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January 19

UNIDENTIFIED ORCAS - Wed, Jan 19 - Gulf Islands, BC - 15:46 - Wednesday, January 19th at 3:46, a group of 6 orcas was seen heading south out of Ganges Harbour [Saltspring Island]. A few minutes later two more passed by. A video is attached. https://www.facebook.com/OrcaNetwork/videos/4717218161703592/ -Francis Bread
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15:19 - Trending NW of there, slowly, last we saw them.
14:35 - Just southeast Point Wilson Lighthouse. Looked like they were just on a hunt.
14:28 - We've found them again. Slowly lingering northbound. No images unfortunately.
14:20 - They've stopped and are now north of Pt. Townsend on that same side.
14:05 - Group of Orcas spotted mid channel between Fort Casey and Pt. Townsend. Small boat trailing. Southbound. 2:05
Follow-up: Couldn't tell [how many] for sure. Very far out for our binoculars. At least 5, I'd guess. They've gone under so searching again for them. Closer to Pt. Townsend than Fort Casey. -Jered Phipps
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HUMPBACK WHALES - Wed, Jan 19 - South Puget Sound - 16:20 - Still playing in the channel Just north of McMicken Island. The whale and the raft of sea lions that has been hanging around for the last week are playing cat and mouse. Guessing that herring or anchovies are running through there right now. -Eric Bergson
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14:00 - Humpback closer to NW end of Herron.
13:00 - Humpback still present today in Case Inlet, between Harstine Island and NW Herron Island. Feeding mid-channel, along with large numbers of sea lions. Too far to get a good shot of its flukes. -Dave Berliner

January 18

SOUTHERN RESIDENT ORCAS - Tue, Jan 18 - Saratoga Passage (Js) - Beautiful evening listening to J Pod as they travelled south past Glendale Beach, fairly close to shore. Hearing them in the calm water under the dark sky was a first for me - totally magical. [video] https://www.facebook.com/OrcaNetwork/posts/10166340405225601 -Dori Dace
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20:10-20:25 - Passing Glendale. Their blows are the best sound, brief glimpses of them as well.
18:40 - Sounds like another group passing by a little further offshore. Guessing these are the trailers.
18:30 - A much larger group just passed by now still headed southbound, still seem to be favoring Whidbey side.
18:20 - Southbound past Sandy Point. You can see them under the moon and city light, hear the blows and tail slaps.
17:00 - [orcas] There's so many! Very spread out. Nonstop blows filling the air. Trending south.
----When the call came in, whales northbound at Hidden Beach at 4pm, I immediately headed out. They were at least headed my way, so I might have a chance to see them before dark. The next update had them southbound near Baby Island, which meant committing to Fox Spit, an additional 25-minute drive. That also meant rushing to get there before the whales passed, as well, before dark fell. Disappointed, I arrived after the first group had passed by. I had a feeling there were more, when all of a sudden, whales popped up like popcorn everywhere off Fox Spit! An unexpected surprise from J pod (seriously, where did they come from and where did they go?!) It was nearly dark, at this point, so not many photos. The viewing conditions were perfect, no wind, calm water, and the sound of their blows carried far over the water. I was loving the way they were sounding, so I decided to follow them as long as I could. I parked off Sandy Point and waited for an hour before the sound of blows filled the air. The bright nearly full moon peeked above the clouds at this moment, and you could see them swimming under the moonlight, pretty incredible. You could hear them for nearly 30 minutes. I was just too enthralled by the sound of their breaths that I wasn't ready to say goodbye. I messaged Dori and told her to head to Glendale because hearing them was just TOO cool. I grabbed some dinner then headed to Glendale. We sat for 45 minutes before hearing the sound of blows. You could see some of them somewhat close to shore surfacing in the bright lights reflecting off the water's surface. We listened to their blows for nearly 20 minutes before the world got quiet again. It's a night I won't be forgetting any time soon. photo - J38 -Rachel Haight
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16:30 - [orcas] I can see and hear them from CSP [Camano State Park]. Still too far for a pic or video. 4:30. Trending south. -Krista Paulino
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17:05 - Leaving them at 5:05, they're still heading south and seems like they're in between East Point & Bell's Beach now.
16:56 - I'm way over at Camano Island SP, so it's hard to get a great ID photo from here, but it's seeming like open saddle patches & resident eye patches.
16:46 - They're milling right now, right in front of the houses along Saratoga Rd. (4:46)
16:40 - Still just south of Rocky Point, although I think a couple are down by East Point by now. (4:40).
16:32 - There are 5-6 more now. I think there are still 2 a little south of Rocky Point and ~6 in between RP and Baby Island now, including a big male and a little one. Heading south.
16:20 - Right now they seem to be milling in between Baby Island and Rocky Point. I'm hearing more blows than I'm seeing, though, so I'm wondering if there are more on the other side of the point.
16:11 - [orcas] Just spotted them. Heading south, just passing Baby Island. I think 2, and it looks like one male. -Sara Montour Lewis
b.o.c. photos - J39 & J19 ID: Yifan Ling - photos - J27 ID: ALB
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15:40 - we just saw 2, maybe 3, orcas heading north in Saratoga Passage just north of Hidden Beach, Whidbey side. 3:40pm, 1/18/22. -Patricia Phillips
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HUMPBACK WHALES - Tue, Jan 18 - South Puget Sound - The day got away from me but I saw the humpbacks in Case Inlet. Between 11 and 1 off the south end of Herron Island viewing from Harstine State Park. I feel like there are two. -Stacey Crofoot
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GRAY WHALES - Tue, Jan 18 - Haro Strait - Here are a few clips from this morning of the Grey Whale that has been foraging on the west side of Haro Strait for over a week now. It is currently off of Ten Mile Point in Cadboro Bay, Saanich, at the southeastern tip of Vancouver Island. Last week it was spotted off of Glencoe Cove in the neighbouring Gordon Head district. -Gerald Graham
[This gray whale has been newly designated as CRC 2240 by Alie Perez, Cascadia Research Collective. -gs/ON]
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11:54 - Gray whale blows far out on the Canada side of Haro Strait, moving down island to the S/SE. Large blows, straight up, easily seen against the shore of Vancouver Island, on a dark gray day. -Michelline Halliday, SJI
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UNCONFIRMED SPECIES - Tue, Jan 18 - Saratoga Passage - I saw this one too [Steven Nantz's sighting below]. Blow was very diffuse - quite different from what I've seen in other whales. Body was long with small curved dorsal fin. Swim behavior did not resemble Orca or porpoise. Regardless of exact type, so awesome to see! -Kristi Ingram
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Single, small (15 ft or so) dark-skinned whale - not sure of species - with spouts, seen off Indian/Blomquist Beach just now. Roughly 100 yards out. Heading south towards state parks. Dorsal fin curved, tapering to point. Pilot whale perhaps?
Edit: I'm not positive but reasonably certain that is what I saw [response to minke photo example]. Wasn't that far out. I don't think it was an orca, but since I am fairly new to the art and science of whale watching I could be mistaken. The exhalation- the spout- was faint but visible. The dorsal looked like that of a minke. -Steven Buckley Nantz

January 17

HUMPBACK WHALES - Mon, Jan 17 - South Puget Sound/Case Inlet - 14:25 - Humpback still south of Herron [Island] but is heading north. 2:25pm. -Charlotte Smothers
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09:03 - [HB] Young whale off Herron Island, west side headed south. -Tim Gerhard
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GRAY WHALES - Mon, Jan 17 - Saratoga Passage - 16:30-17:00 - As I was almost home, I pulled over and watched Little Patch CRC53 feed from 16:30 until 17:00. Between Fox Spit and Baby Island Heights. -Marilyn Armbruster

January 16

BIGG'S/TRANSIENT ORCAS - Sun, Jan 16 - Strait of Juan de Fuca (T30s, T41s) - 11:52-14:05 - Center for Whale Research Encounter #3: "The animals were quickly identified as members of the T030 and T041 matrilines, not an uncommon association. The T030s are not as common as they once were in the inside waters of the Salish Sea, and have not been seen in the Juan de Fuca Strait for quite some time, though the T041s are relatively common in the western and central portions of the Strait in late summer each year." [See CWR Encounter #3 https://www.whaleresearch.com/2022-3 for the full summary, more photos, and a video]
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Sun, Jan 16 - Haro Strait - 08:15 - Bigg's calls on Orcasound Lab hydrophone. Just noticed and verified as Bigg's ecotype, a human detection of very faint orca calls via the Orcasound - Listen for Whales web app. -Scott Veirs, Orcasound/Beam Reach
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FIN WHALE - Fin whale confirmed in Puget Sound: "I think based on the range of photographs we have seen, we are pretty comfortable confirming this whale is a fin whale." -John Calambokidis, Cascadia Research Collective
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"Thanks so much for passing these along! I really appreciate it and agree with the diagnosis. I suppose it's the first fin whale documented in the Salish Sea in January and only the third individual ever in Puget Sound. The minke/fin debate got me thinking as to how rare it may also be to see a minke in the Salish Sea in January." --Jared Towers, Fisheries and Ocean Canada
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Sun, Jan 16 - Central Puget Sound - Saw this maybe [confirmed] fin whale off Shilshole and a porpoise (to the left) yesterday [1/16]. Lots of activity out there with porpoises, seals, birds, and the whale. Great to see! -Allan Hicks
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16:53 - White right jaw and white marks on the back, very long distance between blow hole and dorsal fin, tall and obvious blow, 100% fin whale. -Yifan Ling
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15:25 - [Fin whale] Just spotted moving toward the north end of the beach. -Michelle Holshue
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13:51 - [Fin whale] Still out there. Seems to be coming up every 5 - 10 minutes. Lots of sea lions and birds nearby too. -Larry Benesh
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~13:30-16:00 - [Fin whale] My husband and friend bobbed in our sailboat at a proper distance and observed the whale "mowing the lawn" north of the navigation channel coming out of the locks and Golden Gardens from about 1:30 to 4:00. Remained in a tight location and transited leisurely amongst feeding seabirds and active pinnipeds. -Erin Moore
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11:05 - Minke [Fin whale] is back at Golden Gardens. Just spotted, 11:05. -Matty Leaman
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HUMPBACK WHALES - Sun, Jan 16 - South Puget Sound/Case Inlet - 15:40 - Spotted a humpback whale with hundreds of Sea Lions, north end of Herron Island. Whale was heading north. -Kat Donald
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14:54 - Just saw him again. Still near Herron Island.
a.m. - Humpback west of Herron Island for a couple of hours this morning. -Tom Johnson
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~13:45 - We saw the Humpback at approximately 1:45 pm between south end of Herron Island and Fudge Point heading south. (viewing from Harstine Island just north of Fudge Point straight across from the southern tip of Herron. The whale was straight out from us. Several days ago, I saw two.) -Cara P. Martin
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GRAY WHALES - Sun, Jan 16 - Haro Strait - Grey Whale off of Ten Mile Point in Saanich, at the southeastern tip of Vancouver Island. This whale has been in the area for almost a week now. [video] https://youtu.be/2aGjMSUfwfg -Gerald Graham
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Sun, Jan 16 - Saratoga Passage - 13:15 - Slowly heading north about 100 yds off coastline. Will check the telephoto pics for ID.
12:50 - Gray whale feeding in Saratoga Passage on Camano side about 1 mile south of Mabana. [video] https://www.facebook.com/jennifer.spanton/videos/494693838938569/ -Jennifer Feldman Spanton
photo - CRC53 "Little Patch" ID by ALB

January 15

BIGG'S/TRANSIENT ORCAS - Sat, Jan 15 - San Juan Islands (T28As, pos. T75Bs, and T86As) - 15:00 - 8+ orcas south though Cattle Pass. -Fred Horn
["T86As were right; Sara Hysong-Shimazu identified the T28As in your photos with possibly the T75Bs as well." -Monika Wieland Shields, Orca Behavior Institute]
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12:05 - Sighting Small Pod. 4 cows with a small fin alongside a cow. Then a much larger bull. I have pictures but a long way away shot with a Nikon D500 with a 200-500 lens in the fog. Traveling west to east at 1205 p.m. Spieden Channel between Green Point, Spieden Island & Limestone Point, San Juan. -Don Haaland
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FIN WHALE - Sat, Jan 15 - Central Puget Sound - 12:25 - Just spotted from Golden Gardens heading south a ways from buoy. Think it was minke [Fin whale]. Seemed to be headed sw towards midchannel. -Jill Irwin
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~11:30 - [Fin whale] Video from Golden Gardens around 11:30 today. -Esa Leach Carlson
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~09:36 - [Fin whale] We found it, I think! (close to shore by the green buoy. [off Golden Gardens] -Tobias Piering
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HUMPBACK WHALES - Sat, Jan 15 - Central Puget Sound - 08:45 - Came for the minke [Fin whale] but only spotted a humpback off Golden Gardens this morning at [~]9am. WSW from the beach. The last sighting of humpback was at 08:45. Humpback was definitely there but much further out. Minke [Fin whale] was close to shore by the green buoy. [Tobias stated that they had found the Fin whale and posted a photo at 9:36] -Tobias Piering
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GRAY WHALES - Sat, Jan 15 - Saratoga Passage - 17:25 - It's too foggy to see the gray whale feeding presently south of Summerland, but it is easy to identify the blows and intake breathing! He seems to be moving very slowly northward. -Peg Boley

January 14

FIN WHALE - Fri, Jan 14 - Central Puget Sound - 16:53 - [Fin whale] Just saw the whale a mile off north end to Shilshole Marina - heading north. -Torrey Hall Volk
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16:22 - Never mind. It's back southbound going past the green buoy now out past the buoy but not by much.
16:19 - [Fin whale] I think the whales has moved north. Haven't seen for maybe 30 minutes and it was northbound off the north end of Golden Gardens. We also have some porpoises swimming around. -Matty Leaman
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14:57 - It's really doing loops. Right now, it's further south and pretty far out, but 20 min ago it popped up 50 yards off of the beach.
14:04 - Just came up closer to Golden Gardens and a little further south this time (straight out from the beach volleyball courts). If someone could tell it to pause for a photo that would be great.
13:45 - [Fin whale] Just spotted again, pointing south, but looks like it's just milling still straight out from Golden Gardens. -Sara Montour Lewis
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12:38 - [Fin whale] It is midway between Golden Gardens and the Kitsap side now. -Larry Benesh
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10:30 - [Fin whale] Saw first at 10:30 and last at maybe 11:10? -Matty Leaman
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GRAY WHALES - Fri, Jan 14 - Haro Strait - I filmed a Grey on the west side of Haro Strait yesterday afternoon [1/14], off of Cadboro Bay. -Gerald Graham
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Fri, Jan 14 - Saratoga Passage - 15:51 - Hearing spouts 5-10 seconds apart...maybe 2?
15:43 - Gray whale spouts directly south of Elger Bay. Mid-way to Whidbey. General direction of travel is east. One whale. -Dave Davenport
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UNCONFIRMED BALEEN WHALES - Fri, Jan 14 - South Puget Sound - ~11:00 - There was a gray whale [unconfirmed], small, seemingly alone near Titlow at about 11am, working their way to Steilacoom [SB]. -Rhema Neas

January 13

SOUTHERN RESIDENT ORCAS - Thu, Jan 13 - Gulf Islands, BC (Js) - 11:45 - 13:38 - Center for Whale Research Encounter #2: "Another whale was seen briefly further to the northwest but it too was being hard to re-find. We finally saw a male to the northwest of us and headed toward him while our cryptic whale surfaced a distance behind us after an extremely long dive. The male came up off the southeast corner of Moresby Island not far from where the original report was and it was J26." [See CWR Encounter #2 https://www.whaleresearch.com/2022-2 for full summary and more photos]
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GRAY WHALES - Thu, Jan 13 - Possession Sound - 13:03 - Whale spotted of the coast of I division. [Hat Island] -Brenda DeVarney
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UNCONFIRMED BALEEN WHALES - Thu, Jan 13. - WA Coast - At 13:05 Nina Cooper called to report seeing a whale in Grays Harbor off Damon Point, Ocean Shores, on the protected [east] side of Damon Point. Whale was traveling. She presumed it was a gray, but then saw stubby dorsal fin of a humpback. Whale was pretty close in, did not see the fluke. Was inside the bay inside two red buoys, first time she saw the whale it was between buoys close to shore. Second time it came up, she heard the spout; it was closer to commerce side, then as it moved away was hard to see due to haze.
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HARBOR PORPOISES - Thu, Jan 13 - Central Puget Sound - Porpoises active in Tramp Harbor/Vashon this morning. At least five. I don't get the impression people care much about porpoises, but I see them often and don't know if you like to track their activities. Definitely not orcas. -Scott Hill

January 12

SOUTHERN RESIDENT ORCAS - Wed, Jan 12 - San Juan Islands (Js) - 16:45 - J-Pod was sighted circling the south side of Shaw. Probably the same whales spotted by Tillikum in the previous post ["10-12 orca whales heading east toward SHAW, off Point Caution" -WSF/Tillikum]. -Ellie Sawyer
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16:40 - [orcas] Seem to be heading NE slowly [from Lopez ferry terminal]. -Roberta Kent
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16:36 - [orcas] Just off of Lopez ferry terminal. Slow travel and spread out. Some surface behavior. -Sadie Youngstrom
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16:05 - At 16:07 Donna Sanders, WSF Marine Ops, emailed: YAKIMA@1605 Master reports near Upright Head at a stop for 6 or more killer whales milling about towards the east.
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15:15 - [orcas] Samish slowed for a group of whales on the southside of Shaw at 3:15. ["heading NE up Upright" -Monika Wieland Shields, OBI] -Nancy DeVaux
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14:15 - At 14:34 Laura Baker, WSF Marine Ops, emailed: TILLIKUM: pod of 10-12 orca, 1/12 Log entry 1415hrs: Vessel reports via 800MHz spotting and slowing for a pod of 10-12 orca whales heading east toward SHAWs, off Point Caution.
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HARBOR PORPOISES - Wed, Jan 12 - Central Puget Sound - 13:30 - Pam Marbett called on January 13th to report a Harbor Porpoise close inshore off West Seattle, yesterday (1/12). Small pod approximately 50 feet from shore off Lincoln Park, traveling in southbound direction.

January 11

BIGG'S/TRANSIENT ORCAS - Tue, Jan 11 - Rosario Strait - ~11:30 - Jan Hersey reported 2 orcas heading northbound in Burrows Bay.
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Tue, Jan 11 - Skagit Bay - ~11:00 - Today, January 11, we saw 2 orcas in Skagit Bay, heading west towards the Deception Pass Bridge They were taking their sweet time hunting in our back yard. Follow-up: The two orcas had very large dorsal fins, and one's fin was larger than the other. I suspect they are the two brothers spotted in Saratoga Passage. We live just west of Yokeko Point and NE of Cornet Bay. The orcas came quite close to our shoreline, pretty much skimming right across our little cove (we call it Kingfisher Cove). -Diane Christman
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HUMPBACK WHALES - Tue, Jan 11 - Central Puget Sound - 13:15 - I spotted two spouts and the unmistakable surfacing of a full-grown humpback on 1/11/2022 at 1:15 pm from Golden Gardens Park in Ballard. The spouts were spotted about an hour earlier. When it surfaced, it was on the move and headed northbound along the east side of the sound. But with the spouting spotted earlier, I'm not sure if it was really headed anywhere or just loitering. It appeared to me moving at a cruising speed when it surfaced briefly. The surfacing was probably just to breath but I hadn't turned around quick enough to see that, just the characteristic hump. I know it's not an orca, but a humpback in the Sound near Seattle seems worth mentioning. -Scott Bickers

January 10

BIGG'S/TRANSIENT ORCAS - Mon, Jan 10 - NPS/Saratoga Passage (T49A1 & T49A2) - 13:40 - They had been milling out between Baby Island and Greenbank but look like they are heading towards Baby Island now.
~13:00 - (1:00 pm), they were just south of Hidden Beach Community homes and in between there and the Baby Island green buoy marker.
12:30 - Viewing from Baby Island Heights, looks like the orcas are nearing Hidden Beach, southbound quickly. -Marilyn Armbruster
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12:25 - Looks like they are crossing over to the Camano side now. Still southbound past Onomac. I will lose sight of them now.
12:22 - They just passed across from Onomac Point, southbound, very looooong downtimes. -Kristina Trowbridge
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12:17 - T49A1 and A2 confirmed by expert Melisa (thanks Melisa) - Saratoga Passage at 11:45 am - southbound whales. I have lost sight of them; conditions are really tough.
11:45 - WOW just saw 2 orca heading south - very blustery conditions - passing Race Lagoon - near mid channel but closer to Whidbey - 11:45 am. There may have been more but can only confirm 2. Will send a distant photo.
----After an Orca Network alert this morning, we were REALLY lucky to spot 2 Orcas traveling southbound in front of our house - in really blustery conditions. Images are zoomed and very heavily cropped, but good enough for ID guru Melisa to confirm these are T049A1 Noah (b.2001), and T049A2 Judy/Jude (b.2007). Wow what talent! We only saw them for a few minutes, long down times, and whitecaps all over. First orcas for me in 2022 - YAY! -Jill Hein
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08:10 - I just happened to glance up from my laptop and saw two orcas cruising by (near Crescent Harbor, Whidbey Island) - thought I was dreaming for a moment. One enormous orca with a huge straight fin, and one a bit smaller. I only saw them very briefly, and my stupid camera wouldn't focus through the rainy window, so no photos unfortunately. They slowly surfaced and went back under the water, no showing off or anything. Then they disappeared for what felt like a few minutes (prob much less), and then I saw them again south of here just out from the old Happy Meal Mudflats [gray whale feeding grounds]. It's rainy and windy with some whitecaps, so really hard to see much out there, unfortunately. I'm still looking to see if there are any more, but so far it was just the pair. Fun (and unexpected) way to start the day! -Marianne Parry

January 9

SOUTHERN RESIDENT ORCAS - Sun, Jan 9 - Gulf Islands, BC (Js) - 13:31-15:21 - Center for Whale Research Encounter #1: "Sure enough, when they got alongside that first bull, Mark instantly recognized a rapidly sprouting J39. Always on the small side for his age, it seems that in his 18th year J39 is finally growing into his years. J38 was seen closer to the Galliano shoreline chasing a salmon and appeared successful in his efforts as several gulls followed behind him to pick up a few remaining scraps. Over the next hour, Mark, Joe and George were able to confirm all of J pod but J19, though she was likely present in the large spread." [See CWR Encounter #1 https://www.whaleresearch.com/2022-1 for full summary and more photos] photo - "J31 with salmon"
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12:00 - Shortly after that we saw, in the distance, a very spread out SRKW J pod heading north in Trincomali Channel. -Karoline Cullen
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BIGG'S/TRANSIENT ORCAS - Sun, Jan 9 - Gulf Islands, BC (T002B, T060C +) - ~12:00 - Upon arrival for our first visit to Galiano for 2022, we were lucky enough to see a group of 5 Bigg's in Active Pass heading east around noon. Rachelle Hayden and Gary Sutton identified two of them as T060C and T002B. Shortly after that we saw in the distance a very spread out SRKW J pod heading north in Trincolmali Channel. All photos and the video (by Gary Cullen) taken from the shore of Galiano Island. https://youtu.be/JwjC95mCY48?list=PL8_gw3K3Eg1RjAelhVzUF3QiOSAehPBGT -Karoline Cullen
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Sun, Jan 9 - Rosario Strait (T49A1 & T49A2) - 16:00 - I took these tonight from Rosario Beach right before sunset (4PM). It was amazing! I've never gotten to see them in the wild! There were 4 individuals that I saw, and I'm not sure where they headed. They surfaced in that general area for about 15 minutes and then we lost sight of them. -Ashley Czebotar
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Orca Sighting:
Sighting Time: Sun, Jan 9 @15:08:53 PST
Sighting User Reported Location (Lat/Lon): 48.45426,-122.65319 [Burrows Bay]
Number Sighted: 2
Submitter Name: Annelyse Gunderson
Whale Alert App
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14:24 - Three orcas viewed from the viewpoint on the south side of Washington Park. Traveling south. -Dianne Riter
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~13:30 - These two were off Biz Point (near Anacortes) 1/9/22 around 1:30. Looking NW over Rosario Straight. [video] https://www.facebook.com/OrcaNetwork/posts/10166315659875601 -Wayne L Weideman
[These two are actually brothers, adults T49A1 and younger bro T49A2 (sub-adult male). -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network]
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HUMPBACK WHALES - Sun, Jan 9 - NW Strait of Georgia - 12:10-~14:10 - Two Humpback whales off Harwood Island. Trying for photos for ID. At lunchtime there were two Humpback Whales heading north to Harwood Island from Texada Island (the same whales [as morning sighting], who knows?). These whales kept going back and forth along Harwood to the north end of Texada. From there the whales moved on to Savary Island. We left them around 2:10 P.M. at Hernando Island. -Patti and Mark Perepeluk
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09:04 - Two Humpback Whales travelling north toward Comox from Denman Island. We are still seeing Humpback Whales here regularly. Viewing from my house this morning, I saw two Humpback Whales travelling north from Denman Island toward Comox. Mark and I jumped in our vehicle shortly after 9:00 A.M. to see if we could get a closer look. We did not see them from a closer vantage point in Comox, so we made our way further in hopes of spotting them. -Patti and Mark Perepeluk
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Sun, Jan 9 - South Puget Sound - [HB/Mn] At approximately 15:30 on January 9th, 2022 at 47.2948477, -122.8392925 (Just off Dougall Point in Case inlet), I observed what I believe to be a Minke Whale while under sail in a small boat. The whale was in the vicinity of large groups of California sea lions, and breached only for a few moments each time heading south. It was a small whale with a pronounced dorsal fin. Too small to be a humpback or gray. Behind the dorsal was smooth. The whale moved quickly and hugged the edge of a fog bank but I managed to get video with my 600mm lens when it first breached near one of the Cali sea lion, harbor seal, harbor porpoise groups. The second breach was much closer and I got a great look at its broad side and back despite the thick thick fog. After that I saw one more breach farther south heading deeper into the fog along Harstine as the sun set. Follow-up: Looks much more like a humpback now that I see it on the big screen. (I've only ever seen large slow humpbacks in the Antarctic so it's still very exciting.) -Kevin Lester
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GRAY WHALES - Sun, Jan 9 - San Juan Islands
Cascadia Region Whale Sighting
Gray Whale Sighting:
Sighting Time: Sun, Jan 9 @ 16:00:07 PST
Sighting User Reported Location (Lat/Lon): 48.57606,-122.63375 [NE Guemes Island]
Number Sighted: 1
Submitter Name: Jan Smiley
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14:35 - Grey whale surfaced unexpectedly near our sailboat. NE side of Guemes [Island]. -Erica Sutehall
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Sun, Jan 9 - Saratoga Passage - 16:00-16:45 - Viewed from Fox Spit and Baby Island Heights. First seeing Little Patch out from Bells Beach, Whidbey side; he traveled north and came pretty close to Fox Spit as he rounded the point angling out a little bit. He then was heading for Baby Island where I last saw him from around 16:45. I have no idea where his mysteryess went. they split up sometime from 14:30 or so until I saw him again at 16:00.
13:30-14:30 - I watched the 2 grays across Saratoga Passage from Fox Spit. they were feeding back and forth, Summerland to the south end Mabana Shores. -Marilyn Armbruster
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12:00 - Two greys feeding just north of Summerland (Camano side) [between Mabana and Pebble Beach]. -Marjorie Zander
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~11:00 - Today, Jan 9, 2022, saw 2 Gray Whales in front of my house just south of Mabana. They were out a ways, past the drop off, traveling slowly south. Beautiful calm, sunny day so the blows lingered in the sunshine. Follow-up: Sorry, but the whales were too far away for any photos. I know that Little Patch has been around, and I was hoping you would know the ID of the second whale! Earlier in the morning, I had seen disturbance in the water surface clear across by Saratoga Woods. I had been sort of keeping an eye out, so I wasn't totally surprised to see a Gray, but I was surprised when I saw the second Gray at the same time. Hope someone has a photo for ID. -Barbara Brock
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~10:00 - We saw the grey today! It was way over by Priest Point. Normally when we leave the Port, we head south down river but decided since the tide was so high to go north. So glad we did or we wouldn't have been able to see show! We had a spy-hop as well but wasn't quick enough with my camera. A little after 10am. -Michele Sayed, Hat Isl. FB group
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09:24 - Whale spout far south end of Tulalip. -Alice Moyal, Hat Isl. FB group
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UNCONFIRMED BALEEN WHALES - Sun, Jan 9 - Central Puget Sound. - Whale from Golden Gardens tonight! -Hilary Sparrow
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16:00-18:00 - I have attached a few photos of a Minke whale I saw yesterday evening. It was feeding in Shilshole Bay off of Golden Gardens and the marina. My husband and I watched it from our sail boat from 4pm till about 6pm. It surfaced 2-3 times every 10ish minutes. First time over ever been able to get photos of a Minke! -Hannah Swanson
[Suspicions have been raised that this whale could actually be a Fin whale, and Orca Network is awaiting confirmation of species from experts/researchers. -gs/ON]
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16:00 - Spotted a single Minke whale on 1/9/2022 at 4 pm off Meadow Point headed towards Golden Gardens. On 11/22/2021 I also spotted a Minke whale swimming in the same direction. -Mike Hamm - NW Esplanade, Seattle
[Suspicions have been raised that this whale could actually be a Fin whale, and Orca Network is awaiting confirmation of species from experts/researchers. -gs/ON]
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HARBOR PORPOISES - Sun, Jan 9 - North Puget Sound/Holmes Harbor - I am quite certain the sightings this morning in Holmes Harbor are those of Harbor Porpoise as opposed to Orcas. I photographed them all morning because they had beautiful sprays every time they would surface. I will include some verifying photos. Follow-up: It was fascinating to watch these harbor porpoises and their strategies for "fishing". They were right off our dock, many of them, and I could see they would circle the, what I assume to be fish, then do body rolls and slaps to stun them then they would all submerge and have their feast until the resurfaced to start again. It was fascinating to witness! I spent the entire day photographing and just watching. Needless to say I didn't get much else accomplished on Sunday. Had there been Orcas that day I know I would not have missed them. I never stop looking!!! We are new to the area and very recently purchased the Holly Farm and 4 times have seen Orcas in the harbor by our dock. To me, there are few things more exciting than watching and photographing these amazing creatures! We happened to be in Langley a week or so ago and to our surprise saw our first Grey Whale here! I nearly jumped in I was so excited!!!!! -Jan Willis
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09:45 - Approx. 4 orcas now headed north.
08:45 - ON staff members & volunteers are seeing report on local group of orcas spotted, 08:45, and still there after 09:00, south of Holly Farm [almost to end of Holmes Harbor on west side]. -Trace Prael
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FIN WHALE - Sun, Jan 9 - [Fin whale] We saw it from Carkeek, January 9, and also thought it was a minke. How cool! -Stacey Peterson Glyde
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13:00 - I took these pics from the top of the Carkeek Park train overpass. Anyone have an ID? Had quite a long back and the fin was pretty far towards the rear. -Jack Riley
["Looking at your photos, I personally think this is actually a rare Fin Whale" -Justine Buckmaster, marine naturalist] [confirmed by John Calambokidis of Cascadia Research Collective and Jared Towers of Fisheries and Oceans Canada. -ON]
photos - "This photo is especially convincing to me. You almost never see a Minke exposing neither the blowhole nor the dorsal fin like this! Their backs just aren't long enough. I have however seen this from a Fin Whale!" -Justine Buckmaster

January 8

UNIDENTIFIED ORCAS - Sat, Jan 8 - Haro Strait - 17:02 - [orcas] Just had 6 or so pass by Madrona. Northbound very close to shore. -Peter Van Deventer
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16:30 - [orcas] Headed up island past Bellevue Pt. (between Lime Kiln and San Juan County Park). Very close to shore. -Laurie O'Donnell
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16:12 - At least 3 orcas (2 large bulls) right in front of Lime Kiln, close to shore now! -Laurie Recchio
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16:05 - About 5-6 Orcas off Landbank. Heading up island. -Carol Kinkelaar Skully
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HUMPBACK WHALES - Sat, Jan 8 - Central Puget Sound - 16:15 - [HB] Seeing illuminated blows of the whales making their way steady north, now approximately out from Carkeek Park still east of mid channel. Losing the sun behind the clouds, which sadly means less illumination as they progress north. Viewing from high bluff at Richmond Beach Saltwater Park. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network
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15:48 - [HB] Seeing spouts off Golden Gardens (east channel). -Barbara Gamrath
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16:02 - [HB] Just saw two blows and humpback surfacing, viewed from Indianola sandspit telescope-whale located off northeast tip of Bainbridge Island! -Deanna Deery-Schmitt
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Cascadia Region Whale Sighting
Humpback Sighting:
Sighting Time: Sat, Jan 8 @ 14:27:36 PST
Sighting User Reported Location (Lat/Lon): 47.66348,-122.50174 [Skiff Pt., Bainbridge]
Number Sighted: 1
Submitter Name: Dennis Johnson
Whale Alert App
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14:27 - [HB] From waterfront, seeing blows across the channel near Bainbridge. Look to be northbound. -Renee Chamberland
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13:30 - [HB] Two blows just south of Alki, about 1:30. -Stacey Crofoot
["I am quite confident that the unmarked individual is Malachite, the 2021 calf of Slate." -Tasli Shaw, Humpback Whales of the Salish Sea]
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~12:45 - [HB] Spotted him around 12:45 at southern tip of Blake. I "think" he committed to east side of Blake (darn it!!). -Stacy Hammrich
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12:38 - Passed Point Southworth, being followed (at the appropriate distance) by a maroon thunder jet hardtop boat. -Hunter Sasser Oetinger
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12:32 - [HB] Passing Southworth now, NB. -Terri Sue Samuels
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12:23 - [HB] Just saw 2 breach south of the Southworth ferry. -Susan HB
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11:22 - Olalla at 11:22, and across from Anderson Point- one humpback already had a tail fluke/dive. -Kyle Buffenmyer
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11:22 - [HB] Yes! Confirmed 2 (or 3?) in Colvos Passage heading northbound. Each dove right across from Anderson Point (mid-channel) at 11:22am. -Amanda Herberger
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11:17 - 2 humpbacks spotted passing Colvos traveling northbound. Passed Olalla Bay 11:17am. -Yvonne Welty
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Cascadia Region Whale Sighting
Unspecified Sighting:
Sighting Time: Sat, Jan 8 @ 9:47:04 PST
Sighting User Reported Location (Lat/Lon): 47.30983,-122.53914 [N Tacoma Narrows]
Number Sighted: 3
Submitter Name: Hope Nelson
Whale Alert App
In follow-up call w/reporting party: Hope Nelson, by description, can confirm humpbacks (large whales, small irregular dorsals, tall blows). They were heading northbound just south of Pt. Defiance. She did not see if they rounded toward Owen Beach, but thought maybe, since they were hugging PT D shoreline. As reported possible there were 3, just as possible she saw one surface twice in quick succession. -Hope Nelson
We have alerted WS Ferries and will update WSF and commercial shipping with any current updates. -alb/ON
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08:45 - Currently watching what I believe to be 2 humpbacks - possibly a mom and calf - repeatedly surfacing and blowing about 1/3 mile north of Tacoma Narrows Bridge near the power line crossing! -Lorel McChesney
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Sat, Jan 8 - South Puget Sound - 16:00 - [HB] Still seeing blows, north end of Herron Island, at 4. -Stacey Crofoot
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14:49 - At least two, possibly three. Changed directions, so they might just be milling about or feeding. There are a lot of sea lions and birds, so possible bait ball.
14:35 - Spotted one Humpback off the northwest of Herron Island in Case Inlet. Pointing south, but moving pretty slowly. -Sara Montour Lewis
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12:50 - Two humpbacks in Case Inlet between north end of Herron Island and Harstine. One larger on smaller. Heading south-ish, slowly. -Jerilyn Evans

January 7

BIGG'S/TRANSIENT ORCAS - Fri, Jan 7 - Haro Strait - 21:39 - Some Transients vocals on LK right now. -Jeanne Hyde
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21:35 - Hearing calls and clicks on Haro Strait hydrophone. -Manda Bair
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21:30-23:00 - Bigg's killer whale calls, whistles, clicks, and buzzes detected by humans and machines 1/7/2022 ~21:30-23:00 at the Orcasound Lab hydrophone. -Scott Veirs, Orcasound/Beam Reach
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GRAY WHALES - Fri, Jan 7 - Possession Sound - ~16:00 - Visitor to N. beach this afternoon around 4:00., not sure if Little Patch or our second Gray! WNW corner of Hat island, feeding! -Lori Christopher
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15:21 - Whale watching: This grey whale suddenly appeared as I was walking on the beach at N Division, Everett. -Steve Jefferies
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UNIDENTIFIED WHALE - Fri, Jan 7 - E Strait of Juan de Fuca
Cascadia Region Whale Sighting
Unspecified Sighting:
Sighting Time: Fri, Jan 7 @ 8:18:51 PST
Sighting User Reported Location (Lat/Lon): 48.27667,-122.73435 [NW Whidbey]
Number Sighted: 1
Reported Animal Status: Live
Submitted Comments: We can't tell what kind but there is definitely a whale out in the inlet in front of our house on West Beach
Submitter Name: Sue Englert
Whale Alert App
Emailed w/follow-up

January 6

BIGG'S/TRANSIENT ORCAS - Thu, Jan 6 - San Juan Islands - 14:57 - At 15:10 Marie Waterman, WSF Marine Ops, emailed to report: Whales. Entry Time 14:57 MV TILLIKIM Master reports via 800MHz 2 orca milling about in the entrance to Wasp Pass.
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10:30 - Two orcas westbound in Harney Channel. *Pretty sure this is day three of them circumnavigating Shaw Island but still no definitive ID. The big male could be T49A1 who was in the Friday Harbor marina the other day, or I've heard T49C as a possibility too. -Monika Wieland Shields, Orca Behavior Institute
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GRAY WHALES - Thu, Jan 6 - Saratoga Passage (northern)
11:55 - Appears to be heading east now towards Camano.
11:49 - Has passed Fox Spit coming close into shore, buoy line heading south.
11:26 - Just northwest of Fox Spit, out about 1/4 channel heading southeast.
11:12 - Cargo ship just leaving Baby Island area.
11:00 - Gray in the Baby Island/Hidden Beach/Camano triangle appearing to be southeast bound. -Marilyn Armbruster
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10:29 - Katie Watkins, ON/LWC updates: she is just leaving the gray whale she is watching off Hidden Beach now as he heads southeast towards Camano.
09:28 - I'm looking at a gray whale right now at Hidden Beach, presumably Little Patch. Feeding near shore, but waves and tide are high today, so can't get right to the beach. -Katie Watkins, Langley Whale Center/Orca Network
[Hidden Beach whale is confirmed CRC 53 Little Patch thanks to images by Katie Watkins and Marilyn Armbruster. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network]
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Thu, Jan 6 - Saratoga Passage (southern) - 10:08 - So fabulous. Heading north now, just past the north end of our bulkhead. What an exciting morning!
10:03 - WHALE!! very close in to Summerland. We are on Timothy Way just above and the whale has been here about an hour. Having a lovely feed. -Diana Guild

January 5

GRAY WHALES - Wed, Jan 5 - Possession Sound - 15:39 - Kathy Fritts just texted: sighting a gray whale off the Mukilteo/Clinton ferry, right side of ferry. CORRECTED/further clarification: Gray was off the north/right side of the ferry as the ferry was loading at Mukilteo, headed south.
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Wed, Jan 5 - Saratoga Passage - 10:26 - Jill Hein messaged with update: Little Patch has moved south. Seemed to be closer to Camano, line of sight from Hidden Beach heading SW. Fun to see #53 Little Patch feeding along the shoreline again today at Hidden Beach. He passed close to shore a couple of times before heading southbound. Hope some of your friends arrive soon, #53! -Jill Hein
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10:30 - He's moving south now, but such a treat to see him this morning!
09:45 - Arrived at Hidden Beach at 9:45 and Little Patch is RIGHT THERE! 100 feet or less from shore! Circling, feeding, doing his thing! -Donna George
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08:20 - He seems to be heading north. We had a LOT of run off with the snow and heavy rain, and I wonder if it affects the feeding area. The water was very 'dirty' looking the day after the torrential rain.
07:30 - 1 gray feeding north of Hidden Beach. -Nancy Culp Zaretzke
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Wed, Jan 5 - Possession Sound - 12:12 - [gray] See him, out from the [Hat Island] marina about 200 yds, northbound. Can't tell if he's heading to Saratoga or Port Susan. -Lori Christopher
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12:04 - Gorgeous Gray heading north. Close to the island [Hat/Gedney]. -Alice Moyal

January 4

BIGG'S/TRANSIENT ORCAS - Tue, Jan 4 - San Juan Islands - 14:26 - At 14:34 Marie Waterman, WSF Marine Ops, emailed to report: Tillikum Master reports via 800MHz radio vessel is delayed due to 2 orca whales blocking the entrance to Wasp Pass at 14:26.
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11:40 - 2 orcas: one male, one female heading eastbound along Harney Channel (soon to be Cayou Channel) towards Upright Channel. -Mariann Carrasco
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10:51 - At 11:47 Laura Baker, WSF Marine Ops, emailed: 2 orca headed toward Orcas Island, 1/4. Log entry 1051hrs: Vessel reports via 800MHz spotting two orca whales in Wasp Passage, heading east toward ORC.
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10:30 - Possibly went eastbound into Wasp Passage per shore report.
09:50 - Update: off Point George, Shaw Island, northbound.
09:00 - Orcas westbound in Upright Channel. -Monika Wieland Shields, Orca Behavior Institute
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UNIDENTIFIED ORCAS - Tue, Jan 4 - NPS/Admiralty Inlet - 15:55 - Just checked and see no human or machine detections at Bush Point or Port Townsend hydrophones in last 24 hrs! -Scott Veirs, Orcasound/Beam Reach
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At 09:58 volunteers Meliss & David Haeckel called to report seeing orcas. They were on a drive and stopped at Fort Casey and looked across and are seeing at least 4-5 orcas heading northbound at good pace. Group is closer to Port Townsend side, directly across from the cannons at Fort Casey. While on the phone, they seemed to be moving toward mid channel. Pretty active and breaching!
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HUMPBACK WHALES - Tue, Jan 4 - Central Puget Sound - 13:35 - At 14:23 Laura Baker, WSF Marine Ops, emailed: KITTITAS at VASH: 3 humpbacks, 1/4 1335hrs: Vessel reports via 800MHz sighting three humpback whales in the vicinity of the VASH dock, heading in a westerly direction. [north Vashon]
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Tue, Jan 4 - South Puget Sound - 11:15 - Humpback whale at Chambers Bay near shore heading south towards Steilacoom. -Carrie Gelegonya
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GRAY WHALES - Tue, Jan 4 - Saratoga Passage - 16:45 - Too dark, but leaving [CRC53] Little Patch feeding at Hidden Beach. He spent quite a bit of time milling and messing around out a bit but finally came in to shore around 4.
15:17 - Looks like s/he is heading towards Hidden Beach. Still out a bit. Maybe half mile now.
15:11 - Appears to be heading northwest.
14:50 - Seeing gray blows in the Camano/Baby Island/Hidden Beach triangle. I can't tell direction. I am viewing from Hidden Beach.
----Close to 3 pm, about 5 min after getting there, I see blows way way out. it looked like a few miles out and in the Baby Island/Hidden Beach/Camano Island triangle. I could not tell which way he was moving, but after 10 min or so, it looked like he was heading my way. At around 3:30 to 4 he was milling and messing around way out from shore. Then lo and behold, he skirted on towards me at shore at the parking lot. At times he was out about 50 ft, and maybe not even that. -Marilyn Armbruster
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08:39 - [gray] Eric Axel Anderson shared in another group seeing a whale off Madrona Beach, Camano. Direction not certain, but probably southbound. -via Jill Hein
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UNIDENTIFIED SPECIES - Tue, Jan 4 - South Puget Sound - (12:18) 12:28 - Ten minutes ago, saw a single whale northbound from Titlow Beach -should be past the bridge by now. Not an orca. -Gina Summers
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Tue, Jan 4 - South Puget Sound - ~08:30 - A friend of mine told me they saw orcas in Carr Inlet this morning around 8:30am. Not sure how many or direction though. [no other reports to confirm] -via Brooke Casanova

January 3

SOUTHERN RESIDENT ORCAS - Mon, Jan 3 - Central Puget Sound (Js) - ~17:15 - At dusk I ran down to a beach that is just a tiny bit south of Lisabuela in hopes to check one more time to see if I could find him, but by the time they passed me it was just a bit too dark to make out dorsal shapes with full confidence, but, around 5:15pm they did pass me in Colvos, mostly on the mainland side of mid channel, headed northbound at a good clip. -Marla Smith
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16:19 - Looks like they have committed north up Colvos.
16:17 - Spotted the orcas near the SW corner of Vashon. They were starting to head up Colvos but are now milling about. Viewing from Old Ferry Landing in Gig Harbor. -Heidi Armstrong
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16:05 - [orcas] I'm seeing blows from the Promenade facing west toward Gig, but they're too far to see a direction. -Morgan Dale
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16:29 - Heading north, north of Sunrise Beach, Gig Harbor side of mid channel, not in Colvos yet but look to be heading that way.
16:23 - Still milling in the same general area.. to us at Dune, looks like direction changes and generally drifting westbound.
16:08 - All grouped up, mid channel in Dalco. Direction unknown.
16:01 - From Dune they are in line with Sunrise Beach & the entrance to Colvos, seemingly westbound towards Gig Harbor.
15:38 - Group off Dune is back behind the orange ship, second group closer to Colvos Passage, everyone westbound.
15:23 - [orcas] There's a group off Dune just behind the orange ship, eastbound. -Melissa Bird
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15:20 - Lots of folks watching them in the ferry lanes. Dune Park is a great vantage point. -Nathalie op de Beeck
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14:50 - [orcas] Spread out on either side of the entrance to Quartermaster Harbor, heading west as seen from Dune Peninsula. -Lucas Dambergs
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14:47-15:16 - My wife, Sandy, and I were out at Dune Peninsula for a walk today. Glad to see the snow was gone. Anyway, we saw some people with cameras and binoculars and found out they had seen humpbacks in Commencement Bay and said

orcas were on their way from the north

. We went ahead and walked over to Owen Beach, and when we got back there were more people gathered at Dune Peninsula. We lucked out and saw some orcas. They were much further out than the humpbacks we saw the other day. -Kaz Griffin
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14:47 - [orcas] Finally spotted some. Heading towards the red ship that's close to Point Ruston. -Lisa Long Betz
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14:45 - [orcas] Saw a spout right in front of Evergreen ship. Heading west. -Amber Stanfill
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14:18 - Almost to the Evergreen ship now, they're moving fast.
14:14 - [orcas] They are approaching the southern tip of Maury Island, still mid channel a ways in front of the NYK line ship. -Kristine Duncan
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13:56 - [orcas] I'm seeing them a ways out from the Bluffs trails on Maury, just south of Gold Beach, swimming mid-channel, still traveling steadily south-bound, a good distance in front of the "NYK Line" container ship. -Hail Howell Quackenbush
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13:21 - [orcas] Looks like 5 heading south, just approaching Gold Beach. Quite a few breaches. -Dan Hyde
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14:46 - Now viewing from Dune Peninsula, they are still off southern tip of Maury.
13:19 - [orcas] Also spotted south of Pt. Robinson. Nice breach! -Julie Martin
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13:12 - J pod passed Point Robinson, grouped up, travel mode southbound, island side of channel, powering through the sunshine and Salish chop. Silent pass, though, on the hydro.
----Monday's pass, though, we got pretty lucky, as there was a hot minute of glorious sunshine to watch them in between squalls, but also meant bone chilling wind. The sea was extremely choppy, hiding saddle patches in the folds of the waves while the wind stole away their spouts. Hard conditions to track them in, but luckily, they made a bee line to the point and came in for a close-ish pass. photos - J37 ID: GS -Marla Smith
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13:11 - Amy Carey, Sound Action, just messaged to let us know the orcas just passed Point Robinson southbound, quietly. Kelly Keenan confirms J pod present.
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~13:09 - I believe I was hearing echolocation on Sound Action webcam/hydrophone. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network
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12:54 - Ok, my son says he saw four at once. Approaching Point Robinson.
12:47 - At least two, probably three, passing Des Moines Marina, fairly tight spread.
12:26 - [orcas] Seeing them across from Normandy Park going south. -Scott Hill
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10:15 - Mary Robinson first saw 2 fins, thought maybe dolphins until she saw more body. She then saw 4-5 orcas that were more mid channel heading southbound. -via Amy Carey
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BIGG'S/TRANSIENT ORCAS - Mon, Jan 3 - San Juan Islands (T49A1 & prob. T49A2) - ~13:30 - Port of Friday Harbor: [video] https://www.facebook.com/groups/414081292044387/posts/4580332195419255/ - [T49A1 confirmed and T49A2 probable per Monika Wieland Shields, Orca Behavior Institute] -Crystal Trask
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HUMPBACK WHALES - Mon, Jan 3 - NW Strait of Georgia - 15:10 - Blows visible from a Humpback Whale (location - mid channel between Harwood Island and Comox). -Patti Perepeluk
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Mon, Jan 3 - Central Puget Sound - 14:45 - [HB] At Silver Cloud dock. He popped up right next to the dock! -Cherie StOurs
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~14:45 - [HB] We lost sight of it from Dune Peninsula around 2:45 after seeing it fluke. Was headed west through Dalco Passage. -Brooke Casanova
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14:26 - [HB] North of red tanker. -Charlene Engelland
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14:00 - [HB] I'm in Tacoma off of Ruston Way and just saw a whale right by Harbor Lights. -Megan Martindill
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14:19 - Near big red ship at Quartermaster Harbor mouth, heading west, 2:19 PM.
13:56 - [HB] Omgggh. Right off Silver Cloud. My life is complete. Heading west, 1:56pm.
[ID: Per Erin Johns Gless, PWWA, and confirmed by Jackie Hildering, MERS, this is BCY0523 Graze's 2019 calf.] -Amber Stanfill
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13:55 - [HB] One just passed about 15' off the Silver Cloud dock in Old Town. -Lucas Dambergs
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13:59 - Now heading west almost to Harbor Lights on Ruston, 1:59.
13:55 - [HB] Right off Silver Cloud [Ruston Way]. -Eileen Mccaffery-Lent
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13:52 - [HB] Very close pass at Jack Hyde Park heading west. Almost to Old Town Dock and Silver Cloud. -Angela Batie Carlin
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13:31 - Humpback visible from Cliff House restaurant. Middle of the bay and straight in line with the American flag at Thea's Park. -Lucy Clack, Orca Network
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13:18 - From the Port west past Old Town but haven't seen it since 1:05.
13:00 - Could see without binoculars, 1 humpback heading from Port off Old Town. -Polly Middleton Brown
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14:10 - West towards Pt. Ruston from Lobster shop.
13:25 - Blows visible under the 3rd set of blue cranes near the stacks of containers along the Port of Tacoma. Between blue & white cargo ship & black-over-red ship. Close to shore.
12:49 - Humpback now towards Port of Tacoma. -Jason Cook
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~12:50 - Seen swimming midway between Tacoma & Dash Point towards Port of Tacoma. Seems to be alone so maybe humpback? Was here aprox. 12:50pm. -Mollie H.
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12:38 - We were at Owen Beach and saw again going into Commencement now at 12:38.
12:16 - [HB] Headed towards Point Ruston, moving quick. -John Ward
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11:26 - I am down at Sunrise Beach [Gig Harbor] and I think I just saw a whale. Looking towards Vashon and Point Defiance...Not positive if hanging out or moving as I lost sight of her/him...If headed in any direction, it was south [Thanks to message from Zachary Sokolik, w/report and videos, we could confirm as humpback. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network] -Zachary Sokolik
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Mon, Jan 3 - South Puget Sound - ~15:45 - Saw this humpback whale yesterday about 3:45pm outside our house on Fox Island. We are south of Tacoma Narrows Bridge on Fox Island. We face the Narrows Bridge. 1st saw spouts by Point Fosdick and bridge. Then jumped out of water. Went down and about 5 min later min later surface 4-5 times in front of our house. Was heading southeast past our house when we lost sight of him. Pictures are not great quality - took them with my Canon camera thru our windows. He was about 300 yds or less from shore. -Arleen Schmidt Woodley
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GRAY WHALES - Mon, Jan 3 - Possession Sound - Gray Whale hanging out in Mermaid Cove! [Hat Island] -Aimee Caccavale Chambers
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12:15 - From Hat Island: southbound gray about 50yards offshore, mid island, east side. -Lori Christopher
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Mon, Jan 3 - Saratoga Passage - 12:17 - Update: I'm at Hidden Beach. Gray is not here. - ~10:15 - Per message from Marilyn Armbruster: she happened to look out her window and across the way could see a gray whale! She went across the street and was still viewing the gray at 10:30 heading westbound off Baby Island Heights toward Greenbank, about 1/4 of the way out in Saratoga on the Whidbey side. She says it's pretty windy and seas are choppy. -Marilyn Armbruster
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UNIDENTIFIED SPECIES - Mon, Jan 3 - South Puget Sound - 09:45 - I saw a whale for the first time in Henderson Inlet out my back window. Been trying to figure out what type it was for the past two hours. It was gray but only saw the back end before tail went up. Watched for ten more minutes, it didn't come back up. Follow-up: It was 9:45 am when I saw it while on a work call. I am about a 1/4th of the way in on Henderson Inlet, and it was heading south based on the back and tail direction. I didn't see any blow....just looked out and saw a large gray back arch and then the tail go up before it dove. It was big!

January 2

SOUTHERN RESIDENT ORCAS - Sun, Jan 2 - Central Puget Sound (Js) - 20:08 - Amy Carey texted that Js were starting up on Sound Action hydrophone.
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20:05 - Hearing whistles on the Sound Action hydro tonight. [Point Robinson] -Marla Smith
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17:30 - Photo from Point Defiance Marina, 5:30 pm. -Cherie StOurs
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16:35 - Group of 6 or 7 traveling due east past the [Tacoma] yacht club. One baby, one male... Possibly two males. Several females. -Ashley Whitman
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~16:20 - Saw orcas with binoculars from Starr St. in Old Town around 4:20; they appeared to be hanging out in front of Ruston way slowly heading east. -Kim Disney
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16:30 - [orcas] Just watched them from Ruston Way for the last 30 minutes as they headed southeast into Commencement Bay, very spread out. -Connor O'Brien
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16:19 - One orca milling amongst Vashon ferry lane. Not far off Pt. Defiance dock/yacht club side. Ferry just docked - hope they are aware before next departure to Vashon. -Blake Koehn
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16:43 - We are directly under the storm front as it reaches Tacoma currently, lost them in the fading light & rapidly increasing rain, eastbound into Commencement Bay.
16:38 - Approaching Pt. Ruston, eastbound.
16:33 - Having a spectacular close eastbound pass at Dune right now.
16:23 - Large group still milling off Dune, fairly close, generally and lazily westbound.
16:16 - Adult male right off Dune & ferry Lane, eastbound.
16:14 - Large group foraging just off Dune Peninsula. -Melissa Bird
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16:06 - Some orcas headed towards Dalco, some headed towards the port, some between Point Ruston and Dash. Where are the humpbacks? -Ed Rickert
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16:06 - Still in the same place swimming back and forth. Not far off from the buoy that's by Dune Park.
16:00 - [orca] I just spotted one out in the middle of the bay in between Point Ruston and Vashon. It was heading back east. -Lisa Long Betz
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~16:00 - Commencement Bay around 4 pm, epic J pod. -Julie Davis
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15:59 - [orcas] heading back to Browns Point just now. -Lynda Clark
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15:47 - [orcas] Near Owen Beach. -Joy Ballentine
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15:46 - Maija Holston, WSF Marine Ops, emailed: Whales 1/2 @1546 Master reports about 4 orca crossing the ferry route, they have slowed down. [TAH/Pt. Defiance run]
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15:43 - Seeing 2 orca from Ruston near Browns Lighthouse, 3:43. Heading into Commencement. -Roxanna Katz
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15:43 - [orcas] Seeing a couple of them meandering about. [map indicates out from Quartermaster Harbor, viewing from Owen Beach area] -Jim Schmaltz
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15:18 - Orcas headed to Point Ruston. Baleen headed north. -Patricia Peachy Reynolds
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15:20 - Coming closer to Ruston Way from yellow marker.
15:17 - [orcas] By the yellow marker. Lots of splashing. -Polly Middleton Brown
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16:48 - Viewing from above Lobster Shop on Ruston at least one still heading east towards the port.
15:12 - [orcas] In front of Evergreen ship by Quartermaster [Harbor] 3:12 -Eileen Mccaffery-Lent
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15:12 - Orcas in front of Browns Point. -Patricia Peachy Reynolds
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14:58 - [orcas] Seeing them spread out between southern tip of Maury and channel marker from above Point Ruston. -Ed Rickert
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14:32 - [SRKW] Little squeaks, 2:32. -Stephanie Harlan
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14:59 - I am seeing some much closer to Dash Point Pier now.
14:50 - The leaders are approaching the southern tip of Maury; they are still pretty spread out. Still SB.
14:27 - [orcas] I can see them over by Maury Island using a spotting scope from Dash Point. Moving SB still. -Kristine Duncan
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14:21 - [orcas] Watched them all quite a while as they went all along Maury down to about past the Gold Beach area now. -Mitzi Gligorea
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14:02 - [orcas] Still hearing faint calls, getting closer! 2:02. -Stephanie Harlan
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14:01 - Whoa, more, or did they circle back to forage? Seeing 3-4 hanging out mid channel between Pt. Robinson and the Marine Reserve.
13:58 - Just viewed at least 12 orcas SB just past Pt. Robinson. Very spread out. -Jennifer Nichols
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13:55 - J pod, trailers cleared Point Robinson, spread out across the channel, some close in to shore in singles and small groups, southbound at a quick pace.
----Sunday's pass was slow going navigating the roads, but barely made it to the beach in time to watch them sprint around the Point against the snowy backdrop, so incredibly beautiful to see. They made the fastest time I've ever seen them go between Dilworth and Point Robinson, making it down there in less than an hour, pretty wild! -Marla Smith
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J Pod, Point Robinson, January 2, 2022. photos - J22 ID: Melisa Pinnow (per ALB) -Jeff Twersky
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13:53 - [orca] Breach off Pt. Robinson. -Eileen Mccaffery-Lent
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13:50 - Quite a few orca calls a few minutes ago... [Pt. Robinson Sound Action hydrophone] -Lisa Lamoreaux
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14:29 - A few very faint calls (at max volume on laptop), so thinking bout is ending...
14:18 - More S1 calls (at two different receive levels).
14:15 - Some more intense calls, then camera cleaning motor noise.
14:14 - Still hearing many J pod calls, but at increasingly lower receive levels.
14:10 - Many S1 calls, some overlapping. (Wondering if more groups passing southbound, or a direction change?)
14:08 - More intense calls, including multiple S10s.
14:07 - Repeated S1 calls with a few S4s, an S10, possible S19s.
14:03 - After first (13:40) call bout fading, now more calls at higher receive level. (2nd southbound group, or direction changes to south?) ["we are trying to figure that out, don't see fins as of right now, after seeing them pass" -Marla Smith/ON Volunteer, at Pt. Robinson]
13:48 - Repeated S1 and S4 calls but at rapidly dropping receive level. (Vocal group passing hydrophone southbound?)
13:46 - S10 call (excitement).
13:45 - S4 and S1 calls at much higher rate.
13:40 - Just heard an S1 call on PR [Point Robinson] hydrophone! -Scott Veirs, Orcasound/Beam Reach
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13:40 - J pod call!! -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network
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13:37 - Correction: heading back south, nearing Des Moines Marina.
13:31 - Turned around at Normandy Park, headed back north now. -Scott Hill
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13:23 - Now SB. Circled a bit but now headed toward Pt. Robinson.
13:12 - [orcas] NB very close to east shore viewing from south side of Three Tree. -Sandhya Ballal
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13:00 - [orcas] 3 just passed 3 Tree Point in Burien. East side, but moving toward Pt. Robinson, -Alan Carey
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12:57 - Spotted one w/large dorsal SB from Seahurst. Closer to Burien side off 152nd St. -Cindy Eckes Waddington
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12:36 - CORRECTION-leaders are actually in front of tug. Not sure how we missed them. Very spread out. Still SB.
12:32 - [orcas] SB, Seeing the leaders reaching the northern tip of Vashon Island. Viewing from Shorewood on the Sound. Eastern side of shipping channel and tug. -Shari Tarantino (OC)
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12:09 - Some stragglers still north of ferry on West Seattle side.
11:54 - [orcas] Still SB passing Vashon ferry route. Mid channel. -David Waterworth
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11:03 - Viewing from Downtown Seattle with binoculars and watched the ferry stop and appear to kill engines as they passed. Saw a whale surface near the ferry. Thank you for alerting them Orca Network. -Lucy Larkin
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11:00 - [orca] Viewing from Manchester, one just passed below space needle headed south, more east side. -Noelle Morris
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~10:50 - 10:54 reply back from Donna Sanders, WSF Marine Ops: 800Mhz announced and PUYALLUP just reported the first 5 near BI [Bainbridge] about 1050.
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10:45 - 3 orcas off Restoration Point, 10:45, hunting buoy heading towards Alki. One larger orca, one smaller. Seals, sea lions hugging the shore. -Kayla Black
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10:39 - Leader is heading past West Seattle now. Bainbridge ferry just passed it. Viewing from Bainbridge. [We've been updating WSF & commercial shipping. -alb/ON] -Jeffrey Martel
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10:28 - At least 4 orcas (one male) visible from Eagle Harbor on Bainbridge, looking toward Alki. Steady movement southbound, approaching BI-SEA ferry lanes. EDIT: looks like they're spread out from midchannel to just west of it. -Jim Reitz
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13:49 - Beautiful calls on the Point Robinson hydrophone! >09:40 - 2 orcas southbound, west of mid channel from Shilshole..
09:25 - One single male leader (?), west of midchannel Shilshole, southbound, viewing from Bainbridge. -Sue Larkin
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13:40 - JUST HEARD AN ORCA CALL! on the Point Robinson cam/hydrophone.
09:56 - Seeing one male mid channel of Discovery Park Lighthouse, plus many more north of there.
09:37 - Seeing more in same area. Spread out. (Conditions are getting worse. Visibility is decreasing, with more rain and wind on mainland side.)
09:34 - [orca] See one southbound. Viewing from Sunset Hill Park. In line with Skiff Point area. 9:34. West side of channel. -Matty Leaman
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09:10 - Dana Hammer called to report seeing one orca, semi tall dorsal, maybe teenage age. Location between Pt. Monroe (N. Bainbridge) and Shilshole. Heading southbound west of shipping lanes.
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08:58 - At 09:00 Donna Sanders, WSF Marine Ops, emailed to report: SALISH@0858 Master reports 8-10 Orca milling around in the traffic lanes north of Seattle, near Shoreline.
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Sun, Jan 2 - CA Coast - 11:00 - On Sunday there were three orcas that had seal for brunch here off The Sea Ranch. These are the only photos so far. 11am on Sunday. One large male. [Sea Ranch is 42 miles north of Bodega Bay. -HG] -Scott Mercer (original reporting party: Jan de Vries)
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HUMPBACK WHALES - Sun, Jan 2 - Central Puget Sound/Tacoma - 16:56 - Turned the sound back on and at 4:56 humpback singing! [Point Robinson hydrophone] -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network
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15:18 - Orcas headed to Point Ruston. Baleen headed north.
15:16 - [HB & J pod] They're literally in the same area. I just saw A baleen blow.
15:05 - They are in front of Browns Point Lighthouse.
15:00 - I just saw a breach by the yellow weather buoy. 3pm. -Patricia Peachy Reynolds
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14:50 - Saw 2 blows and a fluke off S. end of Maury, viewing from old Silver Cloud, 2:50pm. -Cherie StOurs
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14:29 - 1 now near the Evergreen container ship anchored between south end of Vashon and Maury Island.
14:24 - 1 east to west coming up every 4-5 min. The other has moved closer to the Port.
14:17 - The pair of Humpbacks are in Commencement Bay, Tacoma, 2:17. Viewing from the dock behind the original Silver Cloud near old Town. [video] https://www.facebook.com/OrcaNetwork/videos/300826375390270/ -Jason Cook
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GRAY WHALES - Sun, Jan 2 - Possession Sound - 12:45 - Gray whale traveling between Hat Island Marina and Tulalip, no direction apparent. -Lori Christopher

January 1

SOUTHERN RESIDENT ORCAS - Sat, Jan 1 - Boundary Pass to San Juan Channel (Js) - 16:13 - [Js] Passing the labs now. Leaders past Friday Harbor. [video] https://www.facebook.com/OrcaNetwork/videos/665287401150090/ -Cindy Hansen, Orca Network
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16:11 - [orcas] Southbound in the channel! About 7 just passed the (Friday) harbor over the last ten minutes. -Alex McIntire
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15:28 - [orcas] Spectacular - San Juan Channel - just passed Yellow Is. Mostly mid channel and closer to Jones/Yellow. Spanned the channel with lots of playful behavior. (traveling pretty quickly) -Selena Lee
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13:05 - Confirmed J-Pod!!
11:45 - Large group of orcas heading down Boundary. -Monika Wieland Shields, Orca Behavior Institute
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GRAY WHALES - Sat, Jan 1 - Possession Sound - 12:47 - [gray] It was heading north from the southern tip of the island, initially. It was as close as 2-3 hundred yards off Hat F Div., initially, but an unknowing boater got close and think our whale decided to head further east. Looks like it is heading towards the shallow tide flats over by Tulalip/north Everett now. -Kelly Brown Dukes (Hat Island)
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Sat, Jan 1 - Saratoga Passage - 15:25 - Chilkat Express is leaving 53 Little Patch still feeding just west of Fox Spit/East Point! -Justine Buckmaster, Naturalist, Puget Sound Express
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12:51 - Gray whale feeding 100 yards west of Fox Spit. -Michelle Sterett Bernson
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11:25 - Marilyn Armbruster relayed report from a nearby neighbor that a gray whale was northbound from Fox Spit, Whidbey area, around 11:25 but then veered towards Camano Island. She never caught sight of the whale but will brave the snow and cold to take a peek, periodically. -via Marilyn Armbruster


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