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July 17

BIGG'S/TRANSIENT ORCAS - Sat, July 17 - Strait of Georgia - 21:39 - Further to the information below - there were at least seven orcas that were spread out off the south tip of Hernando Island and others appeared to be heading northeast. Last seen at 9:39 pm.
20:41 - I can see four orca headed north near Savary Island. -Patti Perepeluk
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Sat, July 17 - Strait of Juan de Fuca (T60s, minus T60D and T60E?) - Another great day off Sooke with 6+ Humpbacks and Transient/Bigg's Killer Whales (T060's) on our morning marine adventure! -Paul Pudwell, Sooke Coastal Explorations
photo - T60C ID: GS
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Sat, July 17 - North Puget Sound/Admiralty Inslet (T37As minus T37A1) - 19:24 - map for the T37As, minus A1, still southbound at the south end of Marrowstone Island. Viewing from MV Saratoga, Puget Sound Express. We are Leaving them now at the spot on my map [out from President Point, Kitsap Peninsula. -Bart Rulon, Puget Sound Express -Viz
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19:10 - T37A's are southbound mid-channel between Lagoon Point and Bush Point. 6-7 knots. -Brian McGinn, Puget Sound Express
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~17:30 - Saw about 5 orcas, 3 adults 2 babies at Fort Warden, Port Townsend. Headed to the ferry about 5:30 pm. -Nicki Brown
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HUMPBACK WHALES - Sat, July 17 - Strait of Juan de Fuca - Another great day off Sooke with 6+ Humpbacks and Transient/Bigg's Killer Whales (T060's) on our morning marine adventure! -Paul Pudwell, Sooke Coastal Explorations
photos - BCY0177's calf 2016 (Ocular) ID: GS
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Sat, July 17 - Haro Strait - 12:38 - We see two humpbacks going north in the Haro Strait. Approaching Henry Island now. About 1/2 mile offshore. -Peter Van Deventer
["Big Mama [BCY0324] and one other" -Alan Niles]
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GRAY WHALES - Sat, July 17 - Port Susan - 10:37 - Photo ID shows it is CRC2362.
09:48 - Looks like southbound on the Camano side right now by Port Susan Terrace.
09:32 - (secondhand report) There's a gray whale up in Port Susan. No photos available yet for ID purposes. -Matty Leaman
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09:15-10:31 - [gray] First reported by Country Club 3 at 9:15 it headed south about 300 yds off the shore along East Camano. Passed by Bretland at 9:52, Pirates Cove at 9:54, Tillicum Beach at 10:00 and last seen heading south off Mid Tyee Beach at 10:31. Was moving fast, surface for 3 blows then a lot of fluke on deep dives moving about 1/4 mile then repeat. Straight line and ignoring all the boats and crab pots. On a mission. -John Storbeck
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06:10-06:35 - Watched a lone Gray Whale travel into Port Susan Saturday, July 17th, from about 6:10 - 6:35 AM from the Camano side. The whale was observed from a high bluff on the east side of Camano Island travelling from south to north about 1000 yards offshore about a half mile south of Tyee Beach. Observed the whale progressively travelling over several sequences of 2-4 routine blows followed by deeper dives with at least partial fluke exposures. This whale appeared fairly dark above compared to the typical "Sounders" that we've observed over the past several years here, and with a relatively light, non-distinctive accumulation of barnacles and lice on the visible left side. The size seemed to be about typical for the Grays we've seen from here. -Don Rosie, Camano Island

July 16

BIGG'S/TRANSIENT ORCAS - Fri, July 16 - Strait of Juan de Fuca (T60s minus T60D and T60E) - …we were able to spend some quality time with Transient/Bigg's Killer Whales (T060's, T060C, F & G) east of Race Rocks. -Paul Pudwell, Sooke Coastal Explorations
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HUMPBACK WHALES - Fri, July 16 - Strait of Juan de Fuca - We had the pleasure to visit a Humpback whale a few minutes from our docks… -Paul Pudwell, Sooke Coastal Explorations
["MMY0080 Hemlock" -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network]
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Fri, July 16 - Haro Strait - ID of second whale, per Bart Rulon, is BCY267 Wilkinson. -Monika Wieland Shields, OBI
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11:38 - HB off Mitchell PT. -James Mead Maya
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11:00 - [HB] They went past County Park at about 11. - David Neiwert
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10:14 - 100-300 yards just off Lime Kiln Lighthouse, still heading north.
10:01 - 2 humpback heading north, south of Lime Kiln!! -Kate Laboda
["One of them is BCX1251 "Orion"." -Sara Hysong-Shimazu]

July 15

BIGG'S/TRANSIENT ORCAS - Thu, July 15 - San Juan Islands (T34s, T37s, T65As minus T65A5) - 20:40 - Sighting off Sunderland Rd. on Orcas [Island] traveling northbound just now. We think it was originally a group of two and then the one in the video split off to chase a seal. [video - https://twitter.com/hunterwadeyork/status/1415878891546152960?s=20] -Hunter York
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20:32 - North side of Shaw Island. Two orcas heading west. Delayed post, saw them about 30 minutes ago. Unfortunately, no pictures we captured. I only could see them for a few minutes until they rounded the coast. I believe it was two females. -Beth Rainier
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21:05 - And a fourth group popped up late, as well, off Shaw!
19:30 - A friend on the water reports that the original group of multiple matrilines split - some in San Juan Channel, some in Harney Channel, some in Eastsound!
17:30 - Fast northbound through Cattle Pass on the strong flood tide. -Monika Wieland Shields, Orca Behavior Institute
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18:30 - Milling around Turn Rock.
17:05 - Trending east about 3/4 mile off Cattle Point.
16:40 - Visible from South Beach. Trending NW towards Cattle Point. Just off the green bouy now.
16:15 - Trending N towards South Beach.
15:00 - Looks like they are taking a more north westerly track now, staying about the same distance off the west side of San Juan Island. Around 5 miles south of Eagle Point now.
13:13 - Keeping my eye on a group of whale watching boats 5 miles south of Cattle Point. Moving west. -Fred Horn
["I'm hearing T34s 37s and 65As" -Eric Eisenhardt]
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HUMPBACK WHALES - Thu, July 15 - Elliott Bay - 20:11 - Just spotted them surface off Alki Beach from kayak. There's two animals... not sure what the other one is... FYI think it was a humpback and her calf, definitely saw the distinct dorsal fin! I was probably about half a mile out. The whales were generally moving west to east in the southern part of Elliott Bay, getting a bit closer to the beach on Alki at times. I thought it was weird at the time since I went out expecting to see one whale [gray] and there was two. One was also much smaller than the other, as well, and I saw their dorsal fins very clearly when they surfaced. Wish I had a more positive ID/photo for you but that's what I saw. -Meagan Maxon
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GRAY WHALES - Thu, July 15 - Central Puget Sound - 19:16 - [gray] Just spotted about five minutes ago (7:16 pm) off Pier 62 headed north in Elliott Bay was about 30 feet or so off the pier. -Laura Mae Taylor
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18:45 - [gray] Just saw this guy off the ferry headed from Seattle to Bainbridge. -Sophie Boyd
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18:27 - Relaying call from ferry Tacoma. "We just passed a gray whale heading east into Elliot Bay." The Tacoma is off Duwamish Head. -Joey LaMarche
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18:25 & 18:49 - At 19:42 John Miller, WSF Marine Ops, emailed with report: [MV] TACOMA Gray Whale Sighting 7/15. 18:25 Vessel reports via 800MHz vessel has slowed due to 1 gray whale, just to the north of the vessel, abeam the Duwamish Head Light. Direction of travel is east into Elliott Bay. AND 1849hrs: ISSAQUAH in slip #1 at P-52, reports the gray whale has surfaced 1/4 mile off the vessel stern.
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Hi there, we were out on a small craft boat last night (15th) in Elliott Bay/downtown Seattle and spotted a gray whale. It was spectacular! Wow! We followed at a very safe distance for about 35-40 minutes. -Kathleen Baker
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17:08 - Headed towards Discovery Park now. Has been taking a few close-together breaths, then taking a deep dive after showing fluke and traveling a little ways before breathing again.
17:03 - Oh. Has turned around and now facing west. 5:03.
17:02 - Pointed toward the entrance to the locks now.
16:55 - Passing Shilshole Marina now.
16:51 - Got fluke shot for ID. Think is crc2362. [confirmed by Orca Network]
16:47 - FLUKE!!!!!
16:46 - Speeding fast by Golden Gardens SB now!!!! -Matty Leaman
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We had a special treat during our staff retreat yesterday [7/15/21] - a visit from a grey whale just offshore! --at Golden Gardens Park. [video] https://www.facebook.com/longlivekings/posts/4213787232004538 -Long Live the Kings
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16:35 - Just saw the gray going south. View from Blue Ridge heading to North Beach! -Kacie Barrett
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17:32 - Went out from shore off West Point heading south toward Elliott Bay.
17:15 - Approaching West Point heading south. Close to shore.
17:00 - Head of the ship channel. Going in towards locks???
16:50 - Just outside the Shilshole Marina breakwater heading south.
16:40 - Approaching Golden Gardens Beach. Close to shore heading south.
16:20 - Off Blue Ridge heading south toward Golden Gardens.
16:14 - Approaching Carkeek Park from the north. People on the beach should be able to see it as it is close to shore!
15:56 - Heading toward Carkeek Park.
15:50 - Gray whale heading south off The Highlands close to shore. -Torrey Hall Volk
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15:23 - Gray whale off Richmond Beach. Very close to shore. Southbound. -Molly Henling

July 14

BIGG'S/TRANSIENT ORCAS - Wed, July 14 - E Strait of Juan de Fuca (T34s, T37s, T65As minus T65A5) - 17:32 - Off of Point Wilson Lighthouse, closer to mid-channel for over an hour now. They are facing north, but don't seem to be moving. -Holly Weinstein
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Orcas (NW) off of North Beach today were the T65As, T37s and T34s (total 12 orcas). They took down a harbor seal that had been hiding by the engines of the Maya's whale boat. Whoever was on that boat got quite the show today. Not much post celebration after the hunt/kill. They finally did some breaching long after the hunt when they started messing around with the rhinoceros auklets. Also some engaged in dragging kelp around on their dorsal fins. -Tisa Annette
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14:57 - 2.25 miles NW of North Beach milling on a kill. T65As are here. -Christopher Hanke, Puget Sound Express
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12:30-12:40 - Saw a pod of about 6-8 Orcas (feeding?) south of Point Wilson-went around the lighthouse and headed northward. What a sight! -Barb Barrett
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12:40 - About 10 headed quickly north. At least 5 passed close to Point Wilson Lighthouse. 1-2 mid channel. And 3 even further mid channel. Tailslapping.
12:18 - Group of orcas between fort Flagler and Fort Casey, on Fort Flagler side. Viewing from Port Townsend so hard to tell how many. Appear to possibly be eating, so no apparent direction of travel at this time. Time is 12:18 Possibly 10? Now headed north. Big group. -Holly Weinstein
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GRAY WHALES - Wed, July 14 - Possession Sound - 12:45 - One adult gray whale (2362?) right mid-channel between Hat Island and Everett. -Katie Jones
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UNIDENTIFIED BALEEN WHALES - Wed, July 14 - Haro Strait - 14:52 - Just spent a few minutes watching what I believe is a single Minke (based on dorsal and blow) heading north in Haro Strait off of the Lime Kiln point, about half a mile offshore. -Julia Vollmer
["A friend at the lighthouse just reported that she saw the blow to the north despite the breezy conditions, which does make me think possible humpback rather than minke! She was certain it was a baleen whale." Monika Wieland Shields, OBI]

July 13

BIGG'S/TRANSIENT ORCAS - Tue, July 13 - San Juan Islands (T37As) - 13:30 - It's the T37As, now on the west side of Sinclair.
13:00 - Group of about five Bigg's killer whales between Cypress and Sinclair Islands heading north. -Orca Behavior Institute
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Tue, July 13 - North Puget Sound - 19:10 - I counted 5. They are in the shipping lane, closer to the Whidbey side. Still moving quite quickly south.
19:00 - Orcas coming south from Bush Point (north Admiralty Inlet). At least 4. Moving quickly. -Mike Meyer
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Tue, July 13 - South to Central Puget Sound T36A2 and T36A3, T65As minus T65A5, T137s)
19:49 - Off West Point now.
19:32 - The small pod from Murden Cove regrouped with the big bull in the middle, the whole fam is back together, slowly meandering north in front of Magnolia.
18:52 - In Murden Cove, Bainbridge Island.
18:39 - In between Elliott Bay and the south tip of Bainbridge Island, closer to the Bainbridge side. Possibly hunting a harbor seal.
18:15 - [orcas] South of West Point, straight out in front of Magnolia. -Rory Macomber
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~18:00 - There were three, maybe four orcas off Yeomalt Point, Bainbridge Island, around 6 pm July 13, 2021. They were traveling up the sound, closer to the mainland side. -Carol Myers
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17:41 - REALLY long dives. Just spotted them again for a moment. North and maybe west of last location.
17:26 - Doing long dives. NB.
17:16 - [orcas] Viewing from Sunset Hill Park. They're off Discovery Park [West Point] Lighthouse. Milling about. -Matty Leaman
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16:26 - North of Wing Point, quicky nb; one bull, 3 smaller orcas. View from 64th and Alki.
16:04 - Passenger ferry stopped at Restoration Point red buoy, surrounded by 3 or 4 orcas, seen from Constellation Park. -Mary Hartmann
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15:57 - Leads approaching Restoration Point, northbound.
15:51 - [orcas] View from Alki Lighthouse. Group spread between south end of Bainbridge and north end of Blake Island, northbound. -James Tilley
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15:44 - [orcas] Viewing from West Seattle. 3:44, in front of Blake Island marina. -Paul Steyn Benade
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15:47 - Looks like the group is split in 2, with another group following the first.
15:39 - [orcas] Northern tip of Blake Island still heading north. -Steve Hardy
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15:34 - [orcas] From Lincoln Park - seeing at least 3 heading north, hugging east shoreline of Blake Island. -Gina Nicole
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~15:30 - When I left at about 3:30, viewing from Olympiad Dr. - Just South of Blake Island, there was a group of 3-5 heading due east toward Lincoln Park area. They had made it to mid channel and were moving rapidly, from what I could tell from quite a distance. PSE was obviously following a different group hugging the east side of Blake.
15:25 - [orcas] At least one group, as well, behind the PSE boat south of the south tip of Blake and look to be heading east. photos - "from Southworth. They came close and passed quickly. Big guys did a deep dive just as it was getting good and didn't rise until they were out in the ferry lane." -Jim Pasola
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15:16 - At 16:41 John Miller, WSF Marine Ops, emailed to report: Southworth Orca Report. 1516hrs: SW: T/A "Brian" reports a group of three orca 100 yards off the dock and 100 yards north of the dock. Animals are moving north. All central Puget Sound vessels notified.
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15:10 - Southworth 3:10 I wish those people in the Robalo would turn around and look at that orca!! -Noelle Morris
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15:10 - 2 groups just passed Southworth, just traveling by. Hard to tell how many. Saw large bull in the group, Jack? He was out by PSE boat, mid channel past Southworth trending north but have been down, not sure if west or east committed. Possibly trending east of Blake Island. 3:10pm. -Jessica Richter
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15:07 - At Point Southworth, two groups- one mid channel, one very close to Kitsap side. Northbound. -Hunter Sasser Oetinger
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15:00 - N end Colvos, T 1500 on 7.13.21, cruising quickly NB. -Tim Ferris
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14:57 - [orcas] Group of 3 across from Fern Cove along west shore headed north. -Bradley Kramer
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14:47 - [orcas] Starting to see blows from Southworth. Mid channel, northbound. -Kristen Alvarez
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14:40 - [orcas] All groups together. Northbound passing Command Point. -Kelly Burns Keenan
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14:15 - 2 groups passed north quickly past Olalla. I would agree that there was about 11 total. the second group had a lot of young ones in it. -Kristen Alvarez
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14:05 - [orcas] Viewing from Lisabuela on west Vashon. -Carly Tyner
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14:04 - [orcas] They are on Colvos Passage. They were swimming very close to the shore. -Beatriz Dourado
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14:01 - [orcas] Just passed Paradise Cove, Vashon side, still heading north up Colvos Passage, 2:01 pm. -Alecia Lee Carter
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14:00 - Viewing from south of Lisabuela, first group of three passed close to the mainland shore (included [T137A] Jack), then 10 minutes later big group of at least 6+ passed mid channel, all long down times headed northbound at a quick pace.
----Here's the 7/13 pass up Colvos. Didn't get any pics of Jack as he hugged the Kitsap shore due to the heat haze, but could see him clearly through binocs traveling with a couple smaller fins. The bigger group surprised me as all the sudden they appeared to the south of me, then took a long deep dive on their approach to try and shake off some boats and reappeared well to the north of me with those gorgeous sun-drenched fins rising above the Salish. Love those matrilines so much, always an impressive and heartwarming sight to see them together! -Marla Smith
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15:03 - Four heading north mid channel in Colvos almost to Southworth Point.
14:06 - Three passing Al's at 2:06; one female, one bull, maybe another female or young male.
13:54 - [orcas] Heading toward Olalla Bay. One bull. On Olalla side. -Brianna Schroeder
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13:55 - [orcas] Lisabuela, 2 headed north toward Ollala, at least 4 more/maybe 5. -Carly Tyner
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13:56 - About 5-6, including baby. Now almost to Lisabuela. [video] https://www.facebook.com/campfireseattle/posts/10158689602927875
13:46 - [orcas] Colvos Passage, SW shore of Vashon heading north. Still south of Lisabuela. -Carrie Kishline Lawson
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13:43 - [orcas] Almost impossible to see from Dalco Viewpoint in Point Defiance [Park]. They're too far up Colvos now. Last I saw was 4. -Shelly Rosenberg
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13:33 - Still appears to be four heading north towards Colvos. There may be some porpoises heading east close to Dune as well. -Elizabeth Jones
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13:31 - [orcas] They just passed Sunrise Beach Park heading up Colvos Passage within last 5 mins. -Hillary Butler
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13:22 - Small group of orcas (~4) stalling at western Dalco Passage, out from SW tip of Vashon Island. -Gayle Swigart, Orca Network
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13:16 - [orcas] Watching 4 from Dalco Viewpoint at Pt. Defiance. Heading towards Owen Beach. -Beth Robinson Selthofer
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13:12 - [orcas] Just passed Gig Harbor- looks like they are committed to Colvos. Traveling pretty fast. -Sylvia Knowles
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13:05 - [orcas] Passed by the mouth of Gig Harbor still heading north. Group of 3-4 ahead and one lone straggler behind. (Yes, I meant the mouth of the harbor, itself, north of the Narrows. I was viewing from Salmon Beach. Last I saw them they were still headed north.) -Emelie Kaye Peine
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~13:00 - I wanted to report sightings of maybe 2-3 pods near Point Defiance at about 1pm today, July 13th. The first was close to Salmon Beach, more east. I have terrible video but they headed through the straight along Point Defiance. …another pod or 2 west on the Gig Harbor side where my parents live in Shore Acres. The pods were all headed north. It was the first time my 13 and 11 year old have seen them. we live in Austin. Special day. -Lindsey J Baker
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12:50 - Still under Narrows Bridge. Pod made a kill and is hovering around it. -Alison O'Brien
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~12:45 - [orcas] They are split to 2 groups both headed NB through Narrows. One on GH side other on Tacoma side. -Stacey Crofoot
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12:45 - Heading north mid-channel past Tacoma Narrows Bridge, 5-6 whales. 2 fishing boats following at respectable distance, whale watching boat is no longer with them. -Amanda Van Meter
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12:41 - [orcas] Spotted by drone, they're making their way under the Narrows bridge heading north. -Jeremey Boggs
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12:40 - There were two orcas on west side of Puget Sound near the Narrows Bridge at 1240, July 13. Maybe Mom and youth. Smaller one was playful with bubbles and came straight up with head. Just beautiful. -Betty F.
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12:40 - [orcas] Mid-channel, just came under the Narrows Bridge, NB. -Anne Lynde
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12:44 - Past the bridge now, 200 yards north. 12:44. Seen 3.
12:40 - [orcas] Just approaching the bridge, heading north, 12:40pm. Gig Harbor side, saw 2. -Andrea Reubel Walker
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12:38 - [orcas] Just had my first sighting super close to my beach on Day Island. They were traveling north to the Narrowa Bridge. One popped up like 15 ft away from me!! It was amazing. -Katie Colleen
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12:36 - [orcas] Past bridge. watched off Day Island. -Catherine Woods
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~12:35 - I was down at Titlow around 12:35pm today and took these photos, and then I went to the 5 Mile Drive Gig Harbor Viewpoint right after they passed Titlow and was able to get a few more photos. They were moving pretty quickly and were very active under the Narrows bridge, some tail slapping and lots of splashing and a breach which I caught on camera (not the best shot but I was still excited to see it). Let me know if you need anything else! -Sally Milligan-Smith
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12:02 - [orcas] Hugging the shore northbound passing Chambers golf course. -Sara Smith
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11:27 - [orcas] They are at very north of Ketron tip. -Rachelle Benbow
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12:20 - They made quick work of some prey and are now moving quickly north toward the Tacoma Narrows grouped together again!
11:10 - They are northbound off Sandy Point on Anderson Island! Same group as yesterday. -Justine Buckmaster, Puget Sound Express
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11:48 - Still northbound, heading past the Chambers Creek railroad bridge.
11:38 - Leisurely northbound pace closer to the Steilacoom shore. Still south of the ferry dock.
11:31 - I'm also seeing them at the north top of Ketron. They seem to have slowed down.
11:14 - Still northbound, maybe heading west toward McNeil. Lead is definitely past the northern end of Ketron. I'm moving to the Anderson Island ferry dock now.
11:02 - Anderson Island east side from the Riviera Marina (mid island), lead orca are northbound. photos - "From 11am between Anderson Island and Ketron" -Belen Bilgic Schneider
[T137D ID confirmed by ALB]
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~10:15 - Orcas are on the west side of Anderson Island headed towards Tolmie State Parks, no boats around them at 10:15. The entire group [from previous day]. Two big males, two babies and multiple females. They went by fast. -Lorrie Dozier Hall
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HUMPBACK WHALES - Tue, July 13 - Strait of Juan de Fuca - A great day with humpback whales minutes from our docks. Mom and Calf and a few others close to shore...-Paul Pudwell, Sooke Coastal Explorations
["BCY0584's calf 2017 (Meqe') - HWSS catalogue" -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network]

July 12

BIGG'S/TRANSIENT ORCAS - Mon, July 12 - San Juan Islands (T37As) - 18:00 - Looks like eastbound at Upright Head. -Fred Horn
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17:20 - Looks like they're taking Upright Channel.
16:28 - Northbound up San Juan Channel at a pretty good clip.
16:12 - Off Davis Point heading NW.
15:35 - T37As heading north towards Iceberg Point. -Monika Wieland Shields, Orca Behavior Institute
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Mon, July 12 - South Puget Sound (T36A2 and T36A3, T65As minus T65A5, T137s) - 20:45 - At least three orca heading south in Case Inlet, towards Treasure Island Bridge. Moving quickly. -Beverly Lynch McCallum
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20:30-21:30 - [orcas] I saw 6 split to 3, and 3 headed north into North Bay and then back south, over by Stretch Island side between 8:30-9:30. -Stacey Crofoot
photo - T65A2 from Victor
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An unexpected and beautiful sight coming home from dinner tonight [7/12] in Allyn, WA. [video] https://www.facebook.com/OrcaNetwork/posts/10165759796200601 -Michele Schneidler
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19:25 - Brian Allen called to report seeing a male orca, then at least 3 more orcas showed up during the call, including young. The orcas are in upper Case Inlet heading northbound, almost to Vaughn Bay. Brian and his group are viewing from the east shore of Stretch Island looking across at Key Peninsula.
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15:25 - Still at Joemma, but close to Harstine but moving a little more mid channel. Moving south.
14:57 - [orcas] Still visible from Joemma.. hugging Harstine shoreline. -Josephine Hutton
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13:54 - [orcas] It looks as though they've turned south now. Still west of Herron Island, north side. Looked like about 8 of them? -Aaron Franzen
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15:55 - They took a long time passing Joemma, but they are past and moving south. They moved a bit closer to mid channel but still 2/3 of the way across.
14:43 - Visible from Joemma Park, southbound, close to Harstine.
13:50 - [orcas] Viewing from Vaughn, they are north of Herron Island hugging the Harstine Island side very close, no obvious direction of travel… -Jim Pasola
photo - "What we saw from Joemma. I really would have liked a close pass from this group. 3 adult bulls! T65A3 is really growing his dorsal! I count 9 whales.
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12:37 - [orcas] I just saw them between Herron and McMicken Islands. Still northbound. -Cara P. Martin
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13:54 - Orcas heading back south again. Just north of Herron Island in Case Inlet.
12:43 - They continue to head north in Case Inlet. They just passed the north tip of Herron Island. (They were moving at a leisurely pace when they traveled north by Herron Island.)
12:20 - Orcas in Case Inlet. Heading north, on the west side of Herron Island. -Jerilyn Evans
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12:13 - Two orcas heading north along westside Herron Island. -Dana Clark
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17:05 - They are continuing south from Treble Point on Anderson Island, spread out across the channel.
12:12 - [orcas] MV Saratoga is leaving them northbound past Fudge Point all grouped up together. -Justine Buckmaster, Puget Sound Express
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11:29 - [orcas] Viewing from Joemma [State Park]. Still NB. 5, maybe more. -Stacey Crofoot
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13:24 - FYI, T36A2 got a tiny new notch on the top of its dorsal fin, and this is not shown on the ID catalogue. T36A2 is in the group today, and very likely with T36A3.
11:43 - T137s and T65As confirmed, spread out and searching, time and direction see map [Near Wilson Point, Harstine Island, Case Inlet]. Still need to confirm the T36As.
11:24 - T65A2 confirmed. -Yifan Ling
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11:07 - [orcas] Currently on the Key Peninsula side and have gone from Devil's Head past Taylor Bay. -Joan Ahre
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16:47 - They exited Case Inlet, went past Taylor Bay and entered the Nisqually Reach heading southbound.
11:27 - Pretty sure both groups went north up Case Inlet. Long down times so I could have lost them.
11:06 - Still northbound just past Johnson Point. Just got joined by another group of 4 or 5 whales.
10:59 - [orcas] Heading north in the Nisqually Reach, between Taylor Bay and Johnson Point. We counted 9 fins. And the 2 babies were so cute! -T.j. Smith
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10:40 - [orcas] I believe they are heading up Case Inlet. -Bonnie Betts
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17:33 - Moving towards the pass between McNeil and Key going north by Longbranch.
17:25 - They have been hanging out south of McNeil for a good 20 minutes. No definite direction yet.
17:23 - They went south in front of Anderson towards Tolmie then turned back. Now south of McNeil surrounded by small boats. The Puget Sound Express just left.
17:16 - South of Devil's Head, north tip of Anderson Island at 5:16pm. Unsure of direction. At one point they went towards Tolmie then turned back.
10:19 - [orcas] South of Devil's Head heading towards Zittel's Marina, at least 5 to 7 with babies at 10:19am between Johnson Point and Key Peninsula. -Lorrie Dozier Hall
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10:15 - [orcas] Spotted at Tolmie State Park about 10 minutes ago heading north towards Drayton Passage (northwest side of Anderson) or possibly Case Inlet. -Christina Shockley
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09:23 - [orcas] Whales on south side of Anderson Island heading west. -Bonnie Betts
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09:01 - [orcas] Between Dupont shipwreck and Anderson Island. South! Headed towards Nisqually! -Katie Hittner McGuire
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8:34 - [orcas] Spotted from the Riviera Marina on Anderson Island heading south. -Bryan Schmidt
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08:14 - [orcas] I saw 4 just passing Ketron Island heading south. -Laura Heger Whelan
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07:52 - Just saw one mid channel, McNeil and Steilacoom. -Lisa Rockwell
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07:15 - Good morning. I saw a small pod (6-8) orcas this morning (7:15 a.m.) off Lemon Road in University Place. -Vicki Moll
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06:35 - Guy-Trecy Bumstead reports at least three orca heading southbound under Tacoma Narrows bridge.
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MINKE WHALE - Mon, July 12 - San Juan Islands - 17:35 - I believe we just saw a Minke heading east through San Juan Channel just south of Friday Harbor on the ferry from Orcas [Island]!!!! The dorsal fin was super small, and saw no white saddleback or eye patch. It was traveling solo as well. -Caitlyn Blair
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Mon, July 12 - Haro Strait - ~15:00 - I saw a minke whale today off the west side on Maya's Legacy tour around 3 p.m. -Stephanie Mclaughlin

July 11

BIGG'S/TRANSIENT ORCAS - Sun, July 11 - Rosario Strait/Deception Pass (T37As) - …we had a negative tide with a 10ft tidal exchange and the currents at the pass are FAST. I saw boats spinning out there. These currents stopped 2-ton orcas, and believe me these orcas are powerful...They spent approx. 2 hrs fighting it. They would try both the main bridge pass, and then over to Canoe Pass, northend bridge...they finally gave up and swam back east a few miles into a bay. I think Miller Bay, and rested until waters calmed down around 6 pm. It was crazy, it was amazing to watch this. Im still over the moon....photo - "Strawberry Island just east of the bridge" - photo - "from 2-4pm, this is about as far as they could get. Same spot, but currents slowly moving them backwards as they are swimming forward." -Marilyn Armbruster
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This is the T37A family (Transients/Bigg's - Mammal Eating Type) Was so cool to share these exciting moments with many people on the bridge seeing whales for the first time. They were certainly treated to something special. -Dori Dace
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18:08 - [orcas] Yes, they're still in the Miller Bay area. -Kimberly Beck
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18:45 - …finally going under the bridge around 6:45. I had been watching them since 4:05 from Pass Island. They took a deep breath from the opening of the channel and didn't surface until they were right under the bridge. But one young one surprised us by surfacing twice right in front of us before joining the rest!
17:19 - [orcas] In Miller Bay right now. -Shelby Nicole
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15:43 - [orcas] Seeing blows heading towards Cornet Bay on my paddleboard. -Kris Holley
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18:43 - Just passed under the bridge finally!
14:56 - Orcas passing under Deception Bridge now. -Dawn Müller-DePape
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~13:30 - Taken from Ala Spit around 1:30pm. -Deb Barge
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14:00 - They were between Ala and Hope, now past the spit and northbound.
13:21 - [orcas] Transiting past Ala Spit now. -Amanda Zundel
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At Deception Pass. We were down on the middle Island. [video] https://www.facebook.com/OrcaNetwork/posts/10165764245400601 -Shila Moffett
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12:20 - Orcas came in thru Deception Pass! South of Hope Island. -Julie Hutt
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12:15-12:20ish - [orcas] Just passed Ben Urie Spit/Hope Island. Heading SE. Looks like they may be hunting? -Bonnie Leavitt
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11:34 - [orcas] 3 eastbound under Deception Pass 10 min ago. -Cindy Jennings
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19:00 - They went thru Deception Pass and are now off Rosario Head. Milling, resting, it looks like. 8 hours later in the same exact spot I found them to start the day. Starting to trend slowly west.
18:00 - Westbound nearing Yokeko Point, headed towards the bridge. The current in the pass has calmed way down, and they should be able to exit with ease if they want.
15:45 - Still in same spot east of bridge. They have gone over to Canoe Pass twice but turned back to try to head west out Deception Pass. Getting nowhere.
15:00 - They have been surfacing in the current just east of the bridge. Been going on about 20 minutes surfacing in roughly same spot fighting the current it seems.
13:30 - Northbound past Ala Spit.
12:45 - Appears whales have flipped northbound hugging Whidbey shore headed back towards Ala Spit.
12:25 - IE5 and another boat honked repeatedly to stop a boat from running right over the whales. Group still southbound past Ala Spit.
11:00-11:30 - Viewed from Rosario Head, southbound close to shore, spyhops, likely on a hunt behind Northwest Island out of my view. Continued rapidly south and then eastbound under Deception Pass Bridge. Many, many people in both locations got wonderful looks at this family of whales from shore on this beautiful day. I missed the actual swim under the bridge by 90 seconds. -Rachel Haight
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10:21 - Redhead on scene with the 37As southbound in Burrows Bay. Pointed towards Deception Pass. -Christopher Lewman
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09:35 - Lisa Blohm called to report 6-7 orcas ( incl male) off Washington Park, Anacortes heading southbound about 10 minutes ago directionally toward lighthouse and Deception Pass.
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09:28 - Five orcas heading south just off Washington Park in Anacortes. -Dawn Jex
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Sun, July 11 - Central to North Puget Sound (T36A2 and T36A3, T65As minus T65A5, T137s) - Let's porpoise - that was the order on a sunny, Sunday afternoon near the Clinton ferry dock when the T65As (minus 65A5 I believe - thanks Bart Rulon), T137s, T36A2 and T36A3 suddenly zipped into high gear after hunting for lunch, whipping through the whitecaps as they propelled themselves at speed through the ferry lanes,. They slackened off the pace as they passed Glendale beach and Possession boat ramp before filtering into Possession Triangle and slipping away south, still tightly grouped. (Photos Sandra Pollard/Richard Snowberger from shore - July 11, 2021). -Sandra Pollard
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20:28 - Dove again. Seem to be heading directly west now. San Juan Clipper on the scene now.
20:25 - Have surfaced again. Not much further south, but a little further west.
20:18 - In between dives they're surfacing quite a bit, close together, milling around non-directionally for 3-4 minutes before disappearing again in an overall southbound direction.
20:15 - Steady southbound. Taking long dives. 8 minutes in between seeing them.
20:07 - Orcas are mid channel off Sunset Hill Park. Closely grouped together. -Matty Leaman
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18:10 - Just saw them off the Kingston-Edmonds ferry. There is a whale watching boat nearby and pretty close to the ferry line near Kingston side. Swimming around in the area. No major direction. -Julia Marie
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At 18:10 Maija Holston, WSF Marine Ops, emailed: SPOKANE Master reports a pod of orca around Apple Cove headed south.
16:32 - Orcas frolicking southbound from Possession Point, almost to Edmonds Kingston ferry lanes. Several. -Jill Lipoti
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15:23 - [orcas] Just saw them off the Whidbey Ferry as we were pulling into Clinton about 25 min ago. heading South/East and heading towards Mukilteo into Possession Sound. I would say 200 yards. We were docking… -Mauri Lynn Dressman
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14:27 - Every time I'm ready to say they're heading back south, I stop short. While overall trend last 30 mins or so is just slightly south of the northernmost point they reached, they keep milling around. The tight group and large grouping of dorsals is breathtaking. -Debbie Stewart
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14:01 - [orcas] Between Clinton and Hat Island. Feeding behaviors. Northbound. -Ashley Bystrom
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12:50 - [orcas] Still just south of the ferry lane. -Anton Kleparek
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12:40 - [orcas] Still milling south of Mukilteo Boat Launch and in line with Old Mukilteo Cemetery. Viewing last half hr from north side of Clinton Ferry Terminal, looking to be favoring Mukilteo side or just that side of mid channel. -Marilyn Armbruster
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At 12:30 Marie Waterman, WSF Marine Ops, emailed: The KITSAP reports 3 or 4 orca just about ½ way between MUK & CLIN. Slowly moving SB.
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15:37 - Just passing Glendale Beach heading southbound. Close to Whidbey.
14:53 - They started porpoising hard and swimming so fast and made a kill right in the ferry dock. They are so close to Whidbey. Best orcas experience of my life. Heading southbound.
14:12 - Still in the same general area just off the Clinton ferry dock. Directional changes and not really committed to any travel just yet. Long down times in between a lot of surface activity.
13:46 - Stalled at the Clinton ferry dock. Trending northbound but it seems they stalled for a hunt again.
13:35 - Picking up pace now. Viewing from Clinton just passing the south most ferry slip. Very close in to Whidbey.
13:09 - Still displaying directional changes with slightly northbound travel. Just crossing the ferry lanes heading north, slightly on the Mukilteo side to mid channel.
12:24 - [orcas] Large group resumed northbound travel just getting ready to cross the ferry lanes. The ferries are doing crazy routes in order to avoid them. [video] https://www.facebook.com/OrcaNetwork/posts/10165759507240601 -Danielle Pennington
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12:12 - [orcas] At Mukilteo Lighthouse!! -Amy Amers
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12:05 - I saw at least three orcas around Mukilteo Beach/Lighthouse Park traveling north at 12:05-12:25. -Emily Rogers
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12:05 - [orcas] Viewing from Mukilteo beach. Straight across closer to Whidbey side. Appear to be on a hunt as they've stalled in same location for several minutes. -Jeremy Byrne
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12:00-15:00 - Great week on Whidbey Island for viewing. Taken by me in front of the house. Sunday 11th between 12-3 pm they stayed in the middle between Mukilteo Lighthouse and Columbia Beach. Up to 9 in the pod. -Bill Wittenmyer
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12:18 - Just south of ferry lanes. - mid channel.
11:37 - [orcas] Passing Glendale northbound on the Muk side. One mid channel. -Dori Dace
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11:42 - Headed north closer to east side of Whidbey.
11:31 - [orcas] I can see them from Mukilteo side at the tip of the [Whidbey] island. Can't tell direction. -Kyra Laughlin
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17:30 - They've come back out on the water again and found this group of orcas now off Kingston heading southbound.
15:58 - Ts are southbound at Possession Point.
11:30 - Still northbound a few miles south of Mukilteo mid-channel. A few orcas may be way out in front by the ferry lanes still.
10:45 - Still northbound at Possession Point.
10:12 - Bart Rulon texted: relocated the orcas who are now off Edmonds. As of 10:05 they are north of the ferry terminal northbound. IDs: T65As, T137s, T36A2 and T36A3 are all here. Minus 65A5 so far.
----The pictures were taken a few miles away from Edmonds on the MV Saratoga, Puget Sound Express, Saturday afternoon around 4:45pm. In rapid order these 11 orcas caught at least one porpoise, and maybe two, south of Possession Point. After circling on their meal(s) for about 30 minutes they celebrated as Bigg's killer whales often do with breaches and cartwheels. T137A, Jack, was particularly breachy (6 times) in this encounter! All photos were taken using a super-telephoto lens, and cropped, and all whale watching regulations were followed. -Bart Rulon
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~09:30 - Saw them at about 9:30 headed northwest off of Edmonds, identified as T137s. -Carlyn Schmidgall
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06:30 - Orcas spotted from Bainbridge Island ferry at 6:30 am. North of ferry lane, closer to Bainbridge side. North or northwest bound, I think, and at least 3. Somewhat distant. My first orca sighting from a ferry! -Sophie Mazowita
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GRAY WHALES - Sun, July 11 - Possession Sound - [gray] Cruised by [Hat Island] on Sunday, too. -Lori Christopher

July 10

BIGG'S/TRANSIENT ORCAS - Sat, July 10 - San Juan Islands (T46Bs) - 20:05 - On scene with 46B's, San Juan Channel, a little nearer Shaw. Northbound. No B1s. -James Richardson
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Sat, July 10 - (T36A2 and T36A3, T65As minus T65A5, T137s) - 20:46 - [orcas] Watching them pass, SB, mid channel, south of Brace Point. 3 total, very spread out. -Megan McNally
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20:29 - Viewing from Fauntlee Hills, still southbound, approaching ferry lane, midchannel. -Mike Yov
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20:29 - Saw the orcas by the Hyundai ship [anchored out from Manchester]. Two groups...Antoinette Montojo
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20:20 - [orcas] Approaching Lincoln Park, west side of channel, sb. -Sony Chin
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20:07 - [orcas] Just getting to north point of Blake Island, looking from mee Kwa Mook in WS. SB, 8:07. -Francis Montojo
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20:21 - SB, 3 or 4 blows south of Fauntleroy/Vashon ferry lane, view from Constellation Park.
20:07 - Some already at south end of Blake Island, mid channel, quickly sb.
19:55 - 6 orcas east of mid channel, sb toward yellow buoy, Restoration Point, view from Constellation Park.
19:37 - 6 blows off Wing Point. Southbound.
19:33 - Eagle Harbor, 2 males, view from 64th and Alki, east of mid channel, sb. -Mary Hartmann
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At 19:27 Maija Holston, WSF Marine Ops, emailed to report : KALEETAN: C/M reports a pod of orca of about 7 are just south of Tyee headed SB.
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19:20 - Spotted pod of orcas on Bainbridge to Seattle ferry in the middle of the water north of West Seattle! Ferry boat spotted it and slowed down. Wanted to share! -Andy Townsend
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19:15 - [orcas] Found them; I'm on the Bainbridge ferry, 715 pm right now, and they are off the port side. -Paul Langlois
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19:00 - Headed southbound, crossing toward Seattle/Alki, moving fast. Big group. Two big males! -Emily Corbin
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18:30 - [orcas] Just east of Point Monroe at 6:30pm. They were amazing. -Cheryl Olivieri
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18:15 - Out from Fay Bainbridge. Trending south again and doing some deep dives.
18:00 - At least part of the group has turned around and is now NB. (Moved a bit north and seem to be on a hunt.)
17:50 - Two boats following them respectfully. Whales seem SW bound pretty quickly.
17:42 - [orcas] Spotted from Sunset Hill Park. Now south of Edmonds/Kingston [47.754025, -122.440260]. -Matty Leaman
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16:31 - [orcas] Viewing from Picnic Point beach… see blows very close east side of channel very far across channel. -Alisa Huckell Tyler
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16:30 - [orcas] Saw them straight out from Sunset Avenue, east of mid channel. -Janine Harles
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16:55 - After stalling to eat two meals caught at the same time, they have continued southbound. Lots of celebrating along the way! Between Edmonds and Kingston [47.802475, -122.448156].
15:59 - T36A2 and T36A3 are here with the T65As and T137s. We should have 11 animals here. They are missing 65A5 still, as far as I can tell.
15:45 - After some zigzagging, they are now aimed southward from my map [pretty far out but about even with Eglon] [47.875065, -122.476652]. Viewing from MV Saratoga, Puget Sound Express, on our second trip. -Bart Rulon
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15:50 - They are straight out from Eglon. Mid to East side. Saratoga is following. Hard to make out even at 600mm. Southbound. 350pm. -Tisa Annette
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14:24 - I'm viewing from northside Double Bluff and from end of southern Mutiny Bay spit. Orcas are now south of Foulweather Bluff on Kitsap side SB. -Marilyn Armbruster
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13:40 - Orcas 2 miles south of Bush Point mid channel in Admiralty Inlet heading south. Too far for photos. -Howard Garrett, Orca Network
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13:43 - Now mid-channel, due east of Mats-Mats. Heading roughly SSW.
13:33 - At least six orcas just south of Bush Point, Whidbey side. Heading slowly south towards Double Bluff/Mutiny Bay. -James Petts
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13:25 - Pip Gordon called to report at least 11 orcas (incl. at least 2 bulls) southbound at Bush Point, Whidbey side of channel. South of lighthouse.
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13:20 - 4 (maybe 5) orcas traveling south, at Bush Point. -Grant Heiken, Freeland
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13:12 - They are off Bush Point now. Still southbound.
13:02 - Both pods are grouped up tightly a few miles northwest from Bush Point. Mid-channel
12:45 - T65As and T137s are southbound off Marrowstone Island a few miles north of Bush Point. They are mid-channel, southbound, slow speed. Watching from MV Saratoga, Puget Sound Express. -Bart Rulon, PSE
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12:15 - 6 orcas traveling steadily SB towards Lagoon Point, including 2 males. -Spiritbrook Jen
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GRAY WHALES - Sat, July 10 - Possession Sound - From the Puget Sound Express on Saturday [7/10/21]. Photo. -Jocelyn Jensen
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10:40 - Gray whale CRC2362 is at the east side of Hat Island [48.011342, -122.284874]. Viewing from MV Saratoga, Puget Sound Express. -Bart Rulon, PSE
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MINKE WHALES - Sat, July 10 - San Juan Islands - 14:45 - Minke whale in San Juan Channel just off Fisherman Bay. -NW Sailing Adventures, LLC

July 9

BIGG'S/TRANSIENT ORCAS - Fri, July 9 - Haro Strait - 14:50 - About an hour ago there was a single female orca seen from Vancouver Island between Vic and Lime Kiln. -Pete Ancich
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Fri, July 9 - San Juan Islands (T65As minus T65A5) - The resort [Guemes Island] was a playground today. [video] https://www.facebook.com/groups/954211374617252/posts/4219541681417522/ -Alexie Gregory
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~18:00 - A pod of whales, about 6 of them were spotted right off of Vendovi Isl. At about 6:00 PM on July 8th! Thanks for all the work you do! -Northcutt Family
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18:00 - I think they came by West Beach, Guemes around 6:00 pm. -Jan Barrett
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Been vacationing on Guemes Island for over 30 years. Never seen this before. Yesterday afternoon a pod swam and frolicked by the shore. Here are a few pics. -Derek Mitchell
photos [T65A4 confirmed by MP]
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GRAY WHALES - Fri, July 9 - Possession Sound - 09:15 - Gray whale just north of ferry lane (Clinton/Mukilteo) not headed in a particular direction

July 8

BIGG'S/TRANSIENT ORCAS - Thu, July 8 - San Juan Islands (T36A2 and T36A3, T65As minus T65A5, T137s) - 19:13 - …watching a few off the southern tip of Cypress. At least 3. Too far away for our camera but can see them through binoculars. Whales moving southwest toward ferry. -Melanie Holbrook
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16:00 - Group 1 (T137s +) milling near Point Lawrence; Group 2 (T65As) near Vendovi.
14:30 - T65As eastbound from Sinclair; another group of Ts further north. ["I ID'd those other animals as the T137s, and Tasli [Shaw] ID'd the other two traveling with them as T36A2 and 3." -Ellie Sawyer]
13:30 - A friend on the water said there was a group up near Matia at 13:30, could be the same ones but maybe there's more at Point Lawrence? -Monika Wieland Shields, Orca Behavior Institute
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14:24 - ~6 orcas off the ship-building dock in Anacortes. ["14:50 - Heading into Padilla Bay" -Monika Wieland Shields, OBI] -Nick Keith
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13:47 - Bigg's off Point Lawrence [E. Orcas Island]… -Justin Mosley
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Orcas playing in the front yard! At Lummi Bay on July 8, 2021! -Stacey Yasuoka
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Thu, July 8 - Strait of Juan de Fuca - 17:42 - Looks like there are 3 big ones and 1 little.
17:30 - An update, it's at the floating logs by the mill.
17:09 - Orcas in the harbor in Port Angeles. Right in between the marina in Port Angeles and Ediz Hook. Closer to the spit side. -Megan Elefante

July 7

BIGG'S/TRANSIENT ORCAS - Wed, July 7 - B.C. Gulf Islands (T77C and T77D?) - The T077s made their way stealthily eastward through Active Pass just before dark. At our viewpoint, one did the backstroke and one did a headstand (tail up). They were very close together, churning about in the same spot for a few minutes, blowing bubbles under the water. First time we've seen that behavior. Thanks to Rachelle of Salish Sea Orca Squad for the ID. Photos and video taken from the shore of Galiano Island. -Karoline Cullen
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Wed, July 7 - San Juan Islands (T37As and T49A1, T49C) - 19:55 - Not far off the end of the dock!
19:35 - Approaching the Orcas Yacht Club camera.
19:20 still milling in West Sound. -Fred Horn
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18:23 - There's a pod of transients milling around Massacre Bay [Orcas Island]. One big male and 4-5 females/young ones! -Shelby Nicole
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17:50 - Orcas in Massacre Bay [Orcas Island]. -Susan Moore
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17:29 - Now heading into West Sound. -Jerry Johnson
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At 17:22 Marie Waterman, WSF Marine Ops, emailed to report: There is one (1) orca about 100 yards off the Lopez Dock and the SAMISH just reports a "bunch" of orca feeding near Shaw between Harney Channel & Upright Head.
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14:54 - 4 orcas passing between Center Island and Lopez Island. Two looked young, one looked like a large male and possibly a female. -Val Berglund
["Yep. T37As and T49A1." -Ellie Sawyer]
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13:00 - ["I believe this group went west through Lopez Pass into Lopez Sound." -Monika Wieland Shields, OBI]
12:20 - Orcas off Fidalgo Head at 12:20. Looked to be heading northwest toward Bird Rocks. -Sarah A Morgan
["T37As and T49A1" -Ellie Sawyer]
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Had a fun day yesterday (Wednesday 7th) - we found T49C as he traveled north along San Juan shoreline, past Spieden Island and on towards Battleship. Then on our homeward bound ferry, the T037As stalled us right by the Lopez Ferry dock. Pretty darned cool!!! photo - "T49C (b.1998) named Nielson - along the shoreline of SJI" - photo - "T37As thrilling ferry passengers - that's part of the Lopez ferry dock on the right." - photo -Jill Hein
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Caught up with big guy T49C right outside Friday Harbor and followed him along the San Juan Island shore line for a while. He was just cruising along as we admired him. After visiting the exotic deer and quite a few turkey vultures, eagles and harbor seals on Spieden Island, we visited with T49C again as he passed Battleship Island. More excitement on the way home on the ferry, as the T37As crossed in front of us right at the Lopez Island landing! Just my second time seeing orcas from the ferry, and both this year! photo - "T37A4 Crinkle, born 2015, with a very aerodynamic dorsal fin" -Bonnie Gretz
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12:28 - Elizabeth Drozda called again, she is still watching this group of orcas, now off Decatur Island, across Rosario Strait.
12:03 - Elizabeth Drozda called back to there were 5 dorsals seen. Orcas moved quickly thru Burrows Pass.
11:55 - Elizabeth Drozda called to report there are orcas (at least 2) in Burrows Bay again. Currently coming around the island from south to north and will be going through Burrows Passage towards Rosario Strait.
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12:45 - Westbound in Spieden Channel
11:35 - Heading north in San Juan Channel ["T49C Cooper" -Ellie Sawyer]
11:25 - Report of a male orca heading in to Friday Harbor. -Monika Wieland Shields, Orca Behavior Institute
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GRAY WHALES - Wed, July 7 - Possession Sound - 10:23 - Single gray ESE of Hat Island. -Brian Steinmetz

July 6

BIGG'S/TRANSIENT ORCAS - Tue, July 6 - North Puget Sound (T34s, T37s) - ~18:40 - [orcas] That's when and where I saw them last too [south of Possession Point]! Couldn't tell if they were going up Possession Sound or south down towards Edmonds. I lost sight just south of Possession Point heading SE. -Torrey Hall Volk
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18:40 - See them south of Possession Point continuing south, turning east. Not too much surface time. I think 1 or 2 males. And 3-4 orcas. -Alice Thuy Talbot
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18:24 - Kim Page called to report they are watching some orcas far distance across from Pilot Point (Kitsap) on the Whidbey side by bluff. 4-5 orcas who look to be feeding and moving slowly south.
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~18:15 - About 6:15 a neighbor that I trust spotted orcas heading south in Hood Canal, just north of Kitsap Memorial Park. I looked for them but the sun is a hindrance right now. The viewer is on the east side. I'm not sure how far out the orcas were. -Alan Robertson
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17:04 - midchannel favoring Whidbey side between the north end Double Bluff and Hansville, SB pretty fast. Viewing from north side of Double Bluff. I see at least 3. Too far for id photos. -Marilyn Armbruster
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~17:00 - [orcas] Saw them in Hood Canal around 5pm today. -Ximena Campbell
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~18:00-18:45 - Saratoga found the Admiralty group and followed them from the south end of Useless Bay to Possession Bank. At the bank they spread way out and went on a deep dive and we never resighted them. These were the T34s, T37, and T37Bs. On the last dive they were facing east toward the mainland shore.
16:55 - I have a second-hand report of orcas off Hansville heading into Hood Canal. MV Saratoga is on the way to check it out! -Justine Buckmaster, Puget Sound Express
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16:30 - At least 3 orcas southbound out from Mutiny Bay, Whidbey side of mid channel.
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HUMPBACK WHALES - Tue, July 6 - San Juan Islands - 11:48 - [HB] They are still in San Juan Channel, approaching Goose Island. -Luci Francis
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09:40 - Humpback southbound in San Juan channel just off Pt Caution. -Jim Gizzi
["Divot and calf" -Jeff Friedman]
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GRAY WHALES - Tue, July 6 - Possession Sound - 12:40 - The gray is circling off the bank off Hat Island on the southeast. -Jason Mihok
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10:35 - Grey whale in Possession Sound between Hat Island and Priest Point/north Everett. Last spotted, 10:35, as I headed into Saratoga. -Clinton Duckworth
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MINKE WHALES - Tue, July 6 - Haro Strait - Is it possible? Shark reef west of Dead Man's and area just north. Two whales. All black. Short, well-defined dorsal towards tail, approx. 2/3 of the way back. Rolling surface then down, minimal exhalation, short surface time then dive 3-6 minutes. Size approximate large orca size. Time Tuesday 8:30 pm. -30 minutes. P.S. I have seen Minkes in Iceland but never here. Also looked at whale ID chart for comparison. Follow-up: No flukes when they dove, and the shape and dorsal was consistent with Minkes. -John Pohl FGS
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PORPOISES - Tue, July 6 - North Puget Sound - 15:56 - HP all over, east of Possession Point. Watched for over an hour spread wide! So much going today! Watched an osprey, blue heron, and eagle successfully fish. The seals and porpoise were everywhere. -Sara Bowen
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UNCONFIRMED BALEEN WHALE - Tue, July 6 - Elliott Bay - 17:46 - I've got a baleen whale in Elliott Bay. Saw when it was diving so couldn't tell if gray or humpback. It was off my starboard side; I'm driving the vessel Neptune's Car. I'll update when I see surface again. Follow-up: It was doing the breath hold Olympics. When we saw it, it was heading west out of the bay. I didn't see a full fluke and didn't spot the dorsal so it has me leaning toward gray. But my passengers and I only saw it that once. There was some chatter on the radio from the Kitsap ferries about it, but it must have been doing 30+ minute downtimes. -Joey LaMarche

July 5

BIGG'S/TRANSIENT ORCAS - Mon, July 5 - B.C. Gulf Islands - I saw a number of orcas down Tumbo Channel today travelling towards East Point from Cabbage Island. They headed out into the straight once they were past East Point. -Bill Thomas
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Mon, July 5 - San Juan Islands (T46Bs) - 13:51 - Passed Point Caution about 20 minutes ago northbound. -Cindy Hansen, Orca Network
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16:00 - They are now near Flattop.
15:15 - Passed Reuben Tarte going north, on the east side of the Channel.
13:00 - Approaching Friday Harbor - the T46Bs. -Monika Wieland Shields, Orca Behavior Institute
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12:30 - Several orca mid Griffin Bay, heading north. -Julie Gralow
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Mon, July 5 - North Puget Sound (T37As minus T37A1) - A few photos from Monday's whales along the west side of Whidbey. So fun to unexpectedly see the T037As as they hustled north and out of Admiralty Inlet. These photos are from several viewing spots along the west side, and we kept 'picking' up more orca-dorks along the way. They were fairly close when passing both Bush Point and Lagoon Point - a beautiful evening too. Lots of spyhops! photo - "T037A (b.1994) named Volker" - photo - "This is T037A3 (b.2013) named Spinnaker" - photo - "T037A mom with I believe her youngest calf, T037A5 (b.2019)" -Jill Hein
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A quick evening dash to Lagoon Point was met with the arrival of the rambunctious T37As intent on hunting down a seal for dinner. Checking out their quarry with numerous spy-hops, their united efforts were soon rewarded as evidenced by numerous gulls swooping for scraps. Energized by their meal, the orcas were soon on their northbound travels again, celebrating their victory with breaches and tail-slaps while porpoising toward the promise of yet another glowing sunset (photos Richard Snowberger/Sandra Pollard) -Sandra Pollard
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Spent the evening with some of my favorite beings. photo - T37A and T37A5 ID: RH - photo - T37A2 ID: GS -Rachel Haight
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A few nice pics from last night from Bush Point and Lagoon Point. -Donna George
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20:10 - Kit Turner called to report seeing the group of orcas (4-5 w/one very large male and one small orca) traveling north past north end Lagoon Point, Whidbey, traveling pretty quickly now.
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~19:10 - The Ts came within 1-200 yards of the beach at Bush Point, headed north at a good clip. -Howard Garrett, Orca Network
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20:00 - [orcas] Three just off Lagoon Point slowly heading north. -Benjamin Potter
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19:08 - The Scotts at Bush Point called to report at least 2 orcas heading northbound off Bush Point.
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18:55 - San Juan Clipper halted just south of Bush Point. At least two orcas seen. -James Petts
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19:15 - Heading towards Lagoon Pt., close to Whidbey, passed Bush Pt. boat launch, northbound.
19:00 - Approaching Bush Point about 1/8 mile south and Whidbey side, nb.
18:09 - [orcas] Heading into mid Mutiny Bay, northbound fast. [video] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEjnY_7dvGc -Marilyn Armbruster
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17:56 - [orcas] Heading into Mutiny Bay. -Sarah Syvertsen
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17:45 - [orcas] Last seen from west side of Double Bluff, heading NW into Admiralty Inlet. [47.959740, -122.567289] -Jorge L. Baron
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~17:30 - About 5:30 PM with the use of telescopes 3 (?) orcas were spotted in Useless Bay. Two whale watching boats were also seen. Several recreational boats left shore to view whales. From our and neighbor's observation the boats appeared to be too close and between whales and main channel. A beautiful event. -Tennyson Townsley
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17:00 - Looks like the pod is hanging out in northern end of Useless Bay (south side Double Bluff, south Whidbey). -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network
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16:54 - [orcas] Seeing now from Double Bluff Beach looking towards point. -Kayla Helenske
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14:20 - [orcas] Saw them way out mid channel but pretty sure we saw a breach or two with binoculars from Haines Wharf Park (Edmonds)! -Nona Pinizzotto
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14:20 - Orcas breaching [map indicates SW of Scatchet Head], viewing from north end of Talbot Road in Edmonds. [47.905454, -122.449873] -Melissa Duits
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15:05 - Five breaches in 50 seconds…!
14:35 - Lots of directional changes. On a hunt. Been breaching for the last ten or more minutes. Still south of Possession now trending north..milling.
14:08 - [orcas] They are still south of Possession Point. 1408. I think they are overall trending south. -Alice Thuy Talbot
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13:53 - 3 orcas passed Possession Point 10 minutes ago heading south. Close to Whidbey. One large male and 2 smaller dorsal fins. -Karen Murphy
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13:09 - [orcas] They are headed SB towards Possession Point. I think they were on a kill as they stalled out for a while. Closer to Whidbey side. -Jodi Krause Poissant
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13:24 - Luckily were been able to flag down several boats and divert them away from driving right over the orcas just south of Mukilteo
13:12 - 1:12 still southbound. [west of and close to Mukilteo]
12:58 - T37As, minus A1 southbound off Mukilteo. -Bart Rulon, Puget Sound Express
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12:52 - [orcas] Heading towards Possession Point. Full breaches! Moving south and fast! -Julie Hutt
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~12:30 - Pod sighted in Possession Sound around 12:30 PDT today. About one mile off of Whidbey, southeast of Clinton. Appeared to be three orcas, initially headed west then they turned south. -John Storck, m/v/ Paradox (Bainbridge Island)
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12:57 - Saratoga whale watching boat now on scene. Steady southbound travel. Basically at the Mukilteo ferry terminal.
12:48 - Just north of the Mukilteo ferry terminal displaying hunting activity still on the Mukilteo side.
12:44 - Still seeing hunting behaviors and trending southbound.
12:24 - A lot of splashing and surface activity. Can confirm black fins. Happy 4th of July.
12:23 - I can now confirm a pod of orcas heading north.
12:22 - This is a big fat maybe but I'm seeing a lot of splashing just north of Mukilteo way over on the Mukilteo side. -Danielle Pennington
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12:16 - Phoebe Cude called to report at least 3 orcas in Possession Sound due west of Mukilteo/Clinton ferry, mid channel, 1/2 nm south of Clinton ferry terminal. Whales are stationary, non-directional at this time.
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12:20 - Katie reports, another group of visitors came in just now and said the orcas were southbound.
12:00 - At Noon Katie Watkins, ON/Langley Whale Center staff received report from a visitor who was on the 11:00 ferry and saw three orcas south of the ferry (Mukilteo/Clinton). They said one big and two small dorsals.
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HUMPBACK WHALES - Mon, July 5 - Haro Strait - 10:54 - Might actually be two whales, see a double puff.
10:45 - Humpback northbound 3/4 mile off Lime Kiln Lighthouse. -Fred Horn

July 4

BIGG'S/TRANSIENT ORCAS - Sun, July 4 - Haro Strait (T34s, T37s, T65As minus T65A5) - 14:28 - Friends on the water report the T34s, T37, and T37Bs are also in this group with the T65As. -Monika Wieland Shields, Orca Behavior Institute
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14:12 - [orcas] Still hanging out 15:12 off Westside Henry Island. -M Elisa Cannon
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13:00 - All of the T065As have passed SJ County Park, continued NB travel.
12:25 - Killer whales northbound passing Lime Kiln very close to shore!!!! Confirmed T65As. -Brittany Noelle
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Sun, July 4 - North to Central Puget Sound (T37As) - 20:57 - [orcas] Headed south between Magnolia and Bainbridge, 8:57 pm. Closer to Magnolia side. Kind of circling about. -Sarah
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19:40 - Southbound at 7:40 in front of Shilshole. Saw 4 - one adult male and one youth for sure! -Corinna Sullivan
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~19:00 - T37As swimming slowly SB along E side, prob heading towards Carkeek. Family of 4. There is a young orca. Long dives. -Tóm Và
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18:23 - 4-6 orcas heading south mid channel at President Point. At least 1 male 2 female appears to be one youth as well. -Angela Galipeau
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17:45 - [orcas] After a long pause, heading south, approaching the Edmonds/Kingston ferry. They are a little to the west side of the shipping lanes. -Sara Frey
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17:44 - [orcas] Near Edmonds now! Heading south by the whale boat. -David Moneymaker
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17:44 - [orcas] Already around the Kingston ferry. -Leandro Joel Pettino
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17:34 - [orcas] Seeing them from Apple Tree Point. 5:34 pm. Mid channel. Lots of activity. Heading southbound. -Laurae Briggs
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17:11 - Maybe heading slightly south now while still playing. In the shipping channel.
17:10 - [orcas] They're still just south of Possession Bar with the Chilkat. 3 of them, one seems to be a baby. They seem to just be playing and aren't heading in any particular direction. -Biz Shoe Petersen
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14:45 - [orcas] Watching them from Possession Point on Whidbey but they are on the mainland side. Appear close to Meadowdale Beach Park now traveling SB. 245p. -Jorge L. Baron
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14:20 - Spotted from Possession Lane in Edmonds around mid-channel to Whidbey, maybe closer to the Edmonds side. Leisurely heading south towards Meadowdale Beach/Picnic Point. There was beautiful tail slapping, breaches, happy 4th! -Mark Gronau
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13:30 - [orcas] A pod of 4? swam by Chennault Beach (Muk) at 1330. SB. -Alice Thuy Talbot
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15:45 - They flipped southbound at Possession bar.
15:36 - T37As are pointed northwestbound from Possession bar [47.869768, -122.443350]. Viewing from MV Saratoga, Puget Sound Express.
13:45 - T37As are southbound approaching Picnic Point Park.
----T37A2 (Inky), a 12-year-old whose dorsal fin has sprouted considerably from last year, was having a lunge/breaching competition with his little brother T37A3 (Spinnaker) who has become a pretty spunky 8-year-old. The brothers took turns lunging out of the water, one right after the other, as they seemed to be egging each other on in the process! The youngest member of the family, T37A5, a 2-year-old, also got into the mix with some breaching too. -Bart Rulon, Puget Sound Express
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13:52 - They just passed the Muk side of Possession Point headed toward Edmonds. Closer to mainland side of channel. My husband thought about 4 or 5. I was trying to get photos.
13:16 - There's a pod of orcas heading SB from the ferry on the Mukilteo side. -Jodi Krause Poissant
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BIGG'S/TRANSIENT ORCAS - Sat, July 3 - Haro Strait (T77C and T77D +) - 12:31 - A Canadian whale watch boat has picked up T77C and T77D in the western part of Haro… -Monika Wieland Shields, Orca Behavior Institute
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10:36 - [orcas] Straight out from Landbank northbound. (I definitely saw more than 2, my guess was 3-5. So I think there might have been another group that slipped by.) -Brittany Noelle
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10:20 - Got em! About 3-4 miles off of Lime Kiln, heading north. At least 3-4, at least 1 big male.
10:11 - We're picking up some transient calls on the Lime Kiln Hydrophone. -Kate Laboda
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GRAY WHALES - Sun, July 4 - Possession Sound - 12:15 - Gray whale feeding north of Possession Point. Was NB slowly. Left just south of Glendale -Colleen Farrell
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MINKE WHALES - Sun, July 4 - San Juan Islands - 11:45 - Minke whale very close to shore headed up channel just off Neck Point, Shaw Island. -Bryn Black

July 3

Sat, July 3 - North Puget Sound (T37As minus T37A1) - 19:36 - Looking NW of Manaco Beach. Heading North. West of mid channel. -Jered Phipps
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19:05 - [orcas] A group of about 6-7 (?) passed Camano Island State Park, heading north at a steady pace. -Jill Ian
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19:19 - Moving closer to Whidbey now. They're getting hard to see with the sun glare.
19:09 - Midchannel off Cama Beach travelling north.
18:42 - They are heading north.
18:33 - [orcas] Camano side of midchannel, southwest of Camano Island State Park. Can't tell direction of travel yet. -Serena Tierra
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17:41 - Approximate location. [48.076816, -122.405402] Still traveling northwest up Saratoga Passage [due north of Langley, much closer to Camano side.
17:38 - [orcas] Just seen from Langley but closer to Camano. Traveling northwest. 538p. -Jorge L. Baron
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17:35 - [orcas] Just north of Langley, northbound in passage. -Kristi Barnes
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17:43 - Group continuing northbound at a fast lick in Saratoga Passage north of Langley.
17:06 - At least two of the orcas are mid channel between Sandy Point and Camano Head, northbound.
16:43 - The T37As are approaching Sandy Point, Whidbey, toward Saratoga Passage. Viewing from the water.
----It was busy out on the water today, with the return of the T37As (minus A1, I believe - thanks Bart Rulon) engaging the attention of whale watchers and boaters in Saratoga Passage as they traveled at a pretty fast pace - no stops to hunt or feed. We left them just beyond Langley as they continued on their northbound journey, more or less mid-channel between Whidbey and Camano (photos Sandra Pollard, zoomed and cropped). -Sandra Pollard
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16:20 - [orcas] Heading northwest around Hat Island. -Anna Vermeulen
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16:11 - Resumed northbound travel. Look to pass between Whidbey and Gedney but not confirmed yet.
15:55 - [orcas] Just north of the Clinton Mukilteo ferry line with directional changes and hunting behaviors. -Danielle Pennington
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15:33 - They are north of Glendale now. Northbound. More on Muk side. -Donna George
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16:04 - They just killed a seal north of the ferry lanes. We have left the scene.
15:40 - All 5 of them are closer together now in the Muk/Clinton ferry lanes,northbound, mid channel.
15:25 - T37A3, 4, and 5 are mid channel with us [off of Glendale per Bart's map]. The 12-year-old sprouter male, A2, is closer to Mukilteo, and A1 is not here. We haven't seen mom again, yet, but she was with them earlier today. [47.935657, -122.344324]
15:13 - T37As (minus A1) are still northbound. See map [off of east side of Possession Point. [47.916218, -122.362735] -Bart Rulon, Puget Sound Express
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15:00 - [orcas] Off Harbor Point mid-channel, northbound in Possession Sound. -Neil Hathi
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14:55 - Definitely entering NE into Possession Sound now.
14:45 - Just watched 3 small and one male off Possession. They are diving for long periods and appear to be slowly heading north towards Saratoga Passage. -Conni Navarre
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14:30 - Saw them for a second looked to be heading east in the wide water expanse south of Whidbey. Only saw two fins. -Alice Thuy Talbot
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14:05 - On the move now, 2:05 - still southbound. I can barely see them due to the sun glare.
13:53 - Viewing from Scatchet Head - Passing the green channel marker. Still southbound.
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Just wanted to share these amazing pictures I got while on the PSE 10:30am tour from Port Edmonds yesterday! So incredibly fortunate to have come across a group hunting, feeding and celebrating. In the year I've been following them on land I've never seen anything like this! Such a joy to witness! -Jennifer Swenson
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12:15 - North end of Useless Bay eating a harbor porpoise, 37As. -Christopher Hanke, Puget Sound Express
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11:20 - The orcas appear to be off the south side of Double Bluff, Whidbey, in the north end of Useless Bay, heading SE. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network
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10:47 - [orcas] Slowly southbound. Hanging out south Mutiny Bay, Whidbey side. Lots of tail slaps. -Michelle McCune Cangialosi
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10:38 - lost sight of them. They were milling around for a while.
10:25 - Long down times. I counted at least 8 orca. Heading further south. Not going to Hood Canal.
10:12 - Still heading south, steady clip. 1.5 miles south of Bush Point. Near-ish Whidbey side. -Mike Meyer
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09:59 - Anna SinghDeo called to report the orcas. Larry Hunter was first to sight orcas passing their place off Bush Point heading southbound; orcas have just passed by the lighthouse. Hard to get full count because they look to be in two groups, w/some very near shore, but best guess is minimum of 3 bulls and multiple females/young. They can hear them blowing right now.
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09:57 - Scotts (Karen & Patrick) just called to report orcas off Bush Point just blasted by moving quickly then went on deep dive.
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09:33 - Mike Waitt of Greenbank called to report at least 3 orcas, including bull, in Admiralty Inlet between Lagoon Point and Bush Point, heading southbound rapidly about 300 yards off Whidbey shoreline.
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Sat, July 3 - Central Puget Sound (T65As minus T65A5) - 20:00 - Orcas mid channel on Kingston ferry, Kingston side heading north. -Bonnie Monteleone
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20:20 - Line of sight Apple Tree Cove to just south & east of Double Bluff, 3 big breaches and a tail slap- pretty far out there, now probably parallel with Eglon.
19:55 - Coming up to Apple Tree Pt., northbound behind ferry - tail slap and baby breaching. -Donna Green Van Renselaar
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19:45 - [orcas] San Juan Clipper is leaving them northbound off Pt. Wells but closer to Kingston side. -Stephanie Raymond, naturalist
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19:00 - [orcas] They are off President Point per my neighbor who is having dinner there at a friend's house. -Sara Frey
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19:00 - 3 orcas mid channel between Indianola and Bainbridge Island, July 3, 7pm -Anna Hightower
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17:40 - 2 orcas seen off Suquamish at 5:40pm. -Christine Brady Johnson
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17:30 - Minimum count of 4 (large male, 2 females and possibly one youngster) off Indianola pier after spending time toward Agate Point and then heading north toward Kingston. -Larry Hobbs
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18:06 - Orcas heading east from Indianola, back towards main body of Puget Sound.
17:18 - 4 orca whales moved towards Indianola/Port Madison from Fay Bainbridge. -Scott Weaver
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17:15 - [orcas] They are currently westbound, slowly aiming into Port Madison Bay. [47.722201, -122.509511] -Bart Rulon, Puget Sound Express
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17:10 - [orcas] Just saw one near KVI Beach. I was on my paddle board and got nervous and excited at the same time. Heading north. [47.410591, -122.416052] -Kimberlie C de A
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17:00 - Just north now…you can still see them from the beach. Moving north. 5:00.
16:50 - [orcas] In front of Fay Bainbridge, 4:50. -Julia Assael Hier
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16:30 - [orcas] 3 headed northbound between Bainbridge and Seattle, mid channel. At 4:30. They are moving very quickly north. [47.692408, -122.474524] -Parker Wilson
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15:21 - [orcas] Approaching Bainbridge ferry line, still headed north. Closer to Bainbridge side. I'm seeing ~4 in that area. -Sonya Chin.
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15:28 - Nb, moving east of mid channel.
15:21 - One male orca, Eagle Harbor, mid channel, view [from] 64th and Alki.
14:52 - Just saw one male orca north of Tillicum village, view from Constellation Park. -Mary Hartmann
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15:05 - Mid channel, south tip of Bainbridge Island, heading north. Almost to Port Blakely.
14:32 - [orcas] East side of Blake Island - group of 5 heading north. -Joe Marzano
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14:40 - What an experience!! Two orcas circled back and circled our boat a couple times, right next to it!! We had engine off and they came to us…not a lot you can do but enjoy the moment!!! 2:40, Blake Island!
14:31 - Southworth ferry dock, closer to Blake, NB. Bull alone behind 3 others ahead of him. -Noelle Morris
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14:31 - At 14:40 Maija Holston, WSF Marine Ops, emailed to report: Cathlamet reports 1431hrs. 4 orca wave running with vessel while crossing from FAU to VASH [Fauntleroy to Vashon] headed NB [northbound].
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14:19 - [orcas] 3 headed north past Southworth ferry dock 2:19. -Katherine Aosved
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~14:05 - We saw one orca heading north towards the southworth ferry around 2:05. -Teresa L. Nauta Tippett
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14:03 - [orcas] Saw one pass by at Pete's Point. -Melissa Mooney Walton
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13:54 - Colvos Passage today headed north. -Steven Brett Szydloski
photo - T65A2
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13:18 - [orcas] Approaching Anderson Pt., northbound. -Lucas Dambergs
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13:15 - [orcas] Olalla, 1:15. Anderson Park. Heading north. -Hayley Grossan
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~13:00 - [orcas] At Olalla Inlet about 40 min ago [posted at 13:42], heading northbound, -Chuck Foster
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12:05 - Saw three orcas from Gig Harbor going into Colvos Passage. -Danielle DeBosko
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11:39 - Four orcas off the tip of Pt. Defiance! -Sharon Predoehl
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11:26 - T65As (minus A5) westbound see map [west of south Vashon ferry lane] [47.325748, -122.521056]. Viewing on MV Saratoga, Puget Sound Express. -Bart Rulon, PSE
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11:11 - [orcas] In the ferry lane in between Point Defiance and Vashon. They appear to be westbound...Erin Carey
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11:10 - They're heading back towards the ferry lane now.
11:03 - Watching from walkway along Point Ruston - milling around mid channel. Lots of tail slaps and a couple of breaches! They've been here milling for several mins. -Allyson Corbo
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11:05 - Looks like they are traveling westbound. They're directly out from Dune. Still too early to tell if they're in full travel mode and which path they will take.
10:47 - Same general area. Just slightly more northwest of where they have been. Appeared to still be milling. Just saw a tail. The juvenile also seems very active. One male, two or three females, and just saw one juvenile with them as well...
10:27 - Directly out from Point Ruston, about mid-channel. One male one or two females. Saw two breaches and displaying milling behavior. -Ashley Whitman
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10:20 - [orcas] 3-4 headed north of Pt. Defiance Park. Single by himself and pod of 2-3 moving swiftly! Seen from south side of ferry 5-10 minutes ago. -Hillary Butler
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10:17 - Just spotted from the Point Defiance ferry. -Junior Ramirez
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11:14 - Toward the harbor. Now 2 have been traversing toward the Narrows. Off Vashon now.
~10:15 - We saw a large male in Commencement Bay about 10:15 this morning. -Geoff Piper
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11:00 - One just breached in front of the whale watching boat. Mid channel, Point Ruston.
10:15 - [orca] 1 heading east, Point Ruston. -Jim Schmaltz
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12:00 - Pod of 3 or 4 heading north by mouth of Gig Harbor.
11:05 - Just left Dune.. 4-5. One male at least 2 female and possibly a juvenile. Stalled milling at opening of Commencement Bay.
10:20 - Entering Commencement Bay.
10:06 - [orcas] Viewing from Dune.. …haven't seen in a few min now. Lots of directional changes. -Emily Spanjer
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10:02 - [orcas] Group milling around in front of the ferry landing on the south end of Vashon. -Bryan Nerland
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09:54 - Mid channel in the Ruston ferry line. Milling about. -Ben Johnston
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~12:00 - Viewing from Point Ruston now heading back west.
10:07 - 1 large male heading east near Vashon south end ferry terminal.
09:50 - 2 for dorsal fins south side end of Vashon, passing Quartermaster Harbor, traveling east. -Cherie St.Ours
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09:28 - One large orca off of Sunrise Beach. About mid channel, maybe a bit closer to Vashon. Appears to be heading south. -Stacy Hammrich
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08:34 - [orcas] Heading south past Maplewood. -Briana Kilmer
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08:27 - [orcas] Just saw them pass us heading south through Colvos. GH side of Colvos. -Yvonne Welty
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08:20 - [orcas] SB at Prospect Point and Al's Market in Colvos Passage. Leisurely pace. We see at least 4 including a large adult. -Kyle Buffenmyer
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07:51 - [orcas] Playing in current of Command Pt. -Jim Arbogast
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07:46 - 5 orcas moving south very slowly at Fragaria in Olalla.-Matt Martin
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~05:45 - Orca on west side of Blake Island heading south around 5:45am. -Brian Hollomon
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GRAY WHALES - Sat, July 3 - North Puget Sound/Possession Sound - We apparently have two grays still around. -Lori Christopher
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Gray whale, 10:30 trip with Puget Sound Express from Port of Edmonds. -Jennifer Swenson
[2362 per Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network]
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UNDETERMINED SPECIES - Sat, July 3 - Central Puget Sound - 09:40 - Giant pod of Dolphin? [likely harbor porpoise] spotted by old ferry's landing in Gig Harbor. Headed south towards bridge. -Liz Adamack

July 2

SOUTHERN RESIDENT ORCAS - Fri, July 2 - Strait of Juan de Fuca (K pod) - 12:44 - We just got word that Ks are westbound out the Strait of Juan de Fuca this afternoon. -Orca Behavior Institute
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BIGG'S/TRANSIENT ORCAS - Fri, July 2 - Strait of Georgia (T34s, T37s, T46s) - July 2nd 2021 - Bigg's Killer Whales and Humpback Whales interacting off Texada Island. An amazing encounter with two Humpbacks chasing three matrilines of Bigg's Killer Whales. We were fortunate to come across two humpbacks in close proximity of 13 Bigg's Killer Whales that seemed quite agitated. The humpbacks were following 50 meters behind a group of 13 killer whales tail lobbing and trumpeting. The Bigg's Killer Whales left the area at a high rate of speed and the humpbacks then settled down. We are able to identify one of the Humpbacks as Anvil who frequents the waters of the Salish Sea and has been documented doing the same thing on separate occasions with Bigg's Killer Whales. The families of Bigg's Killer Whales present were the T034's T037's and the T046's. -Ocean EcoVentures Whale Watching - Cowichan Bay & Parksville B.C.
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BIGG'S/TRANSIENT ORCAS - Fri, July 2 - San Juan Islands (T77C and T77D) - 17:30 - 2 orcas traveling west to east off of Flint Beach, at the south end of Lopez Island. -Tom Reeve
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15:55 - Exited Cattle Pass southbound.
13:50 - T77C and T77D are still hanging around the San Juans! 13:50 in San Juan Channel just north of Friday Harbor, on the Shaw shoreline and heading south. -Orca Behavior Institute
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Fri, July 2 - Possession Sound (T65As minus T65A5) - 20:56 - I was able to see them in roughly the same area for about 20 minutes. By 8:56pm they continued southbound.
20:37 - Seen from the north end of Talbot Road, south of Haines Wharf. They are well south of Talbot too. Mid channel. See two blowing, still southbound. -Melissa Duits
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21:05 - They look like they are heading southwest, more towards Eglon-ish...a little more west of mid channel now.
20:41 - From Sunset, still north of me, looks like a hunt may be on...
20:30 - [orcas] Viewing from Sunset Avenue, see blows mid channel, looks like still heading south. They are probably straight out from Haines Wharf quite a ways. -Janine Harles
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19:25 - [orcas] Viewing at least 3 from Picnic Point. They are close to the Kingston side moving quickly southbound. -Melissa Atchison
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19:18 - [orcas] I caught them going by Glendale about 15 min ago. -Jodi Krause Poissant
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18:39 - Off Mukilteo Beach now. Looks like the boys went to east side. Another 3 or so females mid channel about a mile south. -Rylee Fee
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18:10 - Just crossed the ferry lines heading southbound. Closer to Whidbey side.
18:00 - [orcas] In parallel with the Clinton ferry terminal. Showing some surface activity. Heading south close to Whidbey side. -Danielle Pennington
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17:55 - [orcas] Still southbound almost to Clinton. -David Matyjasik
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~16:30 - Orcas. Heading east? Down Saratoga towards Langley with ship of people following @ approximately 4:30 pm. -Michael Cannon
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18:45 - T65As are heading toward Shipwreck and Possession on Mukilteo/Ed side. Viewing from Glendale, Whidbey.
18:08 - Whales are in ferry lanes mid-channel as seen from Brighton Beach.
17:57 - Orcas have passed Brighton Beach heading for ferry lanes at a steady pace. T65A was slightly behind or off to the side at one point.
17:16 - Orcas have passed Sandy Point grouped up and close to Whidbey. Southbound toward Clinton.
16:21 - T65As are visible from Seawall Park. Whale bell has been rung. Two visitors from east coast thrilled to see them.
----They're back - the T65As. Once again, the whale bell rang loud and clear at Seawall Park to herald the arrival of the T65As as they passed Langley on their southbound travels in Saratoga Passage, skirting a kayaker just before they rounded Sandy Point as they continued toward the ferry lanes and Possession Sound. Many visitors were lucky enough to experience the unique thrill of seeing their first orca in some of the most beautiful natural surroundings in the world (photos Sandra Pollard, zoomed and cropped) -Sandra Pollard
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12:45 - Several tail lobs, a spyhop and breach in front of Camano State Park taken from Fox Spit. -Deb Barge
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12:45 - [orcas] Out from Camano State Park milling and moving very slowly NB. Camano side of mid channel. -Marilyn Armbruster
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16:18 - Updated location still very slowly southbound. South of Bells Beach. They are still very grouped up in their pod.
15:30 - T65As are southbound near Whidbey Island. See my map [near Fox Spit].
11:17 - Visible off Langley now still northbound.
11:04 - They are almost to Sandy Point now. They swam back and picked up A2 so they should all be together now. We have had to flag down multiple private boats for bombing right towards the whales to get them to stop or slow down.
10:45 - Updated location approaching Sandy Point, northbound. T65A2 is hanging behind the other 4 a bit.
10:15 - T65As minus A5 south of Hat Island north-westbound. See my map. Viewing from MV Saratoga, Puget Sound Express. -Bart Rulon, PSE
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10:14 - Finally found them. There are a million boats and crab pots out right now. Just at the southwest tip of Gedney Island on the west side heading north. -Danielle Pennington
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At 09:14 Donna Sanders, WSF Marine Ops, emailed to report: CHELAN Master reports the vessel has slowed for 2-3 orca heading NB, mid channel, of the traffic lanes. [Mukilteo/Clinton run - Chelan was just pulling into Clinton terminal at time of email. Sighting may have been bit earlier]
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08:55 - 2 orca heading north. I caught them mid channel between Whidbey and Mukilteo. They are probably past the ferry lane by now. I lost them. -Jodi Krause Poissant
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HUMPBACK WHALES - Fri, July 2 - Strait of Georgia - July 2nd 2021 - Bigg's Killer Whales and Humpback Whales interacting off Texada Island. An amazing encounter with two Humpbacks chasing three matrilines of Bigg's Killer Whales. We were fortunate to come across two humpbacks in close proximity of 13 Bigg's Killer Whales that seemed quite agitated. The humpbacks were following 50 meters behind a group of 13 killer whales tail lobbing and trumpeting. The Bigg's Killer Whales left the area at a high rate of speed and the humpbacks then settled down. We are able to identify one of the Humpbacks as Anvil [BCZ-CS513] who frequents the waters of the Salish Sea and has been documented doing the same thing on separate occasions with Bigg's Killer Whales. The families of Bigg's Killer Whales present were the T034's T037's and the T046's. -Ocean EcoVentures Whale Watching - Cowichan Bay & Parksville B.C.
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GRAY WHALES - Fri, July 2 - Possession Sound - 12:00 - After leaving the orcas we found gray whale CRC2362 near the Snohomish River Delta (north end). -Bart Rulon, Puget Sound Express

July 1

SOUTHERN RESIDENT ORCAS - Thu, July 1 - San Juan Islands (K pod) - 17:29 - [orcas] A few are now on the other side of Eagle Point... the south side. And there are some still here on the north side of Eagle Point. Everybody's just hanging out. Moving slow. -Chris Wilson
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16:08 - Visible from Land Bank. ["I was at Land Bank and saw them turn around right before Edwards Point…" -Ellie Sawyer]
15:20 - [orcas] Past Eagle Cove at 15:20, spread out, some offshore, some close in, some laggers. Moving up island. -Fred Horn
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11:57 - Elizabeth Drozda called back to report 2nd group of 2 orcas. She was still watching the first group of 3 about 1/2 mile offshore when she heard whales below her. This 2nd group of 2 are hanging out below along shoreline below here at Sares Head, Sharpes Pt. Park, north of Deception Pass Bridge. They are milling around, looks like they are fishing/feeding.
11:27 - Elizabeth Drozda just called. She's at Sares Head, south of Anacortes watching the whales go by, believes the resident orcas per our alert. The orcas are still north of Deception Pass, somewhat spread out heading south. Only seeing 3 at this time in this group.
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10:50-17:07 - Center for Whale Research Encounter #45: "… We made it on scene at the south end of Rosario Strait by 1050 about mid-strait off Watmough Head. The whales were very spread out and foraging. … From the whales we had been seeing, we knew we had the K12, K13, and K14 matrilines present. While we felt confident at that point that the K16s and K21 were not present, we still needed to find the rest of the K14s and K43. We eventually spotted K26 off the flagpole at American Camp. He was also charging up island but then found a fish and stopped to give chase. We briefly saw K14 and K36 inshore up closer to Eagle Point. We then had a couple of backlit whales speed past us heading north. This was K43 and K44 and they started milling too. ….. K12 looked like she might have been chasing a salmon before she continued slowly southeast about a mile northwest of Eagle Point. We ended the encounter there at 1707 after K12 arched and gave us a nice right side shot." [See CWR Encounter #45 https://www.whaleresearch.com/2021-45 for full summary and more photos]
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16:15 - At least four are southbound at False Bay.
15:50 - Leaders Kanaka Bay northbound.
14:00 - Iceberg Point westbound.
11:45 - Southbound near Deception Pass, Whidbey Island.
09:45 - About 10 orcas southbound in Rosario near Decatur, early reports sound like this may be Southern Residents!!! After a tentative report from a couple days ago in Johnstone Strait we are guessing maybe members of K-Pod, same exact day they showed up last year!
---- After 81 consecutive days of no Southern Residents in the Salish Sea, members of K-Pod returned this morning, one year to the day after they made their return in 2020. Their whereabouts have been unknown since their last visit to the Salish Sea in mid-late February. The whales were picked up this morning heading south in Rosario Strait and made their way over to Haro Strait in the afternoon. We saw members of the K12s, K13s, and K14s (last year just the K12s and K13s were here on July 1). We had a hunch they would show up today after getting a tentative report of them in Johnstone Strait on June 29, again exactly one year after they were documented there in 2020. [video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjGKY41zb9Q -Orca Behavior Institute
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09:34 - Saw two orcas, on ferry to San Juan, somewhere in the Rosario Strait. Sorry, I'm not sure [which direction] but they were swimming away from the port side at that time so possibly SB. Not a lot of action though. They didn't spend much time above water for the handful of times they surfaced. -Tóm Và
photo - K33 ID: Brittany Noelle
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10:30 - Killer whales northbound in Haro Strait directly off Landbank but appear to be in Canadian waters.
09:05 - From Anacortes-Friday Harbor 9:05am ferry. -Brittany Noelle
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Thu, July 1 - San Juan Islands (T77C and T77D) - T77C & D. Came out of West Sound [Orcas Island], went through Spring Passage, did a loop around Waldron Island. At 1730, made a kill of a seal and played around until 1800. Turned and headed towards Skipjack. -John Boyd
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~13:30 - There was also a brother sister pair [T77C and T77D] we saw 30 minutes before these [T65As]. -Curtis Johnson
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11:30 - Seen near the Orcas ferry landing.
10:00 - Taking Upright Channel heading NE 10:00.
09:00 - Off the NE side of Turn Island (secondhand).
08:50 - Now aiming for Turn Island. -Monika Wieland Shields, Orca Behavior Institute
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08:38 - 2 orcas in Friday Harbor right by ferry terminal. -Audrey Holloway
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07:00 - Two orca, possible females, eastbound Spieden Channel. Caught short sighting at 7 a.m. -Carrie Dehuff
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BIGG'S/TRANSIENT ORCAS - Thu, July 1 - Strait of Juan de Fuca (T125A and T128) - We had another great encounter off Sooke today with Transient / Biggs Killer whale brothers and Humpbacks! -Paul Pudwell, Sooke Coastal Explorations
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Thu, July 1 - North Puget Sound/Admiralty Inlet (T65As minus T65A5, T49C) - At 20:14 Kim Paige called to report the orcas are south of Point No Point, mid-way between Pilot Point and Eglon. They are traveling southbound quickly on the Kitsap side, way west of the shipping lane.
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18:40 - Heading toward Eglon (from near Point No Point). NOT going into Hood Canal. mid-channel. (I'm viewing from the bluff 2 miles south of Bush Point. I can see Eglon from here.)
18:30 - [orcas] Moving steadily south, 2 miles south of Bush Point. -Mike Meyer
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17:45 - Still watching three orcas from Lagoon Point. Two to the left of the boat and one very large one to the right of the tour boat. -Janet Moody
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Thu, July 1 (T65As minus T65A5, T49C) - 17:30 - Kit Turner called to report the same group of orcas (at least 3 w/at least 1 adult male) in Admiralty Inlet at N end of Marrowstone, still there at 5:30pm. Leisurely frolicking. Possibly drifting south.
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16:42 - Lots of big activity near PSE at Ft. Flager, viewing from Lagoon Point so very distant.
15:50 - Lone male from Lagoon Pt., southbound, kinda far out.
---- Lovely afternoon at Lagoon Point, watching my friends the T65As, with Marilyn Armbruster. Saw them from a distance (north west of us) and very active, then luckily decided to go (back, we'd been there once earlier!) to Bush Point when they finally committed to going south and looked like they'd be close. We were right and got some lovely looks at them! photoS - "T65A2 Ooxjja (b. 2004) on the right, T65A3 Amira (b.2007) in the middle, and T65A4 Ellifrit (b.2011) on the left." - "dear baby (b. 2018) T65A6 Callisto. I first met her when she was about 3 months old. With big brother T65A3" - T65A T65A2 [ID: Jill Hein] -Bonnie Gretz
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18:52 - Viewing from Robinson Beach, Mutiny Bay. Line of sight with north side of Foulweather Bluff, swiftly moving sb. Middish channel.
18:20 - Close pass at Bush Pt. Moving sb fairly quickly.
17:52 - Male closer to Whidbey with rest of family Whidbey side of mid channel. Passed Lagoon Point at 17:45. SB
17:00 - Been viewing from Lagoon high bank and they are still out 1/4 mid channel or so from mid Lagoon Pt. Lots of milling, active and directional changes. Been in this spot for quite some time now. No direction.
15:45 - Can only see male [T49C] SB Marrowstone side of mid channel. Viewing from high bank mid Lagoon. photo (includes T65A2 with fam) -Marilyn Armbruster
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15:00 - Glimpsed two orcas southbound, Whidbey side from Bush Point boat ramp. Nothing since. -Sandra Pollard
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17:32 - They seem to be moving southbound now, slowly.
17:29 - We've seen T49C pop up a few times but he hasn't gotten any closer to the 65As yet. They are still milling off the north end of Lagoon Point.
17:05 - They stalled at the north side of Lagoon Point to eat a porpoise. T49C turned around northbound towards them (within a half mile) but then disappeared.
16:09 - Right off Fort Flagler.
16:02 - The 65As are at the north end of Marrowstone Island right now, southbound. T49C is about 4 miles ahead of the 65As.
15:46 - T49C traveling southbound by himself off Marrowstone Island. Viewing from MV Saratoga, Puget Sound Express.
14:20 - They were the T65As. A2 was on the Point Wilson side by himself and the rest of the family (assumed) was on the Whidbey side (1 mile offshore). We only had a few minutes but saw A2 close enough for an ID. We assumed the others were the rest of his family but only saw them at a long distance away. -Bart Rulon, Puget Sound Express
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~14:00 - From PSE PT about 2 hours ago [~14:00], just north of Ft. Worden. -Curtis Johnson
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13:26 - Update: at least four others southbound off Ebey's Landing closer to shore.
13:22 - Single male killer whale headed southbound at Ebey's Landing about midchannel. -Alexandra Vanderzee
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HUMPBACK WHALES - Thu, July 1 - Strait of Juan de Fuca - We had another great encounter off Sooke today with Transient/Bigg's Killer whale brothers and Humpbacks! -Paul Pudwell, Sooke Coastal Explorations
photos - MMY0146 ID: GS, BCX1251 Orion ID: GS
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GRAY WHALES - Thu, July 1 - 12:26 - A friend just shared that they're on a boat by Hat Island and saw a gray whale! -Matty Leaman


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