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April 13

T065A3 spyhopping after a seal kill in Haro Strait . -Mark Malleson

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T075B with T075B2 south bound near Gordon Head. -Mark Malleson

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T075B, T075C and T065B south bound at Ten Mile Point. -Mark Malleson

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I've been told that the two orcas that came into the Sooke Harbour are believed to be mother (50y) and son (35y) T11 & T11A . Isn't that sweet! (Video of T011 & T011A). -Deanna Brett

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1:56 pm - There is a pod inside Sooke Harbour right now. -Sara Galbraith

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Trip report - The weatherman was good to us, the rain held off and we found whales! Heading south from Langley, we caught up with two favorites - Gray whales #49 Patch, and #44 Dubknuck as they traveled back and forth between Hat Island and the Clinton ferry dock. It was a little choppy, but we still had some great views of them. We heard of another whale feeding along the Langley shoreline and found #22, busily feeding on her side, many views of her pectoral fin and 'half' her tail fluke as she scooped up those little shrimp from the sediment. We watched her travel from Langley to Sandy Point. Many people in Langley watched her pass by from Whale Bell Park. It was a good day on the water! -Jill Hein, volunteer naturalist.

April 12

A headstand right beside Ken's boat (under research permit) in San Juan Channel just to the northwest of Shaw Island! A rather impressive one, at that. This was the T49A transient group in the afternoon. -Val Shore

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It was a great afternoon on the water with the T49A family of transient orcas. We spent some of the encounter near Frost Island where they appeared to be messing around with the lines on crab pots! This is a behavior I have heard about, but never witnessed until today. I guess if they find something that might be a good toy, they don't hesitate too much. I just hope they are careful about toys like that. We left them for a while to go check out some other wildlife and when we returned to the orca family, they were near the Shaw Island ferry landing and appeared to have made a kill. -Katie Jones

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Approximately 7 orca including at least one small were active herding then eating a habror seal in Wasp Passage (NW of Shaw Island) around 3pm. Numerous small boats were in the area watching. Just off east tip of Crane Island. Whales headed westward when finished. -Blair Evans

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It was so nice to see the T049As again and they were having a grand old time chowing down on lunch and then following that up by playing with a crab pot float. -Sara Hysong-Shimazu

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T049As at Swifts Bay, Lopez Island. -Sara Hysong-Shimazu

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T49A's off Swifts Bay, Lopez Island. -Connie Bickerton

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Thanks to Shane of Island Adventures and to the Washington State Ferries for relaying a sighting of killer whales in Thatcher Pass we were able to get a look at the T049A's for the 4th time this week. They have scoured every corner of our range since arriving on April 6th. -Mark Malleson

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We were with 4 Orcas off of Blakely with Island Adventures. -Kim Wills Murray

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T049A2 diving under the boat in Upright Channel. -James Gresham

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T049A1 in the foreground with his mother, T049A. -James Gresham

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Sunday at 3pm we boarded the Mystic Sea at the Langley Marina for a benefit whale watch hosted by the Langley Main Street Association and Mystic Sea Charters...we launched toward Gedney (Hat) Island, on the lookout for gray whales or the rumored orcas in the area. We could never confirm any orca sightings, but just east of Gedney we saw the first misty blow of a Gray whale, cruising along the dropoff at the edge of the mud plume from the Snohomish River, from only 10-20 feet deep to about 600 feet deep. This Gray never fluked but from the dorsal markings we got a tentative ID as #22. Then we cruised back toward Gedney and encountered a "mystery" whale, with a mostly unmarked back that didn't resemble any of the grays in the catalog, so this may be a new recruit to the Saratoga grays this year. This one did some great spyhops in the few minutes we were with it, before we saw another whale 1/2 mile to the south that actually breached (or half-breached, which is as much as you can hope for in a gray whale). This one, also never positively identified, did a series of about a half dozen unusual spyhops at a 45 degree angle on its back, which was a fitting finish to the trip. (from other photos, Jill Hein ID'd #383 as being one of the whales seen on this cruise-ALB). -Susan Berta & Howard Garrett, Orca Network

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4:49 pm - 3 whales! Look forward to IDs by those on board!
4:30pm - from Harborview park, Everett...Alisa and Ed are watching 2-3 Gray whales (and The Mystic Sea) just off east side of Hat/Gedney Island. Susan, Howard, Langley Main Street Assoc. and guests are having a beautiful encounter on the fundraising cruise for Orca Network. -Alisa Lemire Brooks

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3:36 pm - Well I've got eyes on a grey whale heading south. -Danielle Pennington

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3:50 pm - Gray whale is right at Possession Point, south Whidbey.
3:10 pm - from Mukilteo Ed spotted, and we are seeing, a Gray whale close to Whidbey Island south of Glendale heading south towards Possession Point. -Alisa Lemire Brooks

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We found gray whale 22 deep in the Snohomish delta on it's side feeding. We could see her from land. We also saw 44 at Sandy Point feeding on its side. Both whale were showing pecs and tail very far out of the water. This is probably what people are seeing. We never found any killer whales. -Michael Colahan

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12:30 pm -The Langley Whale Center reports gray whale #44 Dubknuck just passed by Langley about 150 feet from shore. Heading south. Lots of visitors came running when the "Whale bell" was rung.

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12:25 pm - Two grays outside Langley! Heading south. -Cara Hefflinger

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11:30 am - Gray in Port Susan. A lone Gray was seen just off shore in front of Tulalip Shores this morning. Fed briefly just off shore. The Gray was heading north and disappeared around the corner toward Tulare. -Vicki Mattson

April 11

4:30pm - Many who would otherwise be out watching showed such great restraint and remained gathered for the 2nd Southern Resident C.A.L.F. (Community Action Look Forward) workshop to brainstorm on orca and salmon recovery. However at the end of the workshop, reports that members of J pod was still on the west side allowed many of us to caravan and eventually catch fleeting glimpses from County Park of blows and dorsals as they rounded the point passed the Center for Whale Research towards Open Bay. Nothing quite like listening to the hydrophone, hearing them, but not being able to see them for nearly 45 minutes despite the frantic efforts of searching... The water was choppy, and just when I was about to give up, I spotted one!... we saw about 4 pass Lime Kiln heading north sort of close to shore...They were spread out and very hard to see due to the water, but I was happy nonetheless to spend a little time with the beautiful black and whites! -Rachel Haight

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9:57am - Hearing some faint calls on Lime Kiln. -Jill Clogston

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9:17am - Just heard a nice loud call. On LK. -Susan Marie Andersson

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9:15 am - I can hear a few calls on OS. -Selena Rhodes Scofield

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9:04am - There's another one.
9:00am - Heard a few J-Pod calls a while ago - all's quiet now. -Monika Wieland

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8:52 am - Seriously whales on LK... -Rachel Haight

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Pod of orcas this morning off of Yokeko Point heading toward Deception Pass. -Debbie Peth Claus

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Feeding pits near Hidden Beach, Whidbey Island. YEA! Don't know when the grays came in to feed, but very happy to see that they are back since last year we hardly had any activity. -Nancy Culp Zaretzke

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1:38 pm - Grey in Holmes Harbor. -Cathi O'Nan Bower

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12:28 pm - Been watching 2 Grays south of Fox Spit for about an hour, they are almost to Bells Beach now. Few whale watching boats nearby to help spot them. -Sara Young

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10:00 am - saw 2 Grays from Howard and Susans former backyard on North Bluff Road (above Hidden Beach, Saratoga Passage). -Jeff Bueler

April 10

On the last update on 6 April, L84 was off Willapa Bay. L84 was traveling north and by 8 April he was near La Push where our colleagues from Cascadia Research Collective were able to intercept a group of Southern Residents traveling north. The whales were very spread out but the individuals they saw included members of both L pod (but not including L84) and J pod. They were able to collect 4 prey and 1 fecal sample. However, L84 had turned south by the afternoon of the 8th so Cascadia staff launched out of Westport on the 9th and were able to intercept L84 and a few other L pod members just off Grays Harbor and collect 2 more prey and 1 more fecal sample. As of this morning (10 April) the whales were about were they were on the 6th, just off the entrance to Willapa Bay. -Northwest Fisheries Science Center 2015 Southern Resident Killer Whale Satellite Tagging

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12:35 pm - Marilyn Armbruster reported seeing spouts from Bells Beach mid channel heading south towards Langley.

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10:00 am - Two Gray whales spotted off of the Saratoga community beach. -Michale Skutack

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8:30 am - Mary Pacher in Greenbank reports one and maybe two gray whales having breakfast below the bluff just north of the Greenbank Farm.

April 9

J36 and J52 at San Juan Island. -Mark Malleson

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The J16 matriline did the west side shuffle off San Juan Island today. On the water we watched them travel from False Bay to Hannah Heights between 13:45 and 14:30. Then back on shore they milled off Lime Kiln from 15:30-16:30, apparently foraging, before slowly continuing north...The J16s have been the only J-Pod whales around for the last couple of days, which is a bit odd, but maybe it has something to do with the fact that two of our newest members are in their family group. It was great to see two very active babies in J50 (mom J16 Slick) and J52 (mom J36 Alki), and also to see that the whale watch boats were all voluntarily giving the family lots of extra space. -Monika Wieland

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J16 Matriline Report. We spent the afternoon and evening with the J16 matriline, including the two new calves, J50 and J52. The orcas were spread out off the west side of San Juan Island foraging. The females and calves stayed almost exclusively inshore, while J26 Mike would repeatedly forage off shore. It was amazing to watch J50 though, she is such an independent and spunky calf! J16 Slick is not going to have it easy keeping track of this little one! J50 was close to the others, but not right at her mother's side as you may expect. She was seen engaging with all of the family members, and it would seem that J26 Mike was babysitting for some of the time. We saw J26 Mike act out a variety of behaviors including tail slapping, kelping, pectoral slaps as he rolled through the water, and breaching. Whether J26 was using this behavior as a foraging tactic, or just for fun remains up for question! It seemed that the whales were in a "down to business" mode yesterday, and were very serious about foraging- as they should be with two lactating females in the group.
The most interesting behavior we witnessed came just towards the end of our first trip when most of the orcas were heading north again, but one stayed behind. Yep, you guessed it, J50 stayed behind and became quite social. It seemed that she was acting out similar behaviors as J26 (big brother) that we had seen a short time before. J50 started to roll through the water as well, trying to slap her pectoral flippers, as well as spyhopping (I can't tell you how adorable it was to see a bright pink/orange calf rolling through the water trying to pectoral slap). By the end of her playfulness J52 had also joined in socializing, and the orcas seemed to come back around to escort the playful calves north again. These mothers are certainly going to have their "flippers" full with these two little ones! The calves definitely seem very healthy, and with such a high mortality rate (50% or more), we hope there will soon be ample salmon filling these waters to ensure they always stay healthy. -Heather McIntyre, Legacy Charters

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4:03 pm - Listening to orcas (and a nasty, loud boat) on Lime Kiln! -Kristina Louise Dahl

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1:19 pm - About 5-7 (orcas) off Eagle Point including a baby. Make that two babies & a bull. -William Westrem

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Thanks to a report from Peter of Tula Sailing Charters we were able to locate the T049A's in the afternoon. They came south through Oak Bay and moved quickly west out the Juan de Fuca past Sooke. -Mark Malleson

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7:28 pm - They then headed over to Fox Spit and are now headed south to Bells Beach.
6:43 pm - Looks like three grays right in front of Camano Island state park headed north. -Ann Brockenbrough

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1:00 pm -Laurie Samora was watching two gray whales about half way down Holmes Harbor, feeding for an hour, then heading back north toward Baby Island.

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12:59 pm - Grey whale headed towards Possession Point (South Whidbey). -Alexis Aurmacz

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2:45-3:00pm - A Langley Whale Center visitor called once they returned home to report seeing a gray whale from their home at the top of Holmes Harbor.

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11:50 am - Blows visible with naked eye from Camano Island State Park, viewing southwest towards Whidbey. -Kristin Kreifels

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The whales are now over on Whidbey side south of Fox Spit. I can see blows from my kayak just outside Elger Bay. -Krista Paulino

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10:25 am - 2 Grays just North of Mabana beach Camano Island. Very close to shore in the cove. -Sally Olin

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Gray whales 22 and 383 feeding on the eastern Gedney Island shoreline last week. Amazing! -Michael Colahan

April 8

1:20 pm - Two unidentified orca off of Coffin Point near Ladysmith, about ten miles south of Nanaimo, BC. -Megan Norfolk

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7:23 am - 5-6 orcas traveling west then east on the north side of Orcas Island, spotted from Sucia Island. At least one adult male, couple females and probably baby/yearling. -Stephanie Church

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9:00 am - call from Mike Claussen reporting a pod of 3-6 orcas "not far out" from shore near Bandon, Oregon.

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10:21 am - Starting to hear them in the distance on Lime Kiln hydrophne now. -Pam Ren

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9:55-10:15 am - Amazing Transient calls on OS! Loud calls, whistles and clicks. They were still going when I turned off hydrophone. -Alisa Lemire Brooks

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9:43 am - Activity on OrcaSound (Transients). -Jill Clogston

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T049A breaching near Darcy Island in the morning. -Mark Malleson

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6:15pm - Bells Beach...Three gray whales feeding and heading toward Langley. Gave us quite a show! -Margaret Sullivan

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5:15pm - Well another one out from southend Fox Spit with whale watching boat.
5:00 pm - Both have passed Fox Spit and are now heading out mid channel and south towards Langley.
4:40 pm - They are now at the northend of Fox Spit (Whidbey Island) heading south.
3:30 pm - just saw a spout north of Baby Island and south of Hidden Beach (Whidbey Island) It's more near north side of Baby Island. -Marilyn Armbruster

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Gray whale #49 (Patch) and friends in Saratoga Passage. -Marilyn Armbruster

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2:20 pm - Just saw two grays headed north in Saratoga Passage just north of Cama Beach, mid-channel...Looks like they are headed over to the Whidbey side north of Hidden Beach. -Ann Brockenbrogh

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10:45 am - A couple of Grays in between West Point and Skiff Point this morning. I saw a spout in the far distance, then nothing for a while; thought they were gone, then one came up about 10' away from my paddleboard. What a surprise! -Urban Surf

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About 10 AM a gray whale passed Langley about 100 yards from shore by Boy and Dog park. A Chamber of Commerce meeting was interrupted to watch the whale.

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9:30 am - 2 gray whales swimming south on the Whidbey side of Saratoga Passage towards Langley about 20 mins ago. They look to be right outside Langley now. -Becky Wilson

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9:20 am - Two gray whales seen feeding off Sandy Point. Now headed to Clinton, feeding along the way. -Mary Ann Mansfield

April 7

"Since J52 was next to J36 for the entire encounter, there is no reason to believe it is anyone else's calf other than J36. We will let everyone know if the situation changes in any way." -Center for Whale Research

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Today during our trip we visited the J16's, a small matriline group of Jpod, on the west side! This group has 2 of the 3 new calves in Jpod! J50 and J52! -Traci Walter

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1:15 pm - Echolocation on Lime Kiln Hydrophone. -Connie Bickerton

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T123A and T49A1, T49A4, mom T49A, and T49A3 , Transient killer whale spyhop off Shaw Island after they made a kill. -Monika Wieland

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The T123's and the T49A's just south of San Juan and Lopez Islands. -Katie Jones

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...After our normal trip (out with J16s) as we were getting ready to get off the boat, a friend and fellow whale watch captain who was on the ferry said there were whales INSIDE of Friday Harbor! Ekk! How did we miss them?!!? Well, they were doing long dives and were tucked close to shore. Just goes to show you, never ever ever stop looking! They were the group we were with the other day, the T49A's and the T123's! -Traci Walter

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7:06 pm - Orcas just went through Wasp past between Crane Island and Shaw. There were possibly two to three adults and one baby. Close to South shore on Shaw. Headed Eastbound. -Gretchen Sanders Halvorsen

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2:00 pm - Spotted 3-4 today from the ferry half way between Fri. Harbor and Anacortes. -Lisa Miller Donaldson

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About 1:30 pm - WA State Ferries reported 6 to 8 orcas off Blakely Island, headed for Peavine Pass.

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About 1-1:30 pm - My sister saw some orcas (with calf) from the Lopez ferry dock. -Emily Cressman Blakeway

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Received a call today from Jack Trahan USCG reporting a small group of orcas in the Port of Valdez, AK for the past two weeks, seen with a newborn near Gold Creek. He reports having photos of dorsal fins.

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Two gray whales right at the East shore of Hat Island. They were feeding and they were very active! It was impressive....The Naturalist ID the whales as #383 and #22. -Isabel Doran

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At around 7:35 pm tonight, we were at Legion Park (Everett) and saw several blows between Jetty Island and Priest Point, closer to Priest Point and probably directly south of it. We saw it right away when we pulled into the spot - a great sunset which illuminated the blows nicely! -Shelby Hight Fifield

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We saw Humpacks or Grays (unconfirmed) in middle of the Sound in between Carkeek Park and Indianola at dusk from our paddleboards. Too far off to tell which exactly. -Erik Sandstrom

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3:55 pm - On vacation at Ocean Shores, WA. Have been watching several (2 or 3), gray whales, feeding in the same spot off the beach for the last 90 minutes. -Karen Knight

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I took a whale watching trip today and the group was able to see two gray whales right at the East shore of Hat Island. They were feeding and they were very active! It was impressive. I don't have a good camera but these are some of the pictures I was able to take. The Naturalist ID the whales as #383 and #22. I hope they are of use to you. Thanks for all your hard work. With much appreciation. -Isabel Doran

April 6

6 April update - Since the last update a week ago on 30 March, the whales have remained off the southwest coast of Washington. L84's tag went back to a duty cycle of transmitting every day beginning on 31 March. The whales remained in a relatively small area in the nearshore waters just north of the entrance to the Columbia River from 31 March until 4 April. By April 5th they had traveled north to just south of the mouth of Willapa Bay, where they have remained through this morning (6 April). -Northwest Fisheries Science Center 2015 Southern Resident Killer Whale Satellite Tagging

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I CANNOT believe the amazing weather we've had lately as well as the various Bigg's (transient) Killer Whales that have been around! Today it was the T49A's and the T123's. We were just south of San Juan Island and followed them til they went around the bottom of Lopez Island. Just a beautiful day. -Traci Walter

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T123C and T049A1 east bound south of Discovery in the morning. -Mark Malleson

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1:33pm - Correction, make that 2 grey whales!
1:10pm - One grey whale spotted off Greenbank headed south? -Wendi Levy

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12:50 pm - report from Christy Korrow: One gray mid passage almost to Langley, heading south east.

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12:47pm - Jill Hein updates: they have #383, #56 and #22 by Greenbank, feeding back and forth; #44 (Dubnuck) by Fox Spit; and earlier had #49 (Patch) and #21 headed south in Saratoga Passage - Gray whale soup out there today!
12:05 pm - Jill Hein called from the Mystic Sea with reports of 5 or 6 gray whales from Langley to Greenbank. There were two approaching the beach at Greenbank, 1 or 2 south of Fox Spit, and Patch and other one off Langley this morning.

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11:15 am - Two grays moving north right at Fox Spit. Moving fast and staying under a bit. Blows around mid channel north of point. -Sara Young

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9:33 am - Two gray whales spotted from Bells Beach in the distance near Camano. First sighted around 8 am and now closer to Camano. -Molly Proue

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7:25 am - Christie Shaffer called from Whidbey Shores, just south of Fox Spit on Saratoga Passage, Whidbey Island, to report watching three gray whales, feeding close to shore. After 10-15 minutes they moved slowly south.

April 5

We had an amazing day with the T36A's and the T49B's south of San Juan Island today. They seemed to be munching on something as there were lots of birds around picking up scraps. The whales lolly-gagged around all afternoon and it was wonderful to spend that time with them. As you can see, the scenery wasn't too shabby either. -Katie Jones

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T036A's and T049B's west bound near Hein Bank. -Mark Malleson

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T036A and T036A2 south bound in San Juan Channel in the morning. -Mark Malleson

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9:40 am - Lopez Island sighting. Rarely seen Orcas moving south along Lopez Island between Otis Perkins Day Park and Shark Reef Park (San Juan Channel). Several adult females and juveniles, possibly a young adult male. 6-10 total, possibly a sub-adult male but nothing massive. -Kirsten Frits

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Spent an incredible evening at Fox Spit, Whidbey Island in Saratoga Passage watching 3 gray whales from shore...whales scooping shrimp and close to shore. I almost fainted...WOW...you could almost touch them...you could feel their mist and smell their breath! The sea lions and birds were happy too. -Marilyn Armbruster

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6:58 pm - Most headed towards baby island now. One rounded the corner and is headed south now. What an amazing incredible day!!! At times the whales came within 30 feet of the beach! We watched them for 2.5 hours!!!
6:02 pm -At least 4 grays at fox spot right now! 3 headed towards baby island. -Sara Young

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5:25 pm - They are very active near shore in front of that beach community below Saratoga road on Whidbey across from south end of Camano Island state park. Lots of blows and churning water.
5:06 pm - Whidbey folks, they are headed your way fast. Lots of blows lots of tail views. They are well north of Langley but seem headed in that direction.
2:53 pm - 2 grays headed into Elger Bay (Camano Island). -Krista Paulino

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3:00 pm - From Whidbey shores, looking east then west. The seagulls are enjoying the crumbs left by at least 4 greys. Mostly together, sometimes in couples. We are THRILLED to have our friends back after 3 or 4 years of few sightings which we now attribute to the commercial ghost shrimp culling. Easter Sunday, 3pm, for 2 hours, these whales enjoyed high tide and rolled in the beach feeding and, we think, celebrating. They were at most 30 feet from our deck at high tide. We are overjoyed to welcome these magnificent creatures back in our 'hood. -Penny Thackeray

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1:28 pm - Two (maybe three) Gray whales who just seems to be milling/feeding up north between East Whidbey and West Camano Island (s) - in Saratoga Passage. -Stu Davidson

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11:30 am - I just spotted a Gray whale just off possession beach heading south. I believe it was just one. It was moving pretty fast. -Tiffany Reynolds

April 4

T49C going south in San Juan Channel with Deer Harbor in the background. Today we started out with beautiful weather, a full boat, and no whale reports. That changed very quickly as we got word about a potential sighting right in San Juan Channel! Another boat was able to get there and confirm the rumor. Very soon after leaving the dock, we joined up and were able to hang out with T49C, a lone transient male Killer Whale. He sometimes hangs out with other groups that move through the area, but is by himself on occasion. We also got down to Whale Rocks area to check out the Steller sea lions, Harbor seals, and Bald Eagles. We then went back up to T49C in time to watch him kill presumably a Harbor seal. Beautiful day out there! -Traci Walter Photography, Western Prince Whale Watching & Wildlife Tours

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T049C near Shaw Island in San Juan Channel -James Gresham

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This afternoon around 2 PM I saw the T65As head north past Lime Kiln. They were fairly close to shore doing lots of milling; they may have made a kill right before I got there as they were tightly circling and tail slapping a lot. When they started traveling again, they cruised right past the rocks in front of the lighthouse, taking a moment to harass a Steller sea lion on their way by! From our boat we met up with them off Snug Harbor at 3 PM, where they went into Open Bay and then continued north along the shoreline of Henry Island. Finally, at 4:30 PM, I saw them once more from shore at Reuben Tarte County Park - they were just rounding Green Point after having gone through Spieden Channel and disappeared behind Spieden from my vantage point. -Monika Wieland, San Juan Island

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We had a great trip today that was full of excitement! After a long period away, my favorite group of Transient Orcas, the T065A's have returned to the Salish Sea. When we met up with the T065A's for the second time they were traveling through Spieden Channel where they proceeded to actively forage going down on long dives, and being very sporadic with their movement. We watched as they made a slow pass by Green Point where there were about 50 sea lions in the area. For a mammal that needs to consume about 400-500 lbs a day, a (roughly) 2,000 sea lion would have been a good meal! No one knew what would happen, and we wondered if the one pass we saw would be it. Maybe they decided it wasn't worth the effort to attack? But, that one pass-bye wasn't it! The whales ended up circling back around and made an attempt at the sea lions; unfortunately, it was a failed attempt. What happened after the orcas attempted to separate a sea lion was very interesting- all of the sea lions appeared to band together and chase the orcas off! They were noticeably agitated (as you can imagine), growing loudly, and continued to follow the orcas a short distance seemingly warding them off. I guess there's truth when they say there's power in numbers!! -Heather McIntyre, Naturalist, Legacy Charters

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07:45 AM - 4 orcas sighted. 1 male, 2 females and a calf, between Brooks Point, Pender Island, and Turn Point, Stuart Island, in Boundary Pass. They were traveling, then turning around and possibly feeding. There were 3 spy hops. At first we thought they were transients, but now not sure. A large ship came by (reason for spy hops?) then the orcas continued on west. Closer to the Canadian side. -Monica Petrie

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Transients off Port Townsend. -Alexis Surmacz

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5:30 pm - Maxine Kostelyk called with a sighting of a gray whale off Camano Island, near Sunny Shores in Port Susan, headed toward Tilikum.

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4:35pm - Marilyn Armbruster is at Mutiny Bay watching blows of probable Gray whale between green buoy at Double Bluff and Hanseville moving south east in Admiralty Inlet.

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4:12pm - Eric from Mystic Sea reporting gray whale #44, Dubnuck, seen 4 miles north of Baby Island. #22 and #53 near Elger Bay, Camano Island.

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1:10 pm - #22 and 56 southbound Mabana (Camano Island) from Island Explorer3. -Michael Colahan

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11:00am - We just spotted a gray traveling south at possession point. East side of point. -Dianne Dee Iverson

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7:37am - spotted gray whale near Bells Beach. -Mandi Proue

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6:48am - They are currently headed south to Bells Beach. Still feeding.
6:20am - Two Gray whales feeding right off the beach at Fox Spit. -Ann Brockenbrough

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6:14pm - Nancy Zaretzki saw two gray whales feeding in the mudflats just north of Hidden Beach, in Greenbank, Whidbey Island.

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2:50pm - it is well north of Camano Island state park. Two whales very close to shore (Cama beach?). Looks like they are feeding.
2:35pm - Have seen several whale spouts just south of Camano Island State Park very close to shore. One gray I think, headed north. -Ann Brockenbrough

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2:52pm - Now coming back to mid channel-Two whales
2:42pm - Right now almost in front of Cama Beach State Park.
2:28pm - Heading north and towards Camano Island State Park.
2:19pm - Gray Whale out from Fox Spit mid channel. -Marilyn Armbruster

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1:38 pm - Marie Lincoln from Chocolate Flower Farm & the Garden Shed in Langley reports 1 Gray whale in front of downtown Langley right now - hope someone is ringing the whale bell!!

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12:31pm - Watching a gray whale in the middle of Saratoga Passage between Langley and Fox Spit. Looks to be heading north. -Becky Wilson

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They were in the ferry line for Bainbridge so it could be minke or Dolphins based on the dorsal fin shape. Wasn't a lot of breaching but definitely feeding was going on...way to small (to be Humpback). Probably a small group of minkes or Dolphins. -Jayce Lemmer

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4:15pm - Minkes feeding off of pier 63 in downtown Seattle. Definitely 2. The shorter dorsal fin made me think minke. -Caroline Henry

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Trip report: Headed out with sunny skies and a light wind, getting a few reports of some grays south past the Clinton/Mukilteo Ferry. The wind got stronger, so when reports came in of two grays (#22 and #56) north of Langley, Capt. Monte made a quick u-turn to get back into calmer water. We came upon these two and surprisingly, they stayed extremely close together throughout the entire encounter. They were generally heading south, but moving around toward Camano, then toward Langley. Saw some great views of their blow holes, and some very nice fluke up tail dives, allowing the passengers to clearly see the differences in the white pattern on the underside. As we left them, they were headed over to Camano, most likely for some feeding. Another beautiful day on Mystic Sea with great passengers, including some kids who got their very first whale sighting! -Bonnie Gretz, volunteer naturalist.

April 3

7:01pm - Liberty Elias Miller on the M/V Kennewick says she just saw one of Puget Sound's newest orca babies from the Port Townsend ferry. -Liberty Elias Miller

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6:50 PM - Orcas off port TOWNSEND. Orcas sighted from port TOWNSEND - Coupeville ferry off of port TOWNSEND in front of the boat house! -Stephanie Cattano

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Maia of Washington State Ferries called at 5:05 pm to report a pod of 5 orcas, including a young one, heading north off Lagoon Pt (West Whidbey Island, Greenbank area).

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J41 and J51 near Beaumont Shoals. -Mark Malleson

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L87 near Kelp Reef. -Mark Malleson

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We found J pod heading west off Discovery Island (BC). -Connie Bickerton

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12:50pm - Hi! On our first visit to San Juan Island, and were lucky enough to be able to watch a pod of orcas swimming north- south off the coast alongside West Side Road. Only saw two at any one time, but I suspect it was a bigger group than that. Traveling and some playing. -Ros McNamara

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J17 Princess Angeline foraging off Lime Kiln on the west side of San Juan Island this afternoon. J-Pod was super spread out as they made their way south through Haro Strait, with most of the whales being on the Canadian side. Seas were rough and dive times were long, so I don't think all whales were documented. That means the mystery of who J52's mother will continue! -Monika Wieland

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12:34pm - start hearing vocals on Lime Kiln, echolocation at 12:40.
11:29 am - Started hearing loud J pod calls on Orca Sound hydrophone. -Alisa Lemire Brooks

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10:00 am - was on what we call the Bandon High Spot, approx. 43 05. 124 50. It's about 18 mi. west of Bandon, Oregon. Single male followed right alongside us for 15-20 min. while we were trolling for salmon. Appeared to be all by himself. While he was with us he appeared to be very curious about us. He stayed about 10' from our starboard side for about 15 min. He would dive to a depth of maybe 10 or 20 feet and swim parallel to us for a couple of minutes, then surface and kind of roll on his side a little and stare at us with one big eye. He repeated the same basic maneuver 8 or 10 times before he swam off. We were in a area with a fair amount of feed that had several humpbacks feeding on it and were catching occasional salmon. There were also sea lions in the area, including some very young ones. The salmon we caught were empty so I'm not sure what we were metering but sardines and shrimp were being caught in the general area. -Ken Gossard

April 2

After work I followed up a report of killer whales spotted south of Discovery by a colleague out fishing. I went out searching and came across T065, T063, and T049C west bound south of Constance Bank. I left them south of Race still tracking west. On my way home I came across the T065A's west of Constance Bank also tracking west. -Mark Malleson

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T063 south west of Constance Bank heading out the Juan de Fuca. -Mark Malleson

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9:30am - Saw 3 Orcas, 1 was a calf, off of Libby Beach (due west of Coupeville, near Partridge Pt. and Partridge Bank) took some photos of them and was wondering what pod they were from. (Dave Ellifrit of the Center for Whale Research looked through many photos and ID'd the pod as the T36As and T49Bs) -Linda Noack

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8:30am - from Chatham Lane, just south of Hastie Lake Rd. (NW Whidbey - between Coupeville & Oak Harbor) Patty and I saw a female Orca and young one heading south about 200 yards from shore at a steady pace. -David Cohick

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Trip report - Sunny skies and calm seas, we headed south from Langley and before long one of our passengers spotted the first "blow".... we found two whales, to the west of Hat Island. #21 and #22 traveling together towards Hat Island in a feeding pattern - several surfaces and then a dive - giving us some good looks at #22's fluke. We continued around the north of Hat Island, and found #53, known as Little Patch. He appeared to be by himself, taking long dives. #22 was the active whale for us today, she and #21 mugged the boat at one point, giving us an exceptional view of these magnificent whales. Another super day aboard the Mystic Sea. -Jill Hein, volunteer naturalist.

April 1

T036A and T036A3 surfing past Discovery Island. -Mark Malleson

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We had the T036A's along with the T049A's east bound off of Victoria in the afternoon. Thanks to Paul from Sooke Explorations for the initial heads up of inbound transients out west in the morning. -Mark Malleson

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6:48pm - Gray whale Mabana Beach Camano Island near shore. Moving south. -Sally Olin

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6:24pm - Three whales. Heading west. Just saw one do a spy hop. Not sure if that is the correct terminology for grey whales.
6:00pm - Blows off the south end of Gedney Island. I am assuming it's a grey whale based on the length between blows. Pretty stationary. -Danielle Pennington

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Amazing encounter with whales 22, 383, 56, and 49 at Camano Head aboard the Island Explorer 3. A feeding frenzy in shallow waters that we will forever remember! -Michael Colahan

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