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December 3
J27 and other J pod members tucked in close to one another for at least this part of their northbound travels up Admiralty Inlet. -James Gresham

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4:29 p.m. - They are much closer to Marrowstone than Whidbey at this point, especially the leaders.
3:45 p.m. - Visible from the south side of Lagoon Point, Whidbey Island. Mid-channel south of Marrowstone Island. From my perspective on Whidbey, they are mid channel just a bit toward the Whidbey side from the mile market buoy, between the buoy and the southern end of marrowstone. Closer too marrowstone. -Margaret Marshall

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Great afternoon with part of J Pod, J16 Slick and her daughter J50 Scarlet...The orca's passed Bush Point from around 3-4 pm with 3 of them close in. Most were mid channel and further over at Marrowstone Island side. -Marilyn Armbruster, December 3, 2016

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After one of those slightly surreal treks along Whidbey's back roads only to find the Southern Residents were always just out of sight around the bluff, we eventually caught up with the leaders in Mutiny Bay. At least five whales were together at one time, milling and tail-slapping, and not in any particular hurry. It seemed an interminable wait at Bush Point before the whales (came by, but our patience and that of fellow frozen Orca Dorks (Marilyn Armbruster and Jill Hein) was amply rewarded with three of the J16's passing close to shore. As the light faded the orcas were still heading in a northerly direction. -Sandra Pollard

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3:14 p.m. - Pod of 4-5 off old Beach Road, Mutiny Bay. -Nancy M Hnat

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3:09 p.m. - Went to south Lagoon Point beach and found them again. Still by Bush Point. -Patricia Prochaska

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2:15 p.m. - mid-channel, about 1 mile so. of Bush Pt/Whidbey side, approaching Foulweather Bluff/entrance to Hood Canal/Kitsap side (sightline), closer to Whidbey. Lots of tail lobbing, splashing and feeding behavior but still heading north at a fairly steady pace. This is Susan posting, have to go work at the Langley Whale Center soon, but what a blessing to see them in front of our ON headquarters! -Susan Berta, Orca Network

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2:04 p.m. - North bound still. Closer to the Kitsap side. South of Bush Point. Danielle Pennington

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1:44 p.m. - They just passed Double Bluff northbound. -Jean Watson Manis

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1:27 p.m. - last report from me... they're at Mutiny Bay as seen from Point No Point. Closer to Whidbey now. Island explorer is still with them. Big splashes over there.
12:48 p.m. - currently northbound between Point No Point and Useless Bay, headed toward Double Bluff. -Michelle Goll

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We spent time with J Pod group B (J11's, 17's and 22') and L87 Onyx in Admiralty Inlet today. Several of the whales made a bee line right to the boat as soon as we got on scene. We spent much of the encounter today drifting with engines off. It was great seeing them but also sad with the glaring absence of recently deceased J28 and J54. Seeing J46 Star, J28's oldest calf swimming with her aunt J35 Tahlequah was both heart warming and heart breaking. I hope Star is ok. The whales were foraging very actively and there seemed to be plenty of salmon around which is a good thing.
12:55 p.m. - The outside group are the J16's. J22's and at least J27 inside. Need confirm the rest. (Currently) Just below Point No Point.
12:46 p.m. - Confirm 2 groups. We"re moving to the western group. -James Gresham

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12:49 p.m. - Found another part of J pod off Hansville, Kitsap Peninsula. J27 Blackberry is one. -Carol Knight, December 3, 2016

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12:45 p.m. - They are definitely heading north now.
12:35 p.m. - I was watching another smaller group north of that. I haven't seen the more north group in a while. Maybe they turned south a met up. -Danielle Pennington

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12:44 p.m. - Marilyn called again with update: orcas were going north, around the point not too far out and also across the water over toward Useless Bay.
12:30 p.m. - Marilyn DeRoy called from Point no Point to report seeing 7 - 8 orcas, perhaps starting to head back south.
12:36 p.m. - Looks to be heading towards us at Point No Point. -Elyse Solitto

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12:28 p.m. - From high bluff Stamm overlook in Edmonds I could see beautiful line of at least 8-10 dorsals all southbound east of Point No Point. Pod is on Kitsap side of mid channel.
12:15 p.m. - there may be 2 groups (or just different angles). And/ or I'm Seeing a baleen whale. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network

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12:27 p.m. - Mid channel closer to Point No Point. Southbound now. J's. -James Greshamn

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12:14 a.m. - I am at Point no point and finally found them. They are south of Whidbey and seem to be slowly circling as first they were headed south and not north. Large male is still headed south. -MIchelle Goll

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12:10 p.m. - I am seeing blows mid Sound well east of where you (Danielle Pennington) dropped pin on map photo. -Alisa lemire Brooks

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12:11 p.m. - They are passing Point No Point. There is a large yellow channel marker. They are northwest of it. ...'m seeing a very large male up here north of the buoy. Must be spread out.
1:53 a.m. - This is where I am seeing them. (map indicates 1 mile southeast of Point No Point) ...Very close to the Kitsap side.
10:50 a.m. - I see them from Maxwelton beach (Whidbey) heading north. They are way on the other side. -Danielle Pennington

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9:52 a.m. - Vessel Spokane reports 12 or more Orca whales sighted. Full grown and babies. Heading Northbound to Kingston. -Donna Wharton, WS Ferries

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8:30 a.m. - Saw 2 humpbacks off the coast of Victoria, there might be one or two others as I saw what agitated to be several spouts in the distance but can't be sure. They were foraging in one area for awhile, then a tanker started up and moved their way and they moved out of there quickly. -Mariann Carrasco

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Gray whale 723, Saturday in Admiralty Inlet west of Point No Point. We were headed back to Seattle after visiting with members of J Pod when a baleen whale was spotted in the distance. It turned out to be 723 known as Lucy or Lucy-fer. 723 is a member of the Saratoga Passage gray whales, a group of about a dozen who for many years have stopped by Puget Sound in the spring for a couple months of feeding in the waters of Saratoga Passage and Possession Sound while on their northward migration. For whatever reason it appears that 723 decided to stick around this year as he has occasionally been sighted all through this past summer and fall. Here he is surprising us by surfacing right at the bow of Island Explorer 3. -James Gresham, December 3, 2016

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12:15 p.m. - there may be 2 groups (or just different angles). And/ or I'm seeing a baleen whale. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network
December 2

2:20 p.m. - 5 or 6 orcas seen off Alki, including at least one male, reported by Donna Sandstrom.

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We saw 5-6 at 1:40pm heading Soutbound with very long diving times. Large fin, and very small fin involved. Mid-channel at buoy (at Alki point). -Kersti Muul

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10:25 am -At least 4 loosely spread, east side of channel passing by Shilshole Marina still southbound steady clip. Mom/calf, 2 females (or young male), and possible sprouter male. Seas fairly choppy. Too far for ID, every possibility there are more spread that I cannot see. I need to leave.
10:12 a.m. - Moved to Golden Gardens in north Seattle and just spotted fins of at least 2 traveling swiftly on the eastern side of the Sound 1/4 mile off green buoy, line of site mid Port Madison. Still Southbound.
9:30 a.m. - from Richmond Beach Saltwater Park. 2-3 on still on east side of channel, passing southbound still fast clip out from Richmond Beach.
9:08 a.m. - 2 traveling Southbound at good clip off Kayu Kayu AC Park north Richmond Beach in Shoreline. East side of channel. Limited visibilty due to rain. -Alisa Lemire Brooks

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8:53 a.m. - Still have one orca drifting slowly north, off 2nd bldg to the south, at PT Edwards.
8:38 a.m. - Two orca midchannel off Point Edwards slightly closer to Edmonds side. -Dave Golner

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Another update from Edmonds Kingston ferry crossing, 8:10 am from John Scordino, of a female and two juveniles seen on the west side of the crossing. He noted they have open saddle patches which means we have Resident orcas!

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8:15 a.m. - WSF Master aboard the SPOKANE reports sighting of 1/2 dozen southbound orcas when approaching the Kingston dock. -Donna Wharton
December 1

How fun to be on the ferry with a bunch of folks heading to the big event tomorrow and have the ferry captain get on the PA and tell us we had some whales in front of the ferry. Saw between 8-9 Unidentified orcas just off the Anacortes ferry terminal in mid-Rosario, southbound. 2 big males. 3 breaches, but we never got close enough to be able to get any IDs. -John Boyd (JB)

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10-12 orca southbound off Reef Pt. in Rosario Strait. -Marie Waterman, WS Ferries

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On our way to Sydney, today, we saw a group of about 10 Dall's porpoise cavorting in a bay off San Juan island opposite Spieden Island. -Mariann Carrasco
November 30

November 28 & 30 - Ken Balcomb relayed a report that 35 or so whales were up off Comox, BC on Monday 28 November, and photos were taken. Js were visually recognized and CWR will look at all of the photos to see if Ks were there also. They were off Eagle Point, San Juan Island, at 1525 this afternoon (30th) very spread, and apparently south of Seabird in the eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca at dark. >
November 29

November 28

9:57 a.m. - Puget Sound - Bigg's killer whales (Transient - Just saw them off the Edmonds Kingston ferry. Mid channel heading north. Looked like 6. -Beth Uri

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9:00 a.m. - Whales off President Point, Kitsap, south of Kingston, heading north. At least three, maybe 6. West of mid channel. -Joanne Graves

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Monday afternoon 5 Orcas (including adult male) - Bigg's killer whales (Transients) were spotted heading north past East Beach County Park on Marrowstone Island. Lots of activity: playing, possibly feeding (diving) splashing and hitting tail against water. Traveling north. Also looked like a very young (baby) was swimming next to momma? -Patricia Ivers

November 27

One of the several Bigg's/Transient who entered Elliot Bay breaches in front of Alexander Calder's 'The Eagle' located at the Seattle Art Museum's Olympic Sculpture Park, downtown Seattle waterfront. Taken from Alki Ave, West Seattle. -Kersti E Muul  

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Saw an orca all the way down by PSNS (Puget Sound Naval Station, Sinclair Inlet, Bremerton  1:15 and again at 1:45 right after the Port Orchard Marina. First sighting headed towards Gorst while we were driving to the ferry and second sighting headed back towards shipyard as we were driving home. Seemed to be just the one that we saw. -Dan Jones

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The T137s came up from south Puget Sound while the T37As and T99s were coming from the north.All pods met up around downtown Seattle. Post meet up all pods eventually all began a southbound journey. Matriarch T137 (born 1983) off Alki Point, West Seattle in choppy seas and an approaching rain squall. Her offspring not far away. (ID confirmation by Sara Hysong-ShimazuThey went into Elliot Bay and made a catch/kill. Then milled and eventually headed south very quickly, rounding Alki point and then disappearing when the squall started and i went home. -Kersti E Muul

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1:39 p.m. - All 3 pods have joined. Southbound off Alki.
1:36 p.m. - 99's and 37A's off Alki southbound. 137's approaching Alki northbound.
-James Gresham
1:29 p.m. - Leaving Elliot Bay. Headed to Alki.
12:49 p.m. - Mid Elliot Bay headed towards the waterfront.
12:25 p.m. - Headed into Elliot Bay. Magnolia side.
12:18 p.m. - Passing Magnolia. They may go into Elliot Bay.
Still southbound. -James Gresham
11:47 a.m. - 4-5 moving rapidly south. Magnolia Point. Per Michael Colahan of Island Adventures, T99's and others.
11:41 a.m. - Off Ballard locks. East side headed south. No ID yet

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12:05 p.m. - 8+ T99's orcas between Elliott Bay and Bainbridge Island. -Jamie D Bohan

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10:52 a.m. - I'm at Richmond Beach and can see at least two to the South. They seem to be staying in the same area . No real movement. (as of 11:06 a.m.) -R Michael Stout

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We were cruising south and saw orcas heading south off of Richmond Beach around 9am. -Bryan Burpee

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8:09 AM - Maia of WS Ferries reports 4-6 orcas heading south in the southbound traffic lane seen from the Kingston-Edmonds ferry.

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1:30-2:15 p.m. - South Puget Sound - Small pod of orcas in Commencement Bay, I'm in Old Town looking north east. They're just swimming in the same area. (Note: this pod was seen the same time T137s were northbound meeting up with southbound North Puget Sound group - ALB) -Corey Long

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12:50 - Maia of WS Ferries reports a small pod heading north off the Fauntleroy ferry dock.

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9:15 a.m - Orcas at the bottom of Maury island, traveling east toward Dash Point. -Ronda Walters

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9:15 - rapidly moving east along Vashon Island side may head towards Maury Island. -Bill Clogston

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9:00 a.m. - They changed direction and are headed West, south of Vashon
8:55 a.m. - They are headed North on the south tip of Vashon. West side of island.
-Caleb Ambideckstriks
8:10 a.m. - Saw 3 or 4 orcas headed north under Tacoma Narrows bridge.

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8:54 a.m. - I see them mid channel Dalco Passage.
8:42 a.m. - Right off Point Defiance, northbound, 2 boats trailing. -Michele Riley Campbell

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8:52 a.m. - Passing Owen Beach, they just circled around. -Cathy Baker

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Saw a pod in the Narrows this morning headed north toward Pt. Defiance. At least 2 calves & 2 or 3 adults. -Sue Walla

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  Small pod (2-4 animals, at least one male) off of Port Townsend - Admiralty Inlet - at 1256 (on the west side of the lanes), seen in the distance from the Victoria Clipper IV. I believe heading south, but mostly milling. -James Greenway

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8:30 a.m. - Georgia Strait - This morning three orcas off Lion Islet / Galiano Island. One large dorsal fin, two smaller ones. Three travelling south east toward Active Pass. -Sarah Tweedale

November 26

11:00 a.m. - North Puget Sound Penn Cove - Sighting 5-6 orcas. Small pod, one male, 4-5 females and one baby came in and out of Penn Cove on 11/25 and 26. Passed through at least three times. Traveling and feeding. -Elena Wagner, November 26, 2016
("The male looks like T49A1", Dave Ellifrit, Center for Whale Research

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South Puget Sound - I watched them for about an hour in Case Inlet south of Herron Island, between 3:30 & 4:30pm, trending south. Not in a hurry, diving for 1-2 minutes at a time, with some changes in direction. There were at least 4 of them: one male and 3 likely females or juveniles. Unfortunately, they were being shadowed by a jet ski, who was much too close. Will post some (distant) pictures later. -Dave Berliner

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4:10 p.m. - Orca's right now - approximately 3/4 mile off Herron Island (bearing 195 degrees off the most southern point of Herron Island - moving slowly Southeast- one male and one female. Could be more, hard to tell. -Karen Dorans

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4:20 p.m. - Off of Herron Island & definitely feeding.
3:28 p.m. - Located them between Harstine and Herron Islands
! -Mia Bosetti, November 26, 2016 

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Shortly after 3:00 p.m. - From Harstine Island looking at Herron Island with ferry in background. -Jerilyn Evans

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3:15 PM - the orcas were between Herron and Harstine Islands.
2:56 p.m. - I just saw them again heading south off the eastern side of Harstine Island. I saw them in Case Inlet at the Northern Point of the Island. We counted four orcas. They went southeast towards Key Peninsula, on the part of it that is south of Herron Island.
11:24 a.m. - Seeing them from Pickering Passage looking South. They are northbound. Watching from Harstine Island Bridge. -Connor O'Brien

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9:44 a.m. - A single orca (female or young male) just spotted in Hammersley Inlet near Millers Point headed east. Surfaced three times. -Glenda Palmer

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9:30 a.m. - Krissie Carl relayed report: We have a report of two Orcas in Shelton Washington. They were seen leaving Oakland Bay through Hammersly Inlet. Reported by Mary McLaughlin.

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8:50 a.m. - a group of 4-5 individuals, one very large male, several females and juveniles and maybe a fairly young whale were swimming close together. The group swam back and forth from the gravel bath to the log staging area several times then dawn back out Hammersley about 9:15. Possibly hunting seals and sea lions. No clear photos unfortunately. (Hammersley Inlet, South Puget Sound, Shelton, WA) -Donna Squires

November 25

...At 1218, with 'Big Eyes' I saw distant whales in mid-Haro Strait heading south very spread out and taking long dives. They acted like Transients I thought to myself, but at 1237 a distant male appeared with an open saddle! J26!...See more photos and read full summary report at CWR Encounter 122. -Ken Balcomb, Center for Whale Research

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Distant whales are always better than no whales, especially this time of year! That's K21 Cappuccino heading down the middle of Haro Strait this afternoon, with stunning clouds and the Olympic Mountains behind him. 2:50 p.m. - Looks like they could be heading for Puget Sound!
2:30 p.m. - Some at Land Bank close, most far. Actually veering off before getting to Land Bank. Seeing J22s, J17s, K21. -Monika Wieland Shields

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3:15 p.m. -  hearing several distant S1 calls.
2:53 p.m. -  hearing more calls.
2:25p.m. - loud echolocation.
Calls a bit distant S4 calls. Sounded like S3 calls few minutes ago.
2:00 p.m. - Resident S1 calls (J pod) and echolocation now much more frequent and getting louder on Lime Kiln.
1:53 p.m. -  Start hearing faint echolocation and one call on Lime Kiln hydrophone.
11:20 a.m. - Hearing distant faint vocals on Orca Sound hydrophone. -Alisa Lemire Brooks 

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11:58 a.m. - I just received another report of 6 to 8 orca ½ mile north of James Island.  They are west bound towards Thatcher Pass and there is at least 1 juvenile in the group. -Marie Waterman, WSF
10:55 a.m. - 10 orca were seen lingering off south side of Mandarte Island. Not really traveling anywhere. Reported to be quite surface active. (Mandarte Island is north Haro Strait, north of Sidney Island, BC)

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Bigg's killer whales (Transients) - North Puget Sound - Of all the years I've been here, I've never seen an Orca in the wild. I carry my camera everywhere I go just in case I hear of a report of whales. I got a text from a friend and left my company and the end of the Apple Cup. Grabbed my camera and son and rushed out the door! We were able to follow 5 Orcas from Penn Cove down to Monroe Landing. My pictures aren't perfect, but the experience was amazing. Just listening to my son's adorable screams of excitement and pure joy made the whole experience just wonderful. I am so happy that they have finally returned to our beautiful island and I hope they continue to do so. I will never tire of their beauty and will run out the door every chance I can to see them. -Cynthia Vick Allen

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7:07 p.m. - That was just epic... they sauntered in Penn Cove until the sunset, then they went close to the Oak Harbor side as they left and the whole air reverberated with their blows... I had chills. -Michelle Booker

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4:28 p.m. - They are here now looks like a small family. Playing by the pier. -Kelly Melton

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4:20 p.m. - We saw them, 3 dorsal fins at the Penn Cove mussel wharf, which is just below us. -Cindi Marlin Stoll

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1:03 pm - Four orcas in Penn Cove. One male, one female, a calf (tail-lobbing) and one other, seen roughly opposite the Coupeville Wharf on the Oak Harbor side heading north toward Oak Harbor. -Bryce Gradert

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3:41 p.m. - South Puget Sound - travelling south through Drayton Passage, hugging shore of the peninsula south of Longbranch.
3:13 p.m. -  4-5 orcas, 2 big males heading west hugging the south shore of McNeil island, seen from Yomen point at north end of Anderson island. Slow and steady pace. Mom T137 - South Puget Sound - She and her family as they headed west between McNeil and Anderson Islands, hugging McNeil shore. -Belen Bilgic Schneider

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2:43 p.m. - Heading towards Eagle Is, south of McNeil. Confirmed 4 orcas.
2:17 p.m. - 1 male, 2 female near McNeil Island
. -Andrew Malinak, November 25, 2016 

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1:58 p.m. - We're watching them from Fox Island. The are milling about at the south end of McNeil Island. No direction yet. The Island Explorer 3 is with them. Looks to be 3-4 orca including one male. -Kelly Lauricella

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11:13 a.m - Moving past Kopachuck State Park, southbound...out of my sight for now, looking for stragglers. Nice to see them at home, working for WSF I see them at work...rare sight from here!!! 
11:00 a.m. - Update...at least two orcas moving south, just passed tip of Dead man's (Cutts) island. Spotted with binoculars, one female for sure. -Waye McFarland

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11:00 a.m. - We saw them heading out south also, we saw one big tail flap too. Still keeping an eye out to see if they come back towards Minter Creek. -Ann Mae Anderson

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9:34 a.m. - We spotted three Orcas in south sound, in Carr Inlet, between Cutts Island and Minter Creek. Really fun to watch! From Cutts Island they were heading across the water, north? towards Minter Creek. (Cutts Island is the little island off Kopachuck State Park). -Mary Hurlbert Settle

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South Puget Sound - GRAPHIC but stunning image of a member of the T137's with a Harbor seal tells just part of the story of their time spent in Carr Inlet, South Puget Sound this day. -Michael Colahan

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  3:40 p.m. - Humpback whales - Just saw fin and fluke from the starboard side of the 3:40 ferry from Point Defiance to Vashon. Near the Tacoma Yacht Club. -Andrew Casad

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Humpback off Point Ruston this afternoon taken about 3:30pm. -Jami Rouse Nagel, November 25, 2016 

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3:27 p.m. - Circling back to Point Ruston.
3:17 p.m. - Just surfaced by the Point Ruston boat.
2:47 p.m. Humpback whale fluke, Point Ruston, Tacoma
. -Erin Rooks

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2:34 p.m. - Humpback whale right off Point Ruston. Near theater. Tons of folks watching. Very close to shore!! -Ryan Rooks

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2:22 p.m. - Whale (Humpback I believe) down near Point Defiance looked like it was going east up Owens Beach but it might have headed up the Colvos. I saw a dorsal fin but it did not seem quite as big as the humpback I had seen a few weeks ago. Only saw it rise a couple times and then didn't see it again. -Andrew Potter Maul

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2:20 p.m. - Towards the ferry I haven't seen him surface and I've been out here for 35 min. I think he's left. Some people said there was another right in front of the ferry the one I saw was right by Owens beach. None had been spotted again
1:58 p.m. - Just saw a humpback right off Owens beach did a deep dive not to far off shore area. -Ashley Arciniega-Luu

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  1400 - Saw what appears to be a juvenile humpback based size breach multiple times just off shore across from the park at point Ruston in Tacoma. Tail flukes were small. Animal started swimming towards commencement bay/foss water way. Ruston/Point Ruston. (Well documented, including photos,  as humpback in our November 25th Sighting Report - ALB) -Chris Castano  

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Saw about 5 of these guys (dolphins) off Titlow Beach around 1:55 this afternoon. One with a definite hook at the tip of its dorsal fin. -Jill Clogston, November 25, 2016

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2:41 p.m. - Tons more of them (Harbor porpoise) heading through the Tacoma Narrows. Just saw at least 30 off Chambers Bay. -Eldridge Eldridge

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6 to 8 very active porpoise off of Gold Beach on Vashon Island at about 2:30 p.m today. -Kirsten Miller

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DOLPHIN OR PORPOISE: One large Porpoise / Dolphin traveling south in the Hood Canal on the west side of the canal. Spotted just north of Lilliwaup at approx. 9:40am Fri. Nov. 25th. Anyone else see it? -Jeni Gray  

November 24

Penn Cove - Late last night (24th) the Surf was rough and it was very windy but I'm sure I saw one (orca). Yes it was to the right of the dock/pier just past a crab buoy. Maybe around 8:30 pm. -Kelly Melton

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2:20 p.m. - Orca Sighting Penn Cove.  5 orcas  (including 1 adult male). The Orcas swam right past, going toward the Captain Whidbey Inn. After about half an hour they swam back toward Monroe Landing. -Joy Thompson

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Orca sighting 11/24/16 at 3:30 Discovery Bay. To the best of our limited knowledge there were 5 Orcas (Large adult with baby, another adult and two juvenile sized whales) that appeared to be eating in Discovery Bay. There were many Sea Gulls while they circled and ate. We watched from our condo at Worldmark Discovery Bay (Orcas Dr, Port Townsend). After eating there were multiple breaches by the juveniles celebrating there feast. They then slowly made their way to the north toward the sound. -Tom Miller

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  3:30 (Thanksgiving) - Unidentified baleen whales - I saw a single whale blow in north Budd/Eld inlets heading toward Squaxin Island. It was pouring rain and getting dark so I never saw another blow. Tall blow. Drifted north as the wind was blowing from the south. Did not see a 'dorsal' as in orca. -Kim Merriman

November 23

Transients on Lime Kiln hydrophone. 7:35 AM. -James Gresham

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0639 - Clear T calls on Lime Kiln hydrophones. -Ken Balcomb

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  2:15 - Robert Lyden phoned in an indirect report of "two whales" east of Anderson Island in south Puget Sound. Possibly humpbacks?

November 22

Transient male (probably T137A) launching into full breach while exiting Saratoga Passage into Possession Sound. As seen from bluffs above Sandy Point, Whidbey Island. -Marilyn Armbruster

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    I took some incredible photos of T137s today...first time I have captured a breach. it took my breathe away. I love watching orcas from shore, something about it, it's just so natural... first saw them from across the street as it looked like they came as far north to Baby Island and turned around again to go back south to Langley.... around 11:45 am. they showed up out here. Then I couldn't stand it, had to follow them to Langley where I lost track of them after hitting up Sandy Point, but I was surely orca blessed today...with some orca healing.
1:10 p.m. - They have passed Sandy Point and are heading towards Clinton.
12:40 p.m. - Orcas nearing Langley heading southeast mid channel
. -Marilyn Armbruster

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10:45 p.m. - 4 off Langley, headed north, closer to Whidbey side. -Brian Berry

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9:38 a.m. - orcas right in front of Clinton ferry dock. I only saw two, but suspect it the same T's from yesterday? No real direction, but appeared to be angling toward Saratoga. -Dori Dace

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9:30 a.m. - Fred Lundahl reports seeing a small pod of orcas in the Mukilteo-Clinton ferry lane, just lollygagging, no direction of travel.

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WA State Ferries reports seeing 2 orcas, one an adult male, in the Clinton ferry lane at 9 AM.

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2:00 p.m. - Saw two whales surfacing just about 75-100 yards off of Browns Point Lighthouse Park in Tacoma around 2 pm today. They were either humpbacks or grays, we didn't get a good enough glimpse to know for sure. They seemed to be hanging around but slowly heading south! Made our day! -Sophi Perkins

November 21

  2:30-4:00 p.m. - Sighting in Holmes Harbor. One large male, two smaller adults, and a very young Orca came around Baby Island about 2:30 PM. Swam south toward Beverly Beach and then crossed to the west side of the harbor and continued south all the way to Freeland. They then turned north and swam back up the east side of the harbor....swam rapidly until they were south of Beverly Beach...They stopped and appeared to be feeding just south of Beverly Beach for about 30 minutes. Towards 4 PM they headed north again and left the harbor. -Randy Weisz

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3:30 p.m. - Pod of 4 or 5 Orcas (including adult male) in Holmes Harbor sighted at 3:30pm midway between Nichols Boatshop and Beverly Beach I. -Cheryl Weisz

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T137A southbound just north of Cama Beach State Park as seen from across Saratoga Passage at Hidden Beach, Whidbey Island. The other three members of his family (mom T137 & younger siblings T137B &T137D) were present as well. -Richard Snowberger, November 21, 2016 

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2:03 p.m. - Yes...been watching them between Baby Island and Greenbank heading south into Holmes Harbor, -Marilyn Armbruster

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1:42 p.m. - south of Hidden Beach possibly headed towards Baby Island.
12:47 p.m. -  south of Shangri La
and have made a turn west almost directly toward Whidbey. Headed SW direction. 5 minute down times.
12:41 p.m. - quickly southbound past Shangri La, west of mid channel. -Rachel Haight

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12:45 p.m. - These guys are very elusive, now southbound east of Race Lagoon, closer to Camano,. At least 3, possibly 4 whales. They did NOT go into Penn Cove ... -Jill Hein

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12:39 p.m. - They def are T's...lost them again..
12:25 p.m. - Orcas are just south of Harrington Lagoon south of Coupeville, Whidbey island heading south, mid channel or so, possibly closer to Whidbey side.
12:03 p.m. - I'm now above Long Point high bluff and they are mid channel near green channel marker looking like they changed directions south. Can't say for sure.
11:40 a.m. - I'm at Long Point, Whidbey just south of Coupeville and barely see them due east and to me looks further towards Camano side near green channel marker northerly direction. -Marilyn Armbruster

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Just spotted them at 11:00am headed north just off Snatelum point. -Jessica Gebauer

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10:20 a.m. - They're north of Harrington Lagoon, could possibly be going into Penn Cove. -Jill Hein

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9:45 a.m. - There are three orcas (big, medium, and small) hanging out about 7 miles south of Coupeville in Saratoga Passage. Great start to the day!! -Fran Farley Kendell

November 20

  2:15 p.m. - Orca's!! Heading north past Fox Spit. 4 adults and a baby. -Heather Roth

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2:05 p.m. - We found them off East Point, Whidbey (Fox Spit area). T137's we believe. -Scott Jacobson

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1 male and 2 female orcas spotted from 11:30am Clinton departure aboard WSF. Traveling north and making good time. -Jeff Dodd

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  Not even two minutes after we passed Possession point we encountered a gray whale, and not just any gray whale but #723 Lucy!!! -Excerpt from Island Adventures Blog Encounter Report

November 19

  11:47 a.m. - Two whales mid channel between Seattle and Bainbridge Island heading north. I would say they are orcas because of how fast they are moving and blowing. Living a life dream because I can report a sighting to Orca Network. -Mary Freiburger

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Spent some time with Humpbacks in Swanson Channel near Prevost Island. -Sara Hysong-Shimazu

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Dall's porpoise bow riding in Boundary Pass, just north of Stuart Island.  -Sara Hysong-Shimazu,

November 18



November 17

  11:40 - Unidentified baleen whale - WA State Ferries reports seeing the flukes of either a gray whale or a humpback about mile east of Point Caution, just outside Friday Harbor in San Juan Channel, heading north.

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  T122, T046, and T46E south of Constance Bank in the afternoon. -Mark Malleson 

November 16

Ken Balcomb relaying a report of J pod and K pod heading west out the Strait of Juan de Fuca past Sheringham BC about midday.

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Hello from Henry Island! I so enjoy your updates weekly! Thank you! Is this the right place to report whale sightings? If so my husband and I saw at least 6 humpback whales off Spieden island on Wednesday November 16th at 12:30 pm. We were on our way to Roche Harbor when we saw them blow. We went to investigate and was amazed to see at least 6 humpback feeding over there and by Davidson Head. We lived in Maui for years so had no problem recognizing them. Stunning! Thank you again for your wonderful newsletters! -Dana zia  

November 15

3:11 p.m. - 3 breaches in past 2 minutes. They are getting closer.
3:06 p.m. - 6 spotted from fort Casey still very south. 2 closer to Whidbey side most mid channel. Can't say for sure (if still northbound)  been here about a half hour and seem to be in same general area. They haved moved north but not by much and not steadily. -Brandon Anderson

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2:45 - 3:00 watched them from the ferry to Port Townsend. Still pretty far south, but seemed to be finally north of Lagoon. Would say a few are closer to Whidbey, but most are east side of mid-channel. Slowly trending north, but lots of circling and hopefully feeding.
2:09 p.m. - From Fort Casey, they are too far south to be sure, but it seems like they are further away, like they are southbound now. Maybe just milling and feeding. They appear to be between Lagoon, Bush and Marrowstone. -Connie Bickerton

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1:22 p.m. - just saw orcas from my house!! So closer to Whidbey side passing Lagoon Point headed north. -Patricia Prochaska

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12:50 p.m. - They have left Lagoon point heading north along shoreline.
12:25 p.m. - More than 3 orcas in front of jetty at Lagoon point foraging. One large male. There are fish here!
12:15 p.m. - Midchannel Lagoon Point. -Paula Ratcliff

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12 Noon - 3 whales have passed Bush Point. Two more in sight but further over other side. Still heading north. -Sandra Pollard

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12 Noon - Kit Turner at Lagoon Point, Whidbey Island, sees two orcas, one trailing the other, just south of Lagoon Point, mid-channel or slightly on the Marrowstone Island side.

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11:58 a.m. - they are way on Kitsap side across from Lagoon Point, somewhere more mid-channel. Saw a breach. -Patricia Prochaska

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11:54 a.m. - I'm at Bush Point (BP), have seen 2 male orca, one has passed BP and another just passed close to BP heading north. Breaching and slapping too. Here comes a 3rd. -Marilyn Armbruster

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11:45: Ann Linnea called in a report from friends on the beach near Bush Pt, they were seeing orca near the Bush Pt. Lighthouse, closer to the Marrowstone side of the Inlet. They had earlier also observed large numbers of Harbor Porpoise heading south.

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We saw one male heading north, and one, possibly two, females doing some concentrated foraging a mile south of Bush Point, with multiple lunges and direction changes, from about 11:30 - 11:45. -Susan Berta, Orca Network

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11:32 - Elsa Leavitt is seeing one male and a female, spread apart just south of Bush Point.

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11:22 a.m. - They're very spread out across Admiralty Inlet, still moving steadily north. -Howard Garrett, Orca Network

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11:00 a.m. - At least two orcas including one male are heading north in Admiralty Inlet right now, between Mutiny Bay and Foulweather Bluff, possibly mid-channel. -Sandra Pollard

November 14

  5:00 p.m. - Mark Mallard of WADFW called to report about 10-12 orcas in two groups heading north between Point No Point, Kitsap and Useless Bay, Whidbey

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4:52 p.m. - I left Possession. They're still south end Whidbey stationary. -Debbie Stewart

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3:45 p.m. - three whales passed Possession marker heading towards Mukilteo.
3:35 p.m. - Some turned behind Noaa. Boat and may have turned again. Seeing two whales heading east near Possession Point.
3:00 p.m. -  Some whales have turned round.
2:25 p.m. -  Blows Kitsap side seen from Cultus Bay, heading north. -Sandra Pollard

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At about 1400 I sighted two groups of Orcas north of the ferry apparently feeding and moving north.  Just before arriving in Kingston, the P.A. announced that there were more Orcas visible to the south. -Chris Jones, Port Townsend

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2:00 p.m. -  I just got a call from a friend who was on the Kingston ferry. He saw a large pod of at least 8 Orcas blowing. Also a large male and a female with a very small baby along her side. It looked very small...possibly a newborn calf? -Jann Clare

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2:53 p.m. - There's a three Orcas about a mile south of Eglon Beach (Kitsap) headed north right now. -Melissa Peterson

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2:50 p.m. - At least dozen visible holding slow line northbound towards south end Whidbey, directionally towards Cultus Bay (not Admiralty). Slow moving pods...mostly still spread out. I need to leave.
2:20 - dozen plus more orcas spread mid channel from Eglon, Kitsap/Edmonds and north to triangle of Point No Point/ South Whidbey/Edmonds. All still trending slowly northbound.
2:10 p.m. - the group off Edmonds has angled NW directionally towards Admiralty Inlet, middle of the channel few miles south of Possession Point, South Whidbey with NOAA boat nearby collecting fecal samples. Still hard to say which way they'll commit at least for this group.
1:45 p.m. -  At least 8-10 just 1/2-1 mile off Edmonds. North of ferry dock northbound loosely spread, as seen from Sunset Ave, Edmonds (northside of ferry dock). -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network

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1:40 p.m. - Most are past Edmonds ferry now with one group out in front, mid-channel moving north. Other group further back towards the east side. K21 Cappucino passes by Apple Cove Point, north of the Kingston ferry. -Sara Frey, November 14, 2016 
(ID by Alisa LB, confirmed by Sara Hysong-Shimazu)

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Nice treat to see part of the group of orcas heading north in Puget Sound as they passed around the 1:30 Kingston to Edmonds ferry. Kudos to the captain who slowed the boat and coasted across the sound! Always fun to see the little ones! -Sue Surowiec Larkin, November 14, 2016 

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I was kayaking off Pt Edwards / Marina Beach, Edmonds when these guys showed up. No confirmed IDs here as the sun glare was covering up the saddle patches. -Ariel Yseth, November 14, 2016

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2nd day of Js & Ks passing northbound Puget Sound.  From shore in North Edmonds. -Stu Davidson, November 14, 2016 

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1:10 p.m. - from Edmonds Marina Beach see several blows very close to Point Wells, Woodway side coming north. Others still northbound spread across channel in 1-2s mostly with some groups of 3-4s. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network

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12:45 p.m. - Just spotted about 7-10 at the location shown on the map (east side of channel between Point Wells, Woodway & Edmonds Marina Beach) headed northbound. We sighted them from our Airlift-6 helicopter as we flew overhead. -Steve Nelson

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12:30 p.m. - Steady stream northbound. Leaders reaching Kingston (west)/Point Wells (east). Orcas spread across channel and N/S trailers still coming up from Richmond Beach and Jefferson Head, Indianola. Mom and calf close to Richmond Beach with another female foraging while male out from them just west.
Noon - leaders with adult male west of mid channel north of Jefferson Head, Indianola with smaller research boat... No other boats around save for 2 southbound incidentals. As viewed from Kayu Kayu Ac park, Shoreline. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network

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12:15 p.m. - still passing Carkeek spread out mid channel headed N slowly.
11:52 a.m. - moving North past Carkeek, midchannel. -Steve Smith

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12:12 p.m. - northern most whales are just south of Point Wells. Group of two are north and west of channel marker. another group just south and west of channel marker. others farther east and south.
11:52 a.m. - two small boats: one a zodiac, the looks like a canoe with a motor. Some whales may be on midchannel on Seattle side; saw some fins east of Jefferson Point. -Joanne Graves

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12:00 noon - Large, spread out pod of orcas mid-channel heading North near President Point mid-channel buoy. -Ben Blankenship

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11:30 a.m. - what I think are leaders are mid Port Madison spread mid channel to west of...small groups and fewer. Nice larger group 1/2 mile to rear mid channel. Another group east of mid channel another 1/4 mile back. All steady northbound travel mode. Seas are calm but ruffled. Two research boats I believe...NOAA RIB currently mid channel and north, 2nd research skiff west of them to the south.
11:20 a.m. - from Carkeek seeing several spread across channel out from Shilshole and Faye Bainbridge park. Nice group surfacing around
NOAA research boat with 2 adult males. Steady northbound. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network

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11:10 a.m. - A couple blows and a tail seen from above Golden Gardens, on Bainbridge side of channel, just south of port Madison. -Stephen Sommerfield

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11:00 a.m. - Saw 5 orcas between Golden Gardens and Carkeek Park maybe 300-400 yards out.... (traveling northwest?). -Beverly Tice-Deering

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11:00 a.m. - Several approaching tip of Bainbridge. Mid channel heading north
10:53 a.m. - I'm at Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center in Discovery Park. I see one traveling north past tip of Bainbridge island. -Alan Sim

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  10:44 a.m. - Heading north of Murden Cove (Bainbridge) hugging the shoreline. -Josh Jensen

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10:04 a.m. - Passengers watching from the WS Ferry M/V Walla Walla - Bremerton/Seattle run. -Gary Jones, November 14, 2016 

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10:00 a.m. - Watching from Bainbridge at Old Creosote, seeing several spread out, seem to be mid channel from my view point. They are between Seattle & Bainbridge Island. (near ferry lanes). -Kimberly Sylvester-Malzahn

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10:00 a.m. - Orcas off Magnolia Bluff, at least 5 orcas heading north. -Dean Sleeper

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9:39 a.m. - 2 south of Bainbridge near red buoy. Heading north I think.
9:28 a.m. - I'm in Magnolia and can see a couple of orca heading south towards Blake island. -Alan Sim

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9:25 a.m. - They are all in Bainbridge ferry lane lots of breaching tail lobbing heading north. J-Pod and K-pod seen. -Kersti Muul

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9:25 a.m. - Bremerton ferry passengers getting good view. Ferry is stopped south of Bainbridge. -Jason Lee Bell

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9:20 a.m. -  Orcas in front of Bremerton ferry. Traveling north from West Seattle. -Joanna Baas

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9:15 a.m. - North of Blake island, maybe midchannel...Surfacing occasionally and slowly going north (for the moment). -Krista Larson Billinghurst

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8:30 a.m. - Kersti Muul has them spread from Fauntleroy to North tip of Blake Island on west side of channel, northbound. Watching from Lincoln park. -Whitney Neugebauer

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8:30 a.m. - Resident pod traveling north , directly off Lincoln Park. Go to Alki Constellation park to see. -Martin Moore

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Orcas seen from water taxi at 8:20 between N Vashon and Fauntleroy. No direction discernible. -Andrew Casad

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8:00 a.m. - saw a large splash as from a breach east of midchannel due west of Constellation Park (Southside Alki Point, West Seattle) as I was driving. This was before seeing this report and I was in a hurry to get home so I chalked it up to imagination after a brief stop with no further sighting. My impression was it was heading south but I am not certain having only seen the splash. -Jason Lee Bell

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7:15 a.m. - Just got a report from a friend of orcas near the Fauntleroy Ferry in West Seattle. No direction established but they think they came from the North. Reported both in and North of ferry. -Amy Carey

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Bigg's killer whales (Transients) T060's off Trial Island. -Mark Malleson 

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10:00 a.m. - Orca Sighting. We saw the black fin of a single whale traveling from the Nanaimo Rocky Point coastal area going west out towards the Winchelsea Island area. Looked like was traveling slowly alone. -Joanne Porter

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Have been watching these two humpbacks hanging out at Mouat Point on Pender Island this morning. Saw one humpback here yesterday.  (Salt Spring Island in background) -Barb & Keith Floyd

November 13

"K37 being very handsome and sprouting." Having spent the afternoon foraging & traveling northbound up Possession Sound and coming back down in resting lines, the pods woke up just north of Possession Point. -Dori Dace
("K37" ID by Melisa Pinnow, Center for Whale Research

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4:15 p.m. - Hi we were able to spot some orcas or what we thought were orcas while flying into SeaTac a few minutes ago. They were just north of Blake island. -Sophia Musik 

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3:58 p.m. - And now they are heading south again. Back in front of Possession Point.
3:43 p.m. - They've turned again and heading north toward ferry lanes. Amazing! So active! So many breaches today while watching from shore at Possession Beach on Whidbey Island. -Dori Dace

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Tight group of Southern Resident orcas in a resting line battling strong winds and seas off Possession Park, Whidbey Island. -Sandra Pollard

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3:30 p.m. - Beautiful beautiful resting lines. Pods are grouped togther in a big beautiful tight resting line with at least 3 little ones and one sub pod of 4 just few hundred yards ahead. They kept a steady slow sleepy pace (with occasional tail slaps) down the Sound and are now West of mid channel south of Glendale, Whidbeyheading towards Possession Point. That's where I must leave and take my eyes off them. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network
2:30-3:30 - Js & Ks in beatufiul tightly group resting line now southbound in Possession Sound as filmed from the shores and bluffs of Mukilteo. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network

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Starting about 3:15p.m. watched about 10 orcas about at mid channel or so as they passed the Glendale area south of Clinton and north of Possession Pt. Whidbey Island, directional travel was heading south. With my 2 pals Sandra Pollard and Dick Snowberger. -Marilyn Armbruster

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2:45 p.m. - Watching from Mukilteo large group of 15-20 south of ferry lanes steady southbound, group more west of mid channel with some individuals close but further east and ahead. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network

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2:45 p.m. - Pod of Orcas near the Clinton/ Mukilteo Ferry. They were generally headed south, on the Clinton side. It was hard to tell how many there were, it's pretty choppy. They were traveling slow. I saw at least a couple males, females and I believe at least one little one. I couldn't tell if it was one large pod that was separated or if they were circling, possibly feeding. They were having no troubles navigating between the ferries and would sneak pretty close to the side of us! -Michelle Booker

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2:23 p.m. - Island Explorer now departing orcas, J and K pod members still slowly north bound on east side of Whidbey slowing approaching Clinton-mukilteo ferry docks spread back to Possession point some fishing activities observed. -Tyrone Reed

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2:28 p.m. - in a very tight group 15+ just passing the Clinton ferry path heading south mid channel.
2:15 p.m. - We are standing at the end of the Clinton ferry dock. They have seemed to change directions and are heading south east now. -Danielle Pennington

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2:22 p.m. - Just north of the Clinton ferry dock.
2:17 p.m. - North of Clinton on the Whidbey side. Large group a few minutes ago. -Greg Heiss

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Looking north towards Mukilteo at some trailers on the northbound leg just about the time the leaders flipped and they all headed southbound down Possession Sound in resting line. -Richard Snowberger, November 13, 2016  

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2:13 p.m. - Seeing what appears some may stalled and have grouped up...many directional changes, seeing a lot of blows tightly grouped and movement as if now they are heading south. From Mukilteo lighthouse park they are east of mid channel just north of ferry lanes.
1:40 p.m. - The female and a couple others have stalled and are foraging northeast of Mukilteo ferry dock. Many directional changes, lunges and a couple of cartwheels by a female! Several others beyond mid channel still moving slow/medium steady northbound. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network

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1:45 p.m. - Just saw several Orcas passing through Mukilteo area! Heading North. -Natalie LaChapelle

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1:40 p.m. - 2-3 orcas spotted just south of the Mukilteo ferry dock between the mainland and Whidbey island; headed up past the dock and still moving north. -Lee Anne Tobin

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1:33 p.m. - Still seeing quite a few off Possession Point so they are very spread out! Nicole Woltersdorf

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1:20 p.m. - Fairly close pass female (possibly J19) Mukilteo Lighthouse Beach. She is continuing northeast around the ferry directionaly towards Port Gardner, with others spread across the channel steady northbound pace.
12:57 p.m. - seeing a few off north side Possession Point...foraging. Also from reports and IA location looks like they are still spread from Possession Point and northward into Possession Sound, some trending northbound towards Clinton/ Mukilteo.
12 Noon - Another Male, female and young rounding Possession point. Northbound closer to Whidbey. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network

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  12:58 p.m. - Large pod (20+?) heading north through Possession Sound between Possession Point and Mukilteo ferry terminal. -Jeff Anderson

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  12:47 p.m. - And about 6 others coming by too! Headed quickly towards Clinton ferry. Very close to shore (maybe 100 feet?) on Possession Point State Park side.
12:40 p.m. - 3 orcas between Possession Point and Mukilteo right now. Headed towards mukilteo/Clinton ferry. -Cora Lauber

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12:45 p.m. -  Off Possession Point. -Sandra Pollard

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12:43 - male and female just passed Possession Point. Closer to Mukilteo side. -Dori Dace

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11:45 - I've been at Ocean Ave see many whales 3 miles south of Scatchet and just saw couple up towards Haines Wharf Edmonds! Mile offshore. Turning east. And male northbound directionally towards Mukilteo. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network

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11:30 a.m. - I saw another male and 3-4 females 2-3 miles offshore, NW of Edmonds. The main group is no longer visible from my house, but I suspect they are probably off of Picnic Point now heading towards Mukilteo. Most of the orcas were less than a mile offshore, so I think they should be heading for Possession Sound and Saratoga Passage.
11:07 a.m. - many more than 4, spread out between the ferry dock and well north of Sunset Ave N, some closer to shore and some up to a mile offshore. Saw at least 3 males and many females.
11:00 a.m. -  3 or 4 orcas just north of the Edmonds ferry dock, a few hundred yards offshore, heading north. -Sherman Page

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10:45 a.m. - Three orcas spotted from Marina Beach Park heading north to Point No Point. On west side of channel. -Robyn Cartwright

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10:41 a.m. - Maia of WSF relayed a report from the ferry Puyallup, of 10 orcas heading north off the Edmonds ferry dock.

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9:45 a.m. - At least a dozen Orcas sighted off Richmond Beach moving north towards Edmonds. -Larry Murphy

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7:30-7:50 a.m. - orcas seen between the west end of Alki Beach promenade and Alki Point. Adult and adolescent, possibly one more. Initially 50-100 yards from shore, gradually moving away from shore toward Magnolia, then diagonally toward Pier 91/Queen Anne. Exhibited what I would describe a feeding behavior - circling and roiling the water. -Kersti Muul

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1:00 p.m. - Sunday, Deception Pass State Park (West Beach), Gray Whale surfaced several times for about ten minutes near shore (approximately 100 yards). Multiple eyewitnesses. Seemed to wander somewhat. Probably feeding. -Darin Christen

November 12

11:30 a.m. - 7+ unidentified orcas seen from Coho (Black Ball ferry from Victoria to Port Angeles), traveling with a couple of jumps out of the water....the orcas appeared to be headed east into the Strait. -Todd Hass

November 11

  Fred Lundahl reports 2 Orcas southbound in Saratoga Passage passing Langley, Whidbey Island around 1:50 p.m. mid channel. Seen from Whale Bell Park, in Langley, WA.

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  3:20 pm - did see humpback (or gray) mid channel south of Clinton/Mukilteo ferry docks. Blow, surface, and dive in northerly direction, too far for species ID. Seen from bluff 2 miles south. (Note: moved to Mukilteo Lighthouse Beach and could not resight). -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network

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  I saw a single Common Dolphin this morning from the 7:15 Coupeville ferry. It was fairly close to Whidbey and headed northwest. Definitely not a Harbor Porpoise which we saw later in the voyage. -Steve Ellis

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10:35 a.m. - No large cetaceans, but there's a nice-sized pod of dolphins or porpoises off of Sunnyside Beach in Steilacoom. -Danielle Vance

November 10



November 9

CA166 and gang in the Juan de Fuca. -Mark Malleson 

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...Gray whale.  It is alone, not in a pod. I have attached the best pictures I was able to get today... As of today, 9 November 2016, the gray whale was still hanging out. (see NOTE) As of tomorrow, 10 November 2016 he will have been in the area for three weeks...At this point, if you are able to ID this whale, could you let us know it's name or tag. We would really like to call him something other than "The Whale".  Thank you!  Sincerely, Sandy Mattingly
(NOTE: This is the gray whale included in our last Sighting Report dated November 7th. Report and below photos were forwarded to Cascadia Research, we will update with ID when/if one is made- ALB)

November 8

3:57 p.m. - We just saw a whale! We were taking the main down and saw/heard the blow. He has surfaced several times since then-we saw his back twice. Right now, he seems to be parallel with us. Too far away for photos, unfortunately-we stopped the boat and are sitting here-east of Hat Island in Possession Sound. Wow! That was exciting and unexpected! We are pretty sure it's a humpback. We haven't seen him on a few minutes, so we are going to head back to the Marina. How cool is that?! We are sailing-5.7 knots with jib only. At one point, we think he was only a few hundred yards from our boat. We first saw him around 3:40, heading south. -Sharon Ann Clark

November 7

10:13 p.m. - Sounds like some faint kitty cats (K pod) on Lime Kiln hydrophone. -Ariel Yseth

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7:10 p.m. - Very faint sporadic calls on Lime Kiln hydrophone. -Monika Wieland

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12:38 p.m. - I'm only seeing spouts, but there's a whale north of Edmonds ferry! It seemed to be just north of the ferry and west of it, and heading south. I only saw it's tail so I'm not sure what it was. Either grey whale or a smaller humpback. (Humpback was in area- ALB) -Sofia Cardozo

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  12:15 p.m. - 2-4 Dolphins just passed by on east shore of Puget Sound, just south of the Des Moines Marina, traveling south. -Sue Jarvis 

November 6

Humpbacks - Haro Strait on the Lime Kiln hydrophones right now at 7:10 pm! -Laurie Barber

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3:31 p.m. - Puget Sound - Got flukes in front of the Space Needle. The whale is still Northbound. Closer to Bainbridge. Roughly off Elliott Bay.
3:09 p.m. - Northbound off Alki. Mid channel. -James Gresham

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2:50 p.m. - Looks like mid-channel now trending toward Alki northeast.
2:40 p.m. - Just saw a spout, been Blake and Alki, look for a sailboat. Neil Hathi

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1:00 p.m. - Maia at WS Ferries reports a humpback heading north off the north end of Vashon Island, between the ship traffic lanes.

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7:15 a.m. - Mike at WS Ferries reports one humpback was seen south of Tahlequah ferry landing on the south end of Vashon Island. No direction of travel given.

November 5

8:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m - Haro Strait Humpbacks vocalizing. Many people were able eavesdrop on humpbacks in Haro Strait thanks to many people posting they were hearing them on the Lime Kiln many hydrophone. Jeanne Hyde first posted hearing them at 8:30 p.m. I connected around 10:00 p.m. and heard them singing for the next 90 minutes. Last vocals I heard ended around 11:30 p.m. -Alisa Lemire Brooks

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Humpbacks on the Lime Kiln hydrophone! Pretty loud. 9:45pm. -Kayli Ann Breitweiser

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2:43 p.m. - South Puget Sound - He was heading towards Owen beach, lost visibility in the rain so not too sure now.
2:18 p.m. - Visible from Dalco viewpoint, making small dives and surfacing. -Eldridge Eldridge

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2:21 p.m. - Humpback now going east. Viewing from Dalco viewpoint, Point Defiance.
1:45 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. - We watched the humpback surface twice from Narrows viewpoint. Going south. -Ronda Walters

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Approx 2:00 p.m. - Humpback surfaces in Dalco Pass off of Point Defiance, Tacoma. -Connor O'Brien, November 5, 2016

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2:04 pm. - Now east bound.
1:16 p.m. - Humpback right off west side of Point Defiance, milling. -Scott Jacobsen

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12:40 p.m. - Just saw a lone humpback, a few hundred yards north of Point Defiance moving southward. -Michele Riley Campbell

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Humpback! Pt Defiance in Tacoma, Owen Beach. At 1100 it was out by Maury Island and disappeared into the fog. It reappeared 100-300 yards off shore at 11:15, swimming toward Dalco slowly. We walked along as it swam leisurely toward Dalco until the west end of Owen Beach around 11:40. It mostly stayed shallow with a couple of deep dives along the way. Video to be added later. -Lissa Brod Anderson

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10:30 a.m. - Over 30 lob-tailing flaps seen from probable gray whale (other reports/photos confirm humpback) in Dalco Passage this morning between 10:30 and 11:00 AM. Many sprays, a few breaches....Moved back and forth in front of Point Defiance ferry terminal. Seen from Tahlequah. -Janice Stixrud

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11:15 AM - Unidentified cetaceans - Dash Point (north of Commencement Bay, Tacoma) - Small pod of what appeared to be Orca. Rounding Dash Point close to shore, heading south - definitely too large for porpoises. No large male dorsal fins observed. Unknown numbers, maybe 5 or 6. (this pod was never re-sighted and we had no other reports of orcas. Possible this was a small pod of the common dolphins who have stayed over from June, or another group. See Dolphins section above of November 7th dolphin sighting- ALB). -Eric Elgar

November 4

A back lit heart forms from water swept up by the pec fin of this beautiful breaching humpback in Dalco Passage, off Point Defiance. -David Earl

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  5:28 p.m. - I am at Point Defiance on the boat I just saw a humpback heading east down Owens beach. -Andrew Potter Maul

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1:07 p.m. - I am at Point Defiance now. Looks like the humpback is heading north up west side Vashon island. -Kerry Truax

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1:00 p.m. - Humpback between Gig Harbor and Vashon. 3 big breaches. -Gaby Kinner

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12:50 p.m. - Humpback breaches right off Point Defiance, Tacoma. -David Earl

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12:30 p.m. - Humpback off of Owen Beach now.
Approx. 10:00 a.m. - From Owen Beach Large Humpback? Headed south past Point Defiance (Tacoma area) on the near near side... Moving fast. Heavy fog is obscuring viewing from point South to Titlow and beyond. -Ryan Spence

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  2:30 p.m. - Feeding Humpback Sighting. S/he was about half way between the south end of Vashon island and the North tip of Point Defiance park. Surfacing for air for 4 or 5 times, then diving for 4 or 5 minutes at a time, and resurfacing a couple hundred yards out from where last seen. I watched this pattern of behavior for about 90 minutes via kayak. I was viewing the whale at a distance of 100 to 300 yards for this period. At one point early on, the whale seemed to be curious about my actions and came very near the surface, after a long dive, just 20 ft in front of me. I was quite startled and quite elated! It did not appear to break the surface, but stirred up the water in front of me enough to set my kayak a-rocking! -Vince Walzem

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(Unconfirmed gray. There was a gray included in our last report (October 30th) during the time this whale has been moving back and forth in same vicinity. - ALB)
10:24 a.m. - Hi there, we're at the Cliffside RV park on Whidbey Island NAS, near Rocky Point. There's been a whale, possibly 2, in the waters since last evening. Has it been reported or checked on? I find it strange to be hanging around vs traveling. I have not seen a dorsal fin nor fluke. It seems to be on the smaller side too. Just checking in. Thanks for your time and efforts! -Gretchen Shephard

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October 27 - November 4 - Received 3:52 p.m. - Last Thursday, 27 Oct 16, I noticed there was a single gray or humpback whale outside of where I work.  He/she has been to the East of Smith Island cruising up and down along NAS Whidbey Island. We have seen it every day for the last eight days and he hasn't traveled more than two to five miles up and down the coast. It seems unusual that it hasn't moved on and it's not in a pod. I have worked here for two years and usually the whales just pass through if we see them at all. At first it was great to see it, but now we are worried.  The crab pots were here, and we don't want him to be tangled.  Our address at work is 3675 W Lexington St, Oak Harbor WA 98278. Our Latitude 48.3434 Â and Longitude -122.6814 is for my work. My guess is, it is between 200 and 400 yards off base. If someone could check it out, that would be great. -Sandy Mattingly

November 3

  5:05 p.m. - North Puget Sound - Humpback in Possession Sound just south of Clinton ferry terminal heading south. Spotted from Mukilteo Lighthouse. -Trent

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Approx 6:00 p.m. - South Puget Sound - I watched the whale heading up north mid-channel until I could barely see him/her.
5:25 p.m. - Found it! Dalco, headed northwest toward Gig Harbor. -Lissa Brod Anderson

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3:45 p.m. - Still in the area just saw the fin a few times again seems to be feeding.
3:30 p.m. - Just spotted a few spouts and a fin, most likely humpback while waiting for the ferry headed to Point Defiance from Vashon!... Headed west along the Tacoma side. -Brindi Marina Jackson

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1:30 p.m. - Commencement Bay at Copper Point. Humpback. Saw fluke tail and spouting. Traveling toward the port. Shortly after that, saw undulating orca. 2 p.m. saw humpback sticking it's face out of the water. -Bernadette Ronan

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10:45 - Sighting of one off Camp Sealth, mid Colvos. Heading north towards Lisabuela. Just traveling. -Meaghan Baumgartner

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Approx 9:30 a.m. - Two humpbacks in Dalco travelling north toward Colvos! Just saw 5 breaches!! -Michele Riley Campbell

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8:40 a.m. -  Humpback heading north from Salmon Beach, hugging Gig Harbor side. -Dino Martini

November 2

  1:25 p.m. - saw some splashes by a small boat. Humpback just dove pointed SW in Dalco Passage just out from the Point Defiance ferry dock. -Cathy Baker

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Approx 1:20 p.m. - I saw him/her at Dalco Pass... Lots of jumps! We went back to the beach, I'm obsessed with this Humpback! This time he/she wasn't doing much, I was getting a little worried. I think it was having a nap. Then, a boat went zooming past, I'm sure the people on board didn't even notice. After the boat went past He/she jumped out of the water about 5x!!! (photo below) BEAUTIFUL, the sound was incredible and so indescribable! -Desiree Sauve

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11:37 a.m. - Also, it's closer to the Gig Harbor viewpoint (I can hear it blow) but stick with Dalco- you can't get close enough to the water to see it at the Gig Harbor point.
11:07 a.m. - Getting a lot of surface blows. Seems like a smaller whale but might be the height/distance.
10:59 a.m. - Humpback is back off Dalco viewpoint, 5 mile drive, Point Defiance. Just saw a small fluke. -Danielle Vance

November 1

4:52 p.m. - s/he's visible from the Dalco Viewpoint. -Edlridge Eldridge

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3:13 p.m. - the 2nd smaller Humpback is below Dalco Passage Viewpoint, more towards Gig Harbor side, trending towards Colvos.
3:09 p.m. - still circling in Dalco, trending more towards Vashon and Colvos at the last surface (around 3:00). I'm leaving the beach.. Good luck everyone!
2:45 p.m. -  still surfacing below Dalco Passage Viewpoint.
2:25 p.m. -  larger one just surfaced about 400 ft. Off shore from me, below Dalco Passage Viewpoint! (see photo below)
2:01 p.m. -  2nd Humpback now approachin Vashon Ferry dock. Closer to Vashon side, heading towards Commencement Bay. This whale is much smaller.
1:50 p.m. -  between Owen and Vashon, just west of the Vashon Ferry Terminal. More on the Vashon side. Few shallow dives followed by a deep dive. Still traveling towards Commencement Bay. -Melissa Burke

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1:40 p.m. - starting to head east toward Owens beach. Near Point Defiance side still. Surfacing every 4 min or so.
1:10 p.m. - one humpback still at Dalco. Seems to be staying in same place closer to Point Defiance side. Not showing much. 7 blows then a little tail and diving. -Jeannette Dorner

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Just saw this one around 12:30-1pm, going back and forth in front of Owen's Beach. -Jessica Maybe

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12:35 p.m. - there are at least 2 humpbacks in Dalco now. -Cathy Baker

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12:31 p.m. - It's heading back towards Colvos Passage now.
12:18 p.m. - slowly moving towards Vashon.
12:05 p.m. - Lots of tail slapping today. Happy to see they are sticking around the Sound. -JJ Davern 

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12:10 p.m. - Whale still at Dalco passage viewpoint. Pointed east, by the grey boat. Midchannel, a little closer to Point Defiance side.
11:55 a.m. - a few shorter dives and one deep dive by the Mulberry. Pointed east on last dive.(from Dalco passage view still)
11:22 a.m. - I'm at the Dalco passage viewpoint. It just surfaced really close. Heard it but didn't see it. Close! -Jilll Clogston

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I observed the whale from on the water this morning moving north and south (back and forth) in the center area of the Dalco/ Narrows/ Colvos Passages (the area between Point Defiance, Gig Harbor and Vashon Island). Slow surface rolls and breathing followed by dives. Same patterns I've seen the last several days. Was paddling and did not manage to get any good fluke shots. But a good size and healthy looking whale. -Dean Burke

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9:40 a.m. - another large humpback this morning heading south in the same Dalco spot. (around Point Defiance/Owens Beach, Tacoma). -Cathy Baker

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