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November 17

I saw K pod off the west side of SJI this morning!!! Although, all three pods are here. Huge thank you to everyone who helped keep me informed!! - Heather MacIntyre

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Today was pretty amazing. I had been staying on Stuart Island for the past couple days and I knew the Southern Residents had gone north. Hoping for a return trip down past San Juan Island, we took a chance and went out at 8:30am. We scanned north and turned to Turn Point to look down and we came around the corner and there they were! I'm not sure if all members from all 3 pods were there as they were super spread and doing longer dives, but it was amazing. We were the only boat out for a long period of time. We followed along until Kellet Bluff where we got to see some good fishing action! The Center for Whale Research also was out today, so I'm hoping they could confirm everyone was there. Beautiful day on the water! - Traci Walter

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Traci and I had a nice little visit with Granny (J2) this morning off Kellett Bluff! - Chris Teren

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10:26 - Such amazing calls! I thought I had left my sound tutor on for a minute there. - Susan Marie Andersson

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10:05 - On LK too now. - Rachel Haight

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9:37 - lots of call activity - and getting louder! - Kim Merriman

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8:45 am - Southern Residents vocalizing on OrcaSound hydrophone. - Gayle Swigart

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T123 and T123A west bound past Trial Island. T038A, T035A's and the T123's passed south through Oak Bay in the morning.

November 16

Unidentified orcas were seen heading north through Active Pass this morning. There are chum hatcheries in Georgia Strait that may have produced fish that are returning down Johnstone Strait about now, so hopefully they're finding enough up there for a few days, but we expect a return trip to Puget Sound soon.

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Fun (cold) day on the water today with six different humpbacks. Three pairs. Two south of Race Rocks, two between Race Rocks and Victoria, and two just offshore from Victoria. - Sara Hysong-Shimazu

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10:33pm - My family and I saw what looked like just one orca not far off the shore in Tacoma off Titlow beach. Heard it blowing and saw the tail come out of the water. It was around 330pm. Amazing! - Jennifer Curry Hahn
Possibly a humpback?

November 15

So. Resident calls were heard on Lime Kiln hydrophones all evening until past midnight.

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6:15 pm - Very faint orca vocalizations coming threw on the lk hydro, started to hear them at 6:15 p.m. under the annoying rhythmic ticking sound. - Selena Rhodes Scofield

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While visiting Ft. Ebey State Park on Whidbey Island today my partner and I observed a group of Orca Whales from the bluffs just south of Pt. Partridge. There were a minimum of 9, and possibly as many as 20 Orcas traveling north, spread out from 400 yards to 1 1/2 miles offshore. The time was between 3:50 and 4:15 p.m. The whales appeared to be traveling with purpose. There were at least 3 large males (very tall central fin) and numerous medium sized and a few smaller individuals. We were able to observe 9 individuals either surfaced or spouting at one time. Clearly, there were numerous others as they appeared shortly after at other locations amidst the pod. Lighting was perfect with low angle sun backlighting the spouts. There were a couple of groups of 2 or 3 traveling close together with the rest of the individuals spaced more widely apart. One large male was closest to shore and the audible sound of his spouting was what initially drew our attention. Several of the whales passed very closely by the vessels (within 2-300 yards) without appearing to alter their course. - Dave Schmalz

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3:20 - Squeaks, calls and whistles on the Port Townsend hydrophone! - Susan Berta

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A whale-a-palooza of an afternoon at Ft. Casey! 30+ orcas, along with a nice group of harbor porpoises and big old Steller Sea Lions...lovely to see my orca friends, with their backlit blows as they headed north past Pt. Townsend....makes my heart happy! - Bonnie Gretz

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Whales everywhere, too many to count... Blows first seen across Admiralty Inlet from Mutiny Sands, Whidbey Island, at 10:30 am on a crisp, bright morning turned into an unforgettable day on the water with the Southern Residents as they headed north out of Admiralty Inlet. Ken Balcomb, CWR was on scene as was Brad Hanson, NOAA, while we had our own expert, Howard Garrett, on board to photograph and ID foraging, porpoising, spy-hopping, breaching, tail-slapping, raspberry blowing (yes, really!) orcas in our midst. For the second day running we watched their blows disappear into the sunset, some turning west and others north, to meet up again who knows when, and where? - Sandra Pollard (Author of Puget Sound Whales for Sale)

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2:00 - What a spectacular, cold but amazing day out on the water off Bush Point with whales seemingly in every direction. Although there were multiple breaches which I was lucky enough to see, I didn't capture any of them on camera -- but there was plenty of foraging, porpoising, spyhopping, tail lobs, fluke waving, and other wild activity! - Steve Smith

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About 2:00 we saw spouting near Marrowstone Island - eastern side. We boated over and turned off the engine. Several orcas had already passed us by, but looking south there was pod after pod all headed north. I say pods - but I don't know. groups of 5-10. 2 jumped and turned belly upward. One group of 6 was diving and emerging all together over and over. Some seemed to swim by themselves. The sound of their breath all around was amazing. One came right at the boat and turned and passed us just a few feet from port side. We sat about 30 min, and when we left they were still coming in groups but now were more in the center of the channel. - Sally Gecas

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Visiting with my daughter from Gig Harbor and we just got to Marrowstone Point in time to see some breaching way out in the distance. Would love to see more, but I live in Fort Worth,Texas and can only visit up here. - Joeanne Carter

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2:46 - Just watched the last of them
1:57 - Have orcas spread from Lagoon Point to south of Bush Point (Whidbey) as viewed from Ft Flagler.
1:26 - some orca north of Bush Point lighthouse, look to be close in, more still south and further out from shore.
1:20 - Finally seeing orca from Ft Flagler (Marrowstone Island). They are south east of the bluff were I am sitting (south of Marrowstone Point) Appear to be near Mutiny Bay and on east side of channel south of Bush Point, maybe near Mutiny Bay. Orcas are still northbound. - Connie Bickerton

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1:15 pm - We are sitting on cliffs at Fort Casey looking across Admiralty - both have seen a few big breach splashes over mid channel by Indian island in past 15- 20 mins. - Nadja Baker

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1:05 - trailers are now just off south end of Marrowstone Island. Some breaching but still headed NW out of Admiralty. - Susan Berta

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Watching the orcas from our neighborhood bluff, south of Bush Pt, Whidbey Island, WA, as Southern Resident orcas foraged and traveled NW out Admiralty Inlet. - Susan Berta

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12:50 - there are several males, they are quite spread out, now just south of Bush Point.
12:42 - Whales off Adams Rd., Freeland, quite spread out, several males, can't id through my binoculars. - Christina Baldwin

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12:45 - Orcas off of Windmill Heights (1 mile south of Bush Point) heading north. - Dennis Allen

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12:05 - 1 male now off Foulweather Bluff
12:02 - Update on Admiralty Inlet orcas - Leaders have not quite reached Foulweather Bluff/Hood Canal entrance at noon. Spread out down to N Hansville not moving fast and some changes in direction but still trending NW. Definite foraging going on - - lots of tail lobs - happy to see that!
11:35 - leaders are south of Bush Pt and off Foulweather Bluff, Kitsap. Some direction changes and foraging, but still trending NW. - Susan Berta

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11:22 - watching from Shore Meadows on Whidbey and see many on Kitsap side, north of channel marker approaching Foul weather bluff. - Michelle Goll

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Viewing from Shore Meadows. 11:49 - 2 orcas still in between channel marker and Foulweather Bluff.
11:20 - Ok they are near Foulweather Bluff and channel marker. - Marilyn Armbruster

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11 am - Saw them in Hansville at Skunk Bay this morning. I definitely saw 4. This our first sighting. What a thrill! - Andrea Matulich Rowe

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11 am - seeing at least a dozen orcas east of the buoy between Pt. No Pt. and Double Bluff, likely heading NW, but also seeing spouts closer to the Kitsap side, so possibly moving south? Will keep watching! - Susan Berta

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10:50 am - Sandra Pollard reports seeing the orcas from Shore Meadow Road, Mutiny Bay, Whidbey Isl, heading north, closer to the Kitsap side.

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10:30 - Marilyn reports the orcas are spread out from Hansville to Double Bluff, still trending north

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10:10 am - Patty Michak reported the whales passing Point No Point, heading NW, spread out in a long line between Kitsap and Whidbey, has seen at least 8 orcas go by.

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10:08 - They are north of PNP now.
9:55 - Large group spread out at Point No Point. Some are close to Point No Point some are midchannel, lots of spouts, trending north. - Elyse Margaret

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9:19 - A call from Marilyn at Point No Point of many orcas heading north. Many ooooohs and aaaaahs while speaking. She said they were at Eglon 1/2 hour ago.

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Capt. Spencer and I found two humpbacks traveling north yesterday in Haro Strait. It's amazing that they're still around so late in the year. One of the whales was MMY0028, but I'm not sure who the other one was. - Heather MacIntyre

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On ferry from Friday Harbor to Anacortes, spotted a humpback off Frost island, northeast side of Lopez. Spouted several times, dove for about 5 minutes, spouted a few more times and dove again showing dorsal fin. About 2:30pm. Such a treat! - Rebecca Sherwood

November 14

Possession Sound: Orca between Mukilteo and Clinton. I'm a deckhand with WSF, working on Kitsap and Kittitas. From 2:30p until dark, there was a group of orca in the area between Mukilteo and Clinton, staying generally south of the ferries routes. South of Clinton were a group of maybe 6 females and young ones? Close to the Mukilteo lighthouse were maybe 4 or 5 larger males. The captain informed Ops and the other ferry of their location and we stayed clear. Passengers were very excited, as was I! - Chris Stevens

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Admiralty Inlet: We got tired of waiting for the whales to come to us, so got to Bush Pt. at about 4:55 pm and saw them just after they had passed, heading south! Ran back home, and at about 5:10 was pretty sure I saw and heard spouts in the near dark, right at the north end of Mutiny Bay and on the Whidbey side, still heading south. - Susan Berta

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Admiralty Inlet: 4:47 - Sandra Pollard called to report the orcas had passed Bush Point, still heading south, and she was pretty sure she saw J27 Blackberry.

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Admiralty Inlet: 4:15 pm - from Sandra Pollard - the last of the pod is passing Lagoon Pt and continue south, she has ID'd one of the trailers as Blackberry from J pod. Another 15+ orcas have headed south and should be near Bush Pt - we're looking for them!

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Admiralty Inlet: 4:00 pm - Group from Port Townsend should be near Mutiny Bay about now. Watched from Fort Flagler for about 45 min. Foraging with a few breaches. - Susan Marie Andersson

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Possession Sound: 3:45 pm - Danielle called to report seeing some orcas from the Clinton-Mukilteo ferry, the orcas were in between the ferry lanes and HEADING EAST toward Mukilteo. Sounds like they are continuing foraging in Possession Sound, possibly spread out since some were reported heading up the east side of Langley 20 minutes ago!

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Possession Sound: 3:25 pm - I'm seeing two orcas heading north up the east side of Whidbey. Moving slowly, lots of splashing! - Cassandra Miller

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Admiralty Inlet: Bush Point around 4:15 pm with one final farewell breach (see above) as the sun set behind the Olympics on yet another breathtakingly beautiful day.
More than a dozen members of J Pod today, including Blackberry (J27), foraging and porpoising near Lagoon Point, Whidbey Island, at 3:40 pm. We watched several breaches and a couple of spy-hops, plus a continuous round of tail-slaps by one determined Southern Resident intent on finding dinner. The whales continued steadily south.
3:20 pm - passing Lagoon Pt. where they slowed to do some splashing/porpoising and foraging, but are now on the move again headed south toward Bush Pt. - Sandra Pollard.

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Admiralty Inlet: Jill Hein reported at 2:50 pm: At least 12 orcas at Marrowstone point, heading south towards Fort Flagler.

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Possession Sound: 2:44 - John Rogstad of WA State Ferries relayed a report from the ferry Kitsap of a large pod of orcas north of the Clinton/Mukilteo ferry lane, toward Hat Island. He said they were milling around and not showing any direction of travel.

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Orcas near Possession Pt. on Friday (note the open saddle patch, indicating a So. Resident orca, possibly K20 Spock). - Toby Black

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Admiralty Inlet: 2:25 - They're heading to Marrowstone from Port Townsend, on the PT side. Difficult to see as we're looking straight into the sun (from Fort Casey). Spread out - at least a dozen, heading slowly south. - Jill Hein

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Admiralty Inlet: 2:08pm - Very very talkative - Port Townsend hydrophones. - Else Jean Jensen

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Admiralty Inlet: 1:48 - We have audible orcas on the Port Townsend hydrophones. - Orca Network

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Admiralty Inlet: 1:45 - Beautiful calls on PT hydrophones - j's and k's? - Susan Marie Andersson

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Admiralty Inlet: 1:36 - Erika Winner at the Port Townsend Marine Science Center just called with a report of about 13 orcas heading south past Pt. Wilson, at the top of Admiralty Inlet. No IDs yet, but this sounds like residents.

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Admiralty Inlet: 1:30 pm - I saw a large pod as I was taking the ferry to Port Townsend yesterday. They were about a mile N mid crossing. Large pod and breaching. - Jen Chapin

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Admiralty Inlet: 1:00 PM - 16 orcas spotted off the coast of North Beach, Port Townsend. - Sally Chapin

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Juan de Fuca: 10 am - Ken Balcomb reports "possibly" J pod milling undirectionally, off Sooke (~25 miles SW of Victoria).

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Possession Sound: 1:25 - Relocated to Stamm Overlook on north Edmonds for much better views. 3 Orcas still heading north. Nearing Possession pt.
1:11 - I just had a fun time north of Edmonds. Way out. Two whales at least. Headed north. They'll come up the east side of Whidbey at this trajectory. - Josh Adams

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Possession Sound: 10:45 - Two orcas just north of Kingston ferry heading north. Ferry appeared to try to avoid them. Viewing from north beach at kingston ferry terminal. - Dianne Dee Iverson

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Possession Sound: 10:25 - Tom Harris called in a sighting of at least 4 orcas heading north off President Point (about a mile south of Kingston).

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Possession Sound: 9:43 - I saw at least three, still moving north towards Kingston.
9:21 - two off President Pt, way out there. Closer to the Seattle side, beyond the channel marker, moving north. - Joanne Graves

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Possession Sound: 10:00 - taking a bite out of President Point. 9:44 - Heading north, closer to Jefferson Beach/mid-channel. Something between four and a million.
9:41 - dang! Good thing I watched Sesame Street this morning: Make that four. Four magNIFicent whales!
9:39 - stalled kind of near the ONLY BOAT off Jeff Head.
9:31 - I'd like to amend that to three. Three little orcas. Pretty close to a UW research Boston Whaler (ahem) with two orange colored men who are seemingly oblivious to their surroundings and are instead messing with some science buoy. But I digress.
9:20 - Now the big male is between Meadow Point and the old degaussing station on Jefferson Beach, the second orca bringing up the rear closer to Jefferson Head (from my perspective on Meadow Point at 70' elevation) heading NE.
9:10 - Psyche! He's heading NE Again. Smaller (female?) in tow.
9:07 - And... one big male just turned around as soon as I posted that. He probably is following these posts on his iPod.
9:02 - The two heading steadily north are mid-channel between Meadow Point and Jefferson Head, now stalling and pointing more NE. - Ben Blankenship

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Possession Sound: 9:13 - What a nice way to start the day! Just looked quick from my perch on the bluff above Golden Gardens and spotted 2 of this group... heading north, mid-channel, NW of GG beach. - Jennifer Greiner Clark

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Possession Sound: 10:30 - I leave watching adult male just passed Kingston ferry nearing Apple Tree Pt moving steadily northbound west of mid channel
10:05 - from North Richmond Beach two females sightline mid channel Pt. Wells and Kingston milling/Foraging? Large male south andvwest of them. still NB.
8:55 - at least 6 spread out mid channel between Port Madison/Carkeek...still trending northbound. - Alisa Lemire Brooks

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Possession Sound: 0835 ... spotted spouts East by Northeast from the north end of Fay Bainbridge Park. Heading north. Didn't get a good count ... lots of water chop and they are swimming north roughly in the southbound shipping lane. There is a boat trailing along behind them but not interfering. Will post pics later.
0810 ... looking south from Fay Bainbridge Park ... I saw 2 spouts and dorsal fins ... appear to be heading north on the west side of the southbound shipping lane. - Tim Cuddy

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Possession Sound: 8:39 - Still seeing dorsal fins across the sound, north of Shilshole, heading north and east. 8:18 - Heading north, now mid channel and heading east toward Seattle side.
8:06am - Orcas still due east of Fay Bainbridge, foraging, changing directions.
7:59 - 3-4 orcas just passing Fay Bainbridge heading north. - Sue Surowiec Larkin

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Possession Sound: 7:48 - Sandy Soloman called from Log Rd. at Rolling Bay on Bainbridge while seeing and hearing at least two orcas.

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Possession Sound: 7:35am - just spotted a second female. They stayed down for a rather long period of time, before coming up to surface 3-4 times in a row again. Still heading slowly North Rollingbay on Bainbridge.

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Possession Sound: 7:20 am - just spotted a male and a female orca swimming north on the Bainbridge side viewing from the south end of Rolling Bay - looking for more but nothing yet... - Lynn Batson

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5 pm - five humpbacks off Race Rocks. - Josh McInnes

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8:26 am - Kyra Laughlin called in this bright sunny morning while watching a small humpback swim past the Mukilteo lighthouse about 50 feet offshore, heading north.

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November 12

Ken Balcomb reports two humpbacks went south down the west side of San Juan Island this morning, and were approximately at Lime Kiln about 9:15 am.

November 11

Mexico Coastal orcas - Rare killer whale sighting off Tijuana. 12 Orcas sighted at US border with Mexico - very rare. About a dozen Orcas appeared November 11, 2014 at the beach in the small surfing town of Playas, right at the Mexican border with US, about 10 miles south of San Diego. This has "never happened before" - nobody ever saw an Orca here. There were two groups of 4 to 7 Orcas each which played separately about 50 yards/meters apart from each other, just outside the first surf break, within 100 yards from the beach itself. A surfer and some others reported that they "ate a dolphin" and described them holding it in their mouth and "throwing it about", which sounds typical behavior. I didn't see it, but the gulls and scavenger birds were swarming to feed on some leftovers of something, and there are or were plenty of dolphins here. The Orcas fed and played and trained their babies for about an hour then headed due west. This is out of your main geographic area of interest, but it was a fantastic show, and might mean some "change" in behavior. Air and water temp were both 69 degrees F, so 20.5 Centigrade, weather was overcast, tide about mid-tide, wave-face about 4 feet, with shallow sloping sandy beach. A surfer in black wetsuit was in the water, and 3 large Orcas approached him in a semicircle to about 30 yards/meters and each in turn did a "spyhop" maneuver, wherein they surface in a high vertical posture and hover high up for a few seconds - perhaps threatening? or perhaps just to look, or to announce their presence or claim territory, it was quite beautiful, and he got out quickly. Their colouring was less bright and high-contrast black&white colorful than Shamu, more camouflaged, not so instantly recognizable, with dark top, pale creamy grey accents, and pale tan saddle, very pale belly, and the unique big tail-flukes of an Orca, which gave them away from a distance. They were up to 15-20 feet long (5-6.5 meters) and sleeker more streamlined than Shamu, and had tiny babies. They made a wonderful show. 12 (approx) in two groups - 1 group of 6 or 7, and 1 group of at least 4. At least two had the high proud triangle of the adult male dorsal fin. Feeding, playing, teaching babies. Babies were very small like 1/4 to 1/3 the size of their mommy that they swam alongside. Each group, or at least 4 in each group swam in very very tight/very close formation. - Alan Williams

November 10

I live for these days! Jeanne Hyde calls at 10:30. Orcas in Haro Strait. We leave at noon. No Orcas. A sail boat near Discovery Island, BC. I stop and chat. Whales? Yep, over by Beaumont Shoals, the sail boat captain says. We head there. Yep, over by Beaumont Shoals! We are thinking Ts. Nope. The L12s. All present and accounted for, including Big Daddy, L41 Mega. We never got close to him, but he was there. - Capt. Jim Maya

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We sailed with 8-10 orcas from Discovery Island to Trial Island at about 5:30 pm as the sun was setting. They were outbound when we left them. Epic. - Keith Provan

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T123A in the Juan de Fuca. I came across the T123's west bound south of Race Rocks in the morning. - Mark Malleson, Prince of Whales

November 9

Andrea Foster, naturalist interpreter at the Heceta Head lighthouse, Oregon, called with a report of at least two and possibly one or two more orcas, milling with no clear direction of travel, about 1/4 mile off shore. She said many sea lions were looking very nervous.

November 8

Here are three photos of Humpback whales taken by Chris Hamilton, while the whale was in South Sound. Budd Inlet and then heading north past Johnson Point. It looks skinny to me...and it looks like there is a scar or something along its spine in the second image? - Kim Merriman

November 7

I saw 6 humpback whales. There was a group of 3 south of Bechey Head heading west and a mother and calf east bound near Trial Island which passed by BCY0409 heading west. All 6 humpbacks seen have been spotted throughout the area over the last few months. - Mark Malleson, Prince of Whales

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BCY0409 ("YOGI") south of Trial Island. - Mark Malleson, Prince of Whales

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I saw 1 whale today at 3:15 near Lobster Shop in Tacoma. All I know for sure is it wasn't an orca :). I have a short video but can't see a way to upload it. - Tiffany Russell

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10 am - Humpback - President Pt Rd NE - Kingston Wa, traveling north - my first sighting of a humpback. - Margaret Steen

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I came across the T123's late morning east bound off of Sooke. In the afternoon the T046C's turned up mid Juan de Fuca Strait south west of Race Rocks. I left them westbound south of Sooke late afternoon and watched the T123's pass by the entrance to Victoria harbour at sunset traveling north east bound for Trial Island. - Mark Malleson, Prince of Whales

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Three transients west of Race Rocks via Tom Mitchell. - Josh McInnes

November 6

Today at ~12:05 pm I saw a humpback (?) in front of our house (we live in a neighborhood above Shenanigan's in Tacoma) slapping it's fluke on the surface. It stayed in the same place for ~5 min. displaying this behavior, then a small white boat approached from the west. The boat stopped to observe from a distance. The whale then left the surface of the water and headed west - towards Point Defiance. Then it started to rain so hard I completely lost sight of it (& Puget Sound!) - Mollie Heilesen

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7:30am - Humpback in Burien out from Seahurst park. - Heather Aquino

November 5

3:30pm - orcas traveling north up Rosario Strait. sighted from land from Sinclair Island. - Kenneth Bothman

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4:45pm - Humpback sighting off Duwamish head. Very cool. Took the girls down to see their very first humpback whale. - Wade Harper

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4:35pm from the (still docked) Bainbridge ferry. A large whale passed in front of the boat, then spouted and fluked (no discernable markings other than dark overall hue) by the ferris wheel, then sped away toward West Point into the darkening rain. Those who saw it couldn't agree on the species, but it seemed like a Humpback to me. - James Rufo Hill

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3:13 - Still surfacing every 5 mins or so. I'm at Alki point. At 1450 it's right at the mouth of Elliott Bay breaching every few minutes since 1410. Alicia Toney

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3:11 - It was headding into Elliott bay as of five mins ago in front of the old grain mill. - Cailey Dullum

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John Rogstad of WA State Ferries called at 2:17 to report what they thought was a gray whale, but was the humpback reported above, off Alki - great that ferry riders are getting to see it too!

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1:59 - Now it's over by the Elliott Bay Marina, heading in toward the Seattle Waterfront. - Stephanie Raymond

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Stephanie Raymond called at 1:20 pm to report one humpback whale off Me-Kwa-Mooks Park, south of Alki Pt, Seattle, heading north very close to shore! Great time to get out for some shore-based whale watching in Seattle - to see the best places to watch for whales, go to our Whale Sighting Viewpoints map!

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10:40 - Humpbacks in San Juan Ch. and near Speiden Is. right now. - James Mead Maya

November 4

9:35 - Picking up faint Humpback vocals on Orca Live hydrophone. - Josh McInnes

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Maia of WA State Ferries reported a pod of 5 - 10 whales off Pt Caution, NW of Friday Harbor, at approximately 10:30 am this morning.

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Humpbacks near Kelp Reef, Haro Strait. - Mark Malleson, Prince of Whales.

November 3

Sighting of a single Orca off Sierra on the west coast of Whidbey Island. At approximately 11:35 am on 11/3 directly out of our window which faces NW from Sierra (near Coupeville, west side of Whidbey Island). We live on the bluff. It was heading South toward Partridge Point. I only saw it 2x's during its journey. I had to use the binoculars to identify it, but initially I saw some white like a spray and then grabbed the glasses to see it break the water. Initially heading NW and the next time SW from our home. - Rosemary Denson

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At 9am outside Hat Island Marina, saw a blow & tail flip a couple times. Not close enough to see a positive identification (this was believed to be a humpback). Headed NW around Hat Island. - Barbara Conwell

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3 days in a row, gray whales (2) have been working the kelp 1 mile west of Sekiu river. - Bruce Reddish

November 2

We found half a dozen transient killer whales on nearby Constance Bank! - Prince of Whales

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Orcas off Ft. Ebey/Pt. Partridge, Whidbey Island, 7:30 am this morning. Caller Chris Marin was surfing there and saw about 8 orcas less than a mile from shore, milling and taillobing. The whales moved slowly NW, toward San Juan Island.

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10:12 am - Two Humpbacks off Lime Kiln! - Simon Pidcock

November 1

Susan MacKay saw J Pod Killer Whales heading South mid Georgia Strait passing Little River/Powell River ferry line.

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The California Transients from Saturday. I think this is CA166 and CA173. - Selena Rhodes Scofield

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CA166 in the Strait of Juan de Fuca off Port Angeles, WA. - James Gresham

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A female swimming with CA166. The Cali T's were changing directions constantly. CA166 and the female with him were eastbound when we picked them up. Then they reversed and headed west. The others were heading southeast towards Sequim then reversed and had headed towards Victoria when we left them. - James Gresham

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Some California Killer Whales were identified near southern Vancouver Island, including CA166, CA172, and CA173 - by James Gresham. CA166 was first sighted in Monterey Bay in 1997. These three whales (and their associates) have been sighted off of southern Vancouver Island for the past four years in October: so very interesting! - Alisa Schulman-Janiger

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1:21pm - Just saw a large whale off/around Pt Defiance, from our boat. Not an orca. (probably a humpback) - Holly Bukes

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