:09 - 65Bs and 65A2 went into Eastsound, possibly still there. -Monika Wieland Shields
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13:35 - WA State Ferries called in a report of orcas milling off Flat Pt, N end of Lopez, Upright channel between Shaw & Lopez.
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13:02 - 65Bs and 65A2 near Fisherman Bay - rest of 65As in Boundary.
11:15 _ Ts northbound in Cattle Pass. -Monika Wieland Shields
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Hello, I am relaying this message from the spotter: on 7/2/2019, 11:12 am, S/V Wind Song is reporting 5 orcas moving north through cattle pass, possibly one male. There is a small calf in the group! It's raining so, unfortunately, no pictures. The spotter is Capt. Bob Hulett....Hello Alisa, I relayed your message to Capt. Bob, and he responded with group T65. The ID is from Sound watch. I'm not on the water, onshore, just relaying from text as there is no data signal where they are. but I am definitely happy about some rain, especially before fireworks. -Thanks! Christine Quist
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Tue Jul 2 - Juan de Fuca Strait - Humpback Whale blowin' kelp chunks today! Again we found Scratchy in the rain...but the whales did not mind they are already wet. -Photo by Paul Pudwell, Jul 2, 2019
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Tue July 2 - Birch Bay - Spotted several blow spouts and a little upper body, may be a small humpback as there has been no dorsal fin seen. It is very rare to see whales in the bay so I thought I should report it...I live in Birch Bay Village on the hill in Birch Bay Wa. and over look the bay. I first noticed the spouting and the back of the whale breaking the water (no fin seen) at 1:30 PM to dusk yesterday July 2nd...The location would be towards the middle of the bay from our marina entrance west across to the east side shore of Birch Bay. I will report again if I see further. Thank you and appreciate the job your group is doing. -Melinda Peters
(probable gray - alb)
(Both confirmed humpback and grays have been in Possession Sound and Saratoga Passage at the same time, without photo/video some sightings remain unconfirmed as to which species was observed. - alb)

July 1

Mon Jul 1 - Strait of Georgia - 10:10 - We have a Large group of at least 10 Orcas (at least 3 large males) passing Point Roberts heading North - lots of playing, tail lobbing, charging - 3 whale boats present. -Sandra Scott
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Mon Jul 1 - San Juans - T065A2 checking out a group of kayakers at the entrance to Roche Harbour as he and the T065B's share a seal on the afternoon of July 1st. -Photo by Mark Malleson, 2019
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15:03 - Seems they turned back north before reaching SJ County Park. -Brittany Noelle Philhin
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14:15 - Ts southbound on the west side of San Juan Island, still north of County Park as of 14:15. There have regularly been 20-40+ Bigg's killer whales in the Salish Sea over the last couple of months. It's just an incredible contrast to the extended absence of the Southern Residents. For those asking, it all comes down to prey: lots of seals and sea lions for the mammal-eaters, and not a large or reliable enough source of salmon for the fish-eaters.
Yesterday (July 1) we encountered 10 of the Bigg's orcas, starting with the T124As with T86A1 traveling through Wasp Passage, shown here. In San Juan Channel they met up with T65A2 and the T65Bs, which is such an interesting social combo with two whales dispersed from their natal matrilines! When they all met up, an extended party followed: think a human cocktail party among old friends, but with the sausage bites replaced with harbor seals and the hugs and laughter replaced with tail slaps and rolling around at the surface. We heard they kept it going until well after the sun went down, so for several hours! -Monika Wieland Shields
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Mon Jul 1 - San Juans - Meet yet another new transient killer whale calf! On our afternoon trip from Edmonds, July 1, we spotted a new calf swimming with T37, the T37B pod, and the T34 pod. We don't know who the mother is yet because we saw the little one swimming around with several family members during our encounter with them. This calf was first seen down in California a few weeks ago, on June 17, and the mother was not able to be determined at that time either. Hopefully we will have other sightings of this pod soon that will shed light on who the mom is! This is exciting news, nonetheless. Here are some photos of the new calf along with some other pictures of our exciting encounter with the family after they made a kill and ate a meal, and celebrated! Location was south of Lopez Island with 37, 37Bs and 34s and T37B1. -Bart Rulon, Naturalist/Photographer, Puget Sound Express.
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Mon Jul 1 - San Juans - ~ 11:00 - Hi Alisa, About an hour later we encountered them again (assuming the same group) & were told by a whale watch information boat that they were transients. Yes, takes your breath away & makes you shudder when you see boats coming full steam ahead. Glad the whale watch info vessel was keeping an eye on them.
09:56 - Hi, There is a pod of 8-10 orcas less than a mile off of the SW of Sucia traveling NW. -Patty Lou
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Mon Jul 1 - Juan de Fuca Strait - A little nautical today but our vessels are built for west coast marine adventures and we were able to visit humpback whales off Victoria waterfront. Humpback CRC-16455 aka MMY0079 "Scratchy"....we also seen a deer on a tiny isolated Island off shore near Race Rocks Lighthouse...Paul Pudwell
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Mon Jul 1 - Birch Bay - 21:07 - Two Grey Whales feeding in Birch Bay right now. Blows visible from shore about 500 yds off shore. -Joel Fletcher


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