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July 20

10:00 a.m. - 2 adult male orcas at Eagle Point, San Juan Island. -Ariel Yseth

July 19

9:00 p.m. - Just left L41 Mega or L89 Solstice and unidentified female heading East past Grandmas Cove. (American Camp, San Juan Island) It was either Mega or Solstice. Hard to tell as didn't get a great look at the saddle. -Ariel Yseth

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3:28 p.m. - We found J36, J52 with L94's, saw J17, J44, J28, J53, J54, L41 w/ L25, L85. These whales were 2 miles offshore aiming at Hein. Spread in loose groups. -Barbara Bender

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We saw J19s, J17s, J16s, J31, and at least some of the L4s go south past the lighthouse. -Sara Hysong-Shimazu

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Nova J51, Scarlet J50, and Sonic J52 playing together in the morning. Suttles J40, Se-Yi'-Chn J45, Samish J14, Spirit L22, and Solstice L89 in a resting line. Taken from shore, west side San Juan Island. -Melisa Pinnow

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10:11 a.m. - seeing orcas heading south on the Lime Kiln web cam. -Kim Merriman

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Couldn't post sooner, saw a large group of Orcas heading west between Neil Bay and Spieden around 9:30am. My family later saw J and L pods of the shore of Lime Klin park. It was a lucky day for all of us. -Hazel Foster

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9:43 a.m. - Back off the point again... L89 & L22! 8:48 a.m. - For all my Blackfish and Superpod 5 buddies chillin' on SJI... Orcas moving up island from Eagle Point! Hope you see some fins today! -Erin Corra

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5:10 p.m. Bigg's killer whales (Transients) - Watched them pass around Lagoon Point for an hour. The whales went quite a way north, then turned around, went back South of the LPCA jetty, then turned back again, passed northbound close to beach and then kept on going. (T65As). -Patricia Prochaska

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4:17 p.m. - T65A's Lagoon Point swimming north against big flood. -Christopher Hanke

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- T65As - Had a small pod headed north in front of house today - Lagoon Point, Whidbey Island. -Paul Kukuk

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Earlier today watched a small pod of Orcas in north Sound (don't know if same as yesterday's group) .. Long hunting pattern. Active ! -Stu Davidson, Edmonds

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July 19 - 2:00 p.m. - group of Common dolphins, 10-12 or so, seem to be feeding off 1900 block of Alki Ave. 1/3 the way across the Sound. Changed direction, headed north, but were going south. -Dan Ciske

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I heard the mid-June report of Common dolphins near PA. I'm pretty sure I just saw some in Elliott Bay this morning around 0830. They were milling about, with a couple full breaches. Definitely not porpoise. -Kyle Antonelis

July 18

1:35PM - Maia of WSF relayed a report from the ferry Chelan of 1/2 dozen orcas off Danger Shoal, about midway between Battleship Island and Spieden Bluff in Haro Strait.

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I got an ID shot of both J26 and J2 heading north around 11am off Sunset Point, a ways off shore. (no photos sent). -Jessica Alexandra Doyle

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10:13 a.m. - Lots of orcas off of Land Bank headed north towards Lime Kiln. -Joe Snyder.

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10:06 a.m. - Just watched what looked like L pod going north past County Park, San Juan Island. All J boys and Onyx present. Multiple Ls including Marina and Moonlight. -Ariel Yseth

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Saw groups from J and L pods come through including at least 3 calves and granny! Headed north past Lime Kiln! Awesome! -Katie Snyder

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9:49 a.m. - More whales approaching Lime Kiln from the south. Passing Land Bank looks like, I can see them from the lighthouse. L4s are here. -Sara Hysong-Shimazu

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9:41 a.m. - Two orca on the way to Whale Research Center! Passing Sunset Point now. -Jana Offner Wiggins

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7:54 p.m. - I'm seeing them south of Point Robinson, a red & white sailboat is right on them. -Michelle Leann

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7:51 p.m. - Caught a glimpse as they cleared Point Robinson. Moving really fast. -Charles Vendley

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7:41 p.m. - They just passed Pt Robinson. Mid channel moving at a good clip now.
7:28 p.m. - Halfway between 3 Tree Point and Point Robinson right now. Still look to be headed south. -Ian Bernhardt

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5:55 p.m. - Just saw a post they are by Three Tree Point (Burien) and moving South. I have a buddy that lives near the point and saw them. He said 2 for sure... -Krissie Carl

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5:52 p.m. - Just saw them pass the Fauntleroy Ferry dock, heading south. -Hillary Shaw

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5:04 p.m. - Transient orcas just South of Alki heading southeast, made a kill, now a research boat is with them.
4:06 p.m. - heading south past Alki, one male 3 female and a baby. T065A's. -Janine Harles

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3:00 p.m. - Spotted one lone male orca approx 300 yards from shore off Rolling Bay. Traveling slow. Believe he may have been trailing rest, steady southernly direction. -Susan Marie Andersson

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2:30 p.m. - Just spotted them across from Faye Bainbridge Park. Headed South. Boat following. (possibly Research). -Cindy Campbell Russell

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2:10 p.m. - Bigg's T65As in Puget Sound from Richmond Beach Saltwater park seeing blows a bit west of mid channel sightline Faye Bainbridge park. Im heading home.
Approx 1pm I relocated to Kayu Kayu park, north Richmond Beach and they were directly out from me much closer to this side. Sadly a boat was pursuing them much to close. The pod picked up speed dove and disappeared. Have not relocated them. A reminder to keep required 200 yards and do not approach them. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network

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1:04 p.m. - Orcas just passed Point Wells / Richmond Beach heading south, east of mid-channel not far from the shore. -Kimberly Mains

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12:45 p.m. - picked up speed and moving steadily southbound now.
12:38 p.m. - still making a lot of directional changes while progressively moving south. Still bit east if mid channel, south now of Edmonds Marina Beach/Kingston transected. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network

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12:12 p.m. - On the ferry from Kingston to Edmonds, seeing them straight ahead! -Aleks Prosken

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12:10 p.m. - I moved to Edmonds Marina Beach. Caught the last of some surface activity, breaches, lunging and a nice spyhop. They've bunched up and are making lots of directional changes between my location and Kingston ferry dock. East of mid channel.
11:40 a.m. - Few minutes ago spotted the male east of mid channel, approaching Point Wells (tank farm) in Woodway, steadily southbound, but now lots of breaching still north of there. Probably on a kill between Edmonds marina Beach and pt wells. Fave spot. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network

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10:45 a.m. - They are just off Rose Point (just south of Eglon) now, slowly heading south. I am seeing 4, looks like one is a calf sticking right next to another and sometimes nestled right between two adults.

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10:22 a.m. - There are orcas mid-channel between Eglon Beach and the south end of Whidbey. We are watching from the beach and don't have a great view, but there are at least 3 individuals including one male. -Andrea Ogg

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Fin whale on July 18th near Dungeness. I came across this same individual on July 9th off of Jordan River and it was first re-sighted on July 15th. It seems to have found a great feeding ground with the many humpbacks in the area. -Mark Malleson

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We spotted this Fin Whale among 20 Humpbacks yesterday afternoon during our 2pm tour. We were a few miles north of Dungeness Spit when this enormous Fin Whale popped up between 5 Humpbacks. -Andrew Lees

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11:00 a.m. - Puget Sound - Humpback sighting, Posssesion Bar, South End of Whidbey Island. Humpback was breaching, tail slapping, and sounded after about three surfacings. -John Vraspir

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July 18 - Common dolphins spotted on the west Seattle water taxi at 5:25 pm - no clear direction just jumping around playing in the wake! -Amy Burnham

July 17

11:54 a.m. - We just saw an orca-male and looked to be alone-south of Eagle Point ( about 3/4 mile). We didn't get any pics, sadly, and I can't find my ID guide... -Sharon Ann Clark

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8:45 a.m. - Don Davich reports seeing at least 4 orcas off Eagle Point, west side of San Juan Island.

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5:00 p.m. - unidentified caller reports seeing 5 orcas from the Pt. Arena Lighthouse, Point Arena, Californina.

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1730 - Minke whale. 1/2 mile N of Lime Kiln, traveling north, feeding, 10-20 yards off shore. Small. Scimitar shaped dorsal, no tail on dives. -Eric E. Jolley

July 16

J17s traveling at Hein Bank this evening. L89 Solstice making a close pass as we drifted with engines off - Hein Bank. -James Gresham

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11:05 a..m - Several orcas in the mouth of False Bay off west coast of San Juan. Great day! Saw at least 6 orcas...they got really close to us and other boats. The wildlife wardens were protecting them and ticketing boats getting too close. J42 glides through the glassy waters past an idle boat off False Bay, San Juan Island. -Brandon Michaels

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Onyx (L87) catching a fish off False Bay. You can see the fish in his mouth. -Valerie Shore

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10:44 a.m. - Faint calls and echolocation on Lime Kiln hydrophone right now. -Ariel Yseth

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T037A & T37A's southwest of San Juan Island, Saturday evening. -James Gresham

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San Juan Channel with the T65A's and T37A's. A beautiful group of whales on a gorgeous day! -Barbara Bender

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East Juan de Fuca - Saturday evening we (Island Adventures) were with 9-10 or more humpbacks southwest of San Juan Island. The whales were mainly in pairs but also came together in pods of up to 5 animals. It has truly been spectacular out on the water. One of the large group of humpbacks that have been on the banks southwest of San Juan Island for the past few days. -James Gresham

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This humpback was seen southwest of San Juan Island Saturday evening. It has a severe parasite infestation which is indicative of poor health. It seemed to be behaving normally but this whale is not in good shape. -James Gresham

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3:29 p.m. - Puget Sound - There is a humpback whale just off the south end of Possession Bar. (south Whidbey Island). -Wendy Brock

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July 16 - south Puget Sound - Common Dolphins seen in Case Inlet off of Northeast Harstine Island. I saw them at around 5:00 heading south very quickly in a group of at least five. -Connor O'Brien

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3:50 - South Puget Sound & Olympia area. The common dolphins are currently heading north (then south) right at the mouth of Budd Inlet and Boston Harbor Marina. Very active. I can see them jumping from clear across the water - even without binoculars. -Kim Merriman

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10:15 a.m. - central Puget Sound - While on the 10 am crossing of the Seattle to Bremerton ferry we saw the Common dolphins...3-4 were traveling off the north side of the ferry heading due east towards Seattle at lightening speed. -Charlotte Hier & Jennifer Lemire

July 15

Southern resident (salmon eating type) youngster L119 Joy with a deceased Harbor porpoise in her mouth. She was observed off Salmon Bank (south end of San Juan Island) pushing , flipping, and playing around with the porpoise for quite a while. -Janine Harles

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We encountered Four-year-old L119 Joy playing with a dead harbor porpoise at 7:30pm 2 miles W of Salmon Bank marker. She was all by herself flinging it, holding it in her mouth by her teeth, and draping it over her rostrum. We first heard radio reports of an L pod whale playing with a dead harbor porpoise about 3:30/4pm. I included some photos for reference - fully zoomed and cropped to show as much detail as possible. -Barbara and David

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We watched L119 play with this harbor porpoise for about an hour. She lifted it out of the water on many occasions, she swatted it with her pectoral fins, and she pushed it up into the air by balancing it on her rostrum too! It was a very entertaining experience! When we finally left the scene she had finally caught up with her mom, L77, and she was still playing with her new toy! -Bart Rulon

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It was a Magical Day aboard the Mystic Sea with THREE kinds of whales! With reports of members of L-pod (Southern Resident orcas) out by Hein Bank, we headed out, spotting many seals on Colville Island en route. The first whale we found was L-85 Mystery (born 1991) with his 6' dorsal fin, a beautiful sight. Fairly close by we found a group of L-pod whales - L-77, L-94 and calf L-121, and several other members of their family. We had wonderful views as they interacted on the surface, in very calm sea conditions. Then we learned of Humpback whales - in the path of our homebound trip! We headed eastbound - and saw three Minke whales on the way to viewing at least TEN Humpback whales - WOW. A couple of these whales appeared to be quite friendly as they approached the boat - we were all in awe at the close looks and size of these whales. Along with harbor porpoise, turkey vultures, bald eagles and a newborn seal pup, it was truly a magical day! Jill Hein, volunteer naturalist.

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Small group of Orcas just passed Point Roberts heading south. Some breaching. At least two large males. 6 to 8 whales travelling quickly and fairly close together. Between 9:30 and 9:50 PM. -Sandra Scott

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Juan de Fuca ...near Race Rocks this morning and our Local Southern Resident Killer Whales in the afternoon feeding around Sooke, B.C. Some Grey and & Fin Whales seen in the area...WOW THE SEA IS COMING ALIVE IN THE JUAN DE FUCA! Paul Pudwell, Sooke Coastal WW

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L103 and her 8-month-old offspring L123 - and L86 - Sooke, BC. -Paul Pudwell

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On July 15th at roughly 9am I saw two orcas a few hundred yards off Carmet beach in Sonoma County CA. They were heading north, moving relatively slowly and sticking around a disturbance in the water, most likely some kind of feeding behavior as I saw sea birds in the area as well. It was a bit too far out to note any specific distinguishing features of individuals, but I thought I'd let you know as it is the first time I'd seen an orca in the area. -Skylar deWitte

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July 15 - east Juan de Fuca...Then we learned of Humpback whales - in the path of our homebound trip! We headed eastbound (from Hein Bank) - and saw three Minke whales on the way to viewing at least TEN Humpback whales - WOW. (north of Eastern Bank) A couple of these whales appeared to be quite friendly as they approached the boat - we were all in awe at the close looks and size of these whales....Jill Hein

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Just one of the many humpbacks near Eastern Bank....this one has a crazy cool tail with rake marks, but check out the lower Jaw! -Janine Harles, July 15

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July 15 - 10:11 a.m. - Puget Sound - humpback slightly south east of Point No Point. -Stu Davidson

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Then we learned of Humpback whales - in the path of our homebound trip! We headed eastbound (from Hein Bank) - and saw three Minke whales - east Juan de Fuca on the way to viewing at least TEN Humpback whales - WOW. A couple of these whales appeared to be quite friendly as they approached the boat - we were all in awe at the close looks and size of these whales....-Jill Hein

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July 15 - This evening the Kingston Edmonds ferry had the pod crossing in the opposite direction (heading towards Kingston) around 8pm? -Shannon Mitchell

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5:30 p.m. - I think, we saw them today from Bainbridge island ferry! They are bigger than harbor porpoise, dark gray with lighter belly, with more prominent beak and dorsal fin. It was about 5:30 pm in the Elliott bay, very close to the ferry terminal. They were moving north. -Olya Dmitrieva

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West Seattle Blog REPORT on the Common dolphins who were seen hanging around Elliot Bay off West Seattle again this morning.

July 14

2:00 p.m. - still intermittent L pod calls.
1:30 p.m. - Just came in from outside, L pod members vocalizing on Lime Kiln. -Alisa Lemire Brooks

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Common dolphins - A pod Dolphin/propose splashing and activity off Alki- south end of Elliot bay- seen from 3:45p.m. ferry to Bainbridge. -Daniel Liinski

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12:30 p.m. - Saw some orcas today near Lime Kilm on San Juan Island. I was told it was the J pod over the radio I heard that possibly J27. I am new to this so if I am wrong about identification I am sorry. (ID's unconfirmed) -Kelli Carlson

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...We saw our first group of whales at 1002 heading north inshore of us between Eagle Point and False Bay. This group included the L55's along with L105 and J31 and they got by us with just a few proof of presence photos taken. We kept moving south in hopes of finding members of the L12's (the L11's, L22's, L85, and L25-L87 is also a L12 but he was up north with the rest of J pod). We saw a male and a female inshore at Eagle Point and this turned out to be L22 and L89. These two milled briefly at the point before heading slowly south. Another boat reported that they had J27 a ways offshore of us. The J11's had not been with the rest of J pod when they had been inside the past week so it was interesting that they came in with the L's.... See photos and full report at CWR Encounter 71. -Center for Whale Research

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Absolutely beautiful, sunny, calm day on the Salish Sea! We had early reports of Southern Resident orcas "all over"....We slowed down to take a brief look at some chubby harbor seals and their pups, including one reddish one, which is unusual. We first caught up with the big male, L41 Mega, who is 39 years old, as he surfaced within great viewing distance. As all the whales were spread out, hunting for salmon, we saw brief glimpses of others, but enjoyed Mega's presence for a while. We then moved closer to San Juan Island, around False Bay and Eagle Point, to delight in the antics of L121 Windsong, who is now about 16 months old, with his mom L94 Calypso. Also seen with this group were the female L22 Spirit, who is estimated to be 45 years old, and the male, Mystery, L85, who is 25 years old. (final I.D.'s to be confirmed) With reports of multiple humpbacks out by the Romeo Alpha buoy, we motored out and had a wonderful encounter with two of these majestic baleen whales, who stuck very close together. We saw at least 5 others in the distance, and there were perhaps 15-20 to the west. We are so lucky to have these beautiful giants increasing their presence in Puget Sound. On the way home, two bald eagles were spotted and a harbor seal surround by gulls, enjoyed a fish feast. -Bonnie Gretz, volunteer naturalist

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Steve Smith reports seeing a humpback in the vicinity south east of Point No Point around 7:00 PM.

July 13

WOW. L Pod passed Sooke late this afternoon and nobody even knew. Keep You eyes peeled. THEY ARE BACK! -Paul Pudwell, Sooke, BC,

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J41 Eclipse saying hello today. All of J pod met this evening on the west side of San Juan Island, and L pod are reported as incoming tonight. -Barbara Bender

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Amazing evening with J-Pod! It was an epic pass at Lime Kiln. The party continued up the shoreline. Later (on the water) we left most of Js northbound at Battleship then ran into the J16s just north of Kellett on our way home. So funny we're hearing Js making L calls and I said Ls must be on their way in! (reports of Ls in Strait of Juan de Fuca heading inland). -Monika Wieland

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5:16 p.m. - Vocals and Echolocation on Lime Kiln hydrophone. -Melissa Mikey Howes

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Around 2pm, Saw about 7 orcas off of Western Preserve, SJI. I'm guessing J pod? they were heading south along the coast. One adult and one juvenile continued south. Another group with one large male (someone near me said so, but not 100% sure), two other adults and two juveniles headed south along the coast and then turned out toward Victoria/ more open water. -Julia Wallace

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Trip report - It's always good to hear that whales are close by, but really exciting that they're members of J-pod - still in our waters - and hopefully finding enough food! We headed towards the west side of San Juan Island where they were doing their "west side shuffle", traveling very close to shore, and were able to identify J-26 Mike, J-16 Slick with her calf J-50, and several other members of the J16s and J22s (and possibly the J17s) - always a delight to see them. We had a fleeting glimpse of a Minke whale on our return trip, with several Steller sea lions resting on a channel marker, some harbor seals, and eagles. And it was a really beautiful sunny day. -Jill Hein, volunteer naturalist.

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1:30 p.m. - Faint calls/echolocation on Lime Kiln right now! -Mandy Johnson

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12:54 p.m. - Faint echolocation on the Lime Kiln hydrophone! They started chatting as soon as I posted yesterday so let's see if my luck continues! -Amy K Fowler

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Humpback whales - July 13 - Juan de Fuca - Oh today. You will go down in history as one of the few days where I'm utterly speechless. To see such an incredible scene in nature with one's own eyes, creates such pure happiness that I carry for life. I love encounters with any wildlife, but there is something extra special about those whales. I had an incredible encounter today with nearly 30 Humpbacks in the general area we were in. (Strait of Juan de Fuca) Lunge feeding, cartwheels, and lots of tail flukes in the air! Oh, and we also saw Killer whales. -Traci Walter

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4:00 p.m. - Puget Sound - Humpack went past Point Defiance, Tacoma and north into Colvos Passage. -Zeno Martin, July 13, 2016

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3:00 p.m. - This is how close it went by the shore and the houses at Salmon Beach, Tacoma. -Kim Merriman, July 13, 2016

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Approx 12:45 p.m. - Watched this humpback very close to shore at Chambers Bay golf Course. Headed north, toward Narrows. Slow surfacing, breathing. No fluke. No jumps. Very mellow pace, but steady. No boats near. Came within 100 feet of shore. Stayed under for a bit while a train passed, then continued easy surfacing and still north bound. -Dean Burke

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9:10 a.m. - Humpback surfacing with blows between Ketron abd Steilacoom as seen from the 9 am ferry! She/he was heading south along the shoreline between Ketron and Steilly. I saw her/him on the west side of Ketron first, but thought I was just being optimistic given all the sightings lately! -Danielle Vance

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7:50 p.m. From Johnson Pt, saw a pair swimming toward the point. 6:41 p.m. - Neighbor saw the dolphins about a half hour ago from Johnson Pt. over toward Taylor Bay. -Joan Ahre

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Gray whale sighting off of Chambers Bay Golf Course (south Puget Sound) at 7am and 8am. Headed North into the Narrows as the tide turned from low to high. (Unconfirmed gray, there was a humpback in this area at this time - ALB) -Raphael Barry

July 12

Doublestuf J34 doing a crazy flip off the rocks north of False Bay. -Melisa Pinnow

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J-pod came through Active Pass today at about 3:30pm. I was almost splashed by a tail slap! Part of J Pod close to the shore of Galiano in Active Pass this afternoon. -Carolyn & Gary Cullen, Galiano BC

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9:05 p.m. - still hearing calls.
8:45 p.m. - still hearing faint calls amid cargo ship noise.
7:55 p.m. - There we go...Loud calls and visible on webcam
7:40 p.m. - Started hearing echolocation on Lime Kiln hydrophone. J pod has been shuffling the west side of San Juan today
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J53 embracing her inner bird. Just four of the dozens of breaches from this spunky little girl this evening in Haro Strait. -Sara Hysong-Shimazu, July 12

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12:52 p.m. - Hearing echolocation on Lime Kiln hydrophone. No vocals yet but hoping someone will say something soon!...Just as I posted hearing vocals now! Loud and clear!! No background noise! -Amy K Fowler

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11:11 a.m. - Nice distant but easily audible S1 calls and a concusive (pec slap or breach?)
11:08 a.m. - still whales in view on the webcam
10:15 a.m. - start hearing calls on Lime kIln hydrophone and saw an orca on the webcam.
-Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network

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Yep. Four full breaches and a few tail slaps just north of Salmon Beach before it headed south. One breach was about 150 ft from me while on paddle board! -Zeno Martin

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There are 3 great videos taken from a boat and posted tonight on another Facebook page (Gig Harbor- Town Talk) showing the humpback breaching 3 times. Incredible! It was in the area between Salmon Beach and the Narrows Bridge. -Katie Schmelzer

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8:00 p.m. - Just spotted what looks like a humpback just passing Salmon Beach 8pm heading south towards Narrows Bridge. -Dino Martini

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John Miller, WSF phoned in a report: Kathlamet Ferry reports 6:50 am 1 Humpback lingering 500 ft North of Dolphin Pt., Vashon Island.

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1:36 p.m. - May from WSF phoned in report of Gray whale seen from the Hyak, in Sinclair Inlet, off Waterman Point, heading towards Restoration Point.

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11:15 a.m. - What I believe is a grey whale is cruising along the edge of Bremerton Marina breakwater. Right up against the edge and blowing occasionally. Now heading west toward Gorst inlet. -Ann Lieseke

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10:41 am - William Pauli phoned in a report of a small whale in the bay at the south end of Bainbridge Island near Lynnwood Center, Rich Passage. Said it was unusual to see whales in this bay. Didn't know type.

July 11

11:35 p.m. - Listening to blows and slaps... now. (from shore at Eagle Cove). -Erin Corra

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5:35 p.m. - Got Suttles at Hein playing with a neonate harbor porpoise. J49 was with her at first but J37 came in and seemed to almost collect him. Like "do not do what your aunt is doing!" -Sara Hysong-Shimazu

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Today's encounter with J pod. Approximately 2 miles north of Hein Bank we observed J40 playing with what appeared to be a dead harbor porpoise. We heard on the radio that she had been playing with it for at least an hour. J14 and J45 were close by, as well as at least 2 minke whales right alongside of them. (see photo in Minke section) We left the whales at 6:30 and they were heading south spread out in loose groups. What a day! -Barbara and David, All Aboard Sailing

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We saw them too around 3:00 from San Juan Island Natl Historic Park and they were beautiful! My family and I were watching from shore. -Christina Mssimino

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2:10 - 2:35 p.m. - about a dozen orcas travelling east-to-west past Flint Beach on the south end of Lopez Island. -Tom Reeve

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12:32 p.m. - Maya from WSF called with a report of 25 Whales off Rosario Strait.

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12:25 p.m. - Orca pod during ferry ride. We just saw about a dozen orcas during the ferry ride from Anacortes to Friday Harbor (San Juan Islands). There were several babies in the pod and one of them jumped out of the water! This was about 20 minutes into the one-hour ride. -Drew Chuppe

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Such a joy to see J-pod in the inland waters for the fourth consecutive day after a somewhat prolonged absence... It was a short trip from the dock to Rosario Strait, where J pod were southbound in Thatcher Pass. The whales were actively feeding with some rapid porpoising in pursuit of prey, many powerful tail and pectoral fin slaps to stun their quarry, and an occasional spy-hop and breach. Little ones were keeping close tabs on Mom, swimming in her slipstream, the area of least resistance. It's all about family, and to see these whales in their close-knit groups and natural surroundings of the Pacific Northwest was a joy to behold. -Sandra Pollard, Naturalist and Author

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8:34 p.m. - Puget Sound - great sight of (humpback) in the sunset! Might be the same one I've seen (spotty) each of the last couple mornings?!
7:45 p.m. - Whale blow right off breakwater at Edmonds marina. While eating dinner at Antony's off the outside patio saw a huge whale blow! -Stu Davidson

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Juan de Fuca - Spotted what we believe are humpbacks on ferry from Victoria to Port Angeles about 2/3 the way to Washington. There were about 4 to 6 scattered over a large distance with one group of two together. -Erin Rooks

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Beautiful look into the tops of mouths of two lunge feeding humpbacks. Strait of Juan de Fuca near Port Angeles. -Janine Harles, July 11

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9:15 a.m. - Common Dolphins just headed south into Eld Inlet moving fast in quite a lot of chop on the water. They are being followed by a flock of gulls. -Kim Merriman, July 11

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Minke whale and J pod member - Today's encounter with J pod. Approximately 2 miles north of Hein Bank...at least 2 minke whales right alongside of them. -Barbara Bender, July 11

July 10

8:46 p.m. - Getting louder!
8:41 p.m. - I'm still hearing them
, somewhat faintly though. -Melissa Burke

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8:30 p.m. - Loud and clear -Lime Kiln hydrophone. -Laurie Arnone

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8:30 p.m. - I'm hearing a few calls on Lime Kiln Hydrophone right now. -Kara Clayton

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Trip report - It was a magical day today as we found J-pod whales a half hour from port!! We connected with many of these amazing icons by Decatur Island, very spread out, traveling slowly southbound (the J22s, J16s and J17s). Many of the group passed close to shore by Burrows Lighthouse, continuing south past Deception Pass and thrilling beach goers at Deception Pass State Pass. We took a sight-seeing trip under Deception Pass Bridge, and when back in Rosario Strait we headed to see yet more whales - near Colville Island on the south end of Lopez Island. Here we found our favorite lady J-2 Granny with more members of her pod! It's always a good day when we see Granny, estimated to be over 100 yrs of age. -Jill Hein, volunteer naturalist.

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I was finally able to reunite with most of Jpod off the west side of San Juan Island. It had been over two months since I had seen them. Here was the first playful group we caught up with--Echo (J42), Moby (J44), Star (J46), and J53 were busy socializing and playing together. -Sara Hysong-Shimazu

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5:13 p.m. - J pod is echolocating and vocalizing on Lime Kiln hydrophone right now! -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network

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11:55 a.m. - Spotting many Orcas southbound just off Biz Point. (Anacortes - Rosario Strait) Many boats with them at reasonable distance. My vantage point is high bank ~~ good to see them back! -Anne Hazen

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11:40 a.m. - J pod passing Burrows Lighthouse (Rosario Strait) southbound now! Very spread out, lots of whales. -Jill Hein

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9:18 a.m. - Right now we are watching a pod of 8-10 orcas off the north end of Sinclair Island. They are heading northwest toward Orcas Island. -Lee Culverwell

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8:00 a.m. - 15 Orcas west of Lummi island. This morning a small pot of orcas between Clark and Lummi. -Ruurd Slot

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11:30 a.m. - Small pod (Bigg's killer whales - Transients) in upright channel a about an hour ago. Seen off the ferry. Pod was heading west. -Andrew Bergstrom

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9:04 a.m. - San Juan Clipper just left a humpback whale in the northbound traffic lane between Pt. Wells and Pt.Jefferson. Lots of surface time, no definite direction of travel. -Stephanie Raymond

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Common dolphins - July 10 - 11:00 a.m. - 15+ Common Dolphins again in Eld Inlet. Heading north, with a purpose, and now at the southern edged of Squaxin Island still heading north//northwest. Lost of activity. -Kim Merriman

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Not about orcas, but had to share anyway! Had an amazing encounter with Poptart, BCX0324 Big Momma's 2016 calf (July 10, 2016), while hanging out with several humpbacks out in the Strait, due north from Port Angeles. He decided to go on a breach-a-palooza, popping off 100+ breaches and/or chin slaps, and threw in a few tail throws for good measure. I'm not exaggerating, we all lost count after about 30, and even had to leave for a while to get out of the way of a military vessel and he was still at it when we reconnected. It was an unbelievable experience. -Carrie Sapp

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One of the many common dolphin. Near Boston Harbor, Olympia. -Chris Hamilton, July 10

July 9

July 7-9 report:
It's been awesome having J-Pod around for a week straight, the kind of thing we expect this time of year, but had not experienced in May and June! On July 7th, the J2s (J2, L87, and the J14s) and J19s headed north past Lime Kiln around 3 PM. We left them heading north off Turn Point at 6 PM.
On July 8th, the J2s and J19s started passing Lime Kiln going north around 4 PM. The rest of J-Pod (minus the J11s) was inbound, however, and just as we saw the whale-watching boats rounding Discovery Island, the J2s and J19s veered out and went to meet them. All the whales met up in the middle of the straights and headed back towards San Juan, "hitting" the island around False Bay. At 6:30 PM some whales started going north again past Lime Kiln, including the J2s, J19s, and J17s. Whales were in sight to the north and south not really going anywhere around 7:45 PM. From our boat, we met up with the northern whales at about 8:30 off Stuart Island, where they were very spread out and still going north, making beautiful vocalizations in the quiet evening.
At some point during the night, the J22s and J16s must have gone north, because at 11 AM on July 9th, all present J-Pod matrilines headed south past Lime Kiln, spread out and well offshore. At 3:30 PM, however, as they made their way back north past Lime Kiln, they gave us shore-based whale watchers the passby we've been waiting for this season, with lots of surface activity and playing in the kelp. They were all still slowly. northbound at 4 PM. -Monika Wieland, Orca Behavior Institute

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Beautiful spyhop outside of Snug Harbor. -Heather MacIntyre

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2:31p.m. - faint calls.
2:27 p.m. - Start hearing echolocation on Lime Kiln hydrophone. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network

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It was the 16's, 17's and 22's in the Eagle Point area and south when we left. T49A's were around Salmon Bank. -James Gresham

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Lots of whales on the south end of San Juan Island. Heading south. Might be J pod there were a couple of babies out there!! -Lindsay Gustafson

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Oreo J22 moving down island during the morning southbound pass. Lime Kiln State Park. -Melisa Pinnow

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11:40 a.m. - Trailers just passing Lime Kiln now.
11:08 a.m. - they're all here, but didn't all go north last night. Many still north of LK, they're very spread. -Monika Wieland

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It was the 16's, 17's and 22's in the Eagle Point area and south when we left. T49A's were around Salmon Bank. -James Gresham

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3:00 p.m. - Humback seen heading NW from mouth of Admiralty between Point Wilson and Partridge Bank. Gorgeous creature! -Sheila Guard

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Unidentified cetaceans - July 9 - There is a whale/dolphin/porpoise in the Edmonds/Kingston ferry route by Appletree cove. It's not moving far. A fin was seen. - Bronwen Walters

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July 9 - 8:10 p.m. I have watched for the last 90 minutes the Common Dolphins at Boston Harbor...Zangle Cove...and back again. Back and forth. Very active along with lots of "feeding" activity. Done for the night. The rain is too heavy to follow from across the bay.
5:30 p.m. - Common Dolphins have been in Budd/Eld inlets most of today. -Kim Merriman

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A Fin Whale feeding off of Jordan River in the Strait of Juan de Fuca on the morning of July 9th. -Mark Malleson

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Two Humpbacks Lunge Feeding in the Strait of Juan de Fuca north of Port Angeles, it was breathtaking. We could see 8 of them lunge feeding within a 1/4 mile of our boat and up to another 15 spread out in the area! -Andrew Lees, July 9

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Humpback whale seen from the beach at President's Point, Kitsap Peninsula. She/he swam past once in the morning heading northbound towards Whidbey and heading South in the evening. -Judy Kimelman

July 8

6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. - Part of J pod had been in since July 3rd (J2, L87, J14s and J19s). Morning time brought word of more incoming (or eastbound Juan de Fuca Strait) residents. This group turned out to be the rest of J pod minus the J11s. Both groups ended up in Haro Strait off the west side of San Juan Island, spread out quite a distance, and moving in all directions. Around 6:00 p.m. we caught up with what turned out to be the J16s (and possibly others) off False Bay. Sweetly, the first whales we encountered were J16 Slick and her 19 month-old daughter J50 Scarlett who were first heading south then soon made directional change heading north, then south, then in circles. J16's family, daughters: J36 Alki and her son 17 month-old J52 Sonic; and 9 year-old
J42 Echo were foraging for Chinook salmon. J16s eldest offspring, 25-year-old son J26 Mike was to the north and much further offshore. After spending time with the inshore whales we turned northwest to spend time with J26. No sooner had the boat gone idle did he veer towards us in a zig zag pattern. With engines now cut J26 headed right for us and dove under our bow where I stood. A meaningful moment to say the least. He continued on southbound, still zigzagging and well offshore. Soon after he veered inland all the while in foraging mode. We left the group still spread, with moms and calves inland and Mike still further off around 7:00 p.m. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network

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On West Side (San Juan Island, around 12 orcas, 4 large males, females & young. -Jill Atchison

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J35 Tahlequah and J47 Notch being incredibly tactile with the rest of their family, the J17s. -Heather MacIntyre

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I've been waiting all year for another moment like this at Lime Kiln. Can't believe it took until July, but I'll take it! J47 Notch right off the rocks this evening. -Monika Wieland

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7:56 p.m. - FABULOUS calls on the Lime Kiln hydro right this minute. Surprised me they were so loud! -Kim Merriman

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7:29 p.m. - Vocals on Lime Kiln hydrophone. -Helen Shamek

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L87 Onyx surfacing through the glass of Haro Strait. J38 Cookie breaching as he and his family came in through the Strait of Juan de Fuca. -Heather MacIntyre

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2:00 p.m. - It's beginning to seem like summer...Orcas cruised past again today! Traveling east to west along the south end of Lopez Island, but they lingered a long time with many changes in direction. About 10 orcas, very spread out. And I saw two breaches! -Sally Reeve

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We were lucky to catch up with J-Pod (Group B) in Canadian waters yesterday, 4 of the new group of babies were there...J-28 Polaris with her 7-month-old son J-54. We did the full distance today when hearing "incoming J-Pod members" near Race Rocks, west of Victoria BC! Fortunately the tides were in our favor, outbound and inbound, and what a thrill to find J-Pod group B whales, who hadn't been seen in the Salish Sea for a while. Four of the newest babies were there - a real treat. As they slowly traveled east, we heard that J-Pod group A whales were near our homeport of Anacortes! So homeward bound, we picked up Group A by Cattle Point, on San Juan Island, heading north - traveling very close to shore. L-87 Onyx who travels with this group, was off-shore so we caught a good look at him. Wow, what a day, long but included with all these whales were seals, a Steller sea lion, bald eagles AND a Minke whale!! -Jill Hein, volunteer naturalist.

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J17's (tho I didn't see J17 and others were saying J28's on radio), J22's and J16's were all inbound at Race Rocks this morning. They were fighting the current so only going like 3-4 knots! The kids all look great. We heard on radio later that Jpod group A (granny and Onyx) were southbound at Bird Rocks in Rosario. Hoping we will hear them tonight on LK! -Renee Beitzel

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"Another BC Moment." Part of J pod east bound past Beechey Head, East Sooke Park on the morning of July 8th. -Mark Malleson

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7:55 a.m. - Many ORCA (inbound or east) off Sooke right now! -Paul Pudwell July 8 - 6:00 p.m. - Single Humpback seen surfacing 6 times with large vertical blow and large tail, 400 yards offshore. Between Lagoon and Bush Points, Whidbey Island. -Craig Tuohy

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[pause point during a run at Ft. Ebey SP, about 3:30 p.m., Friday, 08 Jul 16 from Partridge Point looking out and to the right of the big green buoy that goes "ding"] Whale spout! Big splash! Flukes? It was close enough in to see the flukes and decide it was most likely a humpback; far enough out to wish it would turn toward us. After the third misty puff of air and, perhaps, a smallish breach, all went quiet. -John Morelock

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July 8 - Minke whale, quick glimpses of this guy only. South end of Lopez, heading to Colville Island. -Jill Hein

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July 8 - Since it's 11:25 pm impossible to say what sort but... I hear whales at least 2. Blows and tail slaps. Just north of Mabana on Camano island. Not too far south of Elger Bay. -Sally Olin

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12:25 p.m. - Appears to be dolphin/ porpoise pod right off Fauntleroy...up to 10 and lots of activity ..more so than harbor porpoise...appear to be gray and streaks of white...moving out away from ferry dock...will try and get pictures. -Wayne McFarland, WS Ferries

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We received a phone message of Gray Whale Sighting near Pt. Wilson. No name provided.

July 7

Tonight off Stuart Island - from left to right J40 Suttles, J2 Granny, and a little flair from J51 Nova. -Monika Wieland

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Caught up with members of J pod off Henry Island split in 3 groups. L87 on the outside, a group of 6 in the middle and 2 much closer land. Steady northbound with a pause in the rip for a few breaches & tail lobs, and possibly chasing a salmon. Steady progression north mostly with occasional bursts of activity. Out from Spieden Island a succession of tail lobs by several in the pod, and they all kept their course. Just south of Stuart Island we headed east towards inshore whales, one of who engaged in multiple breaches. We left with them still steadily northbound SW of Stuart Island just after 5:00 p.m.
Yep, those 10 whales! J19s, J14, and J45 were middle group inside of Onyx. J37 was breacher near J49. J2 was in their vicinity and J40 was way inshore by herself. Thanks to Monika Wieland for help with ID's and who was where. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network

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J2, L87, J14s & J19s northbound Haro Strait. Henry to Stuart Island. -Video by Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network

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J51 breaching in the rip off Henry Island as he and his family make their way north in Haro Strait late this afternoon into early evening. -Janine Harles

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...On July 7th, the Odyssey was able to see the Js and Onyx L87 again. They had come back down from the Fraser River via Rosario Strait and were coming back up the west side of San Juan Island. We arrived on scene with them as they neared Lime Kiln State Park. The ten of them were very spread out but we ended up seeing Granny J2, Hy'shqa J37, Ti'lem I'nges J49, and Onyx L87. Onyx L87 stayed offshore while the other three were inshore. Granny J2 was in the lead and when we reached Open Bay, she surfaced with a piece of salmon in her mouth. We left them at Open Bay as they continued on their journey, perhaps back to the Fraser River... See Melisa's photos and full reports at San Juan Orcas Blog. -Melisa Pinnow

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3:42 pm - Js at Lime Kiln! -Rachel Krauss Burrows

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3:28 p.m. - Large group of residents heading north past Lime Kiln. Ken and research boats following. -Bri Wilson

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The subgroup of J Pod comprised of J2 et. al. was found mid-day near the south end of Lopez Island as they were coming back toward Haro Strait along the coastline of Lopez. Ken launched in "Shachi" to encounter the very spread out group as the whales came toward False Bay, San Juan Island following their typical foraging pattern. The encounter began at 1433just off Pile Point with the whales very spread out moving northwest against the ebbing tide just as it was turning to flood. The whale-watching boats were very disciplined and staying in a line about one half mile offshore of San Juan Island as the whales swam along conducting very long and unpredictable dives in the corridor between the shore and the vessel-based observers. L87 was the offshore flanking whale, and he zigged and zagged a half mile or so between surfacings with very unpredictable intervals on either side of the line of boats... See photos and full report at CWR Encounter 67. -Center for Whale Research

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Have not seen many of these this season. About a dozen vessels traveling slowly from east to west with one large specimen (Clipper) joining the pod from the west. Pod generally stayed close together with a sailboat tour hugging the shore and a few others meandering in search of great photo opportunities. Did notice several humans leaning over railings but no spy hops or breaches or slashing. There may have been feeding activity on the larger vessels. This activity was viewed by about a dozen orcas as they cruised past heading to the west in two tightly packed groups and one solo male. The orcas had an enjoyable time, glad they decided to visit Iceberg Point, Lopez Island and hope they do this tour several more times this summer. -Sally Reeve

July 6

A surprise to see these 9 precious Jpod whales (including L87) at the Fraser River two days in a row. Their presence and behaviour would indicate they are being somewhat successful foraging here for right now. They have been spread out between the north and south arm of the river. We were fortunate enough to get good looks at the J19 matriline a few times. J40 "Suttles" was with them and J51 "Nova" has been full of beans apparently. J51 on his grandmother's back. J19 and J41 appeared to be rounding up a fish when this happened. Maybe J51 was a little to eager for a chunk of salmon from his patient grandma. -Tasli Shaw

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I watched 4 Orca, 1 large male, 2 females (?), and I believe a young of the year, at the NE side of Miners Bay, Mayne Island at 0930 this morning. They were very active, surfacing a lot from shallow dives (the water is fairly shallow there), but all 4 were very active. Watched for 10 minutes; they played in the same area all the time. The male was distinctly large and I would describe his dorsal as shapely, in profile (smaller in the middle), if that helps. -Frank Gee, Parks Canada staffer

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From transiting from our club outstation in Gambier is. to WVYC we came across a small pod (two females and a male) on the north side of Bowen Is. between Hutt Is. to Hood Point. That I can only think that they are Bigg's transient orca's. They have been lurking around the area since April. -"Orca Spirit"

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2:59 p.m. - Humpback (long down times and very little fluking) near Possession, South of Point No Point. -Janine Harles

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July 6 -south Puget Sound - 9:15 a.m. - Common Dolphins just headed north out of Eld Inlet. It is so calm and quiet, I can hear every single surface. It's breathtaking this morning. Glassy water, and flying dolphins. -Kim Merriman

July 5

Beautiful photo montage of J51 Nova flying high - near the Fraser River, Vancouver BC. -Tasli Shaw

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Probably one of my most favorites of the season so far! This was taken during a pretty rowdy "T-party" as we call them. 18 Bigg's Killer whales in total came together for quite the parTy. Breaching, tail lobs, spyhops, cuddle puddles, you name it, we saw it. What I also love in the series I have of this image is that the little whale on the right just continues to do a headstand with the tail in the air for a little while. -Traci Walter

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T51 in the Strait of Georgia. He was part of a large group of socializing Bigg's killer whales. -Sara Hysong-Shimazu

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July 5 - south Puget Sound - 7:00 p.m. - Dolphins moving very fast now south into Eld Inlet. They are cruising and kicking up quite a wake as they go.
5:40 p.m. - they turned around and headed south into Budd Inlet. 8-9 surfacing at the same time. Very impressive. And they're moving with a purpose.
2:30 p.m. - there is the other group of common dolphins currently heading north (slowly) just to the west of Zangle Cove (Budd Inlet). Very active! -Kim Merriman

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July 5 - north Puget Sound - 6:50 p.m. - Common dolphins still by Mukilteo!! On the ferry headed to Clinton and Josh spotted them just south of the ferry lanes. East of mid channel. -Rachel Haight

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6:30 p.m. - Common Dolphins still South of the Mukilteo-Clinton ferry, mid-channel. -April Bosley

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10:03 a.m. - A few minutes after departing Mukilteo, atop the deck on the 10:00 a.m. ferry Kittitas I spotted a lot of dorsals and knew instantly I was being blessed with the presence of one of the pods of common dolphins that has been in Puget Sound the past month. The pod of at least a dozen, including little ones, was moving steadily westbound to the north of me in between the ferry lanes. They went on a dive and I could not relocate them at any time during the crossing to Clinton or once on land. Video below. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network

July 4

J2 Granny and her crew made their way back south past Lime Kiln this evening between 7:30 and 8:30, spread out with J2 and L87 trailing, after a trip to the Fraser River. Fingers crossed that they found enough to eat to stick around for a while, and to call in the rest of J-Pod! I realized while watching her tonight that I've now known this whale more than half my life....pretty amazing. -Monika Wieland

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After leaving the Bigg's Transient killer whales near Kelp Reef (Encounter 65), Ken headed north to Turn Point to meet with Granny's subgroup of J pod that was spreading out and foraging in the very active swirls of incoming tide off the point. Presumably, an aggregation of salmon was riding in with the fast moving tide flow, but the sea surface was so turbulent that it was impossible to detect any predation events. J19 and J41 were the west flanking whales and J14, J37 and J49 were the east flanking whales while J2 and L87 charged in a zig zag pattern down the middle of the tide rips that shot up vertically like haystacks of water, dousing the boat and camera. The others (J40 and J45) were here and there in the swirls,... See photos and full report at CWR Encounter 66. -Center for Whale Research

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Taken mid-day on July 4th from Saturna Cottage. Subgroup of J pod heading west. -James McLarnon

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...As they passed the reef in front of CWR they were about 400 yards offshore when Ken snapped a photo from the porch. The male was T51! And the others with him were the T36A's, the T75B's, and T49A2. The same grouping, minus T49A2, were encountered last year on 24 May (2015 Encounter 36) as they travelled in a social group in front of the Lime Kiln lighthouse and moved slowly offshore zig-zagging along in relaxed transient fashion...See Photos and full report at CWR Encounter 65. -Center for Whale Research

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I always love "meeting" a new Killer whale. This is T51 born in 1981 and more typically hangs out in Southeast Alaska. He was hanging with a few other groups of T's in north Haro strait on the 4th of July! -Traci Walter

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7:25 p.m. - 3-4 orcas headed south toward Lime Kiln State Park! -Maria Carney

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6:35 p.m. - Group of transients heading out of Friday Harbor. 2-3 transients? They went northbound along San Juan Island after. -Bri Wilson

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Nice and close to home, we had our own 4th of July Parade with Transient/Biggs killer whales off Lopez Island today. As they traveled by the Lopez ferry terminal and continued on around Shaw Island, we had some excellent views of the three of them, T123 (mom, born 1985), son T123A already a large male at only 16 years of age, and little sister T123C, born in 2012. They passed by several nervous seals hauled out on nearby rocks, so were not in hunting mode, lucky for the seals! After great looks and local inter-island sight-seeing, we glimpsed these three again before heading back to port ..... finding a mom seal with her newborn pup, and bald eagles! What a great 4th of July, back in port in time for the festivities. -Jill Hein, volunteer naturalist.

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T123s. San Juan Clipper saw them take a seal in Upright Channel and then head towards Friday Harbor. -Stephanie Raymond

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11:27 a.m. - East side of the Lopez spit, we saw three orcas. I'm no expert but it looked like one big one (maybe adult male) and two smaller ones. Looked like they were moving northwest but also foraging (?) around. So beautiful! -Michelle Wormell Hollomon

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11:00 a.m. - WA State Ferries report from the ferry Elwha of 8 orcas at the west end of Thatcher Pass. No direction of travel given.

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Coastal killer whales - Thayer Hollis a commercial albacore fisherman, called with two orca reports from different days July 4 & June 28) , both of solo males, but not the same animal. On 7/4 at noon, he was at N46 03 x 125 02, (about 40 miles west of Astoria) in 700 fathoms, when he saw a different male orca, also 4-500 yards away, heading ESE.

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July 4 Humpback Whales in Long Beach WA - At least 2 humpbacks were spotted off the beach just past the surf zone 2 miles north of the Ocean Park beach approach on the Long Beach Peninsula, WA. They were actively feeding near the surface and on multiple occasions the whales surfaced with most of their head out of the water and breached a few times. Sea birds were circling and diving into the water near the whales. Continued feeding for about an hour from 12:15 pm to 1:15 pm. -Garrett Knoll

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July 4 - south Puget Sound - 1:10 - Common dolphins heading north passing Boston Harbor Marina and toward the southern tip of Harstine Island. -Kim Merriman

July 3

Mark and Hannah Malleson encountered "J pod" in the morning inbound near Race Passage in pretty rough water. The whales had been reported earlier off Otter Point as a 'big group' but there were only J2, L87, and the J14's and J19's in a spread pattern as they continued inbound. Ken was returning from Sequim by automobile/ferry so did not get out on the water in "Shachi" until 1620, and then it was only to photo-document J2 before fueling the boat to be ready if more residents come in.
Notes-Comments: The continuing pattern of only a few residents widely spread can be correlated with the Chinook salmon pattern of relatively few fish making it to the Fraser River Albion test fishery nets. This is another bad year for Chinook salmon in the SRKW core summer habitat!... See photos and full report at CWR Encounter 64. -Center for Whale Research

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J2 Granny leading the J14's and J19's into Active Pass this evening. Shortly after I shot this we (Island Adventures) ran a bit ahead of her and were going to sit and watch the J Pod whales stream pass when suddenly the T100's/101's, T36A's, T75B's and T051 came out of the pass! The residents and T's were very nearly in the pass at the same time. They gave each other a wide berth but the encounter ended with L87 who was off by himself headed directly towards one group of T's about 1/4 mile away before he veered into the pass. -James Gresham

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2:59 p.m. - J2s in lead followed by J19s all porpoising, L87 trailing more than a mile back slower. L87 fishing offshore of Lime Kiln now. After 3 weeks away, some members of J-Pod finally returned to inland waters today! The 10 whales rocketed past Lime Kiln this afternoon, porpoising north on a flood tide. While it took them only a couple minutes to pass, it was great to see some friendly fins. That's J2 Granny on the right!
2:34 p.m. - They're nearing Land Bank, west side San Juan Island.
2:25 p.m. - They're crossing the Haro Strait fast
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2:58 & 3:03 p.m. - Echolocation
2:48 p.m. - Calls on Lime Kiln!
-Melissa Burke

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WOW! Great to hear an early report from Tory of Going Coastal Fishing Charters of MANY Orca coming east from Muir Creek. We had the pleasure of being the first to find some of J Pod just off Otter Point passing Sooke eastbound Juan de Fuca 14 minutes from our Dock! Great to sea some of our Southern Resident Killer Whales returning to our area! -Paul Pudwell, Sooke Coastal WW

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5:22 p.m. - Common dolphins are heading north right now out of Eld Inlet. They are cresting just under the chop.
5:15 p.m. - The common dolphins are still in the south Puget Sound traveling back and forth between Budd Inlet (south) and Eld Inlet (north) and northerly toward Squaxin and Harstine islands. Very active at times; alternating that with feeding. Lots of onlookers. there are still about 15-20 here! -Kim Merriman

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...there's another group (common dolphins) we saw in our first trip off Kingston! Probably around 10-12 of them. (in response to Kim's post on our Facebook page -ALB) -Renee Beitzel

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T036A's and T075B's near Prevost Island. T051 near Prevost Island. T100's and 101's along Galliano Island. -James Gresham, July 3, 2016

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July 3 - central north Puget Sound - Common Dolphins off Kingston and then Edmonds during our morning trip! -Renee Beitzel

July 2

They were Ts. Near Henry Island it was a T124c. -Nishan DeSilva

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Does anyone know what whales are at Cattle Point about 11:45 AM? And what group was at Henry Island about 12:15? -Lois Spurgeon

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6:30 a.m. - Tony Woelke of Washington State Ferries called to report 6-7 Harbor porpoise 1 mile off Apple Cove Pt, Kingston.

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T124C, Straits of Georgia, quite a bit south of Pt Roberts. -Connie Bickerton

July 1

2:40PM - Visiting from Miami, we saw three orcas heading north from our porch on Madrona Way, at Open Bay overlooking Haro Strait. -Lynn and Ian Kupkee

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12:20 p.m. - live on the west side of Low Point on the Strait of Juan DeFuca, west of Whidbey Island. Spotted the large, pointed dorsal fin protruding out of the water of at least 2 separate orcas approximately 2 miles offshore just west of Low Point moving east. Whale watching boats following close behind. -Lyle Kmett.

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A humpback gulp feeding in the Juan de Fuca Strait. -Mark Malleson

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Sighted one Humpback SE of Point no Point, just east of the shipping lanes at 19:00 from S/V Orion. Also saw the Short Beaked Common Dolphins actively northbound off Carkeek Park at 21:00 the same day. Our students were stoked!!! -Kevin Campion

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Gray whales - 6:43 p.m. - San Juan Clipper just encountered #723 again! This time just north of Point Marrowstone heading out toward the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
9:49 a.m. - We are leaving the scene. He is slowly south bound, zig zagging between the shore of Whidbey and Gedney Islands. Last saw him headed toward Clinton.
9:40 a.m. - San Juan Clipper on scene now! He's head toward Gedney from Sandy Point. It is #723. -Justine Buckmaster

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9:35 a.m. - Ann Casey of Whidbey Audubon called while out in a boat checking her crab pots and seeing a whale that from the description sounds like a gray whale, close to shore near Sandy Point, at the south tip of Whidbey Island.

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8:00 a.m. - I heard blows and I spotted what I think was a small Gray Whale in the middle of Saratoga Passage swimming southbound toward Langley at about 8:00 am this morning. -Sydney Lynn Wolcott

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...I also observed a small group of orcas on July 1 in the vicinity of East Point, Saturna. Male is T137A. -James McLarnon, Vancouver
(ID by Sara Hysong-Shimazu)

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Saw 6 Orca being mobbed by whale watching boats, between Turn Point (US side of Boundary Passage) and Fairfax Point (south end of Moresby Island), east of the marker for Helen Rock (I think it is called?). They were traveling steadily northwards, but I didn't see exactly where they headed. Gotta love these work days, -Frank Gee, Parks Canada staffer

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