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September 11

BIGG'S TRANSIENT KILLER WHALES - Tues Sep 11 - North Puget Sound - 11:35 - Two slowly northbound off of Rose Point/Eglon. Very close to Kitsap side. -Rebecca French Gerke
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11:00 - Off Apple Tree Point, Kingston, WA. Mother and baby feeding and now heading north. About 1/4 mile off shore. -Catherine Tarbill
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7:15 - At least 3 orcas, northbound seen from Fay Bainbridge Park, near Presidents Point now, 7:30am. So close to Kitsap shore, I could hear them breathe!!!" (T19B identified from photo by Gayle Swigart) - Sue Surowiec Larkin
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Thurs Sep 11 - Looks like a humpback whale in the middle of Commencement Bay, 6:30 pm, I saw the tail on a dive twice. Sort of off the double ships, and moving toward the grain elevators. maybe 1/4-1/2 mile offshore. -Vivan Peng
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UNIDENTIFIED WHALES - Tues Sep 11 - minkes or humpbacks? - 3-4 whales feeding off north end of San Juan Island around O'Neal Island trending east 10.45-11.11 am. Pretty sure they were minkes based on length guessing 25-30 feet long, with wide unmarked flukes. Though smaller swept back dorsals could be pilot whales, but seemed bigger than that. Never saw rostrum, fins or chevron/blaze/saddle markings. Spouts 6-10 feet high. When we first saw them they seemed to be going back and forth and then settled on east and were pacing the boat for a time. Spouts were very misty. -CJ Mcanulty

September 10

Mon Sep 10 - Pender Island - I noticed a pod of Orcas at Mouat Point on Pender Island at about 8:30 am. Think they are transients feeding. Lots of tail flapping. At about 9 am most of them were heading towards Otter Bay. -Barb and Keith Floyd
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Mon Sep 10 - Possession Sound, Admiralty - 18:08 - Just saw 3 from Fort Worden still going north. - Katie Day Arbuckle
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16:30 - three across from the south side of Bush Point, steadily going north. Another farther across also going north. Closer to Marrowstone than Whidbey. -Becky Livingston
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15:25 - there are still MANY of the Transients one mile south of Bush Pt, some have moved north but one large group and another smaller group are still south of Bush Pt. Amazing number of orcas out there! -Susan Berta, Orca Network
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15:00 - Transients passing close by Bush Pt, heading north, with seals, porpoise and a Steller sea lion in the area, then turned back south. Also others spread out non-directional south of Bush Point. -Howard Garrett, Orca Network
(T101A and T101B identified by Sara Hysong Shimazu) Bush Pt, Whidbey Island, Photo by Howard Garrett, Sep 10, 2018
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14:08 - a group of four or five snuck past all the boats towards Whidbey, they're now at the northern tip of Mutiny Bay, close to shore, trending north slowly. -Katie Davis Watkins
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13:50 - Left them just north of Double Bluff slowly northbound. Today's epic gathering includes the T100s, T101s, T124s, and T137s! -Justine Buckmaster
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10:20 - huge group of Ts feeding South of Point No Point! -Justine Buckmaster
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10:56 - 2 of them are northbound from Eglon, moving fast towards PNP. -Trevor Thompson
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We've been watching a pod of Ts since just after 10:00 from the south west end of Whidbey. Looks to be about 5 of them. Heading north. -Heidi Miller
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Mon Sep 10 - Saratoga Passage - This pod was just found off Glendale at 3:05 pm, heading south but stopping to hunt close to the Whidbey side of Possession Sound. -Susan Berta
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At least 4, most likely 5 orca moving N to S at Clinton ferry dock. Viewed from ferry at approx. 2:40 pm, shortly after departure of the 2:35 pm ferry. From my perspective, they were swimming fairly close to the shore and the pilings at the ferry dock. I have lived in Seattle for almost 28 years, and this was the first time that I have observed orca. Great ending to a wonderful, long weekend! - Mike Murphy
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Pod of about 5 orcas Camano Point 12:00. Southbound, maybe have rounded the point towards Camano State Park. -Rocky Harrison
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Mon Sep 10 - Today while fishing in area 8-2 we spotted an elephant seal eating a salmon about a mile south of the Mukilteo ferry. -Ryan Hunter

September 9

SOUTHERN RESIDENTS - Sun Sep 9 - Js & Ls. And Ts! - The Lime Kiln hydrophones were very busy today. Early in the morning J and L Pod whales went down island...in the afternoon they began coming back up. At about 1:00 pm their calls started to be heard...that continued until after 5:00 pm. Somewhere during that long afternoon vocal and visual encounter, Transient calls started over the hydrophones at the same time that J and L Pod calls were...totally cool! Not common to hear them both at the same time...does not have anything to do with them being in the same vicinity...only that the hydrophones were picking up their calls...the rain and misty sky didn't help in attempting to locate them. Then this evening at about 8:00pm more Transient calls over the Lime Kiln hydrophones...It was a very busy day indeed! -Jeanne Hyde
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T101A. Photo by RJ Snowberger, Sep 9, 2018
(ID'd by Sara Hysong-Shimazu)
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15:58 Loud vocalizations on the Lime Kiln hydrophone right now. Echolocation dispersed throughout. -Chelsey Elizabeth
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Sun Sep 9 - Admiralty Ts - T100s, T101s, and T124s - 8:20ish, orcas reported Southbound off of Libbey Beach, NW heading toward Ft Ebey State Park, Whidbey Island. First time seeing them since moving here, so I am not too sure on the number of whales. -Lauren Dong
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11:15 - Orcas spotted from Fort Casey. Heading south slowly, pretty far out. -Michelle McCune Cangialosi
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12.55 - powering south past Bush Point in heavy seas, close to Whidbey side.- Sandra Pollard
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12:30 - they are between Lagoon pt and Bush pt southbound mid channel. - Marilyn Armbruster
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The Saratoga was with them earlier and they were the T100s, T101s, and T124s! We left them just before they got to Double Bluff. -Justine Buckmaster
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15:21 - Whales off Possession Head trending towards Possession Sound. With so many whales around Whidbey over the weekend, it was hard to keep track of them. After seeing the T18 and T19s on Saturday in Saratoga Passage on the east side of Whidbey Island, we watched more orcas power past Lagoon Point on Sunday close to the west side of Whidbey before moving on to the next shoreline base, Bush Point, followed by Robinson Beach, Maxwelton and, finally, Possession Shores. Convinced they were heading east we staked out the Possession boat ramp with other dedicated Orca Dorks Marilyn Armbruster, Durand Dace and Dori Dace in the howling (but fortunately warm) wind - and soon realized we'd been skunked! -Sandra Pollard
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Sun Sep 9 - North Puget Sound Ts - T18s - 2 adult orcas, one male, one female traveling towards Bainbridge island spotted from the Bainbridge Island ferry at 7:25pm. -Jennifer Smith
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17:00 - I saw a single Orca around 5pm today just outside the shilshole breakwater. (NSeattle) -James Ritchie
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12:00 - Pod of about 5 orcas Camano Point 12:00. Southbound, maybe have rounded the point towards Camano State Park. -Rocky Harrison
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Sighted 4 Orcas in Port Susan Bay off of Tyee Beach heading south about 9:30 this morning. Small orca trailing the other 3. -Nathalie Gehrke.
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Orcas at coupeville wharf 3:41! 4 of them! At long point (Penn Cove) - Kari Habeck Looks and sounds like the T18s again, same as yesterday!
Comment/ID from Monika Wieland
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17:00 - Orcas 100 yards off Harrington Lagoon headed south south east. Two big males and three or four smaller whales. Awesome!!! -Erik Anderson
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Sun Sep 9 - Seattle/Bainbridge Ts - Today at 5pm off the beach at Carkeek Park saw large dorsal fin (5-6 ft high) a few hundred 100 yds off the beach. -Nick Gorzkowski
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2 adult orcas, one male, one female traveling towards Bainbridge Island spotted from the Bainbridge to Seattle ferry at 7:25pm. -Jennifer Smith
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Sun Sep 9 - South Puget Sound Ts - 15:30 - they went past Johnson Pt. heading toward Anderson Island. -Joan Ahre
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14:22 - Just spotted them on the tip of Harstine headed south down the east side of the island. -Danielle Sayebrook
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12:36 - Looking at 3 small Orcas between Stretch Island and Vaughn heading toward Herron Island. -Jennifer Lindsay
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We watched them earlier in the day for several hours just outside of Rocky Bay (Case Inlet). There were four of them (three mature and one baby). They were breaching, spy-hopping, and tail flapping. -Kaitlyn Goodeve
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UNIDENTIFIED ORCAS - Sun Sep 9 - Pt Angeles - While tidepooling at Salt Creek campground this morning (8:30ish) we saw 5 orcas eastbound in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Looked like one large male, 3 a bit smaller, and one significantly smaller sticking close to one of the others. -Annie Burk

September 8

Port Susan/Saratoga Passage/Penn Cove T18s & T19s - A little after 8 am from Langley, saw several blows and dorsals close to Camano Island, heading southeast along the shore. Last spotted them just at the tip of Camano still headed southeast around 8:30 or so. - Mike Russell
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11:30 - One large male orca (large dorsal fin) and a smaller orca heading out of Port Susan. -Autumn Zeisz
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11:51 - Chilkat has T19c in Port Susan off kayak point southbound -Christopher Hanke
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14.50 - four Orcas seen from Baby island heading towards Greenbank. Southwest bound. - Sandra Pollard
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19:02 - phone message of 4 orcas off Coupeville, in Penn Cove, heading NNE.
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Sat Sep 8 - Rosario - Blakely Island Ts - T87 - 9:40 -orcas reported off Gravel Point, west of Blakely Island - Maia, WA State Ferries
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Sat Sep 8 - Haro Strait - Ts - 18:39 ~ 19:27pm - With only themselves for companyand a few people watching from shore, 5 orca including 2 large males & a youngster socialized together in one area for 40 minutes on the far southeastern edge of Edwards Point. The orcas were already present when I noticed them. Vocalizations were heard multiple times. At 7:20pm they slowly traveled toward the shore moving to the southeast along Hannah Heights. I feel privileged to have observed this gathering. There's something special about no boats around, just standing on the shore at dusk and being quietly present. - Michelline Halliday
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Beautiful, overcast with silvery reflective water...found T87 and the T90s, including a 2 yr old (or so) calf who isn't in the 2016 catalog. T87 is est. 56 years old (!) and is known to swim with this matriline....which makes me wonder if he is the father of any of her calves???? She is 38, so at the upper range of calving. Her young son is 12 and sprouting, and her daughter is 8. Found them just outside Friday Harbor, and followed them northwest up the island, and into Speiden Channel. Beautiful day! -Bonnie Gretz
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Sat Sep 8 - Shaw Island - Noon sighting from Post Office Bay, Shaw Island. Two orcas traveling NNW San Juan Channel. -Bryn Black
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Sat Sep 8 - Puget sound Ts - Orcas right off Bella sand spit, Fox Island,at 10:20 at our house! They went west toward Lake Bay marina and Penrose State Park, then disappeared. -Annie Fowler
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Orcas near Fox Island Bridge 10:25 am, loitering south. 10:48, loitering south of Gig Harbor -John D. Fielden
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12:36 - Looking at 3 small Orcas between Stretch Island and Vaughn heading toward Herron Island. -Jennifer Lindsay
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18:30 - a group of 3-4 went northbound past Johnson Pt. - Joan Ahre
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Sat Sep 8 - Vancouver Island - T11A and T109As - A little rain brought "Rainy" T011a one of the largest Killer Whales around Vancouver Island today! The T109A's were also present...They were slowly hunting the shoreline close to shore right pass the Sooke waterfront. - Paul Pudwell, Sooke Coastal Explorations

September 7

Js and Ls, Haro Strait - Js and Ls had a very wide spread as they made their way north in Haro this evening doing lots of foraging. We were out on the water and left the leaders (who were still northbound) at Turn Point at 18:30. -Monika Wieland
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Fri Sep 7 - Js and Ls - It was a beautiful night! J and L pod, only boat around, water glassy, gentle rain, and lots of time with the engines off. L72, Racer Haro. And they were foraging, so that was good to see! -Rachel Haight
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15:30 - hearing calls on Lime Kiln hydrophones. -Alethea Leddy
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13:30 - Js and Ls are offshore of Iceberg Point heading northwest towards San Juan Island! -Monika Wieland
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Fri Sep 7 - Admiralty Ts: T18s and T19s - 10:55 - T18 and T19s are rounding Point Partridge and entering Admiralty Inlet, close to Whidbey Island side. Traveling south quickly. -Justine Buckmaster
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11:23 - They are at Fort Casey lighthouse right now, moving quickly southbound. And pretty close to shore. I could see them without binoculars -Ashlyn Forshner
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12:30ish - Heading South off Lagoon Point. Maybe 100-150 yards out, heading South towards Bush Point. Breathtaking. -Terry Shaub
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13:45 PM - The Saratoga re-sighted these orcas, still southbound straight out from Useless Bay, 1.25 miles north of Point No Point in the middle of the traffic lanes. Now departing them at 1:53 PM. -Justine Buckmaster
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One large male and one female orca at Lighthouse Park in Mukilteo for the Lighthouse Festival -- about 15 feet from shore, headed north and crossed just in front of the ferry at dock at about 5:15pm. Incredible! -Lee Anne Tobin
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6:35 PM - continuing north bound. Just north of the ferry dock now in Clinton mid channel. West of hat island.
18:11 - from Clinton. They are just north of the ferry lanes heading north west. Angling between Whidbey Island and hat island. -Danielle Pennington
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Fri Sep 7 - Port Townsend Ts - Four orcas at Port Townsend wooden boat festival. Heading north at 2:38 from port Hudson. -Dianne Dee Iverson
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14:45 - Three orcas heading towards Point Wilson from Point Hudson. -Betsy Carlson, PTMSC
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14:30 - 15:00 pm - We watched three orcas in Port Townsend Bay this afternoon. The orcas surfaced several times north of the ferry dock as they swam out toward Admiralty Inlet. We live on the bluff above town and watched them from our porch. Absolutely amazing! -Bob and Linda Maguire
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The pod (at least 2 females with 1 male and a juvenile) came within 10 meters of the Schooner Adventuress while she was on the dock in Port Townsend. -Patrick Hutchins
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Fri Sep 7 - Bellingham Channel Ts (maybe T90B per Dave Ellifrit) Another lucky day on M/V Yakima. About 10:30am - two orcas look to be headed north up the Bellingham Channel -Bryn Black
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Fri Sep 7 - Vancouver Island Ts - WOW...another great tour with Transient Killer Whales T02Cs, T034s, T037s, T037s, T037Bs and possibly others...They were actively hunting and celebrating! What an amazing encounter that we were able to share with some special guests. -Paul Pudwell, Sooke Coastal Explorations
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1400 - About 20 orcas were milling around off Sooke. Then at about 2PM they grouped up and headed toward shore and continued east. I took this video from shore. -Vincent Eberl
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Fri Sep 7 - unknown Ts - The ferry Kitsap reports 4 - 5 orcas headed south, NW of Vashon Island in the traffic lanes at 7:40 pm -Mike at WA State Ferries
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Fri Sept 7 - 10:14 - Kathy on a sailboat at Iceberg Pt., south tip of Lopez Is., saw about eight orcas including three juveniles, milling and spyhopping, heading west from So. Lopez toward San Juan Island, then disappearing.

September 6

Great to have some of L Pod (L12's) visiting our local waters today heading west back out to the open sea. -Paul Pudwell
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Thurs Sep 6 - Was out fishing tonight at Ala Spit around 4:30 pm, watched a lone orca heading north towards Deception pass. -Perry Davis
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Thurs Sep 6 - T65As (minus 3 and 4) - Puget Sound orcas reported at 9:05 a.m.: About 6 orca southbound at the Kingston ferry, very close to Kitsap side. Some breaching, feeding. (From a friend in a boat.)" -Sara Frey
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10:12: - southbound in hunting mode north of Discovery Park. Looks to be the 65As. Confirmed all of 65As but 3 and 4 still separate from mom and younger siblings with 65A2 also in distance closer to shore. -Renee Beitzel
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11:56: still close to Kitsap side southbound in tight group minus 65A2 who is off on his own across the channel closer to Elliot bay side. -Renee Beitzel
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12:25 pm: Great group at Rockaway beach watching T65As. Gorgeous day to learn about and watch orcas! -Susan Marie Andersson
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12:58: Their current location is SE of Blake, just north of Southworth-Fauntleroy ferry run, headed south quick. 1:09: Big male seems to have just made a kill and now they are milling around, maybe all sharing it? 5 or 6 of them at least. 1:41 pm: headed south again after milling around a bit. -Cora Reuter Foster
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May have seen them through binoculars WSW of Seahurst Park moving south. 2:50pm way over on the Vashon side. -Ray Shea
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Thu Sept 6 - 16:15 - 5 orca off Gold Beach on Vashon. 1 male. 4 females. 1 baby. 4 pm. Headed south in close group. Harbor seal and Harbor Porpoises near too. -Burt Miller, WSF
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6:41 - they are back off Gig Harbor Viewpoint heading into Dalco Passage.
6:14 - milling between Gig Harbor Viewpoint & Gig Harbor.
17:52 - mid channel just past Ferry Terminal, but more towards Vashon side, westbound towards Gig Harbor. -Melissa Bird
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18:16 - milling around just west of Tahlequah ferry dock. -Cora Reuter Foster
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19:57 pm: Visible just off of Point Ruston right now. Thank you to the family at the Vashon viewpoint in Point Defiance - because of you, we decided to see if we could see them from here. -Travis Goldman
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Thurs Sep 6 - At 11:05, Lorraine Doerr called reporting a humpback coming south down President Channel and turning west into Speiden Channel, very active.
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Thurs Sep 6 - 15:30 - I just spotted this dolphin at the entrance of the Thea Foss Waterway in Tacoma at 2:50 pm on 9/6. Citizens for a Healthy Bay FB page said it might be Stump the bottlenose dolphin but they are still waiting on an ID. She looked large with white shading on her side. -Elliott Alexander

September 5

L Pod!! Headed up North, stopped at Whale Rocks near Cattle Pass to check out the Steller Sea Lions and Cormorants, then we kept going and found a few members of L Pod!! All photos are zoomed and cropped, and all whale wise guidelines were followed! - Janine Harles
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J and L pods - What an exciting day yesterday! We headed out on one of our fall Marine Life Studies killer whale surveys. The ocean was alive in northern Georgia Strait, with sightings of transients, northern residents, and an encounter with southern residents! The encounter took place off Grants Reef near Campbell River, BC. We counted close to 20 killer whales belonging to both Jpod (J27) and Lpod. Both groups were spread out over 3 km and were foraging with long dives averaging 5 minutes. We also sighted humpbacks within the general area of the residents. After a few hours of observation both pods joined and began to travel slowly east, which allowed us to collect photographs for identification. We are still looking through photographs for J050. - Josh McInnes and Nick Templeman, Marine Life Studies, Cetacean Research
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Wow...What a special day with K POD of our Beloved endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales! Our naturalist Deanna Brett spotted what looked like a Humpback Tail lobbing off Jordan River so we turned south to take a look...what a pleasant surprise to find breaching orca instead! We found K Pod heading westbound and we were the only boat around again...although a couple did go the extra mile to have a quick visit. - Paul Pudwell
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Wed Sep 5 - 10:37 - Orca pod heading north off Clinton. Middle of the Sound off of the ferry route. Too far away for my bins to see detail. -Ann Breeswine
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Wed Sep 5 - Coming back from a trip on our sailboat we spotted two Orcas in the Saratoga passage between Camano Island and Whidbey Island at about 2:00 pm. Apparently feeding. I was in a sailboat, with light wind and turned off my engine. First they were going north away from us, but then they turned and came toward me. One breached about 20 feet next to the boat. Got some great pics. Hope you can identify them. -Don Van Valkenburg
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T109A hunting a harbour porpoise east of Race Rocks on the afternoon of September 5th
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Wed Sep 5 - 6:25PM - Probable orca sighting off Eagle Cove, south shore of San Juan Island. Four or five orcas, eastbound. - Kristin Kucera
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16:43pm - Haro Strait, SJI. I saw 6 Orcas pass Edwards Point heading SE along Hannah Heights towards Pile Point. They were spread out, traveling quickly, not close in. There were 3 males. -Michelline Halliday

September 4

18:30 - Reports of 3 orcas, NB, NW corner of Hat Isl around 6:30 -Lori Christopher
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14:12 pm - 1 mile off Richmond Beach (Shoreline) - pod of orca whales, heading south. -Cindy Lohman
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Tues Sep 4 - Wow! We feel so inspired everyday to bring the amazing beauty of humpback whales to so many guests...Locals and people from around the world. Again we were all alone to visit 40-50 Humpacks feeding in the Juan de Fuca Strait with trumpeting blows from all directions! -Paul Pudwell
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DOLPHINS - Tue Sep 4 - ~15:00 - We wanted to share a sighting of a dolphin or porpoise near Owen Beach this afternoon just before 3pm. - Jenny Fenske (video reviewed of breaching dolphin appears to be bottlenose - alb)
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OTHER SPECIES - Tues Sep 4 - Not a whale, but I did see a very large bull elephant seal from the Anderson island ferry today. -Alan Myette

September 3

SOUTHERN RESIDENTS - 13:15 -14:24 - Haro Strait SJI, off Hannah Heights area. Observed from shore with binocs & through a 300mm lens. I'm sorry I don't have ID's.
2nd sighting; 1:55pm ~ 2:24pm, I missed the approach but counted 12 or more orcas including 3 large males with one male very close to shore traveling to the NW towards Westside Preserve. There was some milling about and direction reversals but everyone caught up and off they went out of sight.
1st sighting; 1:15pm ~ 1:38pm, I missed the beginning but observed 7 orcas with 1 large male traveling to the SE, spread out, 3 tail slaps & 1 breaching.
Being Labor Day weekend, there were lots of boats with some disrespecting the Whale Wise Guide. Boats that were respectful were even honking at the offending boats. This is hard to watch knowing what we know about the fragility of the SRKW. -Many thanks, Michelline Halliday
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Mon Sep 3 - I was taking pictures this morning on the Odyssey and we found J26, then J36 and J42, and coming up behind them we saw J16 and J50! Captain Pete and I called the center on the radio right away and Soundwatch and they took over the rest of the day. -Brittany Bowles
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13:13 - A bunch just passed Land Bank, mostly Js and L22s, more offshore to the south. Saw J16 and J50 in tight with about 4 other whales, moving at a good clip. -Monika Wieland Shields
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09:04 - SRKWs at Hannah Heights at 7:30 am, now south maybe around Hein Bank at 9am. Dave/CWR is with them. Also several humpback blows out there--one tall, one much smaller. -Sharon Grace
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06:20 - 06:28 - Haro Strait SJI, off Hannah Heights. Viewed from shore with binocs 5 Orca moving quickly toward the southeast. 2 large males. They were already there when I saw them so I might have just caught the tail end of their passage. Very spread out, not close in. Observed one huge tail slap. Beautiful orcas, beautiful sunrise. -Michelline Halliday
(confirmed by sight 90 minutes later by Michelline, cannot confrim those heard in pre-dawn hours by Cher were residents, but seems probable - alb)
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04:56 - If I had to guess direction of travel, I'm thinking South. Still going, percussives and blows, though blows seem further away now.
04:34 - started up again, and a lot closer to shore! No mistaking these sounds! Though ecotype is up in the air?
04: 23 - was last percussion. Wish I could tell direction. In the silence though, your ears can be amazing....
04:15 - Percussive noises out there now! Distant blows...Cher Renke
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BIGG'S TRANSIENT KILLER WHALES - Mon Sep 3 - 1307: T137's near SA bouy traveling southbound into Admiralty Inlet. -Renee Beitzel, MV Saratoga
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Around 7 pm on September 3, a very spread out group of orcas went eastward through Active Pass. Some activity such as tail slaps, body rolls, and a breech, but for the most part, they swam very quickly. Video by Gary Cullen. Photos and video shot from the shore of Galiano Island. -Karoline
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Mon Sep 3 - 08:12 - Approx. 3 orcas seen "frolicking" just south of Kayak Point, Port Susan. -Gina Schier
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16:36 - My aunt Jeannie O'Brien took this video today at 4:36 P.M. She saw them between the North and South Finger Islands of Sucia. -Connor O'Brien
(Id'd by Sara Hysong-Shimazu as T34s, T37, and T37Bs)
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~ 13:30 - Today Monday September 3rd around 1:30 pm with high tide, my family was playing at howarth park Beach in Everett wa. We looked left and there was a pod of orcas swimming about 50-100 feet from shore. They were headed towards Mulkiteo ferry around the bend. Was purely magical. I didn't realize they swim so far inland. Thought I would share. -Heidi Oshie
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I was out crab fishing by Mukilteo Washington ferry dock just a little south from the dock on Monday and these two whales Surfaced right next to my boat. -Mark Mateu
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Lovely day on 9/3 with T36A(s) and T37A(s), heading into beautiful East Sound on Orcas Island. It was a tail-slapping T party! Very intense hunting, with some breaches (which I missed most of!). -Bonnie Gretz
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HUMPBACK WHALES - Mon Sep 3 - Humpback Comeback continues west of Sooke today! We had the pleasure to see around 40-50 humpback whales around Jordan River again all by ourselves and were able to photo ID at least 25 in an hour and half...WOW! Always so thankful for theses days of calm seas, great guests and so many. -Paul Pudwell

September 2

Js & Ls - 19:30-20:00 - Haro Strait, San Juan Island, Orcas sighted from shore off the western side of Hannah Hts. 13 individuals, (could be a couple more) in 2 loose groups. 3 large males, 2 of the males traveling together. Slowing traveling away from SJI. From my point of view moving towards the far eastern end of Discovery Island, B.C. and open waters of Strait of Juan de Fuca. Beautiful orcas. Beautiful sunset. 2 breaches. -Michelline Halliday
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Sun Sep 2 - Ls - 15:22 Southern resident L12s n bound from Race Rocks. On scene right now. Traveling north towards Victoria...Great to be back in the Pacific Northwest, and in our research stomping groups off Race Rocks Pacific Ecological Reserve. We went out looking for a report of transient killer whales off East Sooke park and instead found members of the endangered southern resident Lpod. We identified L41, L77, L85, L94, L113, L121. -Josh McInnes
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We had the pleasure to visit 40 to 50 humpback whales west of Sooke and also first to find some of L Pod of the Southern Resident Killer Whales inbound off Sooke minutes from our docks on the way home! To top it all off we were the only boat with this amazing encounter in our whole 3 hour adventure...JUST US! L22, L89 L94 -Paul Pudwell
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L85 & L77 - ~14:00 - L-pod off Sooke headed east. -Photo by Deborah Neisuler, Sep 2, 2018
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Sun Sep 2 - Js & L87 - 13:02 - 14:11 - Haro Strait, SJI; between Edwards Point and Pile Point. Many individuals traveling to the SE. At least three groups. I'm estimating 19 individuals, but I pretty much lost count, they were very spread out. I saw at least 3 large males. I saw 7 breaches! Much tail slapping. Watched from shore with binocs. Video footage using a 18-300mm lens. I'm sorry I can't confirm identities but there were plenty of boats so I think someone can identify. With much happiness, -Michelline Halliday
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With all the angst felt over the Southern Residents it's important to sometimes just enjoy the beauty that still exists. I think this is J39 Mako. I never got a good enough look at the saddle to confirm, so I could be mistaken. Sunday outside the boat exclusion area off Lime Kiln. -James Gresham
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13:06 - Sunset Point. Fins. Going south. At least 6 boats with them. Pretty far out, looks like lots of splashes now and again. -Susan E Allison
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11:35 - Confirmed J Pod - Henry Island southbound.
10:20 - Whales southbound at Turn Point
, potentially J Pod coming down. -Monika Wieland Shields
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Sun Sep 2 - 18:07 - Orcas sighting off Onamac Point in Saratoga Passage! (heading north). -Cathy Fliris
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~14:00 - We saw orcas from Penn Cove park, not sure what direction they were headed. They were inside the cove. We only saw them for a few mins though...We've been trying to see them for YEARS! I was excited to see some fins for just a few mins! -Kelly Thompson
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10:50 - group of three heading east out of Penn cove, mid channel? A bit too far out to see who they were from the Coupeville dock! -Dan Reinert
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Sun Sept 2 - 08:27- Just saw a group of 5 or so Orcas heading north in Useless Bay past Double Bluff park. Hoping for more sightings today! -Emily Crandall
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HUMPBACK WHALES - Sun Sep 2 - Wow I LOVE September! We had the pleasure to visit 40 to 50 humpback whales west of Sooke and also first to find some of L Pod of the Southern Resident Killer Whales inbound off Sooke minutes from our docks on the way home! To top it all off we were the only boat with this amazing encounter in our whole 3 hour adventure...JUST US! (Includes: CS298 BCZ0366 Caspian, CS246 CRC-15995 Lyra) -Paul Pudwell
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Sun Sep 2 - BCY0409 Yogi at the confluence of Haro Strait and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. -Photo by James Gresham, Sep 2, 2018
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Sun Sep 2 - 16:58 - He's (Two Spot) outbound again
16:11 - milling/feeding in same area just north of Point Wilson...on Pt Townsend side.
15:42 - humpback CS631/CRC16017 Two Spot outbound Admiralty just north of point Wilson.
15:00 - Humpback seen from Port Townsend ferry at 3pm (mid channel - closer to Coupeville side). -Kourtnee Marr Lindgren
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11:19 - Humpback heading north between Point No Point, Kitsap and Double Bluff, Whidbey. It's Two Spot. (CS631/CRC16017). -Janine Harles
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07:15 - I am thinking it's the same humpback I heard earlier now heading back north should be about President Point Kingston right about now. Just moseying along very close in....No fluking at all the whole time I watched.....just Sunday morning cruising.
05:00 - Point Jefferson, Kingston. Something BIG......either a humpback or gray (if they are even still in the area) just went by heading south very close in. The incoming cruise ships woke me up and with the still morning I wanted to get come pictures of their lights reflecting on the water. It was awesome to hear the whale and it's blows in the dark. Had the humpback pattern....3-4 and then quiet as in a dive. Looked through the binoculars and saw it's back a couple times but never any flukes. (It was a humpback. Looking at the photos I took.....in the reflection of a cruise ships lights I can see it's back on one of it's surfaces.) -Chris Beamer Otterson
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GRAY WHALES - Sun Sep 2 - ~17 :00 - She/he (gray 2234) returned from the north, passing in front of Mt. Rainier as it headed south into Eld Inlet. She/he stayed there for about an hour, traveling as far south as Flap Jack Point before heading back north again. After exiting Eld Inlet, it headed east toward Boston Harbor before angling south into Budd Inlet. I lost sight around 7:00. -Kim Merriman
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16:59 - Gray whale heading into eld inlet currently, single whale. -Aly Denee
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16:45 - Just saw him again today, between cooper point and hunter point heading west, Lots of tail. -Steve Perschon
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12:21 - whale sighting south puget sound, moving north thru pickering passage. Blows near walker's landing. Big tail flips, gray? -Sydni Elizabeth Neves
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10:31 - The big guy is back. Gray whale CRC-2234. It was heading for Budd. Then made an abrupt west turn and came across toward me/Eld. Then made an abrupt north toward Squaxin Island. -Kim Meriman
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Gray whale 6:30 this morning Hunter Point heading towards Hope Island/Carlyon Beach. -Jim Chamberlin
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GRAY WHALES - Sun Sep 2 - Gray whale just east of Sail Rock in straits east of Neah Bay seen from Rt 112 mile 3. Whale was headed east. -Alethea Leddy
NOTE: photos of this whale were sent to Cascadia Research, and was not found in any of their catalogs.

September 1

J31 Tsuchi spyhops in Active Pass off the shores of Galiano Island. -Photo by Karoline Cullen, Sep 1, 2018
(ID by Melisa Pinnow, Center for Whale Research)
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Sat Sep 1 - Around 11:30 am, orcas went eastbound through Active Pass, J41 and J17, J51 in the middle. Maybe J46 in the background - from the shore of Galiano Island. A first group of 4 porpoised quickly by. A larger group, including J27, followed about five minutes later. A few tail slaps and a spy hop but not a lot of other behaviours. -Karoline Cullen
(IDs by Melisa Pinnow, CWR)
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Sat Sept 1 - San Juans - The number of transient killer whales in the Salish Sea continues to be off the hook; yesterday (Sep 1) there were at least 8 different groups! I caught up with one of them - the T34s, T37, and T37Bs - near the north end of San Juan Island in the afternoon. Here are T37B and T34A in Spieden Channel. -Photo by Monika Wieland Shields, Sep 1, 2018
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12:55 - T34s, T37, and T37Bs heading east between Reuben Tarte and Flattop - hard to tell if they're going to take San Juan Channel or President's. -Monika Wieland Shields
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11:35 - 4 Orcas heading east in Spieden Channel, 30 feet off coast on Davison Head, northern point of San Juan Island. -Sam Bainbridge
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09:45 - Transients north bound from Smallpox Bay (County Park). -Sam Traylor
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07:46 - 5-6 orcas traveling to the NW between Hannah Heights and Edwards Point....Just a beautiful beautiful sight. I wish you good hunting! -Michelline Halliday
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Sun Sep 1 - Admiralty Inlet - 15:45 pm - received a call from Jordan, who spotted an orca from Ft. Nugent (NW Whidbey Island), over toward the Pt. Townsend area. Not sure of direction.
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Sun Sep 1 - Admiralty Inlet - T65As (minus A3 A4)
17:00 - They (T65Aminus T65A3 & T65A4) are 1.5 miles northeast of camp ground at fort Flagler.
16:28 - Currently off Marrowstone Pt northbound at 6 knots. -Christopher Hanke
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14:43 - A pod of 8 or so Orcas are currently moving around in Oak Bay near the south end of Marrowstone Island, [Admiralty Inlet]. Several have breached. Quite the show! Headed north towards the Port Townsend canal which is the cut between Port Hadlock and Indian Island. Wonder if they'll try to navigate that small channel? -Steve Olsen
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Sat Sep 1 - Puget Sound - unidentified pod - (We had no ID's on this pod who circumnavigated Vashon Island. One photo shows 4 whales. -Alison Engle
(If anyone has photos or IDs' from this pod please forward. One possibility: we had T36 & T36B's (4 total) in South Rosario on Friday around 4:30pm. It sounded like they kept heading south. They might possibly be the Vashon group. Just a guess. -alb)
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Just saw two moving north from the southworth ferry dock. -Alexander Giasson
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14:45-15:00. Looks like a pod of 4 milling around near the entrance to Quartermaster Harbor. Lots of tail splashing. Several oblivious boats speeding right through them. Slowly making their way through Dalco passage hugging Vashon. -Laura Clementson-Elgar
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Noon - at least one orca seen by Jaime Kennedy (Alisa's cousin) & Ryan McCray south of Dilworth, Vashon across from Three Tree Point, Burien heading south.
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11:26 - 4-6 orcas reported heading south down the east shore of Vashon, seen from the Fauntleroy ferry. -Charlie
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11:25 - 2 reports - Maia of WS Ferries reports 4 orcas headed southeast off Vashon Head (north end) and
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Sept 1 - Saratoga Passage - T46s & T137s - 20:08 - Orcas just crossing the ferry lines. Tightly grouped heading south. Closer to Whidbey side.Seeing them from the Clinton ferry dock. -Danielle Pennigton
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19:40 - whales seen from Brighton Beach heading south towards Clinton. -Sandra Pollard
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Today - Part 3. ~17:30 - T137A wowed everyone coming close to shore at Fox Spit. The whole group has now passed and are southbound as of 540. Very long down times. After being entertained by the raccoons, the whales came into view southbound. I looked at my photos, and said, that's not the T65As, that looks like the T46s and T137s, which in fact, it was! We were watching totally different whales from this morning we didn't even know were around. We headed to Shangri La Shores where the whales absolutely delighted us and several others with a close pass by at the dock. They continued south, swimming through lots of floats as they went, making their way briefly into Holmes Harbor. Eventually they rounded Fox Spit, with one of my favorite whales T137A passing VERY close to shore. They continued south, and I went home. Nearly 9 hours of whale chasing complete! All pictures taken from shore, at Shangri La or Fox Spit. -Rachel Haight
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~ 16:30 - One (T137A) passing Hidden Beach today on way south as they were headed for Holmes Harbor. -Photo by Kelly McCulloch, Sep 1, 2018
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~ 16:00 - Missed them at my house, and at Shangrila Shores, but here's a very distant photo of T137A as he heads from Hidden Beach towards Holmes Harbor. -Photo by Jill Hein, Sep 1, 2018
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15:15 - Wow! close pass at Shangri La Shores southbound. T46s and t137s. Again, wow!! -Rachel Haight
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14:45 - Orcas heading south from Penn Cove towards Langley. Passed by Harrington Lagoon around 2:45. Randy Zimmerman Furnas
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14:34 - Several orcas right now off Harrington Lagoon. Two large fins. Southbound. -Mary Fell Cheston
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14:18 theyre trending southeast, viewing from Long Point. Far off. the picture I'm looking looks like 137A...Two large males in the group. -Rachel Haight
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We were out sailing this afternoon from Oak Harbor into Penn Cove and four Orcas appeared off our port side. We immediately tacked away. We were at the East end of the entrance to Penn Cove before the green marking. Island adventures whale watching soon appeared. Can you please identify who we saw? The video we took is attached. Awesome. Nothing more to say. Grateful to live among these amazing creatures. -Thank you. Tony Billera
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13:57 - 7 orcas headed north from Penn Cove....They were passing but seemed to turn back. -Bryan Hansen
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11:25 - There's a 2nd group/pod of 4, including male, that I could see across over towards Cama Beach at around 11:15 am and last saw them near Onimac Point, Camano at 11:25. They are moving fast heading north. -Marilyn Armbruster
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Sat Sept 1 - Possession Sound to Saratoga Passage - T65A3 & T65A4. - 13:35 Two Orcas seen from Hidden Beach north of boat ramp at Lowell Point on Camano. -Sandra Pollard
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12:45 2 Orcas just passed Fox Spit on Saratoga Passage on Whidbey side heading north. -Jim Lovvorn
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T65A3 and T65A4 seen from Fox Spit, around 12:30 pm heading northwest...and then after rounding corner here at Fox Spit, they headed north over to Camano Island side, near Camano State Park and north from there...most all zoomed, and some cropped. I loved seeing these 2 siblings. -Marilyn Armbruster
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~ 12:30 - Two Orcas off of Bells Beach. -Rick Lessley
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Today - Part 1. Started with finding T65A3 & T65A4 traveling north, just north of the Clinton ferry. They came close around Sandy Point and took a brief visit by the Langley marina before continuing north. We traveled all the way to Long Point, assuming we were following them all along, however we never saw them again the rest of the day. -Rachel Haight
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11:01 - orcas outside Langley Marina, logging with long down time. -Durand Dace
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T065A3 and T065A4 - Saratoga Passage. -Photo by Janine Harles, Sep 1, 2018
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10:32 - T65A3 and A4 at Sandy Point, Whidbey Island northbound. -Bart Rulon, MV Saratoga
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9:45 - 2 Orcas heading northbound along side the ferry at the Clinton Dock. -Photo by Ben Saari, Sep 1, 2018
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9:04 - 3 orcas at the bait shop south Whidbey! (off Possession Beach waterfront park). -Kimberly Grigg's
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8:52 AM - Maia with WS Ferries reports 4 orcas northbound at the Clinton ferry dock.
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08:52 - Possession Beach walk - swimming northbound - 2 orcas....Re: the Orca's our next door neighbor was in a boat and much closer to them and I heard them say one was a female and other a baby. -Tom Anderson
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Sat Sep 1 - There was a humpback on the Kitsap side of the shipping lane off Apple Tree Point, Kingston, around 11 am. Unsure of direction of travel. Saw it several times over about a 30-45 minute period. -Sara Frey
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09:15 - Humpback off the Indianola Bluffs trending northeast. -Cher Greenlaw
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07:48 - Large Humpback off North end of Bainbridge Island heading west. -Luke Tjemsland
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Fri Aug 31 - 16:01 - Just saw three humpbacks in Strait of Juan de Fuca. Shallow dives, heading west toward open water. Spraying along wake of cruise ship. -Kathleen Fife
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Sat Sep 1 - 14:45 - Grey whale heading north in Budd Inlet. First saw it 100 yards out from port dock near Anthony's last saw it east of Olympia shoal. Seemed to be diving, consistent tail showing. Also seemed to be a Jr little smaller. About 5 feet wide tail. -Steve Perschon
(Yes the whale that has been south here for the last few days is CRC2234. Alie Perez, Cascadia Research)
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17:00 - Gray whale is back! Gray whale CRC-2234 goes on a dive. It was heading north mid-channel between my shore and Boston Harbor. Then it took a south, and headed on this side of Cooper Point spit into Eld Inlet. In just a few minutes, it turned around heading north out of Eld, and surfaced right in front of the house. Then it decided to head east, toward Boston Harbor Marina and continued its journey south into Budd inlet - where I lost sight of it. Very robust blows and a 3 up surfacing series followed by a longish dive. Lots of showing off its tail fluke. Grateful! So so grateful! -Kim Merriman
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Gray CRC-2234 in the Olympia area again today. -Photo by Chris Hamilton, Sep 1, 2018


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