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August 14

Bigg's/Transient killer whales - August 14 - Sooke Harbor - 1:22 p.m. - Transient Killer Whale T55's came right into Sooke Harbour for the last half hour and are now leaving past Whiffin Wpit...-Paul Pudwell
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August 14 - Puget Sound - At about 2:50 p.m. -3 Orcas passed Lagoon Point very close to Whidbey Island. Appeared to be two adults and one juvenile. Heading quickly north. -Margaret Marshall
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1:15 p.m. - After making their way up Puget Sound (and killing a couple of smaller cetaceans) they spent time hunting again about 1/2 mile off Point No Point, Hansville, Kitsap. Some breaching, tail lobbing, headstand, and directional changes. When we left about 1:15pm, they seemed pretty committed to steady northbound travels up Admiralty Inlet, loosely grouped just north of Hanseville still very much on Kitsap side of channel.
12:45 p.m. - we just go back to just south if Point No Point cut engines and they hauled really fast right past us northbound towards Point No Point about 1/2-1 mile offshore. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network
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12:45 p.m. - Came past Eglon going north and headed towards Whidbey side. I'm now at Point No Point keeping an eye out for them. -Tracie Jenkins
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11:45 a.m. - Pods spread drifting while prey sharing. They are still south of the boat launch at Eglon in glassy calm waters. Circling, logging, spy hops, lazy tail lobs. Super close passes to idle boats. We left at 11:50 they were still drifting northbound.
11:15 a.m. - Now on the hunt, a lot of churning water, lots of surface activity, breaching... groups have come together and are on a harbor porpoise kill south of Eglon, Kitsap.
11:05 a.m. - pods have split. T65As steady northbound approaching Eglon T99s turned inshore, now cruising shoreline about a mile trailing.
10:45 a.m. - passing Apple Cove Point, Kingston steady northbound in travel mode, grouped tight.-Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network
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10:50 a.m. - passed Apple Tree Point Kingston, steady northbound towards Point No Point. -Sara Frey
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10:00 a.m. - Just passed President point on the Kitsap side, heading north toward Kingston. whale watching boat following so easy to find. -Joanne Graves
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10:08 a.m. -meandering northbound still close to Kitsap just south of and on approach to Kingston ferry. Some long dives. Some surface activity. T65As s and confirmed T99s. Thanks to Renee Beitzel, Chilkat for confirming Justine's ID's.
9:50 a.m. - We just relocated them just north of Point Jefferson heading north still close to Kitsap side. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network
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9:00 a.m. - San Juan Clipper viewed them south of Point Jefferson heading north close to shore on the Kitsap Peninsula side. T65As and T99s traveling together. -Justine Buckmaster
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8:25 a.m. - headed back north toward Fay State Park. They are near shore. -Michelle Savoie
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Approaching Fay Bainbridge this morning...8:15am.The orcas were pretty close to shore, and as they approached Fay Bainbridge they made a slow steady turn NE toward mid-channel! 13-year-old male T65A2. -Photo by Sue Larkin, August 14
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7:30 a.m. - watching them in Rolling Bay from Skiff Point. They were in some pretty shallow water there for awhile--right where stuff gets exposed at low tide. Saw a few good breaches and tail slaps. They moved into deeper water now but are still milling about. Slowing trending northwards. -Lynn Batson
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7:15 a.m. - They are currently milling just South of Fay State Park. Looks like they just got some breakfast. -Michelle Savoie
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WA State Ferries called to relay a report from the ferry Wenatchee, of five orcas northbound near their WSF maintenance facility at Eagle Harbor, Bainbridge Island at 5:50 am.

August 13

Dorothy Layer on West Beach Rd., Whidbey, just south of the Naval Air Station and Joseph Whidbey State Park, witnessed at least 3 orcas at 9AM this morning, apparently slapping and biting an adult seal that apparently got away in the high surf or somehow arrived on her beach, quite dead but without any obvious major wounds. No photos or direction was given.

August 12

Juan de Fuca/Haro Strait - 7:45 p.m. - T60C among 5 or 6 others that just passed SJ County Park. Northbound 1945. -Ariel Yseth
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Our Naturalist Katie found Orcas near Trial Island this afternoon around 2.20pm. They were identified as the T60's & T10's and travelled north along Trial then into Oak Bay and then around the Chain Islets. The Orcas were observed making several kills. -Andrew Lees
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August 12 - Admiralty Inlet - 6:00 p.m. - T37As southbound very slowly at south of Marrowstone Island at Oak Bay, Olele Point. -Bart Rulon, Chilkat
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August 12 - San Juan Channel - 3:33pm - 5 Orcas now, as well. San Juan Channel, heading north (northend). -Anna Stevens
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August 12 - Saratoga Passage - 8:20 p.m. - 2 Humpbacks (1 small) just went by our place on Whidbey, Saratoga passage headed towards Holmes Harbor. -Photo by Aaron Gill, August 12, 2017
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August 12 - Admiralty Inlet - 5:29 p.m. - Humpback whale off of Bush Point. Middle Channel. Heading inland. It only surfaced once. It looked like there was a whale watching boat following it toward mutiny bay. -Kristi Amrine
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August 12 - San Juan Channel - 1:42 p.m. - Just south of Spieden Island in the San Juan Channel - humpback playing around. -Anna Stevens
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Minke whales - August 12 - 2:10 p.m. - Spotted one Minke whale, just south of Useless Bay off Whidbey, a quick surfacing before a dive. Feeding.-Caryn Taylor

August 11

T060C during a seal hunt at the mouth of Victoria harbour on the afternoon of August 11th. -Photo by Mark Malleson, 2017
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August 11 - Saratoga Passage - We have no photos of the morning sighting near Freeland, but heard the distinctive blowing and saw (obscured somewhat by waves and sunset lighting), a humpback cruising by, 300 feet offshore, 1/2 mile of Beverly Beach on the east side of Homes Harbor at 8:30 PM last night, Aug.11. -Bruce Schwager
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Saw a blow from Fox Spit looking like mid channel between Bells Beach (Whidbey) and Camano 7:45 pm heading south. -Marilyn Armbruster
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Saw a couple blows off Fox Spit (Saratoga Passage) this evening around 7:25pm. Headed Southeast.-Ann Brockenbrough
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7:10 p.m. - The San Juan Clipper crew spotted a blow off of Saratoga (North of Langley). Never saw it resurface but it appeared to be headed south along the Whidbey shoreline. -Justine Buckmaster
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5:22 p.m. - Just saw one large whale, possibly humpback, directly in front of Madrona Beach on Camano heading south. -Lise Place
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2:00 p.m. - Just saw a humpback (guessing) in Penn Cove by Three Sisters Market. 2:00. Went down and haven't seen since. Looked to be heading east. -Katie Davis Watkins
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7:30 to 8:00 AM - One, possibly two humpback whales rolling and spouting, cruising back and forth approx. 300' offshore of Freeland Park in Holmes Harbor on South Whidbey. Feeding, cruising east and west.-Bruce Schwager
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Dolphins - August 11 - We saw a Pacific white-sided dolphin just north of us on the 2:30 Kingston to Edmonds ferry crossing. I didn't get pictures, but I've seen common dolphins before. This dolphin jumped up, so I saw it clearly and it wasn't a common dolphin. I looked up pictures when I got home, and the markings and size were consistent with the Pacific white-sided dolphins. It was pretty cool to see! -SJ Siff (email)

August 10

After hearing reports of the T10s and T60s near the Chain Islets, Dave and Michael headed down to the boat and left Snug Harbor around 1020. We finally arrived on scene about four miles south of Discovery Island at about 1100. The whales were in a fairly tight group pointed east at first but soon turned south. The whales zig-zagged quite a bit but generally headed south or southeast. T10C and T60C often dropped behind the others to socialize with one another...T10B was not present during this encounter. We only know of a few T10 encounters in 2017 but T10B has not been seen since 2016...Also, T60C appears to have had someone or something bite him near the top of his dorsal fin... -Full encounter report & photos at Center for Whale Research Encounter 61.
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Another lovely day with Transients! Caught up with the T10 and T60 group south of Hein Bank. T10 matriarch (center w/notch, 1963 est. birth year) travels with her family & the T60s.The two big males, T60, who apparently has a new scar and back slanted tip of his dorsal fin, and I believe T10C were mostly staying close together. The matriarch, T60 was there as well as a fairly young calf. -Bonnie Gretz
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I was fortunate to spend time with a beautiful group of transient/Biggs killer whales, the T10s and T60s, T60C sporting a fairly fresh injury on the back top edge of his dorsal fin. Sea lion bite maybe?, they look so plump and healthy! T10C and T60C spent a lot of time together, with T60C sporting a fairly fresh injury on the back top edge of his dorsal fin. Sea lion bite maybe?-Jill Hein
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August 10 - We had an epic day - minke whale at Salmon Bank, HB south of Beaumont Shoal, and caught up with the T10's and T60's at Smith Island - and saw 4 tufted puffins (the seas were very big, rolley and difficult to take photos). Never seen Smith Island up close and it was as cool as I thought it would be. T60D with T60F doing a spy hop at Smith Island.Lots of seals on a long sandy spit with crashing waves and Ts beside them. Some dilapidated light house on top. Lots of birds nestled in this huge Kelp forest along the island. Puffins flying here or there. Dreamland!-Barbara Howitt, All Aboard Sailing
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T060C and gang east bound along the south shoreline of Discovery Island on the morning of August 10th. -Photo by Mark Malleson
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The T060's and T010's skulking around the Chain Islands on the morning of August 10th. -Photo by Mark Malleson, 2017
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We went the extra mile today catching up with Transient / Biggs Killer Whales T10's and (T60s) South East of Victoria...Fog and some Nautical Seas didn't stop us... it was a real adventure and smiles all around! What will tomorrow bring? - Paul Pudwell
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August 10 - Sleepy Humpback Whale south of Beaumont Shoal. -Photo by Barbara Howitt, August 10, 2017
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Minke whale feeding at Salmon Bank off the south end of San Juan Island.-Photo by Barbara Howitt, August 10, 2017
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Unidentified whales - August 10 - West Seattle Blog (WSB) reader reported a whale passing by Lincoln Park northbound. Another commenter on WSB had the whale passing Alki at 5:00pm, thought to look like a gray whale and by the photo that looks possible.

August 9

It had been a long several days since we had last seen some of our favorite black and whites but tonight it all changed as the T18s thinned out the local harbor seal population a bit.Here's T19B "Galiano" tail slapping this evening at Flattop Island. -Photo by Sara Hysong-Shimazu, August 9
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T019C at Chatham Island on August 9th. -Photo by Mark Malleson, 2017
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T019C hunting seals in the Chain Islands on the afternoon of August 9th. -Photo by Mark Malleson, 2017
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T019B startles a feeding pigeon guillemot as he skulks through the Chain Islands on the afternoon of August 9th. -Photo by Mark Malleson, 2017
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Another great day in the Salish Sea! We were excited to catch up to the T018's of the Transient / Biggs Killer Whales off of the Victoria Waterfront...-Photo by Paul Pudwell, August 9 ...visited a few of the many humpback whales around Race Rocks Lighthouse... -Photo by Paul Pudwell, August 9, 2017

August 8

Humpback whales everywhere from Sooke to Race Rocks to Victoria the last couple days! Even with FOGGY conditions we are able to find clearing skies here and there and with the cooperation with other vessel operators we are always welcome to encounter these gentle giants. Humpback whale MMY0024 off Race Rock Ecological Reserve... -Paul Pudwell

August 7



August 6

Dolphins - August 6 - 12:19 p.m.- Matt Graham reports 4 Common dolphins SW side of Fox island, circling, completely jumping out of the water doing barrel rolls. (12:35 p.m. These ones came right up to my boat (turned motor off).
(Facebook video confirms Common - ALB)
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After working our way through a spot of fog, Mystic Sea meandered between the San Juan islands and out through San Juan channel into the bigger swells of open water, where we encountered one of our regular Minke whales, 'Nick Jagger', near Salmon Bank. No need to ask why this Minke came by the name, although how Nick got 'the nick' is a mystery. Minkes are known to be rather shy and elusive, but today we were fortunate to see plenty of surface action including the streamlined, tapered head. While some of the growling Steller sea-lions posed and vied for the best position on Whale Rocks, others were content to doze in the hazy sunshine. Bald eagles and basking Pacific harbor seals with pups heightened our already rich wildlife viewing itinerary as we sailed past Lopez on our return to Anacortes.-Sandra Pollard, Author/Naturalist
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My wife and I were kayaking at 9:30 just north of Treasure Island, Case Inlet this evening, heard and saw 2 that sounded just like this 40 feet away. One breached vertically completely out of the water. It was pretty dark out, but still spectacular. Our best guess is that it was the same as these. -Eric Johnson

August 5

Bigg's/Transient killer whales - Everyday, you never know. We started the morning off with a couple Humpback Whales off shore of east Sooke. Then the fog / Lighting conditions improved and Spring Tide / Eagle Wing Whale Watching Company from Victoria found some Orca just South of Race Rocks.Great to sea these Transient Killer Whales again within a few days - T018's were Hunting around the Juan De Fuca Strait today! -Paul Pudwell
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Coastal killer whales - August 5 - WA Coast - Sightings Grays Harbor August 5th @ 0932.Several pictures of a pod we see underway that appeared to have two calves. -Photo by Jacob Hylkema, August 5, 2017
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Humpback whales - Everyday...you never know. We started the morning off with a couple Humpback Whales off shore of east Sooke... Paul Pudwell

August 4

Southern Residents - 12:43 p.m. - WOW...What a GREAT DAY! We had a feeling we would sea the Southern Resident Killer Whales around Sooke today after hearing some of our local fisherman catching many 30-40+ pound Chinook Salmon yesterday...Sure enough L Pod - L72 Racer and othersspent most of the day in Sooke waters on a feeding frenzy!-Paul Pudwell
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We listened to blows of L pod moving north and then south on the westside of San Juan Island. Our encounter ended as they moved south, with percussive behavior and above water vocalizations. They were first heard around 12:04am, and ended around 12:45am. -Connie Bickerton
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August 4 - Admiralty Inlet - Renee Beitzel reports a humpback off Marrowstone around 2:00 p.m. - And 1 humpback traveling south, central Admiralty, into the Sound. Lost track south of Marrowstone light. 12:20. -Frances Robertson (at Fort Casey)
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August 4 - Puget Sound - 1:30 p.m. - Humpback just south of Kingston, traveling northeast. Traveling pretty quick but showed off some flukes for us. visibility's so bad today with the smoke that it was only in sight for 10-15 minutes. -Reilly Hannigan
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12:30 p.m. - Husband reports watching that humpback breach 15+ times in the last hour, looking north from Skiff Pt with good binocs. Reports that it has moved on at this time, but didn't give direction. -Lynn Batson
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12:20 p.m. - They are still quite active with awesome tail slaps. There is a tour boat to the south of them watching.
12:15 p.m. -Currently watching a humpback in Port Madison about 1/2 mile off shore from the NE corner of Bainbridge Island. They were doing a lot of out of water lunges and fin slapping! They are trending northwards toward Kingston. This is a pic taken of the humpback whale that cruised north just off shore of Bainbridge Island at midday. Taken just north of Fay Bainbridge Island looking toward the ferry lane between Kingston and Edmonds in Port Madison bay. We saw lots of lunges, fin/tail slapping and tail bobbing. What a whale show off! -Tim Cuddy
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12:00 p.m. - My son is reporting a humpback off Fay Bainbridge, Bainbridge Island, right now at noon. Tail slaps and breached twice! -Photo courtesy of Lorraine Doer, August 4, 2017
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Emailed received 10:07 a.m. - Humpback whale spotted heading north on west side of Blake island. -Malone Steverson
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Secondhand report from neighbor that Humpback again heading north at northwest end of Colvos at 830 on 8.4.17. Described as very large so I suspect it was this same one that went by Wednesday evening. It must have circumnavigated Vashon clockwise. -Tim Ferris
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Humpback just South of Narrows Bridge at 5:47 am, no direction evident yet. -Karen Caldwell
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Minke whales - August 4 - 3:35 p.m. - Found a Minke whale, Foulweather Bluff southbound.-Renee Beitzel
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No joke. Another minke (the same?) sighted pointed south Admiralty Inlet closer to Whidbey ~10:50. -Frances Robertson, SMRU Consulting and NE Pacific Minke Whale Project. (As well as sharing with Orca Network for inclusion in our Whale Sighting Reports, please send Frances any photos you get of minke whales. She can be reached through the NE Pacific Minke Whale Project website)

August 3

Email received 2:13 p.m.- My brothers, mom and aunt all saw 3 orca whales. They were in village bay Mayne island, right beside where the ferry terminal is located. From what I could see there were 2 young ones and an adult.-Madison
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They were actually already past Race Rocks and heading easterly when we encountered the trailing group at 1222. This group consisted of L90, L91 and her son L122, L92, L72 and her son L105, L83 and her son L110, L47 and her son L115. After a quick inventory of whales, we left the whales and headed toward the leaders that were then off Trial Island. This group was the L4s in a group, but they soon spread apart off Seabird Discovery Island and headed toward False Bay San Juan Island... Full encounter report and photos at Center for Whale Research Encounter 60.
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SRKW- L55 Nugget, as she surfaces to breathe and slips back into the depths in search of salmon off the west side of San Juan Island today.-Photo by Renee Beitzel, August 3, 2017
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You never know! Within 10 minutes from our docks we were excited to encounter L POD of the Southern Resident Killer Whales passing Sooke east bound this morning and than caught up to them again South of Victoria in the afternoon with a few Humpbacks around Race Rocks....Always Great To SEA! Paul Pudwell
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T46B1A and T46B1 northbound eastern Juan de Fuca Strait off West Whidbey Island. Look at that stunning eye patch.-Photo by Bonnie Gretz, August 3, 2017
(ID by Melisa Pinnow, Center for Whale Research)
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We found T120, T46B, and T117 at Minor Island, followed them to West Beach on Whidbey, two went into Burrows Bay!then followed them up to Burrows Island Lighthouse. Amazing day! -Photo by Bonnie Gretz, August 3
(ID by Melisa Pinnow, Center for Whale Research)
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West Beach Orca (8+)TravelingNorth. After watching them from our backyard around 11:00a.m. (we're about 260' up on a bluff looking right down the middle of Juan de Fuca) we then drove North to Rocky Point, then spotted them a third time off Deception Pass State park. -Photo by Grant Thompson, August 3
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Around 2:00p.m. - We saw the pod from the West Beach at Deception Pass State Park thanks to this post. Thanks! They were headed North towards Allan Island. -Michael L Stolfi
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At 1330 they were still headed north. From NAS to Deception pass. We stationed on the bridge to see if they would enter but the tide would have been fighting them. We left before we saw we're they ended up.
12:30 p.m. - Just off the coast of NAS Whidbey. -Nicklis Emery Christopher Richardson
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11:22 a.m. - Patricia Becker, a Whidbey Island resident near Minor Is. saying a small pod is heading north with 3-4 boats.
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10:40 a.m. - T46Bs and T117s east of Minor Island heading east toward Whidbey Island!!-Bart Rulon, on Glacier Spirit
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Hi there, The SJI NWR survey crew observed 4 Orca off Smith Island on 8/3/17 at ~10 am. There were two males, one female/immature male, and one small Orca ~3/4 the size of the female. We spotted them at ~ 48.325358 -122.843935 and they were traveling north. -Sue Thomas,Wildlife Biologist,Washington Maritime NWRC
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August 3 - Juan de Fuca - South of Victoria in the afternoon with a few Humpbacks around Race Rocks....Always Great To SEA! HumpbackBCX Unknown "Hemlock". -Paul Pudwell
(ID by Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network)
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August 3 - Puget Sound - 8:25 p.m. - Hung out in front of our house (at the Dalco wall), for a while and has since headed up Colvos.
7:38 p.m. - What looks like a small humpback in the ferry lanes between pt Defiance and Tallequah. Closer to Vashon. Was on the 7:25 ferry. -Sarah Bradford Honeywell
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2:42 p.m. - Someone brought us in phone pictures of a humpback whale about 20 minutes ago and said they saw it at the end of Redondo Beach going toward Dash Point. -Highline MAST Aquarium at Redondo staff
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10:55 a.m. - I saw it again about 10 minutes ago. It went down for a deep dive. This time I saw it slightly farther north, closer to Salt Water. It appears to be hanging out in this area with no definite direction at this point. The whale's head was facing away from me so I didn't get a good look at the dorsal fin, only the fluke on the deep dive. What I can confidently say is that this was a much bigger whale than the juvenile humpbacks that have been near Tacoma. ...It was amazingly close to Redondo when I saw it this morning. I've never seen a humpback there. It certainly looked like a humpback to me.
10:24 a.m. - I am at Saltwater state park right now and I just saw a large whale (humpback?) surface twice farther south towards Poverty Bay. Visibility is poor but there are also numerous porpoises or common dolphins close to the salt water shore. -Heidi Vincent
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August 3 - 10:20 a.m. - 1 minke traveling into Sound.(Fort Casey- Admiralty Head) -Frankie Robertson
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We saw them last Thursday morning as we were heading north towards the Narrows Bridge from our boat. -Virginia Anderson

August 2

Hallo, As a tourist I was traveling the SE coast of Galiano Island and I encountered orcas at 7:50PM. SE coast of Galiano slowly traveling towards SE. They were calm, maybe playing and slowly moving towards SE. -Marco Venturi
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San Juans - Small group of orcas passing eastern shore of Waldron Island 8 pm. Larger matriarch leading but not captured in video. Northern shore of Orcas Island in background...at dusk headed east around SE corner of island turning north around the bend. -David Rhine
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Puget Sound - Son T46E and mom T46 -4:45 pm Chilkat Express left them on a kill at Double Bluff trending north while feeding. We left to view a bald eagle and have been unable to resight them in the haze. -Photo by Justine Buckmaster,August 2
(T46, now a great-grandmother, was among the last orcas captured during the 10-year capture era, in Budd Inlet in 1976. She was released after a few days of headlines about the captures and a lot of legal wrangling that resulted in freeing all the captives and ending all orca captures in Washington. - HG)
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12:35 p.m. - passing Glendale. When we left at 12:45 pm they were still mid-channel heading towards Possession at a steady pace. Then, who knows?
12.10 p.m. - whales close to ferry lanes (Clinton/Muliteo) southbound mid channel. -Sandy Pollard
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Same orcas, T46s, that were in Saratoga Passage yesterday 8/1/2017 heading south today out of the passage and into Possession Sound this morning. Watched with a new orca friend Phee, it was great! A few of us so excited and screaming LOL. loved it...orca's can sure bring people together.Watched, first from the bluff at Sandy Point looking east towards northern tip of Hat Island and Everett in the background behind the smoky haze, very washed out, so washed out and hazy, when I had first seen the orcas this morning (thanks Alisa and Orca Network) high above Sandy Point looking westerly, cannot see Everett at all. When Phee and I first saw them from the Brighton Beach area, they were west of Hat Island and east of Whidbey Island.Orcas continued traveling south towards Clinton/Mukilteo ferry lanes..orcas were more near us or no further mid channel vs closer to Hat Island. Then watched from Glendale across towards Mukilteo, as orcas continued mid channel southbound. -Marilyn Armbruster
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11:05 a.m. - from Cascade Ave on the bluff above Langley Marina, I first saw one male surfacing mid channel steady southbound between the marina and Camano Head. I then spotted at least one female and younger one up ahead to the south a short distance. The pod was loosely spread as they all continued heading towards Sandy Point, Whidbey at steady pace southbound. Blues skies enveloped bysmokey haze from Canada's wildfires. Seas flat calm. Nice to catch a glimpse before our staff meeting at Langely Whale Center. What timing! -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network
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10:50 a.m. - We're straight out from Langley right now! We're coming up on Langley now with the T46s! I'm on the Chilkat.-Justine Buckmaster
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10:12 a.m. - Stephanie Raymond aboard the Victoria Clipper just saw the T46 matriline in Saratoga Passage, just south of Holmes Harbor, heading south and highly active, with tail slaps and breaches.
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August 2 - Juan de Fuca - We headed out on reports of Transient Killer Whales Passing Sooke this morning and we excited to find the T019/18's (?) near Race Rocks Light House....Than double Humpback whales mugging our boat on our way home...Amazing Day! -Paul Pudwell
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August 2 - Puget Sound - Sighted a Humpback whale just off First Landing, Gig Harbor 6.30 pm today.-Mariska and Robin Blankenbijl
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August 2 - 9:50 a.m. - 1 minke traveling into Sound. (Fort Casey- Admiralty Head). -Frankie Robertson
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August 2 - Sighted 2 dolphins between Vashon and Port Richmond. Mother and calf around 1pm today.-Mariska and Robin Blankenbijl
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Yes! I am guessing these are the guys [dolphins] we saw in the same area around 7/2. So fun, they were very playful and curious around our boat as well.-Brenna Sowder

August 1

Around 8:50 p.m. - Look how close they were from shore. really not that far out. they were under for at least a mile when we last saw they out from Bells Beach from Fox Spit. Very long down times!First seeing them around 5:30 pm across from Hidden Beach towards Onimac Pt (Camano Island) followed them as they came south mid channel Fox Spit and watched them from Langley where they milled for about an hr 2 miles north of Langley on the Whidbey side (guessing near Saratoga Woods area) and this is where they decided to turn back north again and watched them from Fox Spit around 9 pm until it became too dark. Last we saw them they were over near Camano State Park and heading north westerly towards Hidden Beach, Greenbank. -Marilyn Armbruster
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8:34 p.m. - Heading north, right at the south end of Bells (beach) now! -Emily Wandres
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8:28 p.m. - I really think they are heading north again...they now are near Bells Beach but out 1/4 channel or so and heading northerly.
8:00 p.m. - they have been milling in one area south of Bells Beach now for quite awhile.Still 2 miles or so from Langley. Must have found good food!
7:30 p.m. - Im in Langley below the Dog House orcas are still about 2 miles north Whidbey Island side.They are with a whale watching boat...slowly trending south.
6:45 p.m. - Passing Fox Spit (Whidbey Island) and Elger Bay (Camano Island) heading southtowards Langley, mid channel
6:30 p.m. - Im at Fox Spit and I see at least one large male out from Cama Beach milling a bit.I think still trending south? -Marilyn Armbruster
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6:50 p.m. - The T46's southbound, after spending most of the day in Crescent Harbor (Oak Harbor). -Jill Hein
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6:15 p.m. - T-46s mid straight off of North Bluff, Whidbey Island. Southbound at about 4kts.-Scott Jacobson
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Chilkat is leaving 5:52pm, left them at Camano Island, split up but looks like they are getting a little bit closer together. Really long down times! Heading South still, IE is still with them. -Janine Harles
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5:45 p.m. - Kathy Fritts just relayed a report from a friend that orcas were off Hidden Beach, Greenbank, heading southin Saratoga Passage at about 5:45 pm. Also reports of them in Crescent Harbor near Oak Harbor earlier in the day.
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Headed south towards Onomac and Greenbank at 5:15pm. At least 4 dorsals breaking the water. -Jane Wells
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August is here and our trip today took us on a totally different route - via Deception Pass to Saratoga Passage and south to Crescent Harbor - by the Navy's old Seaplane base in Oak Harbor. We found a family of transient/Biggs killer whales, 5 of them - Matriarch T46 (est. born 1964), T46D (born 2000), T46E (born 2003)..., checking out the harbor. We had great views of this family (T46s) before turning for home, via another fun route, the Swinomish Channel through LaConner! Great sightseeing, with an osprey, bald eagles, herons, seals, and much more before reaching home port. You never quite know which direction the Mystic Sea will take - but it's always a fun day.-Jill Hein, volunteer naturalist.
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16:20 - Polnell Heights - Three possibly four orca between Whidbey and Camano. One male and two females. Maybe a fourth smaller one. For about two hours or more. Several boats in the area. -Warren Brown
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We witnessed not one, but two seal hunts on August 1st on board the Chilkat Express! Both happened in northern Saratoga Passage near Oak Harbor. One in the morning, one in the evening. The morning one was complete with celebratory breaching!-Photo by Justine Buckmaster, August 1
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Pod of three orcas off Harrington Lagoon, Whidbey Island around 1:00 pm. Headed NNW toward Penn Cove. -Photo by Erik Anderson, August 1
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About noon, distant look at some breaching east of Penn Cove. Island Explorer plus other boat with them heading away from Penn Cove. -Bonnie Gretz
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10:44 a.m. - 5 animals; milling then heading north close to shore, south of the Penn Cove entrance. -Taylor Barkee
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7:32 a.m. - 3 Orca's traveling North off Sandy Point near Langley, WA....I was on land and the 3 whales were mid channel. For sure then 1 large male no question. The other 2 dorsal were smaller so I am not sure. -David Fitzgerald
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August 1 - Juan de Fuca - You just never know! A few minutes from our docks we encountered two of our first Humpback whales right out front of Sooke than we were EXCITED to find the a Friendly Humpback "Nike" ..or at least I thought but now I am not so sure...BUT WHAT AMAZING ENCOUNTER with a Mugging that was GREAT. Humpback BCZ0004 "Stripe" -Paul Pudwell
(ID by Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network)
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August 1 - Puget Sound - 4:42 p.m. - Humpback around 500 yards off of pier 67 in Ellliot Bay. Spotted from sailing vessel Obsession. -Joey LaMarche
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4:00 p.m. - Whale Tail slapping occurring south of Bainbridge ferry route off Alki. Could not see fin or direction of travel.-Daniel Lapinski
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August 1 - WSF announcement: Minke whale in Possession Sound this morning. Right off Clinton dock - seen from 7 am ferry. I actually didn't see it so I guess I can't confirm, but the captain announced it and some people did see it. No direction provided. -Dori Dace
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Unidentified whales - August 1 - Kate Jacobson sent in this report from 3:30 pm, with a distant video, that looks like a breaching humpback: Just had a beautiful (possibly gray) whale sighting southwest of Restoration Point (on Bainbridge Island) heading east.
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WA State Ferries reported an unidentified whale spouting near Bainbridge Island at 12:50 pm, heading south.

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