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August 11

7:35 pm - 4 orcas between Useless Bay and Hanville. Played around for about 30 minutes then south. Don't know which pod but 1 with a large dorsal and two with small dorsals. -Chuck Clark

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7:00pm - Found them closer to the Whidbey side at Useless Bay, they were making a kill when we arrive and now they're just milling (7:20 pm). Group is split up. There were split up but just starting to come together as we had to leave. Probably 6-7 animals. Possibly T037 in there- working on IDs from photos. -Renee Beitzell, Chilkat Express

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Our neighbor spotted 3-4 orcas milling about and generally heading south in Useless Bay/Admiralty Strait in the shipping lanes. They were milling around for an hour or so (6:30-7:30 pm). The Edmonds jet boat that goes to Canada stopped and watched for some time (the whales swam up very close to the boat; the boat went dead in the water and just observed). One large ?male plus 2-3 smaller ones. They are too far away to ID. But, we rarely see whales from the Whidbey side of Useless Bay so this was a treat. We lost them as they moved south of the Point No Point Lighthouse. -Linda Ridder

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3:40 PM - Pod of 5 orcas seen heading south off Bush Point, Whidbey Island, traveling then stopped to feed. -Scott Doyle Pacific White-sided dolphin

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1:40 pm - (same?) dolphin from the other day. Hanging with us on our way to DuPont (WA). South end west pass. -Johnny Tugboat

August 10

I've always wanted to be out with whales with a fantastic sunset. Tonight, all the stars aligned. Part of K Pod and part of L Pod were hanging out in the middle of the islands, and after work some friends and I went out to catch up with them on our own boat. They came east and we were able to stay with them until the very last light during an incredible sunset. Such a wonderful night, I don't really have the words. -Traci Walter

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...was fortunate to be on the Chelan from Friday Harbor last night (7:45pm, August 10) rounding Lopez Island where we saw a large group of very active orcas. -Dan Kilmke

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K22 Sekiu and and son K33 Tika blew our minds aboard the Island Explorer 3 today in Rosario. They would continually breach on top of a harbor porpoise, and then lift the porpoise to the surface. And after this behavior, the porpoise would swim right next to them, seemingly unfazed. -Michael P Colahan

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11:00 am - This was from the (almost) superpod in Rosario strait just south of Lawrence point this morning. This is K22 and K33 harassing and eventually killed this harbour porpoise calf. They were quite excited breaching many times including this double breach.... -Karl Topping

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K22 and K33 were following or almost being followed by the little critter. Had to send these through. They were on the porpoise almost as soon as we got on scene, and last I saw were still nosing it around just before we left. -Andy Scheffler

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1:55 pm - Echolocation on Lime Kiln hydrophone and adult male orca in view on webcam, northbound then turned back. -Alisa, ON

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...Transients seen in the Strait of Georgia around 2:55pm involving the very cool T002c, T37/37B/37B1 and more. -Karl Topping Pod of 3 orcas at the mouth of the Columbia, ~3 miles in from the ocean, sighted last night, August 10th. -Marlan Zea.

August 9

During our evening trip I got photos of the underside of L121 showing that he is a boy! Confirmed later by the Center for Whale Research. -Bart Rulon

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K22 with Harbor porpoise calf. -Jill Hein

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Had a wonderful evening encounter tonight with Lolita's suspected Mother, Ocean Sun (L25). She was all off on her own, the closest whale who was a little further away was L41, Mega. Taken 45 years and a day later than when her daughter was stolen from her. -Traci Walter

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We had an awesome late afternoon encounter with L119 Joy and L113 Cousteau babysitting L121 while mom Calypso was off a little ways fishing. The youngsters were playing at the surface and very active, and then did some fishing themselves before mom rejoined them. This was off the south end of San Juan Island. -Carrie Sapp

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L85 Mystery throwing a big cartwheel in front of the Center for Whale Research boat. Near Cattle Point on Sunday evening. -James Gresham

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4:30 pm - What wonderful whale viewing today from the shore of Galiano Island. L pod ( I think) + ?, about 30 orcas in all, very actively went east through Active Pass. Many spyhops, breaches, tail slaps and cartwheels. -Karoline Cullen

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Orcas in Active Pass. An excellent show today of J and L pods shot from Galiano Island. Our guest Kim saw them for the first time today and was very excited as you can hear! (and who wouldn't be seeing them like this for the first time!) -Gary Cullen

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A spectacular encounter with Southern Resident orcas today off Stuart Island Lighthouse... On yet another glorious day of calm seas and blue skies, members of all three pods (J, K and L) were represented as they headed north in their family groups. We witnessed a number of natural behaviors, milling and feeding, breaching, spy-hopping and tail-slapping, against the stunning backdrop of Pacific Northwest mountain and forest scenery. With the whales having been sporadically searching for food in smaller, spread our groups, it was truly rewarding to see so many of them where they belong - together. -Sandra Pollard (Naturalist)

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During our evening trip I got photos of the underside of L121 showing that he is a boy! Confirmed later by the Center for Whale Research. L121, L119, Joy, and L113 Cousteau were all playing around with each other, chasing what looked like pink salmon, and playing with the salmon during our visit. They had salmon in their mouths, salmon on their rostrums, salmon on their dorsal finds, and salmon sandwiched in between them at times!...It was definitely a day to remember out there! -Bart Rulon, Naturalist, Island Explorer 3.

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3:55 pm - L12's at Eagle Cove. -Barbara Bender

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Today was great! We had members of all three Resident pods (J, K, and L) in the Salish Sea, as well as Transient orcas. The majority of Residents went north to the Fraser River...K12 Sequim erupted in a full breach as she crossed Boundary Pass with the L4's...and some stayed south off the Salmon Bank area, like the L12's. L55 Nugget (1977) with her daughter, L118 Jade (2011) traveling with K12 Sequim (est. 1972) with her daughter K43 Saturna (2010). -Heather MacIntyre

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12:30 pm - Many Js Ks Ls! Left them northbound off Spieden at 1230. I heard there were still some south of LK too. -Monika Wieland

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Lime Kiln must be a magical place where the separation between water and air thins and the orca seem to come in to check us out, as we are watching them. Sunday's morning pass lasted close to 2 hours as somewhere around 65 whales passed the lighthouse. One group of whales made several passes very close to the point where we were watching them. -Connie Bickerton

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Suttles (J40) was one of several whales that came in close to shore this morning, swimming back and forth in front of the lighthouse seeming to delight in the kelp and company of her kin. She was swimming with Tahlequah (J35) here and as she passed rolled over on her side so we could see her eye. Whether she was watching us, staring up at the sky, or doing something else entirely it was a moment that will stay with me. -Sara Hysong-Shimazu

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9:00-11:00am - Echolocation and S1, S4 calls then many calls erupted from Js, then Ks and Ls as they passed close to the rocks at Lime Kiln. Stunning visuals on the webcam of close passes, syphops, tail lobs. 10:00am turned on OrcaSound and began hearing faint S2iii calls. -Alisa, ON

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Pretty awesome morning. We headed out on the water at 8:00AM and headed west into Juan de Fuca Strait. We were close to Sooke when a report by Dan and Paul Pudwell via a fisherman came in of six orca inbound off Sooke BC. We ended up with a sub group of Lpod including L089, Southern resident orca. They were spread out over 3 km moving at an average of 4.5 km/hr and dives lasted from 4.5 to 5.5 minutes in duration. We left them heading East at Beacher Bay. -Josh McInnes

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We saw the same group of transients today- crazy that they stayed virtually in the same area for a 24 hour period! (Haro Strait) They must have been finding ample marine mammals to prey on. Transients included: T002C's, T034's, T037, and T037B's. -Heather MacIntyre

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4:55pm - Ts heading north in Haro Strait from Hannah Heights, San Juan Island. -Monika Wieland

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4:16 pm - Single orca, small in size, off the bluff below Langley city center, Whidbey Island. Last seen headed north. -Jennifer Hemeon

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2:00 pm - Spotted 3 orcas in the Squally Reach part of Finlayson Arm (west of Willis Point/Brentwood, Victoria BC) at about 2pm. One large male, one female, one smaller (juvenile?) They were slowly traveling north, mid-channel, but swimming back and forth with long periods under water (foraging?). Locals said it was very rare to see them here. -Dan Kilmke

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1:17pm - pod in a long dive at the moment.
12:53 - Boat pulled right up to them, people in front of boat looking down at the orcas from the bow! Orcas still in same general area (hunting) south of Scatchet head.
12:15. Breaching and tail slaps, might be on a kill. Still southeast of Scatchet Head.
11:54 am - Pod spotted heading southwesterly maybe a mile or two off east Scatchet Head, spotted from shore north Edmonds. -Stu Davidson

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9:00-10:57 am - Lone orca off S. Bell's Beach very close to shore. Looks to be a very small juvie. Been here since 9am and haven't seen an adult, he was moving towards the Bells cove towards Fox Spit. -Kathy Carr

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9:17 am - Stephanie Raymond on Victoria Clipper saw 4-5 orcas just south of Camano Head, moving south toward Everett.

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8:25am - They are approximately 1 mile north from the Mabana public boat launch. Still southbound, Camano side.
7:51 am - 3 whales Camano Island moving south near Mabana...2 adults 1 youngster. They seem to be feeding...very close to shore, ambling along playing. -Sally Olin

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7:15 am - We saw him (the single orca) this am right off Baby island, he was hanging around here and towards Fox Spit for a couple hrs. Never saw any others! -Stacy D Hansen

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A minke foraged nearby during a late afternoon encounter with Southern Residents off the south end of San Juan Island. -Carrie Sapp

August 8

Tika K33 in Haro Strait -Christie Fierro

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1:30 pm - K12s and K13s passed LK heading south.
8:44 am - Ks southbound in Boundary Pass
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2:15-3:30 pm - Just wanted to share some photos with you of my encounter with the T37A's, we were in Boundary pass and it was 2:15pm when we got on scene with them. The hunting portion of the tour was at the end of our hour with them so it was around 3:30 pm. It started out very relaxed as they traveled along together. As we were about to leave for the day they decided it was time for a snack and Harbour Porpoise was on the menu. This Harbour porpoise looks to be either a neonate or a late term fetus. Just another example of the circle of life in the wild. I also got a shot of one of T37A's calves bellies. I believe the calf is T37A3, which looks to be a boy, with T37A2's dorsal fin in behind. I am fairly certain of the ID but would only hazard to say that I'm 90% sure. -Ashley Keegan

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1:30-4:30pm - 9 Transients, including the T2cs, 34s and 3 T37s, back and forth in front of Snug Harbor Resort Marina, Haro Strait. -James Mead Maya

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2:00 pm - An hour before the waterside ceremony to honor the orcas stolen from Penn Cove 45 years ago, there was word of orcas in the cove. This pair came quickly porpoising across the cove from west to east, eventually heading all the way out and back south into Saratoga Passage. How special to have whales visit on a day like today! -Rachel Haight

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Transients went north past Lime Kiln lighthouse at 1200. -Monika Wieland

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Sending you some pics of a Grey Whale. It seems she or he has been going back and forth feeding between Gibsons BC, and Sechelt BC on the Sunshine Coast Canada. It has been two weeks, and so close to the shore, it has been so magical! -Cornelia van Berkel

August 7

Spent the day with the K12's and K13's today right outside of Vancouver, with K12 "Sequim" and her daughter, K43 "Saturna" double syphopping by the north arm of the Fraser. -Gary Sutton

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Many up by the Fraser, but J Group B and the K16s were going back south in Haro St. at sunset last night. -Monika Wieland

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Members of the T065A's and T049A2 spent the morning in the north end of Saratoga Passage, close to the shores of Whidbey Island. By afternoon in their southbound journey, they turned into and traveled deep into Holmes Harbor. -Janine Harles
(ID's by Josh McInnes)

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2:15pm - it not an orca but you don't see to many Dolphins off of West Point, Seattle. -Johnny Tugboat
(Jesse Huggins of Cascadia Research viewed the Twitter video which unfortunately cannot be linked here: "Definitely a Lag (Pacific White-sided dolphin), but I couldn't say with any certainty if it is one of the two loners that have been in the south Sound....would be good if one of them decided to head north though, maybe meet up with other Lags next time they are around the San Juans or something!")

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Minke roaming the sound end of Rosario Strait. -Connie Bickerton

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A minke's head off Whidbey Island at the south end of Rosario Straits. -Connie Bickerton

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Day report aboard Mystic Sea: We motored up in between Lopez and Blakeley Island, moving in an out of the fog and sun, with a few reports of two humpbacks out in a fog bank toward Victoria. Moving through Cattle Pass, the sun was out, but as we searched in vain for the humpbacks in a heavy fog, reports came in of two to three minkes feeding off Salmon Bank. We did get some nice looks at the minkes feeding through the bait balls, and also saw magnificent Stellar Sea Lions on Whale Rocks. One highlight was seeing two tufted puffins, as they are scarce in the area these days. On the way back to port, two bald eagles were spotted. -Bonnie Gretz, volunteer naturalist

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5:25 pm - Orcas in Holmes Harbor! At least 4 of them! They were as far south as the golf course for a while. They turned north towards baby island. So cool! -Cindi Bowen

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4:30 - We received a report that some of the Transients turned into Holmes Harbor.

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3:54 pm - They went by Hidden Beach just now, I counted 4 before they went behind trees. Followed by a whale watching boat. -Nancy Culp Zaretzke

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12:51 pm - They are slowly starting to trend south into Saratoga Passage. Still watching from Long Point. They've had long down times then some surface action with tail lobs and breaches. -Rachel Haight

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11:45am-12:45 pm - From Marine Drive, Coupeville WA off Long Point in Penn Cove, Puget Sound. 4-6 adults, probably feeding as we'd see the dorsal fins (no exceptionally large ones) and backs, then they'd disappear and come up again repeatedly. One 10-15 ft boat came within 10 ft of them. Generally moving east and farther north towards Oak Harbor, WA This is the first time we've seen whales from here. -Kay and Dave Foss

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12:17 pm - They have been slowly moving east out of the cove for awhile now. Still watching from Long Point.
11:40 am - Group off Long Point. -Rachel Haight

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11:56 am - Orcas playing off of seaplane base. (NAS Whidbey) They were headed towards Coupeville. -Christine D Renteria-Brown

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10:45 am - Two orcas seen in Port Susan from shore near fishing pier at Kayak Point Park. -K Rod

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Report from Fell Cheston from about 10:30 am- Three orcas, two large and one small, were headed into Penn Cove from Harrington Lagoon.

August 6

We went out with the mission of checking up on J39 who was seen earlier this week with a fishing lure hanging out of his mouth. As of yesterday we were able to determine that his new found accessory was no longer attached. Whether he swallowed it or it fell out on it's own, we may never know. He appeared fine yesterday, and was behaving normally. -Center For Whale Research

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9:46 pm - now Lime Kiln...echo and faint S4 calls, getting louder.
9:20 pm - Just turned my volume back on...J pod is on OrcaSound. -Alisa, ON

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We met up with whales between Hannah Heights and Pile Point at about 4:15 PM. Turns out all of Js and Ks were in Haro Strait, and we hung out with some of them in this same area for almost two hours. J39 seemed to be in good spirits (right), rolling around and socializing with K37 Rainshadow (left). Fingers crossed he was just messing around with the flasher and is just fine! Some did go north, as we came across a large group heading quickly north on our way back home at Open Bay at 6:45 PM. -Monika Wieland

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6:21 pm - intermittent calls on hydrophone right now. -Wayne McFarland

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5:50 pm - Some calls on Lime Kiln hydrophone. -Kim Merriman

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A sweet afternoon being mugged my J16 and her new calf, J50. -James Maya

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10:15-10:45 am - about half a dozen widely separate orcas headed east-to-west past Flint Beach. -Tom Reeve

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9:45 am - FAINT calls on LK hydrophones...getting a bit louder.
9:30 am - Orcas on Lime Kiln web cam! -Kim Merriman

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3:00 pm - 4 Orca playing in Holmes Harbor thurs. Headed for baby Island. -Moe Jerome

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Today, we caught up with the whales at Bell's Beach. We were looking all around for the whales, when suddenly we clearly heard their blows; they had surfaced behind the trees out of sight. We counted at least 8 headed north. We moved to Fox Spit and saw a group headed our way. As they neared, the group split up; 4 came closer to our side. My husband spotted one close to shore headed straight for us. I gave my phone to him and said if the whale comes close you need to take a video (which he did!). This group was ID'd as the T065As by Josh McInnes and the orca who passed close to me is T049A2. What a day! Surprisingly, we lost sight of them after that close encounter, and despite searching for another 5 hours, we never did find them again. Maybe they turn up in Penn Cove tomorrow? (my first encounter with the T065As was actually in Penn Cove last September). -Rachel Haight

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1:40 pm - I just been watching a group 4 to 6 Orcas (possibly including one older male who was off to the side) swimming northbound in Saratoga Passage ( we are looking east from Bells Beach on Whidbey Island). This group is now near the state park on Camano Island. The boats in the passage are staying away from these whales. -James Koutsky

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1:25 pm - We heard them before saw them! At least 6, 2 juveniles...in front of Bells beach northbound. -Rachel Haight

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1:15 pm - pod now moving on northbound towards Bells Beach...very much on Whidbey side
1:00 pm - I have eyes on them...very close to shore in little bay north of Langley. Look to be on the hunt. they circled back in very close to shore. -Alisa, ON

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Had a great day on the boat finding a Pod of 5 or 6 Orcas!! The Orcas were spotted south of Langley near shore heading northerly into Saratoga Passage. (Several photos were sent to Dave Ellifrit of Center for Whale Research who confirms T65A's and T49A2 were present during this encounter). -Stu Davidson

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12:30 pm - Larry Derosier (sp?) stopped by Langley Whale Center to report 4 orcas milling near Sandy Point, Whidbey short time ago.

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12:17 pm - Pod of orcas off Sandy Point heading north (up Saratoga Passage) with 2 babies! -Melanie J. Sceva Hill

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11:06 am - Just saw them heading north off Clinton ferry dock. About a dozen. -Mario Falso

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In Clinton during the passage to Mukilteo Thursday morning. Sighted orcas, babies with their moms and large male. -Heather Routh

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John Rogstad from WA State Ferries left a message at 10:40 am that the ferry Kittitas was trying to depart the Clinton ferry dock, but couldn't, because a pod of about 12 orcas was frolicking in front of the ferry dock!

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10:05 am - A report from the ferry captains from several hours ago of 4 orca south bound at the Clinton ferry terminal. -Anna Lieding

August 5

Danielle called at 7:25 pm - she just saw the orcas from the Mukilteo/Clinton ferry, between the Clinton Ferry dock & Gedney/Hat Island, still heading north. She saw about 3 of them, said there could be more, it was a bit choppy out there.

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6:00 pm - Pod of orcas right in between Possession Point and the Shipwreck between Edmonds and Mukilteo! It really caught me off guard, I was out in the boat down off shipwreck and all of the sudden a pod of them surfaced in the distance. And then they sort of hung around just sort of milling around there for probably about 15 minutes and headed north. I saw them surface one more time about halfway closer to Mukilteo and then I lost them in my sight range. -Karsten McIntosh

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Day report: finally an overcast day! We had reports of orcas northbound, and southbound, so chose the southbound group, and headed towards the west side of San Juan Island. In slightly choppy seas, found J-27 Blackberry - offshore from Pile Point, what a treat! Just a few whales were in the area, closer to shore, we identified J-28 Polaris, J-31 Tsuchi, and J-46 Star, one or 2 others were too far away for ID's. Homeward bound, we checked out harbor seals with pups, a bald eagle and tons of the seabirds who are now back in the area, fun to see. A great day for all! -Jill Hein, volunteer naturalist.

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My favourite shot of the day! ... surrounded by some J's (Group A) and K's. This was such a cool moment. All three J pod babies were all together playing with J42 "Echo". J26 "Mike" today and J52 and J50 playing with their aunt/sister, J42. This was right by the north arm of the Fraser River. Right outside of Vancouver. -Gary Sutton

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It's been pretty rough out there lately, and I don't know how I managed to get these shots in 3-4 foot chop but here they are! J34 Doublestuf was very playful and breached multiple times, and J27 Blackberry surprised many of the boat with close passes as he foraged with no constancy! -Heather MacIntyre

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8:34 am - Hearing some echolocation on OS now. -Gayle Swigart

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8:15 am - Echolocation on Lime Kiln hydrophone, it's very intermittent. -Renee Beitzel

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8:13 am - faint S4 calls.
7:55am - echolocation and little orca noises on Lime Kiln. -Alisa, ON

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1:30 am - K's on Lime Kiln now! -Barbara Bender

August 4

Transient (mammal-hunting) orcas! T037's off Victoria, BC. -Heather MacIntyre

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Humpback BCZ0180 lunge feeding on a blustery day. -Heather MacIntyre

August 3

10:22 - calls on Lime Kiln. -Jill Clogston

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I was at Lime Kiln and just a few came by, very spread out - travel with some possible foraging. They were far out and sun going down impacting ability to get good ID shots. Except the first one sure looked like Granny with dorsal notch and closed saddle. She was all by herself in front if it was her. Also bull dorsal could have been J27 based on shape. ID photos just a real challenge tonight. -Debbie Stewart

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7:18 pm - A couple of distant resident orca calls on OrcaSound hydrophone. -Alisa, ON

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6:13 pm - Orcas passing San Juan county park, Snug Harbor. Heading north in Haro strait. Group of 3, + possibly baby. -Tami Rainmom

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7:45-8:55 pm and still going... Loud calls on Lime Kiln. Early calls sound like L pod and now later calls typical of Js and Ks. -Alisa, ON

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7:47 pm - Echolocation on Lime Kiln! -Renee Beitzel

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7:18 pm - start hearing distant vocals on OrcaSound hydrophone. -Alisa, ON

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6:13 pm - Orcas passing San Juan county park, Snug Harbor. Heading north in Haro strait. Group of 3, + possibly baby. -Tami Rainmom

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12:45 pm - L12s off south end, others heading down Haro from Kellett Bluff, some stayed up by Point Roberts. -Monika Wieland

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5:00-7:15 pm - We viewed 11 orcas in two different groups. First siting was approximately 48.38.1 N, 122.39.24 W. Both pods rounded the north point of Sinclair; one group of five went straight toward the northern tip of Blakely while the other played near the marker off of Sinclair for about an hour (including two full breaches out of the water). This group of six then moved south along the west coast of Cypress chasing jumping salmon. One of these six was significantly smaller and appeared to be older calf/young juvenile. This one was separated from the rest of the pod two separate times. -Cory Marshall

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Blustery Afternoon Whale Day. The sun shining and warm, yet windy with a strong 8' flooding tide made for a fun boat ride on Natsilane, through some choppy, tide ripped waters over toward Lummi Island. Folks from California, Finland, and Seattle were up for the adventure! Transient-Biggs, mammal eating Killer Whales, T037A and family were on the prowl, they may have had 2 meals- harbor seal, porpoise? Fascinating the way they were working together, coordinating direction changes, lunging, and tail fluke slapping the water. It looked like a new calf was side by side with matriarch mama T037A! (Jared Towers confirms T37A has a newer calf T37A4, see notes in our Intro/summary) -Caroline Armon, OnBoard Tours Whales

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My daughter just got back from Point No Point (Kitsap) and reported seeing at least two Orca heading north passed the lighthouse. Approximately 8:30 pm. -Elyse Margaret

August 2

4:15 pm - Saw a large group of at least 20 orca traveling north past the Lime Kiln Lighthouse. They were feeding and playing, saw one breach and many spy-hopping and tail slapping. -Simon Powell

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L22, Spirit spyhops of the west side of San Juan Island! -Bart Rulon

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J2 Granny breaches this afternoon off the west side of San Juan Island. -Karin Kratzig Burns

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7:20-7:50 pm - hearing SRKW vocals on Lime Kiln hydrophone. -Alisa, ON

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7:32 pm - They are still squeaking and one is kind of gruting right now!
6:16 pm - They are on Lime Kiln hydrophone now. -Shellly Shima Cordis

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Day report: Some Js and Ks rocketed down Haro Strait this morning to meet up with other whales off False Bay. This afternoon all of J-Pod, the K12s, K13s, and K14s, and the L12 sub-group headed north past Lime Kiln between 4:15-5:00 PM. Shortly thereafter, the L12s split off and came slowly back south, making little to no progress against the strong flood tide. When I left Lime Kiln at 6:30 PM they were still milling offshore. These Ls used to be such a mainstay on the westside during the summer, but it was my first time seeing them this year! It was great to see them, and to meet little L121 for the first time. -Monika Wieland

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Spirit (L22) spyhopping tonight up near County Park, foraging with her son, Solstice (L89). -Sara Hysong-Shimazu

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5:58 pm - Orcas on Orcasound hydrophone now. -Patricia Prochaska

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We had members of all three Southern Resident pods here (J, K, and L), and I was able to see all four new calves all in the same hour! Not only did the L12's return, an independent matrilineal sub-group of L Pod, but all of the orcas were incredibly social. L41 Mega born in 1977, babysitting his sisters calf, L121 off South Beach, SJI. The first thing we witnessed when we got on scene was none other than L41 Mega (the oldest SR male) spring into a full breach- twice! The vocalizations were incredible. -Heather MacIntyre

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A spectacular afternoon watching & talking whales with my grandson from South Beach & Eagle Cove. I think Granny & all 3 J pod babies were out there this afternoon. (confirmed) From shore, we could see salmon jumping too, hope all the orca ate well! Wonderful, many surface behavoiors, continual sightings from about 1-3:30pm. Treasured memories with my 2 generations. And I encouraged calling the Whitehouse for breaching the 4 lower Snake River dams, to family, friends, visitors! -Caroline Armon

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We encountered members of J11, J16, J17, J22, and J19 matrilines crossing Haro Strait. They were primarily traveling, the hydro was quiet when dropped by the boat. Many spyhops and aerial scans. -Connie Bickerton

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12:26 pm - The Js and Ks flew down. All at False Bay by noon. Literally over 100 boats out with whale watching and fishing. -Monika Wieland

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11:29 am - Clicks and squeals on Lime Kiln hydrophone and on webcam. Headed south! -Casey Graham

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11:28 am - Just heard them on Lime Kiln hydrophone and saw them on the web camera. Actually still hearing them! -Cindy Murray Lunsford

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Calypso (L94), Cousteau (L113), and a spyhopping L121. Little L121 was very active (just like last time I saw him/her). Lots of tails slaps, spyhops, and even squirting water at mom and sister. It was very cute to watch! Near Eagle Cove, San Juan Island. -Sara Hysong-Shimazu

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11:23 am - Ls reported at Eagle Cove northbound.
11:05 am - Whales southbound at Kellett Bluff at 8knots.
-Barbara Bender

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10:00 am - At Turn Point Stuart Island, orcas heading toward Spieden. -Sherrie Stahl

August 1

2:21 pm - Hearing and seeing whales on the Lime Kiln hydrophone and webcam right now. -Denise Stubbs

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The only whales I saw were J16 w/ J50, J36 w/ J52, J27 w/ J39. Later found J19's with J28 and J46 and J31 plus one more ? headed south from Land Bank. -Barbara Bender

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The spiritual beauty of Southern Residents in a quiet resting line. Off Vancouver Island this morning. -James Gresham

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J's and K's off Vancouver Island this morning. K26 Lobo is leading with J2 Granny behind him. -James Gresham

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We were out this morning off Oak Bay and saw a large pod of orcas. I believe this was J and K pod traveling together. Big family unit, including a baby. It was just off Oak Bay Marina - they were traveling down from Sooke and headed towards San Juan Island. -Deanna Neumann

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11:04 am- Trial island now 5knts. -Barbara Bender

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9:54 am - Whales inbound from Constance Bank. -Monika Wieland

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12:30 pm - Sighted a whale, about 1 mile south of Camano State Park, Saratoga Passage. I believe it was a minke. Was around 20 feet in length dark back with smallish dorsal fin. Whale was moving fairly fast long distances before resurfacing. First time I have seen a whale like this in this area. -Laurence Petz

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