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November 9

SOUTHERN RESIDENTS - 16:30 - most if not all the pod rounded Whidbey mostly grouped and look to be heading west directly towards Kitsap. Not up Admiralty. A lot of breaching going on, some pec slaps, lazy rolls, etc.
16:05 - Many of us on the shores watched as they came from the north, first group mid channel. Others following with one group porposing at one point, then on a dive in front of us surfacing a little spread apart. Currently looks like all have passed Possession Park, spread across the channel and mile or so distance between leaders and trailers. Some foraging, breaches, forward lunges etc. while moving southbound toward Puget Sound proper. Large number hugging Whidbey others mid channel as we lose sight. -Alisa Lemire brooks, ON
(J36, J35, and J47 ID'd by Melisa Pinnow, CWR. J53 and probably J46 ID'd by Sara Hysong-Shimazu)
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J27 Blackberry tail lobs as he dives while southbound in Possession Sound. Mukilteo ferry and Everett in background. -photos above by Richard Snowberger, Nov 9, 2018
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15:00 - Perspective from a ferry - J26 Mike. on the Samish and there is 10-15 orcas spread out across Mukilteo/Clinton. -Photo by Melissa Simmons, WSF, Nov 9, 2018
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14:52 pm - WSF called with a report from the Samish ferry, of a few juvenile orcas headed south in Possession Sound.
14:25 - Appears all Js/L87 have rounded Sandy Point spread in 1-4s. Some stalled to actively forage, chasing fish. Some surface activity tail lobs, breaches. Many are currently midway between Sandy Point and Clinton, spread between Hat and Whidbey southbound. Leaders nearing Clinton/Mukilteo ferry lanes. Silent seas, but for lapping waves along the shore and whale exhalations. -Alisa Lemire brooks, ON
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Male traveling southbound Possession Sound passing a heron, cormorant, & gulls while heading for Clinton/Mukilteo ferry lanes - City of Everett in the background. -Photo by Marilyn Armbruster, Nov 9, 2018
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14:00 - Foraging and spread out wide between Sandy Point and Hat Island. -Durand Dace
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13:57 - Just saw a group of orcas cruising east near Sandy Point on south Whidbey. It looked like one had a baby with her. -Luanne Seymore
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13:43 - Pod is exiting Saratoga Passage: Lead female has passed us on shore on east side of Sandy Point, following her close behind is couple of females/youngsters with a bull trailing them by short distance Others streaming past and out of Saratoga spread to the north and east, with another group just exiting Saratoga now closer to Whidbey. -Alisa Lemire Brooks
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13:30 - Orcas, this time heading south of Langley. 3 passed close to Camano, the rest closer to Whidbey. -Don Sandnes
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13:18 - From Whale Bell Park - Saw 2 or 3 dorsals fairly spread out, mid channel, headed south. -Becky Livingston
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13:08 - At least four orcas heading south past the Langley Marina, she saw three breaches in a row! -Photo by Donna George, Nov 9, 2018
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12:12 - All spread out between as far north as Fox Spit/Camano Island State Park and to the south. So much beautiful foraging with lots of tail slaps while foraging, stunning chum? Leaders made it north of Fox Spit then pod flipped southbound, some with eager determination, a couple porpoising while others kept steady pace. Watching them continue south, I wandered down to the shoreline and while watching others who passed a female surprised us passing quickly close to shore...she and at least one other stalled out south of Fox Spit making many directional changes and engaged in some high flying breaches. Pod is still spread across the channel and N to S to at least Bells Beach on Whidbey side. -Alisa Lemire brooks, ON
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J37 Hy'Shqa and Marilyn - Saratoga Passage off Fox Spit. -Photo by Richard Snowberger, Nov 9, 2018
(ID by Sara Hysong-Shimazu)
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11:18 - Leaders are approaching Fox Spit and tail lobbing and pec slapping with an occasional breach in calm waters. -Durand Dace
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11:10 - Donna George, Langley Whale Center docent is watching a single orca heading north past the Langley marina. Sounds like they're spread out across Saratoga Passage.
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10:15 - Just received a report from Donna Jordan of several orcas heading north past the Langley marina, some closer to the Camano side.
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10:30 - most of the pod members have passed Langley still very spread in 1-4s all steadily making their way northbound. Leader was male, trailers is 2 females with Juvie and male nearby, this trailing group is mid channel passing just to the north of downtown Langley. Total 20+ whales. No individual IDs but looks large enough to be all of J pod/L87.
10:10. We think all have passed Sandy Point...leaders should be to (or past) Langley, trailers (family of 3-4) just north of Sandy Point, Whidbey side. All whales still northbound spread wide across channel.
09:39. Orcas (including male) just off east side Sandy Point, Whidbey. Breaching. Others off Sandy Point heading into Saratoga. Lots of breaches. -Alisa Lemire brooks, ON
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10:10 - A group of 7-8 orcas just passed south Camano Island heading north. -Don Sandnes
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09:20 - Lori Christopher reports 5-6 orcas west of Hat Island heading north. Pretty spread out. -
09:15 - Just saw them on NW side of Hat/Gedney Island heading north.
09:00 - today, just saw a pod of Orcas traveling north about 200 yards off the northwest coast of Hat/Gedney Island. So quiet out you could hear them breathe! -Toni Kay Jefferies
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From the 8 am Clinton-Mukilteo ferry orcas were on both sides of our ferry, looked to be slowly heading north. -Naiina Barnett
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7:55 - call from WSFerries of a pod of at least ten orcas from the Clinton to Mukilteo ferry, not going anywhere. Orcas in the sound! At around 750 am, my friend Shannon Marie Alexander made a status they had seen orcas on the ferry. This was the info she gave me. Also said they didn't see them until they almost docked in Mukilteo. "from Clinton to Mukilteo. They looked like they were heading away from Mukilteo towards the Eastern side of Whidbey" -Rachel Haight
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UNIDENTIFIED KILLER WHALES - Nov 9 - Juan de Fuca Strait - 10:00 - call from Maurice Morris of a single male orca in Strait of Juan de Fuca off Slip Point, which is opposite Jordan River, mid-channel headed west. No other orcas nearby with good visibility.
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Nov 9 - Haro Strait - ~17:00 - My hubby noticed three kayaks paused at Eagle Cove, SJI at sunset today and then shouted...."and the whales are here too"! I was thrilled by the behaviors I witnessed! My only regret is that I couldn't ID them as the light was so dim and they were extremely active. There were 8-12 individuals, at least 3 large males, females, a juvenile, and a tiny wee one. (I couldn't tell if it had an orange tinge as the lighting was tricky) They remained on the south side of Eagle Point and were foraging back and forth, over and over again, and exhibiting extreme above-water behavior. At least 20+ breaches/bellyflops, several spyhops, and excessive pec slaps and tail lobbing. It sounded like the 4th of July out there! They stayed very close together, almost clustered, tactile-like behavior. And then back to foraging behavior, back and forth! After pitch darkness, I could still hear their exhales and extensive above-water behavior. Last I could hear them, it sounded like they were headed slightly south/southwest, perhaps towards Salmon Bank. -Lodie Giblert Budwill
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Had a great encounter this evening with a group of orcas between False Bay and South Beach. The foraging behavior was very Res. Seemed to be be having success. Lots of surface behaviors. More breach's than I could count. Tails slaps, cart wheeling and crazy amount of peck slaps from the large male in the group. We were paddling and they we enjoyed them for some length of time till sunset and dark. They seemed to be moving off shore to the west slowly. Not a single boat anywhere in sight this evening. -Jason Gunter
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Nov 9 - Hood Canal - 09:39 - call from Hood Canal between Hoodsport and Holiday Beach of 2 orcas headed south. They were bigger than dolphins but no further details.
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Fri Nov 9 - North Puget Sound - (J pod/L87 were 8+ miles ahead, is possible a split off group of Rs or a small pod of Bigg's - alb)
16:30 - 3 orca milling south of Hat Island and may be headed South towards the ferry lanes. I was on the Everett side near the Port, they were probably 2km away. They seemed bigger and darker than harbor porpoise and could see a white saddle patch- not well enough for an indiv ID but didn't seem like a Dalls. It looked like they did a loop from Edgewater Park, NW through Possession Sound, up near Hat Island, and left again South. -Jessica Blanchette
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14:40 - Looking from Polnell Shores to Camano. Photos pulled from video. Poor quality. (looks to be between Race Lagoon and Rockaway Beach, Camano) No large males. Didn't come any further north. I saw at least 2 surface at the same time. We watched until we could no longer see them so I assume the headed south. There was breaching, tail slaps and one Spyhopping. Then it just stopped. -Terra Parham
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HUMPBACK WHALES - Fri Nov 9 - South Puget Sound - 15:00 - Humpback still hanging around. He was heading north past the Point Defiance Park, 5 Mile Drive, Gig Harbor viewpoint. -Photo by Lane Sample, Nov 9, 2018
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12:22 still hanging in front of Gig Harbor view point , changing direction back and forth, currently south bound
11:50 - Humpback visible from Gig Harbor view point on 5 Mile Dr., Point Defiance, headed north. -Sarah Cardinal
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Thu Nov 8 - South Puget Sound - 14:47 - humpback visible from Owen Beach, headed East along Vashon side. -Sarah Cardinal
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14:00 - Humpback moving N into Dalco Passage. -Alan Passero
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1:35 - Humpback foraging right off the Gig Harbor Viewpoint in Pt. Defiance Northbound. -Melissa Burke
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13:33 - Humpback heading north from Narrows Bridge. Putting on a show! (breaching) -Tim Leahy
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11:27 - Humpback in Dalco, closer to Gig Harbor side, still heading south. -Michaela Kelly Wuelging
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~10:20 - Just spotted a Humpback off Vashon heading south toward Point Defiance in Colvos Passage near Camp Sealth, likely past camp property at this point. -Joshua Cunningham
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GRAY WHALES - Fri Nov 9 - The Gray whale CRC-2234 on the Hammersley Inlet. It left at low tide so you could follow her under the water. Hard to take a bad picture with all this in my favor but I managed to squeeze off 20 crappy ones!!! -Pam Burger

November 8

L87 Onyx, the beloved L pod guy who travels with J pod. Point Robinson - Puget Sound. -Photo by Kelly Keenan, Nov 8,2018
(ID by Melisa Pinnow, CWR)
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Thu Nov 8 - On days like these I so wish I owned a SUPER magnified camera lens ... A little late to post, @4:20 at Harper Pier/ Southworth watching our Southern Residents, identified as J pod. I was watching two separate groups, as they split at south end of Blake Island after exiting Colvos Passage. Saw 3, then counted 4 to 5 observed trending on the west side of Blake Island...lots of activity and splashing as they are completely breaching out of the water, jumping into the sky, seeing tail slapping, spy hopping, they all appear to be super happy. The other group, I counted ~ 6-7 with two large ones as they trailed off to the east side of Blake Island, after stalling at the south tip. Lost all in the sunset at Pomeroy Park in Manchester @5:15. So happy to see the Southern Residents enjoying their day, they appear HAPPY! Makes my heart Happy! -Kathe Bradley
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16:42 - Trailers still south of Blake, some went back side some are now East side NB. -Kersti Muul
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16:11 - 2 orcas near Southworth ferry and two closer to Vashon...fully breaching and showing their tails. -Amber Miko
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16:00 - Eyes on from Me Kwa Mooks in West Seattle. NB from southern tip of Blake. Big backlit blows. -Kersti Muul
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15:55 - Donna, WS Ferries reports 12 orcas north end Colvos Passage heading north. Seen by Ferry Kitsap.
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15:30 - Beautiful pod northbound approaching Southworth ferry now. -Tim Ferris
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Southern Resident Killer Whales at Sunset (HD) - Here are the SRKWs approaching and passing the Southworth ferry while it was still docked, with the setting sun glowing through the orcas' blows: -Video by Meg McDonald, Wild NW photography, Nov 8, 2018
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14:20 - Cathryn Rice from just north of Olalla sees many orcas traveling, breaching, and foraging northward up Colvos Passage.
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13:55 - trailing pod just passed Redding's beach on Vashon and headed North, switched to mid channel and in travel mode. -Marla Smith
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13:50 - Orcas viewable from Als Market in Olalla. -Jami Cantrell
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13:38 - Group of Orcas heading north through Colvos Passage north of Camp Sealth! -Joshua Cunningham
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12:55 - (Js/L87) first group of three heading north Colvos passage. Second larger pod following. -Steve Fogard
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13:17 Passing Paradise Cove Northbound closer to Vashon side, NOAA with them now.
13:05 - At least one group heading up Colvos, closer to Vashon side.
12:37 - Currently watching Mom & baby at the entrance to Colvos, doing all kinds of Barrel rolls for a kayaker, & just off Vashon Ferry terminal 4 breaches in a row!! ..streaming back across Vashon towards Colvos or Narrows again. Spread out across entire island. -Melissa Burke
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12:18 - from first view point on 5 mile Drive we're seeing at least 10 still. They're all over and milling around.
11:39 - definitely two groups. One mid channel west of the ferry lane heading west and another group closer to Pt D milling in the ferry lane. I think there's at least 8, maybe 10 orca total. This is AMAZING to see both species at the same time and I can hear exhales. -Amy Bliss-Miller
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Breach off Owen Beach, Point Defiance. -Photo by Sally Milligan-Smith.
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So exciting! Owens beach earlier today! First time seeing Southern Residents! -Photo by Dawn Dewhirst, Nov 8, 2018
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may be a J49 spyhop - A few pics from yesterday in the Vashon/Owen Beach area...so beautiful to witness!! -Photos by Lisa Jump, Nov 8, 2018
(IDs by Melisa Pinnow)
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Orca - All clips J pod & L87 in Dalco Passage. -Video by Lucas Dambergs, Nov 8, 2018
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Pictures taken from Owen Beach between 11:45-12:45. J41 and J19. -Photos by Sarah Cardinal, Nov 8, 2018 (IDs by Melisa Pinnow)
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Tons of tail slapping, pectoral slaps, and BREACHING!!! We watched from Owen for 2 hours! Truly amazing. -Photo by Amber Stanfill, Nov 8, 2018
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King 5 News took to the skies filming J pod and L87 while in Dalco Passage. See their one-hour VIDEO HERE.
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11:45 - still foraging in the ferry lanes & spread out along Vashon. Seem to be finding lots of food...one breached a few times just east of ferry. Also saw a series of tail lobs west of the ferry.
11:23 - spread out across from Quartermaster Harbor to almost Vashon Ferry dock, some in path of Ferry. Still Westbound, close to Vashon shore. Some still streaming across Quartermaster. Earlier: big group has crossed Quartermaster, heading for Vashon Ferry. Close to Vashon side.
10:55 - HUGE fully body out of water breach. Some are foraging in the cross tidal current happening at the center-ish of entrance to Quartermaster, some are still foraging off S. tip of Maury. Low Tide is at 11:13, so they are here again for the flood!!
10:42 - LOTS of breaching as the begin to cross Quartermaster Harbor! Foraging behavior by a Bull off S. tip of Maury, & more foraging behavior just off the entrance to Quartermaster.
10:27 - Big Breach off the S. tip of Maury Island, West bound, close to Vashon shore. Viewed from N. 46th & Stevens, Tacoma. -Melissa Burke
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As if fall wasn't my favorite season already, this is the best reason to love it - Southern Residents coming down to our back 40, foraging, pec slapping, lots of tail lobs, several breaches all between Commencement Bay into Dalco Passage, then finally back to their usual route up Colvos Passage. -Jill Clogston These two J-pod members swimming side by side in front of the Point Defiance ferry dock - J37. -Photos by Jill Clogston, Nov 8, 2018
(IDs by Melisa Pinnow)
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12:01 - there's still 2 bulls east of the ferry. One close to Maury, one farther south. Heading west. I think the rest are west of the ferry...They're all over the place here.
11:19 - (orcas) very spread out, milling. The leaders are already past the Vashon Ferry. Close to Vashon side....There's still several over east of the ferry.
11:00 - There's a little group that have come farther south - closer to Point Defiance. Still east of ferry line but easily viewed without binoculars.
10:36 - can see them (orcas) in the distance from Anthony's parking lot at Point Defiance...east of Anthony's, South of Maury - some closer to shore some more mid channel. Lots of activity/breaches. -Heidi Armstrong
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10:39 - Brian Owens reports orcas heading south past Maury Island, mostly on the Vashon side.
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9:46 - Two small groups heading past Gold Beach right now. J36 Alki, J17 Princess Angeline, J40 Suttles, J49 T'ilem I'nges, & J37 Hy'Shqa, J51 Nova and J46 Star. -Marlena Davis
(IDs by/confirmed by Melisa Pinnow, Center for Whale Research)
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09:34 - Js/L87 now traveling south along Maury island.
08:49 - Whales approaching Point Robinson - Believed SRKWs. -Amy Carey
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07:58 - Just got a report: at 7:40 Pod of whales in front of Dilworth headed south! A little one with them at least six. (confirmed later by Kelly to be Js/ L87). -Kelly Keenan
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Thu Nov 8 - I was kayaking this evening at sunset and spent a half hour observing a grey whale between Everett and Hat Island. -Photo by Rob Freelove, Nov 8, 2018

November 7

16:47. - there are many off North Edmonds. Those in 4:35 update and at least another 6-8 (incl. at least 1 male). several breaches and many directional changes, milling, trend northbound directionally towards Possession Point.
16:35 - seeing at least one female or Juvie male foraging approx 1.5 -2 miles south of Possession Point and ~2 miles off N Edmonds while several others foraging a bit further west. From Stamm Overlook Park. -Alisa Lemire Brooks
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16:15 - blows seen heading north close to Kitsap side pointing toward Admiralty. Seen from Possession Shores, Whidbey. -Sandra Pollard
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Spread out between Kingston and Possession headed northbound...Looks like J Pod. Think we spotted Cookie. Just spotted from Puget Sound Express. -Kendra Leak
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15:50 - looks like Js since looks like I see Onyx out there. Double breach in front of eastbound Ferry out of Kingston bit ago. All continuing northbound spread out. Trailers out from Edmonds north of Ferry. Too soon if going Admiralty or ? -Alisa Lemire Brooks
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15:28 - Rick Harris reports seeing orcas from Edmonds/ Kingston ferry Appletree Cove area southbound. -Melinda Barajas
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15:25 - sure looking like residents! Seen at least four males and 8 plus females- foraging, directional changes very spread out in all directions. Leaders probably off mid Edmonds, trailers so far still between Kingston and Edmonds Marina Beach.
15:15 - the way they are streaming by spread, with some directional changes and numbers (2-3 males, at least 6 females and some young) could be residents. One breach mid channel between Kingston and Edmonds. Marina Beach. All streaming, trending northbound.
14:55 - pod is east of mid channel spread out between Edmonds Marina Beach and Kingston Ferry. Northbound swift pace tho one making directional changes. -Alisa Lemire Brooks
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14:20 - Orcas heading North by Richmond Beach. There were probably 8 or so - I was watching from my home with binoculars...they were likely more East (of mid channel). -Tara McErlean Liekkio
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Wed Nov 7 - Admiralty Inlet - ~15:30 - that's Port Townsend's tip in the background. We were coming from PT back to Coup on the ferry, and they looked like they were smack in the middle, heading back out. Facebook VIDEO of pod of 8+ orcas. (Good possibility this is the T46s/46Cs exiting. Wed 7th was the first day with no reports to Orca Network of this family who spent the past week in Puget Sound - alb) -Yvette Williams
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Wed Nov 7 - South Puget Sound - 14:45 - 15:15 - My kids and I watched the humpback from the Narrows Bridge (looking southeast) from about 2:45-3:15. No boats (or people!) on the bridge. It was amazing. -Amy Natali
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16:15 - Saw him just south of the Narrows Bridge on the Tacoma side (closely followed by a boat). He was going south quickly. -Kristina Johnston
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15:30 - Humpback (assuming Vivaldi) cruising fast towards the Narrows Bridge. There's a great view from the Narrows Viewpoint in Pt Defiance. -Emily Scannel Mruk
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~ 13:00 - Humpback whale off Point Ruston today. -Robert Franklin
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UNIDENTIFIED SPECIES - Wed Nov 7 - ~11:00 - 1 to 3 whales south of Harstine Island Bridge in Pickering Passage. One spy hopped almost half out of water. Up to 3 spouted. Don't think they were Orcas because did not see large dorsal fin and body shape at spy hop was different and saw no white, but do not know what species. -Carl Hauge

November 6

16:25 - Found them, East of Point No Point, more towards Whidbey side off channel. Northbound...far enough can only see blows. -Sara Frey
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16:00 - speedy male is heading towards Point No Point. Three huge breaches along the way.
15 55 - Been watching a large dorsal moving at speed across Possession Sound now heading north on Kitsap side still in a hurry. Spotted a couple of other blows a bit further back also heading north. Visibility decreasing due to light rain. -Sandra Pollard
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15:40 - this group may have gotten word to head west. Seeing male and others further out and others spread N to S in SB shipping lanes SE of Point No Point to South of Scatchet Head.
15:20 - at least one matriline of 3-4 (inc. Male) is about 1.5 miles offshore foraging off north Edmonds off Stamm overlook park and just to the south. Nice breach few minutes ago. Long down times. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, ON
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15:05 - Can definitely say now they (at least some) are heading up to PNP/ Admiralty. They are moving very slowly.
14:50 - picked them up again. At this point appear to be heading up toward Admiralty. Still very slow NW bound. -Sara Frey
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14:43 - I believe they are back in front of my place now on 27th Ave NW in Shoreline south of Pt Wells, one is close to shore but staying under and going north, it appears there is another surfaced but pretty far out and drifting south at the moment. -Thanks again, Kurt Blomquist
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14:30 - last seen with line of sight - Kingston/Everett and off south end of Whidbey. Appeared to be on the Kitsap side of channel and significantly slowed. Have now disappeared x about 10 minutes. -Sara Frey
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14:30 - Spotted a couple on the Edmonds side around 2.30. They may have crossed Possession to join other whales seen on the Kitsap side seemingly heading north as seen from Possession Shores. -Sandra Pollard
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14:00 - at least part of the pod is Edmonds side of green buoy off Scatchet Head, South Whidbey. NE bound towards Cultus Bay (sightline). -Alisa Lemire Brooks, ON
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13:35 - still NB, mid channel - line of sight from Apple Tree Point approaching south tip of Whidbey soon, again, this is just line of sight. Perhaps a bit more west than previously and look to likely be heading to admiralty inlet. I see a lot of blows but mostly just the big boy's dorsals. Its a bit choppy and they are out a ways. -Sara Frey
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13:30 - All out from Edmonds, now north of the ferry dock. Leaders are further offshore. Main resting group has now split up loosely all northbound with male very close to Edmonds just outside the dive park. Too soon to say if they'll continue towards Mukilteo or Admiralty or going to stay around and forage. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, ON
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13:25 - No longer very visible from Marina beach. Heading NNW. PS: this group is awesome!!! Y'all helped my husband and I see orcas for the first time today. -Rachel Worden
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13:24 - So incredible. They're heading away from Edmonds now, hopefully everyone on the west side gets a chance to see these beauties today, too. -Photo by Sara Lewis, Nov 6, 2018
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12:57 - 6-8 spouts 1 mile south of the breakwater at Port of Edmonds. Headed NNW. -Andy Gregory
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12:58 - Still in resting lines in two tight groups off Edmonds Dog Park/ Marina Beach... steady northbound. Stunning.
12:50 - can see several including a large male from Kingston. Appear to approaching the Edmonds/Kingston ferry line. Northbound - pretty far east in the shipping channel. Likely closer to the Edmonds side. Looks like the research boat is still trailing. -Sara Frey
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12:05 - pod is still grouped now right out from Richmond Beach Saltwater Park, in Shoreline. Steady northbound. Research skiff (looks like Mark Sears) with them.
11:20 - beautiful long resting line....northbound. Carkeek would be good viewing.
11:12 - most have grouped up ( 12-15) and flipped, now northbound off Golden Gardens east of mid channel. Smaller group (2-3) ahead bit NE, and at least one more whale short distance ahead of that group. Steady slow northbound with some active foraging, milling. One male east and south of others.
10:55 - the two groups (slightly spread) are (sightline from Golden Gardens )south of Fay Bainbridge Park, includes 2 males. Another male and at least one female just at north end of Fay B Park (again sightline) all mid channel. And at least one more male trails who is more east in the channel. At least 12-15 orcas...steady southbound. Elevation will be your viewing friend. Sunset park in Ballard would afford views for at least a bit. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, ON
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10:49 - Orcas passing Faye Bainbridge. Heading south bound. East side of channel. -Carol DeRusha
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10:47 - watching a group from Fay Bainbridge. The group is southbound east side of channel. We saw at least 6 individuals spread out. Some breaches and surface activity. -Melinda Barajas
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10:15 - Loosely spread at least 10: I see at least 8 in two groups including male in each group, and another male up ahead leading, and another male in rear and to east, mid channel between Golden Gardens, N Seattle and just north of Fay Bainbridge Park. Steady southbound. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, ON
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09:30 - I saw what may have been two small orcas near the north end of Richmond Beach Saltwater Park. Saw fins but no tail, the fins looked a lot like an orca as opposed to a dolphin. -Kurt Blomquist
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By 9:40 - I could see whales spread across entire channel from Richmond Beach to Jefferson Head and to the south, in groups of 1-4, all steady southbound. At least 4 adult males. Tail lobs.
09:19 - at least dozen spread across channel with some well east of buoy off Richmond Beach. Seen at least 2-3 males. I would say these are Residents.
09:10 - another group of orcas trailing; one male mid channel north of buoy, with 2-3 others west of buoy. All steady southbound. Too far for IDs yet
09:05 - at least 3 orcas Southbound at Yellow mid channel buoy between Richmond Beach/Presidents Point, Kingston. Some foraging along the way. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, ON
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08:12 AM - Mike at WSFerries reports a large pod of orcas heading south near Kingston.
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08:07 - I can only see 2 smaller whales and then one Male about 100 yards behind them. Moving west like yesterday morning...Add 2 more small whales to that count. -Luaithrend Inghean Uilliam
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07:40 I saw them too! Getting spoiled to keep seeing them on daily walks. Viewing from Edmonds fishing pier just north or Kingston ferry terminal trending south. Probably south of the terminal by now. -Michell Goll
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07:35 - I can't believe I'm messaging this for the third time in a week, but I'm seeing a male Orca fin off Edmonds mid channel, headed south. There might be more, but it's far enough out that I could be missing smaller fins. -Josh Adams
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BIGG'S TRANSIENT KILLER WHALES - Nov 6 - 17:23 - Orca headed down San Juan shore south if rocky bay headed to point caution. -Alan Niles
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Tue Nov 6 - 15:30-16:00 - Henderson Bay. I saw them heading toward Purdy Spit first. They stalled for a bit out in the middle of the bay. I thought there were two male separate from each other but never saw them at the same time. Then I saw them heading out of Henderson Bay but not directly toward Cutts Island then I lost them....My neighbors say they saw more than I did heading toward Purdy Spit. Maybe the group split up. Seen in Henderson Bay between 3:30-4:00. -Terry Shovlowsky
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13:13 - from the Anderson Island Facebook group, our Fox island neighbor (Bob Wagner) said: The orca's turned around and swam right by our place about 30 yds off shore. They are in between Fox and McNiel Island. There are 5-6 and a young one too. -Belen bilgic Schneider
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Noon - Orca sighting off Steilacoom, at least 4 heading north. Had a couple of breachings. Looks like some young ones one adult for sure, much bigger. Too far away for photos. -Jim and Nancy Taylor
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12:09 - (orcas) heading north towards the Narrows bridge.
11:54 - 3-4 large and a small orca in Steilacoom.
-Lisa Wiksten
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Orcas in south Puget Sound! I'm at Sunnyside Park in Steilacoom. Watching them between Vashon and McNeill. There appear to be 3-5, feeding. Many birds flitting about for scraps. Out walking with no camera, so no chance for pictures. But what a wonderful sight! -Tari Poe Norris
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Noon - Orca sighting off Steilacoom, Several seen, at least 4. -Jim and Nancy Taylor
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Tue Nov 6 - San Juan Channel - Noon - Humpback in San Juan Channel at Point Caution heading south. -Photo by Jim Gizzi, Nov 6, 2018
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Tue Nov 6 - South Puget Sound - ~17:00 - I saw 3 blows, one whale. It was the humpback. and a tail from Owen Beach a little to the west on the Tacoma side (between Owen Beach and Vashon viewpoint)
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16:33 - humpback just past Salmon Beach heading towards the Point (nortbound). -Gill Chard
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14:13 - (Humpback) Still hanging around the Narrows Bridge, Tacoma side. -Mika Jamison
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14:08 - Humpback under Narrows bridge headed north - slowly. -Samantha Hightower
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Mon Nov 5 - South Puget Sound - Heading south at 5:05 pm. Can hear it as it goes around the point from Owen beach. -Cassy Suratos
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3:49 Humpback spouting in Delco Passage. -Brianna Schroeder
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3:18 - right in front of the bridges view point at point defiance heading north pretty quickly. -Rachel Williamson
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3:10 - almost in front of "Bridges Viewpoint" heading North a bit faster now.
2:00 - creeping north in the Narrows with boat chasing. Very slow if you want to come to Pt Defiance to see! Maybe 1/2 mile north of bridge now.
1:15 - can see humpback exhales from the cliff facing the Narrows Bridge on Five Mile Dr. Slowly coming North. It's hard to catch them, it's so windy. Editing: just milling around about 1,000 yards north of the bridge. No known direction. -Amy Bliss-Miller
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12:15 - Humpback hung out just south of the bridge for quite a while. Went under the bridge, heading north. -Candy Burden Hughers
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11:47 - humpback just passed beneath Narrows bridge heading north, after some showy tail lobs. -Louis Oien
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11:12 - humpback is just past Titlow traveling north towards the bridge now. East side. (earlier) a lot of tail slapping just north of Narrows Marina.
10:51 - humpback traveling back north. Approaching Titlow
10:42 - Humpback super active right now. Lots of tail throws & slaps. Mid channel from Fox Island fishing pier. Photo taken at 10:40 shortly after the whale was reported coming back out from Hale Passage. The whale was north of the Fox Island Pier. It spend a good 20 minutes being active like this. -Heidi Armstrong
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10:31 - Humpback visible again, coming out of Hale towards bridge, Gig Harbor side, from Fox Island Pier.
10:16 - Lost sight of humpback from Fox Island fishing pier, into Hale Passage. -Sarah Cardinal
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10:05 - Humpback stalled. North end Fox Island - closer to that side now.
9:48 - Humpback passing Day Island. Mid channel. -Dawn Dewhirst
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9:27 - at Narrows Park. Humpback is South of the Narrows bridge nearly to Fox Island pier. Traveling south quickly. -Heidi Armstrong

November 5

16:39 - (orcas) Past Dilworth towers now. In line with two purse seiners. 4 at least. Southbound mid channel. J27 is present, and J26.
16:21 - residents heading straight towards Dilworth (line of sight). Southbound fast clip leading male. At least three trailers.
16:09 - Watching from the Arroyos seeing residents mid channel South of ferry lanes. -Kersti Muul
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15:00 - Just passed through this massive group (orcas) just north of Fauntleroy ferry. Lots of small groups, very active, traveling south. Research vessel on site. -Kate Stovel
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14:41 - Maia at WSFerries reports orcas still heading south between Vashon and Fauntleroy Dock.
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14:25 - Whales everywhere! Four groups: Southern most one between Vashon and Southworth, two between Vashon and Blake, one group towards North end of Blake. All SB. 3-5 in each group. -Pia VanHanen
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13:54 - Maia at WS Ferries reports orcas are now off Restoration Point, south end of Bainbridge Isl, headed south.
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13:33 - See male Orca near yellow buoy (mid channel buoy between Alki/Restoration Pt) viewing from 64th and Alki. -Mary Hartman
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13:23 - 4 orcas steady southbound off Alki mid channel. Viewing from Rockaway, Bainbridge.
13:26 - orcas now south of Blakely Rock. Foraging now, north of yellow channel marker off Alki. -Sue Larkin
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13:10 - at least a mom/youngster pair South of Eagle Harbor near red buoy still foraging, many directional changes.
12:24 - group of at least three sightline between West Point and south end Rolling Bay/Skiff Point. Female and little one ahead, adult male trailing short distance behind them steady southbound. Female/young male spy-hopped, little one tail lobbed. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network
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12:20 - Erica Thompson reports many orcas between Yeomalt Point and downtown Seattle, out in mid-channel, breaching but not directional, among many fishing boats with nets out.
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12:02 - 4 different whales surfaced within 20 seconds. Very spread out. On the west side of the channel - their noses and dives look south bound. Def 1 male. Very large dorsal fin.
11:49 - south of West Point lighthouse. Definitely saw Orcas - unsure of amount/gender. Discovery park is closed today due to construction. It is difficult finding a view spot here. -Addison Baldeshwiler
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12:04 - Seeing at least a few orcas cstill circling, actively foraging a couple miles south of West Point light, mainland side of mid channel with others further north trending south.
11:45 - Seeing more orcas to the south and one more closer to Discovery lighthouse. We are seeing active foraging by very spread out whales with long down times.
11:35 - With Mike Ferdinandi at West Point lighthouse and he was first to spot fins south side of lighthouse. At least one male, female trending southbound. Foraging. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network
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11:20 - J11s? West of midchannel southbound. Seen with scope from Golden Gardens. Other whales passed SB earlier. -Ariel Yseth
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10:45 - at least 2 plus a bull headed south, mid channel straight out from Ray's. seem to be hunting. Slightly south of Fay Bainbridge, more west. They've stopped for a snack, at least some of them. -Sandra Prow
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10:34 - 2 orcas swimming south with the green barge ship headed to golden gardens mid Channel.
10:13 - 4 Orcas spotted mid Channel from north beach house headed south to golden gardens. -Tom Kroll
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10:00 - Orcas slowly southbound mid channel off Richmond Beach near navigation buoy. Should be near Shilshole soon. Very spread out, too far away to ID, even with spotting scope. At least three, inc 1 large dorsal. Nice light and glassy water. -Joan Poor
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08:12 - Watching 4 whales from the Kingston ferry. 1 male 2 smaller orcas. Heading west towards Kingston. -Luaithrend Inghean Uilliam
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07:40 am Orcas on Kingston side observed from Edmonds fishing pier. Spread between north of ferry and PNP. Observed through spotting scope and couldn't tell direction of travel. At least 2 groups. Thanks to the birder who found them for me! -Michelle Goll
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07:24 - 6 orcas, including 2 males, milling off Edmonds, about a mile offshore. One male possibly trending south. -Josh Adams
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Mon Nov 5 - 14:47 - A pod is sighted in Henderson Bay still....We saw them off our deck. South of the bridge. Hard to see because of the chopping water. There is an area that you can tell has current and bait fish. Very exciting for us. First time seeing them! -Audrey ML
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14:30 - small pod (3-5?) of orcas seen from Rosedale heading south toward Penrose Point (Carr Inlet). Moving quickly and maintaining speed and direction. -Scott Markowitz
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14:20 - They (orcas) were just in Henderson Bay near the Purdy Bridge. They are headed south now. -Allisha Hadland McVay
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12:05 - they (orcas) dove and I lost track but they were getting closer to Gig Harbor still mid channel headed towards Fox Island sand spit. I counted about 6.
11:51 - (orcas) Headed back west mid channel passed McNeil
11:32 - (orcas) Still going back and forth mid channel between Fox and McNeil Islands closer to McNeil, more so south end of McNeil island. Definitely hunting, happy birds all around them lol. Between fox island and McNeil island. -Jami Cantrell
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10:55 - Pod of orcas between McNeil and Fox Island-headed west-closer to McNeil! -Charlene Welsty
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10:27 - A pod of Orcas are right between Fox Island and Chambers Bay Golf Course, hole #15...about mid channel and moving quickly southbound.... headed towards Anderson Island. A big group of 15 people were all watching them, from Chambers Bay. -Phil Caldwell
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10:21 - (orcas) Heading south, south end Fox Island close to that shore. Moving fast. Big male and 3-4 others. -Dawn Dewhirst
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09:58 - Members of the T46 matrilne northbound in Tacoma Narrows. Orcas are south of bridge. Looks like they're hunting - Titlow/Narrows Marina area. Mid channel. -Heidi Armstrong
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09:56 - South of Narrows Bridge still heading south. Viewing from Narrows Park. -Amy Bliss-Miller
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09:38 - Orcas in front of Salmon Beach now near Gig Harbor side. Traveling south. Boat is following/jumping them (observations not egregious. More for reference.) Here's some VIDEO from our deck at Salmon Beach this morning. Orcas in the distance travelling by. -Zeno Martin
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08:56 - 5 orca! Just in front of Point Defiance still heading south (in Narrows), almost to Salmon Beach.
08:46 - Change of direction, 3 orca heading south at the moment.
08:37 - 2 orca between Vashon and Pt Defiance headed North into the Colvos. Watching from Gig Harbor. -Gaby Kinner
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08:07 - Watching them (orcas) right now, Point Defiance ferry terminal...I saw three at least, headed west now towards Owen Beach. -Johnny Collard
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~-7:30 - They (orcas) were hanging out by a freighter anchored off the slag pile earlier this morning. -Bryan Owens
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06:45 - Orcas were spotted today off of Point Defiance marina by my co-worker around 6:45 this morning. Said there were some little ones in the group. It sounded like they were heading toward the port (eastbound). -Kaelee Shoenneman
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Mon Nov 5 - Monday morning from 7:34 to about 8:00, I observed I believe a gray whale along the beach off of Pratt's bluff. I was on the beach. He blew about a dozen times as he (she) move towards just south of Baby Island. -Karen M Graham

November 4

SOUTHERN RESIDENTS - 09:40 - L87 and a member of J pod passing Apple Tree Point, Kingston under moody skies. -Photos by Gina James Vigna
(ID by Melisa Pinnow, Center for Whale Research)
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Sun Nov 4 - 16:48 - NB north of Golden Gardens. East of mid channel. Some foraging from J17s group. -Ariel Yseth
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16:40 - at least a dozen have passed Shilshole/Golden Gardens northbound slow but steady spread in 1-3s. One male leading well east of mid channel with 2 more trailing closer to mid channel. At least 4 female/young turned and headed NE directionally towards Carkeek as rounded Meadow Point, N Golden Gardens. Water glassy calm, sun lowering nestled among clouds vibrant & moody. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network
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16:18 - 16:30 Watching the long parade headed north. I'm at the exit from the ship canal. sailboat "Gusto" following 5 or so. Big breaches! Male way out mid channel headed north, west of Shilshole marina. -Sandra Prow
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16:25 - 4-5 orcas steady northbound mid channel from Golden Gardens. -Sue Larkin
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16:15 - Great view from Sunset Hill park in Ballard. Saw a male (I think) spyhop and tail slap near a boat. North side of Discovery Park point, right out from the marina (Shilshole). -Caroline Henry
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16:05 - Resident orcas passing northbound at West Point lighthouse, Discovery Park, those we are viewing are close to mainland side loosely spread. A few very close inshore right off the point! Several others a little further offshore with even more a bit further offshore with more coming up from behind. Gorgeous in low November sun. Viewed from Sunset Park in Ballard. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, ON
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Here's another picture from yesterday afternoon from around 4:10 when a trailing group also passed by northbound close to Discovery Park after the leading group had done so already. Yesterday's encounter was a short but sweet one, especially since I haven't had very many opportunities to see the resident orcas. 15:58 - seeing 4-5 move north from Discovery and others milling off West Point. Breaching orca at 4:06 this afternoon. This happened a couple hundred yards north of West Point. -Photo by Connor O'Brien, Nov 4, 2018
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~15:58 - Three Orcas (two adults and one juvenile) were seen passing by Discovery Park lighthouse and heading towards Golden Gardens. They seemed to be in good mood, as one of the adults breached. -Mariya Muradova
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15:20 - orcas now NB. Viewing from Rockaway on Bainbridge with a full rainbow stretching from here to Seattle. Thankful for their presence today. Foraging behaviors make me hopeful they found some nice fat chum. -Susan Marie Andersson
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15:13 - From Alki lighthouse, whales NB again and out of view. Don't forget to wish Mike & Blackberry happy birthday! -Ariel Yseth
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15:10 - Northbound now, headed towards Port Blakely again. Several smaller groups. -Pia Van Hanen
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14:55 - At least 7 orcas heading south between Blakely Rock and Alki Pt., seen by Marie.
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14:45 - Lots of Orcas off Eagle Harbor headed south. -Neal Mcculloch
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15:08 - Look to be heading NB maybe. J27 with the group. North of Blakely Rock.
14:43 - South of Blakeley rock now, West in channel. Two matrilines. No males seen
14:25 - Visible from Alki now. Looking NW towards Eagle Harbor, south of ferry. -Kersti Muul
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14:30 - Maia from WA State Ferries called to relay a report of orcas spotted from the Ferry Tacoma, off Bainbridge Island, mid-traffic lane, southbound.
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14:30 - We had a second sighting just about 5 miles south of Shilshole Bay at 2:30. Two adults and a very small baby. Tug and barge separated them for a bit, but then they started heading closer to one another. Not sure if they caught up to each other. We didn't want to follow too close. Hope they are okay. -Kari Pendray
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14:00 -14:40 - from Creosote Park overlook we saw many more SRKWs including a male... widely spread, heading SB from the mouth of Eagle Harbor to Shilshole and mid channel steadily towards Alki/Blake Island. Spyhop, breach, tail lob but mostly travel. Confirmed Rezzies - one of my pics shows a finger in the saddle. -Donna Green Van Renselaar
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14:10 large group of SRKWs spread out from Eagle Harbor heading south fast. Research boat trailing. -Carey Kirkland
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14:05 - From Sunset Hill Park (Ballard) at least 3 whales slowly moving south, beginning to leaving our sight behind Discovery Park. -Elizabeth Burstad Morgan
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14:00 - Orcas passing Creosote, Bainbridge. West side of channel. Southbound and spread out. No males with this group, may be trailers. -Susan Marie Andersson
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13:53 spotted from Richmond Beach off the far East end of Port Madison. -Heather Croteau
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...went to Rolling Bay approx 1:15-1:30 pm and saw at least 4 maybe 6 females southbound, SRKWs. Big breach, spyhop, pec slap but mostly heading steadily South hugging Kitsap shore. J31 Tsuchi on the right, J46 Star.....Donna Green Van Renselaar
(IDs by Melisa Pinnow, CWR)
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13:08 - watching a group of several orcas including bull north end of Rolling Bay, Bainbridge and NE of there. Some close in Bainbridge others further offshore well west of mid channel. See blows, dorsal, surface action, directional changes. Some further south, all trending southbound. From Richmond Beach, too far for IDs or numbers. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network
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12:38 - This group is spread out probably 5-8 individuals including 2 big males. Still moving slowly south, some milling around. Still visible from Sunset Hill (Ballard). -Danielle Carter
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12:00 - I can see 3 headed south mid channel from North Beach (N Seattle, N of Golden Gardens). -Tom Kroll
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12:16 - Orcas headed south now....mid channel
11:50 - They (orcas) are a few hundred yards of my starboard bow, steering clear...They seem to be hanging out off Indianola...Actually closer to Jefferson Beach dock, they're going very slowly north. -Gautham Gopakumar
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11:02 - One (orca) spotted from Carkeek Park, west of mid channel toward Jefferson Head. -Sue Larkin
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Also found an earlier call from WSFs, reporting 10 - 15 orcas off Point Wells near Edmonds southbound at 9:45 am, about when Justine reported them. Yay! to finally have J pod in the inland waters.
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10:48 - I can still see 2 big males foraging just south of Point Jefferson, mid channel.
10:20 - they are starting to leave my field of view but I'm pretty sure the J16s are bringing up the rear, J16 Slick, J26 Mike, and J42 Echo traveling quickly in a tight group behind the others. -Justine Buckmaster
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10:30 - Heading south almost at channel marker near Kingston ferry terminal. -Darlene Moneypenny
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10:00 - Breaching orcas seen from Richmond Beach area. Heading south mid to West side of channel. -Thereesa Holman Williams
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09:55 another 4 orcas mid channel between Point Edwards and the Kingston ferry terminal heading south.
09:50 I see 3+ orcas less than a mile off of Point Edwards heading south. -Sherman Page
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09:49 I can see them straight out from Marina Beach (Edmonds) still slowly southbound, closer to the Kitsap side. At least 2 males so far and at least 7 females/juveniles. They're too far for me to positively ID, but I think these might actually be Residents. -Justine Buckmaster
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09:33 - have now counted 4 heading south at Apple Tree point, all spread out, slow pace
09:25 - May have missed the group, but just saw 2 Orca a bit apart, heading South from Apple Tree Point. Second one close to Kingston side. -Gina James Vigna
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08:53 - I just got a report of a large group of Ts just north of Edmonds heading south. I'm heading out to see if I can spot them from shore. -Justine Buckmaster
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Sun Nov 4 - T46s & T46Cs - ~16:00 - We observed for about 30 minutes a pod of 5-6 orcas. They hung closely together and I am sure there was a juvenile....very tiny dorsal fin. They were traveling south. Also yesterday, on November 4, my friend on the other side of the island near Yeomalt Point observed two pods traveling north (one mid channel -- the other closer to shore) in the morning.....not sure exactly what time. Exciting!!! From home on Olympus Beach Road, Bainbridge (at head of Fletcher Bay (not end but top), facing Brownsville). -Jane Rein
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15:05 - Just saw Orca on Liberty Bay. -Alicia Cuvertino
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15:00 - T46s & T46Cs in Liberty Bay, Poulsbo, There was a pod swimming in Liberty Bay just off Virginia Point, we have some video. Looks like a baby orca was part of the pod. -Lena Hunt
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Orcas in Liberty Bay this afternoon! Saw at least 5, with at least 1 little one. -Claire Ward
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12:15 - Just now, heading through Agate Pass, 4 younger orca traveling south. -Kari Pendray
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Noon - orcas/killer whales sighting today from Agate Point headed west through Agate pass. 4 - 6 moving though the Pass with incoming today at noon!!! -David Campbell
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Starting at 11:30 am Fay Bainbridge - at least 6 orcas including at least one male with very tall skinny dorsal NB and then turning West/Northwest around Point Monroe toward Port Madison/Agate Pass Bridge. Not super clear, but photo attached is one of the females as they turned the Point around Hedley Spit/Point Monroe (I suspect these were Transients). Went up to Suquamish Tribal Dock around 12:45-1:00pm but lost them. -Donna Green Van Renselaar
(Based on time, location & direction of travel looks like these two reports below would be the group of Bigg's - alb)
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Just had a report from Susan Marie Andersson, of a large group that she is pretty sure is the J pod group who were seen from Fay Bainbridge Park, but they flipped and headed north toward Port Madison at 11:45. They went out of her view but she is hoping to relocate and confirm that it is Js, but due to large pod size and a male that looked like L87, it sounds like maybe Js are now headed north.
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11:30 - watching from Bainbridge Island at Fay Bainbridge Park, I would guess 6-8 Orca swam past us at about 100 yards. SUPER EXCITING! We originally spotted them at Rolling Bay about 30 minutes prior, about 11am. Fins seem to be SRKW's! One large bull. And maybe a sprouter? Large dorsal is very wavy as it swam away from us heading north. Only short video I got. Sorry. We were so excited and sharing the enthusiasm with others on the shore. It is a magical day in the PNW! -Kimberly Sylvester
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09:46 - Just got a report of an orca pod south of Manchester, possibly heading toward Vashon ferry. I haven't seen them personally. -Fletcher Sandbeck
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Saw orcas today (Sunday Nov 4) between 9 and 9:30 am between Blake Island and Manchester Fuel Dock. I saw from Cornell Road in South Colby. Appeared to be just a few but one male (tall fin). Appeared to be feeding. -Alice Houge
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08:00 - got a report of orcas in Colvos Passage near Cove road heading north. -Kelly Burns Keenan
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Sun Nov 4 - North Puget Sound - Unidentified humpback off Point Jefferson, Kingston, Puget Sound.This is totally NOT a good photo...it was almost dark and I was shooting with my big lens, but I thought since it shows so distinctly the bottom of the flukes that maybe someone can give a name to this beautiful creature that was out front at dusk. This one came from the south and hung around our place (Point Jefferson, Kingston) for a bit before meandering north. -Chris Beamer Otterson
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Sun Nov 4 - South Puget Sound - CRC-15936/MMX0128 Vivaldi, Humpback CRC-15936/MMX0128 Vivaldi off Point Defiance. -Photos by Karen Povey, Nov 4, 2018 (Heavily cropped and with 600mm from a very respectful distance).
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17:03 - Humpback heading back towards the point from Vashon viewpoint. -Travis Goldman
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16:00 - Humpback whale in Tacoma Narrows - Just saw this on west side of Point Defiance Park about halfway between the Narrows Bridge and the NW point of the park. -John Atwill
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15:18 - He's going right under Narrows bridge, can barely see him from narrow bridge viewpoint at pt defiance but spouting. -Angela Ward
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15:07 - Just north of Narrows Bridge, mid channel, still headed south. -Sarah Cardinal
~14:45 - Humpack Vivaldi in the Tacoma Narrows (from 5 Mile Drive, Narrows Viewpoint). -Photo by Sarah Cardinal, Nov 4, 2018
~14:00 - Humpback CRC-15936/MMX0128 Vivaldi off Owen Beach. -Photo by Sarah Cardinal, Nov 4, 2018
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14:20 - It is traveling very far between each surface, but staying in the same general vicinity, between the ferry and the tip of Pt defiance and traveling to Vashon and back to Tacoma. -Cora Reuter Foster
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13:57 - Watching it from north western edge of owen beach. Humpback appears to have made a turn and is now facing back to the west.
~1:50pm seen from Owens Beach at Pt Defiance Park here is a fluke shot I got with the clear scratch that identifies Vivaldi (Confirmed Humpback CRC-15936/MMX0128)...Colleen Crotty
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13:55 Just surfaced off the southern tip of Vashon Island. Visible from Owen Beach.
13:16 Between Point Defiance and Vashon Island. Visible from Dalco Passage View Point and probably from Owen Beach. -Angela Batie Carlin
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11:30 moving out of sight from Narrows Park, headed North again, Tacoma side. -Sarah Cardinal
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11:41 - Humpback directly in front of Salmon beach headed north
11:33 - headed north now almost to Salmon beach. Has changed directions a couple of times so keep a lookout.
11:04 - Humpback just milling about in the area I reported.
10:50 - Humpback headed south (slow pace)on tacoma side.. in between Salmon beach and Narrows bridge. -Chesere Daniels
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09:24 - Humpback visible off the Vashon Island Viewpoint at Point Defiance Park. Close to Vashon and between the ferry terminal and Dalco Passage. -Heidi Schultz
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Sun Nov 4 - ~17:00 - I saw a gray whale feeding just off Saratoga beach in Holmes Harbor and I have a video on my Facebook page. The whale was very close to the beach (20' out?) and heading toward Baby Island. -Brian Mahieu
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14:48 - Gray in Holmes Harbor. Have been watching for 45 min. Feeding south of Baby Island. -Photo by Dan Gulden, Nov 4, 2018
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UNIDENTIFIED WHALES - Nov 4 - North Puget Sound - 14:10 - 14:30 - One fluke, deep dives, Drifting South with the current. Large whale, not an Orca. Whale was off Possession Point (South Whidbey) towards Picnic Point. -Eric Nordstrom

November 3

Bigg's Transients: T46C, new calf, and T46C3 in northern Puget Sound. - Photo by Justine Buckmaster, Nov 3, 2018
(Individual photo IDs confirmed by Melisa Pinnow, CWR. Official calf ID to come.)
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Sat Nov 3 - San Juans - 14:26 - The kids (T65A2, T65A4 and T49A2) are headed down from Limestone Point. -April Ryan
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12:11 - Have photos, 3 orcas now heading toward Spieden Island.
11:05 - orcas south of Stuart Island now. -Jackie Cowan
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10:15 - (orcas) just passed Lime Kiln heading North. -Colleen Moore
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10:08 - They are heading towards Lime Kiln right now...They were only surfacing a few times then travel quite a ways before they come up again....It looked to be a group of 5-7. At least one large male. -Alissa Elderkin
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6-7 Orca fishing and playing just up island from Eagle Point. Moving toward False Bay and Pile Point. Very close to shore. Watched 2 Orca with fish in their mouth! Moving very slowly as a tight group.
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Sat Nov 3 - Puget Sound - on the Saratoga was another windy day, though thankfully not quite as choppy. Very quickly after we left the dock, we encountered the T46s and T46Cs heading quickly south in Puget sound from Possession Point. We noticed that T46C had a new calf in tow! We left the orcas to tour Colvos Rocks and watch Harbor Seals and Bald Eagles, but found them again just north of Elliot Bay. The family was a bit more relaxed and not traveling as close together so we got even better looks at the calf. We left them again to watch a Steller Sea Lion and then tour Elliot Bay before heading back to Edmonds. -Justine Buckmaster
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12:30 - MV Saratoga had the T46s left them 1230 southbound of Apple Cove Point (Kingston). -Christopher Hanke
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12:00 - MV Saratoga found them southbound between Possession Point and Edmonds quickly! -Justine Buckmaster
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10:11 - Orcas just crossed clinton/mukilteo Ferry lane headed south mid channel and I could see at least 3...There was a slight distance between the two groups just like the pod yesterday. -Melissa Simmons, WSF
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HUMPBACK WHALES - Sat Nov 3 - South Puget Sound - 15:23 - Humback south of the Narrows bridge heading north. -Anita French
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15:14 - Humpback off of Pt Fosdick heading north. -Candy Huges
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15:00 - Humpback at Fox Island fishing pier, headed north, -Sarah Cardinal
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~13:50 - Humpback going on a dive - from Chambers Bay Golf Course. -Photo by Norma Herrera, Nov 3, 2018
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13:41 - humpback seems to be going from east to west and back again between Fox Island and McNeil. He's been under for awhile or too far west to see from Sunny Side.
13:00 - Just saw humpback spout very close to the south side of Fox Island from Sunny Side Beach. -Kari Anne
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Humpback tail lobs as viewed from Chambers Bay Golf Course. -Photo by Leigh Ann Heron, Nov 3, 2018
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11:57 - Just saw humpback heading north on the east side of McNeil. Between the big buoy and shore. -Teri Fields Mattsen
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10:24 - at Chambers Bay: humpback between McNeil and Fox Islands...Carr Inlet! Milling at this time. -Jami Rouse Nagel
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Sat Nov 3 - November 3 we found the T46 pod, T46C pod, and T122 near Edmonds on the MV Saratoga. It was a true highlight to see the brand new calf traveling with the T46C pod. We saw the calf many times as it came up next to a number of different members of the pod. It came up most often next to T46C, but it also surfaced next to T122, and others. We will await confirmation from whale researchers for the official word on who the mom is. The three big teenage males in these two pods - T46C1, T46D, and T46E hung back from the bigger group of females and subadults that were surrounding the new calf. T46E and T46C1 were spending a bunch of time together as a duo, and T46D was trailing closer to the females and young. -Bart Rulon, Puget Sound Express.

November 2

Puget Sound - 15:15 - we left the orcas to go to Deception Pass then spotted them again north of Harrington Lagoon headed toward Penn Cove. -Bart Rulon, Chilkat Express
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13:05 - Watched the Transient Biggs orcas (T46's) from Fox Spit briefly as they moved fast through choppy waters and winds north. ...I was wind blown and sea sprayed! Hopefully the Whidbey Island northenders will see them...as I left them, they were heading north, but looking like more so on Camano Island side of mid channel. Keep an eye out for later and tomorrow around the island. -Marilyn Armbruster
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13:00 - T46s still northbound between Fox Spit (Whidbey) and Elger Bay (Camano) spread out a bit mid channel. T46D is trailing behind.
12:00 - Chilkat has the T46 pod northbound at Sandy Point (Whidbey). -Bart Rulon, Chilkat Express
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...on the Chilkat Express was a very windy, very choppy day. That didn't stop us or the whales! We found the T46s in Saratoga Passage heading quickly north, stopping once to feed, then powering north through the waves again. It was a beautiful sight to see. Definitely worth getting a little seasick for. -Justine Buckmaster
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11:08 - On the Clinton ferry, looked to be three Orcas heading towards the Island. -Taylor Little
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(orcas) There were at least 5, there were 3 in the front group and 2 following shortly behind with one male in that group (possibly a male in each group). -Melissa Simmons, WSF
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11:04 - at least three orcas including one sprouter male heading NW into Saratoga Passage west of Hat Island from the Samish ferry. -Sandra Pollard and Howard Garrett, Orca Network
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09:21 - (orcas) closer to the Edmonds side, but now circling south of Whidbey. At least one male fin and two much smaller fins.
08:58 - At least 2 orcas headed north past Edmonds at this time. -Josh Adams
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Fri Nov 2 - South Puget Sound - 11:40 - (Humpback) I am seeing big blows mid channel heading south pretty quickly from University Place near Day Island. -Dawn Dewhirst
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11:13 - (Humpback) Headed south fast pace towards narrows bridge on tacoma side. -Chesere Daniels
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10:14 - Humpback is back between Point Defiance and Vashon Island. Big spouts blowing in the wind! -Gaby Kinner
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GRAY WHALES - Fri Nov 2 - 11:07 - Grey whale back in Hammersley Inlet milling about in the Shorecrest area. -Pamela S Burger
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Fri Nov 2 - 46E crashing through the 3-4 foot waves in Saratoga Passage on November 2, seen from Chilkat Express. The T46 pod was traveling separate from the T46C pod on this afternoon. -Photo by Bart Rulon, Nov 2, 2018
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Fri Nov 2 - South Puget Sound - ~09:00 - Off Chambers Bay Beach. Southeast of Fox Island. Large, not an Orca. Heading South, threes blows, one with a view of the back then gone. I did not see a dorsal fin and he/she appeared to have some splotchy dark coloring. It was so exciting! -Sally Scott

November 1

San Juans - 13:40 - Small group of transients near Green Point on Spieden Island.
11:07- Ts on a kill in Open Bay. -Monika Wieland Shields
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Thu Nov 1 - South Puget Sound - 13:30 - Pod went into resting mode...lazily heading more ENE north of Dash Point pier still this side mid channel.
13:06 - Arrived at Dash Point fishing pier to see orcas this side of mid channel directly out from pier. They have slowed their pace considerably, still trending northeasterly.
12:40 - Orcas are grouped mid channel between S Maury Island and Tacoma waterfront/Ruston heading NE up main channel (between Maury/Vashon and mainland). Stil steady pace, grouped.
12:15 - Arrived at Owen Beach, Point Defiance to see a dozen sea lions grouped up cruising very swiftly eastbound along the shoreline as the orcas traveled grouped up mid channel in Dalco Passage. Just now pod crossing ferry lane between Tahlequah and Point Defiance ferry docks also eastbound at steady travel pace, they look to have no interest in hunting. Male dorsals look like T46s. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network
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Thu Nov 1 - T46E (l) with T46C & calf (r) Saw them at the Narrows Viewpoint at

Point Defiance

around noon and followed them over to Owens Beach! -Photo by Sally Milligan-Smith, Nov 1, 2018
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12:09 - Have seen the humpback and several orcas from 5 Mile Drive. Humpback was heading west and orcas were heading east toward Owen Beach. -Valerie Dansey Aspee
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12:09 - Life made. Zoom in to see the calf! Its there! Viewing from Owen Beach. -Photo by Amber Stanfill, Nov 1, 2018
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Saw them at the Narrows Viewpoint at Point Defiance around noon and followed them over to Owens Beach! -Sally Milligan-Smith
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11:45 - Heading north. Mid channel. Narrows Viewpoints. (male T46E) ...Moving north pretty quick. Out of view. -Dawn Dewhirst
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Grouped members of the T46 matriline passing eastbound in front of the ferry leaving Tahlequah ferry landing, Vashon Island. -Photofrom Owen Beach, Point Defiance at 11:30 by Sarah Cardinal, T46F, T46, T46C3, T46C1off Point Defiance, Tacoma. Nov 1, 2018
(ID by Melisa Pinnow, CWR)
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11:45 - (orcas) Just passed Salmon beach mid channel slowly northbound.
10:56 - (orcas) Seeing them now. Just north of Tacoma Narrows Bridge, south of power lines. East side. Watching with binocs from salmon Beach. -Zeno Martin
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10:37 - (orcas) I'd guess the same group as yesterday. Pretty sure there's 7-8. Still traveling north. A little ways to Salmon Beach yet. Tides coming in so I've got to go.
10:20 - (orcas) they stalled out I think to hunt & drifted back under the bridge. They are heading north again. Staying on the east side. For sure there are 6, possibly 7. -Heidi Armstrong
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09:45 - Orcas under Narrows Bridge, now. Viewing from Narrows Park....Headed north quickly on East side. -Sarah Cardinal
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09:36 - orcas under Narrows bridge heading north. At least 4. Close to Tacoma side. -Heidi Armstrong
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Thu Nov 1 - North Puget Sound - ~15:30 - Possible humpback off President point, south of Kingston, Kitsap side. Saw huge splash from shore, followed by very tall plume (blow?). No direction of travel. No additional sights. -Joanne Graves
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Thu Nov 1 - South Puget Sound - 16:48 - Just saw him (humpback) from Owens Beach! -Sally Milligan-Smith
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16:00 - (Humpback) seen from the Bridges Viewpoint at Point Defiance headed north mid channel. -Laura Anderson
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15:08 - Just saw it (humpback) from Tacoma Narrows Park, closer to Tacoma side, heading north. -Mason Emley
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15:08 - (humpback) He is headed North under the bridge (Tacoma Narrows) on the West side. -Karen Caldwell
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14:54 - Turned North, headed back towards Narrows Bridge on the East side...from Fox Island Fishing Pier.
13:38 - Taken from Fox Island Fishing Pier. -Sarah Cardinal
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12:15 - humpback spotted heading south down the Narrows towards the bridge. Traveling pretty quickly.
12:06 - can't find the orcas but the humpback is in front of Salmon Beach. -Heidi Armstrong
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(Humpback) was still swimming around when I was in the 11:20 from Vashon to Pt Defiance this am!! -KelliAnn Henley
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9:30 - Mike at WS Ferries relayed a report of a humpback off Pt. Defiance, not going any direction.


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