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December 6

SOUTHERN RESIDENTS - J pod/L87 confirmed in Puget Sound.

December 5

J pod/L87 confirmed in South Puget Sound.
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GRAY WHALES - Wed Dec 5 - Gray whale in Liberty Bay in the morning and downtown Seattle in afternoon.

December 4

UNIDENTIFIED KILLER WHALES - Tue Dec 4 - (possibly J pod/L87 who showed up in S Puget Sound the next morning - alb) - 16:00 - Ann Linnea reports 6 orcas headed south off Adams road, Whidbey Island, a mile or so south of Bush Point. She said they were traveling quickly.
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14:59 - at least 3 Orcas at Bush Point hunting in the upwelling. (Last seen) About 3:15. No direction noted, unfortunately. Too few of them. They were there diving and surfacing and blowing, and then suddenly they were not. -Rachel Gaydosh
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Tues Dec 4 - Passing along Tues 12/4 sighting from WSF bridge crew of a gray whale just outside Eagle harbor, seen on 1550 departure from BI yesterday, whale breached ~5 times heading north, was described as "small", vessel Tacoma slowed for it. Unfortunately I had just stepped off the vessel at 1540 for the day! -Paula von Weller

December 3

K pod - Juan de Fuca - K Pod - Iceberg Point - ...I arrived as Jim Maya on Imagine was leaving them near Iceberg Point. It was all of K pod spread out traveling west with the K16's leading the way and K25 trailing slightly to the south....Full report and photos at Center for Whale Research Encounter 106.
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Mon Dec 3 - Ks & Ls Rosario Strait - This was Ks and Ls. -Monika Wieland Shiels
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11:15 - Another group 20 plus. Saw one open saddle. Spread out mid Lummi Is. to north of Thatcher pass. Spy hops, tail slaps. Blows galore! Windy white caps! S. Bound. (The 10:35 orcas island ferry took obstruction pass route so we got to watch!!)
11:11 - From Anacortes ferry! 16 plus Orcas S bound towards Burrows island light house near shore. Trailer in ferry wake. Others East side of channel! Whoohoo! -Bethany Ryals
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Mon Dec 3 - 15:33 - (humpback) I'm on the Kingston ferry and something's breaching south of the ferry. -Todd Iverson
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~12:45 - Two humpback whales (?) off President Point, south and west of the mid channel marker (south of Kingston, Kitsap side). Possibly heading north. One has been off President Point just about every day for the last couple of weeks. First time I have noticed a second one. very close in. (added later: Lots of tail slapping this afternoon. Almost looked like it was doing back flips!) -Joanne Graves

December 2

BIGG'S TRANSIENT KILLER WHALES - T137s. 14:56 - They swam right past Point No Point! You could see them with the naked eye. -Back of camera photo by Alexander Simenstad, Dec 2, 2018
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14:49 - From Point No Point...(orcas) Headed north toward Port Ludlow now (directionally). 3 in group. Big male! -Becky Woodworth
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14:40 - my bro in law spotted 2 male orcas at Point No Point heading north, west of mid channel....seals and porpoises were seen heading toward shore and safer waters. -Sue Larkin
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14:23 - At Double Bluff on Whidbey Island looking towards Edmonds/Seattle, saw fins and a blow in the distance with zoom. Think they're heading North, but not positive. Will update again if we see more and can determine direction! -Melissa Kegler
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12:40 - two orcas including a large male, moving fast, north of Edmonds, looks like they are headed toward Admiralty Inlet. -Kate Stovel
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12:26 - We're just north of the ferry lane, whales on the Eastern edge of the shipping lane. The pod is still headed north. -Michael Christensen
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12:25 - Seeing blows just north of the Edmonds/Kingston ferry. East side of channel. Too far to see dorsals. -Sara Frey
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11:16 - Spotted from the San Juan Clipper, Spring Beach headed N toward Pt. Wells. Grand Banks currently on scene. We just left them, it looks like 5-7 transients. -James Greenway
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10:58 - (orcas) NB east of mid channel. Still south of Richmond Beach...Saw who I think is T137A (When I was up on the bluff at Saltwater Park I thought I saw two males, but then only saw "Jack" when I got to the beach). Ariel Yseth
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09:32 - Just saw some Orcas off the Bremerton Ferry. They were swimming northbound from my arrow about 5 minutes ago. -Sean Briere
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Sun Dec 2 - There are at least 2, possibly 3 Humpback whales in Haro Strait. None close to shore. One milling near Beaumont Shoal, one to the north mid-strait headed north. Lost track of another from earlier. -Traci Walter

December 1

Sat Dec 1 - L Pod - South east of Race Rocks - ..At 1105 I spotted a group of spread out killer whales over a mile to the south west of Beechey Head while hiking East Sooke Park....The first whales identified to the south were the L54's, L84, and L88. -Full report with photos at Center for Whale Research Encounter 105.
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Sat Dec 1 - K pod - Puget Sound - 16:32 - Can see multiple blows against Double Bluff north of Point No Point. Whales are probably just north of mid channel.
16:23 - I've got at least 3 males heading up Admiralty approaching Double Bluff. (From PNP) -Connie Bickerton
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16:14 - (orcas) several in mid channel off Point No Point heading towards the Port Townsend side. -David Burns
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(orcas) They all committed to Admiralty. They were spread out at that time and traveling quickly, cutting over at Possession Pt and Scatchet Head - to midchannel between S Whidbey and Point No Point. They continued NB and then grouped up - we counted 8 including 4 males breaching and tail lobbing in front of Double Bluff before continuing N and spreading out again - we lost sight as they started to cross in front of Mutiny Bay. This was all between 4 pm - 4:30ish Total watch time from N of Edmonds to Mutiny Bay was about 40 mins. -Donna Van Renselaar
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16:00 - (orcas) Donna and I are seeing male and a couple others east of Point No Point mid channel traveling northbound towards Mukilteo sort of at Olympic View Dr, north of Edmonds at a good clip pretty far out so no photos. Unknown if they are committed to Possession or Admiralty at this point. -Becky Newell Woodworth
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15:52 - Saw the orcas way off Eglon, followed by a red Zodiac with 4-5 people and a private boat of some sort - both keeping their distance. East of the shipping channel. Also saw some harbor porpoises more mid channel a few minutes earlier. -Casey Burns
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15:45 - I just went to Eglon with my dad, they're the K pod we think, and are more close to Edmonds, kinda to the north. -Lila Burns
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15:24 - (orcas) They're just off of Kingston right now. Watching them from our house on Sandy Beach! (trailers?) -John Butler
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14:40 - (orcas) Nbound just past Kingston. Saw behind us from Ebound Edmonds Ferry. Probably hard to see from Edmonds/East side of the sound. -John Ryan
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14:28 - orcas passing Kingston, mid channel. Both NOAA boats still with them. Squall making sightings challenging. -Connie Bickerton
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14:08 - Thanks for the reports everyone! First time I've ever seen orcas in the wild. Been watching them from Sunset Park above Shilshole Marina with my birding spotting scope. Getting hard to see. Heading northbound past Fay Bainbridge closer to Bainbridge than Seattle. Carkeek might be a good place to head to. -Jason Groves
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13:45 - (orcas) seeing them from Golden Gardens headed north with two research boats. -Whitney Neugebauer
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13:30 - (orcas) Research boats heading north with whales just south of Fay Bainbridge, west of mid channel. -Sue Larkin
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12:44 - (orcas) They're split across the sound, heading north from Eagle Harbor. -Cary Kaczowka
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12:28 - orcas moving north mid channel off Elliott Bay. -Sue Larkin
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12:15 - (orcas) observed a few females and youngsters heading north past Discovery lighthouse. Two research boats on site, would be great if WDFW was out there too, although boats seem to be mostly behaving. -Connie Bickerton
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12:10 - Just left Manchester; observed 6-7 Orcas spread fairly apart , leader is about 25 minutes ahead of single Orca trailing the group, just now passing North of Blakely rocks, closer to Kitsap side and out of view. Observed a large sailboat following single Orca. Viewed some activity, breaching, tail slapping and jumping completely out of the water "YAAAAY". -Kathe Bradley
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Noon - (orcas) North bound along Bainbridge. Just now passing Blakey rock. -Charles Vendley
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11.45 - (orcas) just lot sight of them turning the corner around Alki. They are probably in ferry lanes as someone said. Way out toward Bainbridge. There's a research boat with them. -Anu Hastings
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11:36 - (orcas) crossing the Bainbridge ferry line. Looks like some boats following too close as they head north. -Douglas B Greenswag
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Pictures I took from Constellation Point between 11 am and 11:30 this morning. -Photos by Monica Zaborac, Dec 1, 2018
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11:06 - (orcas) Watching from Me Kwa Mooks. Leaders just at the Southern tip of Blake. -Kersti Muul
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10:57 - (orcas) Counted at least 15 spread out over 1/2 mile east to west. Heading north Fauntleroy crossing! -Mark Anderson
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10:49 - (orcas) Just north of the vashon-Fauntleroy ferry moving north. Scattered around. Closer to Blake Island mostly. -Matt Hahn
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10:45 - (orcas) they just crossed channel between north Blake Is and Bainbridge northbound. Lots of breaching as the made their way close in to shore of Blake. Probably 7 orcas, one especially large male. Earlier, at about 10:20 they were among three ferries just off Southworth and Vashon. Lots of ferry riders on deck watching. -Carolyn Duncan
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10:30 - whales passing through Vashon ferry lanes (northbound). -Amy Carey
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10:25 - (orcas) looking south, southwest from from 3600 60th SW. lots of blows and jumps near the Vashon to Fauntleroy ferry line. No clear direction. Nearer to Vashon. -Douglas B Greenswag
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10:18 - (orcas) Blows visible from Schmitz viewpoint whales near Vashon shore across from about 3 tree point. Whales appear to be in resting mode. -Buzz Shaw
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Spotted at least 8 orcas while on the 10 am ferry from Southworth to Fauntleroy, they were seen between Vashon and Fauntleroy. may be K22, may be K35, is K22, K16, and K35, K21 between Vashon and Fauntleroy. I have more photos of the breaching on my Instagram @jolena_623 as well. Thank you! -Jolena Tagg
(IDs by Melisa Pinnow, CWR)
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09:40 - viewing from Dilworth, pod slowly traveling north, mid channel. Lots of tails slapping, cuddle puddle action. Not much foraging, but more meandering Northbound headed to ferry lanes. -Marla Smith
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After Orcas turned back north. Mostly strung out this morning and further away and just after they turned back north at Dilworth and Three Tree Point. -Photo by Elston Hill, Dec 1, 2018
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09:40 - orcas have passed Dilworth northbound, and should be to ferry soon.
09:15 - orcas have flipped, now northbound. Looks like K pod spread Dilworth to north of Three Tree Point, Burien. Leaders off Dilworth closet to Vashon with trailers N of Three Tree Point.
08:54 - Getting reports of orcas in Puget Sound near Dilworth, Vashon heading south. -Amy Carey
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8:50 - Randy Gordon called in a report of 3 orcas heading south off Dillworth in mid-channel.
08:45 - Sighted 5 Orca whales heading south, sighted off Glen Acres (Vashon), moving towards the middle of the channel, actively breaching/fishing versus travelling fast south. One full grown Orca jumped fully out of the water. -Calico Cook
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08:27 - Maia at WS Ferries called to relay a report of 6-7 orcas heading south in the shipping lane off northeast Vashon Isl.
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08:20 - neighbors at West Beach/Brace Point reported Orcas travelling south between Vashon and mainland. -Ellen Cole
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Sat Dec 1 - 14:08 - South sound surprise. Orcas in Case Inlet off Key Peninsula. Big male with 3-4 smaller. They are heading north towards Vaughn. -Charlotte Smothers
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11:13 - Several blows for the last 2 hours by Point Evans on the Gig Harbor side. (More later): Multiple short blows. The pod was feeding. They were too far away to see fins, but I did see them do some jumping. Stayed in the same area for several hours. -Dee Markham
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Chris said 6-7 people had been on the Boston Harbor Marina dock watching them. Sounds like T137s again. Then they headed north toward Dana Passage...Chris talked to a neighbor who said he was looking down on them (he lives on the bluff near and north of Boston Harbor). He said there were three. -Kim Merriman
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posted 10:24 - Whales in Boston Harbor area...Orcas were seen by my family member today, just thought I'd add info. -Nicole Seeley Link
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Thu Nov 29 - Juan de Fuca Strait - CA/T's taking on a steller sealion on the evening of November 29th off of Sheringham Point. -Photo by Mark Malleson
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Thu Nov 29 - South Puget Sound - Saw these two today (Facebook video shows T137s - alb) at 3:30 just off McNeil Island. I was on the southeastern side of the island near the island ferry dock. They were traveling north. -Monica Durkin Shoemaker
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~1:30 - (orcas) adult male and we believe either two juveniles or a female and juvenile came close to Devil's Head and slowed a bit. Then continued quickly through Dayton Passage on Anderson side. Lots of blows at point across from McNeil, appeared to have a kill, then continued around the corner. Jami Beitinger and I watched from near Devil's Head for about 25 minutes. -Cynthia Olekszyk
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Sat Dec 1 - 11:13 - Several blows for the last 2 hours by Point Evans on the Gig Harbor side. multiple short blows. The pod was feeding. They were too far away to see fins, but I did see them do some jumping. Stayed in the same area for several hours. -Dee Markham
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Sat Dec 1 - 10:34 - Seeing 6+ humpback blows all together off Secretary Island! -Paul Pudwell
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Sat Dec 1 - Gray whale observed near Mannette bridge in Bremerton! Spotted from our living room in Spyglass apartments! The spout caught our eye then we watched it go under, seeing its dorsal fin/ridges and fluke. The whale was moving north further into Dyes Inlet. The sighting was shortly before 12:30. I'm confident we were seeing the dorsal ridges of a gray. Though I'm not an expert. -Wayne Tahoe
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09:11 - "We have one small solo whale, maybe a minke or small grey headed north in rich passage!! Just now passing the channel marker near point Glover" More after some questions: "Couldn't see a dorsal, it was across the channel. Did get to see the tail. It was dark on top, light on under side" -Colleen Coleman
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Fri Nov 30 & Sat Dec 1 - This is a gray whale I've never seen before. I attached some photos for you. It wasn't coming out of the water very high while it was feeding in the Snohomish River Delta around high tide (mid afternoon) on both Nov 30 2018, and Dec 1 2018. Seen from Chilkat Express on 12/30, and MV Saratoga on 12/1. This whale appears to be small. Let me know if you find a match for it. -Thanks, Bart Rulon, Naturalist Puget Sound Express
(Photos by Bart were sent to Cascadia and Orca Network for ID purposes only so not including here. We will include in future report if received with watermark: ID notes by Alie Perez, Cascadia Research: "This animal doesn't have a CRCID but is the same individual who popped in and was seen on March 18th 2018 by Renee Beitzel.")
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MINKE WHALES - Sat Dec 1 - 14:31 - Just saw a baleen whale south of the ferry to Coupeville. Looked like a minke. The whale was swimming south and was about midway between the ferry and the island off the starboard side of the ferry. -Charlotte Cumming

November 30

After traveling grouped up in resting mode for several hours, K pod woke up off Alki Point; here is K33 Tika in all his acrobatic beauty. -Photo by Kersti Muul, Nov 30, 2018
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Fri Nov 30 - K pod - Puget Sound - 16:30 - whales spread out east of channel, moving north of Golden Gardens now.
15:40 - 2-3 orcas northbound, west of midchannel. Viewing from Valley Road Bluff on Bainbridge. -Sue Larkin
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15:32 - (orcas) visible from Fay Bainbridge. Mid channel-ish, well to the south, perhaps off Yeomalt. -James Rufo Hill
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~15:25 - Saw orcas from the Bainbridge ferry. Heading north and west toward Seattle. Looked like one or maybe two, moving fast. No breaching. -Heather Paar
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15:00 - Jeff Hogan took photos from the Alki lighthouse and only found members of K pod, including members of all the matrilines and K25, a 27-year old male who was reported not looking too good a few months ago. They were traveling at a good clip.
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13:15- 14:45 - I arrived to the south side of Alki Point at 13:15 where soon after I spotted the group of illuminated blows rising to the south off Lincoln Park. I then moved south and relocated to Lowman Beach were I watched this lovely tight group of Ks moving north on the east side of the channel at steady pace. K pod holds quite a presence with so many adult & sub adult male dorsals rising above the surface. I then headed north to the south end of Emma Schmitz along Beach Drive around 13:45 and watched with many others for ~ 15 minutes as Ks continued north still grouped in resting heading towards Alki Point.
Onward I traveled to south side of Alki (which was lined with dozens more humans) where I parked myself on the most westerly end of Constellation Park and watched Ks approach in choppy seas under moody skies. Ks reached Alki Point about 14:20, now loosely spread, then just as they would have disappeared around the point breach after breach by at least 4 individuals interspersed with some forward lunges, tail throws, pec slaps etc; Ks woke up it the most glorious and stunning visible way I'd witnessed. Bulls flanking and flying through the air all around the dwarfed skiff cradling researchers Mark and Maya Sears who were braving rough seas and cold temp. After Ks calmed their orca selves down, I moved to the north side of Alki to catch one last glimpse before heading home. At 14:38 they were north of the Point still continuing northbound, with some foraging and some more breaching along the way on the east side of channel along outer edge of Elliot Bay. We all paused, happily stunned at what had just unfolded before our brighter & now bigger little eyes. How completely heartwarming to see the whales and the faces of all the others, to share in that moment watching K pod wake up off that West Seattle point in Puget Sound. I listened to one woman who shared she was driving and pulled over then stood with another guy who shared it was his first time ever seeing orcas, imagine! One of the most memorable and deluxe encounters with these gigantic lovely beings. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network
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I never get to see breaches...Today I got to see about 20 in a row...With my friends, and my Heart to boot. All of Kpod present. K21. K25 and K33 were grouped up at one point and all around the boat. Breach after breach....K33 in photo Taken from shore at Constellation Beach, Alki. Whales were about mid-channel NB towards Elliot Bay. Around 2:35 they started a breaching and tail slapping show. -Kersti Muul
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Hi folks, What an amazing afternoon with our beautiful residents! A breachfest indeed-wonderful to see a double breach followed almost immediately by a third! Here are a few photos for you; I'm sure others will have wonderful photos to share as well. Thanks for all your good work, K35 Sonata, research boat, & K33 Tika. - Trileigh Tucker
(IDs by Melisa Pinnow, Center for Whale Research)
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14:27 (orcas) about a hundred yards off Alki Point. Ten or more breaches! I've seen these guys dozens of times. Never witnessed anything even close to that.
14:19 - (orcas) passing Constellation Park maybe 400 yards offshore nearly to Alki Point. -Jason Lee Bell
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14:05 - Spotted from South Alki. (orcas) South of Harbor East condos (the condos built over the water). Research boat is nearby for point of reference. Midchannel, maybe closer to West Seattle side. Heading north. -Kristen McCormick
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13:41 - (orcas) Still viewing from Lincoln Park, they definitely look awake and are moving at a pretty good clip. Still bunched up and traveling north or northwest near mid channel or just east of it.
13:33 - (orcas) Viewing from Coleman Pool at Lincoln Park West Seattle. Line of sight to south end of Blake Island, angling toward mid channel, but currently still east of. -Jason Lee Bell
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13:50 - (orcas) a big group of 12 - 15, between North tip of Vashon and Blake, foraging. -Pia VanHanen
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13:35 - (orcas) Visible from Bainbridge ferry, appear to be parallel or north of Fauntleroy ferry terminal, tight group, closer to West Seattle side. -Paula von Weller
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13:15 - Jeff Hogan called while seeing K pod bunched up headed north in the traffic lane off West Seattle.
13:10 - (orcas) just south of Fauntleroy ferry dock, very close to West Seattle side. -Pia VanHanen
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12:15 - K pod sleeping northbound just north of three Tree Point!! -Bart Rulon, Chilkat Express
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12:12 - Renee Beitzel updates pod near Three Tree Point, Burien are residents, K pod and K25 Scoter is present. From left to right: K38 Comet, K14 Leah, K26 Lobo, K37 Rainshadow and K33 Tika, K36, K42, K25, has K22 and K33 furthest left, K35, K21, K16, K36?, K34, and K27, K34, K38, and K20.. - Puget Sound. -Photo by Renee Beitzel, Nov 30
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Passing between Three Tree Point and Dilworth Point shot from Burien at 300 foot elevation. -5 Photos by Elston Hill, Nov 30, 2018
(IDs by Melisa Pinnow, Center for Whale Research)
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11:22 - (orcas) they are slightly north of the Marine View Park (Normandy Park). Still trending north on the eastern side but moving very slowly. They are almost out of my sight
11:05 - (orcas) they are moving very very slowly and are all bunched up which makes me believe that perhaps they are resting? I think that there are between six and eight, it's hard to tell. And I think I've seen two larger dorsal fins.
10:54 - I am watching the orca from 218th St. in Normandy Park. Looking straight out from the dead end of the street I can see the orca mid channel, but closer to the Eastside. They are moving slowly north. They are between 218 St. and the single radio tower on Vashon. My location is just slightly North of the Des Moines's fishing pier. -Tanya Esparza
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10:31 - (orcas) Pt Robinson watchers here they come ... so close to this side in a big pack.
10:23 - (orcas) Just south of Pt Robinson on the Vashon side. -Janna Ignatow
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9:59 - I can see spouts off the south end of Vashon, south of Point Robinson, but they'll be there soon...heading north. But it is too far away for me to see any detail (Des Moines). -Julie Martin
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9:21 - (orcas) At least six off Browns Point (Tacoma) right now, heading north. -Chuck Drake
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8:43 - (orcas) I think 3, headed deep into Commencement Bay, just passed Les Davis pier heading east.
8:13 - 2 Orcas in Commencement Bay, a few hundred yards east of Vashon ferry lane. No obvious direction of travel. -Glenn Myles
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08:23 - Pod of orcas swimming in Commencement Bay. Viewed from Ruston Point. -Maya Kocian
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Wed Nov 30 - Juan de Fuca - Transients - North east of Dungeness Light - I left Victoria harbour at 1130 to go look for the killer whales I had seen come in from the west off of Sheringham Point the evening before (CA's/U's along with T046B's)...Full encounter report with photos at Center for Whale Research Encounter 104.
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Fri Nov 30 - Seeing what appear to be a group of 3-4 orcas in Bellingham Bay at the edge of the flow line from the Nooksack River. They are closer to the Lummi Reservation side of the bay. Anyone else spotting them there? -Kristine Elliot
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Fri Nov 30 - 14:45 - Gray whale feeding on edge of Snohomish Delta. -Renee Beitzel

November 29

BIGG'S TRANSIENT KILLER WHALES - 14:00 - (orcas) They really weren't moving with any intention. Last I saw them they could have gone toward Tolmie, Nisqually or the other side of Anderson Island. If you are watching for them be patient. They dip just below the surface, then up and breathe, back down in the same spot.
13:00 - (orcas) between Devil's Head and Zittles Marina
. Looks to be an adult with a calf. Can't confirm if there are 2 young ones. I see the adult rise followed by a small fin then 2 exhales but can only spot one calf's fin. Moving very slowly. -Joan Ahre
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09:00 - Shawn Bashor reports seeing orcas heading north up the Case Inlet off the south end of Key Peninsula, north end Nisqually Reach. He reports at least 1 adult and 1 juvenile.
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HUMPBACK WHALES - Thu Nov 29 - San Juan Channel - 09:24 - (humpbacks) Meandering, feeding, one breach...they are moving down island. 300 yards off shore.
9:00 - (humpbacks) Got em yep HB. Mother calf ... maybe. -Alan Niles
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8:51 - (humpbacks) Mid channel, between Jones and Mineral Point...Looks like an HB actually, maybe two. At Reuben tarte, only had one look at a blow and fluke. -Pete Ancich
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Thu Nov 29 - A lunge feeding humpback off of Sooke on the afternoon of November 29th. -Photo by Mark Malleson, 2018

November 28

About 3:00 today, 4 or 5 Orcas visited just outside the buoy line on the south facing shore of Browns Point, Tacoma. -Dave Porter
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Wed Nov 28 - 17:10 - I can hear them (orcas) even in the rain. Thrilling.
17:00 - They (orcas) are now out of Budd heading north on eastern shore. Too dark. Sea lions went silent. -Kim Merriman
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They (orcas, T137s) headed into Budd Inlet about 3pm past Boston Harbor. Spent a couple of hours and then came back passed the lighthouse at about 5pm very fast heading north. Matriarch T137...her youngest T137D. -Chris Hamilton
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They (T137s) nt by our house around 4pm a mile north of Priest Point and headed back toward Boston Harbor. -Photo (and crop of) by Shane Anderson, Nov 28, 2018
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(orca) I saw them around 4pm near Priest Point park (Budd Bay) in Olympia. It was pretty Incredible. Bigg's T137s in Budd Inlet, Olympia. -Kristi Lyons
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3:00 - Orca are heading south in Budd Inlet after passing by Boston Harbor and Cooper Point and Burfoot Park. Mid channel and MOVING!! Long dives. Great distances. I have at least 40 sea lions on my side of Cooper Point spit. At least one bull. Maybe total of 5. -Kim Merriman

November 27

Tue Nov 27 - 14:30 pm: Just saw three orcas headed west between mid south Fox Island and McNeil! Looks like they were feeding for awhile. Spectacular!! (from mid south Fox Island.) -Charlene Welty
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13:46 - They are between McNeil and Fox and might be headed North again towards Fox Island Pier, not sure. I can see them via binoculars from Day Island.
~13:20 - I saw them through binoculars from Day Island at about 1:20 and they were near the Fox Island buoy South of the Pier. Can't see them now. Maybe they are on the South side of Fox? -Karen Caldwell
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13:40 - Pod of Orcas heading south spotted at south end of Fox Island -Jennie Martin
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12:30 - Orcas just south of the Narrows Bridge. From the Gig Harbor side they look closer to the Tacoma side. They were jumping around in one spot - it started pouring rain so I didn't see where they went after. -Kristen Joelle
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12:30 - (orcas) They are mid channel just North of the bridge now. Headed North...watched a little one tail slap about 7 times!
12:10 - (orcas) Still feeding close to shore South of the bridge, West side of the channel, trending slowly North
11:57 - Orcas headed North along West side of channel towards the Narrows. Slowly, feeding and changing direction. Facebook Video
10:30 - Orcas heading South, as viewed from Day Island. -Karen Caldwell
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10:00 - Orcas under the Narrows Bridge heading North towards Salmon Beach...they popped up real quick and haven't seen them since. They were heading south and then flipped. (viewed from Tacoma side). -Andrea Reubel Walker
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GRAY WHALES - Tue Nov 27 - North Puget Sound - 15:00-15:45 - Watched who turned out to be 2 whales (Marilyn spotted the 2nd blow well away from the inshore whale) who by behavior and lack of dorsal, look to be grays, off north end Jetty Island spread few hundred yards apart; one whale inside wooden channel marker closer to Jetty Island, directly south of Priest Point, Tuallip; 2nd whale just south of channel marker further offshore. Both foraging around In the muddy plumes of the Snohomish Delta while pod of harbor porpoise cruises south nearby. I would say grays; with confidence the inshore whale and probably both, but too distant to confirm 100% or for any IDs or photos. Inshore whale typical gray feeding behavior with a lot of birds swooping in. No dorsal present on either and no dives/flukes. Still in the same general areas when we left around 15:45. -Alisa Lemire Brooks
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15:00 - Spotted a whale blow off Jetty Park near the channel marker. Viewed from Legion Park, Everett. -Marilyn Armbruster

November 26



November 25

South Central Puget Sound - 10:50 - Maia at WS Ferries relayed a report of a humpback in Colvos Passage. No further info or direction of travel.
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Sun Nov 25 - North Puget Sound - 10:47 - Earlier I was confident that there were two based on the distance between the blows. Currently my view of their location is blocked by trees and I am only seeing one. It has moved west. I did see a fin and back earlier.
09:55 - We are seeing two whales just west of Priest Point (Tulalip area). They appear to be grey whales. Viewing from the Harbor View Park area in Everett. -Greg Heiss

November 24

Outer coastal transient killer whale CA166 leaping during a steller sealion attack east of Race Rocks on the afternoon of November 24th. -Photo by Mark Malleson, 2018
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Sat Nov 24 - Transient Killer Whales were feeding SE of Race Rocks. (Did my best in sea conditions for ID pictures) Per Brendon Bissonnette & Cpt. Chris Bane amd Mark Malleson T35As, T38As, T49As (with A1, no A2), T123s, CA166, CA172s and CA173s. The rest of the 49's and others were in Oak bay heading west. Also many humpback whales are still feeding around Sooke with 12+ from Otter Point to Beachy Head. -Paul Pudwell
Mix of the T35As and CA172, CA166CAs. I can see T35A, T35A1, T35A2, T173, and T172, T123A. (mp/cwr)
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Sat Nov 24 - Juan de Fuca Strait - 9:27 - Still many humpbacks out front of Sooke, one right now just off Possession Point. Also many humpback whales are still feeding around Sooke with 12+ from Otter Point to Beachy Head. Humpback CRC16503 aka MMY0080 aka Hemlock. Humpback MMY0102. -Paul Pudwell
(ID by Alisa Lemire Brooks, ON)
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Sat Nov 24 - South Puget Sound - 16:30 - (humpback) spotted heading NW up Nisqually Reach past Johnson Point. Mid channel between Johnson Point and Key Peninsula. -Laura Fedorko
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10:40 - (humpback) just off Point Ruston shore. -Andy Francis
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10:18 - It's a humpback. Was in Commencement bay for a while, fluke never came up while it was close to me. Pretty actively feeding and moving around a lot...now heading back toward Browns Pt. -Todd Iverson
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09:07 - Humpback in front of Browns Point Lighthouse....heading towards Ruston now. -Patricia Peachy Reynolds
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Sat Nov 24 - South Puget Sound - What a thrill. Gray whale CRC-2234 surfaces off Cooper Point, Olympia. Fog so thick all I could do was hear sea lion barking and then....just like that... the HUGE exhalation of the gray whale. It was close to the tip of Cooper Point, Eld Inlet side. The fog lifted just enough to allow me to see one super clear surfacing series. Then it traveled back and forth along this side of the spit. Here are a handful of images I could get while shooting in super thick fog. I was even able to capture a couple of its friends. At times I couldn't see...but I could hear! So. Very. Grateful. -Kim Merriman

November 23

HUMPBACK WHALES - 09:18 Humpback headed south toward pt caution pretty quick. -Alan Niles
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UNIDENTIFIED WHALES - Fri Nov 23 - 10:17 - Pretty sure I just saw this guy (whale Allie Hudec reported as minke Nov 22 - alb) just now from the Clinton-Mukilteo ferry closer to the Mukilteo side, south of the dock. Traveling north. Dorsal fin was short and small, almost slender too. -Desiree Maxwell
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Fri Nov 23 - San Juan Channel - (ID note on humpback previously included in our last Whale Sighting Report) Apparently it was seen exiting Cattle Pass and ID'd as "Frankenstein." -Alan Niles
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Fri Nov 23 - North Puget Sound - 12:06 - Whale off Langley. Either grey or humpback. No dorsal (would indicate gray - alb) heading towards Oak Harbor (northbound). -Angela Galipeau
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Fri Nov 23 - South Puget Sound - The gray whale in south Sound was seen three times this morning, in the same area, as last week. No photos. -Kim Merriman

November 22

BIGG'S TRANSIENT KILLER WHALES - SJI Westside Orca Sighting 11-22-18 at 3:23pm. From the shore I was watching the waves zoom past to the NW when I was startled and thrilled to see orcas fins cut above the waves. I saw 4 for sure (maybe 5) orcas zoom past me traveling to the SS/E towards and past Hannah Heights. They were moving fast and only surfaced briefly 5 times. There was one large male out ahead and a very tight group of three (possibly 4) following. This group included one very tiny dorsal fin. All the best, little one. May your family hunt with fortune. My camera was not at the ready but I managed one quick photo of the male, T49A1 Haro Strait off San Juan Island.. -Michelline Halliday, SJI
(ID by Melisa Pinnow, Center for Whale Research)
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Thu Nov 22 - 08:08 - Happy Thanksgiving! There are two humpbacks about 1/2 mile off Smallpox Bay, San Juan Is. Slowly moving up island towards County Park. -April Ryan
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Thu Nov 22 - 12:20 - Allie Hudec relayed a report of a possible Minke, hoping to re-sight and confirm ID soon (or perhaps the gray or humpback sighted yesterday?) from the Tokitae Ferry while at the Clinton dock, off the south side of the ferry.
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UNIDENTIFIED CETACEAN - Thu Nov 22 - Hood Canal - I'm a Midwesterner new to observing marine life, so I'm not sure if it was an orca I just saw at Scenic Beach State Park in Seabeck. Whatever it was had a black fin and seemed to be alone. My first sighting! It was more curved, like the middle or top left (in reference to photos provide indicating most like Lags & bottlenose dorsal) and seemed fairly small, but I had nothing to compare it to, so who knows. I didn't get to see any of the body. Birds kept attacking it every time the dorsal fin came out of the water so I think it kept going back under pretty quick to avoid them. -Melissa Mason

November 21

12:50 - Possible humpback off President Pt, Bainbridge Is. again today. Same place, south and west of the yellow mid channel marker. Trending south, huge splash. Could she have a baby with her? Thought I saw two dorsel(?) Fins last time she went down. More info later: It made a couple close passes this afternoon and it was alone. There was a porpoise or something small hanging out near it at one point. No good pictures. One really big splash and a lot of going back and forth. -Joanne Graves
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Wed Nov 21 - 15:42 - I just saw what appears to be either a gray or humpback whale just south of the Mukilteo Ferry lane... it is a bit difficult to determine what direction it is headed but for now seems to be feeding in the area! Sorry there aren't pictures he/she was a bit far off a ways. I did see very briefly a very low - not too pointed dorsal fin- it very much resembled that of the grays we saw in the spring. But it was too far away to see any distinct markings unfortunately. -Danica Gonsalves
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Tue Nov 20 - 14:00 - Last time I saw it was around 2:00. Same place.
13:15 - closer to mid channel, still south and west of the yellow buoy
12:10 - Whale off President Point, not an orca. South of Kingston, Kitsap side. South and west of yellow buoy channel marker. Maybe grey? Seems small for humpback. Could be the humpback that has been hanging out here the past week. Slowly trending south. -Joanne Grave
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Tue Nov 20 - 16:20 - Gray whale right off shore saltwater state park and spotted one orca headed north right along the east side of Vashon Island (No way it was a dolphin. This thing was as big as a vw bus). -Alexander Simenstad
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I had a friend say they were on Ruston having lunch and saw a single orca around 12pm. I didn't have the heart to tell her it probably wasn't an orca. Maybe it was? -Amber Stanfill

November 20

SOUTHERN RESIDENTS - Tues Nov 20 - 4:48 - Js and probably Ks reported between Sooke and the Elwha headed SE. -Monika Wieland Shields
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Tue Nov 20 - 14:00 - Same place.
12:10 - Whale off President Point, not an orca. South of Kingston, Kitsap side. South and west of yellow buoy channel marker. Maybe grey? Seems small for humpback. Could be the humpback that has been hanging out here the past week. Slowly trending south. -Joanne Graves
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PORPOISE - Tue Nov 20 - 09:37 - Pod of porpoises at Useless Bay. They are swimming in circles occasionally surfacing and revealing their fins or tails. -PuppyGal4Life

November 19

SOUTHERN RESIDENTS - Center for Whale Research encounter reports: - Nov 19 - J pod/L87 - Constance Bank - At 1255, "Morning Star" spotted blows from a large group of killer whales southeast of Constance Bank in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. J pod was slowly trending north toward Trial Island in three semi-resting groups. J39, J44, J45, J47, and J49 did not seem interested in resting and were socializing while weaving in and out of the two other groups...Full encounter report & images at Center for Whale Research Encounter 101.
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Mon Nov 19...At 1500, "Morning Star" found T35 and the T38s (rare to the area) northbound in Haro Strait west of Turn Point, Stuart Island. The whales were grouped up and it appeared that there was a new calf in the family. -See full report & images at Center for Whale Research Encounter 102.
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13:45 - I saw what looked like a humpback heading south off the shore from the Mukilteo Lighthouse. -Dayna Helseth
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12:15 - Melissa Simmons, WS ferries reports a humpback 1/2 mile off Mukilteo Ferry dock heading northbound towards Everett/Hat Island.
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Mon Nov 19 - North Puget Sound - 12:18 - Possible humpback off President Point, south of Kingston, west of the mid channel. No direction of travel...feeding, then moved south. started south and west of the yellow buoy, then moved south, pretty much mid. -Joanne Graves
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Mon Nov 19 - 09:05 - Likely gray whale just south of Picnic Point, close to shore (Edmonds side) traveling south toward the Beach Camp at Sunset Beach (north of Meadowdale Park) Edmonds. (both gray whale and humpbacks have been in Possession Sound - alb) -John Carroll

November 18

Admiralty Inlet - 14:20 - it appears orcas are heading a little northwesterly going much further out of view. Still SW from Ebey St Park but much further away now. Im almost losing sight of them.
14:00 - I'm at Fort Ebey State park, orcas are just coming in view from the south and at least about a few miles out or so. Still trending north..
12:30 - from southend of Ebeys Landing high bluff about 8 orcas mid channel. My line of sight is Protection Island slowly heading north. -Marilyn Armbruster
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11:45 - Darlene Davis called to say Js had left Admiralty Inlet headed north.
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11:56 - (orcas) the group near Fort Worden have moved closer to Whidbey, mid-channel now. Seem to be foraging.
11:27 - (orcas) seem to be headed steadily North. A group have rounded the corner past Fort Worden, making good time. -Margaret Marshall
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11:15 - (orcas) A few being seen from Fort Casey, close to Port Townsend side, northbound. -Jill Hein
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11:09 - (orcas) Much closer to Fort Worden/ port townsend.
10:59 - (orcas) 2 or more turned are headed into sound. Passing Lagoon point and Bush point. Others are near fort warden, Much closer to Fort Worden/ port townsend.
10:33 - (orcas) They, 6 or more, are now in between Marrowstone and Port Townsend, mid channel. -Sandy Willoughby
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10:40 - Greg Davis reports seeing fins off the Pt. Townsend Marine Science Center, foraging and trending northward.
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...some of the photos from today's 9:30 a.m. ferry crossing from Port Townsend to Coupeville, Whidbey. What an amazing day! -Photos by Susan Blenk, Nov 18, 2018
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9:20 - Residents outbound off Marrowstone Pt. Breaching! Seen from Clipper 5. On scene now. -Jason Mihok, Clipper
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~ 9:18 - Orcas, J pod I believe...heading northbound. Stopped on the clipper (whales) on both sides of the vessel. I got a huge male looks like Mike J26. Off middle of Whidbey Island (and N Marrowstone). -Nikky Benn
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COASTAL KILLER WHALES - Sun Nov 18 - CA Coast - 7:30-7:45 am - Jay Scribner was surfing in Humboldt Bay in Eureka CA off the north jetty when two orcas surfaced about 150 yards behind him.
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Sun Nov 18 - OR Coast - Hi there, We spotted a pod of orcas off North Pointe, north of Depoe Bay OR at 4pm to almost 4:30 pm. We are staying in a condo there, on the second story, so we are about 35 to 40 ft above the water. The weather was unusually sunny and warm, and the swell was incredibly calm. I spotted them several hundred yards off the coastline. The sun was just right that their dorsal fins were very distinctive and dark, sillouetted against the lighter grey-blue water. There were at least five adults, one definitely a male. There were two that seemed to be mother and calf, they were surfacing in tandem. I was watching through binoculars so could not see what they we're hunting, but they definitely were circling, lunging, and jumped out of the water two times, and the birds were circling and darting down to the water's surface. They did this for 10 to 15 minutes, then continued to circle much more slowly as the birds began to settle on the water. The pod then made their way South past the outer bouy that is at the edge of the bay. Because they were so far out, their markings we're almost impossible to see. they barely had any sort of markings round their eyes, and we could not see the white of their underbelly until one jumped completely out of the water. Three or four times, just before they started heading south, one or another would rise out of the water nose first, spyhopping, and I could see the white of their throats. I hope this is the sort of information you are looking for. -Holly Marley
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15:45 - Langley Whale Center Just got a call from a guy in Depoe Bay, OR (didn't get his name-sorry) to report sighting of a group of transients just now. He said there were 5-7 orcas, including a "very large" male and said they looked like they had just made a kill. Orcas were about 1/4 mile offshore. He said there was also a gray whale about 200 yards offshore. Wish I had gotten his name-if he sees this, maybe he could leave a name in comments. -Sharon Anne Clark
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Sun Nov 18 - North Puget Sound - 15:30 - Possible humpback off President Point, south of Kingston, Kitsap side. Feeding beneath a large flock of birds. No direction of travel. -Joanne Graves
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GRAY WHALES - Sun Nov 18 - South Puget Sound - 16:30 - I have been watching it again for the past 2 hours. It is sticking close to Cooper Point spit and slightly north and south of it. It ventures into Eld a bit. Then crosses the spit and ventures into Budd. Lots of surface activity - spy hops, tail throws, and pec slaps. It is often followed closely by the sea lions. The whale surfaces, and then so too do they, 3-4 at a time. It's as if they are 'no its heels'. It's wild. I missed the breach a few minutes ago. And the breach just now with Mt. Rainer in the background and the moon rising above that. :( What a gorgeous pink hue to water and sky. -Kim Merriman
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~14:10 - Eld Inlet saw the gray whale in front of Flap Jack. It surfaced twice and did one tail throw. It was moving north out of the inlet. -Sharesse Fowler
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12:26 - Gray whale (CRC 2234) at Cooper Point spit shallows and immediate area (Budd and Eld inlets) this morning for several hours. Last seen heading north east toward Boston Harbor and Dana Passage. Very active - with surfacing series, spy hops, and tail throws. Very robust blows, too. Those are rafting sea lions behind it. They have all been hanging out in the same area. Sights and sounds on Sunday morning deep in the southern end of Puget Sound. Gray whale 2234's early morning visit to Cooper Point (Budd/Eld inlets) while it surfaced, spy hopped, threw its tail - all the while traveling back and forth along the sand spit itself. It was joined by a whole lot of sea lions. Everyone exhaling at the same time. Then some barking. Synchronicity on full display. Such grace. -Kim Merriman

November 17

Juan de Fuca - Ks - K35 south of Constance Bank on the afternoon of November 17th. -Photo by Mark Malleson, 2018
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Sat Nov 17 - Puget Sound - Js/L87 - SRKW's passing by Point No Point, WA today. -Photos by Steve Smith, Nov 17, 2018
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16:30 - Orcas approaching Kingston, between Apple Tree Point and Eglon. -Sara Frey
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16:05 - whales have made steady progress southbound from Point No Point still seemingly more on Kitsap side as seen from south of Scatchet Head. -Sandra Pollard
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15:44 - Viewing from Scatchet head. Orcas Grouped up tightly now. Look to be heading south now.
15:35 - orcas are still south of point no point. Seem to be trending north still. -Danielle Pennington
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15:15 - still seeing orcas spread out across the Possession Triangle (Point No Point/Edmonds/S Whidbey - as we call it -alb) looking further away so must be moving south, and judging by the crowd on the spit at Point No Point, they are getting some good views from there! What a beautiful day to watch Southern Resident orcas in Puget Sound, and even more beautiful to see them milling and foraging, hopefully finding lots of salmon.
14:30 - Orcas are spread out north and south of a large sailboat, again, very difficult to determine direction - perhaps they are milling and foraging, but at least some seem to be trending north toward Possession Pt/Sound. There are some behind/west of the tugboat headed south, spread out over toward Scatchet Head/Possession Pt. I think they are milling and foraging, just saw a few breaches - but they seem to be moving east (toward the mainland) rather than west (toward Admiralty) at the moment, but not sure if their trend is north (into Possession Sound) or south (back into Puget Sound) from this distance. It is very difficult to see them from anywhere when they get lost in the Possession Triangle!
14:10 - looks like orcas are very spread out, heading N/NE toward either the south end of Whidbey Island and/or into Possession Sound? Again, due to distance very difficult to tell how far east they are - but at this point closer to the Whidbey side and headed toward S. Whidbey.
14:05 - FINALLY seeing some blows (viewing from south of Bush Pt), hard to tell with the distance and fuzzy visibility, but it looks like they may be off Double Bluff, about 1/3 of the way toward Point No Point? Not yet able to determine direction, can only see blows in the distance. -Susan Berta, Orca Network
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Saw 3 large males at Point no Point about 1:45pm. -Lori Lucia Montana
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13:00 - We are leaving the scene now but some of the Js appeared to be turning south at Useless Bay.
12:35 - J pod and L87 currently swimming toward Useless Bay. Foraging with the occasional breach. -Bart Rulon MV Saratoga
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12 Noon - Watching from Point No Point seeing blows, breaches spread out between Picnic Point and Scatchet Head. Looks like they're headed toward Admiralty. So North west bound. -Susan Marie Andersson
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12:11 - Looks like the lead group is approaching point no point now. Many other whales a blows following behind.
11:55 - I'm at Maxwelton Beach (south Whidbey) and I am finally seeing blows. I am seeing two group heading north bound. The heat distortion is too severe to see any fins. Maybe off Eglon on the Peninsula. -Danielle Pennington
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11:50 - orcas southbound now.
11:25 - Their current location (off Possession Point). Traveling NW. -Samuel Rasmussen
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11:07 - Several orcas northbound, look to be heading into Possession Sound. -Mike Hoene
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10:45 - Just lost the trailing group off Possession. They were steady NB with breaches. They are mid to east channel. I'd say the leading male is likely approaching Point No Point if they stayed on course.
10:07 - Seeing quite a few. They are on the east side of the shipping lane. Steady NB travel at the moment.
09:50 - Orcas off Apple Tree Point NB. Large male in group. -Sara Frey
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09:36 - large ship USAC just passed them. They (orcas) are on Kingston side of channel as viewed from Edmonds fishing pier. Still northbound, well north of Kingston ferry, not to Eglon yet. -Michelle Goll
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09:27 - At least six Orcas with two large males (I think more) spread out heading south just one mile north of Kingston ferry. Appears to be foraging and slowly moving. -Darlene Moneypenny
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08:45 - orca in the Edmonds -Kingston ferry lanes heading north. -Michelle St
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08:43 - Orcas northbound at SF buoy in the middle of traffic lanes. Spread out. Mostly likely Residents based on number of whales. -Jason Mihok
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08:40 - Orcas (residents I believe, number unknown), NB just south of Pt. Wells/Edmonds, in the center of the waterway. -James Greenway
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Sat Nov 17 - North Puget Sound - 13:57 - Humpback breaching close to shore north of Edmonds Ferry terminal! (2:27 reply: He headed out...Between Point No Point and Whidbey. Incredible breaching tho!) -Biz Shoe Peterson
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11:10 - Humpback too! near Eglon southbound as viewed from Sunset Ave in Edmonds. -Michelle Goll
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Sat Nov 17 - 14:07 - Whale out north of Hidden Beach! Acting/feeding like a gray. -Nancy Culp Zaretzke
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10:59 - saw a gray in Holmes Harbor this morning. Plumes from blow, and a view of its back as it surfaced. Appeared to be feeding. -Melinda Faggard Base
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08:41 - it doesn't stay up for long and doesn't come completely out of the water, so it's hard to tell. Still going deeper into the harbor.
08:17 - Large whale, probably a humpback heading south into Holmes Harbor across from golf course, closer to the east side. -Cindi Bowen
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07:50 - my friend Kevin Lungren just called me with a report of a probable gray whale (not 100% sure which species yet - he was crabbing so he didn't have binoculars) in Holmes Harbor about half way in, swimming east towards Freeland. -Bart Rulon

November 16

13:40 - Vivaldi the humpback is northbound in Colvos Passage half way up. -Bart Rulon, Chilkat Express

November 15

J53 Kiki and J44 Moby passing Point Robinson, Vashon. -Photo by Marla Smith, Nov 15, 2018
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Fri Nov 16 - 16:50 - Orcas at Kingston/Edmonds ferry line NB. Mid to west channel. One series of 6 enormous breaches. -Sara Frey
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4:13. Currently just south of the Kingston to Edmonds ferry. Heading North towards the ferries. leader breached...the rest of the pod is behind . All heading North mid channel. -Jae Ly
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16:44 - From Edmonds. Male foraging halfway between Jefferson Head and yellow buoy; mid channel
16:14 - From Edmonds looking south (further se of 1605 group) breaching with 3-4 blows heading north
16:05 - From Marina Beach Edmonds. Seeing blows just north of Jeff head and other blows more south and mid channel (east of the yellow buoy). -Ariel Yseth
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15:15 - we reaquired the orcas foraging mid channel just south of spring beach north of shilshole, still heading north, very spread out. These might be the trailers in the group. J26 and others. Bart Rulon Chilkat.
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12:45 - we had J and K pod grouping up into a few groups northbound just north of Alki Beach. Lots of breaching and cartwheeling. -Bart Rulon, Chilkat Express
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K12 Sequim, K37 Rainshadow, K38 Comet, Js & Ks between Alki and Vashon. -Photos by Ariel Yseth, Nov 16, 2018
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12:40 - a group of orcas headed north. South of Alki Point. Around mid channel. Maybe a bit closer to Alki side. -Douglas Greenswag
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12:16 - (orcas) Yes, many headed northwest, many past Blake now. Several tail slaps, seems to be headed towards Fort Ward.
12:11 - (orcas) Direction change?? I've seen two females/juv's now travel NB half-away of Blake. WW boat Chilkat on scene further north also.
11:54 - Too cool for school! There is one of the big (J-Pod?) guys having a great time at the northern end of Blake: Breach, dorsal slaps, rolls.
11:47 - (orcas) Continue to be very spread out. One female mid-channel quite aways south of Vashon ferry dock, one male at south tip of Blake, one male at north tip of Blake.
11:25 - See more whales, really spread out, leaders (?) now past the south tip of Blake, SB.
11:20 - Three whales at the tip of Blake, at least one male, slowly milling, SB. -Pia VanHanen
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11:17 - (orcas) Now passed Restoration Point. South bound. Near pleasure craft. Viewed from south beach Bainbridge Island. -Rick Hatten
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11:16 - Jeff Hogan (Killer Whale Tales) reports Js/L87 at least southbound at Lincoln Park max spread in small groups. Moving pretty quick.
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Marie Waterman, WSF reported again at 11:05, still some milling by the orcas, but slowly southbound between Restoration and Wing Points.
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10:49 - Spotted 2-3 orcas between Bainbridge and Blake Island, closer to peninsula shore from Mee Kwa Mooks Park (West Seattle). binoculars needed. -Justin Robertson
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~10:35 - (orcas) Off Alki Beach headed south. -Katie Day Arbuckle
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We spotted this pod heading south while on the Bainbridge ferry this morning. It was about 10 AM approaching Elliott Bay between Port Blakey and Alki. -Aaron Kelly
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From Marie Waterman at WA State Ferries: pod of 10 - 12 orcas first seen at 9:57 am about one mile off Tyee in Puget Sound, milling.
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Thu Nov 15 - 16:55 - Watching from Arroyos (The bluffs below Marine view drive in West Seattle. Across from Dilworth, Vashon)...Maury Island with directional changes and lots of surface activity and breaching. Have moved SB trend for a bit. -Kersti Muul
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Here are the photos from Dash Point Park viewpoint as the SRKWs made their way north past Gold Beach on Vashon (11/15, 2:30-4:10pm). Unfortunately I was at the far reach of my 600mm & 840mm lenses, but it was AMAZING to see so many whales - probably 20 foraging in small groups of 3-4. J27 Blackberry, J47 Notch. We saw lots of headstands, tail lobs, spyhops, rolls and breaches. The coolest shots are the full-body breach that happened right next to the research boat at 4pm and the sea snake that some fella brought to the party ...With salmon in short supply and the SRKWs visits so much less predictable, this dry, sunny, salmon-filled moment in time feels like a blessing for all of us...Belen Bilgic Schneider
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J51 Nova (born 2015) and K36 Yoda (born 2003), J40 Suttles, J46 Star. Today was butter!!! We got lucky, made it to the Browns Point Lighthouse just in time to see the Residents come out of Commencement Bay!!! -Photos by Desiree Sauve, Nov 15, 2018
(IDs by Melisa Pinnow, Center for Whale Research)
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14:07 - A large group is now heading northbound in East Passage (away from Ruston Way) Look for orange research vessel. -Zach Haen
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I arrived at the Tacoma waterfront (between Pt Defiance ferry dock and Anthony's) shortly after 12 Noon to meet Gayle S. Soon after Gayle and I (and our new friend Kelly W) began seeing blows to the north spread across the channel between Maury Island and Dash Point. The pods continued steady progression as if heading towards Dalco Pass when at ~ 12:20 quite a few turned towards Commencement Bay. I imagine some communication took place because after they did suddenly most everyone made an abrupt left and headed towards Commencement, some moving quickly and soon after breaches and tail lobs as they headed in that direction. A few kept out mid channel and began making a lot of directional changes. Gayle and I moved to higher ground to confirm if they were continuing into the bay...we saw a group of at least 4-6 close inshore off Point Ruston now heading back westbound. Thinking we might see a close pass we hurried it back to our spot by the ferry dock, but that group flipped and was now heading east again. We waited them out several minutes only to see that whales streaming eastbound towards Commencement. The three of us decided to head over to Ruston Way and find a spot which proved to be the excellent decision. Over the next 90+ minutes we watched Js/L87 and Ks spread out all over with a large percentage streaming their way right on into Commencement Bay in 1s-4s! Matriarch K14 Lea (born 1977), J40 Suttles (born 2004), J41 Eclipse (born 2005)By 13:20 the leaders were deep into the bay, others still streaming in, while others stayed behind keeping to the outer edges still foraging with some surface activity. All the while NOAA collected samples. The whales who traveled into the bay made a northerly u-turn on their way out more mid channel, with some eventually moving closer to the Brown's Point side. It took some time to confirm which way they were going to go, but became clear they were heading back north via the main channel between east side of Vashon and the mainland. We left Ruston Way about 14:10 as the pods continued their travels north spread out across the channel between Maury Island and Brown's & Dash Points. We were off to find the humpback...Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network
(IDs by Melisa Pinnow, Center for Whale Research)
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Human friends sharing same view along Ruston Way off Commencement Bay: -Photo by Alisa Lemire Brooks, Nov 15
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13:56 - large pod dispersed in Commencement Bay looks like foraging. Milling about and looking beautiful. -Dana Andrew
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13:05 - From Owen Beach seeing whales spread out nearer Browns point, look to be heading toward Commencement Bay. -Jill Clogston
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12:50 - Brian Owens reports 6-7 orcas foraging off Ruston Way in Tacoma.
12:36 - I am literally in tears sitting y the waters edge I can hear them talking to each other! viewable from point Ruston!
12:25 - They're really spread I have some at west end of Maury and east, atleast one big male headed east some breaching
12:12 - viewable from s tip of Maury Island viewing from Point Ruston. -Jami Cantrell
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13:36 - Gah! Scratch that info about Owen's. They turned into Commencement Bay and Ruston Way is going to be better viewing.
12:40 - Breaching orcas visible from our car (!!!) on Ruston Way. Still headed towards Pt Defiance. Owen's Beach is the spot if you're trying to see them right now.
12:20 - From Brown's Point Lighthouse, I'm seeing orcas mid channel between Maury and Vashon Island headed towards Pt Defiance
12:10 - (orcas) Lots of breaching visible from Brown's Point Lighthouse! Hugging the coast of Maury. -Emily Scannell Mruk
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J39 Mako passes NOAA/NWFS researchers and guests - Commencenemt Bay. -Photos by Karen Povey, Nov 15, 2018
(ID by Melisa Pinnow, CWR)
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14:04 - Js & Ks) seemingly heading back up the channel towards Pt. Robinson.
13:29 - (orcas) most are in Commencement Bay, some still streaming across eastbound.
13:08 - (orcas) some closer to Browns Point side eastbound into Commencement bay. Some mid channel off Quartermaster/Pt. Ruston foraging.
12:58 - (orcas) some off Pt. Ruston, some eastbound in Commencement Bay.
12:39 - (orcas) spread out between Commencement Bay to Vashon Ferry dock. Milling with direction changes. Research boat & Tribal Boat on site.
12:05 - many orcas rounding Southern tip of Maury Island westbound towards Pt. Defiance, close to Vashon shore. Others spread out to channel marker, & I saw some closer to Dash Point side earlier. All South/West bound. Lots of breaching near Buoy.
11:51 - from N. 45th & Stevens, can see them (Js & Ks) with binoculars approaching southern channel marker off S. Tip of Maury. Some breaching. -Melissa Burke
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11:36 - 3 more trailers including J-17 and J53.
11:16 - Kpod and Jpod plus L87, J53 Kiki and her big brother J44 off Point Robinson.just passed Point Robinson still heading south. -Kelly Keenan
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Lovely visit from Jpod/Kpod/L87, K20 Spock as they passed by Point Robinson on Vashon, Such beauty! -Photo by Marla Smith, Nov 15, 2018
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(Three people on shore at Point Robinson sharing the same moment in time capture near same image of J51 & J19 as they pass close to shore. Love when this happens and that we can include the three near identical images here below. - alb)
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11:15 - trailers just left Pt Robinson headed south, all spread out in the channel. Looks like J and K pod. -Marla Smith
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10:38 - starting to pass Pt Robinson, pretty far out. -Jake Conroy
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10:27 - (orcas) I've got eyes on them from Des Moines Marina approaching Point Robinson. -Brian-Nicole Jenkins
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10:15 - (orcas) Mid channel north of Pt Robinson, moving south. -Matt Hahn
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10:00 - (orcas) trailers passing Dilworth, very spread out. -Kelly Keenan
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10:00 - they (orcas) are close to the Vashon side and almost to Pt Robinson. Spotted from three Tree Point. I saw only like 2, must be leaders. I didn't realize they were part of a larger pod, will keep watching for the rest. -Kim Baumgartner
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09:20 - Hi we saw one orca from the Vashon ferry this morning at around 9:20am. -Jesse Burmeister
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09:15 - Mike at WS Ferries reports 10-15 orcas all across the Vashon/Fauntleroy ferry lane heading south.
08:48 - Residents. K-33. Watching from Fauntleroy ferry dock on shore East of channel SB quickly all spread across. -Kersti Muul
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08:47 - A few more (orcas) just passed the ferry lane, including a big male near the Fauntleroy side, which also appeared to be followed briefly by a bald eagle. Don't we live in an amazing place?
08:38 - At least 3 or 4 (orcas) just passed the Fauntleroy ferry terminal, southbound, too.
08:25 - Just spotted a few (orcas) heading south approaching the Vashon ferry terminal. -Michael Yov
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08:24 - Spotted (orcas) from the ferry, about half way between Vashon and Fauntleroy south/west bound ! Last seen heading towards the Vashon dock. There were at least 3-4 others, possibly more. -Halee Dams
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Orcas at least 2 southbound by Fauntleroy at 0720 got a surprise close encounter on the foot ferry from Vashon. -Robyn Dally
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Thu Nov 15 - South Puget Sound - Humpback Vivaldi in Dalco Passage off Point Defiance. -Photo by Shannon Hooson Rojecki, Nov 15
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16:50 - Thinking Vivaldi was feeding/staying in the area under Dalco Viewpoint, Gayle, Kelly, and I moved up there and just as we stepped out of the car we heard loud exhalation out of sight behind the trees as if heading toward Owen Beach. We waited several minutes in hope s/he would circle back, but s/he did not. With no daylight left we headed back down to Owen Beach for perhaps a moonlight encounter, but we never laid eyes or ears on Vivaldi after stepping out of the car at Dalco Viewpoint at ~16:50. A beautiful day with orcas, a humpback and friends old & new. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network
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16:30 - Watching humpback from Dalco Viewpoint, 5 Mile Drive, Point Defiance. -Photo by Amber Stanfill, Nov 15, 2018
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16:30 Humpback visible from Dalco Viewpoint heading east towards Owen Beach. -Ranell Nystrom
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16:22-16:30 - After watching humpback Vivaldi form the viewpoint we moved around down to Owen Beach. Soon after arriving Vivaldi cleared the point keeping a northbound line. We watch her/him mill back and forth for several minutes. S/he then appeared to be feeding, churning up the water and dozens of gulls were swooping in. We decided to move up to Dalco Viewpoint....
16:05 - We (Gayle, Kelly and I) reached the Narrows Viewpoint, 5 Mile Drive in time to watch CRC-15936/MMX0128 Vivaldi surface just north of Salmon Beach fairly close in on the Tacoma side of the channel. S/he was traveling in regular surface patterns of 3-4 surfaces before diving. Vivaldi surface just below those of us watching from the bluff above as s/he continued north, showing her fluke one last time before moving out of sight.
16:05 - Humpback Vivaldi northbound under Narrows viewpoint along 5 Mile Drive, Point Defiance heading towards the Point. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network
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Humpback Vivaldi beneath Narrows Viewpoint along 5 Mile Drive, Point Defiance. -Photo by Gayle Swigart, Nov 15, 2018
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15:35 - Humpback passed Salmon Beach heading north. -Bill Clogston
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15:15 - humpback headed North under bridge mid channel. -Karen Caldwell
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15:03 - Just seen from Sunset Beach heading north. Sunset Beach is a neighborhood in University Place, across from Fox Island. Just North of Chambers Bay, south of Titlow. -Roxanne Johnson Carlson
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09:05 - Humpback headed South towards Chambers Bay area. Just passed the Fox Island Pier. -Karen Caldwell
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Thu Nov 15 - At 1130h, just off Latimer's landing on Pickering Passage just north of Harstine island bridge a large whale rolled partly above water heading south. Not an Orca. Did not see exposed fins, tail or head. I watched south for another sighting but saw nothing. -Carl Hauge
(likely gray whale 2234 - alb)
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Thu Nov 15 - 16:54 - Porpoises! We saw a dozen or so porpoises close to shore near Bremerton - at dusk. There were two groups of five or six, and one straggler, moving briskly southward, and keeping near the shore at Enetai - just south of Illahee State Park in Port Orchard Passage, between Kitsap and Bainbridge. There was enough daylight to see the porpoises clearly, but too dark to get a photograph. -Brian Johnson

November 14

SOUTHERN RESIDENTS - Wed Nov 14 - 16:00 - first ones approaching PNP in travel mode Northbound
15:20 - just getting home. Lots mid channel NB Apple Tree Point. Lot on Kitsap side. -Sara Frey
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14:40 - 6+ orcas northbound off of Marina Beach Edmonds. Edmonds side to mid channel. -Sherman Page
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14:30 - Just saw a few Orca's traveling north by Richmond Beach, East of the channel marker, but not too far East. Seemed to be moving slow and further West. -Tara McErlean Liekkio
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14:29 - About 6 orcas and one humpback northbound approaching Point Wells...Another 4 or 5 (orcas) on the west side approaching Kingston. -John Slomnicki
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14:10 - Still approaching mid channel marker. Most North, but keep seeing. Not sure how many. I think I have seen at least 8.
13:40 - Just coming up to president pt, Kitsap side south of Kingston, heading north. -Joanne Grave
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12:35 - saw the whales pretty spread out from Fay Bainbridge...It was really awesome to think we only saw the end of the group to have more come up. -Jessie Olmsted
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12:50 - K25 Scoter sighted!! Looking good, foraging with K21 Cappicino. They are very spread out between West Point and Point Jefferson. Still slowly northbound
12:09 - Chilkat is on scene with Residents spread all across the channel, even with Shilshole. Slowly Northbound but foraging along the way. Confirmed Js and Ks! So far we've seen the J11s, J22s, and K22s! -Justine Buckmaster
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10:45 update: foraging off Restoration Point. Lots of surface activity. Tight groups. 3 big males and many others with. Trending north.
10:30 - Multiple breaches off northwest side of Blake. Now trending east between Blake and Bainbridge. -Susan Marie Andersson
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10:15 - Susan Andersson reports lots of surface activity between Blake Island and Manchester, hopefully finding chum, but no clear direction yet.
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09:47 - At least one at southworth ferry terminal! Right now. -Sally Smith
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9:44 - Call from Charlie on the Vashon ferry to Southworth of at least 6 orcas between Vashon Head, Southworth, and Blake Island.
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9:27 - Mike at WS Ferries reports 8-10 orca heading north past Southworth ferry dock.
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920 am. Two large groups of orcas, north bound out of colvos passage, between southworth and Vashon. 15-18, a number of large bulls, tail lobbing, breaching, spy hopping. -Wayne McFarland, WSF
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09:00 - Pod of dozen or so orcas NB at N end Colvos Passage on 11.14.18. Lots of happy tail lobs and several breaches. -Cheers, Tim Ferris
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08:57 - at least 3 orcas milling around by Al's in Olalla. Saw through binoculars. -Pat DeVore
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Hi there! There appears to be one member of the Southern Residents hanging out in Paradise Cove (Colvos Passage). We've had a ton of fishermen out here over the last two weeks, so I Imagine it's for the salmon. I believe I saw this member last week as well, do not appear to be any others with it. Definitely looks too big to be a dolphin, the dorsel fin is extremely tall, and it did come out of the water - although it was too far too identify markings. The channel is quite deep, but they are in an area that does get shallow quickly. They stayed in the cove for about 30 minutes, between 8:15a to 8:45. Hope this is helpful! -Kallie Sandstrom
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8:37 - Pod of whales off Olalla looked like they were heading north. -Megan Kirby
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08:20 - Out of site now, going north, might be north of Vashon now. They were so spread out, we think there was over a dozen.
08:05 - Very spread out, we are still seeing some, closer to Vashon side in Colvos, northbound. We are in Prospect Point on the west side of Colvos Passage. -Jan Cameron Alferness
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07:47 - Orcas ~ 10 (including mabye 3 males), heading north from Olalla in Colvos Passage! Very active. I could hear them breathing. -Claudia Olsen
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HUMPBACK WHALES - Wed Nov 14 - ~12:15 - Hello! I spotted a humpback whale heading north in front of the Mukilteo ferry terminal about 12:15pm today. So amazing to see. -Amy Haymond
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Wed Nov 14 - North Puget Sound - 14:29 - About 6 orcas and one humpback northbound approaching Point Wells...Another 4 or 5 (orcas) on the west side approaching Kingston. -John Slomnicki
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Wed Nov 14 - South Puget Sound (Confirmed CRC-15936/MMX0128 Vivaldi)
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16:24 - Now he is hanging out at his favorite spot to "sleep?" just North of the S/E tower of the Narrows Bridge, South of Salmon Beach
16:06 - Humpback headed north under the Narrows Bridge mid channel closer to the N/E tower of the bridge. -Karen Caldwell
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15:00 - Chilkat Express is leaving humpback whale Vivaldi circling just south of Fox Island, feeding with a large group of Harbor Porpoises. -Justine Buckmaster
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14:45-15:20 - Spotted humpback from upper bluff at Chambers Bay. No binoculars, but lots of spouts and assume it's the humpback that's been In the area. Watched from about 2:45-3:20pm. -Laura Ryan Copado
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GRAY WHALES - Wed Nov 14 - The gray whale is back. It is just N of Cooper Pt. -Kim Merriman

November 13

Tue Nov 13 - K20 (Spock) porpoising past Point Robinson, Maury Island. -Photo by Gayle Swigart
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Spyhop off Point Robinson, Maury Island/Vashon. Photo by Alisa Lemire Brooks, ON, Nov 13, 2018
(possibly J40 per Melisa Pinnow, CWR)
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Tue Nov 13 - Amazing to see the Orcas today between Pt Defiance and Vashon. I sat alone floating in the skiff for an hour with motor off just watching and listening. they were really spread out, not very together that I usually see with Transients. Below is a photo of one of the bulls taken around 5pm, which Orca I wonder? I have other photos and video to go through that'll I try to post later. Still buzzing from the two full breaches right in front of me!! -Zeno Martin
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16:38 - some orcas near the the entrance to Colvos, some off east tip (towards Commencement Bay by Quartermaster milling. Westbound between Tacoma side Ferry terminal & Owen Beach. -Melissa Burke
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15:57 - Point Ruston is the spot. They're everywhere as far as the eye can see. -Photo by Jami Cantrell, Nov 13, 2018
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15:20 at least 5 foraging off Pt. Ruston, mid channelish.
15:15 Some have crossed Quartermaster Harbor approaching Vashon Ferry lanes.
15:10 still have trailers that have not passed channel marker, some spread out along S. Maury Island crossing Quartermaster Harbor, Westbound.
15:00 - all around the southern channel marker rounding the South Tip of Maury Island, Westbound. White Sailboat with them. -Melissa Burke
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Hello Alisa, Today at approximately 2:30 pm I saw at least 4 Orca, 2 males, 2 females in Puget Sound, off Maury Island south of Pt. Robinson. They were between the shipping lanes and the Island. There was a small open boat - orange - that seemed to be tracking them and at one point a female came up very near the boat. It almost looked like it may have been a research boat. It was orange, about 20+ feet, open/skiff. Maybe inflatable. There were 2 people in the boat.
Whales were headed south, though circled some as I believe they were fishing. My home is on the opposite shore, at Lakota Beach just north of Dumas Bay 47 longitude, 122 latitude. I watched them through binoculars for about a half hour as they moved south. The boat was still with them. We have seen lots of salmon in the area in the past few days. Sealions have been feeding in this area. I sure hope these are residents getting a good meal. They could use a break.
Thanks for your work keeping track of all this. As a child we spent summers and weekends at Bush Point and the pods were huge in the 60's. We would see them every summer and had no thought that it would ever end. Now I fear for them. -Barbara Nuss
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Saw several orcas off Vashon today, was told there was 2 pods coming from the north. A lot of activity! One of the people that was looking with us from Owens beach side had counted 20. -Photo by Cherie St.Ours, Nov 13, 2018
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14:47 seeing tiny dorsal & splashes from Ruston Way. Heading south along Maury island. From my point of view, they just passed a sailboat with an orange sail. Some farther along towards end of Maury. -Heidi Armstong
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14:51 - Another small group following, nearing south end of Maury.
14:45 - Just counted 3 orca headed mid-way between South end of Maury and the south Vashon Ferry terminal. Headed W/SW, quickly. -Dana Andrew
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Met up with Gayle at Point Robinson where we planted our feet out on the beach about 12:45. Soon after I picked up my binoculars set my eyes to the north and was pleased to see multiple blows heading our way. Over the next 30 minutes or so we patiently waited and watched as the lead orcas moved closer in view to those of us gathering on shore. The first leaders arrive around 13:30 passing offshore mid channel at a good clip; two duos porpoising past in tandem mid channel. Over the next 45 minutes we, along with an ever growing crowd of happy humans, watched Js, L87 and Ks stream by in 1-4s spread wide, across the channel east to west and north to south, grouped as families and blended members of both pods. With whales everywhere, it was a pleasurable predicament trying to decide who to watch, where to lay our eyes.
J51 Nova was one of the early whales to pass in close. This young guy swam past close in-shore with mom and others near. J40 went by and soon after J46 Star passed, made a u-turn where she proceeded to swim directly towards us. Her movement slow and with intention. She then shifted to a parallel tract, continued northbound a short distance close to shore then flipped again to continue southbound with the rest of her pod-mates.
J27 was another who came by super close to shore, his presence big and beautiful. J49 and mom J37 came by togehter. K26 was another who passed close in with L87 not far behind a little more offshore. K42 surfaced nearby next to J45 and another unidentified member. J47 came in close, blowing nice bubbles as he surfaced. Was lovely to see K21, such a regal fellow. Next up the K13s, again this group close to shore porpoising just before the point creating waves which tumbled along the shore moments later. K20 Spock with her offspring passed by, with elder big boy K25 further offshore. The J17s came along near us affording a sweet look at J17 Princess Angeline and little J53 Kiki. I haven't had a chance to go through all photos to see who all was where, but the last family to pass was the J16s who approached very close to shore. This family of four went down just before the point and surfaced just beyond, bypassing us all completely on this longish dive. A heartfelt moment to spend a few minutes with this family in particular who has lost so much. Photos taken from shore at Point Robinson -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network
(ID help by Melisa Pinnow, CWR) .
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J17 Princess Angeline - Point Robinson. -Photos by Sarah Cardinal, Nov 13, 2018
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11:45-12:25 - Watched from Dilworth on Vashon , and saw many whales pass moving steadily south. When I left there was still a large male near the Vashon shore, just south of the Dilworth point, and a few stragglers behind him. Looks like a research vessel is near the tail end of group, mid channel. I think there are closer to 20, or more. Hard to tell as they are so spread out. -Holly Boaz
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11:00 - 11:45 - watching from South Beach on Bainbridge Island, many orca spread out, heading south maybe mid channel or West Sesttle side, north of Vashon ferry lane. Couple of trailers north, closer to Alki. Too far away to iID. Saw a couple of breaches and at least 3 large whales. Then scanned from Old Creosote again, looking for trailers noted in Elliot Bay and could not find them. Wind is making water pretty hard to see whales. Also, many CA sea lions along the shoreline... and hauled out on red buoy. -Kimberly Sylvester
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11:20 - Steady SB headed towards Point Beals, a large group that is really spread out - though saw one grouping of 4-5 orcas together. Not much surface behavior. -Pia VanHanen
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11:15 - We saw 2 orcas southbound off the east shore of Blake island at 11:15 am. Not much surface activity. -Michael Helser
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11:30 - Orca; who believe to be leaders: line of at least dozen orcas spread from Vashon side to mid channel heading steady southbound approaching Dilworth. As seen from N side Dilworth.
11:05 - Orca: No positive IDs yet but is Residents. They are spread across entire channel from Vashon to Mainland. Just passed through Vashon/Fauntleroy Ferry lanes super spread out steady southbound. All around the Ferry, at a distance and one popped up right next to ferry. As seen while aboard westbound ferry to Vashon. -Alisa Lemire Brooks
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11:03 - Mike at WS Ferries says a large pod of orcas is moving south from north Vashon along the east side of Vashon.
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10:35 - Orca: Large group with at least two males north of Vashon/Fauntleroy Ferry lanes west of mid channel. Steady southbound in mild chop. -Alisa Lemire Brooks
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10:25 trailers still east of Bainbridge (blakely harbor) seen from Rockaway but moving south quickly. -Joel Brazle
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10:13 - Male approaching Blake island, a little closer to mid channel.
09:59 - Watching from constellation point...West in channel. Just passing the yellow channel marker close to Bainbridge side. -Kersti Muul
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9:50 - Lots (orcas) already passed right off Restoration Point to mid channel, some still between here and Seattle. Heading south still. -Becca Tiger Musser
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09:55 - Orca: seeing blows south of Alki off Blake island west of mid channel steady south bound. Seas semi- rough. Suns out but wind blowing chilly, bundle up.
09:35 - Orca: Seeing multiple breaches and at least one male dorsal mid Channel outer edges of Elliot Bay between Bremerton/Sea Ferry lanes and Sea/Bainbridge. Viewing from Elliot Bay Marina. Too far and sea level not good vantage point for more precise location, but based on ferry traffic pod still north of Alki/ Restoration Point. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, ON
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09:00 -09:30 - I just wanted to report a sighting of about 8 orcas off of Bainbridge Island. The captain said it was 2 pods. The was about 9am to about 9:30am. They looked to have been a lot of females or younger orcas due to the size of their dorsal fins. -Thank you, Tad Standing Bear
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09:07 - Mike at WS Ferries reports 5-7 orcas heading south in the Seattle/Bainbridge ferry route.
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09:03 - My husband is on the Bainbridge to Seattle ferry. Just texted large, very active pod. -Pamela Madigan
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09:00 - update on Puget Sound orcas: Heather Polverino is seeing them mid-channel between Bainbridge and Seattle, line-of-sight from Bill Point. Milling with lots of direction changes but still moving south. Too far for ecotype id. -Susan Marie Andersson
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07:15 - Half dozen or more orca heading south at a good clip.....mid channel off Point Jefferson, Kingston.... look to be heading more towards the Bainbridge side. Quite a bit of breaching from the big splashes I am seeing. They were quite a ways out and I could not see any saddle patches, but I did see one very tall dorsal which I assume was a male. -Chris Beamer Otterson
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BIGG'S TRANSIENT KILLER WHALES - Tue Nov 13 - Transient playing with a common murre off of East Sooke park on the afternoon of November 13th. -Photo by Mark Malleson, 2018
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UNIDENTIFIED KILLER WHALES - Tue Nov 13 - At 1300, near Sidney BC, 1 male, 2 females and 1 calf. Presumably transients but too far away for saddle patches. Also 1330 a lone humpback near San Juan straitt. -Cherese Taggart
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Tue Nov 13 - On November 13, 2018 we observed a pod travelling south in Rosario Strait about 200 yards or so from our shoreline. We are between Sea Acres and Doe Bay resort and look out on the Pea Pod rocks. The group consisted of a male with a tall dorsal fin and followed by a tightly clustered group (4-6) about 200 yards behind the male orca. They were travelling and moved right along. We were not able to ID or guess genders or ages in the group. We are thrilled to hear the news on TV tonight of the grants/monies heading to saving the SRKW. We so appreciate your work!! -Keith and Ann Jones
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Tue Nov 13 - North Puget Sound - ~9:40 - There's a humpback out front too heading south towards Bainbridge....kind of the same path the orcas were. -Chris Beamer Otterson
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Tue Nov 13 - South Puget Sound - 2:30 - Can see the humpback at Chambers Bay milling around just north of the bouy. -Carrie Gelegonya
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13:06 - (humpback) still milling around the south side of Fox island.
12:46 - Humpback or grey is still at the buoy off of Fox Island, must be good eating there! -Lisa Wiksten
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10:14 - (humpback) Seems to be moving on towards McNeil now. That last dive must have been deeper - I saw the fluke.
09:58 - (humpback) Still keeping close to the buoy. Many shallow blows, then a deep dive.
09:46 - (humpback) Yes! Eyes on him now. I'm just above Sunnyside Beach in Steilacoom. He is just beyond the buoy (Toluca Shoals marker) from my perspective. -Tari Poe Norris
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09:29 - (humpback) Moved southbound, Chambers Bay a few minutes ago. -Glenn Hansen
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08:45-09:00 - I saw him (humpback) headed swiftly Southbound from the bridge towards Fox Island, thought I could hear his blows at about 9:00 along the North shore of Fox Island headed South but I couldn't see him. Haven't seen him since. Possibly further South? -Karen Caldwell
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08:30 - Spotting a humpback now North of the Narrows. -Lisa Wiksten
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Tue Nov 13 - South Puget Sound - There is a gray at Cooper Point spit. It did a whole bunch of spy hopping. It has been there for hours, going back and forth slightly north and then turns and goes south. Lots of surfacing series and spy hopping - as if trying to feed at the spit itself. This whale is joined by about 30 sea lions. -Kim Merriman
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Facebook VIDEO posted 07:46 of gray whale in Budd Inlet, Olympia this morning, backdropped by Mount Rainier. -Jeff Gregory

November 12

K pod - Juan de Fuca Strait ...At 12:11 we received a call that she saw them south south east of Constance Bank. After close to 2 hours of searching in the choppy water, we finally got into calm enough water to the east where I could make use of the Swarovski binoculars and spotted a fin in the distance which turned out to be K21. We could see that it was likely all of K pod and they were fairly spread out on Coyote Bank traveling on a line for Admiralty Inlet...Full encounter report & images at Center for Whale Research Encounter 100.
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15:52 - Look out for K pod tomorrow...Excitedly surfing their way toward Admiralty. Currently east Juan de Fuca. -Brendon Bissonnette
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Mon Nov 12 - 16:10 - (orcas) definitely heading south. Just passed President Point, well west of mid channel
15:37 - just saw orcas (at least three, at least one male) from President Point. North of here, south of Kingston, on the Kitsap side. Hard to tell direction, possibly south or east. -Joanne Graves
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16:04 - 6+ orcas off of President/James point, 2 large males, just passing and heading south.
15:36 - Watching one orca, just breached, we are watching from street just east of the ferry terminal (Kingston), he is directly south of the ferry currently coming across. -Sarah Blair
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15:30 - The pod just finished moving past Apple Tree Point Kingston. They were very spread out both N to S and E to W. They were definitely on the Kitsap side of the channel to mid-channel. They were not in any hurry, often changing direction but trending south and should be past the Edmonds/Kingston ferry line now. J26 Mike, J27 Blackberry, L87 Onyx -Sara Frey
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14:54 - I see whales! Closer to Kingston side and I am viewing the water from just east of the ferry parking lot. My first glimpse saw two whales coming toward Kingston ferry dock. Sw. -Dianne Dee Iverson
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14:47 - (orcas) One group of 4-5 and some singles. Still in front of me, about half way between Eglon and Kingston. Appear to be milling around more.
14:22 - Seeing 3-4 orcas ( at least two males.) spread out just above Apple Tree Point closer to Kingston side heading south. -Beverly Steinman
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14:30 - Orcas north of Kingston. Three so far. Two males and unidentified. Close to Elgon. (Updated to four). -Matt Nutsch
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14:18 - One group of orcas (females/ young) temporarily stalled mid channel out from Edmonds, NW of Ferry dock; spyhop and some directional changes while continuing southbound trend.
13:30 - seeing dorsals of two large male orcas and blows of others between Point No Point and Eglon, slow southbound travel Kitsap (west) side of the channel. (Viewing from Edmonds Sunset Ave, N of ferry dock.) -Alisa Lemire Brooks, ON
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13:30 - Orcas other side of mid channel, Kitsap side. From my line of sight ahead in between Point No Point and Kingston....heading south towards Kingston. Pretty spread out north and south.
13:00 - Im at Sandy Hook (Whidbey) and see the orca blows towards Eglon and that vicinity? and now with a humpback. Looks like they are heading south. -Marilyn Armbruster
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12:03 - (orcas) epic close pass-by Point No Point with breach in front. Better than my happiest dreams. They're slowly trending south and further from land now. Will have a video to share later today. -Michelle Goll
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11:45 - (orcas) Seeing a "picket fence" of 10-12 blows spread out for a mile or so from Point No Point, in a long line, seen from near Bush Pt, with a spyhop and half breach. Not traveling, too busy catching chum, hopefully. -Howard, ON
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11:20 - (orcas) seeing distant blows and breach off Point No Point from Shore Meadows Road. -Sandra Pollard
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11:25 - incredible groups of orcas!!! At least 13.
11:17 - 2 males still visible from Point No Point and heading south. Breaching, tail lobs, lots of fun. Sailboat with them.
10:02 - at Point no point now and they (orcas) are northbound in the middle between here and Whidbey. It quite to yellow buoy yet. Quite a few. Thought I spotted 3 males and didn't get a count of the females but quite a few. -Michelle Goll
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09:31 - Been watching them (orcas) Pass Pilot Pt for the last 30 minutes. Slowly headed North. They're spread out pretty far. -Austin Iles
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08:47 - They (orcas) are now at Apple Tree Point, the Clipper is stopped looking at them. Big pod at least 5. Sloooowly headed north. -Melisa Peterson
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08:26 - I work for the Ferries and co-worker here who just got in off the Ki-Ed run saw them (orcas) and was so excited. -Lynn Untalan
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07:50 - Whales!!! Big male just went by (Apple Tree Point) Seeing more north and further out in channel. Northbound towards Point No Point. Two big boys. 3-4 more. Very spread out. Some milling. -Sara Frey
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07:24 - Maia of WA S Ferries relayed a report of 4 orcas off Kingston in the southbound traffic lane.
07:21 - spotted 4-5 orcas slowly heading north one mile north of Kingston ferry terminal closer to Kingston side. -Darlene Moneypenny
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Mon Nov 12 - Late morning we saw 4 orcas between Kangaroo Point and North Peapod Island: One very large male, one female (we assume), and 2 smaller orcas. They circled and fed and lolled about for about 5 or 10 minutes. Then, heading north, they sounded, coming up about 5 minutes later approximately half way between North Peapod Island and Point Lawrence on the Eastern tip of Orcas Island. Again they circled, and presumably fed and lolled about, then sounded again. Later on we noticed them out in the middle of Rosario Strait, leisurely heading south. -Ken and Marcia Culver, Olga WA
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Mon Nov 12 - Boundary Pass - Two Humpbacks in Boundary Pass, going east. -Monica Petrie
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Mon Nov 12 - North Puget Sound - (two humpbacks: one closer to Kingston, one further to the north 15:30 - Humpback...he's jumping and tail slapping in front of Apple Tree Point headed to Kingston, very close to the Kingston side. -Melissa Peterson
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15:21 - Humpback off President point, south of Kingston. Almost the exact time and place as yesterday. yes (closer to Kitsap), south of Kingston, definitely west of mid channel. I could see it from the beach(kingston side). south of the mid channel marker. -Joanne Graves
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Looked closer to south Point No Point. It must have breached 20 times...viewing from up on the cliff... just south point no point. -Whitney Gabrielle
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14:28 - Watching humpback breach from Point No Point...closer to Whidbey side, moving south. -Sarah Blair
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13:30 - I saw the President Point humpback at 1:30 from the ferry while docked in Kingston. We have 2 humpbacks between there and South Whidbey. -Michelle Goll
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13:00 - watching a very active humpback whale out from Possession Shores heading northwesterly. Now out from Scatchet Head a mile or so. When I first saw the whale s/he was out from Sandy Hook/Possession Shores and Scatchet Head closer to Whidbey and breached non stop as heading or angling over towards Eglon where I had the breaching humpback and orca blows all going on at the same time. Indeed grateful. I think we have the trifecta like Alisa calls it. Heard there was a gray whale near Everett too. so Gray, Humpback and the SRKW's orcas in the north sound. -Marilyn Armbruster
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Dick Bowes reports seeing a humpback out several miles from Kingston at 12 noon, all around Point No Point to Hansville at 2 PM, breaching once a minute for two hours.
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13:20 - Humpback now just off Pt Defiance....between Vashon and Pt Defiance. Watched several blows and one nice tail shot that I failed to get a picture of! -Chris Williamson
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Humpback Dalco Passage - east of Owen Beach. -Photo by Sally Milligan-Smith, Nov 12, 2018
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12:03 - (humpback) Saw a blow in by Anthony's about 10mins ago looking for him now...he is between Owen beach and Anthony's heading east. -Nuvi Gee-Perkins
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~11:00 - Humpback left Salmon Beach heading north. -Chelsea Freniere
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08:17 - Donna F. reports a humpback just north of the Narrows bridge, heading north.
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07:00 - Vivaldi the humpback is hanging out at one of his favorite spots again this morning. He/she is tucked in the peaceful waters just North of the S/E end of the Narrows Bridge. -Karen Caldwell
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Mon Nov 12 - North Puget Sound - 15:30 - after feeding in Sand bar for 20 minutes or so, moved away from shoreline, slowly moving west towards Mukilteo....watched it until about 3:45, milling a bit offshore. Can't confirm if it continued toward Mukilteo or headed north. -Mary Dulin
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(reported as humpback but by description and behavior most probably the gray whale feeding. I've seen him feeding in that exact spot -alb) 15:02 - Multiple humpbacks off Harborview Park Everett. In shallow just milling around rolling. West End of Harborview Park off of some pilings on the point. I've seen blows very close together which made me think two or more. Sitting here on the beach watching them or him now..It's likely the same well it's in the exact same spot as Thursday in probably 40 feet of water...I just looked at pictures of both a gray whale and a humpback whale's dorsal I could be wrong. They look pretty similar. -Ryley Fee
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14:55 pm watching single blows off Harborview park, Everett. Appears to be feeding in Sand bar close to shore. Most likely a gray whale? -Mary Dulin
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Mon Nov 12 - South Puget Sound - 16:58 - Grey whale just passed Libby Point on her way eastbound. -Pamela S Burger
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11:55 - Unidentifiable whale in Hammersley Inlet heading toward Oakland Bay. Small but spouting, close enough to see some barnacles. No obvious signs, more of rolling waves and think it's a gray whale. -Brenda Rix
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11:25 - Gray whale on the Ham (Hammersely Inlet). Heading to Walker Park and it's gorgeous out! -Photo by Pamela S Burger, Nov 12, 2018
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Gray whale (presumably CRC 2234 - alb) passed by in Pickering Passage heading south. -Photo by Jules Michel, Nov 12, 2018
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Mon Nov 12 - (Image sent in by Sally Milligan on Humpback included in previous Whale Sighting Report confirms CRC-15936/MMX0128 Vivaldi -alb)

November 11

J pod/L87 - Admiralty Inlet - Melisa, Tom, and Jane met at Snug Harbor and left the dock around 1030 aboard "Morning Star". After a bit of searching, "Morning Star" spotted blows at 1250, south of Point No Point but north of Apple Cove Point in Admiralty Inlet. J pod was spread out in loose groups and slowly heading south...Full encounter report & images at Center for Whale Research Encounter 98.
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Definitely residents tonight at Point No Point. It got dark so some photos are grainy. They were quite spread out with it taking about an hour for all to pass. Some were mid channel and the evening wrapped up with three being very close in. I believe J42 is the first shot and then finger saddle - J17? Note the big male breaching in the back by the yellow marker in the third shot in comments. -Sara Frey
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17:15 - 50 yards offshore n side Point No Point. Lighthouse now! 5:00-5:08 pm Edit: 1 adult female + 2 youths feeding then zipped off north and light is now gone.
16:50 have been watching orcas for over an hour losing light now as they are about 400 yards out milling and feding straight out from the point. Were northbound midchannel w males in lead but now circling kitsap side - 3-4 off point now. from 4-4:35 she observed Js from Point No Point spread out and NB, traveling northbound with 3 males in lead btwn posession Pt/maxwelton to double bluff.
16:30 - I'm at PNP with lots of whales. Steady Northbound. Pics to follow. -Donna V and Sara Frey
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15:05 - At least 5 orcas at Pilot Pt, heading north. -Austin Iles
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14:36 - Off Eglon Beach - look to be mid channel. Unsure of direction - they were pretty far out but 1 large breach. -Bryan Marable
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(Is unconfirmed if reports below on morning pod was members of Js/L87, but leaving here since they showed up later a bit further north - alb)
11:00 - When we left

PNP

about 11:00 they had been directly east of PNP and rapidly heading north on the east side of the channel. We lost sight of them at that point. They were definitely on the west side of Whidbey. There was one male and probably 3-4 others. We could see blows but nothing else except the male dorsal.
10:30 seeing blows and male dorsal NB from PNP. Believe are heading NW of Possession PT. -Sara Frey
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10:04 - seem to be moving NNE toward Whidbey, toward outer edge of Double Bluff based on my line of sight
09:51 - moved up the street and looking further out see male dorsal and more orcas barely visible in the gap between PNP and south Whidbey
09:21 - spotted from North Edmonds still northbound...at least a few didn't notice males. One breached several times. Still close to this side. -Michelle Goll
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09:40 - three orcas, including one male, 2+ miles NW of Edmonds, line of sight Double Bluff from Sunset Ave.
08:55 - four more northbound at Marina Beach, with some tail lobs.
08:50 - two orcas northbound off of Marina Beach, Edmonds. -Sherman Page
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Sun Nov 11 - 12:50 - Transients at Cattle Point heading for American Camp -Monika Wieland Shields
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Yeah we saw them (Transients) paddling across Cattle Pass at quarter to 12. They were very active off Whale Rocks. Fun to watch as we made our way over to Lopez. We did not see anything at sunset on our way back to San Juan. -Jason Gunter
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Sun Nov 11 - North Puget Sound - Possession Sound - 16:43 - There is a humpback whale at the Mukilteo ferry dock headed south about a half mile off the beach. -Melissa Simmons, WSF
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Sun Nov 11 - North Puget Sound - 16:00 - whale is hanging around. not making definite progress. It was a humpback. saw its tail several times but did not get a good photo.
15:50 - whale heading north between President Point and Carkeek park. on western side of sound. -Joanna Graves
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VIDEO - Humpback Vivaldi going past our deck this evening. Zoomed video. Captures audio of exhalation. -Zeno Martin
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5:43 - Humpback still off Point Defiance, heading north. -Photo by Laura Gilchrist, Nov 11, 2018
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15:49 - Just saw humpback blow and tail Tacoma side north of salmon beach south of pt defiance Viewing from Gig Harbor lighthouse area. -Diana Frick
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14:22 - (Humpback) And back north again. Was breaching under bridge.
14:10 - (humpback) headed south on the north end of (Narrows) bridge. -Nephi Tyler
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13:17 - spotted (humpback) under Tacoma Narrows bridge. He's been north and south/back and forth. We just left and he was on the north side. -Rebecca Austin
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11:50 - humpback between Gig Harbor and Salmon beach jumping out of the water! Lots of tail slaps and acrobatics. Incredible! -Gaby Kinner
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10:15 - Just saw Vivaldi dive off the West side of the channel below the Narrows Airport. Southbound
08:25 - Just saw a large whale..perhaps humpback heading from south Fox Island across from Chambers Bay heading towards Narrows Bridge. -Jennie Martin

November 10

J pod/L87 - Admiralty Inlet - Melisa, Tom, and Jane met at Snug Harbor and left the dock around 10:00 aboard "Morning Star". At 11:45, "Morning Star" found L87 slowly heading north in Admiralty Inlet. He was in the shipping lanes south of Double Bluff, Whidbey Island...Full encounter report & images at Center for Whale Research Encounter 95.
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Weather conditions on November 10 were a bit more challenging with strong winds and confused seas as J pod meandered slowly north in Admiralty Inlet foraging along the way. After grouping up a little more, the leaders arrived at Bush Point, Whidbey Island, mid-afternoon, before changing direction and heading south again - the leaders became the trailers, and vice versa. -Sandy Pollard
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Members of J pod and tanker in Admiralty Inlet. -Photos by Richard Snowberger, Nov 10, 2018
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16:20 - viewing from Limpet Lane east side of Mutiny Bay (Whidbey Island) seeing some out mid channel/mid Mutiny Bay heading south...Marilyn Armbruster
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15:57 - Elsa Leavitt of Bush Pt. called to report "tons of orcas just south of Bush Point, spread out (except for one small tight group), heading south.
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15:50 - whales reached Bush Point and most have turned back south. Some milling and lots of tail slaps. Hopefully successful fishing out there in those choppy seas. -Sandra Pollard
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15:30 - Orcas are off of Bush Point right now 11/10/18 3:30pm. I live her at Bush Point. - Greg Chase
(via comment Orcasound Bush Point page courtesy Scott Veirs)
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15:14 - Just saw 2 to 3 pass the Shore Meadow Rd access heading north. -Cathy Preimsberger Warner
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15:00 - (orcas) some of the whales are now grouped up powering toward Bush Point. Quite a marathon today. -Sandra Pollard
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14:55 - (orcas) One guy with a huge fin is near South tip of Bush point. Too far to tell! (ID) He's a big boy though. There are others with him but water is so choppy that his is the only fin I can see. -Logan & Lindsey McCune Goheen
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14:00 - Some of the orcas are at least still a mile or so south of there, I finally just saw some blows up as far as Foulweather Bluff. They are so spread out, there may be some further N, but the group I'm watching has sort of stalled and is feeding a mile or so south of Bush Point, but still slowly heading N.
13:25 - Js/L87 - LOTS of breaching and lobtailing, slow travel, foraging behavior, and very spread out in choppy waters with sun glare, still slowly heading NW toward Bush Point. -Susan Berta, Orca Network
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13:17 - Still there. Near entrance to hood canal. One huge male is the only fin I can see but big splashes from breaches visible!
13:09 - (orcas) Saw blows and breaches from Mutiny bay. Mid channel, near buoy. Visibility difficult but could see with binoculars. Splashes from breaches visible from Whidbey. This was approx. 10 minutes ago. -Logan & Lindsey McCune Goheen
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12:45 - J pod spread out in Admiralty between Point No Point and almost to Foulweather Bluff, heading NW. We will see what they do as the tide is changing right now. -Susan Berta, Orca Network
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11:50 - J pod/L87, seeing blows well north of Point No Point heading north up Admiralty Inlet. -Howard Garrett, Orca Network
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11:20 - 2 groups. Lead is couple males past Point No Point. Breaches. Rear is several including a male off Point No Point in shipping lane, milling about. Still northbound. -Sara Frey
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10:25 - Mike Maurice reports seeing at least three orcas, one or two of them males, in Puget Sound between Point No Point and Shilshole marina, heading west toward Kitsap.
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09:50 - Orca breaching straight off Apple Tree Point Kingston, north of ferry line. Shipping channel northbound. Breaching, tail lobs, etc. -Photo by Sara Frey, Nov 10, 2018
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Sat Nov 10 - 16:10 - Mike at WSFs called to relay a report from the ferry Chelan of two orcas in Thatcher Pass, one adult and one juvenile, milling.
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We were headed for JPod but it was going to be a long run. We came across these whales maybe 5 miles off the dock and spent quality time with them. Jack is my favorite Bigg's male and it had been awhile, so I was happy to see them. T137A "Jack" with mom T137 - Rosario Strait. T137A "Jack" - Rosario Strait. T137B - Rosario Strait,. 6 yr old T137D with mom T137 - Rosario Strait.-James Gresham
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12:46 - Transients northbound in Rosario Strait. -Monika Wieland Shields
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Sat Nov 10 - I have a beautiful, unobstructed view of the Narrows bridge. And south Sound. Yesterday, about 4:30 we watched 3 Orcas making their way north. Not as spectacular as these pics, but awesome to see! they were black with white markings. Couldn't get a close enough picture, but could see them closer with binoculars. -Cathy Fowlkes-Miller
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3:17 - I'm not from this area and I don't want to mislead anyone, but it appears the are large fins in the water headed towards Purdy. I could be mistaken but I do believe it is a bunch of whales more than 3 or 4. A lot of sea lions are making noise on the beach. Please if you can confirm, thank you. -Sue Hafner
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Sat Nov 10 - I'm a journalist who saw a group of orcas, perhaps 7 or 8, off the NW corner of Stuart Island in the San Juans, heading to Boundary Pass, 4:45pm. I'm not sure which pod. I've attached a photo here. -Ashley Braun
(None besides the T137s were reported on the 10th (included in our last report), but looks like potentially T35As and 38As per Sara Hysong-Shimazu)
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Sat Nov 10 - I had never seen a whale before today. It was only made possible by the Orca Network community. Thank you for the frequent updates and the accuracy that let me find Vivaldi today! -Photo by Kevin Harnaz, Nov 10, 2018
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15:18 - Humpback between northern Fox Island and Day Island - mid-channel. -Kiana Weinschenk
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Thank you Orca Network, because of you I finally found my first whale. My favorite picture of the day. Photo taken on the pier of Titlow Park. -Photo by Alicia Hicks Olsen, No 10, 2018
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15:00 - Humpback heading south past Titlow. -Cole Cosgrove
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14:47 - humpback appears past Narrows Bridge heading south. I can see the occasional spouts. Closer to the east side. -Carrie Wood
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14:45 pm near Point Defiance. Vivaldi! (CRC-15936/MMX0128) -Photo by Shannon Hooson Rojecki, Nov 10, 2018
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Humpback (CRC-15936/MMX0128) between Point Defiance and Salmon Beach (breach series). He/she seemed to be feeding for quite some time. Then gave a quick "wave. A few minutes later this amazing breach. Breathtaking. -Photos by Shannon Hooson Rojecki, Nov 10, 2018
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14:20 - watching humpback moving quickly south toward the Narrows Bridge from the Bridges Viewpoint at Point Defiance Park. -Laura Edgar
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13:30 - Humpback Vivaldi in Tacoma Narrows heading North to Pt Defiance. MAGICAL!! -Photo by Dianne Koch Stefanko, Nov 10, 2018
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12:30 - Those of us planting trees at Orca Recovery Day with Pierce Conservation District at Tacoma Narrows Park saw Vivaldi heading north under the Narrows bridge. -Photo by Jeanette Dorner, Nov 10, 2018
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12:15 - Lost sight of whale. Traveling towards Narrows Bridge on west side of channel.
11:36 - whale south of Fox Island, moving north now. Watching from Day Island. -Kiana Weinschenk
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10:55 - Vivaldi? Fox island fishing pier mid channel-Big blow, heading south. -Brian Stemp
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10:44 - (Humpback) went South and now hanging out closer to the Fox Island fishing pier. Neighbor thought there might be two whales. I can't tell.
10:21 - Humpback on the east side of fox island headed toward the Narrows bridge. -Pattie LaRue Warr

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

(Js/L87) - Beautiful SRKW visit from the shores of Vashon Island as they swam up Colvos passage 11.8.18. What a day! Photos by Marla Smith, Nov 8, 2018
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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
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Tue Nov 6 - On November 6th, 2018 at about 8:30 AM, (+/-) I spotted a pod of orcas heading NW out of Dana Passage, mid channel between Hartstene Island and Dickensen Point. There were 6 or 7 in the pod, including two large adult males. The pod appeared to be traveling in a relatively tight group with no animals straying far from the group. I was able to observe them for two breathing cycles of the pod, and then they disappeared. -Bob Burreson

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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