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October 12

BIGG'S TRANSIENT ORCAS - Tue, Oct 12 - Northern Admiralty Inlet (T65As, T137s) -
15:30 - Chilkat left the 65As and 137s northwest bound, south of Partridge Bank, doing nine knots.
13:30 - Orca Whales reported around the Port Townsend ferry crossing. -Christopher Hanke, PSE
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13:30 - At 13:43 Laura Baker, WSF Marine Ops, emailed to report: Orca at PT, 10/12 1330hrs: Vessel reports via 800MHz spotting 2 orca whales headed northbound between Point Wilson and Marrowstone Point.
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BELUGA WHALE - Tue, Oct 12 - South Puget Sound - 16:40 - Saw the beluga traveling south directly under center span of Tacoma Narrows Bridge at 4:40 pm, October 12. Phone call from John, also: At 17:00. John Conkle called to report seeing the Beluga whale center span Tacoma Narrows bridge heading south at 16:40 on Oct 12. Single individual whale crossing span, white shape swimming south, definitely looked like the Beluga. -John Conkle
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Tue, Oct 12 - Central Puget Sound - 11:30 - Tim Aitkins called Orca Network to report the Beluga is off Redondo Beach, south of Des Moines. Swimming following shoreline southbound. 100% that it is the beluga. Pretty close to shore. Whale was west of Poverty Bay at the time. No photos. -Tim Atkins

October 11

BIGG'S TRANSIENT ORCAS - Mon, Oct 11 - Strait of Juan de Fuca (T18s; T46B1 & T46B1A; T251, T252, T253 & T253A; T123s) - We had quite a day watching whales yesterday with lots of variety out near Race Rocks, in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. We were headed out to see the T123 pod from the M.V. Saratoga, Puget Sound Express, when we spotted 2 humpback whales on our way. One of these whales was crc15971 (Hydra), who was the only one that raised her tail flukes for an ID. Later we cruised over to watch the T123 pod (a family of 4) swimming steadily towards the aforementioned humpback whales. The Bigg's killer whales got within about 250-300 yards of the humpbacks before we peeled away to look for a few other pods nearby. The humpbacks didn't look too concerned about the killer whales presence (which isn't a surprise since the Transients prefer to go after smaller prey around here). Next we watched another pod of 4 Bigg's killer whales - T46B1, T46B1A, T253, ad T253A (thanks to Mark Malleson for ID on 253A who is not in the latest ID guide as a two year old). This group of 4 made a kill shortly after we arrived with the lighthouse at Race Rocks in the background! They ate their meal very quickly before racing off to the east, possibly in pursuit of another meal when we left them. On our way back towards the dock in Edmonds we also spotted the T18 pod (another group of 4) swimming eastbound just a few miles east of all the others. -Bart Rulon, Naturalist, PSE
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Date whales sighted: 11 October, 2021 at approx. 13:00 hours.
Location of whales: Just off Aldridge Pt (mouth of Becher Bay), Vancouver Island, BC, in approximately 130 ft of water.
Whales sighted: a group of 4 whales, including 1 large male, 2 females, and a calf.
Whales were headed east towards the Bedford Islands. -Steve Suntok, Victoria, BC
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WOW...minutes from our docks with 15+ Bigg's/Transient Killer Whales (T018/019's, T046's with T251 & T252 and T123's) in three different groups hunting on their way east towards Race Rocks Lighthouse... A very special family Thanks Giving today! -Paul Pudwell, Sooke Coastal Explorations
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Mon, Oct 11 - NPS/Saratoga Passage (T65As)
19:15 - Southwest past Whidbey towards Kitsap in the Possession Triangle.
18:55 - [orcas] Swimming by Chennault Beach, Mukilteo, southbound west of midchannel. -Alice Thuy Talbot
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18:28 - [orcas] 4 or 5 due west of Lighthouse Park, Mukilteo. Mid channel to closer to Whidbey side. Moving south slowly. -Lynn Baker
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17:14 - Male orca in ferry lane aprox. mid channel heading south. -Marilyn Armbruster
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16:49 - Just saw lone male between Gedney and Whidbey mid channel. -Clinton Duckworth
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16:13 - They just rounded Sandy point and are now heading south into Possession Sound.
16:07 - [orcas] They are right in front of Sandy Point now. Heading east. -Luanne Seymour
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15:49 - [orcas] Entering Langley. Viewing from Seawall Park, southbound. -Donna George
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15:15 - After being on a hunt for 30 minutes south of Fox Spit, they are on the move again towards Langley. Whidbey side, midchannel. -Rachel Haight
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14:21 - Pretty sure they're T65As, but they're right in the sun so it's hard to see right now.
14:14 - SB mid channel between the state park and Baby Island. -Serena Tierra
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13:20 - Distant look at orcas from Hidden Beach.
----Raced down to Hidden Beach around noon after word of some Bigg's orcas southbound from Race Lagoon in Saratoga Passage. This time, unlike last week, I found them, though they were more mid-channel/Camano side so quite distant, but still lovely. Pod identified as T65As. -Bonnie Gretz
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14:00 - Slowly southbound just about to CISP... saw them from distance at Hidden Beach, looked to be closer to Camano.
~12:20 - 4-5 Orcas southbound in Saratoga, seen from near Race Lagoon on Whidbey, heading SE towards Camano at 12:20-ish.
---- What a treat to "hear" whales today before seeing them, and lucky one of us was outside to hear them as they passed our house, southbound. But we caught them - the T65As - as they headed to mid-channel Saratoga Passage. And a bit later from Hidden Beach ….. Great way to start the week. -Jill Hein
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07:30 - We saw a single orca in Saratoga Passage staying at Cama Beach. Heading north. No other orcas. -Hazel Goodman
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Mon, Oct 11 - South Puget Sound (T137s) - 18:41 - [orcas] Just passed me on Horsehead Bay heading southbound out of Carr Inlet toward Fox Island - lots of bird activity, think I saw about 3.
---- Here's a few of my favourite photos from last night as the Orcas passed by on their way out of the Carr Inlet. Saw 2 for sure, stayed in front of me for about 15/20mins, going under and resurfacing frequently, lots of bird activity overhead. Saw one little tail slap as they headed off! -Jennifer Swenson
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16:35 - About 4 Orcas headed south in Carr Inlet off Cutts Island. -Bill DeLeo
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15:38 - [orcas] Just spotted them again in the middle of Henderson Bay, slightly closer to Purdy side. The sea lions are still huddled very close to shore on the Gig Harbor side, but are getting driven further out by the tide. Looks like the orcas are just biding their time… -Alyssa Carlson Paquette
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16:15 - Center channel right in front of Kopachuck State Park right now, 4:15pm. There are 4 of them.
16:03 - Southbound mid-channel off Raft Island.
15:01 - [orcas] Headed north again into Henderson Bay. Mid-channel by Minter Creek. -Randy Witter
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14:19 - Updating now, same spot, circling with deep dives, but definitely 4, one being a large male.
14:09 - I see two, one looks like a large male, on Gig Harbor side, possibly moving south. Just north of Raft Island. -Barb Horn Hartman
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13:00 - Message from Mark Stolz: 4 orcas at the Purdy Spit, 1:00pm today, Monday, heading toward Dead Man's Island. [southbound]
13:20 - Found them again. They look to be mulling around between Purdy Spit and Minter Lagoon. Closer to the Key Peninsula side.
13:05 - [orcas] I spotted them about 13:05 south of Purdy Spit. I only saw two of them. Only came up a couple times shortly and I haven't been able to find them since. -Ryan Campbell
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11:15 - Two orcas in Henderson Bay, Carr Inlet, South Puget Sound, heading north towards Purdy, where I spotted about 8-10 sea lions close to shore. I expected for the hunt to begin, but so far it has been quiet! I'll be watching. -Ingrid Shumway
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BELUGA WHALE - Mon, Oct 11 - NPS/Possession Sound - At 09:51 Laura Baker, WSF Marine Ops, emailed to report: Beluga Whale at MUK, 10/11. Yes, Beluga! Vessel reports sighting a Beluga whale just off the MUK dock heading in a northbound direction, heading toward Everett.
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09:23 - Beluga Sighting on the east side of Possession Sound heading north between Picnic Point Park and Mukilteo Lighthouse Park. No boats or observers in the area. Follow-up: Observed with binoculars so no pictures or video. I had not seen the reports of a Beluga in the Sound until I looked it up after the observation. I would say 100% confident it was a Beluga. Large white with no dorsal. Swam near service for several minutes before submerging and staying under. -Joe Finco
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HUMPBACK WHALES - Mon, Oct 11 - Strait of Juan de Fuca - A very special family Thanks Giving today! -Paul Pudwell, Sooke Coastal Explorations
photo - CRC15971 MMY0042 (Hydra) ID: GS
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UNIDENTIFIED SPECIES - Mon, Oct 11 - Central Puget Sound - At 18:00 I saw two blows from Constellation Park in West Seattle; mid channel line of sight to Blake Island. Hasn't resurfaced but was unmistakably backlit cetacean blows. One more blow clearly east of mid channel at 18:10. Never did see the animal… Follow-up: I'd say it looked similar to orcas blows [height], which I'm most familiar with, but obviously not an orca with no fin visible… -Jason Lee Bell
[Possible sighting not reported as any species, but Beluga ended up south next day so possibly? -alb]

October 10

BIGG'S TRANSIENT ORCAS - Sun, Oct 10 - Haro Strait (T60s minus T60D & T60E) - 08:15 - [orcas] Viewed from shore at Hannah Heights, heading south. -Petra Schindler-Carter
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08:06-08:25 - Unknown orcas (most probably Bigg's Transients) southbound, 1 mile south of Landbank. I watched the large male in the group surface 3 times but didn't see him again. The group of 3 including an older calf stayed together but surfaced farther out to the southwest (away from the island) each time until they were out of sight. -Michelline Halliday,
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Sun, Oct 10 - South Puget Sound - ~22:00 - They came in and out of Pickering Passage last night around 10 pm. -Megan Gene Carlson
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17:13 - 4 Orcas east of Stretch Island. (47.3189691, -122.8190163). -Bobby O'Neill
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~16:00 - [orcas] They came into Pickering Passage headed south... -Megan Gene Carlson
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15:57 - Orcas sighted Pickering Passage, west Olof, Harstine Island, heading south. Just north of Harstine bridge. At least 3 orca. N 47 15.68W 122 55.428. They were heading south towards the bridge. We lost sight of them about a mile north of the bridge.
15:46 - Orcas sighted Pickering Passage headed south. N 47.16.973. W 122 54.968, Approaching Harstine Island Bridge. -Gary Frankel
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15:36 - At 17:28 Karen Eng called to report seeing orcas earlier at 15:36 in Pickering Passage. They were viewing from Walker Landing opposite Harstine Island. The orcas (at least 2, including smaller one) were heading west in the passage at that time.
15:30 - 2 orcas headed west at 3.30pm, 10/10. -Karen Eng
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14:30 - They were milling around in the same location for as long as we were watching, up until 2:30, when we had to leave.
14:08 - [orcas] From our view from Harstine Island, we see them on the east side of Case Inlet, south of Vaughn. -David Morton
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11:38 - There are reports of 4 orca in Carr Inlet near Fox Island, heading toward Henderson. -Marycatherine Lanzon Stubbs
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08:25 - Orca pod heading southeast in Carr Inlet toward ex-Navy base on Fox Island - At least 4. -Kathy Keele
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HUMPBACK WHALES - Sun, Oct 10 - Haro Strait - 12:32 - Humpback whale (correction: two HB whales) on Canadian side of Haro Strait (by D'Arcy Island) headed north. ["MMX0128 Vivaldi and a Clayoquot Sound whale designated CS361 - Monika had to help us with the ID of that one!" -Ellie Sawyer] -M Elise Cannon
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UNIDENTIFIED BALEEN WHALE - Sun, Oct 10 - North Puget Sound - Just spotted at 11:40am, a big whale in Admiralty Inlet at Keystone. Circled twice. Last spotted headed towards Lagoon Point. We think too big for an orca. -Kaila Wyman Lightner

October 9

BIGG'S TRANSIENT ORCAS - Sat, Oct 9 - Vancouver, B.C. - Orcas swimming amongst docks and moored boats in Horseshoe Bay. [video] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEqaEjCv2Y4
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Sat, Oct 9 - San Juan Islands (T2B, T60s minus T60D & T60E) - 13:20 - Orcas near Friday Harbor, 1:20pm. ["These are the T060s minus T060D & E, plus T002B." -Sarah McCullagh] -Andy Kolpitcke
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13:08 - Just passed Point Caution close to shore, off labs now. -Cindy Hansen, Orca Network
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13:15 - Right outside Friday Harbor.
12:10 - Continuing south down San Juan Channel on the San Juan side near O'Neal.
11:50 - Heading for Reuben Tarte southbound down San Juan Channel.
11:00 - Picked up near Roche Harbor maybe heading east into Spieden - the T60s with T2B (but no T60D or E, so five whales total). - A big spyhop from T60C Yelnats off Reuben Tarte County Park this afternoon. -Monika Wieland Shields, Orca Behavior Institute
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10:00-11:50 - Center for Whale Research Encounter #82: "… Off the north end of Henry Island, Dave caught a glimpse of a few fast-moving whales heading north about a third of a mile to his west. The encounter began at 1007. The three whales turned out to be T60, T60F, and T60G and they turned almost due east towards Spieden Channel and began porpoising. Dave followed along and got a few shots of the trio as they sped towards the channel. Jane had said they had seen a male so Dave figured that T60C and maybe T2B, who often travels with the T60s, would be around somewhere. Around 1015, the trio slowed down about a quarter mile north of Battleship Island. About this time, two more whales, a male and a female, showed up about a half mile north of the others. This was indeed

T60C and T2B

and they were slowly snooping around the north edge of Danger Shoal. …" [See CWR Encounter #82 for full summary and photos] https://www.whaleresearch.com/2021-82
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09:06 - Two orcas (rarely surfacing) at mouth of Open Bay. -M Elise Cannon
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08:30 - At least two Orcas heading north from San Juan County Park. Maybe a mother and young. -Emma Parkinson
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Sat, Oct 9 - Central Puget Sound (T123s) - 17:04 - [orcas] Just south of the Vashon/Fauntleroy ferry lanes. NB. Deep dives, 17.04, watching from Lincoln Park. -Brigitte van Hövell
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16:09 - [orcas] Very close to the east side of channel, steady northbound travel. Seem to have turned more westerly with long downtimes. [viewing from Three Tree Point area, orcas "much past" there] -Christina Van Wolbeck Fenerty
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15:59 - NB, 3 orcas passing in Burien side of Three Tree yellow buoy.
15:43 - NB, heading to Vashon, mid channel. Tug boat passing them.
15:36 - Looks like 3 orcas. One male. Same spot mid-way through Maury, possibly feeding as fin direction changes. No boats nearby now.
15:21 - 1 orca spotted mid channel. No direction near middle of Maury Island. Seen from south side of Three Tree Point. Small fishing boat with single man nearby. -Sandhya Ballal
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14:28 - Orcas passed Point Robinson heading north at 2:28pm. -Kelly Burns Keenan
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13:23 - They stopped to eat a meal and now they are on the move again northeast-bound off the south end of Maury Island. Viewing from MV Saratoga, Puget Sound Express. They passed right by a big elephant seal right before they caught something else.
12:50 - The T123 pod is northeast-bound from the south end of Vashon isl. See my map [near Quartermaster Harbor]. -Bart Rulon, Naturalist, PSE
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12:44 - Directly off of the lighthouse. 1 male, 3 small whales. Northbound towards the Maury Island lighthouse.
12:37 - Viewing just west of Vashon ferry line. Orcas mid channel off Ruston Way. Heading towards the Brown Point Lighthouse. -Carina Raddatz
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Sat, Oct 9 - Central to South Puget Sound (T137s) - 18:34 - We saw a pod of 5 orcas, 6:34 pm last night [10/9], by buoy between Anderson and Fox Islands. My wife and I watched them till dark with Binoculars. They seemed to be hunting in main channel. They leaped out of water several times. Our view point was up high on east side of sound close to Steilacoom. -Nathan Edwards
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18:40 - Have been milling around channel marker, some splashes, one breach and a spy hop...
18:21 - [orcas] They have arrived in Steilacoom. Still heading south. Now south of channel marker between Fox and McNeil Islands. -Jennifer Tebaldi
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18:15 - [orcas] Just past Fox Island still heading south. -Lora Lori Hope Whiting
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17:55 - [orcas] Southbound off Day Island, but then lost them. -Debbie Bingham
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17:36 - [orcas] Directly under the Narrows Bridge! 1 male, 3 female. (They were closer to Tacoma side.) -Mykayla Kelley
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17:27 - [orcas] Mid. Channel. Southbound. Just passing Salmon Beach. 5:27. -Stace Gordon
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17:15 - Passing by Pt. Defiance heading towards the Narrows Bridge. -Ryan Webster
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16:55 - [orcas] Spotted in the channel at the mouth of Gig Harbor. -Liz Adamack
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17:45 - Passed under Tacoma Narrows Bridge, steady pace trending south 5:45. They were closer to Tacoma side of channel.
16:45 - The 4 that passed Sunrise Beach at 4:45 were mid channel but possibly trending toward the Narrows. -Jessica Richter
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16:45 - [orcas] They are passing Sunrise Beach heading south. It was my first time seeing them! -Michelle McPhetridge
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16:24 - They are past point Richmond still southbound on Gig Harbor side. -Kourtnee Marr Lindgren
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15:30 - T137s passed Lisabuela Beach, Kitsap side, grouped up in travel mode southbound. -Marla Smith
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15:15 - [orcas] 4 southbound Olalla, 3:15, one male. -Robyn Dally
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15:05 - 2, maybe 3 (large male) passed Olalla/Anderson Point in Colvos Passage, southbound. Good pace. -Amanda Herberger
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15:04 - We found the T137s southbound in Colvos Passage. -Bart Rulon, Naturalist, PSE
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14:19 - Orca whales traveling south through Colvos at Driftwood Cove, south of Southworth Ferry. Kitsap side. Group spread out. 2:19. -Kristi King
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13:56 - Orcas sighted southbound from Southworth toward Olalla. -Jennifer Altschuler
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09:15 - Orcas quickly moving southbound west of midchannel passing Shilshole. -Sue Larkin
[T137A ID'd by Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network, from Sue's photo]
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09:01 - Found them, heading south fast mid-channel just north of Shilshole.
08:06 - Good morning from the San Juan Clipper! We are looking for a group of 4 orcas southbound from Presidents Point [Kingston] at 8:06. Reported by the Victoria boat. -Stephanie Raymond
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BELUGA WHALE - Sat, Oct 9 - Commencement Bay - At 16:02 Christie Galinat called to report seeing the Beluga at ~15:50. She saw the Beluga between Tacoma waterfront and Vashon Island heading southbound, middle of the Sound. Surfacing normally, boat went by and haven't seen since. Asked about boats: Only 1-2 in vicinity transiting and didn't even know whale was there.
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15:32 - Seeing Beluga out in Commencement Bay, 3:32, heading west from Browns Point Lighthouse. -Cherie StOurs
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15:32 - [beluga] Viewing it now. Just off Browns Point Lighthouse. -Larry Dubay
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15:40 - From Northern Fish Co., he is crossing Quartermaster Harbor. Pretty far out. 3:40.
15:31 - [beluga] We can see him from Northern Fish Co. He is heading out of the bay looks like. Almost straight out from les Davis between les Davis and brown point mid bay.
15:28 - He's straight out from Northern Fish right now, 3:28. -Jenna Iams
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14:35 - Just FYI, we spotted the Beluga deep in Commencement Bay just now, 2:35pm, eastbound from my map. -Bart Rulon
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14:36 - We're leaving it right in front of the paper mill now.
14:27 - CX and STG are on scene with the beluga in Commencement Bay! He's heading deeper into the bay. 8-10 breaths in a row followed by a 4-minute sounding dive. -Justine Buckmaster, Naturalist, Puget Sound Express
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14:24 - He [beluga] was about seven hundred yards from shore about a half mile north from the naval ships. -Yedidyah Kent
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14:20 - Beluga deep in Commencement Bay at 2:19 pm. -Kourtnee Marr Lindgren
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14:48 - He's near Foss waterway now.
14:26 - He's just hanging out about 700 yards from shore, just north of the navy ships in Commencement Bay.
13:49 - I Just spotted the beluga! He's in Commencement Bay right now heading towards the naval ships that are docked. Viewing from the N. 38th St. Overlook on the Ruston side of the bay. I reported it. He stood out because he's so white! He is also fast so it's tough to get a good photo of. We reported the sighting immediately to the fish and wildlife and other agencies. Then we watched him for over 45 minutes. At first he was going toward dash point but then turned and started heading towards the navy ships that are docked.
At 13:40 Chelsea Kent called to report seeing the Beluga whale multiple times in Commencement Bay at 1:40pm, Saturday, October 9th. Beluga is swimming from Ruston Way side northbound about 1 mile north of two military ships. There are a bunch of boats. -Chelsey Kent
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Sat, Oct 9 - Tacoma Narrows - 10:40 - At 10:45 Orca Network received a call from Valerie Czy?ewski reporting the Beluga today, 10/9, at 10:40. Whale was heading southbound under Tacoma Narrows bridge, mid-channel. We asked level of confidence, and she said certain; and about possibility of Steller sea lion, she said no, whale was bright white. She's lived here her entire life and never seen anything like this. Whale was bright white, traveling slowly with regular surfacing and diving, could see body of a whale and could see entire time it was underwater.
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HUMPBACK WHALES - Sat, Oct 9 - Strait of Juan de Fuca - What a fluking awesome day out west of Sooke! Was able to capture 20 Fluke Id's out of the 40+Humpback Whales in the area....WOW! -Paul Pudwell, Sooke Coastal Explorations
["Wow, we had Manta on Monday in the upper Gulf Islands! Manta was hanging out with BCX1207 Twinning and BCZ0342 on our encounter. It's always amazing how far they can travel in a short amount of time." -Ashley Keegan]
photo - MMZ0030 (Spindrift) ID: Alethea Leddy
photo - BCZ0214 ID: A. Leddy
photo - BCY0521 Phantom ID: A. Leddy
photo - BCZ0068 Summit ID: A. Leddy
photo - BCZ0155 (Manta) ID: Ashley Keegan

October 8

BIGG'S TRANSIENT ORCAS - Fri, Oct 8 - South Puget Sound (T123s) - 17:50 - 4 Orcas in Carr Inlet, south of Horsehead Bay. Swimming around, feeding. Breached once. Mostly headed south, but stop to circle, feed. -Sarah Richey Guenther
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17:02 - [orcas] Heading north up Carr Inlet into Henderson. Almost to Green Point. -Lance Loyd
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15:29 - [orcas] Southeast of McNeil Island, closer to the island side, viewing from Chambers Bay golf course, appears to be possibly 3. Mostly milling, very slowly SB. -Rietta Rain
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15:35 - Seem to be stalled out around boats and channel marker between McNeil and Fox Islands. Saw one spy hop.
15:14 - [orcas] Just came into sight at channel marker between Fox, McNeil, and Chambers Bay. -Jennifer Tebaldi
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15:11 - Orcas off Chambers Bay mid channel. -Sharon Predoehl
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~15:00 - From the Fox Island Fishing Pier today around 3 pm. Not the best quality photo, was heavily cropped and zoomed. -Jami Cantrell
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Went past the fishing pier on Fox Island. …happy to see them! In my 59 years living here, it was my first!!! -DeeDee Emmett
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Fun to see going under Narrows! 14:40. -Noelle Morris
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14:34 - [orcas] Viewing from Titlow Beach at 2:34. Just south of the Narrows bridge. -Allyson Corbo
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~14:30 - [orcas] From Titlow. Under the Narrows and along Pt. Fosdick. -Stacey Crofoot
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14:30 - Taken from Titlow Beach. -Cherie StOurs
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14:52 - Coming into view from Chambers Bay. Southbound from north end of Fox Island.
14:26 - [orcas] Just passed under Narrows Bridge, mid channel. -Ed Rickert
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14:45 - The location where we left the T123 pod, southbound still, after likely catching a meal [NW of Titlow, west side of channel].
14:30 - They crossed under the bridge, southbound still.
14:21 - T123 pod southbound in the Narrows approaching the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. Viewing from MV Saratoga, Puget Sound Express. -Bart Rulon, Naturalist, PSE
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14:15 - Just spotted a small pod of Orcas at Pt. Defiance heading south through the Tacoma Narrows. -Dana Miller
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14:10 - It's a male, 2 small and a baby. 4 total. -Melody Dimaggio
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~14:00 - Around 2pm Friday, we observed Orca traveling south between Fox Island and Chambers Bay Golf Course. There were two very large whales leading the way and three smaller yet large whales together following the leaders. We almost think there was a 6th smaller whale with them but they were too far away and we did not have binoculars. There were 4 boats observing the pack at significant distances. Amazing encounter. No pics. They were too far away. -Paul Fournier
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14:00 - 4 Orcas heading south from Gig Harbor area at 2pm on 10/08/21. One large male (?), 2 med., one small. They overtook a sailboat, under sail in near calm conditions, 2 of the smaller ones seem to be playing near the bow. The large one came out of the water to at least half its length--i.e., "spyhop" ... We were a channel-width apart but it still looked huge. -Carl Straub
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15:24 - Northeast corner of McNeil Island slowly southbound.
13:52 - The females and male that Randy Turner saw just cleared Pt. Defiance still southbound into Narrows. -Jason Cooke
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Saw these guys in Dalco Passage headed south yesterday, Oct. 8. Is that a little fin in front of the bigger fin? -Julie St John ["This is matriarch T123 herself and yes that is a smaller fin, could be T123D (3-year-old)." -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network]
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13:45 - I've seen three females and one male pass Vashon. Seem to be heading south around the point. Also 13 seals hanging out at Vashon dock. -Randy Turner
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13:40 - Sighting, huge dorsal fin south end of Maury Island. -Laurie Lambert
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13:39 - [orcas] Group of at least 5 off of Pt. Defiance. 1:39pm. Circling but gradually moving southbound. -Jason Cook
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13:38 - Possible two - just spotted a second smaller fin near the larger one.
13:27 - [orcas] Right between Vashon and Pt. Defiance. Single. -Shannon Joosten Schlecht
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15:07 - Have passed Fox Island fishing Pier southbound. Didn't see them here but folks said they were more on the Tacoma side.
14:36 - Have passed Narrows Beach Southbound, mid channel, off Titlow now.
14:07 - Have been milling between Gig Harbor & Narrows Viewpoint but seem to be moving south now, more towards Gig Harbor side now.
13:59 - Adult male entering the Narrows, passing Gig Harbor Viewpoint now.
13:47 - Approximate location, Westbound again, at least 3 individuals. [per map: west of ferry lanes, mid channel]
13:39 - Off Dalco Passage viewpoint milling mid channel, looks like on a kill.
13:12 - Approx location, westbound. [map indicates east of Tahlequah ferry terminal.
13:08 - Adult male just crossed Quartermaster & is close to Vashon shore heading towards ferry terminal. P.S. his Dorsal is HUGE.
12:57 - They are approaching the big ship moored off Quartermaster Harbor. Long dive times & moving quick. Numbers unknown.
12:47 - From N. Steven's St. can see one adult male rounding the SE corner of Maury Island heading towards Quartermaster Harbor, close to shore. -Melissa Bird
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11:33 - Amy Carey, Sound Action, relayed a report from Melissa Mallot, Citizens for a Healthy Bay, who observed one female and one male orca rounding Point Robinson, Vashon, heading southbound.
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Fri, Oct 8 - North Puget Sound (T137s) - 17:40 - Northbound Camano side off Rockaway Beach. -Rachel Haight
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15.45 - T137A and sibling passed close to Fox Spit, northbound. Have not seen rest of group.
14:59 - They continued on past Langley at a steady pace. Mid channelish toward Camano. Still loosely grouped.
14.15 - T137s have rounded Sandy Point and are now northbound in Saratoga Passage. Not closely grouped up but not that far apart either.
---- Happy birthday to my grandson from the T137s today, cutting through the glassy waters of Saratoga Passage after bypassing Brighton Beach and Sandy Point. The orcas were initially tightly grouped after leaving the Clinton/Mukilteo ferry lanes as they edged closer to Whidbey, but had split apart as T137A (Jack) sneaked around Sandy Point with the others more mid-channel doing their own thing. Well, that's what whales should be doing, isn't it? After passing Langley northbound at a fairly steady pace, the whales zig-zagged about for a while off Bell's Beach before T137A and sibling T137D suddenly surfaced close to Fox Spit, their exhalations like bellows, loud and clear. As always, such a welcome treat to see this fabulous family nearby on such a beautiful fall day. -Sandra Pollard
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13:26 - [orcas] Family in a tight group in slow travel mode just past north ferry flip where Tokitae is docked. It's absolutely beautiful seeing them surface and exhale in such a tight group in placid waters and soft light. -Debbie Stewart
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13:24 - [orcas] Super close in to Whidbey, just passing the Clinton ferry dock now. -Danielle Pennington
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13:20 - Kathleen Handran called to report at least 3 orcas north of Mukilteo in between Hat Island and mainland heading north. She is viewing from Clinton. Boats have stopped to let them pass.
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13:18 - [orcas] North of the Clinton ferry landing, Whidbey side. -Tamara Kelley-Woods
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Cascadia Region Whale Sighting
Orca Sighting:
Sighting Time: Fri Oct 8 @ 12:52:52 PDT
Sighting Device Location (Lat/Lon): 47.94572,-122.31382
Sighting User Reported Location (Lat/Lon): 47.94572,-122.31382 [Mukilteo]
Number Sighted: 3
Reported Animal Status: Live
Submitted Comments:
Report Generated: Fri Oct 8 13:01:00 PDT 2021
Submitter Name: Dawn Perry
Whale Alert App
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12:38 - [orcas] They are still heading north and almost to Mukilteo Lighthouse Park. Mid Channel when they passed my house. I saw 3. One large one and two smaller ones. -Jodi Krause Poissant
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13:30 - Mid Brighton Beach, close to Whidbey side, northbound.
12:25 - [orcas] Viewing from Glendale Beach, straight out and on Mukilteo side of mid channel, NB. -Marilyn Armbruster b.o.c. photo - "Taken at 14:18 at tip of Sandy Point just entering Saratoga Passage, NB" -photo - "rounding Sandy Point spit."
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12:00 - [orcas] North towards the Clinton/Muk ferry. Passing me in Chennault Beach now. 12:00 long down times. 11:48 - [orcas] Spotted just southeast of Possession Point. 11:48. Heading north. -Alice Thuy Talbot
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11:30 - We are transiting south through Possession Sound and off the southern tip of Whidbey Island we saw 3 small orcas and one large one. -Merle and George Silverman
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15:42 - A pair of otters fought off Jack and his Mom and won, near Bells Beach.
14:05 - Approaching Sandy Point close to shore, still northbound.
13:06 - Crossed over towards Clinton dock.
1249 - Passing Mukilteo beach, still NE.
11:23 - Northbound in Saratoga Passage [Possession Sound] mid channel between south Whidbey and Picnic Point, Edmonds.
11:06 - Still in Possession, back and forth killing things, lol! Split up quite a bit. No direction at this time.
09:57 - T137s on kill mid channel between Eglon and Edmonds on Possession Bar. -Janine Harles
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~08:42 - At least one orca north of Kingston at this time. Headed north. Seeing it from Edmonds. -Josh Adams
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BELUGA WHALE - Fri, Oct 8 - Commencement Bay - At 10:15 we received call from Emma LeValley, instructor aboard Schooner Adventuress. They are with a group of UW students doing studies and have just encountered the beluga on the south side of Commencement Bay, west of the grain loading terminal. Whale is swimming back and forth in the bay, last seen heading south. Schooner Adventuress coordinates at time of call: 47' 17.3845 N, 122'26.5095 W
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At 10:14 Ellen called; she is aboard the Schooner Adventuress. Wants to report sighting, not sure what it is…Lat 47'17.14/122'26.27. Animal we are seeing is white so we are wondering if it is the beluga whale. Have seen it's back come up, hard to ID. Very exciting!
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HUMPBACK WHALES - Fri, Oct 8 - Haro Strait - 13:51 - There is now a HB (maybe two?) on the Canada side of Haro heading north (soon to be Westside of Henry). -M Elise Cannon
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10:45 - One humpback off San Juan County Park, 10:45am. Breaching water quickly every few minutes quite a ways out. 228 degrees SW. Seems to be heading north. -Emma Parkinson
["Zephyr and calf" (near Mitchell Bay) -April Ryan]

October 7

BIGG'S TRANSIENT ORCAS - Thu, Oct 7 - North to Central Puget Sound (T123s, T137s) - 18:23 - From Lowman Beach, just saw a couple of blows far across the water in front of Restoration Pt. Too far to confirm direction, but my sense is SB. - 18:03 - [orcas] Report from friend on ferry: Skipper cut engines, called out a pod. From the blowing, seemed like a good-sized group, at least 1/2 dozen. Headed SW just off Alki. Trileigh Tucker
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18:04 - [orcas] Just saw 3 blowing way out by the bottom edge of Bainbridge; viewing from Alki. Heading south close to the Bainbridge side. -Misti Pinter
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17:34 - [orcas] We see them mid channel from Seattle. They're near a sailboat. Viewing from Old Stove Brewing. -Lauren McManus
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17:13 - Milling mid channel still. Lots of tail slapping, 1 full breach. Viewing directly west from Starla Drum View Bench.
16:46 - 3 individuals (1 large male) traveling south mid channel. Viewing from Elliott Bay Marina. -Ellie Mondloch
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16:20 - Just saw 3-4 orcas west side of Puget Sound off Skiff Point/Point Monroe headed south. -Kristin Peterson
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13:59 - T123s are following, north of point no point still, headed south. -Trevor Tillman, PSE
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~13:00 - …saw T137 and T123 (separately) at Point No Point I believe around 1pm. -Amy Watson
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11:30 - [orcas] Off the middle of Mutiny Bay in the northbound traffic land traveling slowly towards Point no Point. -Christopher Hanke, Puget Sound Express
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10:38 - [orcas] The pod is a mile south of Bush Point, Whidbey side, continuing southbound. -Howard Garrett, Orca Network
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10:25 - [orcas] Whales off Bush Point, at least 3. Right off the point heading southbound. -Camille Hartley
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09:20 - Small pod of orca, directly off Lagoon Point heading south now, out toward mid channel. One large male, 3 smaller orca sighted, not sure if there was more. -Shelley Schwinn
[T137A ID'd from Shelley's back-of-camera photo. -gs]
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UNIDENTIFIED ORCAS - Thu, Oct 7 - Neah Bay - 18:49 - Currently on board the Celebrity cruises ship Millennium, enroute to Seattle, just observed approximately 5 Orcas about 1000' to our south, one group of 2-3 individuals and another group of 2 individuals at these coordinates: 48.401372,-124.678758. Follow-up: I believe they were moving south, south/west. -Miles M.
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BELUGA WHALE - Thu, Oct 7 - Commencement Bay - ~18:00 - At 19:25 Will Anderson called Orca Network to report encountering the Beluga whale in Commencement Bay at ~18:00. The Beluga was between Chinese Reconciliation Park and Thea Foss waterway about 100 meters from the bow of the two naval ships anchored in the bay. Beluga was going back and forth several times. At last sighting the whale was heading away from Thea Foss waterway in NW direction. Video proof of presence by Charles Gosk
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11:00-11:30 - At 21:37 Brad Bennett called Orca Network to report a hearing encounter with the beluga, or so he believes. He did not see the beluga, but today October 7 at 11-11:30 heard something. He was sitting in his boat w/engine for about an hour, when he heard high pitched squeaks, it didn't register at first since sound was above water, but when he came back later and saw the research boats and helicopter in Commencement Bay with the beluga, he does believe that is who he heard.
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12:15 - At 12:45 Janae Dinkins called Orca Network to report seeing the Beluga at 12:15 today (Oct 7) along the Tacoma waterfront, directly out from 2100 block Ruston Way (approx. between Jack Hyde Park and Silver Cloud Inn). Whale was in Commencement Bay along Ruston way heading Northwest toward Point Defiance, ~ 100 yards from shore. Whale surfaced a couple of times and then went under, they then lost track. Viewing from office on shore. NO Photos or ID. They've also contacted NOAA.
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10:30 - Robert Kerr called Orca Network at 12:30 to report his 10:30 Beluga sighting. He's moored in the marina and was out salmon fishing in Commencement Bay when he saw a white thing a couple hundred yards away which he thought might the Beluga. The whale came up about 3-4 times, first time he could see about 4 feet of the whales back, and another time could see about 6 feet of whale's back, whale was snow white, definitely beluga. He then thought to try for phone photo/video while trolling 2-300 yards away, but the whale never came up again and could not find it again. Time of sighting was 10:30. Location was in Commencement, was near the 2 anchored yellow buoys. He was trolling toward the buoy right in from river; the whale was just outside the buoy to the NE of him in ~25 ft deep water. He had heard about the whale, but just this morning read Tacoma Tribune piece on the whale w/Orca Network contact info so had that information.
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~09:23 - At 09:28 Orca Network received a call from Sue Ehler (MMO for Mukilteo terminal project). Her son, Edward Ehler Port Captain for Foss, called her to report seeing the Beluga in North Commencement Bay heading towards Hylebos waterway 5 minutes prior (~09:23).
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HUMPBACK WHALES - Thu, Oct 7 - Haro Strait - 12:10 - Humpback off Westside of SJI. Just south of Mitchell Bay. Can't tell the direction it's headed. -M Elise Cannon
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Thu, Oct 7 - Strait of Juan de Fuca
Cascadia Region Whale Sighting
Humpback Sighting:
Sighting Time: Thu Oct 7 @ 10:40:00 PDT
Sighting Device Location (Lat/Lon): 48.29901,-124.24654
Sighting User Reported Location (Lat/Lon): 48.29901,-124.24654 [N of Slip Point/Clallam Bay]
Number Sighted: 6
Reported Animal Status:
Submitted Comments: ocnms2021
Report Generated: Thu Oct 7 10:49:06 PDT 2021
Submitter Name: Marshall Stein
Whale Alert App

October 6

BIGG'S/TRANSIENT ORCAS - Wed, Oct 6 - Anacortes - 11:54 - Saw them surface once and then lost 'em. No direction. Sorry.
~11:00 - Reliable friend reported seeing 3-4 Orcas from Skyline Marina in Anacortes. 100' from shore. -Kimberly Sylvester
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HUMPBACK WHALES - Wed, Oct 6 - Strait of Georgia - Humpbacks Feeding off Singing Sands today. -Ella Smiley, Comox Valley Wildlife Sightings
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Wed, Oct 6 - Strait of Georgia/Gulf Islands Sighting Time: Wed Oct 6 13:23 PDT Sighting User Reported Location (Lat/Lon): 49.11832,-123.63617 [NE Valdes Island] Number Sighted: 2 Reported Animal Status: Humpbacks Submitted Comments: travelling south Submitter Name: Robert Davis - Whale Alert App
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Wed, Oct 6 - San Juan Islands - 08:40 - Humpback crossing San Juan Channel toward SJI near Turn Island. From Ferry at 08:40. -Nan Yates Simpson

October 5

BIGG'S/TRANSIENT ORCAS - Tue, Oct 5 - B.C. Gulf Islands - 17:30 - Tuesday October 5th at 5:30 PM a group of 4 orcas was seen heading south out of Ganges Harbour. The group appeared to include two adult males with prominent dorsal fins, as well as one quite small (young?) orca. -Peter Reiner, Salt Spring Island
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Tue, Oct 5 - San Juan Islands - 10:37 - Can only confirm 1 orca. It breached, saw the white eyespot and later the much larger, curved dorsal fin, as opposed to the low, flat dorsal fin of the humpback
10:30 - 2 humpbacks and orca breaching in San Juan Channel, headed north, approaching Yellow Island. (actually 3 humpbacks!) -Cathleen Burns
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Tue, Oct 5 - Haro Strait - 09:05 - They are now approaching Open Bay, about 1 mile out from SJI. At least one male - moving slowly. I saw 3. But they were also down a lot. [Monika Wieland Shields, OBI, thinks Bigg's from photo by M Elise Cannon.] -M Elise Cannon
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07:15 - 3 orcas, spread out traveling northbound, 1 mile south of Landbank Westside Preserve. They surfaced 3-4 times and it was still pretty dark. I waited for some time but these were the only 3 I saw. I'm assuming Bigg's Transients. -Michelline Halliday, SJI
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UNIDENTIFIED ORCAS - Tue, Oct 5 - San Juan Islands - 12:00 - Multiple orcas in Rosario Strait heading east. Spotted from Washington Park. Too far out to identify. Follow-up: 3-4, one had a visibly smaller dorsal fin than the others…we lost sight as they went further that way [toward Anacortes ferry terminal] but we did not see them return SW. -Chloe Cason
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BELUGA WHALE - Tue, Oct 5 - Central Puget Sound - 11:30 - This BELUGA whale was swimming around the shipyard in Bremerton at 11:30 this morning. -Becky Smith
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Me and 2 other coworkers saw this BELUGA whale earlier today at 9:30ish AM. At Puget sound naval shipyard. -Daniel Hattis
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~09:30 - Attached is a photo I received last night of the beluga whale when it was spotted in between Piers C & B at Bremerton yesterday (10/5/2021) morning (~0930). First sighting to the tower was reported by a small craft boat off the Nimitz. The tower is currently notified of the importance of real time reporting of this animal, and will call me directly/immediately if any more sightings are called in. -Julia Stockton, Temporary Bremerton Environmental Supervisor, Biologist/Game Warden, Naval Base Kitsap - Bremerton, Certified Natural Resources Professional --E via K. Wilkinson, NOAA NMFSC
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HUMPBACK WHALES - Tue, Oct 5 - San Juan Islands - 10:37 - Can only confirm 1 orca. It breached, saw the white eyespot and later the much larger, curved dorsal fin, as opposed to the low, flat dorsal fin of the humpback.
10:30 - 2 humpbacks and orca breaching in San Juan Channel, headed north, approaching Yellow Island. (actually 3 humpbacks!) -Cathleen Burns
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Tue, Oct 5 - Haro Strait - 16:08 - Humpback. Lime Kiln. Northbound. -Erika Hansen
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UNIDENTIFIED SPECIES - Tue, Oct 5 - Central Puget Sound/Alki - ~18:00 - [unconfirmed beluga] Saw it yesterday off of Alki in front of my house at around 6 pm. It was seen by others and it was heading towards Jack Block Park. it was Tuesday evening around sunset. I live on 1300 block of Alki. It was heading towards Seattle. I typically sit on my balcony at sunset. And noticed a different kind of movement. -Denise Kintz

October 4

SOUTHERN RESIDENT ORCAS - Mon, Oct 4 - Haro Strait (J pod) - 10:49-14:31 - Center for Whale Research Encounter #81: "… We headed south and found J38 off the County Park and then J19 off Bellevue Point. The whales stalled out about a quarter mile north of Lime Kiln State Park. For the next half hour there seemed to be a lot of foraging going on between the old lime kiln and the County Park as we sat about three quarters of a mile northwest of Lime Kiln. A few spread out whales passed us heading south but they didn't head south of Lime Kiln yet. One of these was pregnant J36 who was at the top of the list of whales we wanted to see in case she had had her calf. She did not have a calf yet but we are hopeful we will see her with it sometime this Fall. A few of the whales that had passed us to the south milled their way back north of us again as they foraged. J53 chased and caught a salmon near us. Around 1345, the whales finally committed to heading south and began making their way down the west side. …" [See CWR Encounter #81 https://www.whaleresearch.com/2021-81 for full summary and more photos]
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Mon, Oct 4 - Haro Strait (J pod) - 16:10 - [J pod] Hearing some faint EL clicks on the Lime Kiln hydrophone. -Fred Horn photo - "at Lime Kiln, a Humpback fluke and a Resident Orca!
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J-Pod went north on the evening of September 30, and must have been up in the Strait of Georgia since then, as this morning they were picked up heading southwest down Boundary Pass. Today we got to spend some time with this cutie, J57 Phoenix. He is an absolute ham, and we love him for it. -Monika Wieland Shields, Orca Behavior Institute
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17:45 - Far to the south I could see 3 - 4 orcas NB. They swung out southwest away from the island. They were followed by a small boat with 3-4 photographers. There wasn't a research flag or Whale Warning flag flying. The boat followed them until it was a small dot in the distance. Photographed from shore, cropped and enlarged.
14:05-18:00 - J-pod traveling generally southbound 1 mile south of Landbank Westside Preserve, 1/3 mile to 3 miles from shore. They were spread out and changed direction many times, back and forth, in and out; some continuing and some staying in the general area. J56 Tofino and J57 Phoenix were traveling together some distance from their Moms. J31 Tsuchi was ahead and J35 Tahlequah behind them. The calves circled and dove and splashed and breached together! They were having the best of time playing. They decided to change direction and head back north but J31 was quick to notice and she immediately turned back to catch up with them. Meeting up with J35, the moms gathered their playful calves and the 4 of them continued south again. Into the evening, at sunset, traveling solo J27 Blackberry, J38 Cookie and later J26 Mike slowly swam back and forth before everyone headed south. Michelline Halliday, SJI
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13:19 - At 13:29 Crystal Fisher emailed: Hi listening to the online Lime Kiln park hydrophone and I hear some activity…October 4th starting listening at 1:19pm.
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~12:30 - [J pod] We saw them milling just off county park about 12.30pm. -James Richardson
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BELUGA WHALE - Mon, Oct 4 - Central Puget Sound - 17:15-17:30 - Today off a barge parked near Heko Services between Salty's and the Jack Block pier. Was just sent these pictures of what looks like the beluga. This was in Elliott Bay this evening!! My friend's friends were kayaking and saw it. -Kersti Muul - photos by Shannon Felix
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HUMPBACK WHALES - Mon, Oct 4 - Haro Strait - 16:22-16:33 - 2 humpbacks, northbound, 1 mile south of Landbank Westside Preserve, 500 yds from shore. One was smaller, so I am assuming a mom and her calf. The calf was also lighter and a different color; a warm grey. The pair stayed very close together, their dives perfectly timed. As they approached Edwards Point, they lifted their flukes together. Their close connection was beautiful to watch. Photographed from shore.
14:00-14:15 - 2 humpbacks northbound, 1 mile south of Landbank Westside Preserve, 600-700 yds from shore. The pair crossed the path of J-Pod who were very spread out traveling south. The humpbacks dove and stayed submerged until past the leading male. I don't know if that was coincidence or planned. -Michelline Halliday, SJI
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10:37 - Two humpbacks just rounded Kellett Bluff headed north. -M Elise Cannon
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Mon, Oct 4 - Puget Sound/South Whidbey - Spent the evening on Possession Bar with Two Spot the Humpback whale! -Janine Harles

October 3

BELUGA WHALE - Sun, Oct 3 - Point Defiance - 12:00 - We saw this guy in Commencement Bay, Tacoma, Washington. Any ideas? Looks like a Beluga whale to me. Location: Around LAT 47.287264 LONG -122.426447. [beluga confirmed by multiple researchers from Jason's video] https://www.facebook.com/OrcaNetwork/videos/229185192523265 -Jason Rogers
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09:00 - We saw what looked like an albino dolphin or small whale on Sunday in front of Point Defiance while we were fishing. Didn't get a pic or video of it but it was completely white. I fish out there every day and have never seen anything like it before. Any idea what it might have been? My buddy thinks it was a beluga but I can't imagine they would be this far south. [beluga in Commencement Bay on 10-3 confirmed by multiple researchers from video by Jason Rogers sent to Orca Network] follow-up - There was a grain ship anchored off the slag pile and it was just north of that. Mid-morning around 9am probably. [Gabe's map indicates location out from the Tacoma Yacht Club] [Gabe's sighting is not photo/video confirmed] -Gabe Miller
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From Dyanna Lambourn via email: "Keith Gidball and his daughter saw the beluga between Point Gibson, Fox Island and Toliva Shoal buoy around noon on Sunday. He said they meet to leave to go out at 1030 at Chamber bay so it might have been a little earlier then noon.
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Sun, Oct 3 - South Puget Sound - Did anyone spot a beluga in the sound in the south end of Fox Island on Sunday?? I couldn't for the life of me figure out what I was seeing. I saw a bulbous figure come up and back down quickly, similar to seal feeding behavior. What confused me was the coloring. It was very light in color, almost a peachy/blonde hue. Too light in coloring to be a sea lion and too big to be a seal. -Dannyn Kaczmarek-Dybdahl
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HUMPBACK WHALES - Sun, Oct 3 - Haro Strait - 18:59 - Probably humpback calls (and whistles?!) on the Orcasound Lab hydrophone (5 km north of Lime Kiln). Here's the single detection that fooled the OrcaHello AI into thinking SRKW's were present... https://aifororcas.azurewebsites.net/detections/detection/709c8675-1aba-44c4-9c0e-354276298018?fbclid=IwAR3TTAJYi-6Bj67rGB-0wdrbxxrwyzAArE-SXgBMsuj9e8Fzu9y6vc1Hubc -Scott Veirs, Orcasound
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15:17 - [HB] Now at Eagle Point. -Chris Wilson
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14:25 - Not sure if they're the same humpbacks, but there are two approaching the west side of San Juan again from offshore, nearing False Bay or Pile Point. -Monika Wieland Shields, Orca Behavior Institute
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~14:00 - Saw two humpbacks off the shore at Lime Kiln State Park about 2pm today. -Jacqui Chan
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11:34 - [HB] Closer to Salmon Bank about an hour ago. -Pete Ancich
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08:03-08:10 - 2 humpbacks southbound 1 mile south of Landbank, Westside Preserve. The pair was beautiful in the early morning light, surfacing often and traveling close together, 300-400 yards from shore drawing closer in as they moved south. The trailing humpback had a small notch in the top edge of the dorsal fin and showed his/her fluke 3 times. Photographed from shore. -Michelline Halliday, SJI
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07:35 - Two humpback moving down island toward Lime Kiln from Bellevue Pt., near shore. -Laurie O'Donnell
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UNIDENTIFIED SPECIES - Sun, Oct 3 - South Puget Sound - ~12:30 - I am a frequent Hale Passage kayaker. My partner and I sit out in the mouth of Wollochet area for long periods of time because we love the blackfin porpoise. On Sunday around 1230pm I looked east between Pt. Fosdick and Fox Pt. and saw 4-6 large blackish fins. Moving south. Then at least 2 headed to Zees Reef area. Not porpoise. I was too far away to positively identify them. They were big and not blackfin shaped. I can spot blackfin porpoise from a long distance on a good day. I think orca, but not positive. -lawest17

October 2

BIGG'S/TRANSIENT ORCAS - Fri and Sat, Oct 1 and 2 - NW Strait of Georgia (T37As, T49A1 & T49A2, T100s, T123s) An amazing two days with the T100s and T037As yesterday. And today they met up with the T123s and T049A1 and T049A2, we think they were finishing off a sealion kill this morning when we arrived on scene. -Nick Templeman
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HUMPBACK WHALES - Sat, Oct 2 - B.C. Gulf Islands - Raccoon (BCX1233) the humpback whale was feeling energetic this evening as she made her way south in Swanson Channel. -Maya's Legacy Whale Watching - photo & ID by Sara Hysong-Shimazu
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Sat, Oct 2 - Haro Strait - 09:51 - Single Humpback, slowly NB about a mile offshore from [San Juan] County Park. -April Ryan
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Sat, Oct 2 - Strait of Juan de Fuca - October has arrived and now we have 40+ Humpbacks South West of Sooke! -Paul Pudwell, Sooke Coastal Explorations
photo - MMY0080 Hemlock ID: Alethea Leddy, photo - MMY0102 ID: Alethea, photo - MMY0102 ID: Alethea
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Sat, Oct 2 - North Puget Sound - 16:00 - Our beloved humpback whale Two Spot is back! We spotted him at Possession Bank as we were coming in from our trip on MV Saratoga! -Bart Rulon, Puget Sound Express
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UNCONFIRMED BELUGA - Sat, Oct 2 - South Puget Sound - We saw it [beluga] Saturday in Chambers Bay. 80% confident. Heading south toward Steilacoom. [unconfirmed] -Lynne Dickson
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Sun, Sept 26; Tue, Sept 28; & Sat, Oct 2 - Admiralty Inlet Tara Klein follow-up: Oct 2: I am less certain about the first sighting, but on the 28th and today [Oct 2], I saw what appeared to be the dorsal or tail fins, and the curved, black, backs of what I believed to be orcas. I suppose they could have been dolphins, but they appeared to be very dark black, and I'm not sure I would have been able to spot creatures as small as dolphins from this distance. I can't possibly be sure that what I saw were orcas; even with a high-power spotting scope, the distance is such that I was unable to see much detail. However, they were very black, and the length of the backs as they broke the surface seemed inconsistent with smaller marine mammals. I just want to know what I spotted (and I now believe they MUST have been smaller cetaceans. What I DON'T want is to misreport, as this does nobody any good and can actually cause harm.
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Oct 2: - 18:11 - Within the last 5 minutes, I watched what had to be a marine mammal swimming south. I called my husband to come and see it and he saw the same thing that I did…a black back and fin or tail.
~11:50-12:05 - I spotted at least 3 orcas swimming south around the same area in which I had spotted the others I reported. I think there were more, but my field of vision is relatively small, so I only count those whose dorsal fins I've seen above the water at the same time. Amazing! -Tara Klein

October 1

BIGG'S/TRANSIENT ORCAS - Sat, Oct 2 - Hood Canal - ~15:55 - I'm pretty sure I saw at least two orca fins off the south end of the Hood Canal Bridge. Follow-up: I was driving as a passenger across the bridge and saw what looked like at least two orca fins. If they were orcas, I saw one that would have to be a bull. They were too tall to be any other marine animal. They were large and black, there was a little movement and I saw a flash of white at one point, but there was not as much movement as I would expect. They definitely were not traveling in any particular direction. I could not turn around and drive across the bridge again to confirm what I saw, but I was able to look at it for several seconds before we got out of sight. I posted here as soon as we got off the bridge. -Emily Calkins
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BIGG'S/TRANSIENT ORCAS - Fri, Oct 1 - Strait of Georgia - 10:58 - Small group of orcas heading north between Vancouver Island and Savary Island. -Patti Perepeluk
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Fri, Oct 1 - Haro Strait (T41s, T69s, T137s) - 17:20 - Looks like they've continued north on the Canadian side of Haro.
16:10 - A group of a dozen or so Bigg's killer whales mid-Haro aiming NE towards San Juan. ["T137s, T41s, and T69s, from what I saw." -Ellie Sawyer] -Monika Wieland Shields, Orca Behavior Institute
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Fri, Oct 1 - San Juan Islands - 16:54 - [orcas] Guemes Channel, still heading toward Anacortes. Seen from the MV Chelan. -Bryn Black
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At 16:26 Maija Holston, WSF Marine Ops, emailed to report: Chelan Master reports 5 orca moving north off Shannon Point headed up towards Bellingham Channel.
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17:30 - Eastbound approaching Guemes ferry.
16:41 - Between Cypress and Guemes Islands. Still eastbound in the channel, not too far off Anacortes.. Lots of splashing. I think 4 of them. Definitely a baby out there
16:11 - [orcas] They're along the shore on the south side of Cypress. Moving East. -Melanie Holbrook
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14:30 - Group of Ts between Blakey and Cypress heading south towards the Anacortes ferry lanes. -Monika Wieland Shields, Orca Behavior Institute
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HUMPBACK WHALES - Fri, Oct 1 - San Juan Islands - [HB] They exited Cattle Pass, went to the end of Salmon Bank and then headed back towards Cattle Pass. We left them late in the afternoon just circling Salmon Bank. -John Boyd
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12:30 - One of them has been identified as Zephyr, and as of 12:30 they were continuing down San Juan Channel towards Cattle Pass.
~11:45 - Two humpbacks just south of Friday Harbor heading south, photographed from the ferry! -Monika Wieland Shields, Orca Behavior Institute
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MINKE WHALE - Fri, Oct 1 - San Juan Islands Sighting Time: Fri Oct 1, 14:40 PDT Sighting Device Location (Lat/Lon): 48.75219,-122.90206 Sighting User Reported Location (Lat/Lon): 48.75219,-122.90206 [Sucia Island] Number Sighted: 1 MINKE Report Generated: Fri Oct 1 14:48:53 PDT 2021 Submitter Name: Eric Barnes - Whale Alert App


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