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Mystic Sea Charters reports 2 Gray whales (#49, Patch, and #53)
feeding off the south end of Hat Island, and a third unidentified Gray whale
heading toward Sandy Pt, south of Langley, from Hat Island
, at 11:30 am
. A good gray day!
The twins T49C and T77A are heading north again....through Dana Passage
like they did earlier.
6:29 pm -
The twins are in Budd Inlet
- at the mouth during a torrential downpour. - Kim Merriman
Chrissy says they've headed over toward Ebey's Landing on Whidbey Island
Chrissy McLean of the Port Townsend Marine Science Center just watched the Ts go north around Point Wilson and out of Admiralty Inlet, while a group of seals and sea lions crowded together along the beach. She counted two females, two juveniles, and two orangey babies, but no adult males.
We saw three Orcas from the ferry to Port Townsend
. Coming into Port Townsend right before docking. We had binoculars and could see three whales directly in front of the boat. It was on the right side of the ferry. - Rhonda Wallis Deal
Brian McLaughlin called to say the orcas have turned back north
and are heading out past Port Townsend in Admiralty Inlet
, toward the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
Brian McLaughlin of WDFW called from Port Townsend with a sighting of about 7 orcas just 1/3 to 1/4 mile off Point Hudson
, milling, with a lot of gulls around, trending into Port Townsend Bay. A cabin cruiser is following them way too close.
T49C and T77A - 10:30 -
Gayle Swigart is watching those two from Frye Cove County Park, Olympia. She sees them a little north of the park mid channel, breaching and tail lobbing! No direction of travel yet. - Alisa Lemire Brooks
T49C and T77A - 9:15 -
they turned south and are heading way down into Eld Inlet
. They just passed in front of my house and by Cooper Point. The both have "nicks" in their fins at almost the exact same place.
8:30 a.m. -
TWO male orcas in Eld Inlet. Traveling west at the southern edge of Harstene and Squaxin islands
- toward Hope Island passage. - Kim Merriman
4:52 PM -
sighting off of Fox Island
. Saw at least one Orca traveling past Fox Island
. I noticed at least one seal that kept popping up in front of the house by the beach. I happened to look up and see the whale come up three times before it disappeared. So amazing! I've never actually seen one in person! Appeared to be traveling. I also saw seals in the area, they were closer to the beach and staying away from the whales. - Hannah Gilman
We were lucky today. We left Pedder Bay at 11:30AM and as we were passing Race Rocks Pacific Ecological Reserve
when we bumped into a large group of transients. The transients were moving west in three different groups: T011s (T011 and T011A), T065As (T065A, T065A2, T065A3, T065A4 and new calf T065A5) and T137s (T137, T137A, T137B and T137D)
. We followed the transients for 2.5 hours and left them at Sooke BC
. They foraged on one harbor seal off Church rock, but majority of the behavior exhibited was socializing. - Josh McInnes
I came across the T11's, T036A's, T065A's, and the T137's
west bound in Race Passage in the morning. I left them at 1420 in Becher Bay
tracking west along the shoreline. - Mark Malleson, Prince of Whales
I'm with the Transient Killer Whale Project. Myself and Josh McInnes were just out with the T137s, T11s, and T65As off of Race Rocks
. We followed them for 2 and a half hours to Sooke. Excellent day out on the water, lots of socializing behavior observed. - Kelsey Cullen
Kathy Perry of the Depoe Bay Orego
n Whale Watching Center relayed a report from a visitor of 2 pods of four orcas in each
, heading north within a half mile of shore just off Otter Creek, at 1:15 pm
This shot was almost at dark 1950 hrs from ferry heading to Port Townsend. T137's
exiting Admiralty Inlet. - Ken Balcomb
hunting in picturesque Presidents Channel (NW side of Orcas Island
, between Orcas and Waldron Islands). - David Howitt
T137s & T11s - 7:37 pm -
Moving very quickly to the north. Nearing the Coupeville ferry lane
. Mid channel.
7:17 - At Ft Casey
. Seeing blows mid channel just south of here. - Rachel Haight
T137s & T11s - Orcas just north of Bush Pt, 6 - 8 orcas
, at least one, maybe 2 males, at 6:30 pm
, headed nw toward Lagoon Pt
, Whidbey Island. - Susan Berta
We saw at least 3 orcas heading into the Straight off of the Pt Wilson light house
(North end of Admiralty Inlet) at approximately 5:30 PM
. They were heading northwest at a pretty good clip. Could not see any markings. - Thomas Barnhart
5:30 PM - Pod of Orcas, maybe 10, Point Wilson
from Ft. Worden (north of Port Townsend), Adults and young's breaching and fin/ fluke slapping. traveling slowly north. - K O'Tyler
Orcas off of Fort Worden
now seen from ferry, lots of spy hopping and splashing. - Christy Korrow
T49C and T77A - 5:15 - 2 orcas heading west between McNeil and Anderson Island
, then turning south heading between Devil's head and Amsterdam Bay. - Walter
505pm - 5 or so orcas sighted off Point Hudson, Port Townsend
headed north. Pretty far off but on the west side of the shipping lanes. At least one adult male. - Sarah Felder
T49C and T77A - 4:25 PM - Orcas
, I only could see two in front of McNeil island
towards narrows bridge. Traveling. - Tuija Hajnal
4:22 - They're just about to pass ft Flagler
(Marrowstone Island). - Jill Hein
3:50 pm -
Sandra Pollard is looking from Lagoon Point
over to the other side of Admiralty Inlet at K pod moving northward
T49C and T77A - 3:38 -
We just saw two Orcas swim under the Tacoma Narrows bridge
, so exciting! - we saw orcas this afternoon at about 3:15 heading south from the Narrows Bridge
. We saw 2 adults
for sure there could have been another smaller whale too, not positive. - Julie Gonsalves
T137s & T11s -
Graham DeWitt of WA State Ferries, reports a pod of orcas off Apple Cove Pt. at 3:15 pm
, looked like the same group they reported in the same area last weekend. No direction of travel, milling behavior.
T49C and T77A -
Just saw some around 3:15 in the Narrows
heading south. - Sherrie Duncan
3 pm - the leading group is nearing Bush Pt
, the last half is further south, NOAA and one Prince of Whales WW boat with the last group, all are closer to the Jefferson County side.
2:23 - they are just NW of Hansville
, some are at the buoy between Hansville and Foulweather Bluff - way out there, but can see fins and spouts and the NOAA boat with them. Thanks to Rachel for finding them! - Susan Berta
T137s & T11s - 1:12 -
Whales heading north in front of Presidents Point (Bainbridge Island)
now with NOAA following them. - Sue Surowiec Larkin
T137s & T11s - 1:10 -
Stopped briefly at center of Port Madison
. Now moving north with NOAA boat. - Alan Alabastro
T137s & T11s - 1:03 -
turned around again and heading back north.
12:56 - Correction seems they've turned toward Hidden Cove!!
At Fay Bainbridge park
.., got an awesome look at a group of 5-6 with a large male
and looked like two babies!! Kingston they are headed your way!! - Cindy Russell
T137s & T11s -
A bit late and a little out of the loop here, but still wanted to share my journey of a whale tail story kinda of day... I spotted a pod of Orcas
, one LARGE BIG ONE, his fin was HUGE!!, along w/ another adult and a couple of smaller ones @ 5-6 total swimming/breaching as they were passing by Fay Bainbridge Park @ 12:30
, until they rounded Presidents Point @ 1:15
where I lost em'. Spotted them again at Kingston ferry terminal
, near yellow buoy @2:00
and watch them milling around/ breaching heading northward along the east side of Edmonds/Kingston ferry route
. At one point they look to come head on w/ a shipping frieghter mid-channel. I watch them for hours until they finally rounded the Point (Apple Lane) Kitsap side when I lost sight of them @ 4:30
, still moving Northwest. Arrived at Point-NO-Point beach @ 5:00, with no such luck of spotting them again hung out until @ 6:00. Tomorrow is another day, for I'm feeling blessed & humble, DEEPLY touch by these AMAZING spirited "ORCAS" - Kathe Bradley
T49C and T77A - Noon - Two orcas between south tip of Fox Island and Chambers Bay
, Traveling north through narrows
. - Steve Clair
T137s & T11s - 11:55 -
Brad Hanson, NOAA researcher, is with 6 Transients (T137s and T11s) off Eagle Harbor
, Bainbridge Island, close to shore, heading north.
11:53 - K pod leaders approaching Kingston
ferry dock. - Christopher Hanke
T137s & T11s - 11:48 -
And after that long dive they came up in the same spot and are heading north again. Closer to Kitsap side, north of Eagle Harbor
11:42 - the Ts
popped up after a long down time right north of Eagle Harbor
heading south closer to Kitsap side. Currently down on another long dive but might be angling out towards mid channel again. - Sara Hysong-Shimazu
T137s & T11s - 11:25 -
finally just spotted a group just outside Eagle Harbor
. NOAA on scene now.
10:55 - from atop SW Queen Anne hill
, have seen group with adult male northbound approaching yellow mid channel buoy that is between Alki and Restoration points
. - Alisa Lemire Brooks
T49C and T77A - 10:50 am -
Mark Hallan reporting a sighting of two orca whales
. One larger dorsal fin then the other. Spotted just north of Ketron Island
(Ketron Island is in south Puget Sound, just SW of Steilacoom, so. of Tacoma). Wonder if this is the two male T's from yesterday?
T137s & T11s - 10:25 -
Also some near Alki
. SE of yellow buoy. - Amy Carey
Whee, lots more! Between Restoration pt and Blakely
, heading maybe south? Lots of breaching. - Trileigh Tucker
I see them from Rockaway (Bainbridge Is)
. Heading north. Not close enough for IDs with the glare yet but I'll keep you posted. - Sara Hysong-Shimazu
A pod of about 10 ORCA's passed very close to Blake Island
on the east side of the island. They were moving at a pretty good pace north. - Paul Rupert
WA State Ferries just reported 6-7 orcas headed north off the Southworth ferry dock
T137s & T11s - 9:36 -
I counted 4. North of Vashon
now. In front of Lincoln park
area. - Erin McDermott
About 10 orcas northbound Colvos passage near Southworth ferry
. Pod of harbor porpoise trailing close to shore also northbound about 1 mile behind the orcas. - Tim Ferris
T137s & T11s - 9:15 am -
To start off a new day of sightings, Brad Hanson just relayed a report of "more than two" orcas
headed north along the east side of Vashon Island
, approaching Dilworth.
T49C and T77A - 8:29 -
We live right down from the Tolmie State park
in the South Puget Sound and this morning I saw 2 Orca Whales
jumping around. They circled around for a little while and started to head north. - Amanda Dehnart
8:06 am -
a report came in of 15 orcas
, including 3 males, in south Puget Sound
off Spring Beach heading north in Colvos Passage
T137s & T11s - 7:40 AM - Orcas
sighted in Puget Sound. I was traveling from downtown Seattle to Bainbridge on the ferry
when the orcas popped up on the starboard side of the boat. Whales swimming in a circular fashion, popping up for breath and immediately submerging again. 3 minimum. 2 males and 1 female (dorsal fins) Near the Seattle to Bainbridge ferry crossing in the middle of the route (~60-100 ft from ferry). Looked like feeding. The first 2 I saw were headed south (both male). Then 2 more popped up (one female one male) headed north and they continued in this manner with 1 or 2 popping up at a time and swimming circularly. There were also sea gulls at the surface of the water where the orcas were surfacing. - Shawnte Greenway
Visiting the T11's and T137's near Everett
this week aboard the Island Explorer 3. - Michael P Colahan
T036A's and T065A's northbound past Keystone ferry terminal
.- Mark Malleson
Transients (T065as) at Ft. Casey in the morning
. - Monty McCormick
Magical day on "Mystic Sea" with gray whales
and the unexpected bonus of five transient orca at 11:30 am
including Big Daddy (not official designation!) and a calf. Big Daddy with his ruffled dorsal fin (so like our much loved resident orca Ruffles) paired up with another male heading towards Hat Island while passing a gray whale closer inshore and stopping the Clinton/Mukilteo ferry
to give thrilled passengers a rare treat. All five whales grouped up and circled for a kill, although there was no evidence on the surface other than wheeling gulls. Another perfect day in the wonderful Pacific Northwest. Sandra Pollard, Naturalist on "Mystic Sea." - Sandy Pollard
The K's as they traveled down Colvos Passage
on Monday. Taken from a dock in Olalla. - Katie Schmelzer
Kpod heading down Colvos Passage
, Vashon Island. - Kelly Burns Keenan
Crazy and wonderful. What a day - I don't even know where to post with so many different threads from so many whales! Amazing to be surrounded by fins and in the warmth of the sun - very rare for those of us down yonder in Central Puget Sound. Not sure when I screamed loudest today - I whooped once when I realized we had Ks and also hooted exuberantly when just after watching K's head down the narrows
( after moving down the West side of Vashon Island)
, I turned around and saw the Big ol dorsals of the twin T's moving in from the East side. Saving my last holler for the hopeful blood moon that is on the rise. What might tomorrow bring? - Amy Carey
We saw them on the south end of fox island in front of Chambers Bay Golf Course
. - Lisa Matties Gray
6:34 - Just passed Kayu
... HAULING. - Jill M Rotset
6:30 PM -
Count at least 5 Orcas off of Mc Neil Is Between McNeil and Anderson Island
coming into Drayton Passage from going by Eagle Is. towards S Key Pen and just outside mouth of Feludy Bay Saw spy hopping several times and one breach by male orca. Looks like one male swimming off a bit from group of at least 4 females. One mature female and three young orcas. This was spotted from my home through glasses. I saw dorsal fins at first got binoculars and began watching the show. Counted 5 total
for sure. Spy hopping and breaching happened several times in course of observation. - Dorothy Gehgan Heim
At 6:00 K-pod
was still going south passing McNeil island
. They were hugging the island side then circling around the open water.
Just passing McNeil Island
Passing Chambers Bay
. Going South. - Jason Cook
5:29 - At Chambers Bay
. They're still heading south. - Jessica Pagan
Seeing them from 5 mile drive Pt. defiance park
heading south towards Narrows bridge. - Peter Woodward
I see K pod
heading towards the Tacoma Narrows
. Southbound. - Jessica Pagan
My neighbor at Salmon Beach (Narrows) just reported 4-6 Orcas
heading south under the Narrows Bridge at 4:30
. A few in the air and lotta spouting. - Dino
Crazy, crazy whale day! Last reports of K pod
had them going into the Narrows, past the Tacoma Narrows bridge into south Puget Sound a short time ago (between 4 and 4:30 ish). Amy Carey called at 4:30 with a report of two TRANSIENT male orcas off the south end of Vashon Island, also heading toward the Tacoma Narrows, not far behind K pod
! This photo was taken of the two males, just off the south end of Vashon. From Kelly Burns Keenan: Melisa Pinnow id'd them as the twins...T049C and T077A
Just watched them pass gig harbor
heading under the narrows mid channel. - Diane McBane
4:26 - In the Narrows
now.. Just passed Gig Harbor.. On their way to Narrows Bridge fast! - Melissa Bird
Update headed towards Tacoma Narrows Bridge
. - Russ McPhee
I saw them across the water, very close to the Gig Harbor
side. Hard to spot in my glass, but I could see blows and dorsals. Good to know there are there; welcome back K-Pod
!! - Robin Mann
4 pm -
They are currently in the place where Colvos & the Narrows Passages
meet.. Headed into the Narrows. They will only be visible from the 2nd turnout for a bit longer. They are on the move!! - Melissa Bird
Headed south towards the Narrows. Still off Pt. Defiance
. - Jason Cook
I just left Sunrise Beach Park-Gig Harbor
. They came out of Colvos and headed toward southern tip of Vashon- as ferry was crossing about 10minutes ago.
seeing distant blows north from Sunrise Beach Park -closer to Vashon side. NOAA boat trailing. Sailboat nearby.
Seeing distant blows (barely visible) north of Sunrise Beach Park - Gig Harbor- still moving south slowly. Staying under water a lot. NOAA boat still trailing.
They passed Al's store---- Olalla
5 minutes ago. Southbound with sailboat and NOAA boat trailing. Watched from bluff above the store. - Katie Schmelzer
I drove down to Spring Beach
, Just below my house on the southwest side of Vashon and saw the whales on the Kitsap side. - Rebecca Benson
Approaching Gig Harbor
on Kitsap side. - Meg McDonald
Here's K pod
swimming through Colvos Passage
(next to Vashon Island) this afternoon! - Wild Northwest Beauty Photography
Colvos update.. Just getting distant eyes in them now. They are about 40 minutes away from Point Defiance
unless they wake up & start moving...- Melissa Bird
Not the greatest quality of picture but I saw the K pod down in Olalla!
I counted about 6 of them!- Nichole Read
Now mid channel just past lisabuela park on Vashon
. Normal speed but have been staying under quite a bit.
southbound. Very very close to kitsap side.
They are still about a mile north of Ollalla
. - Amy Carey
Found them!! Middle Colvos Passage
. - Kelly Burns Keenan
They are still about a mile north of Ollalla
Colvos whales are just north of cove road area
. Southbound. - Amy Carey
Brad Hanson of NOAA just reported he's with orcas in Colvos Passage
Just saw them off the Bainbridge ferry
as it was pulling out to Seattle. Seven, at least four young ones. They were definitely going south, and moving fast. - Penney Hubbard
WA State Ferries called to report 6 orcas
from the ferry Tyee southbound, another caller reports 6 - 7 orcas off the Bainbridge ferry
, closer to the Bainbridge side at the same time.
Received a 10:30 am
report of two whales at the North end of Vashon Island
headed South. Busy whale day out there. - Amy Carey
Saw a pod of about 4-5 on the 10:25am ferry from Bainbridge to Seattle
. Absolutely amazing sight, with breaches and everything. - Elizabeth Rockett
10:15 - 8 to 10 orca south bound off Yeomalt point on Bainbridge island
. Traveling at a good pace. 2 young males. - Chris slye
8:37 - 2 bull orcas feeding between North Admiral and Wing Point
(on Bainbridge, just south of Yeomalt Point, at the entrance to Eagle Harbor) pair of eagles stole a fish from an osprey, migrating brants, busy morning on the Sound. - Dan Ciske
A friend of mine was on the 7:55 out of Bainbridge and wrote the following: "Susan - there were about 3-4 orca sighted at about 8:15 AM
about 1/2 mile off Blakey Rocks
right were the Seattle/Bainbridge ferries cross. Looked like they were heading towards South Beach." - Susan Marie Andersson
8:15 am - Orcas near Bainbridge ferry
. - Mark Powell
WA State Ferries called with a report of a single orca seen 1 mile north of Alki
in mid channel.
On the 7:55 from Bainbridge
, there were 2 or 3 of them in the same area heading south. Didn't see them after that. I was on the ferry Wenatchee on the 7:05 from Seattle to BI.
We went to a dead stop because we lost sight of it. A seal popped up right next to the ferry, then an orca popped up and rolled and the seal was gone. It was happening right alongside the ferry. Proof that it pays off to stop the props if you have any doubt as to where they are. - Zachary Heistand
Possession - 7:41 -
Just watched what I think was at least two mid channelish from the beach at Golden Gardens
until my hands froze in the wind. Think I saw male. Southbound. - Jill Irwin
Vashon - Just saw the twins at 7:15 south of Titlow
, just south of the bridge. - Michelle Borsz
Vashon - 7:01pm - The Twins j
ust came under Narrows Bridge
..mid Channel almost to Titlow now. - Melissa Bird
Possession - 6:57 - midchannel at Carkeek.
- Jill M Rotset
Possession - 6:45 -
I saw them! off Richmond Beach
bluff (the park) all I saw was a tail-dorsal fin-twice!! then splashing-no pix but with binocs-about!! YAY!!! - Joni Barnes Pollino
Possession - 6:35 -
found them east of mid channel south of yellow mid channel buoy south of pt. Wells
southbound out from Richmond Beach
in Shoreline. - Alisa Lemire Brooks
Possession - 6:30 -
I've just picked them up. A group of at least 3-4
, headed southbound, roughly mid-channel off Kayu Kayu / Richmond Beach
area. - Dave Haas
Possession - 6:55 - two males
continued south past Richmond Beach
, females and young turned, are even with Jefferson Head/RB... tail lobbing, spy hopping and milling. Now have turned resumed southbound.
last we saw the Possession pod was 3:30ish
mid channel still heading southbound still north of Picnic Point
. Ed and I moved south a few different places but have been unable to re-sight them so can't tell ya all if they went up Admiralty or kept moving south. Quite windy and choppy waters. - Alisa Lemire Brooks
Donna Siebers called around 6:40 PM
to report the two male Transients, on the east side of Tacoma Narrows
, under the large power line, headed south. They also saw what looked like the same two orcas 2 weeks ago Sunday, between Fox and McNeil Islands.
Possession - 6:24 - 4 orcas
heading south kitsap
side almost to Kayu...moving fast now. Very spread out....!! - Janine Harles
Vashon - 6:26 - The 2 Transients
that are Following K Pod are at The Narrows Bridge
.. But have not crossed over.
I have eyes on the Twins! Just passed Salmon Beach, almost to Narrows Bridge headed South. - Melissa Bird
Possession - 6:06 - 2 dorsals
went under ..east of mid channel Kingston ferry laneish
. - Janine Harles
Possession - The Everett pod of T's
came clear into the harbor area and hung around right off the south end of the USS Nimitz
for a bit. There's one huge male with them. Pretty cool; I have sat at that park many times thinking how cool it would be to have orcas come in there, and today they did. - Pam Ren
Vashon - 5:42 - The 2 males
were close to Point Defiance for about 30 minutes
and headed fast towards Narrows Bridge
about 10 minutes ago. - Michele Riley Campbell
Vashon - 4:56 - 2 ts
passed vashon ferry
about 20 minutes ago headed to narrows. - Amy Carey
Vashon - They just passed under the bridges,
lots of watchers went to Titlow. - Peter Baker
A day so stunning, so magical...killer whales
roaming all over the inland waters of the Salish Sea. K pod
, sweet lovely K pod south, so far south. and Transient pods by three.
...this video is of the T011s and T137s
filmed from Mukilteo
by Ed Brooks, edited by me.
Beauty is... so many orca friends spread across this spirited place watching pods of killer whales simultaneously in the far reaching arms of the Salish Sea. - Alisa Lemire Brooks
Possession - 3pm -
Was watching pod off Mukilteo Lighthouse Beach
& they were heading south, closer to Whidbey. Elisa Peabody
The other pod of Transients was southbound, off of Mukilteo at 3 pm
, we don't THINK they could have reached the south end of Vashon by 4:30, so we believe we've had THREE groups of Transients and K pod all in the inland waters today - wow!!
Possession - 2:42 - The Mukilteo ferry
going east is headed straight for them, they should get a nice view. - Jim McKinlock
Admiralty - 2:38 -
Just watched the Ts (assuming the T065As) swim past the Port Townsend lighthouse
heading north. What a wonderful whale day.
Just lost sight of them still going north. All bunched up and traveling pretty fast.
we got Ts in Port Townsend
. Looks like they're hunting! - Sara Hysong-Shimazu
Vashon - 1:20pm - 2 Orcas off Point Robinson
. I saw two orcas off Pt. Robinson - RIGHT off the shore from the lighthouse. Barely offshore from Pt Robinson, right by the lighthouse. We saw them blow about 6 times together, traveling South. They didn't travel very far each of these times, then after about the 6th "blow" we didn't see them again (even though they hadn't been that far away so they definitely did some traveling or went deep after that last breath). - Tracy Delphia
Possession - We had the T11's and T137's near Everett
today aboard the Island Explorer 3. - Michael P Colahan
This was taken near Everett around 1:30.
- Dave Davenport
Possession - 1:08 -
Sandra Pollard reports at least five orcas, including 2 adult males
, are still off Everett, milling and not going anywhere.
Possession - 12:59 - Orcas in Everett
right now...right off the navy ship in the harbor. - Pam Ren
Possession - 2:55 -
woo hoo! They passed Mukilteo
heading south east of mid channel, maybe trending SW. We are gonna move south.
visual on them before ferry blocked our view...they are heading east towards Mukilteo
They swung into the port and are headed back east, close to Mukilteo
side. Waiting now at lighthouse for them
midway between Everett and Hat/Gedney
, still heading east.
Ed & I are watching from above port of Everett pier
in Mukilteo. 1-2 big males in pod. - Alisa Lemire Brooks
Possession - 12:36 - Headed toward Everett.
12:21 - Orcas at Hat Island!!
- Dave Davenport
Possession - 11:46 -
Maia of WA State Ferries reports a pod of orcas heading north
, just north of the Mukilteo
Possession - 11:45 -
call from someone on the Mukilteo-Clinton ferry
, saying there are 5 orcas and a Gray whale
amongst them, just south of the ferry lanes.
Possession - 11:35 -
Sandra Pollard on board the Mystic Sea is watching at least four orcas
heading north past the Clinton/Mukilteo ferry lane
toward Hat/Gedney Island, while one or two gray whales is swimming a few hundred yards away.
So there are at least three groups of orcas around this morning: 6-7 heading south off Bainbridge, 5-6 heading north in Admiralty Inlet, and about four in Possession Sound headed north.
Admiralty - 10:30 am - the orcas are just south of Bush Pt
, headed north. - Susan Berta
Admiralty - 10:30 - At Point No Point.
They definitely are heading up into Admiralty. Haven't seen them for thirty minutes now.
Definitely killed something. Gulls are going crazy! - Sara Hysong-Shimazu
Admiralty - 9:39 -
Sara Hysong-Shimazu is at Point No Point
with a pod of at least five Transient (Bigg's) killer whales, including T065A
and a couple of young ones. Hanging closer to Kitsap side, in the current line, trending northbound and possibly on the hunt.
Admiralty - 9:27 -
A long distance attempt to get a shot (five+ miles). Along the shoreline north of Kingston. pod heading north. One must be a big guy to be able to see his fin from so far away! - Stu Davidson
Admiralty - 8:30am - pod of orcas north of Kingston
heading north.. Boat following. Looking at with field scope from Edmonds. - Stu Davidson
Ken Balcomb reports K pod was seen heading into the Salish Sea about noon
today from Sooke near Race Rocks
and were on Salmon Bank about 2 pm
, then they went northeast toward San Juan Island, then east around the south end of Lopez Island
12:10 PM. -
Island Adventures reports residents inbound from Race Rocks
! - James Gresham
Saw a group from Discovery Park
just past sunset. Looked like they were feeding at that spot, just N of the yellow buoy, along the Bremerton/Seattle ferry lane
. - Alan Alabastro
Orca sighting off West Seattle, spotted a southbound pod of 5 or 6 orcas
about mid-channel in the Puget Sound west of Alki Point
. - Darryl Duke
7 pm -
Breaching orcas off Bainbridge. 6-10
, breaching, spying, traveling in pod off Bainbridge. The weather and light last night were picture perfect with the Olympic foothills distinctly outlined in front of the snow covered peaks farther back. I made my way to the stern to enjoy the view and sun. Unexpectedly, I spotted a blow on the horizon, then another and then a breach followed by at least 35 similar splashes as we sailed towards Seattle. They were clearly visible all the way across Elliott Bay. There might have been porpoise among them. The splashes were so big and frequent that we were able to watch/see them for about 15 or 20 minutes from the ferry - their blows remained clearly visible almost all the way to Seattle due to favorable lighting and atmospheric conditions. It was a special treat; a good omen. - Gerard Wirz
Saw these orcas around 7pm today just south of West Point in Elliott Bay
. - Brian Jones
Dave Ellifrit: It's T11, T11A
, plus a sprouter. You can even see T11's tag scar.
5 pm -
sighting off of Marrowstone point
. We saw two orcas while sailing off Marrowstone island, just north of Marrowstone point on Sunday evening. Quite a few breachings, many upside down?? exposing the white under side of the whale. - Bob Frank
Orca sighting from aboard sailboat. From aboard sailboat PLATYPUS 6-7 orca observed off the S end of Whidbey
, headed east then south past Edmonds
. Definitely one large adult male
part of the group, and observed one male split off from group. Spyhopping and splashing observed. 6 adults plus possibly 1 juvenile. GPS Location 47 degrees 15min N 122 degrees 26 min W. - Keith Dekker
4 pm -
Bob Bowen reports seeing two adult male orcas
heading south from the Port Townsend ferry
. The ferry slowed down to let everyone get a good look.
Transient orcas at 3:15 reported 2 miles east of Eglon
, headed E toward Edmonds, by Stephanie Raymond on the Victoria Clipper.
6 adult orcas
including males reported by WA State Ferries south bound in Admiralty Inlet at 12:23
, we presume they were seen from the Port Townsend /Coupeville ferry.
11:45am-12:30pm. - Three Orcas sighted in Admiralty Inlet
north of the Port Townsend ferry route. - Julie Lloyd
Jane at the Cape Mears OR lighthouse called at 3:45 with a real time report of three orcas
travelling north, about 2 miles out from the lighthouse. About three gray whales were also seen moving northward, including a mother and calf.
Yay...a whale! North side Hat/Gedney
. We had Patch. - Alisa Lemire Brooks
Victoria Clipper saw Gray whale Patch between 10 and 11 am SE of Gedney Island
T77A & T49C visit Friday Harbor
. - David Howitt
7:35 PM - 2 Orcas
were sighted from YMCA Camp Orkila on Orcas Island
swimming in presidents channel
heading north. - Jared Larson
Transient Orca off of Cattle Point
. This one has a chunk of some animal in its mouth and blood streaming down to it's pec fins while it spy-hopped in front of the Cattle Point lighthouse. - Chris Teren
T77A and T49C in San Juan Channel Saturday afternoon
. - James Gresham
Transient Killer Whales T77A and T49C
. Orcas Island
in the background. They were not making life easy. Doing the T thing. Zig zagging around, reversing, into the glare and then down sun, long down times. - James Gresham
Spencer Domico and his passengers getting a nice surprise. A good perspective of the size of a male Transient Orca
. They look very close and they were but they did nothing wrong. They were sitting with engines off as were we, and he surfaced right behind them. - James Gresham
4:25 - Orca off Brown Island
, East Bound at Friday Harbor. Ferry spooked him. One spy hop /porpoise. - William Worden
Still on north side of Yeomalt
. Closer in to Bainbridge Island. Thanks for the posts. - Anne Duggan Smith
Victoria Clipper III reports the orca pod still at Yeomalt Point
, still breaching and cartwheeling. - Stephanie Raymond
I am leaving...pod still on north side of Yeomalt
, Victoria Clipper just on scene. Happy Sun & orca day.
pod still in same place, north side of Yeomalt Point, Bainbridge
moving back and forth. Pleasure boat been around them close to an hour now.
- boat moved on and orcas started breaching.
pod has stalled in same place since 1:00
. Made a kill, they have been moving around the same general area north of Yeomalt point (north of Eagle Harbor). - Alisa Lemire Brooks
There are 5 transients off Yeomalt Point
at this time. 2 males and 3 others. They are hunting down a seal lion. - Chris slye
2 pm - Pod of orcas
on the west side of the Sound directly across from Sunset Hill in Ballard
. Breaching, splashing, spouting, just visible with 7x50 binoculars. - Steven Dare Lundholm
Still south bound, approaching the north side of magnolia
from my line of sight at Fay Bainbridge.
still heading south. Line of sight, between my location at Fay Bain and shilshole marina
. Looks like 5-6
. - Connie Bickerton
Alisa Lemire Brooks spotted the orcas nearing Jefferson Head
approaching Port Madison, Bainbridge Island, southbound.
Just spotted two Orcas off Kingston/Edmonds ferry
. Heading south!! - Michelle LeMieux Hall
At least two pairs
, traveling slowly south within sight of each other. One large male and a companion, and a female with a small one. Passed by off Apple Tree Cove around 10:30 am
. - Kate Stovel
7:50 am - Saw a pod of Orca mid channel Mukilteo off Smugglers Cove
. Think there were 3 but not sure, heading south. - Linda Shuger
6:55am - Pod of orcas
- can't tell whether they are transient. They are in front of Possession Point
right now- slowly heading toward the Mukilteo Ferry. Such a calm beautiful morning down here. - Terica Taylor
Heather Cotes called with a report of 4 orcas
, including one adult male, in Winchester Bay in the Umpqua River OR, at about 3:30 pm
. She said they came into the river, ate something, then left.
7:15 pm - Gray off south end of Camano state park
. Surfaced about 3 times with long periods between. Stealth whale. ; ) - Krista Paulino
We've seen 10-15 spouts and a gray back of a whale
moving south in Saratoga Passage
over the last half hour. I also saw one on the south side of the passage about 11 this morning. - Lara Pate
9:07 am -
No orcas but I saw two grey whales
right in the middle of the ferry lane, closer to the Clinton side. They were heading north east. - Danielle Doll
7:10 pm -
WA State Ferries, from the ferry Kitsap on the Seattle-Bremerton run: 6 orcas south bound, off Restoration Point
3:23 pm -
WA State Ferries report by Graham DeWitt, 2nd mate on the Edmonds/Kingston run - about 6 orcas
, including 1 male with a huge fin and one calf, sighted off Apple Cove Point
in the southbound shipping lanes. First heading north, then stopping to mill around.
07:12 PM - 4-5 killer whales
mix of large and small spotted near Bainbridge Island
, near Port Madison, there were at least 4 or 5. Truly amazing! So beautiful! - Elise Sivilay
4:30 pm - Southbound orcas off Point Wells and Richmond Beach
. Video of today's acrobatic cartwheeling and tail-lobbing Bigg's (Transient mammal eating) Killer whales taking down a harbor seal (not graphic) in Puget Sound off of Richmond Beach in Shoreline
. Earlier ID's by Brad Hanson of NOAA Fisheries included T137 and T137A
among a probable total of 7
boy are they moving fast! Passing by Shilshole marina
now looking from the south end of rolling bay on Bainbridge. Mid channel.
Looking from rolling bay on Bainbridge
they are about to cross in front of Golden Gardens.
Finally spotted them! They're going to pass to the Bainbridge side of the second tanker in a minute. - Lynn Batson
Yes! Between Golden Gardens and Pt. Monroe
Between Meadow Point and Halvorsen's Buoy
. Southbound at a good clip.
Between Meadow Point and Downtown Suquamish
Southbound! Between Meadow Point and Indianola
. Way out. - Ben Blankenship
7 pm - Pod of 8 orcas.
About a mile or less off Richmond Beach heading west towards Bainbridge
. Perhaps they were feeding or playing, they would go down and then all appear on the surface. They would come up high above the surface and seemed to be playing. - Debra Brown
Still in the same spot....for over an hour south of the Kingston ferry lane mid channel
. - Jamie Grundhauser
6 pm -
Jamie Grundhauser is watching the Transients/Bigg's Whales in mid-channel, between Richmond Beach, Edmonds and Carkeek Park
. They have been in a resting line, basically lined up side-by-side, moving slowly southward, for about ten minutes.
it looks like they've got their engines started again... moving together as a group in a SW to WSW direction, headed out towards mid-channel, pointing roughly towards Fay Bainbridge
they're *still* more or less parked in the same area, SW of my place in Richmond Beach
. No sign that the whales have decided to move on. Birds are still working the area too, so there must be good bits leftover...
they're still parked in roughly the same area as they were when they were working over that harbor seal around 5pm. 3-4 of them are in a resting line
facing S to SE, a couple are facing roughly NW to N a little further to the north of the S-facing resters, which is also where the birds seem to be focusing their attention.
looks like it's a harbor seal they're trying to have for dinner. At least one of the whales is being very surface active... might be a prey item it's wrestling with...
Was able to get a good count of 7 of them
. Transient dorsals for sure. Sounds like the same ones Brad was with earlier.
Seeing dorsal fins from Richmond Beach now. If you're at Kayu Kayu Ac park, that'd be a great view. They'll be visible from Richmond Beach Saltwater Park in about 5-10 minutes (around 4:50-4:55) then heading towards Carkeek shortly after that. Sticking closer to the King County side. Sorry Kitsap folks! - Dave Haas
I see them heading south into Puget sound. Passing edmonds
. Going FAST. They are being very stealthy. I would head to Carkeek. - Sara Troyer
NOAA researchers left the whales just north of the Edmonds ferry lane, with no clear direction but trending westward. He ID'd T137 and T137A
among a probable total of 7
. They might continue around the south end of Whidbey and head NW, or they might go south into Puget Sound. Or for that matter they could turn around and head NE.
Kristine Marshall called at 1:45 pm
from the Mukilteo/Clinton ferry
, reporting 3 orcas just south of the ferry
including 1 adult male, closer to the Clinton side. She had also seen at least 1 Gray whale
between Langley and Hat/Gedney Island earlier in the ferry crossing (the Grays are likely quite relieved the Transient orcas continued south!).
Brad Hanson of NOAA Fisheries called at 1:40 pm
, they are with a tight group of Transients
just south of the Mukilteo/Clinton
ferry run, closer to the east/ Mukilteo side, with the whales continuing south.
Island explorer update orcas on east side of gedney
action is picking up. Gray whales only 1/2 mile away. - Tyrone Reed
Mystic Sea Charters : THIS JUST IN! ORCA SIGHTING ON MYSTIC SEA! Watching at least 5 or 6 Orcas on the West Side of Hat Island
, swimming South towards Clinton Ferry! We'll keep you posted when we get more info! - Liz Fincher
11 am - orcas just north of Langley
, through the Saratoga passage there passed an adult and 2 babies, close to the shore (relatively) moving slow and coming up frequently. And at the same time, out closer to Camano, there was a pod of at least 5 moving east towards Everett
. - Rachel Franklin
9:28 - About 15 orcas
including a number of large males off Hidden Beach (Greenbank)
headed north. Milling around in one spot right now. - Roger F. Clark
About 8 am - On the Lopez-Friday Harbor
ferry this morning, when the boat cuts its engines in the middle of the strait, it's usually a good sign - and it was. A couple of killer whales
came by, close to the boat to say hey, then carried on. It was a little ways out from Brown Island
- they were heading east as the ferry headed to the harbour...just a couple, possibly a male & female (by dorsal size)...shot with my little pocket camera, as you can tell...the orca shown is heading to the left, in the pic (so she might be a T). Always nice to see friends...- Ian Byington
Marie Lincoln of Chocolate Flower Farm just reported a Gray whale off the Langley seawall at 5:20 pm
- the whale bell has been ringing a lot today!
This afternoon, around 4:30, we had a large gray whale
out in front of our house, stirring up the crawdads on the sandbar and then swimming in circles eating. We are about 1 mile northwest of Langley
on the Saratoga passage. - Rachel Franklin
on board the island explorer 3 we have 3 gray whales
right on top of each other south end of gedney/hat island
. Acting crazy and sticking extremely close for safety reasons due to the group of orcas north of gedney/hat island
. - Tyrone Reed
A friend reported seeing a Gray whale at 9:15 ish
. Crossing in front of the Vashon ferry
, headed north. Closer to Seattle side of water. - Kelly Burns Keenan
Had an encounter with twins today. T49C and T77A
were found traveling together in the Gulf Islands
. I have seen T49C before but not T77A. They are amazingly almost identical looking. Both have twin notches in just about the same place! We also found a huge chunk of lungs in San Juan Channel on the way out. I imagine from a Steller Sea Lion, but who knows. The lungs were about 20 miles away from the whales, so not sure if it was left over from these guys or another group of Transients. Notice the fresh rake marks on T49C. - Ivan Reiff
We were able to catch up with T077A and T049C
in the morning west of Mandarte Island (Haro Strait)
. Thanks to Jeff on Goldwing for finding them. They killed a seal as soon as we arrived and we spent our entire time watching them sharing it with each other while the gulls picked up the scraps. In the late afternoon
I saw them take another seal in Navy Channel
. They then skulked along the shoreline of Mayne Island, enter the western entrance of Active Pass and then turn and head west up Trincomali Channel.
Mark Malleson, Prince of Whales
At 7:30 pm northbound on east side of Whidbey at Bells Beach
, about halfway over to Camano. - Angela Johnson Zink
. Just past Clinton heading north on the east side of Whidbey
. Racing to Langley now. Looks like they went between Hat and Camano island. We saw them from Langley
for about an hour. Looked like a pod of about 7
. My first wild orca experience. - Danielle Doll
: We are enjoying a pod northbound right now moving FAST from Possession Point to Clinton
. We took some first-timer friends in search of Grays and came up empty for 90 minutes. Imagine our surprise returning to Edmonds to have such a great encounter. Maybe our friends are good luck? The Orcas were on a mission-- 8.5 MPH over ground into a 2.5 MPH outgoing tide
. Fun stuff! I can email more photos for I.D. - Jim Fahey
Dave Ellifrit: The big bull is T11A. I was just talking yesterday about wanting to see him again so send him up here! The sprouter is a little too grainy to say anything with any certainty but it MAY be T137A if his upper nick is being invisible in the grain.
We had T49C and T77A head up Swanson Channel and Trincomali Channel
. - Dave Ellifrit
We had a great hang-out session with the T75Bs with the T36As near Trial Island
. Then we poked our heads out a little farther into the Strait of Juan de Fuca to see the T101s
. Pictured here is big boy T102 (T011A?)(born in 1984) with San Juan Island in the background. - Katie Jones
T101's off Victoria waterfront.
- Mark Malleson
T036A's and T075B's at Trial Island
. - Mark Malleson
Thanks to reports from John @ Gotcha Fishing Charters, Roy @ Blue Wolf Charters, and Paul @ Sooke Coastal I was able to pick up the T101's at Constance Bank and the T075B's and T036A's following behind
. Both groups were traveling east. - Mark Malleson
We had a great day out on the water with a group of transients today. We got a call at 9:30AM
from local whale watcher Paul Pudwell with Sooke Coastal Explorations. He was with a large group of transients
feeding at Race Rocks Pacific Ecological Reserve
. By the time we left our station at Pedder Bay they were headed east in Constance Bank, split into two groups. We were able to identify them as the T101s
, the same whales spotted in Puget Sound near Seattle Washington a few days earlier. They were spread out foraging and doing 4-10 min dives. We followed them towards Trail Island light house. - Josh McInnes
We just got a report of 15-20 transients off Race Rocks near Victoria BC at 9:30AM
. Thank you Paul Pudwell for the report. - Josh McInnes
5:45pm - Saw a grey on the way to Everett in Saratoga Passage
, south of Langley, before Sandy Point, close to Camano. - Buzz Mersereau
This morning at 10 am 2 gray whales seen at Chito beach (west of Sekiu)
, moving steadily west and lost to sight. Myself and two other observers. - Janet Partlow
Eighteen Transient Orcas present, 4 mile NE of Active Pass
. - David Howitt
We had an incredible encounter with the T124s, T124As and T87
yesterday afternoon in the Strait of Georgia
. Our naturalist Traci, put this great video together. - Traci Walter
A glorious day for whale watching on "Mystic Sea." Making our way towards a heart-shaped blow silhouetted by the sunshine, we met up with No. 56
as we headed towards Everett. Soon No. 49 (Patch) and No. 53 (Little Patch)
swam into view, delighting passengers with the unforgettable smell of whale breath drifting on the light breeze. So good to be on the water with our visiting whales on such a calm sunny afternoon. - Sandra Pollard
I finally caught a glimpse of one this morning; 10:30 Clinton-Mukilteo boat
, half way through the route about 600 yards north towards Hat Island. Slow brief rolls on the surface and then it submerged for quite some time before breaching to breathe. - Jason Kidd
2PM Sunday about 10 Orcas went south along the east side of Victoria
. Alot of tail slaps, spy hops and a few breaches. A lot of it was caught on video as they passed my location on the shore. Most of the action happens just after 9.40 on the video. - Vincenz Eberl
T49A1 T65A2 in Haro Strait.
- David Howitt
8:28 am -
Potential sighting in front of Bainbridge across from Shilshole
. - Steve Quigley
Report of Orcas in Trincomali Channel
moving quickly. 8:42am Orca S bound east Prevost Is
. Likely T's, ~10 w many young. - Brandon Harvey
I was coming back from Fort Worden State Park Port Townsend, after a day of watching 2 gray whales
/ possibly a calf swimming in the area. On my way home, when crossing the Hood Canal bridge @ 4:30 the same time, I saw many porpoises surfacing parallel to the bridge.. white sided dolphins?
wish I could of had a better look as I was traveling across the bridge at a high speed. - Kathe Bradley
From Rob Taylor: I vote white sides too. I crossed the hood canal bridge at 4:30 (April 6) and there were 30-40 scattered on each side of the bridge
, surfacing every twenty yards or so. It was amazing, but what I saw weren't orcas.
There were THREE Hood Canal orca (white-sided dolphins)
reported by Jean Boone, and forwarded to me by Jeni Gray: Just saw three juvenile orcas in my backyard!!! I love listening to them! They are heading towards Union just north of downtown Hoodsport.
It was a gorgeous day on the water today, here is gray whale #383
going on a dive. - Jill Hein
Gray Whales #56 and #383
were near Whidbey Island
. It was a beautiful day. - Sara Hysong-Shimazu
Spent the afternoon @2-4 watching two gray whales
breaching/ swimming along the shoreline Fort Worden State Park
, Port Townsend, from atop the bluff looking east. - Kathe Bradley
Gray whales between Ebey's Landing and Ft. Ebey State Park at 4:20 pm
, reported by Al Lunemann, who says: "There are 3, 2 larger ones and a smaller one usually but not always in between, and the pectoral fins sometimes up....very similar to the nursing behavior I saw in the Baja lagoons....so, perhaps a mother, calf and another escort female...? They're just hanging out near the surface and have been here for over an hour....same area."
Ariel Yseth called at 1:20 while watching a gray
whale from the Edmonds marina. The whale is mid-channel, headed south.
Grey whales 383 & 56
from Mystic Sea, heading north towards Langley
! - Connie Bickerton
9:23 am -
Jamie Grundhauser reports seeing a gray whale just east of the south end of Hat/Gedney Island
On the 6:00pm ferry eastbound out of Clinton
I saw blows of two Gray whales between Hat/Gedney Island and Everett
. - Alisa Lemire Brooks
6:45 pm - Orcas sighted on north of Maury island
. Four orcas were seen north of Maury island heading towards KVI beach. Location: Vashon/Maury Island. - Gordon Mueller
6:42 - Orca whales heading through Colvos Pass!
Just passed the northern tip of Vashon. Heading North! - Kristi Amrine
11:00 am - Sightings on Henderson bay (Gig Harbor)! 6 orca !!
2 tall dorsal fins lots of play 4 other whales! 2 males playing tandem others tail slaps & pectoral fins up and down. Very cool day kayaking in south sound! - JoAnn Moore
11:00 am - I saw at least 6 or 7 orcas playing in Henderson Bay
(northeast of Gig Harbor), 2 miles south of the Purdy boat ramp. Two tall dorsal fins and lots of splashing. Beautiful experience. I will send photos if they turn out. - Christine Burris
I was leading a paddle with 7 Kayakers from the Purdy Spit to Cutts Island, as we approached Allen Pt we sighted a group of Orcas traveling north in Henderson Bay
(near Gig Harbor). We counted at least 6 in the group
, 2 of which had very tall pronounced dorsal fins. The group was very active and playful. We witnessed several pectoral fin slaps, tail fin slaps, lots of playing and splashing. - Jason Learned
10:35 am -
John Rogstad of WSF called to relay a report from the ferry Kennewick on the Port Townsend/Coupeville run - a pod of 6-8 orcas
, heading south into Admiralty Inlet. They also report some small boats chasing the whales.
I was awakened this morning with a steaming cup o' joe and four words every PNW woman wants to hear, "The whales are here." Jumped (a relative verb at my age) out of bed, grabbed my camera, and shot the ballet happening before our eyes. Gray whale feeding on ghost shrimp in the Saratoga Passage off Langley
, slow and methodical which for a mammal this size only makes sense. We thought it was two whales because of the span, but quickly realized it was one *huge* whale. They spin slowly, hypnotically, using their fins to stir up the ghost shrimp embedded in the sand below, and then feast. Also saw my first fluke on the Mystic Sea cruise last Friday night to benefit our new Langley Whale Center. I guess you could say it has been one whale of a week on Whidbey Island. Looking forward to the Welcome the Whales parade on the 19th. These magnificent creatures deserve a formal 'Welcome." - Debra Campbell
10:45 am -
Alisa Lemire Brooks spotted THREE gray whales entering Port Susan!
On her way to staff the Langley Whale Center today, so glad she was rewarded with a whale sighting to start the day!
5 pm -
Looks like they were headed towards salmon beach when we lost them and looks like NOAA turned back to head home. They might be headed to The Narrows (Tacoma). - Jill Clogston
4:30 - Saw orcas traveling south through the Narrows
. Were first sighted on the West side of the Narrows, South of Gig Harbor, close to the beach under the bluffs. They moved out into the center of the channel North of the Narrows Bridge, and crossed under the center of the main span of the Narrows Bridge. Last seen heading South, still in the main channel about 1 to 2 miles South of the bridge. One orca with a very tall dark dorsal fin and two smaller ones with short dorsal fins, lighter in color. Traveling South through the Narrows, South Sound. Although, as they moved out into the center of the channel North of the Narrows Bridge, they went underwater for a minute or two. The one with the very tall dorsal fin came to the surface about 100 to 200 feet further to the East, but rejoined the others in the middle of the channel before going under the bridge. - Warren Wilson
Just passing Owens beach
heading towards the Narrows.
Approaching the ferry lane Vashon/Pt. defiance.
I can see them from Owen beach!! - Jason Cook
They were mid way to Browns Point
about 30 minutes ago. - Amy Carey
Whales are past Pt. Robinson
now, still heading south. - Meg McDonald
They are slightly north of Des Moines
pier mid channel with research boat. - Tanya Jackson Esparza
2:05 - orcas in south sound
. Sighted a small pod, 2 to 4 orca,
headed south in East Puget sound North East of Point Robinson Vashon
. Headed south appeared to be feeding on seals. - Patrick McClean
Basically still across from 3 tree
Vashon side...near Tramp Harbor
. NOAA is with them.
1:40 - I
can see some fins in the distance off three tree point, Vashon Island,
through my binocs. On the pier at Des Moines. - Vickie Doyle
On the 11:30 Bainbridge to Seattle ferry
and saw them way in the distance in the Bremerton ferry lane. - Jay Burkett
Jamie sees some farther south nearing West Seattle
1:29 - Nearing three tree point.
Some passing Dilworth
. Spread across from vashon and some very close to Seattle
side. - Amy Carey
Saw 2 orcas surfacing on Vashon side
, even with ferry dock, about 12:30 pm
. Haven't re-found them yet. Heading south.
12:31 - Two orcas off of Fauntelroy ferry doc
k heading south. - Christine Zahn
Jamie Grundhauser called in reports of the orcas
, still heading south at noon. NOAA was with a group of 5 Orcas including 2 large males
, the earlier group was reaching Vashon Island
Transient killer whale T102 (born 1984) , T102's younger brother T101A (born 1993)
family members passed Point Robinson today near today's 12:20 Vashon ferry, surfing a huge wake from a Tacoma-bound freight ship. - Meg McDonald
They are just past Alki Lighthouse
but north of Fauntleroy ferry. - Jamie Grundhauser
12:00 - Same three pods of orcas
today around noon. Southbound at fauntleroy ferry dock and pt williams
, headed south towards tacoma. - Clint Jones
Brad Hanson called with visual confirmation of orcas off Alki
. No ID's or numbers yet.
now in front of Seattle harbor
re-sighted them from Queen Anne
. They are porpoising mid channel just north of Eagle Harbor. NOAA just getting on scene.
see the mid channel just south of West Point/Rolling bay
still southbound. - Alisa Lemire Brooks
Woohoo!!! At 11:30am there were at least 5 or 6 Orcas off the tip of Alki Point
this morning. How exciting! I've lived at Alki Point for 7 years and rarely leave the house without my binoculars in hopes of spotting whales. I'm so glad I had them this morning because this is the first time I've finally caught sight of them off Alki. One had a super tall fin that tipped over at the top. They swung around the point really close to shore, too! - Adrianna Wells
Good viewing water. Staying under a while. Between magnolia and wing point
. Mid channel or east. No good count. - Rick Hatten
11:05 - Eagle Harbor area.
Look a little closer to BI side now.
They are about at Yeomalt
still mid channel.
10:41 - Between Bainbridge Is. and Shilsole
right now. - Anne Duggan Smith
Yes they were heading south and by my estimation they might be a bit north of the Bainbridge ferry
pathway about now.....or thereabouts.
I just now saw this post and went to look thru the binoculars....sure enough I see their spouts a bit south of here (live on President Point in Kingston
). - Chris Beamer Otterson
Around 8:15 am a pod of killer whales
was seen heading south across the Kingston Edmonds Ferry
pathway. The ferry departed from Kingston to Edmonds and the whales were seen off the bow of the vessel. Total there were 15+ whales, either in groups of about 5 or singled out. Unsure if Transients or Residents. - Kelsey Donahue
John Rogstad from WA State Ferries called at 8:16 am
to say the ferry Chelan saw 8-10 orcas traveling fast eastward through Thatcher Pass
, between Decatur and Blakely islands, into Rosario Strait.
Mystic Sea called in a report of 3 Gray whales E of Hat Island
, 1 at Mukilteo, and 1 at Clinton, shortly after noon
Yesterday we were able to catch up with the T049A's and T065A's (T065A, T065A5, T065A3, and T065A4) near Whale Rocks
. They skulked through the rock piles past the seal haulouts and I left them at 1210 near Iceberg (Lopez Island)
harassing a harbor seal. Thanks to Tom and Jane on Morning Star for passing them off to those of us who could make it there. - Mark Malleson, Prince of Whales
They went south, peeked into san juan channel, then headed for Iceberg on the south tip of Lopez
. - Traci Walter
This afternoon at 2:45 PM
a friend of mine saw three orcas in Rosario Strait
from the ferry between Anacortes and Decatur
. - Monika Weiland
I sighted a pod of four Orcas
. They where traveling south through Cowichan Bay (BC)
and stayed for a couple of minutes in front of Saltspring Island. The was one adult male and one calf in the pod. - Stefan Seiden
1:32 - Two orcas spotted off Decatur Island
on the ferry from Lopez to Anacortes!
Orcas southbound on San Juan Island, spotted at San Juan County Park!A group of 4!
- Deanna Hume-Cheatwood
10 am -
Thanks to a tip from Ken, Dave and I got to see the T49As and T65As
cruising south past Lime Kiln
. It was somewhere around 10am-ish
. - Adam U
Capt. Hobbes reports the Ts NW of Lime Kiln
. Hopefully we'll hear vocalizing on the hydrophones. - Alisa Lemire Brooks
KING5 facebook page: Our friend Jeff saw Mom & Baby in Port Angeles today
Transients, Thetis Island (Gulf Islands, 15 miles SE of Nanaimo), 15 whales ! - T86A, T124, T87, others
. - David Howitt
I spotted seven Orcas from just north of Nye Beach
about one and a half miles off shore at 5:25 pm
and followed them up to Moolack beach (about 4 miles north of Newport OR
) around 5:54 pm
. There were three in front and four a quarter of a mile behind them. They were two miles plus off shore at my last sighting at Mookack. - Renee Fowler, Interpretive Park Ranger
Bill Hanshumaker reports that volunteers at both Yaquina Head and DePoe Bay
under observation simultaneously at this hour. Both groups appear to be headed north. Volunteers coordinator at Hatfield Marine Science Center public wing reported Renee Fowler from Oregon State Parks had spotted a pod of orcas
this morning at 10:15 am off of Yachats
and heading North.
At 10:15 am
this morning a pod of orcas was traveling off of Yachats
and heading North. Thank you to Renee Fowler from Oregon State Parks for spreading the word. - Rebecca Harver
David Oclander reports seeing about 4 orcas just beyond the surf near Yachats OR
at about 8:30 this morning
. He says they remained stationary for about a half hour. He said he saw a poster with our number so he decided to call.
7:54 am -
Gail Brewer called to say she saw fins that might have been orcas or porpoises about 3-4 miles south of the bridge
about 2 miles offshore of Yachats OR.
5 pm -
A mother Gray
with her calf sighted heading north along the west shore of Point Lowell, Camano Island
. The pair were moving slow with frequent blows (every minute or so). We watched them from the beach just north of the boat dock at Camano State Park as they came up from the south, easing along the shore of Point Lowell until they disappeared to the north heading directly toward Crescent Harbor. - Rob Plaza
Note: No gray whale calves have be confirmed. All the Saratoga Grays are believed to be males.
10:35AM - One Gray Whale
sighted swimming South along the East shore of Camano Island at Port Susan Terrace Beach.
- Robert Pelland
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