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April 8

SOUTHERN RESIDENTS - Mon Apr 8 - Hi Alisa! (I am sending additional photos in another email.) 4-8-19 Haro Strait SJI. Observed and photographed from the shore. Between 10 am and 1pm I observed 13-15 orca traveling between the farthest west edge of Hannah Hts and Edwards Point. They were moving slowly to the N/NW with one exception and that was J26, Mike. I was fortunate enough to watch J26 zig zag back and forth, very slowly, north to south and back again, for almost 2 hours. He dove for long periods of time; 2-3 minutes. He was stealthy and hardly made a splash. Sometimes I only saw his dorsal and he took a quick breath as he continued his hunt. J36 Alki off the west side San Juan Island...her older brother J26 Mike. J19 Shachi. J31 Tsuchi -Michelline Halliday, SJI. -Photos by Michelline Halliday, Apr 8, 2019
(IDs by Melisa Pinnow, CWR)
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14:20 - J17 and J44 just passed Lime Kiln heading north it looks like they're the last ones too.
13:55 - J27 Blackberry at Lime Kiln now.
13:11- J26 at Lime Kiln now, they're going against the current pretty slow. -Alex McIntire
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12:47 - J26 has remained in the same area since 1225 but still pointed north. Not showing signs of feeding, just surfacing. More whales spread out all over Haro, some are south of Land bank headed north.
12:26 - J26 passing Land Bank headed north at a slow pace. -Cassie Barclay
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13:21 - J calls still audible....
12:45 - Js still hanging out. Calls continues 2 hours now.
12:26 - Loud J calls still audible...12:28 - ship approaching.
12:13 - Just heard one loud percussive sound (breach?). Been hearing calls & echolocation consistently.
11:11 - So many different vocals...working on report so cannot concentrate on noting which specific calls.
10:49 - Lots of echolocation & calls, getting louder - J pod with some calls sound like Ks (no Ks confimed)
10:45 - Thanks to Monika Weiland Shields for heads up possible Js off West side, I opened Lime Kiln webcam & hydrophone...right there, orcas on my laptop both visually and audbily! -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network

April 7

Sun Apr 7 - Puget Sound - 20:28 - Orca. At least five passing Mukilteo a good ways out, heading East-Northeast towards Saratoga Passage... Looking North and 3 stories up (I'm on the Mukilteo side, so the contrast was pretty favorable. ). Got a little bit of light still and contrast against the water from here. Just about out of it now. -Derek Hanson
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20:02 - (J pod) in travel mode now. Heading north on the east side of whidbey.
19:54 - They (J pod) are all grouped together heading east north east. It's so calm you can here every blow.
19:49 - viewing from Possession Point. They (J pod) are south of whidbey north of the Edmonds ferry. Lots of surface activity. -Danielle Pennington
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19:16 - Quite a few milling about feeding just south of possession point. -Mike Ferdinandi
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17:43 - Orcas. Between scatchet head and possession point. Closer to whidbey side, leaders trending south
17:32 - spotted orcas from pilot point looking north. Halfway between Kitsap and whidbey, heading east. -Austin Iles
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16:51 - Looks like they definitely flipped. South bound, Kitsap side of Mid channel right off Point No Point near yellow buoy. Still foraging behavior. -Susan Marie Andersson
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16:50 - Orca. They headed south, out of view from Double Bluff. -Anya Vahlolo
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16:40 - since my last post here they have not moved any further north ...
16:05 - With Rachel hiked out southend Mutiny Bay...orcas spread across with some closer to Whidbey about i mile south of the northend of Double Bluff. Still heading north...Marilyn Armbruster
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16:30 - Aboard Glacier Spirit, we caught up with about 10 out from Useless Bay, just as they turned south. Off Useless Bay inland Puget Sound....Onyx, Cookie for sure...foraging and we had a hydrophone!!!! Yeah!!! -Bonnie Gretz
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J47 Notch is growing up too. (Taken from IA4 @15:38 in Puget Sound) -Photo by Kristina Trowbridge, Apr 7, 2019
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15:45 - So, looks like several (6?)woke up and are now off Double Bluff foraging? Lots of splashing and breaching. May be the same group inteported at 3:25. Looks like they may have turned around?
15:25 - 5-6 orcas (including 2 males) grouped up between Useless Bay and Point No Point and lazily continued north passed the lighthouse and into Admiralty. So nice to see J pod on this beautiful, breezy spring day. -Susan Marie Andersson
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15:20 - Orca. Between Double Bluff and Point No Point. Just off shore of Point No Point. -Anya Vahlolo
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15:10 - Point No Point / Hansville folk - 2 males & 2 mid-sized(one fairly small), spread out / diving more towards Whidbey side. Binoculars - 1 male towards Double bluff. 1 bigger male (of the two) towards Possession Point. 2 mid sized orcas in front of Maxwelton. Males spread out / 2 mid-sized diving together. And Mid-sized breached a few times - hopefully the pod's all finding/feasting on Chinnok! -Andrew Muehling
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What a great day - on our annual Sound Water Stewards' fundraiser cruise to see gray whales - we saw members of J-pod too! So humbling to see these endangered whales - very spread out - foraging for salmon. They were south west of Possession Point, foraging, northbound, then southbound. All photos zoomed and heavily cropped. Thanks to Melisa Pinnow for the ID's. J39 Mako swimming around Puget Sound SW of Possession Point looking for salmon with the rest of his family and other J pod members. -Photo by Jill Hein, Apr 7, 2019
(Id by Melisa Pinnow, CWR)
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14:37 - at Double Bluff. Just spotted one orca far across the channel. From my view point, the orca was headed west. The Space Needle was in the background. -Becky Livingston
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14:28 - J pod. Viewing from Point no Point at least two off Useless Bay including large male. Mid channel and northbound. -Susan Marie Andersson
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14:27 - J pod. Lots of whales passing by Island Adventures boat near Scatchet Head, steadily headed out Admiralty it appears. -Steve Smith
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14:13 - J pod. Seeing multiple whales making directional changes by Eglon closer to the Kitsap side...they seemed to be moving north (toward Admiralty). -Danielle Pennington
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13:20 - Just saw some spouts a few minutes ago looking towards Hansville from Haines Wharf heading north. -Em Ily
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13:15 - Js were still extremely widely spread between N Edmonds, South Whidbey, and Kitsap. All actively foraging mostly in singles, with some pairs, mom and youngster etc. They are foraging amongst the dozens of fishing boats apparently catching Chinook salmon ( Blackmouth). We witnessed some breaches, tail lobs, etc but mostly many directional changes while foraging (and hopefully consuming) out in the wide expanse. J pod going in all directions! A couple of the most northerly females looked to be heading NW bound with more intention. -Alisa Lemire Brooks
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The day started 3 minutes off the dock, surrounded by members of J Pod, Southern Resident Orcas! We got a good look at J26 Mike, J16 Slick and J42 Echo as they went by us...We the moved on to SE Gedney Island where we saw 3 gray whales #49 Patch, #383 and #531! Talk about close passes, these guys came right over to us more than once! At one point, #383 fluked just feet off of the bow!! (No, I did not get that shot...)...As we headed back to Edmonds we stopped at the Possession Buoy to see the Steller Sea Lions, while we were doing that I saw a blow in the distance...it was gray whale #53 Little Patch!! Within minutes of leaving him we were again distantly surrounded by J Pod which was busy foraging, spread out across the channel from Edmonds to Eglon...we got some good looks at J31, the rest were very far away, but we sat for awhile with the engines off just taking it all in..thank you Captain Brian McGinn for a GREAT day!! All photos zoomed and cropped for details! All Whale Watch guidelines followed. On the way back to port J16 Slick was seen again still foraging out from Edmonds and south Possession Point. -Janine Harles
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~13:00 - we were aboard the Chilkat and surrounded by J pod (ID'd by crew as J16 & J36 & others). Probably 15-20 whales total. Hopefully, all of J pod swimming, hunting together. Trending north. Spread across the entire channel from south of Point No Point (approx Eglon) to South tip of Whidbey. Saw one breach, tail slaps & general foraging. Traveling. Visible along Kitsap shore across to Useless Bay. Lots of fishing boats in the same area. Commendable info and respectful viewing from Puget Sound Express Captain, Trevor & 1st mate/Naturalist Wendi. Cut engines and dropped the hydrophone but they were too far away. Nice day on the water and for shoreside viewing. Guessing they may be visible from Port Townsend & Fort Warden Park soon (3:30-4pm). Happy watching and wish this family well..Kimberly Sylvester
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11:3 - J pod. Two males in this trailing group, approaching Edmonds ferry dock. -Kate Stovel
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11:30 - More approaching Edmonds pier from the south - incl J22s and J27. After all these years, it was my first time seeing Southern Residents in Puget Sound today! I saw about 8 members of J-Pod off the Edmonds pier (they were all there, just very spread). On one hand it's surprising it's taken so long, but on the other hand, I don't usually like to leave San Juan Island very often. -Monika Wieland Shields
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11:24 - We just saw one lone male going North of the ferry lanes Kingston side...Two females just past the diving park boundary in Edmonds in close as viewed from Sunset (Ave, north of Edmonds ferry). -Kendall Holmes Berry
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10:56 - J pod. Several still at Pt Wells. -John SLomicki
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11:20 - J pod. Group of at least 4 spread out with 2 males on Kitsap side. Well past the ferry. At this time trending to PNP/Admiralty
10:50 - J pod. Seeing spread out from Edmonds marina south to tank farm. Mid channel, some foraging NB. -Sara Frey
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10:50 - J pod is spread out off Edmonds with J16s closest to Edmonds shore. Others spread wide across channel. Still active foraging, directional changes with slow trend north. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network
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10:45 - 11:20 - J pod. They were too far out from Apple Tree Pt for good pics but we watched 2 pairs cruising steadily N/NW midchannel from S of Edmonds towards Possession Pt, ending w/ sightline approaching Doublebluff, at least two males. -Photo by Donna Green Van Renselaar, Apr 7, 2019
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Another double-header on Saratoga today! This time with J Pod of the Southern Resident Killer Whales!! Most of our closer looks were at the J16 matriline which includes J16 Slick, her adult son J26 Mike, and her two daughters (not pictured). These endangered orcas were actively feeding on spring Blackmouth (Chinook/King salmon) just off of Edmonds for much of the morning and into the afternoon. We also encountered 4 Gray Whales in Possession Sound. We got great close looks at #49 Patch, #383, and #531 SE of Gedney Island and then #53 Little Patch near some Steller Sea Lions on the Possession Point buoy. J16 Slick made one more appearance along with several other members of J Pod off in the distance before we returned to the dock. J26 Mike off Edmonds, foraging for salmon with the rest of his family & pod. -Justine Buckmaster, Puget Sound Express
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10:45 - there are 2 small whales mid channel heading towards fishing pier in Edmonds. -Brittany Mason
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10:45 - Orcas, just south of Edmond pier! -Matthew Shea
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10:30 - Orca. J27 Blackberry is a lovely presence in Puget Sound. J22 Oreo. Saw 2 circling just south of Point Wells and one was driving the prey towards them. -Back of camera photos by Thomas Blair, Apr 7, 2019
(IDs by Melisa Pinnow, CWR)
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10:30 - Currently watching 2 orcas off Point Wells, Richmond Beach, slowly heading north. -Joni Barnes Pollino
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10:15 - Orca. Just south of Point Wells heading towards shore- scattered. Js. -Jason Mihok
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10:06 - Orca. They are spread out approaching a line from Pt Wells to Kingston. Still north bound. -John Slomnicki
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~ 09:45 - Saw a large dorsal fin crest near the yellow bouy mid channel, from the Kingston Ferry, with binoculars. -Desha Wood
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09:44 - We have Residents!!! J26 foraging off Kayu Kayu Ac park,Richmond Beach, Shoreline. -Video frame grab by Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network, Apr 7, 2019
09:40 - Orcas are spread mid channel to either side across channel from Richmond Beach to Kitsap. All still trending northbound while still south of yellow mid channel buoy off Kayu Kayu/President Point. Slow northbound progression with a lot of slow directional changes. Like when residents are looking for salmon. Still not sure who we have. One male close to my side angling closer to this side while foraging.
09:26 - See more orcas, now at least 10 spread across slowly heading north, but picking up some speed out from Richmond Beach, Shoreline & east of Jefferson Head, Kitsap.
At 09:08 I wrote friends to say I had reasons to believe I was watching residents. It was based on behavior, so many rounded dorsals, # of males, but distance & lighting prohibited visual on open saddles at that time... and we've had so many Ts lately. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network
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9:07 - Orcas straight out from Carkeek! They're moving slightly northbound. -Photo by Matt Leaman, Apr 7, 2019 at ~ 9:30.
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08:52 - I've now see up to at least 8 orcas inc. at least 3 males if not 4. Same general area as 08:45 update still spread across, now more in a line mid channel and east of.
08:45 - I've seen at least 6 orcas, including 2 males (poss. 3) & a calf/young one. Loosely spread out from Carkeek, mid channel and east of. Males each coming up on the outsides. Some directional changes while slow trend northbound. From Richmond Beach Saltwater Park. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network
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08:30 - orcas northbound spread out just south of Carkeek, one large male in group. Seen from1/4 south of Fay Bainbridge Park, Bainbridge. -Sue Larkin
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8:18 - at least 5 orcas heading north from North Beach (just south of Carkeek). About mid-channel. -Sir Winston
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Sun Apr 7 - BIGG'S TRANSIENT KILLER WHALES - A record setting day yesterday (Apr 7)! A long haul to follow up on a report in the Strait of Georgia led to us finding a very large group of Biggs killer whales. It started with the T036As, T036Bs, T100s, T099s and T101s but as they continued west at high speed, they met up with the T124As (all of them), T090s, T124Ds and T086As around Halibut Bank! A LOT of socializing ensued with tons of spyhops and vocals. I managed to capture the majority of them on camera and a few visual IDs. If all members were present (the only ones I couldn't confirm for sure were T124D, T124D1, T036B2, T036A3, T124A4 and T090D), the total is 41 animals! The previously known record group size per Jared Towers is 38 so this potentially the largest aggregation of Biggs on record! T086A, T124A2 T124A2A, T124A2B, T090C. T124A2 spyhops in the Strait of Georgia on the day of "potentially the largest aggregation of Biggs on record!" -Photo by Gary Sutton
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GRAY WHALES - Sun Apr 7 - 4 grey whales in Saratoga passage off Camano. 2 came from the south together and are feeding heading north stopping just south of Mabana. Other 2 are separate and further away. -Jennifer Feldman Spanton
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Sun Apr 7 - 12:30 - On the way back south stopped to see steller sea lions on the green can off Possession Point and saw blows just to the south of it....we moved in that direction and watched several blows then finally gray 53 Little Patch arched showing his distinct little white patch...he was foraging around South of Cultus Bay, South Whidbey while J pod was foraging themselves just a short distance away.
11:40 - Gray whales Possession Sound: 49, 383, 531 milling around the Delta between Hat Island and Everett. All 3 together when first on scene, then 49 circle NE on his own and 383 and 531 headed SW then began wide circles sticking close together. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network
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Hello Alisa and friends, We went out on the Glacier Spirit this morning at 11am with Chris and Bart and had an amazing time. We saw 3-4 Grays and spent a lot of time with them. Left side of 49 Patch - Possession Sound, Gray whale 531 - Possession Sound, 531 goes on a dive - Possession Sound, 383 dives alongside 531 in Possession Sound SE of Hat Island. They put on a nice show with plenty of flukes, a few spy hops and just hanging out....Great times!!! See you all next week at the event! David and Meliss Haeckel

April 6

UNIDENTIFIED KILLER WHALES - Sat Apr 6 - 18:15 - Orca. Now at Point No Point (Kitsap). -Jason Mihok
(No confirmed IDs, but presumably incoming J pod who showed up early morning coming from central Puget Sound - alb)
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16:15 - Orcas passing by Lagoon Point, seem to be hugging Marrowstone shoreline, southbound. Too far away for photos. Report from Lagoon Point. -Jill Hein
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15:17 - WS Ferries Ops just called to relay crew on MV Kennewick (Port Townsend/Keystone, Coupeville run) reports 6-8 orcas southbound in Admiralty Inlet in the traffic lane.
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15:15 - Orca north of Marrowstone Point. -Trevor Tillman
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Sat Apr 6 - Haro Strait - 18:20 - Just saw a grey whale in front of cabin. Blew twice dark grey body. -Back of camera photo by Kersti Muul, Apr 6, 2019
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Sat Apr 6 - Blustery, windy, rock and roll day out with #21 Shackleton and #22 Earhart gray whales, and glimpses of #49 Patch, #53 Little Patch, and #383, off Camano and then out toward Everett ~12:30. -Bonnie Gretz
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11:45 am - gray whales 21 and 22 swimming southward near shore about a mile north of Camano Head. -Bart Rulon, from Glacier Spirit
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12:41 - looks like 2 greys mid channel between hat island and Everett heading slowly east with whale watch boat. Seen from Clinton ferry.
11:22 - viewing blows across from Langley park closer to Camano shore. Between two whale watch boats. Heading south slowly. -Andra Repine Van Cleve
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08:42 - 2 greys currently feeding in Elger Bay. Camano...Heading south toward Saratoga Passage now. -Dave Davenport

April 5

Fri Apr 5 - San Juans - 16:59 - Group of orcas just went by our house on Orcas through Harney Channel heading towards the Orcas ferry dock (westbound), probably there now. One large Male, 2 females and one young one. -Mariann Carrasco SJWW
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12:50 northbound Jones Island, transient killer whales, seen from Reuben Tarte (This was the T18s! Thanks for the head's up Lee!)
11:45 - Reportedly northbound near Shaw -Monika Wieland Shields
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11:18 - Orca just off turn rock, from Sealth...off the stern, one male headed toward pear point, there were more, he's all I saw. -Lee Connally
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Fri Apr 5 - Puget Sound - (Sara Hysong-Shimazu ID notes reviewing dozens of photos by Kelly Keenan: "I see the T36As, T36Bs, T36, T100s, T124As, and T99s in your photos. Including sometimes dispersed T124A1" . Sara also ID'd T124Ds from Rachel Haight's photos)
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20:12 - Orcas passing under the Tacoma Narrows Bridge (northbound). -Ashley Whitman
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19:50 - Orca. Spotted some here just now 7:50pm thrashing about probably headed toward Narrows (pin drop approx: -47.215826, -122.622121). -Ryan Sheridan
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19:45 - 5-7 orcas headed north along east side of Fox Island toward Narrows Bridge. -George Holzer
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19:53 - Transients headed north past fox island fishing pier towards Narrows Bridge (not sure which group yet). -Jami Cantrell
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..here's my picture of the lil baby I got tonight at the Fox Island fishing pier! -Photos by Jami Cantrell, Apr 5, 2019
(That is T124A with T124A6. T36A1 is to the right. - Melisa Pinnow, CWR)
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19:34 - Orca. Just passed the end of McNeil heading toward Fox Islan. -Joann Dinkel-Holzer
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19:07 - Orca. Seeing them heading back north in front of McNeil Island. -Kari Anne
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19:06 - Orca. From Longbranch looking dead on to the dock pilings on McNeil, seeing multiple blows between McNeil and Anderson...They have moved a bit North, but Steilacoom has front row seats. -Julia Long
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18:57 - They are in between Eagle Island and McNeil (Balch Passage)...Looks to be at least 7. They have been in that area for the last hour or so....just milling around in the middle ! I'm watching from my deck (Steilacoom) with binoculars! They seem to just be staying in the area. -Laura Heger Whelan
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17:10 - Orca. Pod going thru Balch passage, heading west just past Eagle Island. -Todd Billett
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16:30 - Orca. Just saw group near ferry that is crossing by west end of McNeil-heading south. Seeing them from mid Fox Island south shore. -Charlene Welty
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16:20 - Orca. We we're watching a group way off in the distance near McNeil island. We were watching from the south west end of Fox Island. It looks to be five or more and seemed to be heading towards Anderson Island. -Julie Gonsalves
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16:14 - Orca. Staying east of Eagle Island into ferry lane.
15:56 - Orcas, SE side of McNeil Island toward Steilacoom ferry lane. This should be group 1. -Karen Marie Leetch
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15:55 - Orca. A few popped up right in front of the Fox Island pier at about 3:55. Came up on the surface once and never saw them after that. There is definitely a baby in the bunch. -Steve Pearson
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I was trapped in terrible traffic for 3 hours as I drove south, always one step behind the whales. With word they had rounded Pt. Defiance southbound, I raced to the Tacoma Narrows Park and hoped for the best. They came under the bridge fast, spread out, far away, long down times. But then, a group turned my way and the breaching began! At least 3 individuals joined in on the fun. Then they disappeared into thick heavy rain. T100C, T124D breach alongside T36B1. -Rachel Haight
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15:28 - (Orca, trailing group) Second Group is passed Salmon Beach heading towards Narrows Bridge. -Lucas Dambergs
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15:10 - (Orca, trailing group) It looks like they're heading south through narrows too
15:08 - (Orca, trailing group) Another group of orcas right off Owen Beach... I think maybe three including a baby. -Lauren Burket
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15:15 - Orca. Just went under the Narrows Bridge, heading southbound. -Andrea Reubel Walker
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14:55 - Orca. Group (maybe 10 animals?) heading south just passed Salmon Beach Tacoma side. Viewing from Gig Harbor light house. -Dianan Frick
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14:55 - Orca. Large group slightly spread out, 3-4 in front followed by at least 6 more, headed south, moving quickly, on Tacoma side towards Narrows Bridge. -Sarah Cardinal
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14:51 - Orca. Just passed Gig Harbor Viewpoint into Narrows, closer to Tacoma side Southbound. Large group. -Melissa Burks
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1st group pass at Pt.Defiance Gig harbor viewpoint, entering the Narrows. -Photos by Melissa Burks, Apr 5, 2019
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14:45 - At least 5 (orcas) off tip of Point Defiance heading south (down the Tacoma Narrows). Long dives. -Karen Marie Leetch
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14:37 - A great breach! Orcas heading south towards the Narrows Bridge, moving fast.
14:20 - Orca's between Owen Beach and Vashon heading west, close to Vashon Island. -Bill Clogston
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14:32 - One orca off the Lobster Shop on Ruston Way, heading south. -Beth Selthofer
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14:37 - Heading south near Gig Harbor side.
14:31 - Orca. Milling Southwest side of Vashon Island can't tell if going to head north of south. -Karen Marie Leetch
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~14:15 - Orcas southbound off "Gig Harbor Viewpoint" in the Park (Pt Defiance). Approx 12 individuals with only one male visible. -Mark Kucinic
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14:13 - They are about to cross the Point Defiance ferry lane. Mid channel. -Brynn Lewis
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13:57 - I just spotted orcas off Dash Point! Between Dash Pt and Maury Is following Tote freighter. -Kristen Folster Pringle
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13:20 - Orcas passing Maury Marine Park overlook. Still heading south.
13:02 - Orcas passed Point Robinson still heading south. T99B and T99C, T36B1, T100C, T100, and I'm not quite sure who the little one is. T36B3 and T36B - newest member of the T36As.... Research boat left. -Kelly Keenan
(ID's by Sara Hysong-Shimazu)
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So awesome to see the transient pods that visited the south sound yesterday! Here are some pics from their visit as they swam past Point Robinson. Right as they rounded the Point, the sky opened up with a torrential downpour which made for some very challenging viewing and picture taking, albeit making it a pretty memorable encounter. Hearing their exhalations with the sound of rain bouncing off the water was magic. Worth it to be soaked to the bone to see them and their sweet young babies which are just about the cutest lil' munchkins ever! ~Marla Smith
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12:45 - Orca at point Robinson, research boat with them, mid channel but closer to Vashon side. -Photos by Marla Smith, Apr 5, 2019
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12:27 - Orca visible from Pt Robinson with binoculars. -Jen Huntley
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12:37 Orca. Still heading south, approaching Robinson Point, Vashon (using binoculars from Burien). Research boat still behind.
12:13 - Orca. about halfway through Maury Island. Heading towards Robinson point from Burien. Closer to Vashon. Research still with them.
11:43 - Orca. Spotted south side of Three Tree Point, moving south, closer to Vashon side. Research boat with them. -Sandhya Ballal
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10:58 - Orcas southbound along Vashon east shore about equal to the Arroyos, West Seattle. Nerdy disappointed to see two people in tiny boat tailing them and then moving in among whales. Probably the same five. Lots of splashing. -Carolyn Duncan
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~10:50 - Surface activity by some of the Bigg's off Dilworth, Vashon this morning and one of the males ahead of the research boat...Photos by Caroline Martin Matter, Apr 5, 2019
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10:44 - Orca. one just breached in front of research boat (viewing from Colman pool West Seattle). -Mary Hartman
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10:35 - They (orca) are moving slowly paralleling the Vashon-Fauntleroy ferry line. Some of the morning commuters got some great looks....The research vessel is trailing them now. -Margery Spears
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10:23 - Orca. At least 8-10 (ncluding a calf. Lots of tail slapping) southbound passed Vashon/Fauntleroy ferry line. Closer to Vashon side. -Lindsey Clark
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9:26 - Orca. Lowman Beach - 10-12 passing Blake and cruising towards Vashon ferry terminal. -Justin Roberson
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09:26 - Transients (there is a calf and includes T100s). Passing on East side of Blake island. Large group southbound. West side of channel. -Kersti Muul
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9:20 - Orca. Looks like about 6 heading south about to cross Vashon ferry line. Closer to Vashon side. -Chris Ramirez
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Taken at ~9:00 from Emma Schmitz Memorial Overlook with Bainbridge Island in background.
8:57 - Orca. At least 10-12, large males and a little one included. Southbound, closer to Alki side of mid-channel. -Photo by Brittany Noelle, Apr 5, 2019
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08:30 - Seeing them (orca) between Blake and Alki lighthouse right now lots of them! -Heidi Skrzypek
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(pods split in two groups -alb)
08:30 - Orca. At least three, possibly four or five, currently milling about just north of the Alki Point, maybe 300 yards offshore. They were up and down a lot and I didn't have binoculars. -Patrick Hutchins
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08:04 - 4-5 whales (incl at least one big male) off Alki headed southwest.. Seen from Bremerton-Seattle ferry. -Laurne ELi Oldfiled-Rich
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08:03 - Orca. Pod of about 6 off of Alki Point. -Carlos Marentes
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08:02 - Donna from WS Ferries called to report the crew from the Hyak on the Bremerton/Seattle run observed 5 orcas heading southbound in the traffic lanes heading towards Alki Point.
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Hello! We saw about 4 orca whales on the Bremerton-Seattle state ferry route this morning at about 8:00 am, Friday 4/5. They crossed ahead of the ferry and we saw them off the starboard side. They were heading south off of Alki Beach. I attached a video to help identify the whales. Exciting news! As I was writing this email on my evening commute home I saw a porpoise off of Point Glover near Manchester. It was heading toward Port Orchard/Bremerton. That was at about 6:15 pm. What a day for whale watching! -Kristen Althizer
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Fri Apr 5 - N Saratoga - 16:50 - Single gray heading north 50yds off Onamac Pt. Camano Island. -Steve Boskovich
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~09:30 - What appeared to be 2-3 grays headed west toward Polnell Point/Maple Grove from Utsalady Point. Closer to Whidbey. -Pat Sebelsky
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At 0850 hours this morning spotted a gray whale 1/4 mile south of beach at Polness Shores and 1/4 mile east of Polnell Point (east side of Whidbey Island). -Steve Rothboeck
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Fri Apr 5 - C/S Saratoga Passage - Allie Hudec pointed out to us Gray whale 531 with another gray south of East Point, Fox Spit milling around in choppy seas and slight drizzle.
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11:55- 12:15 - Saratoga has located two more grays now mid channel southbound off of Langley. #21 Shackleton and #22 Earhart. We left them eastbound toward Camano at 12:15.
11:30 - Saratoga has #531 angling toward Fox Spit from mid channel and we've seen the blow of a second gray much closer to the Whidbey shore to the south. -Justine Buckmaster
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09:25 - 2 gray whales mid channel between Bell's Beach, Whidbey and Mabana, Camano Island. No direction discernible on last dive. -Marilyn Ambruster
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Gray whale #56 west end Penn Cove. 2019 Newbie CRC 2249 left side dorsal - Penn Cove. A 2019 Newbie! CRC2249 traveling west with 56 west end Penn Cove.
17:30 - after milling in the bay for nearly two hours, gray 56 finally headed east, passing Snakelum Point and just south of the Green can. Not sure where the 2nd Penn Cove whale ever went, we were busy watching 56 and did not see her/him exit the cove.
16:12 - Gray #56 is just milling back and forth in very calm bay between Long Point and Snakelum Point. Lovely guy.
15:45 - Gray #56 was heading eastbound out of Penn Cove mid channelish then turned south facing us at the point on the last surface. He bypasses us on the point on long dive surfacing a bit to the east and continued south into the bay on east side of Long Point.
15:24 - Grays are still in Penn Cove. Both eastbound...one mid channel ahead nearing Long Point, the other is still on north side maybe around Monroe Landing
14:40 - both grays now eastbound; one east of Penn Cove rafts on Coupeville town side of mid channel, 2nd whale is now east of pier down from Three Sisters.
14:25 - grays have split momentarily; 1 continues westbound north side of Cove, other flipped now eastbound more mid Chan.
14:10 - Two gray whales are still westbound west of pier down from Threes Sisters. Not much further they can go. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network
(ID note by Alie Perez, Cascadia Research:"Yes those grabs are indeed of CRC2249." Alie also confirmed left side as 2249)
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13:53 - 2 grays in Penn Cove just off the West end of Penn Cove Rd. Heading west. -Jim N Brenda Jordan
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13:50 - Michelle Krieter reports two gray whales in Penn Cove heading West at west end of Cove by Three Sisters
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HUMPBACK WHALES - On April 5th we encountered the first confirmed Humpback sighting of the season, Heather (BCY0160) south of Becher Bay heading East. As usual with Heather she was being very playful during our encounter with lots of tail & pectoral waves. -Andrew David

April 4

Thu Apr 4 - Gulf Islands - Amazing day with Biggs killer whales in the Gulf Islands. We spent time with two matrilines known as the T018s and the T049As. LOTS of socializing and surface active behaviour! On our way home from the whales, we found another family of Biggs! The T123s with their little one (under a year old), T123D was a bonus on an, already, fantastic day. -Ocean EcoVentures WW
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T049A5 came rushing back to the group after being separated on it's own for a bit. Once joining back up, mom seemed either excited? Or reprimanding the little one for taking off and being too far away. Shot is a bit soft but a really interesting moment today with the T049As and T018s. -Photo by Gary Sutton, Apr 4, 2019
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Thu Apr 4 - Puget Sound - 17:25 - Orcas exited Port Susan a bit ago and are hugging the shoreline on the mainland side, currently north of Tulalip Bay heading southeast, keeping to Tulalip. (they continued passing Tulalip Bay short time later still hugging shore). -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network
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... Orca pod that was in the Port Susan sound...Here are my poor, sun in the face photos I got of them around Kayak Point. There appeared to be about 4 of them. Photo by Cindi Lien, Apr 4, 2019
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14:00 - Hi Susan or other Orcanetwork person - A note from Camano Island. I was delivering a telescope to a friend yesterday at about 2:00pm and found them on their deck watching Orcas along the west side of Port Susan Bay in the Country Club area. More specifically in the Crestview Drive area between Crest Place and S. Fairway Drive. He reported seeing a total of 7 Orcas including a "smaller one". I think they must have been visible for an hour or so. Apparently about half the group headed south while three remained in the area for awhile. A small boat was seen following the whales. That's about all I can tell you. I wonder if these were Biggs or Residents? -John Custer
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13:57 - Amazing encounter with appx 12 orca hunting porpoise close to shore along Beach Drive, Camano, just south of Cavelero, Port Susan. Every behavior on display: slow patrols, tail slaps, spyhops, breaches, lunging/surfing. They've moved to mid channel and are now heading south. Lots of pictures. Will post when I get home. -Krista Paulino
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1:30 - Glacier Spirit left them slowly northbound in Port Susan. T86s close to Camano shore and T124s parallel to them mid channel. Today was another beautiful one on the Glacier Spirit. Even before we left the dock, we were able to see the blows of two Gray Whales heading toward us and once we got underway, we identified them as #53 Little Patch and #383 moving slowly north up Saratoga Passage. We then made our way into Port Susan to view two families of Transient Killer Whales, the T86As and the T124As. Both pods were travelling stealthily at a leisurely pace, likely looking for prey. As we rounded Camano Head on our way back to Langley, we stumbled upon Gray Whales #21 Shackleton and #22 Earhart! -Justine Buckmaster Justine Buckmaster
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Orca Sighting in Port Susan. A pod of Orcas were in Port Susan bay off the east shore of Camano Island last Thursday afternoon. There were at least 7 or 8 whales incuding a couple of small calfs. They stayed around for about two hours, including breaching several times before heading south out of the bay. I do have a video as well. -T. Jenkins
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Today, April 4th at 1:30pm 5 Orcas were seen in Port Susan off Camano Island approx 150-200 yards off shore just north of Beach 2 of the Country Club Beach . They continued in that area for an hour gradually heading south. -Karen and Steve Morton, Country Club Drive, Camano
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This afternoon (4/4/18) around 1:00pm 6-8 Orca Whales in Port Susan between Stanwood and Country Club subdivision on Camano Island. Looked like there was a juvenile or young orca whale with them. Moving back down south. -Nancy McCarthy
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11:53 - this group headed east and is now northbound up Port Susan, east side Camano Head. I think the other group had already gone up there. 11:46 - at least some, if not all, of the orcas are off Camano Head in Saratoga Pass, milling making directional changes. -Alisa Lemire brooks
(IDd earlier as T86As and T124As by Renee Beitzel)
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11:33 - We just left....86As and 124As again :) feeding, but we left them slowly northwest bound at Camano Head. -Renee Beitzel
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11:27 - orcas directly across from Sandy Point. Heading north toward Saratoga. -Dori Dace
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11:15 - Orcas are hanging around NW side of Hat Island in glassy calm seas making slow directional changes. Split in two groups of several each trend N. -Alisa Lemire Brooks
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09:50 - Orca. I've got distinct surface activity between Clinton ferry and Hat Island. Partially obscured by trees from home but they're definitely there. -Debbie Stewart
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09:40 - WSF Ops called to report one of their Captains observed at least 2-3 orcas 1 mile east of Clinton just hanging out, but possibly trending in southerly direction.
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Orca. Several very close to Hat Island side - can see from 930 Clinton to Mukilteo sailing. -Holly Ihrig
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09:00 - Melissa Koch called to report a pod of orcas (at least 4), north of Clinton ferry dock between Whidbey and Hat Island. It appears they are on a meal as they have been there for a while.
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Thu Apr 4 - Juan de Fuca - 4:40 p.m. ... I headed up the Ebey's Landing / Ebey's Bluff Trail. When I got some "altitude" on the trail... I noticed a couple watching ''something'' in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. I stopped & asked them what they were watching.... they replied... "A BIG Gray... who we've seen blow- twice!" Sooo...I decided to stay & see what I can see ! Within the next 15 - 20 minutes I was lucky / blessed to be able to watch that Gray - blow about ( 6 ) times ...and semi-breach... as it made its way South. Twaz a thrill! (thought there was no dorsal, just a smooth back). -Wayne Flaaten
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Thu Apr 4 - Penn Cove - 08:30 - Gray whale deep in Penn Cove at the northwest end, no direction. -2nd hand Relayed by Bonnie Gretz
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Thu Apr 4 - N Saratoga Passage - 09:00 - Gray whale doing circles off Snakelum Point, Whidbey. Spotted a gray at Snakelum Point at 8:55. Spouted a few times, swam in circles for about 5 minutes then disappeared! Don't know if it was into or out of Penn Cove. It didn't disappear. It's still there. Rich feeding ground. -Lee Fritsch
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Thu Apr 4 - Central/South Saratoga Passage
19:30 - As we head out and the sun hangs low in the west...gray 531 is still circling feeding Saratoga side of Sandy Point.
18:25 - one still feeding same place the other took off eastbound exiting Saratoga Pass now just east of between Sandy Point and Camano Head.
18:10 - 2 grays off north side of Sandy Point, Whidbey: One feeding close in shore to the north of the beach houses, 2nd whale just offshore going on deeper dives. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network
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12:55 - Spotted two grays mid channel off Fox Spit closer to Whidbey side. -Donna George
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12:15 - Renee Beitzel reports grays 383 and 53 together (south of Fox Spit) heading northbound directionally towards entrance to Holmes Harbor.
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10:15 - 2 greys northwest bound between Langley and Camano Head. -Trevor Tillman
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08:30 - Gray whale off Baby Island heading towards Fox Spit. -Marilyn Armbruster
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Thu Apr 4 - Possession Sound - Today was another beautiful one on the Glacier Spirit. Even before we left the dock, we were able to see the blows of two Gray Whales heading toward us and once we got underway, we identified them as #53 Little Patch and #383 moving slowly north up Saratoga Passage. We then made our way into Port Susan to view two families of Transient Killer Whales, the T86As and the T124As. Both pods were travelling stealthily at a leisurely pace, likely looking for prey. As we rounded Camano Head on our way back to Langley, we stumbled upon Gray Whales #21 Shackleton and #22 Earhart! -Justine Buckmaster
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1:40 - on our way back to the dock Glacier Spirit spotted #21 Shackleton and #22 Earhart just south of Camano Head slowly southbound toward Hat Island. -Photos by Justine Buckmaster, Apr 4, 2019
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Thu Apr 4 - on the ferry from Victoria to Port Angeles we saw a humpback breach in the Strait of Juan de Fuca 2/3 of the way to Port Angeles. We saw one whale around 5pm. It's possible from a distance we saw an orca in the same vicinity but it could have been the pectoral fin from the humpback. -Ben Kaufman
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UNCONFIRMED WHALES (humpack or gray) - Tue Apr 4 - 17:10 - gray or humpback whale slowly moving southbound, spotted 1/4 mile south of Fay Bainbridge Park, very close to shore. -Sue Larkin
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08:40 - Tony Woelke, WS Ferries called to report 2 whales (possible grays based on blows) off Apple Cove Point traveling northbound in no hurry. He reports it took 30 minutes for them to travel from Kingston ferry dock to Apple Cove Point.
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08:30 - Several spouts off Apple Tree Point, Kingston. Baleen whale, looked northbound. -Christopher Hanke

April 3

Wed Apr 3 - 17:00 - Just saw photos of a group of 3 orcas seen traveling north past Friday Harbor about 5 pm today. -Breck Tyler
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Wed Apr 3 - Penn Cove/ N Saratoga - A lucky photo of Sounder #56 when the weather had calmed down. Taken from the bluff by Long Point (north end of Saratoga Passage), around 5 pm Weds. -Photo by Jill Hein, Apr 3, 2019
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UNCONFIRMED SPECIES - Wed Mar 3 - My daughter reports from the 11:30 a.m. Fauntleroy ferry: "Headed north(?) like to the left as we were coming towards Fauntleroy. We didn't see any white on them. Just their fins and right below. They were about a little more than half way to Fauntleroy. They were not breaching and I don't know if the captain said anything bc we were in the car." I wonder if Dall's or the real deal?! -Bev McCullough

April 2

Tue Apr 2 - Was a really nice encounter with the T49As today. We mostly sat in one spot watching them enjoy their meal. We saw several spyhops, tail lobs, and backward surfacing! (south of Cattle Point, SJI). -Photo by Traci Walter, Western Prince, Apr 2, 2019
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Tue Apr 2 - Puget Sound - 19:00 - Orca. Group just past southbound fairly near Pt Robinson our a 100 yds or so...Caroline Martin Matter
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18:04 - Resurfaced heading south mid channel deep dives only seeing one now
18:02- Orcas. 4 spotted mid channel south side of Three Tree Point, but disappeared. -Sandhya Ballal
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17:42 - Orca. Southbound slowly about 4 dorsal fins south of Eagle Landing Park (just south of Seahurst Park, Burien). -Cindy Eckes Waddington
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17:30 - Orca. Southbound closer to Vashon side approaching Dilworth. -Lindsey Clark
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17:05 - Maia from WS Ferries called to report dozen orcas southbound ~1.5 miles off Fauntleroy.
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17:05 - Passing east side of Vashon north end. About 10 just now. Visible from Vashon Ferry from Fauntleroy. -Terry Warnock
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17:02 - Orca. One group of 5-6 closer to mid-channel then what looks like 2 adult females and 2 younger teens/babies closer to Vashon.
16:52 - Orca. 5 passing southbound by Blake island. -Robyn Dally
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17:00 - Orcas right off Vashon on the East side of the island. Maybe 3. -Kristen Cirullo
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16:06 - Pod sighted in central Puget Sound. On 3:55PM Kitsap Transit Fast Ferry westbound to Bremerton. Pod appeared to be traveling southbound. closer to Bainbridge but still open water. Map estimate is approximate and not based on any real scientific wayfinding method (pin drop estimation : 47.584357, -122.453207) -Kelli Reinhardt Gracia
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10:52 - Christopher Lewman on Chilkat, found a large group of KWs near Point No Point (Kitsap) they just made a kill... T86As and need to confirm other group.( There was a little one in the mix and about 9 animals so I'm leaning toward 124As). Update: T124As confirmed! I've got a photo of T124A4. -Renee Beitzel, MV Saratoga
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10:49 - Orca south bound Admiralty. Appear to be off Double Bluff, closer to Whidbey side. At least 3 dorsals. -Connie Bickerton
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Peek-a-boo! My favorite behavior = SPYHOPPING!! This is one of the T124A or T86A ladies They were spyhopping a lot after they made a kill today and whatever it was, it was large! There was a huge oil slick and that sweet (?) smell of cucumber wafting through the air as we were down wind. I almost missed this opportunity as there were whales everywhere we looked at one point and I didn't know where to point my camera, lol. -Renee Beitzel
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Tue Apr 2 - 13:30 - T49As milling a couple miles south of Cattle Point. -Monika Wieland Shields
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11:55 - They're a ways out but you can see them with binoculars from the pull out past south Beach. -Alex McIntire
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11:29 - Orcas south of Salmon Bank. 4 or 5. -Breck Tyler
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Apr 2 - North Saratoga Passage/Skagit Bay - 19:00 - Wed. 2 greys in Saratoga Passage south bound off Rocky Point, Camano. -Nancy Fryhling Sinnett
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19:00 - Gray's still milling about Utsalady point. -Chris Wardzala
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08:00 - Three Grays this morning off Utsalady Point in Skagit Bay. A pair that seem to be together, and a single that stays a ways away. They've been here for a couple of days now. -Dean Kayler
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Apr 2 - South Saratoga Passage - ~ 09:30-10:00 - 3 grays were close in at East Point, Fox Spit and have moved off shore a bit and to the south. As of 10:30 they are mid channel between Fox Spit/Bells Beach, Whidbey and Mabana, Camano. Possible IDs to come. -Marilyn Armbruster
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08:19 - Just saw 2 grays heading north up Saratoga Passage past East Point (Fox Spit). Too far away from Camano for us to photograph...Janett Wingett
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There were 2 grays in Elger Bay this morning then they headed north. Same thing yesterday morning. -Tami Fifield
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Tue Apr 2 - Possession Sound - Today, Saratoga also had 4 grays between Everett and Gedney. Confirmed #49 and 531 who were together but we didn't get a good enough look at 3rd who was nearby and 4th far in on delta. None of them ever fluked! -Renee Beitzel
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12:05 - from aboard the westbound Suquamish Ferry currently see blows (gray whale) off SE side of Hat/Gedney Island. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, ON
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Tue Apr 2 - Puget Sound - I spotted a gray today that came to the surface just northeast of West Point Lighthouse then headed towards 4 Mile Rock off Magnolia. A flashing CG fast patrol boat headed north flew by past the whale about 20' away as it rose to the surface (Rob wasn't certain if gray or humpback). -Rob Casey
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Hi, I'm sending this message to report that I was at Richmond Beach Saltwater Park and I saw a gray whale while I was on the beach around 1pm of today: 4/2/19. At first, I saw a blow cloud come out of the water and then I saw its back and it went right back underwater quickly. -Benjamin Wright
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Tue Apr 2 - 13:10 - Watching for Orcas but see a humpback instead! Just off Pt. Jefferson, Kingston heading south. Definitely a humpback. The hump, big flukes. -Chris Beamer Otterson

April 1

Mon Apr 1 - Spyhop (with teeth showing!) from J42 Echo on Monday night in San Juan Channel. She was among the many highly social and active whales on this memorable evening encounter. -Photo by Monika Wieland Shields, Apr 1, 2019
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Mon Apr 1 - 22:24 - Have you heard j pod in the dark? Get to Ruben tarte (north side of San Juan Island) in the next 30 min and listen up. Magical serenade. The trailing group is passing mineral point. Leaders past 45 minutes ago. -Alan Niles
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I'm on the 1945 hrs ferry from FH to Anacortes and saw a pod.. it was almost dark, so I couldn't get photos.... at least five orcas... very active! -Dena Royal
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19:20 - J Pod westbound in Upright Channel. -Monika Wieland Shields
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18:30-45 - 4-8 orcas, Feeding, Leaping, breaching, feeling. Headed south from channel to West of Jones island. Sighted from Sunset Cove Orcas island. -Amy Starkovich
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...They eventually decided to head back west through Upright Channel, but amazingly they hugged the Shaw Island shoreline so close they went inside of Canoe Island and right into Indian Cove, a channel not only narrow, but according to the chart on board only 13 feet deep on high tide! It was time to head in, but we had to stay long enough to see if they were actually going to go all the way through there....they did!...Excerpt from latest blog post which includes 2 encounter reports & many images at: March 26 and April 1 with J-Pod. J27 Blackberry in front of Friday Harbor this evening. A "rainblow" from L87 Onyx in Upright Channel on Monday evening.. -Monika Wieland Shields, Orca Behavior Institute
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While I don't get to see the close in-the-kelp passes like at Lime Kiln, there is something so special and exciting about being able to run down the hill from my house and see J Pod in San Juan Channel. I still can't believe I live in a place where that's even possible. I'm a lucky girl. -Cindy Hanson, Orca Network (all of J pod was present per Sara Hysong-Shimazu - alb)
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GRAY WHALES - 15:19 - Will called to report a gray whale (or 2) right off the breakwater at Shilshole Marina. He added the whale is not entangled.
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Mon Apr 1 - Juan de Fuca - 15:40 - I am watching two gray whales about 6 miles west of Sekiu. They have been feeding for about 30 minutes. I have no idea how to guess how far out they are but it's not very far. The seals on the rocks are not upset. -Maxine Clark
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Mon Apr 1 - upper Admiralty - 08:30 - Watched a Gray Being feeding at Ebey's - where the trails meet...West side, where trail from parking area/ Cemetery Rd meets the bluff trail. at 8:30 in the morning April 1st. Very close to shore. -Cherri Forrest
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Mon Apr 1 - Gray whale feeding behavior and a stroll down the Whidbey promenade with #21 Shackleton and #22 Earhart (fluke). -Photos by Renee Beitzel, Apr 1, 2019
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Mon Apr 1 - ~17:20 - Two greys hanging out at Mckees Beach next to Kayak Point this evening....stayed for almost a half an hour. -Sarah Kortekaas


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