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Another amazing day on the water!!! Morning trip we were in Boundary Pass/Swanson Channel
in flat calm waters with members of K Pod, a few L Pod whales, and J Pod!!
Lots of socializing, and a few very nice spyhops by J34 Doublestuff!
Then the afternoon trip we went south to False Bay/Eagle Cove
area with the rest of L Pod
. Lots of whales spread everywhere, and a few were even surfing wakes of big boats!! Nice close-up pass by L95 Nigel
. Steller Sea Lions on Whale Rocks growling away. Very nice day and great passengers! - John Boyd
It was awesome to watch a large group of whales heading south past Lime Kiln this afternoon
. They were a ways offshore but all in pretty close together. About half a dozen of them surfed a freighter wake - see two of them sharking while doing so in the photo here! Also, I coined a new term for all the mixing and matching of pods we've been seeing this summer: "hodge-pod". - Monika Wieland.
12:35 - Orca calls on the Orca Sound hydrophone
right now and for the past 30 minutes or so. - Jen Chesnut
2:30 PM - ~10 Orcas
heading south from Lime Kiln
traveling with long moments of submersion (likely feeding). - Timothy Knab
Jessica Wiltrout reports her husband was halibut fishing in 190' depth about 2 miles out from Goat Rock at Harris Beach State Park
, two miles north of Brookings OR
, when a single orca came by heading north in rough seas.
9:45 am - Solitary humpack in central Puget Sound
, in the basin about a mile south of Richmond Beach in Shoreline
. Spotted from inland with binoculars over a mile away so hard to clearly ID. Pronounced dorsal fin and tall blow suggest humpback. Heard what may have been a slap while it was on the surface. Seen surfacing 2-3 times in the same area then started heading north. - Dave Flotree
6:30pm - Hearing faint calls again on LK
....They been turning around all day once they reach Land Bank. Saw some pretty great behaviors this morn from the pullout but they haven't been needing to come north, been spread out all down island
. - Alisa Lemire Brooks
Such an amazing day on the water. First trip we had a minke whale
, porpoises, eagles, sea lions, and then we ended up near False Bay
with lots of whales everywhere including J22, J34, K26
and more. And out of nowhere comes a Pacific White-Sided Dolphin
that bow rode us for a bit! So I thought it would be hard to top that trip--so for the afternoon trip we had eagles, seals, sea lions, an very cooperative minke whale. Ivan and I decided to go out to see some Transient Orcas, and wouldn't you know it--we found about 12 more Resident Orcas
including L84 Nyssa
that no one knew were out there. Then over to see the Transients (T36s, 37s
) and right as we got there everyone else left!!! So just us and whales, who began to breach and cartwheel and play and gave us a very nice and pretty close pass.
Just south of False Bay, Ripple (K44)
with his family and others. I know I say it all the time but what a beautiful day with beautiful whales. - Sara Hysong-Shimazu.
I was at Lime Kiln State Park around 6:30pm
when my son and I spotted several orcas and whale watching boats just off the shore at the overlook area. They were about 100 yards from shore and the whales were headed south around the island. - Wayne Wilhelm Greenfield
hanging out with Ken Balcomb and the team from the Center for Whale Research. SW side of San Juan Island, Whale Rocks, South End of Lopez Island
. We had J's, K's and L's
. - Photo by Connie Bickerton.
7:40 - Faint Resident orca vocals
were heard on Lime Kiln hydrophone
by Alisa Lemire Brooks. Visual by Ed, at least some of them coming in from the west towards island and to the south of Land Bank. They were milling spread out and trending south bound.
In the afternoon
the residents that had been off San Juan Island
began making their way steadily south, and by our 3:30 trip we had the rare opportunity to view resident and transient killer whales within a mile or two of each other!
In a strange turn of events, the transients were playful and active, while the residents remained quite sedate, focusing on traveling. - Jennifer Dickson, Prince of Whales Whale Watching
T65A and 6 month old T65A5. Southwest of Anacortes
on Sunday. - Photo by James Gresham.
8:30am ... Two whales observed mid channel south of Kingston
and east of Pt Monroe at approx 47 43.8N 122 29.7W. The northbound Victoria Clipper stopped briefly to a show of blows and diving tails. The whales seemed to be leisurely feeding in the same vicinity for over an hour ... Repeatedly surfacing for a series of breaths followed by dives. The calm, sunny morning provided the chance to hear the blows from across the water. - Dan Hannafious with Isaiah and Doug
We saw the humpback
again on the Clipper 3! He was circling mid channel near Point Jefferson (Kingston) at 8:10
. - Justine Buckmaster, Victoria Clipper
12:10 pm - White sided dolphin off Edmonds!
Ken Balcomb reports J pod members off Monarch Head
at the south end of Georgia Strait and the north end of Boundary Pass, heading south about 6 pm
Great afternoon in the Strait of Georgia with a very playful J pod!
It was one of the strangest fog days I've ever seen! Layers of fog were covering certain pockets of the water and the whales would wander in and out of it. The funny thing was that the fog was not very high off the water. L87 Onyx and J26 Mike
's dorsal fins would just be peeking out of the top of the fog layer while much of everything else stayed hidden. At one point we saw a cartwheel...sort of. We could only see the tail fly above the marine layer. Very amusing, indeed... - Katie Jones
11:00 AM -
a handful of orcas, 2-4
, seen off of Point Wilson in Port Townsend
by a couple of our visitors at PTMSC. They were heading north into the strait. - Allison Kellum
We spotted this young orca off Lopez Island
, in a group of five - only one mature male present in that group - see the rakings on it's back? - Amitava Michael Kundu.
T065A's off Whidbey, Smith and Minor Islands
. This is a great group. The "Resident Transients." Incredibly skilled hunters. I hadn't seen them for a couple months. Little 6 month old T065A5 is looking great! On the hunt. One of the T065A's tail slaps a harbor porpoise into the air after a chunk of the porpoise's peduncle was bitten out, disabling it. After this, a whale does a half breach with the porpoise across it's back. Watching Transients hunt can be brutal but once you've seen enough hunts to understand the tactics they use and can disassociate yourself, they become a thing of beauty. - James Gresham
Just south of Race Rocks
were some transient killer whales!
They made it all the way to Sequim! They made a kill at around 1pm
. - Jennifer Dickson, Prince of Whales Whale Watch
7:30 pm -
watched them from Bush Point
heading north at a fast pace. - Sandy Pollard
7:28 - Ebey's landing
. Multiple blows. Heading north. - Allen Peter
Seeing them at Bush Pt
7 pm - Orcas headed towards Bush Point
& south Marrowstone Island, going northwest. - Wendy Sines
But some are headed N now off Foulweather Bluff
6 pm -
We Got Whales!! Just south of Bush Pt, on the Kitsap Peninsula side, in Skunk Bay
between Hansville and Foulweather Bluff, traveling NW at a pretty steady pace. Looks like at least a dozen, but we haven't had a good long look yet. Yay! Thanks to all who have posted all day - we don't have a recent update on the NW Whidbey Transient group, so let us know if you see them too! - Susan Berta
I just spotted at least 2 or 3 Orcas
headed north almost mid-chanel, but a bit closer to Hansville
. - Judy Anderson Roupe
About six orcas past Point No Point at 5:10pm
headed north and moving very fast. - Patty Michak, Hansville
I was out fishing near Point no Point
with the family tonight
and we pulled up our lines to enjoy 9 beautiful orcas!
- Scott Orness
I'm at Maxwelton beach park
looking west and orcas are midchannel
. Multiple blows. Headed north. - Rachel Haight
Maia at WS Ferries reports a pod of orca in the Clinton/Mukilteo ferry lane
, presumably heading south.
At 1 PM
on Sunday, Orcas with several tour boats on the scene located just south of Partridge Bank
About due West of Darst Road in Coupeville (about 1-2 miles offshore, binocs or a spotting scope needed). - Cameron Chandler
11:40am - Transient Killer Whales
spotted north of Langley
! Expected here around 12:15pm (edit: sounds like they already went south past us. Sneaky Ts!) Thanks to Fred Lundahl for the heads up! - Sara Hysong-Shimazu
Bells Beach, Langley, 11am -
We saw four orca
moving quickly toward Langley this morning. They were not playing, breeching, etc., just cruising. There was a boat "Destiny" that sighted them and followed quite a ways away, but a smaller boat ahead of Destiny, was much more aggressive in their chase and got closer than what looked legal...granted it hard to ascertain from the shore. What a treat for us, however! - Margaret (Peggy) Sullivan
11 am -
Barbara McCallem from Bells Beach
just called reporting a pod of about 15 orcas
headed to langley right NOW! - Sharen Heath
About 10:00 to 10:15 AM - Orca in Saratoga Passage
. At least four Orca were a few hundred feet off the eastern shore of Whidbey Island, just south of Fox Spit
(5 miles north of Langley). The Orca resumed heading south and toward the center of the Passage. 3+ Orca initially feeding, then traveling. - Steve Runo
9:33am - Transients are at PT Wilson
just made a kill. - Christopher Hanke
Chrissy McLean at Port Townsend Marine Science Center reports 5-6 orcas were headed north out of Admiralty within 200 yards of Pt. Wilson
and seemed to be feeding. Fishermen pulled in their lines.
A Minke whale at Hein bank
. - Jennifer Dickson, Prince of Whales Whale Watch
What a CRAZY day! Captain Spencer and I were watching L87, Onyx
(a Resident Orca) forage and noticed something small trailing him. We knew it was too small to be an orca, and sure enough it was a Pacific White-Sided Dolphin
(also known by locals as a Lag). The Lag proceeded to pester him for about an hour! He tried everything, ignoring it, tail slapping, and eventually started porpoising out of the water- he was so over it! Unfortunately for him, the Lag was just having way to much fun! However, we were able to steal him away for a little quality bow riding time. - Heather MacIntyre
I heard what I presume was J-Pod Group A on the Lime Kiln hydrophones from 3:00-3:30
today. - Monika Wieland
One of the T37s
checking to see if there are any seals on the beach at Minor Island
yesterday. They are in luck... - Katie Jones.
It was a bad day to be a sea bird! Had one of the coolest encounters with Transient Orcas today! 37s and 34s
, plus another group that I am not sure of yet. Three or four juveniles kept attacking birds as if they were Sea Lions. - Ivan Reiff, Western Prince Whale Watch.
7 pm - T37's and T34's
were 1 mile south of SA buoy (about two miles NW of Pt. Wilson, Port Townsend
) heading into Admiralty Inlet one hour ago. - Michael P Colahan
At least four (including a little one, perhaps the new Transient baby) have just a bit ago passed Bush Point
still heading southbound. They have not yet reached Windmill Point which is just north of Mutiny Bay, Admiralty Inlet. - Susan Wicklund and Marilyn Armbruster
7 pm -
I'm headed back to Seattle from Victoria and we just saw a few orcas
. Brought some tears to my eyes...first time I've ever seen them in the wild Soooo amazing! This was one of my main reasons for moving up here. Still on the clipper. We saw them just north of Port Townsend
. Couldn't tell which direction they were headed. It looked like they were playing or hunting. - Josh Harrison
2 pm ish - Orcas reported about an hour ago off Pt. Wilson
(near Port Townsend), heading south.
12:58 PM - 5 transient orcas
spotted traveling near Strait of Juan de Fuca (2 miles NW of Ebey's Landing
, Whidbey Island). - Raymond Malstead
FYI for anyone not familiar....Tank Farm = Point Wells, Woodway (which is just north of Richmond Beach, Shoreline) transected from Connie's location means the whale is mid Port Madison
a bit more east.
10:28 - HB
moved a bit north. Sightline from Richmond Beach out from Suquamish House. Circling. Deep dive. Even from afar is breathtaking, such a beautiful whale
thanks to Connie...i just saw it
surface 6 times in a circle then fluke. South end Port Madison...outer edge of ( so very much Kitsap side). - Alisa Lemire Brooks
just resighted him/her
further north of point wells heading north I think, still mid channel.
still north of tank farm
but heading south.
Now north of the tank farm
, closer to mid channel, heading north east.
Trending south line of sight from the north end of Fay Bainbridge
with the south end of the tank farm.
- deep dive, about the same place, not traveling very far.
Spending the first day of my retirement watching a humpback
whale from Fay Bainbridge
. It seemed to be heading north at noon.
it seems to be coming up every 10 min or so. Trending southeast at the moment, but circling round and feeding.
HB is still just north of Fay Bainbridge
. Seems to be circling around feeding. Came up and took 6 breaths, followed by a deep dive with a lovely view of his/her flukes. Heading north now.
Just spotted the HB north of Fay Bainbridge
headed south. Did a very deep dive, and I haven't refound it yet. Closer to west side. That's about the same place it was yesterday morning. - Connie Bickerton
Resident killer whales in Haro Strait! L87, J39, J49
, and several other members of J-pod who have been seen in the area recently. - Jennifer Dickson, Prince of Whales Whale Watch
7:19 am - Three or more orcas
were just now very close in and near to the Vashon ferry terminal
and are heading west. - Barbara Weber
We saw Split Fin! He was taking a snooze, so after a few surfaces we decided to keep moving and keep looking... And we found 5 more humpbacks!
But the highlight was a mother and calf pair. - Jennifer Dickson, Prince of Whales Whale Watch
Spotted a humpback whale about 740am
this morning about 3-400 yards off of NE tip of Bainbridge Island
. It has been cruising back and forth for the past hour just offshore. Very foggy but did get some decent pics. - Tim Cuddy
Ken Balcomb at the Center for Whale Research reports that "Group A" of J pod
went north along the west side of San Juan Island
today, and the Adam U reports hearing K pod calls from Tatoosh
, west of Neah Bay, while on a NOAA Fisheries research cruise.
In the fog in the AM
, near Barnes and Clark Islands
. Naturalist Jeanne Hyde counted them...So far I have counted 27 Ts, comprised of 7 different family groups. T34s, T36s, T37s, T99s, T101s (including T102), T124, and at least one of her kids, T65As
- Capt. Jim Maya
From the rocks at Lime Kiln Point
State Park. - Monika Wieland.
7:00 pm. -
Whales on Lime Kiln hydro
. Mostly echolocation clicks. - James Gresham
7:36 pm -
Faint intermittent Orca calls were being heard on Lime Kiln Hydrophone
(and some echolocation clicks). Looks like J Pod
made it to the west side of San Juan Island. I wonder where they'll head next! L Pod returned to the Salish Sea AND brought the L12's with them!! This is only the SECOND time I've seen the L12's this summer (which should concern you). All of the pods have been socializing together, and splitting up usual matriarcal groups. Some days it just seems like mom's are a little less protective, and anything goes. It's like an Orca soap-opera!! - Heather MacIntyre
J2 Granny with L87 Onyx
yesterday. It was funny to see them ROCKET by L41 Mega's group, who were lollygagging in the kelp, and cruise north, as Granny is wont to do. - Monika Wieland.
Not only did we find humpbacks, and not only did we find killer whales, we found them side-by-side!
And not only were they side-by-side, they were interacting! - Prince of Whales Whale Watch
Lindsay spied a humpback
nearby. Captain Jeff got us in a great position for viewing while Tom and I started our humpback spiels. Rush found another humpback
, and this one was surrounded by killer whales
! We were initially frightened that they were transients (no one was prepared to see our well known humpback friend Split Fin
, meet his demise at only 8 years old), but thankfully they turned out to be residents
. They did harass Split Fin for a while and he let out several disturbed "trumpets" before proceeding to cartwheel and tail-slap continuously for 20 minutes. - Jennifer Dickson, Prince of Whale Whale Watch
Meanwhile in Howe Sound
(North of Vancouver) .... One for the memory bank. 18+ Bigg's killer whales!!
Including the T124's new calf
, who I am unofficially saying is T124Ds calf (a first for her!). In attendance at various points in the day: T34s, 36, 36Bs, 37, 37Bs, 90s, 99 + 99C, 101s + 102, 124s (minus 124C).
- Tasli Shaw
Ron Moody reports seeing 7-8 orcas
northwest of Vancouver near Bowen Island (Howe Sound)
at about 11 am
and again at about 6 pm
New Biggs calf!! Looks like the mom is T124D
. We had a beautiful encounter with them and the T36B's, T101's, T90's, T34's and T37's in Howe Sound!
- Gary Sutton.
An amazing morning watching transient Killer Whales attack a large Humpback Whale
right off Sooke...after the humpback tail lob, fin strike and trying to breach right on top of the Orca...they finally left him alone...
Also K14's resident killer whales were visiting the Sooke area
....WOW! - Sooke Coastal Explorations
this evening - at least 4 orcas
headed east to west in the distance, maybe a mile offshore of Flint Beach on Lopez Island
. - Tom Reeve
Orcas sighted off Rosario Beach beginning at about 2:00 pm
. Looks to be about three of them, including one large male. - Chanel Giles
There were three humpback whales
heading very slowly north in Haro Strait off Land Bank
as well. - Monika Wieland
L85 with students on a field trip at Lime Kil
n. - Whitney Neugebauer.
Some days you have an encounter with whales that is stunning not for the breaches, spyhops and other exciting surface behaviors, but because you realize that you are the only boat watching 40 whales in Rosario Channel
...was so beautiful to watch the whales on the "orca treadmill", where they were swimming about 5 mph into a 5 mph current for over an hour... Thank you Ivan Reiff for yet another fantastic Monday on the Western Explorer. - John Boyd
Had an amazing day on the water yesterday, with maybe 40 Orca
around breathing and very active, we were around San Juan island area
. - Stephen Ellwood.
kelping. Taken from shore at Lime Kiln
. - Sara Hysong-Shimazu.
Awesome encounter just outside Mitchell Bay. - L41 Mega possibly showing off for the J pod females he was traveling with. - Kevin Culmback.
I thought the Orcas
were going to come into Snug Harbor Resort
and Marina and have a latte! Orca viewing from the dock! - Capt. Jim Maya.
Early in the morning J-Pod (and a couple K-Pod whales
, I think) came down Haro Strait and met up with the L12s
who had been hanging off the south end of San Juan Island the day before. I saw this mixed group with members of all three pods head north on the west side between 1 and 2 PM
, with L41 Mega's group
tight in shore with the J22s
. I wondered where all the other residents had gotten to, as I believe everyone but the L54 sub-group has been "in" inland waters the last couple of days. Tonight I heard from John Boyd they had about 40 residents in Rosario Strait this afternoon, so that explains it! - Monika Wieland
I used to see more of the L12 sub-group
than anybody else, but not this year! Today was only the second time I've seen them this season, but it was fantastic! I've got lots of photos to share, but had to start with this (uncropped) shot of the big guy: L41 Mega. Photo taken from shore on the west side of San Juan Island. - Monika Wieland.
A huge cartwheel from L94 Calypso yesterday of Land Bank's Westside Preserve on San Juan Island
. - Monika Wieland.
Can't see them but can hear them. Orcas
going past East to West, Flint Beach, Lopez Island
. Gentle sounds of waves on the beach with blows from orcas, quite nice! - Sally Reeve
10:00am - orcas on lime kiln's hydrophone
. sounds like L pod. - Amanda Stabler Fitzgerald
9:35 am -
Not two but three humpbacks
this morning off Hannah Heights
. A mom and calf and and then a third one. Just another day in paradise. - Sandy Buckley
K35 Sonata. K22 Sekiu. K21 Cappuccino
. Orca shots taken from land (vicinity of E Point, Saturna
). - James McLarnon.
It was an eventful day today with our resident whales along the west side of San Juan Island
. We were greeted by both members of K Pod and L Pod
for our afternoon trip on the M/V Sea Lion. We first met up with these whales at Battleship Island and then followed them north towards Turn Point Lighthouse on Stuart Island
. I always love being able to see them at Turn Point because Mt. Baker, the lighthouse, and the whales, will occasionally line up perfectly for the ultimate whale watching shot. - Naturalist Caitlin, San Juan Safaris and Outfitters
J2 "Granny" with J6 "Mike" (L87 "Onyx" and J42 "Echo"
in the rear) and the majestic view of Burnaby, Surrey and Tswassen
in the background. - Tasli Shaw.
Here are a few of the 26 whales .. J2 "Granny", J40 "Suttles", J19 "Shachi", J27 "Blackberry", J38 "Cookie."
- Tasli Shaw.
Between 2-3 pm - L pod sightings. Mega, Mystery, Calypso with Cousteau, Maisha with Joy and Ocean Sun
(according to Island Adventure crew) on the South-Western part of San Juan Island
. Appeared to be feeding. I wished Lolita was with them. Hope that time is coming. - Zita Fekete
A mind-blowing closeup: Tika K33 of the Southern Resident Killer Whales
surfaced so close to me at Lime Kiln State Park
that I could scarcely fit him into my lens! This photo is uncropped. Tika (born 2001) is a teenager now, and his sprouting dorsal fin is taller than it appears here -- he was flexing his fin as he surfaced. - Meg McDonald, Wild Northwest Beauty Photography.
Today near Point Roberts with J pod
.....predation events all over the place!!! First watching them taking down a chinook salmon and THEN J36 and J41 spent over 45 minutes harassing a harbour porpoise. J42
joined in about halfway through the encounter also. So unbelievable to watch these residents throw around, carry around and slap the helpless porpoise. - Gary Sutton, Wild Whales Vancouver
1:31pm - Whales on LK hydrophones
now!!!!!! Get out your listening ears, listen to Orca Sound! - Sherry Joyner
I was with two group's of Bigg's Killer Whales
today. I'm not sure who this is, but look at the fresh wounds just ahead of the pec fin. I guess that happens occasionally when your food has pretty good sized teeth like a harbor seal! (T65a's and the T36b's
). - Traci Walter.
Tonight Kim Neall Bruder and I (and Zoe) Jumped in the boat and headed out to Patos Island
to photograph the Super moon against the light house and hopefully Mt. Baker depending on where it came up. We were hoping to catch all 3 together. As we arrived we noticed a boat to our left watching someone paddling a small boat along the rocks. I grabbed the binoculars and realized there was a pod of about 6 Transient whales
swimming all around him. We headed over to watch. Not realizing this guy was in a small inflatable rowboat and surrounded by feeding Transients. Not my first choice of boats in that situation! As usual they did not have any concern with him but you can see from the pictures that he had to be a little nervous. Talk about a sitting duck! The Transients moved on from him and proceeded to circle the whole island searching every cove along the way for seals. We followed them around the whole island and ended right back where we started at the lighthouse just in time for the Moon. What an unexpected surprise. Anyway this is what we ended up with. it was a little tricky getting a good shot of the light house with the ripping currents. It sure was fun trying. Outside of the currents it was like a lake out there. Oh, what a night! - Karl Bruder
Around 7:45 PM
I saw the T65As
heading south from Lime Kiln
, a couple miles offshore. - Monika Wieland
We caught up with the Resident orca near Vancouver BC
. They were headed back to the west towards the Canadian islands and we basically sat and let them stream by us. We saw members of all 3 pods, mostly J's and K's
and they were going off. Breaches, cartwheels, spy hops, pec slaps, tail slaps and throws all around us. Several J pod whales made very close approaches. J27 Blackberry was at ultra close range today. Being that close to a wild, adult male orca is a breathtaking thing. He popped up right next to us then turned and passed no more than 3 feet from the stern under water. - James Gresham.
Yesterday's encounter with the T065A's
- what an awesome family, they are indeed my favorite group of transients! They were hunting virtually all day, and although I know they need to hunt about 90% of their daylight hours, this still amazes me! The T065A's appeared to pick something up and pursue it through the open water. They chased what I think to be a pinniped of some sort of Sidney Island, where they made a successful kill. - Heather MacIntyre
Transient killer whales T018s sighted today off Friday Harbor San Juan Island
Washington. - Natasha MacDonald.
swimming past some very nervous Harbor Seals. Scott from Deception Pass Tours picked up the T18s at Salmon Bank
this morning. They spent most of the day cruising the shorelines of San Juan Channel
harassing seals, and last we heard were up by Stuart Island
this evening. - Ivan Reiff, Western Prince Whale Watch
A resident orca waves a pec fin at his admirers at Lime Kiln Point State Park
. - Bob Bussman.
A two part whale parade -- the first group in a resting line, travelling quickly. The second group went through Active Pass
more slowly. A treat! - Karoline Cullen.
Orcas that we saw off of Lime Kiln and San Juan county park
. We were staying far away and the pictures aren't the greatest. - Jennifer Farley.
Not sure who it is but it sounds like orcas and echolocation clicks
going on off the Lime Kiln Point hydrophone
. - Devin Scott Doss
My wife and and I spotted a pod of we think 4-6
from our boat, just off of San Juan Island at Bellevue Point
. They were heading south. 4 were forward of us about ¼ mile between us and the shore. I would estimate these 4 were about ½ mile off shore. We were stopped and taking in the sights when no sooner did we hear the unmistakable sound of blowholes astern of us and sure enough, two more orca were only 100 yards away By the time we were out of the shock of this sight, we did get an iphone picture of one of the orca, however, it is grainy at best. Just incredible! - Tom Bartolomei
751AM - Whales on Lime Kiln hydrophone
. - Jack Collins
7:51 am - J pod on Lime Kiln hydro
. - James Gresham
7:48 - J pod calls and echolocation on Lime Kiln!
- Alisa Lemire Brooks
Humpback whales near Discovery Bay
. We saw a blow and a single hump near the mouth of Discovery Bay. The pattern of the blows suggested perhaps a couple of whales traveling NNE. We think, based on the hump and blow, that they were humpbacks but we saw them from too great a distance to be sure. - Rick Floyd
7:45pm - Several J pod members at Lime Kiln
today, including Blackberry, put on a long show with breaches, tail slaps, spy hop, and more. Breathtaking! - Kristina Louise Dahl
We started out with a long trip up to East Point on Saturna Island
to catch up with the residents. J's and K's
returned this morning and boogied up Haro Strait.
They kept going and will probably spend the night in Vancouver. The "left overs," including K21 Cappuccino, stuck around southern San Juan instead of going north with the others. - Jennifer Dickson, Prince of Whales Whale Watch
Around 7pm - 4-5 orcas passed the mouth of Rolf Bay on Matia Island
, they frolicked all the way to Sucia before loosing sight of them. They were playing but traveling very fast. - Thomas Stanton
5:39am - Orcas
moving slowly northward passing San Juan County Park
; 15 or more
closely together and a few more trailing behind. - Isabelle Martin
T34's, 37's and maybe the 99's today, Pea Pods in Rosario.
- Capt. Hobbes Buchanan.
2:00 PM - 5:30 PM -
Orcas south of Pt Lawrence, Orcas Is
. 48 38 N, 122 45 W. 4 hours in Rosario St. We saw 7-12 (perhaps more) orcas
today, apparently fishing cooperatively, from ~1:00 PM to 5 PM. Seen from south shore Orcas Is, east of Doe Bay
. Whales first seen moving east towards Obstruction Pt from Pt Lawrence, in the channel north of the Peapod islands, sometimes coming in quite close to shore in Buoy Bay. Turned south along the east side of Obstruction Pt., headed south into the Rosario Strait, then turned back north towards South Peapod Is, fishing in the tidal lee of that island (east). Later moved east, in the channel south of the Peapods, but staying close to those rocks/islands, toward Lummi. Lost sight of them moving north around Pt. Lawrence. Many whale watching boats following along. Appeared to be fishing cooperatively, herding fish against rocky steep shorelines before feeding at the surface, or herding fish in the tidal lee of south Peadpod Is. Lots of apparently purposeful tail slapping (once, ~ 6 consecutive slaps by one animal "standing" on its head), some breaching. Incoming tide was flowing strongly. - Frank Peale
Note: These were identified as mammal-eating Transients/Bigg's whales, so they were probably hunting seals.
It's hard being a harbor porpoise! Scenes from today at the north end of Haro Strait. T65As and T36As
. - Capt. Jim Maya.
7 transient killer whales (the T36A's and the T65A's
) attack a harbour porpoise in the most dramatic fashion. They threw it high in to the air, multiple times, all the while continuously breaching themselves! - Jennifer Dickson, Prince of Whales Whale Watch
10:30 AM - There were 7-8 whales
in our sighting. One whale was significantly larger than the others and had a smaller whale who travelled continually beside it. The largest whale seemed to be leading the direction of the pod. Just off Epsom Point (30+ miles NW of Vancouver BC) heading northwest. They were initially feeding off the reef and then appeared to be playfully travelling together. - Regan Minchin.
T30's and a BC Ferry with Saltspring Island, BC
in the background. - Traci Walter.
No residents around the last two days but we've been lucky enough to find transient killer whales yesterday and today AND they were two different groups. Yesterday was the T18's
whereas the group that showed up today was the T30's
. Skipper Mark Malleson spotted these guys before he was even on the water. Mark spotted killer whales in Oak Bay, while eating breakfast, from his house! The T30's travelled steadily north and by the later afternoon they were too far away for us. They probably continued up and will head towards Vancouver. - Jennifer Dickson, Prince of Whales Whale Watch
12:30 pm, off North Bluff, Greenbank, Saratoga Passage
: Boating south between whidbey and camano islands had quite a show. Turned off engine and sat and watched for 20 minutes. Two were clearly mama and baby! Traveling south but paused to play. - Reported by Julie Alford.
1:30pm - Three orca. At CAMA BEACH
(Camano Island). Headed south. - Shane Bishop
6:26am - 7 Orcas in Penn Cove!!
- Kelly Zupich
6:48 pm - Humpback heading S off Me - kwa - mooks in W Seattle
right now. Maybe heading SW towards Colvos... - Lauren Phillips
Every day it seems we get more humpbacks in to the area, mostly south of Victoria.
All told we probably saw between 7 and 9 different humpbacks
! - Jennifer Dickson, Prince of Whales Whale Watch
I saw several blows
between the Mukilteo ferry lane and Everett
while I was on the 5:05 crossing this morning. It seemed to be just one whale. - -Sharon Harper-Peck
I saw one male dorsal, then a female, about 8:50 mid channel, Saratoga Passage
, then they kind of disappeared! Off to find a good meal at the Penn Cove mussel rafts, no doubt! - Jill Hein
Four or more were headed across Saratoga Passage toward Penn Cove at 8:30
. - Howard Garrett
8 pm -
Susan and now all of us saw about 3 or more orcas from Greenbank
. On the Camano side heading north. - Howard Garrett
7 pm -
Stephanie Raymond called from the Victoria Clipper heading up Saratoga Passage and found about six Transient orcas off Lowell Point
, which is on Camano Island across Saratoga Passage from Greenbank. She said they are in two groups, one with 4 orcas on the Whidbey Island side, and another group with at least two on the Camano side, all trending northward.
I was sitting eating dinner and looking out over Saratoga Passage and noted the usual south bound Victoria Clipper just north of Langley. The boat stopped, reversed direction, and headed back north. I grabbed the binocs and went out on the neighbors bluff. I could see the blows from approx. 6 orcas (transients?)
blowing and rolling on the surface. They looked like they were feeding, roughly between Bell's Beach and Mabana
. The Clipper powered toward them, then slowed. They disappeared, to surface away from the boat. The boat zigzagged south to north several times, each time the orca disappeared for a short time, then again surfaced away from the boat and appeared to feed. They were moving very slowly to the north. The Clipper finally turned south to resume it's usual trip. - Barbara Brock
Danielle Doll called from the Mukilteo ferry after seeing 3 or 4 spouts about a half mile south of the ferry
. They were too far to see which way they were traveling. A humpback was seen there about the same time.
A report from Stacy Olson of TWO PODS OF ORCAS
(one group of 3 and one group of 4) between HAT/GEDNEY ISLAND and S. WHIDBEY ISLAND at 12:20 pm
, headed north!
From Harborview Park area in Everett
, saw several spouts in that same area about 7:40 pm
. Too far out to confirm it's a humpback
, but fun to see the sprays. - Anne Marie Hagel
Dick Snowberger saw the humpback
from the Clinton ferry
, north of the ferry landing.
Stephanie Raymond called again, this time with a report of a humpback
! between the Clinton ferry dock and Gedney Island
, moving slowly northward. That's two species in Saratoga Passage in 20 minutes.
There is 1 Humpback off Possession Pt
right now - Christopher Hanke
We popped over to a group of 3 humpbacks traveling down the Strait of Juan de Fuca
. - Prince of Whales Whale Watch
. It was a fantastic day on the water with part of Jpod and part of Kpod
! - Traci Walter
K26 Lobo In Canadian waters near coal dock and BC Ferry dock
. - Janine Harles.
We had 20+ Resident Orca surfing past Sooke
! - Sooke Coastal Explorations.
August 4, 2, 1, July 31 - Humpback whale
has been sighted 7/31, 8/1, 8/2 and 8/4 from Salmon Beach
homes, just north of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge
(Puget Sound). - Zeno Martin.
A barnacle-encrusted humpback breaches near Sooke, BC
. - Sooke Coastal Explorations.
10:41 am - Humpback now by Narrows bridge
..and a vessel getting way to close following it. Not cool!
9:11 am -
Watching 1 humpback just off Salmon Beach towards Gig Harbor
. - Asher Beckett
6:45 AM - One humpback
is starting its day just east of Gig Harbor
. - Aaron Campbell
5:20 AM -
WA State Ferries reports a Gray whale (but we are assuming it is this same humpback
reported and photographed by others) off Neil Pt, near Talequah, S. Vashon Island
, unknown direction of travel.
A short, sweet visit... Mystic Sea met up with part of J pod, including Onyx (L87) and Granny (J2), near Tsawwassen ferry terminal, B.C. around 2:00 pm
, heading north on yet another beautiful day. Let's hope the Fraser River's providing plenty of food. - Sandra Pollard (SSAMN).
, born in 1993, in the sediment-rich waters of Georgia Strait
near the Fraser River. - Gary Sutton.
Transient orca T037s off Patos Island
heading across Boundary Pass. - Jill Hein.
2-year old T037B1
is one scratched up little dude. Taken near Point Roberts
. - Connie Bickerton.
About 6-9 T's this Sunday near Point Roberts
, Georgia Strait. - Elyse Sollitto.
I saw today didn't look like it had a destination to be at. I guess this makes sense since there were reports of a humpback a few miles away, but three hours later. It sure was a beautiful day in the Sound, that's where I'd be hanging. - Noah Izzard
I also saw one humpback around 3:45pm
from the north side of the beach at Fay Bainbridge
heading east. About 20 minutes later, I saw a blow straight across near Seattle. - Elizabeth Nicole
2:50 pm - humpback whale
spotted by my husband off beach near Fay Bainbridge
, heading north. Was only 100 yards off shore, but moving out towards open water... Keep an eye out north kitsap. - Sue Surowiec Larkin
About 2:45 PM -
Joining in on the sighting of a humpback off Bainbridge Island
. Our guests were thrilled to see the whale as we walked along Fay Bainbridge Beach. The whale was south of us - about off Rolling Bay
and heading from fairly close to Bainbridge Island out toward the middle of the Sound. - Kitsap Tours
Humpback whale seen from the 7:10 Bainbridge ferry to Seattle
. Whale was headed west around Restoration Pt. - Mary Bond
There were no residents around for most of the day, but they headed back in from the Strait of Juan de Fuca just before sunset
. - Monika Wieland, San Juan Island
Just had an incredibly beautiful visit with J pod. West of Victoria
, westbound when we left. - James Gresham
What an incredible day on the water!! The T037s
were simply amazing, then caught up with Ressies east bound from Victoria
later!! We saw the J14s, J16s, J19s, L87, and the K14s
- the same group that's been traveling together for the past three days now since they joined up off the Pender Bluffs Thursday evening. - Heather MacIntyre
is back in town! They put on a great show during the afternoon
around Race Rocks as they headed west
. The crew also spotted 2 humpbacks
in the area, a mother and calf, relaxing east of Constance Bank, as well as T37 and other transients off East Point
. Later in the afternoon we had some great evening sightings of K-Pod despite the chop. - Prince of Whales Whale Watch
What an afternoon with the T037
family!! These whales have been in the area for the past couple days and are obviously finding what resources they need in the waters in and around San Juan, in particular, Boundary Pass
. We saw some of the BEST displays of social behavior ... breaching, spyhopping, tail slapping, cartwheeling, even racing through the water upside down! Today was one of those high pitched squeaky "Eeekkk" (!!!!!) days, for those of you who know me well. - Heather MacIntyre
Loads of tail-slaps and breaches from the T037s
today, they were very active out by Patos Island
. The most active T's I've ever seen. - Jill Hein.
happened today near the Tacoma Narrows
bridge. - The Ikkatsu Project.
raises his or her distinctive flukes, near Fidalgo Island
(northwest of Whidbey Island). - James Gresham.
7:15 PM -
spotting of a whale or Dolphin. I assumed this was a whale. We were putting out crab pots and saw a splash and whale diving. A few minutes I saw it's fluke and at both end points of the fluke were white. Saw it 2 times. 10764 NE Broomgerrie, Bainbridge
- right in front of our house. Just swimming along. Only saw one. There were other crabbing boats out closer to it. - Maria Mason
From ferry ... It"s now on the right of the SEA-Bain ferry lane
. Sailboats are near from my point of view. Looks to be north of Bainbridge ferry terminal. - Lila Pharis
] on the ferry to Anderson Island
. Have seen porpoises before, this was much bigger than a porpoise and it had a white tip on the fin. - Bob Hines
Yay! From Emma Schmitz park we see blows of two, line of site approaching Tillicum Village
, closer to Blake Isl side northbound! - Alisa Lemire Brooks
I was able to capture several photos of the lone Humpback
as he/she traveled up Colvos Passage
from Prospect Point, Olalla & Southworth Ferry Terminal. - Katie Schmelzer.
1:54pm - One whale
just passed through Colvos Passage
heading north, wow what a sight! - Donna DiGiacomo Green
3:26 - Humpback nearing Blakely Island
, closer to the Kitsap side. - Kitsap Orca Watch
Looks like he is pointed right at Alki
. - Jamie Grundhauser
3:10 pm -
Amy Carey called to report the humpback
is now off the north end of Vashon Island
, approaching the east shoreline of Blake Island and heading north closer to the Kitsap side of the water.
3 pm -
Erik Ferrel called to report watching one humpback
breaching while he was onboard the WA State Ferry Tillicum. The humpback was just west of the Vashon Head Light
11:55 AM - Two humpbacks
spotted just off of Alki point
, looked like they were headed northeast toward Elliot bay. Haven't seen them since then. - Miles Dudley
This morning around 11:00, 1/2-1 mile south of Salmon Beach
towards east side in center of Narrows. We saw two or three whales and their spouts. Probably the same bunch we saw there yesterday. - Michael Marlatt
10:47 - Humpbacks
just passed Chambers Bay
headed South!!!!! - Glenn Hansen
We spotted a humpback around 10:45 am between Fox Island and Chambers Golf Course
. - Jay-Lisa Matties Gray
Just had a report that the one or more Humpbacks
from yesterday is still in the triangle area between Vashon, Point Defiance and Gig Harbor/Colvos
. Yay! - Amy Carey
At Lime Kiln J2, the J14s, J16s, J19s, L87, and K14s passed heading south between 2:40 and 3:30 PM
. While the K14s had been on the west side the day before, J2's group had spent a couple days up north coming down Boundary Pass and going right back up Swanson Channel. - Monika Wieland, San Juan Island
What was it I was saying about these two whales being my most photographed of the season? If J37 Hy'Shqa and J49 T'ilem I'nges
want to keep popping up right in front of me, I'm happy to keep taking their picture! Off the rocks at Lime Kiln Lighthouse
. - Monika Wieland.
12:23 - Lots of orca in Boundary Pass
, 25 boats. - Jennifer Conkie
Reports of transients off Waldron Island
came in in the late afternoon so Ken and Dave and I went out. We found them well north just about to enter the Strait of Georgia between Patos Island and Saturna's East Point
. And what perfect timing this was: Instantly they put on a show of tail slapping and leaping repeatedly near the boat. I got a perfect double leap and lots of other leaps and flashy orca displays - in gorgeous light and high speed on the video in 4K! On top of this we put down a GoPro after a calf, T037B1
, showed up in the propeller current right under us taking a jacuzzi. And sure enough it came right up to the camera several times - the first underwater shots from here. For all of us it had been a very memorable trip. - Florian Graner
Small pod of [humpbacks
] seen in Narrows apx 9-930 pm 1/2 -1 mile south of Salmon Beach
towards east side n center of Narrows. Tails n blows! Narrows south of salmon beach. The tails looks a little big for orcas and I didn't see any dorsal fins. - Michael Marlatt
6:21pm - In the Narrows
now, mid Channel from Salmon Beach
. - Melissa Bird
8 p.m. - Humpback whale at Pt Defiance
. Observed a humpback whale feeding just south of Pt. Defiance (north of The Narrows bridge). 47'17"N 122'325W. Appeared to be feeding. - Photo by Ken Dzinbal.
Humpback whale off south end of Vashon Island
. - Kelly Burns Keenan.
I believe there are two
. They're in the Narrows now near Salmon Beach
They are about a 1/2 mile East of Gig Harbor
now. Heading South. - Aaron Campbell
Just left Point Defiance-5-mile drive
. Watched the humpback for the past hour from there- just west of the Vashon ferry terminal (closer to Vashon) -kept changing direction. - Katie Schmelzer
I'm thinking she did swim there fast & is still solo as I can only see one blow at a time - slowly heading westbound near Point Defiance
roughly 1/4 mile from shore.
just spotted her swimming westbound right in front of Vashon ferry dock
. - Simon North
Now near Manzinita beach and Maury island
East bound near Browns point
. - Amy Carey
Saw one breach and blow about seven minutes ago, heading north toward Ruston
. - Danielle Vance
Off of Day Island headed North
. - Photo by Glenn Hansen.
Wow 2 lucky kayaks just had the humpbacks
pass very near as the headed north up Colvos passage
. They are heading towards Sunrise beach. - Michele Riley Campbell
OMG! Right in the ferry lane
! No words... So blessed. A dream come true.
@ Dalco Passage View Pt/5 mile drive
. Looking straight (north) into Colvos Passage. Whale headed north, mouth of Colvos Passage on Gig Harbor side
. Just one whale
viewed. Now headed toward mid-channel.
11:28 - 1st Narrows view point.
Whale headed north now. Not sure if we should move back around towards Vashon or if the whale will turn around south again.
watching from 5 mile drive. Whale is still north of Narrows Bridge
, sort of heading south very slowly. Fishing boat just north of the one humpback. When it's quiet, you can hear it breathe from time to time. So, so happy! Taking 4-5 breaths and diving with a little fluke up on the dive. - Lila Pharis
10:44 - North of Narrows
midway between Narrows and Owen beach on Gig Harbor side.
10:34 -Just north of the Narrows Bridge
on the five mile loop at Point Defiance Park I only see one but others have been watching longer than me are saying 4 to 5. They are closer to the Gig Harbor side
looks like its feeding moving slowly towards the Narrows Bridge. Only one that I see.
I'm watching them now from the five mile loop in front of the Narrows Bridge at least four of them
. - Meghan Davis
5:42am - 2+ humpbacks
spotted heading south in Colvos passage between Vashon and Point Richmond
, nearing the #6 marker right now. - Christy Robinson
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