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June 15

BIGG'S TRANSIENT ORCAS - Tue, June 15 - North Puget Sound (T65As minus T65A5) - 21:20 - They passed by me in Chennault Beach, two males closer to Mukilteo side of midchannel and a small group closer to Whidbey side heading south but also milling around a bit. -Alice Thuy Talbot
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21:32 - [orcas] I see two of them heading toward Possession Point. Whidbey side of mid channel, SB. 9:32. -Jodi Krause Poissant
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20:21 - [orcas] Clinton beach, 5 orcas playing and moving south towards Possession beach. -Blythe Ferrel
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20:23 - Currently hunting something and headed east (a bit) aiming just south of Mukilteo.
20:20 - [orcas] Viewing from the ferry. Red drop pin for approximate location. Still southbound. [Whidbey side between Clinton and Glendale: ~47°57'20.5"N 122°20'35.3"W] -Bart Rulon
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19:54 - Circling now and counted 5.
19:49 - At least 4 playing (killing?) near Everett. Watching from just south of Clinton ferry. Very slowly moving southward. -Gwendine Ellis Norton
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19:59 - Finally resumed southbound travel. Just crossed the ferry lanes closer to Whidbey side.
19:52 - Still just by the Clinton ferry dock. Playing and changing directions.
19:31 - Still in the same area. Directional changes and milling. Seeing 2 large males.
19:19 - Seeing orcas just off the Clinton ferry terminal. Heading south but still very active. -Danielle Pennington
video - "6/15/21 around 7:30 PM, the T65As finishing a meal." https://www.facebook.com/12442944/videos/10118498069547265
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18:56 - (Viewing from Mukilteo) Between Camano and Sandy Pt. mid channel 6:56. Closer to Camano lots of slashing. -Linda Aitkins
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17:57 - [orcas] Mid channel between Hat and Whidbey, still southbound. -Lori Christopher
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16:00 - Viewing from Seawall Park, Langley. Slowly SB. -Donna George
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17:00 - South of Sandy Pt. between Hat and Whidbey, southbound.
1600 - 2.25 miles north of Langley, southbound, doing long dives. -Christopher Hanke, Puget Sound Express
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16.02 - Orcas closer to Camano Island, still southbound. Viewing from Whale Bell Park in Langley.
15:11 - Orcas have passed close to Fox Spit, Whidbey, steady southbound as the rain begins to fall.
----With their continuing presence in the inland waters of Puget Sound, sightings of the T65As seem to have been an almost daily occurrence for some time now. Resuming their southbound travels in Saratoga Passage, the orcas passed Hidden Beach, Whidbey, just after whale watchers had - with baited breath - waited out a heavy shower threatening to diminish visibility, before continuing south toward Fox Spit. From there they maintained a steady travel pattern past Langley (it's such fun to ring the whale bell in Seawall Park), before rounding Sandy Point to a rumble of thunder, and beyond to Possession (photos Sandra Pollard). photso - "T65As passing Hidden Beach, Whidbey Island." - "T65As passing Fox Spit." -Sandra Pollard
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13:05 - [orcas] Saw them passing Shangri La at 1:05, I'm at Hidden Beach, Greenbank…heading SB still. -Dawn Müller-DePape
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20:50 - Just south of Glendale, all 5. On a kill momentarily, trending/moving sb. Whidbey side of mid but angling a bit east.
20:37 - I see 2 orca just north of Glendale, Whidbey side, viewing from semi high bank north Glendale. I think they are sb but can't say for sure.
19:10 - Still on kills and very active but moving slightly sb again. See approx. [north of ferry lanes, south of Hat/Gedney Island]
18:46 - Stopped again on another kill. I'm viewing from Northside of Clinton Ferry Terminal. Appearing to be moving more towards mid channel.
18:42 - Was on a kill for 10 min. or so. About 1/4 mile north of Mukilteo/Clinton Ferry lanes. Have resumed sb again. Still favoring Whidbey side.
16:14 - About I mile north of Langley Pizzeria. A good time to check out the Pizzeria web cam soon. Orcas sb.
~14:00 - They passed Hidden Beach, line of site with north end Cama State Park but Whidbey side, sb.
13:40 - Just a little north of Hidden Beach, still favoring Whidbey side, sb.
12:19 - [Viewing from] Jill's house: between Harrington Lagoon and Race Lagoon, SB, Whidbey side 1/4 channel out. Super Loooooong downtimes!
11:50 - [orcas] Just north of Harrington Lagoon, Whidbey side, appearing SB. -Marilyn Armbruster
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What a treat to see the T065As again today in Saratoga Passage, first northbound, then southbound - traveling fairly close to Whidbey. Fun to watch them from my back-yard with fellow orca-dorks. -Jill Hein
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13:02 - Passed southbound, Shangri La...long down times but lovely to see!!!
11:43 - Looks like they turned south.
11:30 - About mid channel.
11:25 - [orcas] Spotted from Long Point closer to Camano, northbound. -Bonnie Gretz
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11:10 - [orcas] Two northbound near Penn Cove. -Lucienne Miodonski
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11:32 - Looks to me from Camano as if they're much closer to Whidbey.
10:50 - [orcas] The Saratoga is right out below Eagle Crest watching them now. Northbound towards Whidbey Island. -Kristina Trowbridge
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11:55 - My last post as we depart on MV Saratoga. Tightly grouped, still southbound. [~48°13'17.4"N 122°36'22.2"W]
11:39 - Change of direction. Southbound now, all grouped up. [~48°13'33.8"N 122°37'31.3"W]
11:03 - They are mostly spread out from mid-channel and toward the Whidbey side. [~48°12'36.2"N 122°34'42.5"W]
10:40 - Northbound and spread out looking for prey. T65As [west of Onamac Point]. [~48°10'53.7"N 122°33'21.1"W] -Bart Rulon, Puget Sound Express
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HUMPBACK WHALES - Tue, June 15 - San Juan Islands - 15:00 - Humpback Split Fin about 3 miles north of Sucia. Varied directions. -Sara Baldwin
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GRAY WHALES - Tue, June 15 - Possession Sound - 14:28 - CRC2362 is traveling around the edge of the Snohomish River Delta amid many crab/shrimp pots. -Stephanie Raymond, San Juan Clipper
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12:58 - Gray whale CRC2362 is navigating a plethora of crab pots today southeast of Hat Island. -Bart Rulon, Puget Sound Express

June 14

BIGG'S TRANSIENT ORCAS - Mon, June 14 - Strait of Georgia (T99s) - T099's off Campbell River today: We waited at Tyee Spit for pretty much 6 hours for the tide to change and the T099's who were at the north end of the Seymour Narrows to swim on by..... and they did not disappoint! We saw them close to shore at Tyee Spit and then drove to the Pier only to watch them play with kelp as they hugged the pier! T099B Holly even swam under the top end of the pier! Thank you T099 family for making today so awesome!! -Ella Smiley, CVWS
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Mon, June 14 - Admiralty Inlet area (T65As minus T65A5) - 16:41 - Still headed south…seemed to be at/past Bush Point.
16:02 - Group has turned south.
15:21 - Still viewing from East Beach, moving very slowly north in tight group still.
14:51 - [orcas] Watching from east beach, saw a group of at least 5 grouped tightly together, traveling north, but not coming up too much- may be multidirectional. -Erin Merklein
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14:45 - [orcas] Closer to Marrowstone, northbound, almost across from Lagoon Point. -Christopher Hanke, Puget Sound Express
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13:10 - Watching from ON HQ south of Bush Pt., just saw the Bigg's just NW of Hood Canal entrance at 1310. (The male I saw appeared to be milling/hunting and multidirectional.) -Susan Berta, Orca Network
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13:05 - This will be my last post as we depart. They are pointed towards the south end of Marrowstone Island, but they are super spread out over a mile. Northbound. [47.933608, -122.633585]
12:49 - They have spread way out looking for more prey, still northbound. [47.914425, -122.627970]
12:18 - Still northbound, in travel mode after their meal. See map [NE side of Hood Canal Bridge, closer to Hood Head]. [47.871565, -122.616159]
12:10 - They have crossed under the bridge to the north side now.
12:00 - T65As eating a seal just south of Hood Canal Bridge. No direction yet. [47.860049, -122.636243] -Bart Rulon, Puget Sound Express
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11:00 - T65As are 2.5 miles south of Hood Canal Bridge, northbound 4 knots, spread out. -Christopher Hanke, Puget Sound Express
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COASTAL ORCAS - Mon, June 14 - Oregon Coast - 17:33 - We just saw 3-4 orcas at Arch Cape Oregon. They were heading south and went between Castle Rock and the shore. They had the distinctive black vertical fin. -Terry Parker
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HUMPBACK WHALES - Mon, June 14 - Haro Strait - Last night [6/14] there were some energetic humpback whales out in Haro Strait! MMX0084 "Scuttle" and a friend were having a blast. -Sara Hysong-Shimazu, Maya's Legacy Whale Watching
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12:56 - It turned west offshore, now dove heading back east. Still well south of Land Bank. -Ariel Yseth
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14:30 - Sounds like continuing to mill between Hannah Heights and False Bay.
12:25 - Humpback approaching Land Bank, northbound. -Monika Wieland Shields, Orca Behavior Institute
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17:08-17:15 - This time I was rewarded with the sight of 2 humpbacks. They were not traveling together and I only saw the leader once. Rising shallowly from the surface, I saw more blow than whale as they made their way north past Edwards Point towards Landbank.
12:27-12:45 - Humpback reported northbound just south of Edwards Point/Landbank. Whale watch vessels were present but I saw no sign of the humpback. At 12:33 I heard an exhalation to the south. The vessels turned and headed S/SW away from the island, I heard 2 more exhalations but I never saw the whale. -Michelline Halliday, SJI
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Mon, June 14 - Admiralty Inlet Area - 13:30 - We spotted the humpback whale again as we left the orcas. It was aimed toward Hood Canal. See my map for approximate location [entrance to Hood Canal, closer to Kitsap/Twin Spits side]. [47.934467, -122.631638] [CRC16378 (aka Checkmate)--see earlier encounter by Bart] -Bart Rulon, Puget Sound Express
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11:00 - Visible from the shore (with binoculars). Still seems to be going quite slowly south. Not far from the red channel marker off Bush Point. -Mike Meyer
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11:15 - We are leaving this HB still southbound at my mark on the map [SW of Bush Point]. [48.025087, -122.616667]
11:00 - Still southbound off Bush Point.
10:37 - Now the HB is southbound off Bush Point but not moving very fast. Long down times.
10:25 - Humpback whale off southeast Marrowstone Island, pointed northbound at the moment.
[Here is some cool info about this Humpback we saw today. Alex (Cascadia Research) found it in their catalog as CRC16378 (aka Checkmate) first sighted in 2015 and spotted last in Hawaii (Maui) in March of 2021!! -Bart Rulon] -Bart Rulon, Puget Sound Express
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PORPOISES - Sat, June 12 - West Seattle - ~12:00 - We saw a pod of dolphins [follow-up: harbor porpoise] swim by Alki Beach around 12pm. There were approximately 10 of them and they were heading west. I'm viewing from between 63rd Ave SW and 64th Ave SW. -Lorrie Cardoso

June 13

BIIG'S TRANSIENT ORCAS - Sun, June 13 - Boundary Pass (T124C) - 11:43 - We have T124C on the west side of Waldron… -Ellie Sawyer
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11:36 - 2 male orca in Boundary Pass west of Waldron, heading in the direction of Patos. -Mari Elizabeth Blakeslee
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Sun, June 13 - Central Puget Sound to Hood Canal (T65As minus T65A5) - 18:55 - Can see and hear from Scenic Beach. Lost quickly. Big male and a few others behind. Lots of porpoises. Unsure which direction they headed.
18:30 - Watching from Seabeck. Lost them quickly. They headed SW. -Kristen Alvarez
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18:26 - [orcas] Across from Seabeck on Coyle side, headed SB, looks to be going into Dabob Bay or heading that direction. 5 orcas, 1 large male. They are on the move but were breaching and tail slapping for a small bit before a boat arrived and they went on the move. -Savannah Johnson
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16:45 - [orcas] Current location southbound. See my map [at Bangor, mid channel, north Hood Canal]. [47.719395, -122.767471] -Bart Rulon, Puget Sound Express
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16:36 - [orcas] They are at Kings Spit, saw 1. -Rachael Kauffold Vlasak
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15:35 - [orcas] Current location and direction [map indicates located out from Thorndyke Bay, north Hood Canal]. [47.799312, -122.716758] -Yifan Ling
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14:39 - 2 SB into Hood Canal, almost to Kitsap Memorial @ 2:39.----Today's orca adventure brought to you by the words grey and rain. I spotted the orcas in Hood Canal from Big Beef creek and caught them a few minutes more south from Scenic Beach. The rain never stopped so visibility was difficult. 6/13/2021 from Big Beef Creek and Scenic Beach after 5:30. -Stacey Crofoot
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11:20 - Anna SinghDeo, Bush Point, called to report observing the orcas who are now south of Marrowstone. They have been watching the orcas for about 45 minutes. Pod includes at least one good size bull, and looks like a couple young. Rough guess, they thought they were seeing between 8-12 orcas [that we know of only members of T65As confirmed, 5 whales -alb]. Orcas on Kitsap Peninsula side, south of Marrowstone, basically milling. Earlier had been tail slapping and breaching (seeing full underside).
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11:00 - Seeing orcas SB off southern tip of Marrowstone Is. -Howard Garrett, Orca Network
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11:09 - Stalled just by S end of Marrowstone. Confirmed 4 orcas.
10:49 - At least three, currently southbound, just south of Marrowstone. Mid channel. -Jim Petts
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11:28 - Leaving the orcas now still aiming towards Hood Canal. [48.000997, -122.675730]
11:18 - Updated location [off SE tip of Marrowstone Island] headed southwest. [48.013784, -122.662478]
10:40 - T65As turned south and are aiming towards Hood Canal from the location on the map [SW of Bush Point]. Lots of breaching. [48.021966, -122.620940] -Bart Rulon, Puget Sound Express
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08:08 - Orcas heading north at the Kingston Edmonds ferry crossing, in the traffic lanes. -Trevor Tillman, Puget Sound Express
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HUMPBACK WHALES - Sun, June 13 - Haro Strait - 13:15 - Two more humpbacks reported just south of Land Bank on the west side of San Juan heading north close to shore. -Monika Wieland Shields, Orca Behavior Institute
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Sun, June 13 - San Juan Islands - 15:07 - Now closer to San Juan side, approaching Friday Harbor.
14:52 - [humpback] Passing Point Caution, mid-channel, southbound. -Cindy Hansen, Orca Network
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13:43 - [humpback] Just past Reuben Tarte heading south down San Juan Channel. -Monika Wieland Shields, Orca Behavior Institute
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12:30 - Two humpbacks in Spieden Channel heading towards San Juan Channel. -NW Sailing Adventures
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Sun, June 13 - San Juan Islands - 10:36 - Humpback just sighted east of Flattop [Island]. (traveling west, northwest) -Roxane Jackson Johnson
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GRAY WHALES - Sun, June 13 - Possession Sound - We were out with Bart and the [PSE] crew this morning, and this gray was so fun, blowing bubbles, changing directions, spyhopping. The water was glassy. (We were fully idled, proper distance and engine off when the whale came closer to us.) -Michelle Goll
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12:30 - Gray whale CRC2362 is off the southeast side of Hat Island milling around. -Bart Rulon, Puget Sound Express

June 12

BIGG'S TRANSIENT ORCAS - Sat, June 12 - NW Strait of Georgia (T125A and T128) - 200 plus nautical miles run, Transient Orca T125A and T128 started it all off not 15 seconds out of the marina on day one! -Nick Templeman, Campbell River Whale & Bear Excursions
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Sat, June 12 - Central/North Puget Sound (T65As minus T65A5) - 19:10 - Seem to be moving towards Possession Point from Whidbey Island side.
19:01 - Lots of splashing and zigzagging around.
18:53 - Still at Stamm Overlook, pod just did a kill right in front of us. They're moving northbound.
18:15 - Viewing from Stamm Overlook, pod still mid-channel north of Edmonds Kingston ferry lane, in the middle of a few boats, appear to be moving north. -Daniela Tejada Martinez
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17:45 - [orcas] Whales are mid-channel north of Edmonds Kingston ferry lane pointed northeast. -Christopher Lewman, Puget Sound Express
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17:05 - [orcas] Off Apple Tree Point. -Sara Frey
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16:53 - Heading north, mid channel, at a pretty good pace now.
16:51 - [orcas] I see them now from up on a hill near Kingston ferry. -Heather Wolfers
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16:55 - Passing Apple Tree Point. 16:45 - [orcas] They're out there… out north from the Kingston ferry terminal now and heading north. -Michelle Goll
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16:11 - [orcas] I can see them from Kingston ferry dock with binoculars. Still NB. At least 3. 4:11. -Stacey Crofoot
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16:00 - They are moving northbound, trending toward the Kingston ferry.
15:55 - [orcas] Viewing from Blue Ridge. They are very west, closer to Bainbridge. -Kristin Cesca
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15:35 - [orcas] Mid channel, west Blue Ridge. -Jill Cody
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16:10 - Our last location with them before we departed. They are aiming toward the Kingston ferry terminal. [47.753149, -122.450418]
15:10 - [orcas] We just spotted them where it indicates on the map [Port Maddison]. Zigzagging slowly northbound. [47.729586, -122.497053] -Bart Rulon, Puget Sound Express
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14:28 - 3-4 orcas northbound, west of mid channel, 1/4 mile south of Fay Bainbridge. -Sue Larkin
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16:05 - Pod has moved over more on west side of the Sound, now passing Jefferson Head/Point Jefferson, Kingston, steady northbound Kitsap side.
15:45 - From just north of Richmond Beach Saltwater Park, watching sweet pod of harbor porpoise calmly milling off this shore with those lovely orcas (T65As) mid-way in line between me and Fay Bainbridge, milling, slow poking northbound in glassy Puget Sound.
14:00 - Tightly grouped slow travel northbound with some rolling, pec slaps, lots of inverted tail lobs... (47.676446, -122.447867) -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network
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13:39 - [orcas] I can see them across from Golden Gardens with binoculars... -Casey Danny Davis
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13:15 - Moving west, in the middle of a few sailboats roaming around.
13:05 - Group right in front of Discovery Point. -Adrien Thob
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14:01 - Moving north again into Shilshole Bay, still near the east side.
13:48 - Not to Golden Gardens yet; my Google maps says North Beach?
13:43 - They've stalled, still in the same place as my last post, appear to be eating or not sure, directional changes.
13:34 - Resumed northbound travel close to the east side.
13:25 - Viewing from Fay Bainbridge, still right off Discovery Point. Looks like they might have made a kill. Lots of activity directional changes.
13:07 - The group I'm watching is moving very slowly just passed Discovery Point. Look to be napping. Moving North barely.
12:44 - The whole group is approaching Discovery Point moving north. I'm viewing from the opposite shore on Bainbridge. They look to be close to Discovery Park side. -Jim Pasola
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12:34 - Spotted at least 2 smaller orcas from Magnolia Blvd W: headed northbound approaching Discovery Park now/any minute. -Stephanie Schulte
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12:07 - [orcas] 3 just passed under the Kaleetan headed north. -Kerstin Shaffer
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11:45 - [orcas] Spotted in Elliot Bay from Bainbridge ferry. Hanging out in general area, they look to be heading closer to shore (Seattle side). -Laura Alexander Wittig
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11:10 - [orcas] Viewing from Alki near the bathhouse... still NB, looks like they are moving quickly long down times. -Jason Renek
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11:59 - They have been milling for about 20min in Elliot Bay. Close to the large black ship.
10:58 - Heading NB. Approaching the yellow buoy by the southern tip of Bainbridge.
10:48 - In front of large cargo ship now. Looks like smaller orcas joined them.
10:37 - [orcas] NB midway up Blake Island. Closer to Blake Island (east side of Blake). -Paul Steyn Benade
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11:48 - We found T65A3 and he is currently swimming eastbound towards the rest of the family in Elliott Bay. [47.616169, -122.431343]
11:10 - They are now angling more eastward into Elliott Bay and appear to be eating their meal as they travel.
11:06 - After a hunt and a quick meal they are still northbound. See map [between Restoration Point and Alki Point, closer to Alki]. So far I've only seen 4 of them - T65A, A2, A4, and A6. [47.580598, -122.441026]
10:25 - T65As northeast-bound. See the map for location [east side of Blake Island]. [47.535025, -122.461923] -Bart Rulon, Puget Sound Express
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10:48 - Viewing from Constellation: directional changes, appears to maybe on a hunt. East of mid-channel.
10:20 - [orcas] Viewing from Constellation, just exited the north end of Colvos Passage. No direction currently. -Brittany Noelle
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~10:10 - Just saw one Orca about 10:10 am near Southworth from the Southworth ferry heading east. -Suzanna Joor
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10:08 - Saw one orca from the ferry pulling into Southworth. It was northbound out of Colvos. -Sarah Sing
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09:55 - Saw just 2 orcas NB [northbound] on Kitsap shore at N end Colvos at 0955. Where did the rest of them go!? -Tim Ferris
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09:51 - Passing me at Fern Cove, Kitsap side, 3-4 including male, stealthy hunting headed north towards SW ferry dock. ("Reviewing images, see T65A, T65A2, T65A4, and T65A6.") ---- Early morning pass means sprinting to my car and rolling up to the beach in my pajamas just in time to catch them! As soon as my boots hit the sand I could hear those giant exhales cutting through the morning birdsong as black fins rose in glassy waters. They carefully hunted the shores on the other side of the channel, slowly making their way north giving me some time to watch along with the numerous seals happy to be in safe in the shallows. What a beautiful way to start the day, loving their Island visits so much! -Marla Smith
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09:14 - Good morning! Orca traveling solo heading north on Colvos Passage, closer to Vashon. Approx. 10 mins ago. Sorry for the delay. ...Between Olalla and Vashon, I'm between Olalla Bay and Anderson Point County Park. Hope that helps. This guy was across the water from us, closer to the Vashon side. -Yvonne Welty
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09:15 - [orcas] They were north in Colvos Passage, north end of Vashon, going fast. 3-4 together in middle of channel, single male (?) on left closer to peninsula side. All traveling fast and NB (9:15) -Amanda Herberger
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09:11 - Orcas just west of Point Vashon, near Southworth. Seem to be heading north. -Kyle Buffenmyer
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At 07:11 Marie Waterman, WSF Marine Ops, emailed report: Master reports 4 orca WB [westbound] in Dalco Passage.
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06:00 - Ed Rickert relayed report from a friend who observed an unknown # of orcas westbound towards Point Defiance passing in front of Vashon --> Tacoma ferry approximately 6am Sat 6/12. -PM
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Sat, June 12 - Strait of Juan de Fuca (T18s +) - 6 transient killer whales (T018's and others) hunting SE of Race Rocks... -Paul Pudwell, Sooke Coastal Explorations
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GRAY WHALES - Sat, June 12 - San Juan Islands - 14:44 - [gray] Approaching Cattle Point. -Cindy Hansen, Orca Network
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13:35 - South of Turn Island heading south down San Juan Channel. [Matt Stolmeier, Outer Island Excursions: "I hear it was not 1364"]
13:15 - Gray whale southbound outside Friday Harbor, just seen from the ferry. -Monika Wieland Shields, Orca Behavior Institute
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Sat, June 12 - Possession Sound - 13:21 - Gray whale between Gedney Island and the container ship near Port of Everett, not really moving in any direction. -Lisa Moser Villasenor
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Sat, June 12 - South Whidbey - 12:35 - Gray whale just spotted cruising by Possession Point on Whidbey, closer to shore, headed south. -Kristen Klooster

June 11

BIGG'S TRANSIENT ORCAS - Fri, June 11 - North Puget Sound (T65As minus T65A5) - 18:16 - [orcas] From Marina Beach, blows Kitsap side, halfway between Kingston ferry dock and President Point. Southbound. -JoAnn Avanceña Wuitschick
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18:05 - From Marina Beach in Edmonds, out mid channel approaching Kingston Ferry terminal.
17:15 - [orcas] Spotted them from Sunset Ave. in Edmonds, out in the middle, line of site is Double Bluff. They're continuing south and trending SW. -Michelle Goll
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16:35 - [orcas] Spotted with binoculars from Possession Lane, heading south towards Edmonds. -Mark Gronau
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16:27 - [orcas] Just spotted off Possession Point Whidbey headed south in the middle of the channel! -Kristen Klooster
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16:19 - Straight off of Possession Point now and they are continuing south.
16:06 - [orcas] Caught a glimpse of them off of Possession Point. They are halfway between Possession and Glendale, closer to the mainland side now. Thank you to the team at Langley Whale Center for the heads up! -Stesha Durante
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15:00 - [orcas] Milling just south of Glendale Beach. Closer to Whidbey side. -Kat Johnson
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10:20 - [orcas] San Juan Clipper just left them milling but trending north, mid channel off Bells Beach. [T65As per Stephanie] -Stephanie Raymond
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Yesterday (June 11), roughly off Langley. From PSE Chilkat Express. T65As, we were told. [video - https://www.facebook.com/gevan.marrs/videos/10220121034121486/ ] -Gevan Marrs
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14:45 - They are nearing Glendale Beach, Whidbey side, 14:45, long downtimes.
14:00 - They cleared both lanes heading southbound.
13:40 - Nearing north side of ferry lanes, sb. Whidbey side of channel.
12:27 - Rounded Sandy Point fairly close in to Whidbey, appearing to be heading towards west of Hat.
11:40 - Mid channel out from Whale Bell Park. Southbound.
11:17 - Appear to be heading sb now? Or just a bunch directional changes going on? Not real sure.
11:00 - Now on Camano side near Summerland Beach area. Currently milling back and forth and super slow pace, trending nb.
10:00 - Orcas out from southend Bells Beach appearing to be heading nb at slow pace. photos - (boc) "Photo taken at 12:23 straight out from south side of Sandy Point Community. High Bank. Sb." photo - (boc) "14:45 - passed Glendale Beach southbound. Photo taken at that time while it decided to rain a little harder." -Marilyn Armbruster
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07:19 - [orcas] I have eyes on them passing south end of Hat Island. Mid-channel or maybe a little closer to Hat. Traveling. -Debbie Stewart
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07:14 - I found the rest of the group 6-7 total with 2 males parallel to the Clinton ferry slip. They are going to pass between Gedney island and Whidbey Island heading north.
07:06 - Orcas north of the Clinton Mukilteo ferry lanes heading northwest. Seeing at least 2 males mid channel. -Danielle Pennington

June 10

BIIG'S TRANSIENT ORCAS - Thu, June 10 - San Juan Islands (T123s) - 15:39-15:48 - Center for Whale Research Encounter #38: "… …between Flattop Island and Sandy Point, Waldron Island. Hooray! I [Ken] might catch up before they hit the border in Boundary Pass! At 1533, I saw fins about two miles from me and a mile from a WDFW Enforcement vessel drifting at idle in the glass calm water we used to call "Minke Lake". I slowly approached the whales, the WDFW vessel departed toward San Juan Channel, and then it was just me and a sailboat a quarter mile or so distant from the whales. As luck would have it, the whales dove and came up about six minutes later coming directly to "Chimo". I spent nine minutes taking photos of both sides of T123, T123A, T123C, and T123D…" [See CWR Encounter #38 for full summary and photos] https://www.whaleresearch.com/copy-of-encounter-37
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12:42 - [orcas] Appear to be heading S down San Juan Channel. Between Shaw Island and Point Caution. -Catherine Lo
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13:45 - Between Jones and Reuben Tarte, northbound.
13:00 -
They flipped back north just before getting to Point Caution.
11:59 - [orcas] Heading along Jones [Island] into San Juan Channel. -Kimberly Nielsen
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11:30 - maybe trending SW down the Orcas Island shoreline. T123s.
11:00 - Group of Ts milling in President's Channel. -Monika Wieland Shields, Orca Behavior Institute
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09:25-09:36 - [orcas] Seen from North Beach, Orcas Island, going west towards Boundary Pass. Kayakers coming back from Sucia. -Sheila Bolka
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Thu, June 10 - E Strait of Juan de Fuca and Admiralty Inlet (T65As minus T65A5) - 19:32 - Roughly where the pin is [south of Fort Ebey S.P. and west of Ebey's Landing], headed south towards Fort Worden now.
19:25 - Passing Fort Ebey southbound. Look to be favoring Whidbey side of midchannel so far. -Rachel Haight
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19:57 - North end of Fort Flagler.
19:05 - Spotting at least 2 orcas heading SB just north of Fort Ebey. Watching from our backyard! -Dawn Müller
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18:40 - [orcas] Approx. 3 miles out from and just south of Libbey Beach (Whidbey), southbound. Somewhat angling towards Whidbey. -Marilyn Armbruster
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17:40 - [orcas] SE of Smith Island, southbound. -Christopher Lewman, Puget Sound Express
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14:10-14:22 - Center for Whale Research Encounter #37: "… A course change to the East toward Davidson Rock brought Ken and "Chimo" to the T65As at 1410, and twelve minutes were spent with 5 whales that surfaced twice on a zig zag course toward Smith Island (and to Puget Sound by the next day). They were T65A, T65A2, T65A3, T65A4 and T65A6, in a group going about their family business of unpredictable travel with long dives. No predation events were observed. [See CWR Encounter #37 - https://www.whaleresearch.com/2021-37 for full summary and photos]
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At 11:50 - John Miller, WSF Marine Ops, emailed report: CHELAN - Orca Report 6/10/2021. Johannis from PWWA reports 5 orca just north of the ANAC terminal, slowly moving westbound. W/S contacted CHELAN at the ANAC terminal and they confirm the sighting and movement report. SAMISH notified.

June 9

BIGG'S TRANSIENT ORCAS - Wed, June 9 - Haro Strait (T65As minus T65A5, T125A and T128) - 15:52 - Approaching Snug [Harbor] still slowly NB. -James Richardson
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Thank you to the T65As, T125A and T128 for a much-needed and appreciated whale break this afternoon. -Cindy Hansen, Orca Network
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14:10-14:20 - 1 mile south of Landbank/Westside Preserve. The T065As with T125A and T128 traveled northbound close-in to shore with T128 tail lobbing twice. Easy to identify with interesting dorsal notches and emerging high enough from the water for a good look at eye patches too. Very beautiful and bold against the bright blue water. Matriarch T065A and her family T065A2, T065A3, T065A4 and young daughter T065A6 traveling with T125A and T128. (I wasn't able to identify T065A5 in the jumble of black and white.) Photos taken from shore enlarged and cropped. -Michelline Halliday, SJI
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14:00-16:10 - Center for Whale Research Encounter #36: "… The whales were close into shore and were just coming from around the corner at Kanaka Bay. They were in a tight group and briefly pointed offshore before continuing up the San Juan Island shoreline. We couldn't tell if they had made a kill but they seemed to acting socially and there was some splashing, rolling, and several tail lobs. T65A6 did several inverted tail lobs. We had one good pass and then had to be patient as the whales made their way slowly up the west side of SJI with the incoming tide. The T65As (T65A5 was not present) plus T125A and T128 passed Lime Kiln and were off Bellevue Point by 1500. …" [See CWR Encounter #36 for full summary and photos] https://www.whaleresearch.com/2021-36
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12:20 - T65As, T125A, and T128, who were all in Puget Sound yesterday, have been picked up about 5 miles south of San Juan Island heading north towards the island [San Juan]. -Monika Wieland Shields, Orca Behavior Institute
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UNIDENTIFIED ORCAS - Wed, June 9 - Strait of Georgia - 07:20 - Orca heading north between Texada and VI (closer to north end of Texada). Updated: There could have been three or four. I cannot be certain. It all happened very quickly. It was an early visit from the group. Nice way to start a morning. -Patti Perepeluk
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GRAY WHALES - Wed, June 9 - South Whidbey - 15:12 - Still have visual, pin dropped last sighting & currently heading west. [between Scatchet Head and Eglon, appears a little closer to Kitsap side]
14:00 - Just watched a gray (best guess?) whale pass just off Possession Point Beach on Whidbey headed south. -Kristen Klooster
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UNCONFIRMED BALEEN WHALE - Wed, June 9 - San Juan Islands - 16:13 - At 16:41 John Miller, WSF Marine Ops, emailed report: SAMISH - Fin Whale [unconfirmed] Report 6/9/2021 1613hrs: Master reports the vessel has slowed due to 2 fin whales, SB in Rosario Strait, near the Reef Point junction buoy.

June 8

BIGG'S TRANSIENT ORCAS - Tue, June 8 - San Juan Islands (T123s) - ~16:00-16:40 - We'd also caught wind that there were orcas making their way south down Orcas Island, so we went north to investigate. Family turned out to be the T123s. We found them off the east side of Orcas near Doe Bay and watched as they moved south, tucked VERY tightly to shore, aimed for Deer Point and Obstruction Island. We spent roughly 40 minutes with them (est. 16:00-16:40), never approaching closer than roughly 320-360 yards (we had a laser to measure our distance) before we had to head back to Cap Sante before the boat launch closed. During our encounter, the group was pretty tight knit and down times were between 2-4 minutes. Surfacing and traveling behavior only. When they rounded Deer Point and made a slight southwesterly turn toward Obstruction, they surfaced in a perfect line. -Amanda Colbert, Orca Network
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Tue, June 8 - San Juan Islands (T46Bs) - … Our passengers were excited at the chance to see the orcas who were identified as the T46B's (minus the T46B1's). The orcas turned east in Presidents Channel moving away from us we kept up the pace with the hopes to catch up. We had wind up San Juan Channel, but once we reached Presidents Channel it was like glass. We were surrounded by gorgeous scenery in every direction. With the ebb current against them the orcas took their time moving up the channel. When we reached Pt. Hammond, we started seeing the fins and blows of the orcas. They zig zagged their way north passing a lone seal and many harbor porpoise on the way. They paralleled the US/Canada border but to our delight stayed on the US side. At Boiling Reef the currents were impressive. Porpoise were popping up all around us. The orcas did a 180 and turned back south treading water against the now strong flooding current. We paralleled them for a bit, but after one long down time they disappeared on us. Presumably they turned back north and zoomed away quickly on the flood. photos - "T46B's and Alden Pt. Lighthouse, Patos Island" - "T46B's swimming against strong currents near Boiling Reef" -Captains David and Barbara Howitt, All Aboard Sailing
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12:40 - Transients headed north on the east side of Waldron. -Roxane Jackson Johnson
["A friend on the water relayed that these are the T46Bs, the same group that has been around the San Juans a few times over the last week." -Monika Wieland Shields, Orca Behavior Institute]
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11:50-12:20 - Center for Whale Research Encounter #35: " … We arrived on scene in President Channel at 1150 to find the T46Bs in a tight group moving slowly north up the Waldron Island shoreline. …" [See CWR Encounter #35 for full summary and photos] https://www.whaleresearch.com/2021-35
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11:22 - T46Bs off Waldron Island. -Bill Pongo
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Tue, June 8 - North Puget Sound/Admiralty Inlet (T65As minus T65A5, T125A and T128) - 21:00 - Last seen heading back up the west side of Whidbey. I can't be sure if I saw all 3 males, so not sure if the group split.
20:25 - Found them again. Still milling around about same spot but trending north now.
19:50 - That was like a firework finale. They jumped, splashed, slapped, repeat and then poof they're gone.
19:30 - Think they just made a kill and milling around halfway between Eglon and Kingston, still trending south. Definitely 3 large males.
18:55 - Still heading SB about 1/3 of the way from Eglon to Kingston. Pretty sure I made out 3 large dorsal. 3 males.
18:36 - Southbound towards Kingston, maybe kind of east, too. Hard to tell through telescope but their fins are looking bigger to me and I'm in Mukilteo.
18:20 - SW of Possession Point near Eglon. Spread apart in 3 small groups. Heading south at a decent speed. -Alice Thuy Talbot
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17:44 - The big NOAA ship is right by them, mid channel, between PNP and Whidbey, 544pm. (Viewing from Point No Point) -Janine Harles
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17:04 - [orcas] Lots of activity south of Useless Bay/north of Hansville. -Anne Sesnak
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17:20 - Orcas are likely off Double Bluff now, they went out of our sight, still headed SE, likely going for Possession Sound unless they change their minds.
17:07 - One male out front SE of the green channel marker hunting/direction changes, 2nd male and rest of the pod further behind but now south of or SE of the green marker. Looks like they are angling toward Possession Sound at this point.
17:00 - Two males now between green channel marker and Pt. No Point, looks like they are pausing to make a kill.
16:55 - Male in the lead, they are moving pretty fast mid-channel, should be between Pt. No Point and SW Whidbey soon unless they get distracted and stop to hunt.
16:45 - Just saw them from ON HQ (1 mi so. of Bush Pt.); they are off the NW end of Skunk Bay, continuing south. -Susan Berta, Orca Network
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16:15 - Off south side of Mutiny Bay pointed at Point No Point.
15:15 - 125A and 128 have joined the T65As.
15:10 - Anna SinghDeo and Pip Gordon called to report seeing the orcas who are still in the Bush Point area. They are seeing 6 orcas (3 bulls, one young, and couple females). The group is now to the south of the lighthouse on the Whidbey side. First picked them up when the group was north, but now seem to be trending south while milling. Maybe hunting.
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15:07 - [orcas] Still off Bush Point, mid channel, pointed north against the current but not moving much over the bottom. -Christopher Hanke, Puget Sound Express
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~14:55 - She also reports T65As just passed them at Bush Point at ~14:55.
14:33 - T128 is out there too! Jill Hein sent this image of him off Bush Point at 14:33, likely his bro T125A is around as well. photos - "This is T065A (b.1986), female, known as Artemis (or Fingers)" - "This is T065A6 (b.2018) known as Callisto" - "T125A (m.born 1998) known as Jetsam!" - "T128 (m. b. 1988). Known as Flotsam! Those gulls had been sitting along the shoreline!" -Jill Hein
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14 50 - [orcas] Two whales close pass at Bush Point, nb. ----I made it just in time to see these brothers, T125A and T128, passing close to shore at Bush Point. I'm not sure whether I was bowled over by the proximity and power of the encounter, or whether I was simply puffed out as I haven't moved so fast to get anywhere in ages, let alone whipping out the camera and pointing more in hope than expectation... Wow! photos - "T128 steaming past Bush Point, Whidbey, northbound, a few yards from the shoreline." photo - "T125A following close in older brother T128's wake, close to shore at Bush Point." -Sandra Pollard
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14:51 - Seeing orcas from south public beach at Lagoon Point. Still closer to BP. -Patricia Prochaska
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14:50 - Pat Scott called to report the orcas (at least 4, 3 smaller & 1 large male) are now past Bush Point Lighthouse traveling northbound back towards mid channel after having been off the point for some time.
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At 13:47 Kit Turner called to report orca whale sighting at Lagoon Point. Who she thinks is one large male is off towards the northend of Lagoon Point, very leisurely heading north; 2nd whale is mid Lagoon Point leisurely circling, both orcas on Whidbey side. There may be more but have only seen these two.
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14:45 - Approx. 5 super close to Bush Point, nb.
14:25 - Out off Bush Point, directional change, sb, 2 males, looks like hunting. They did come from the Northside of BP. Surprised us.
13:14 - Mid Mutiny Bay, NB, viewing off Limpet Ln.
12:49 - [orcas] Northend Double Bluff and south end of Mutiny Bay near green channel marker close to Whidbey side, nb. -Marilyn Armbruster
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12:47 - Passing green buoy NB into Mutiny Bay.
12:21 - Slowly rounding Double Bluff, NB. Still lots of tail splashing by male.
12:00 - [orcas] Still a couple visible with binocs from Hansville bluff. Middle of Useless Bay heading north. -Thomas Buell Jr.
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11:47 - [orcas] I can see them from Maxwelton across the water...Jayn Goldsen
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12:54 - We left to look at seals for a while then came back for one last brief visit. Still northwest-bound.
12:09 - Only 4 of the 5 are traveling together northbound. T65A5 has been separate for several days now. We saw T65A3 (13-year-old male) with them during the meal but he must have lagged behind.
11:50 - They have finished their meal and are now grouped up and swimming northbound off Double Bluff. Mid-channel.
12:28 - Oops, I meant off Useless Bay, not Mutiny Bay, in that last post.
11:20 - T65As minus A5 milling on a kill off Mutiny Bay. No direction. Birds circling. Viewing from MV Saratoga, Puget Sound Express. -Bart Rulon, PSE
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11:00 - The T65As are in Useless Bay milling on a kill. -Christopher Hanke, Puget Sound Express
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GRAY WHALES - Tue, June 8 - Admiralty Inlet - 16:54 - Gray whale feeding in the shallow waters off Maxwelton Beach. -Janet Stein
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16:54 - Assuming grey whale off Maxwelton Beach just south of pilings along buoy line. (It was feeding in a pretty shallow area. Mostly raised his head above the water with a few blows.) -Harriet Sparling Arnold
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Tue, June 8 - Possession Sound - 16:13 - Has moved slightly south. Still less than 1 mile off Jetty Island. Still feeding.
15:44 - Still out here feeding.
15:30 - He's just over 1/2 mile off shore from Jetty Island beach.
14:57 - Now feeding mid channelish between Jetty and Hat.
14:26 - Definitely a gray. Heading northbound.
14:22 - Just saw a presumably gray whale spout off Jetty Island. South of Hat Island but closer to Jetty. - Matty Leaman

June 7

SOUTHERN RESIDENT ORCAS - Mon, June 7 - Swiftsure Bank/Mouth of Strait of Juan de Fuca (L pod) - 11:36-13:10 - Center for Whale Research Encounter #34: "… …Mark spotted a lone killer whale dorsal fin on the horizon! As the animal surfaced again, it was clear that the bull was traveling on a north-north easterly line toward Mike 1. They began the encounter at 1136. The bull was apparently just beginning his breathing cycle and surfaced several more times, though he showed little saddle patch in the swell. No matter, the familiar towering fin of L85 is distinct enough! On his second cycle, the ID was confirmed, and Mark and Joe began scanning farther into the deep for more of the L12 and L22 sub-groups. … [See CWR Encounter #34 - https://www.whaleresearch.com/2021-34 - for full summary and more photos]
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BIGG'S TRANSIENT ORCAS - Mon, June 7 - North/Central Puget Sound (T65As) - 16:17 - [orcas] Just passed Mukilteo terminal NB. -Jayn Goldsen
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16:37 - Passing Everett, not far from shore, still heading north. Very short dives now.
16:19 - Westbound ferry just had to stop to let them cross. They're now a little north of the ferry lanes heading north. 99% sure it is five.
1604 - [orcas] Just surfaced about a half mile south of the lighthouse heading north, close to shore. -Noah Person
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15:56 - [orcas] Just saw a few headed towards Muk ferry lanes. (They were down for a while when I saw them heading towards the ferry.) -Jodi Krause Poissant
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Mon, June 7 - North Puget Sound (T65As minus T65A5) - 15:52 - Just now observed Orca with what appeared to be calf from my deck in Possession Sound heading north from Possession Point towards Mukilteo Clinton ferry lanes. -George Stark
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15:40 - Down for about 8 mins. Just came up to take some breaths and now under again. 1540. Still NB.
15:30 - [orcas] Passing Chennault Beach, Mukilteo, 4-5 orcas. Mukilteo side of mid channel. Long down times. 1530. Heading towards lighthouse. Northbound. -Alice Thuy Talbot
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16:27 - Looks like headed towards Port Susan away from Mukilteo now.
15:27 - Just saw them again by the ferry on Whidbey side.
15:20 - [orcas] Heading towards Mukilteo ferry on Whidbey side. -Hope Beam
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15:19 - [orcas] Passed Picnic Point, on Whidbey side now heading north. 319pm. -Janine Harles
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16:18 - Now moving to the east around Hat Island. They have slowed a bit. 15:14 - [orcas] Northbound towards Mukilteo from Picnic Point. Closer to the Possession Point side. -Maxell Schrader
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15:05 - [orcas] Spotted going north from Possession Lane to Mukilteo. 4 or 5 with at least 1 male. -Mark Gronau
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14:15 - Just found them again heading north. I think have gotten closer to mainland side Heading towards Possession Point, I think.
13:45 - Still trending NB, have seen several spyhops!!
13:23 - Seem to be steady NB now. One is tail slapping a lot.
13:20 - Still hunting. Lots of birds following them around. Trending ever so slowly NB still.
13:00 - Trending NB but still milling.
12:49 - Still in same area. Seem to be hunting again.
12:20 - Still there splashing a lot!
12:08 - Drifting south on a hunt.
11:51 - Must be on a hunt again.
11:28 - [orcas] Viewing from Meadowdale Park. Seem to be milling around. -Matty Leaman
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13:42 - They're still feeding in same spot.
13:20 - Still feeding off Haines. 3 hours now.
12:33 - Still off Haines.
12:05 - Still circling and thrashing off Haines Wharf.
11:23 - Still circling off Haines Wharf.
10:57 - [orcas] Viewing from Haines Wharf Park. -Ariel Yseth
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10:36 [~10:26] - I was watching them off of Sunset in Edmonds and they were headed north. ~10 minutes ago. -Ann Lally
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11:00 - We are departing the scene now (MV Saratoga) but We waved down a private boater that was headed full speed towards them and luckily got them to slow down and stop before we left.
10:40 - New northbound location [north of Edmonds].
10:34 - After circling a sea lion for a while with no committed direction, they are now swimming very slowly northbound, but they are barely moving.
09:58 - T65As circling right off Edmonds. Likely on a hunt. -Bart Rulon, Puget Sound Express
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HUMPBACK WHALES - Mon, June 7 - San Juan Islands - 15:40 - Big Mama [BCY0324] Humpback seen just south of Canadian border west of Lover's Leap [near Turn Point on Stuart Island] @ 3:40pm. She did a full breach! -Angie Gallagher Freeland
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12:45 - Humpback traveling NB about a mile south of Landbank Westside Preserve. The huge dark arch of its back against beautiful blue water startled me. I heard another exhalation and then a full fluke display as it disappeared and I didn't see it surface again. The underside of the fluke was dark with a few clusters of white marks near the tips. 400 yds from shore. -Michelline Halliday, SJI
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GRAY WHALES - Mon, June 7 - Possession Sound - 12:05 - Gray whale CRC2362 is feeding on the Snohomish River Delta now. -Bart Rulon, Puget Sound Express
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Mon, June 7 - E Strait of Juan de Fuca - We scanned McArthur Bank for activity and found whales on Salmon! Two minke whales were zigzagging across the bank, one appeared to be a juvenile while the size of the other suggested a probable female. Between sightings, we visited Whale Rocks where Steller sea lions, harbor seals, and a lone California sea lion were relaxing. These pinnipeds were also being watched by a mature bald eagle, go figure. The minkes on Salmon were showing off how they earned the nickname "Slinky Minke" so we continued south to Partridge. Here we found several more minkes, one which surprised those of us on the bow with an incredible close pass. While the bait was boiling, the whales didn't seem to be focused on the surface-active bait balls where hundreds of birds were circling. Instead, they meandered across the bank, keeping us on our toes. -Sam Murphy, Island Adventures Whale Watching (Anacortes)
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MINKE WHALES - Mon, June 7 - E Strait of Juan de Fuca - … Cutting into the back eddy to Cattle Point Lighthouse before fighting the flood out to Salmon Bank. One mile south of the green can we met two minke whales. One of them was our familiar friend who has a nick on the leading edge of the dorsal fin. We've seen this minke for several years now and refer to it as "Minke Mouse". The other had a sharp pointy dorsal fin. We didn't observe any foraging behavior but while we silently drifted, they gave us some great close views. It was a phenomenal minke encounter. … -Captains David and Barbara Howitt, All Aboard Sailing

June 6

BIGG'S TRANSIENT ORCAS - Sun, June 6 - Strait of Juan de Fuca (T69As) - 20:17-21:03 - Center for Whale Research Encounter #32: "… The four animals were spread across 200m travelling very close to the shore of Parker and Parry Bays, and were soon identified as the T069As! Rare visitors to the Salish Sea, the T069As were last documented by the Center in August of 2017 when Dave Ellifrit was on a busman's holiday at the north end of Vancouver Island with Jared Towers out of Alert Bay. The T069A's are more often seen along Vancouver Island's west coast and the central coast of BC. Mark last encountered them over a decade ago in the Salish Sea. … [See CWR Encounter #32 for full summary and photos - https://www.whaleresearch.com/2021-32]
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Sun, June 6 - Haro Strait (T46Bs) - 10:15 - Bigg's on the border in Haro between Henry and Sidney Islands, southbound. (These were again the T46Bs.) -Monika Wieland Shields, Orca Behavior Institute
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Sun, June 6 - Central Puget Sound (T65As) - 20:39 - We see them! (They appear closer to the Maplewood side [Colvos Passage]) still headed south. -Jaclyn Jones
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20:30 - Passed south of Lisabuela, T65a2 close to Vashon shores, others on the mainland side. Beautiful still waters and backlit blows. All southbound at a leisurely pace.
----Got a lovely late evening pass from the T65A's on Sunday with a nice knee melting mugging from ooxjaa/T65A2. What a hunk! As they came down the channel, he was zig zagging between the shore shelf and mid channel, Island side, with 6-10 minute downtimes, a bit hard to track until he got close. The rest of his family stuck to the mainland shore side scouring that shelf as they all leisurely swam south into the dusk. The still waters and sound of their breath cutting through the quiet evening made it all the more intoxicating. So grateful to watch the wild be wild. -Marla Smith
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20:20 - [orcas] 3 headed past Al's in Olalla at 8:20 SB. -Stacey Crofoot
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18:39 - At 18:43 Maija Holston, WSF Marine Ops, emailed to report: KITTITAS, 6/6, 1839. Master reports 3 orca off Vashon Head moving towards Colvos Pass.
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18:30 - Saw maybe 3 orcas from the Vashon Ferry dock. Looks like they were headed to Colvos Passage. 6:30pm. -Sarah Sing
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17:24 - [orcas] Spotted from near Weather Watch Park. Closer to Bainbridge side. -Malloree Benade
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17:12 - Spotted again SB, south of Eagle Harbor, just west of yellow mid channel marker (between Alki & Restoration). Just a couple dorsals visible.
17:00 - Saw a couple orcas just passing Wing Point, viewed from Eagle Harbor. SB with long down times. Closer to Bainbridge side. -Jim Reitz
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16:30 - Chilkat Express just left T65A's [NE of Yeomalt Point] southwest bound pointed at Restoration Point. -Christopher Lewman, Puget Sound Express
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15:50 - [orcas] They are right off Shilshole. Moving slowly. -Barbara Zander
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15:22 - [orcas] Pod heading southbound. Bainbridge side. Watching from Shilshole. -Barbara Gamrath
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~15:00-16:00 - [orcas] 2 & possibly 3 seal hunts/kills in a row. Location - Shilshole & slightly south. Lots of direction changes between kills with family splitting apart. At one point it looked like they were heading south fast & then were right back in the same area. Time between ~3-4pm. LOTS of tail slaps (especially from T65A) & a few breaches. -Tisa Annette
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14:23 - Heading south in the traffic channel, Bainbridge side.
14:12 - One orca near Shilshole, mile out heading south. -Ben Connel
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13:22 - [orcas] At least two individuals seen passing Richmond Beach Saltwater Park. Definitely west of mid channel. Mainly southbound, some are doing tight circles but overall moving south. -Kayli Ann Breitweiser
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12:25 - Three orcas southbound off of Edmonds Marina. -Sherman Page
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12:58 - A male is further west and north as viewed from Marina Beach in Edmonds and about 1/2 way between Kingston ferry terminal and Presidents Point.
12:00 - Pretty close to Edmonds side, watching from Water St., line of sight with Eglon.
11:50 - [orcas] Spotted from Edmonds, line of sight with Possession Point, pointing SSW at the moment. -Michelle Goll
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11:15 - Killer whales southbound off Possession Point, pointed to Edmonds. -Christopher Lewman, Puget Sound Express
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12:50 - Still SB off of Point Wells. Long down times and difficult to track.
11:00 - Still heading south in line with Possession Point, moving at about 6 knots. T65As again, most of the group is gathered up close the mainland side while T65A2 is more mid channel, about a mile out from the rest. -Justine Buckmaster, Puget Sound Express
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1045 - [orcas] Southbound, pointed towards Edmonds. Exiting Possession Sound, just passed south Whidbey. Long downtime. -Alice Thuy Talbot
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10:43 - [orcas] Mid channel near Glendale, heading SB. -Jodi Krause Poissant
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10:17 - T65As at Mukilteo, southbound. -Trevor Tillman

June 5

BIGG'S TRANSIENT ORCAS - Sat June 5 - San Juan Islands (T46B) - 16:00 - T46Bs went west across the border at 1600. -John Boyd
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13:25 - Westbound in Spieden.
13:05 - [T46Bs] Approaching Reuben Tarte, northbound.
-Monika Wieland Shields, Orca Behavior Institute
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12:35 - T46B today at 48°34'55.6"N 123°02'33.6"W at 12:35pm. [SW of Low Islands, a little closer to San Juan Island side of San Juan Channel]. -Saloni Goel
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12:17 - Lost sight 12:17- appeared to have changed general direction to north/northeast. [per Trevor Derie: T046B's]
12:01 - Trending south toward Friday Harbor!
11:54 - At least 3 Orca in San Juan Channel off Point Caution area. -Stephanie Reiss
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Sat, June 5 - North Puget Sound (T65As minus T65A5) - 17:30 - The T65As made a U-turn and are now heading quickly back north toward Port Susan. -Justine Buckmaster, Puget Sound Express
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18:07 - They appear to be heading back to Port Susan.
17:29 - Between Hat and Tulalip, mid channel; they turned around, now northbound.
16:56 - [orcas] PSE is watching them at the pin [NW of Snohomish Delta]. Southbound. -Lori Christopher
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16:00 - [orcas] One knot southbound off Camano Head. -Christopher Lewman, Puget Sound Express
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11:03 - The T65As (minus T65A5) are trending slowly NB in Port Susan, spread way out but closer to the mainland. -Justine Buckmaster, Puget Sound Express
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10:27 - Moving into Port Susan - on the east side of Camano.
10:24 - [orcas] South tip of Camano. -Greg Heiss
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09:10 - Sarah Sadid called to report orcas between SE Hat Island and Everett. Circling, tail slapping... appear to be hunting. Larger orca heading over (eastbound directional toward Jetty/Everett) to rejoin group.
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HUMPBACK WHALES - Sat, June 5 - Strait of Georgia - 20:25 - While watching this Humpback from shore, we could also see the blows from another humpback near Cortez Island (8:25pm).
19:03 - One humpback heading south between VI and Quadra Island. -Patti and Mark Perepeluk
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GRAY WHALES - Sat, June 5 - Possession Sound - 19:39 - At 19:45 Maija Holston, WSF Marine Ops, emailed report: KITSAP, 1939 hrs CLINTON Master reports one gray whale near CLINTON dock headed southbound via 800 MHz.
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19:35 - [gray] Today at 7:35 pm looking toward Camano/Everett from the ferry: we weren't sure what kind of whale it is. We only saw the tail once. -Anna Marie Degefu

June 4

BIGG'S TRANSIENT ORCAS - Fri, June 4 - San Juan Islands (T46Bs) - 19:30 - [orcas] Heading west between Orcas and Sucia. -Monika Wieland Shields, Orca Behavior Institute
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18:30 - Orcas came south in the Strait of Georgia heading into Rosario Strait just north of Sucia/Matia. 1830. -Connie Zastrow ["Sounds like the 46Bs." -Ellie Sawyer]
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Fri, June 4 - Strait of Juan de Fuca (T69As) - Our kind of Friday afternoon with 4 Transient/Bigg's killer whales minutes from our docks hunting right off Sooke, B.C. -Paul Pudwell, Sooke Coastal Explorations
[T069As per Mark Malleson, Center for Whale Research]
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Fri, June 4 - North Puget Sound (T65As minus T65A5) - 19:45 - The big male has separated from the other 4. He is further east about two miles north of Shilshole.
19:33 - They are up again steadily southbound paralleling Carkeek.
19:32 - Tanker under tow by a tug was directly in their path. They look like they're on a deep dive. -Chris Ramirez
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19:27 - [orcas] Viewing from Carkeek Park - maybe mid channel, cannot tell from my vantage point (line of sight Indianola). -Stephanie Schulte
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19:21 - [orcas] Watching them heading south now off of Richmond Beach Park. Yay!! -Joni Barnes Pollino
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19:21 - [orcas] At Richmond Beach [map indicates orcas mid channel, east of Point Jefferson]. Continuing steady southbound. -Elizabeth Burstad Morgan
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19:09 - The 5 T65As all grouped together heading steady southbound mid-way between Richmond Beach and still north of Jefferson Point. East side of mid channel. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network
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18:54 - Probably 4.
18:43 - [orcas] Straight out from Kayu-Kayu-Ac Park, southbound. 2-3, think I saw a baby. -Kristin Kreifels
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18:20 - At 18:29 Maija Holston, WSF Marine Ops, emailed PUYALLUP: 6/4 @ 1820 hrs. Master reports 2 Orca heading south 1/2 to 3/4 of a mile south of the EDM [Edmonds] Marina via 800 MHz.
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17:46 - Watching from Anthony's Beach Cafe, in between 2 fishing boats straight out from there, looks like they are hunting mode, 5:46...Janine Harles
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17:20 - [orcas] Seeing them straight off the Edmonds ferry dock at this moment. -Josh Adams
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18:09 - Very slowly south and a bit west.
18:02 - Possibly mid channel just north of Edmonds Marina Beach still. I think at least 2 of them are headed south.
17:44 - Hanging out in the same area, 5:44.
17:32 - Two to three full breaches just north of Edmonds/Kingston lanes.
17:30 - Mid channel, still look to be headed west. Edmonds Marina Beach, 5:30.
17:13 - [orcas] Whales on east side of mid channel I believe. Can barely make them out from Edmonds Marina Beach. (North of ferry lanes.) I think trending west and south. -Sue Nilson Peterson
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I'd like to report a sighting. From my house in the Possession Sound near Browns Bay, I saw not less than two Orcas. I contacted Puget Sound Express as I saw a whale watching boat nearby, and according to them it was T165 [was T65As]. I am quite sure I saw a second Orca, as the second whale that surfaced had a much smaller dorsal than the first. The whales appeared to be moving south. -Kashf Iqbal
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16:19 - T65[A]s now south of Possession on the east side, southbound.
16:05 - One male trailing behind, 1605. En route towards Edmonds.
15:59 - [orcas] Small group with a little one passed Chennault beach Mukilteo sb. -Alice Thuy Talbot
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15:54 - T65[As] off of abandoned ship on Mukilteo shoreline headed towards Edmonds. -Peter Hanke
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~15:45-16:00 - We went on to find the T65As, T77 & T77E south of Possession Point, east channel north of Edmonds around 3:45-4pm until about 6. They were very spread out traveling and looking for meals. Finally at the very end of the tour they began to hunt. Lots of tail flapping. They took out a couple seals very quickly and then we watched them celebrate several times with many large breaches and spyhops! It was like a gift, as we had to leave to get back to PT... The best goodbyes we could have received from these beauties! -Jessica Richter
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15:30 - Seeing one male from Mukilteo Lighthouse going south more on Whidbey side. Past Glendale. Long down times. Only saw the one. -Linda Aitkins
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14:48 - [orcas] In ferry lane off Clinton. -Robin Stangland
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14:30 - [orcas] Small pod spotted leaving the middle channel near Langley heading south. -Jamie Thibault
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14:03 - Pod is moving down west side of Hat, between Hat and Whidbey toward Clinton.
13:58 - Orcas are back into hunting mode, so may have been chasing prey and slowed down again.
13:50 - Pod on the move again toward west side of Hat Island. At least four.
13:47 - Orcas have regrouped and are milling.
13:36 - Now two blows so he has company again.
13:35 - One male on a mission (presumably T65A2) south of Camano Head, directionally toward west side of Hat. Have not seen others.
---- There and back...there and back... That's the story of the T65As over the last few days as they explore Puget Sound. Once again T65A2 was some distance from other family members as they headed south in Saratoga Passage before re-grouping north of Hat Island. After milling briefly, the orcas picked up the pace and maintained their southbound route between Hat and Whidbey toward the Clinton/Mukilteo ferry lanes and Possession Sound (images Sandra Pollard, zoomed/cropped). photo - "T65A2 rejoining other family members at 1:47 pm as they exit Saratoga Passage southbound." photos - "The long lens caught this reunion between T65A2 (b. 2004) and Mom T65A (b. 1986) during yesterday's encounter (see earlier post) when the whales regrouped north of Hat Island. T65A2 had been travelling separately from other family members in Saratoga Passage for some time, as he had done similarly in Port Susan two days earlier. It just shows that, although he may be almost grown up, he's not yet ready to leave home!" -Sandra Pollard
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13:24 - 3 separate groups headed east near Camano Head. One group is mid channel. One group is near Camano ahead of the other two groups. -Luanne Seymour
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13:10 - Big male is lagging back near Whale Bell Park (Camano side) and at least 3 other members are almost out in front of Langley Marina (mid channel). Still headed south, moving quickly when surfacing (except the male), and spending a decent amount of time underwater.
13:00 - Spotted three fins just out front of Whale Bell Park, but more mid channel to Camano side. Still heading south and spending a lot of time under water. -Amanda Colbert, Orca Network
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12:30 - 5 orcas heading south grouped close together. They just finished a hunt (seal & possibly a porpoise) and heading at a decent pace to the south...Tisa Annette
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… We dodged our way through a maze of crab pots between Goat Island and Strawberry Point, then continued on towards East Point where we met up with the T65As! This note-worthy pod of Bigg's Killer Whales has been spending quite a bit of time in the Salish Sea of late. They looked to be busy finishing off a meal when we arrived. SR3 and collaborating researchers were on scene taking drone photos during the encounter; fun to watch research in action. Artemis and most of her kids continued south, while Calisto and babysitter Amira lagged behind. Calisto has been making a habit of this of late, trailing behind the pod after a kill while being babysat by one of her older brothers. …Island Adventures Whale Watching (Anacortes)
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Caught up with my favorite Biggs family, the T65As, in Saratoga Passage. Steadily traveling south mostly grouped together...so cool to see them! -Bonnie Gretz
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12:10 - Jim Lovvorn called to report 3 orcas (including male) off Fox Spit/East Point heading southbound.
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09:52 - [orcas] A small pod heading south in the middle of the channel. We are on Harrington Road just north of Race Lagoon (which empties in front of our place)....Brenda Kidd
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14:53 - Viewing from southend Brighton Beach, mid channel, 1/4 mile from north ferry lane. SB fast!!!
14:44 - Just south of the southeast end of Hat Island still closer to Hat vs Whidbey. Aimed sb still. Moving fairly quickly.
14:30 - Nearing SW tip of Hat Island and out a little from there. SB I'm viewing from mid Brighton Beach.
13:36 - At least 3 trailers and they too have exited Saratoga Passage and also sb.
13:30 - Female and young (leaders) and 2 others behind have passed Sandy Point. They were mid channel and are now southbound towards Hat Island. Still have a few more across towards northside Camano Head..about to exit Saratoga Passage.
12:00 - Closer to Whidbey, passing Fox Spit in line with Camp Diana (Camano), sb.
11:42 - Mid channel between Fox Spit and Camano State Park, milling a bit
11:07 - Viewing from Hidden Beach, orcas Camano side, line of sight Camano State Park boat launch. Sb.
10:00 - Directly out in front of Shangri La, Whidbey side, sb.
09:07 - They have moved a little south. So don't know if they have changed directions? Out from Snatelum Point, Camano side of mid. Looks like around 5 total and one male. Too far for IDs. They are aimed south.
09:00 - Same general area shown on map below, again milling.
08:45 - Viewing from High Bank Longpoint (Whidbey), just on the east side and south side green channel marker about 1/4 mile from, somewhat milling. -Marilyn Armbruster
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08:19 - Obviously in stealth mode, haven't seen them again (yet).
08:06 - Just caught sight of them from my house, almost to Madrona, closer to Camano, looked to be slowly northbound still... will try to track them. -Jill Hein
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06:37 - Janice Baird called to report orcas in Saratoga Passage off Cama Beach, Camano, heading northbound about mid channel. Group is somewhat spread, with at least 4 present, including male.
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Thu, June 3 - San Juan Islands (T65A5) - 21:17 - T65A5 was in Rosario this morning. Southbound off James Island - all by himself. -Brooke McKinley, Outer Island Excursions
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UNIDENTIFIED ORCAS - Fri, June 4 - Haro Strait - 11:15 - Report of 3 KWs off of Andrews Bay, offshore, moving north. -Daven Hafey
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GRAY WHALES - Fri, June 4 - South Whidbey/Puget Sound - 14:45 - We saw 2 gray whales between Marrowstone Island and lower west side of Whidbey Island at 2:45pm on Friday, June 4th. -Jessica Richter
[photo - fluke is 531 -gs]
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These two were 21 and 723 possibly on their way out. We last saw them still on the edge of Possession Bank but pointed toward Point No Point. -Justine Buckmaster, Puget Sound Express
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10:00 - 2 Gray whales 1/2nm SW of Possession Point buoy, southbound. -Christopher Hanke, Puget Sound Express
[per Lisa Moody who's on board: IDs are CRC21 & CRC723, per PSE crew]
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Fri, June 4 - Central Puget Sound - 19:02 - Gray whale heading north between them [orcas] and Richmond Beach. Two surfaces and then I didn't see it again. Follow-up: More off north end of Kayu Kayu Ac Park toward Pt. Wells. Hard to judge but maybe 1/2-mile [from shore]? It was through binoculars in my line of sight towards the orcas. Edmonds side for sure. -Kristin Kreifels
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20:15 - Saw on My Edmonds Neighbors, gray whale spotted at 8:15 pm off of Marina Beach Friday night. -Janine Harles
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18:00 - There's at least one Grey a couple hundred yards off the north end of Richmond Beach Park, as of 6:00 pm. It's been hanging out in the same general vicinity for about half an hour.
Follow-up at 20:01: A few times it laid on the surface for a few seconds (could see a good portion of its back), and a couple times it stuck the front of its head out for several seconds (I don't know if it was far enough out to be called spy hopping -- couldn't tell if its eyes were above water). The rest of the time it would take a couple breaths then disappear for quite a while; I wasn't timing the dives. I was watching for Orcas coming south from Edmonds at the same time. -Andrea Grad

June 3

BIGG'S TRANSIENT ORCAS - Thu, June 3 - San Juan Islands (T132, T134, T237) - 12:40 - T132, T134, T237 just exited Cattle Pass, currently heading due south.
11:20 - Orcas in San Juan Channel near Friday Harbor, southbound. -Monika Wieland Shields, Orca Behavior Institute
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Thu, June 3 - Central Puget Sound (T65As minus T65A5) ~13:47 - [orca] Saw a breach from Mukilteo right in front of the docked ferry at Clinton around this time. -Sean Wells
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13:47 - [orcas] Approaching Clinton ferry, Whidbey side of channel. Still northbound. -Danielle Desrosiers
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14:27 - Viewing from mid Brighton Beach, can confirm they are southside of Hat about a 1/4 channel from that side to Whidbey and about 1/4 way up. Now NWesterly bound.
14:09 - Moving closer to mid channel and in line with southeast tip of Hat. Can't tell at this time if going to head on southside of Hat Island or not. They are travelling very fast. NB
14:00 - Group that I'm seeing is about at the pinned location on map [due north of Mukilteo, due east of Clinton]. Fairly moving fast NB can only see with binocs, not camera.
13:20 - Viewing from the north side of Glendale Beach high bank. Approaching soon to Mukilteo Lighthouse Park, middish channel or so, NB, kind of fast paced. Actually, more so Mukilteo side.
13:05 - [orcas] Mukilteo side of mid channel about 3 miles south of Mukilteo Lighthouse Park, NB. -Marilyn Armbruster
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12:55 - Late post but 3-4 orcas slowly heading nb in Possession Sound in front of Chennault Beach neighborhood of Mukilteo. -Alice Thuy Talbot
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12:45 - [orcas] Saw with binoculars from Picnic Point. Heading north towards Clinton. 12:45pm. -Mark Gronau
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12:51 - [orcas] Passing Possession Beach NB close to Mukilteo side. Too far to see specific activity… -Durand Dace
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12:30 - East of Possession Point, northbound, heading into Possession Sound. -Christopher Hanke, Puget Sound Express
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12:18 - [orcas] Currently NE bound about 1.5 miles NNW of Haines Wharf. (Just went through my photos and only got pics of 65As. Did not see 77s or 65A5.) -Ariel Yseth
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At 06:02 - Jordan Light, WSF Marine Ops, emailed to report: Orca SEA>BI [Seattle to Bainbridge] 6/3 Vessel reports via 800MHz three orca off of Restoration Point, heading southbound in the west traffic lanes.
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UNIDENTIFIED ORCAS - Thu, June 3 - Haro Strait - 19:54 - They now, 7:54, have turned and are headed N in Haro Strait close to Westside Henry Island. (I lost sight around 8 pm.)
19:46 - They went deep into Open Bay and have now turned and are heading back to Kellett.
19:38 - They've now moved into Open Bay - there is a boat fishing and we think they might be having an incredible "visit"!!
19:33 - At least three (correction four) orcas near Kellett Bluff close to shore of Henry Island heading NW. -M Elise Canon
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HUMPBACK WHALES - Thu, June 3 - San Juan Islands - 19:14 - [HB] She is pretty close to Waldron at this point, heading east. -Cy Scammell
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17:30 - Big Mama (humpback) [BCY0324] in Spieden Channel trending east. -Monika Wieland Shields, Orca Behavior Institute
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GRAY WHALES - Thu, June 3 - Possession Sound - 18:28 - Gray whale just off the Edmonds fishing pier swimming north slowly. -Michelle Goll
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15:10 - Sitting at Edmonds Marina Beach. Just now saw the Gray whale. It is approaching from the south about ¼ mile offshore heading northbound very slowly. Ferries and commercial shipping alerted. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network
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11:14 - At 11:22 Laura Baker, WSF Marine Ops, emailed: 1114hrs Log entry: SPOKANE Master reports one humpback [likely the gray] whale heading southbound approximately 1/4 mile off the EDM [Edmonds] dock.
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10:45 - Hello! Work on a coffee shop on the beach in Edmonds. Just watched a grey go by the scuba park heading north at 10:45 today! -Daniel Hall
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~07:00 - I last saw the whale around 7, still northbound, north of the ferry dock and aimed for Possession Sound.
06:28 - Gray whale just off the Edmonds fishing pier swimming north slowly. -Michelle Goll

June 2

BIGG'S TRANSIENT ORCAS - Wed, June 2 - Central/North Puget Sound (T65As, T77 and T77E) -21:17 - At 21:31 John Miller, WSF Marine Ops, email to report KALEETAN Orca Sighting 6/2/2021 2117hrs: Vessel reports via 800MHz that the vessel has slowed due to 3 orca, Southbound, in the separation zone.
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21:05 - [orcas] SB mid channel off Eagle Harbor. -Joey LaMarche
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20:45 - Spotted 4 transients (1 male and 3 females and/or adolescent males) last night [6/2] at 8:45 about halfway between Magnolia and Bainbridge, a bit more south toward Blake Island. -Elizabeth Cameron
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20:32 - [orcas] Viewing from Sunset Hill. Approaching Discovery Park, SB, but surfacing a lot. -Matty Leaman
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20:15 - Viewing 3 orcas from West Point Lighthouse. -Kristin Cesca
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20:20 - I communicated with the cargo ship to stay clear. Orcas just off yellow buoy (the separation zone buoy off West Point, separates North and South bound marine traffic.), long dives appear to be moving slowly SB still. -Gary Peterson
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19:30 - Watching from Shilshole Bay Marina. They're slowly heading south. -Lauren Ryan Booth
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19:45 - Stalled out in the same area (mid-channel Shilshole Marina) Possibly hunting, slow travel with direction changes. Still pointing SB.
19:15 - Male surfaced a couple times closer to the east side before moving back to mid channel.
19:10 - [orcas] Viewing from Sunset Hill. They are hard to see, but spread out mid channel, steady SB off Shilshole Bay Marina. -Danielle Carter
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17:07 - Nearing the Edmonds ferry lanes, sb. -Whitney Neugebauer
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17:54 - See at least 3 orcas from Richmond Beach, still heading south, east side of mid channel.
17:01 - See a large male from Sunset Ave. in Edmonds looking NW, line of sight with Point No Point. Heading south. -Michelle Goll
[Ariel Yseth: "was with Michelle. Believe this was 65A2. 4-5 others were roughly 1 mile SW of him heading Sb"]
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17:43 - Heading south mid channel -abeam of Point Wells.
17:27 - Mid channel still - toward the east side.
17:08 - Southwest travel.
16:45 - Orcas mid channel - heading south toward Edmonds/Kingston ferry -few miles out. -Torrey Hall Volk
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16:30 - Didn't get good photos because we were too enthralled to worry about devices, but saw Orcas on June 2nd at 4:30 pm between Edmonds and Possession traveling south. -Nicole Damron
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15:45 - [orcas] Mukilteo side of mid channel, south of Shipwreck and north of Picnic Pt., sb. -Marilyn Armbruster
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15:45 - [orcas] Abeam of Possession Point 4kts southbound. -Trevor Tillman
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15:45 - And there are a few more.
15:44 - [orca] I see one very large fin mid channel heading SB near Glendale. -Jodi Krause Poissant
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14:25 - Orcas out front of Clinton ferry, looks like they are heading south. -Janet Moody
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13:33 - Big male on east coast of Gedney [Island]. Southbound. -Andrea Michelle Young
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12:25 - When we left Port Susan rounding Camano Head at 12.25 four or five Orcas were still sb near mouth of Port Susan on Tulalip side with single male mid channel also steady sb.
11.50 - Some of the Orcas have picked up the pace southbound out of Port Susan.
--- With wind, tide and (bonus) whales in our favor on yet another spectacular day, we tootled around Port Susan in company with the T65As, T77 and T77E, who were well spread out across the bay as they meandered northbound. There was a sudden shift to pick up the pace after the whales re-grouped and did an about turn, before they affected another directional change moving across to the Tulalip side as they exited Port Susan against the hazy, but nonetheless dramatic, backdrop of Mt. Rainier (images Sandra Pollard, zoomed/cropped). -Sandra Pollard
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11:46 - [orcas] Just killed probably 2 porpoises and start heading South towards east side of Port Susan. -Yifan Ling
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11:05 - T65As and 77s again, still northbound halfway up Port Susan, spread for miles, being sneaky. -Brian McGinn, Puget Sound Express
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~09:12 - Saw Three orcas on the west side of Hat[Island] going north. -Mary Ann Flanders
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GRAY WHALES - Wed, June 2 - Central Puget Sound - ~13:00 - We saw the gray whale too! Less than 100 ft from shore. We were on paddleboards and she/he surprised us by coming up right next to us!! I think it was around 1pm and it was straight in front of the beach house and heading north. -Allie Elizabeth Claire
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12:48 - Gray Whale spouting close to shore at Golden Gardens beach. (follow-up: North of the beach boathouse and in between the can marker and shore. It was spouting then we saw it's whole backside when it dove, maybe 35-40 ft in length. It's very shallow there. Not a Minke or a humpback. My 1st gray whale sighting! We were setting our sails after coming out of Shilshole when we saw it.) -Elaine Armantrout
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Wed, June 2 - Possession Sound - 15:04 - Gray close by Glendale shore, sb. S/he was booking! could not keep up running the beach. -Marilyn Armbruster
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13:58 - Grey spotted between Gedney and the jetty, headed northwest. Looks to be feeding, fluked but too fast for me! -Andrea Michelle Young
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08:53 - Laurie Lerfald Gray reported on another group seeing two gray whales feeding off south end of Hat Island on the east side.

June 1

BIGG'S TRANSIENT ORCAS - Tue, June 1 - Central/North Puget Sound (T65As, T77 and T77E) - 20:48 - Just wanted to report there are 5ish Orcas heading SB Saratoga Passage at 20:48, Tues, June 1, one wee baby is with them and gave us a breach, one big male, Whidbey side. We are viewing from Indian Beach bluff on Camano, they seem to be moving slowly, not quite in the travel mode I am used to at this time of night, thanks! -Sarah Wdot
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15:58 - I just saw that lone male heading north, just north of the ferry lane heading up Saratoga Passage. Five minutes ago. -Noah Person
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15:43 - I am also only seeing 1 male. Wonder where the rest of the group is. I'm right above the Clinton ferry dock on my patio. -Danielle Pennington
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15:18 - At 13:27 John Miller, WSF Marine Ops, emailed to report: Kitsap orca sighting. 1518hrs: Vessel reports via 800MHz one orca, NB, 1NM SE of CLIN. [Clinton]
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15:26 - Whoo hoo! Just saw two males from the Mukilteo ferry!!!! 3:26...my first time seeing them from a ferry in over 27 years of whale watching here!!! First saw them from the south side of the ferry, two surfacings, then a bit closer on the north side, 3-4 surfacings. Looks like they're headed east. -Bonnie Gretz
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15:17 - Orcas now in the ferry lanes NB at a good pace with noticeable long down times.
15:04 - We have a photojournalist with eyes on them NB approaching the lighthouse at Mukilteo, closer to Whidbey. -Durand Dace
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14:35 - I just found his friends. Three more near the sailboat, mid channel, NB heading toward Muk ferry.
14:27 - I just saw a single orca in Possession Sound heading NB, close to mid channel and around Glendale. -Jodi Krause Poissant
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…T65As with T77 and T77E! The Transient Killer Whales were just south of the Gray Whale heading north. They treated us to another hunt, this time on a Harbor Seal. Young T77E Misneach even did a few celebratory belly flops right before sharing his meal with his mother T77 Asja. A curious youngster from the T65A pod (either T65A5 or T65A6) approached our vessel apparently checking us out and forcing us to shut down the engines until his/her curiosity was satisfied. All photos were taken with a telephoto lens and cropped. All whale watching laws, regulations, and guidelines were followed during this encounter. -Justine Buckmaster, Puget Sound Express
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13:00 - Chilkat Express on scene with T65A's and 77's. Pointed at Possession Bank. -Christopher Lewman, Puget Sound Express
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T77E Misneach with a little post-kill celebration. Taken 6/1/2021 aboard @pugetsoundexpress. -Ariel Yseth
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12:15 - Still north, more mid channel. North of President Point. Boats following. Maybe five, maybe two males? -Joanne Graves
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12:03 - Orca off President Pt. [Kingston] heading north. -Joanne Graves
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11:38 - Orcas just off the shore in Kingston headed north. -Travis Walchok
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HUMPBACK WHALES - Tue, June 1 - Strait of Georgia - 12:55 - One Humpback north of Harwood Island (north of Texada Is.). -Patti Perepeluk
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Tue, June 1 - Haro Strait - 07:25 - HB, 5-minute dives, slow up island.
07:20 - Baleen whale headed up island 1/2 mile off County Park. -April Ryan
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GRAY WHALES - Tue, June 1 - Northern Saratoga Passage - 17:15-17:45 - One gray cruising between Whidbey (Mariners Cove) and Camano (Utsalady) - 5:15-5:45pm. Heading north, I think, but has changed direction a couple of times and surfaces rarely. -Marianne Parry
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08:50 - Now he's heading west.
08:38 - One gray whale in Utsalady Bay. Hanging out just off Utsalady Point. -Whitney Sparling
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Tue, June 1 - Southern Saratoga Passage - Sunset gray…immediately south of Summerland on the South End of Camano. Very close to shore, seemed like he/she grounded a couple times. Mesmerizing! Good show of pectoral fin but I couldn't do an ID. -Peg Boley
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Tue, June 1 - Central Puget Sound - 12:02 - Gray just passed Apple Tree Point, west side of the channel. -Sara Frey
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10:37 - An unidentified gray still moving north off of President Point, south of Kingston. Breached once and flukes often! -Justine Buckmaster, Puget Sound Express
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10:29 - [gray] Off President Pt., Kitsap side. Moving north. -Joanne Graves
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07:46 - Gray whale just north of Meadow Pt., Shilshole. Northbound. -Ryan Johnson
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Tue, June 1 - Possession Sound - 15:58 - There are two small groups of grey whales across by Jetty Island. Viewed from immediately south of the Clinton ferry dock. (Just off of Priest Point and Jetty. I think it's the same group, just spread out.) -Noah Person
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Tue, June 1 - Port Susan - 06:37 - Three grays at entrance to Port Susan. Beautiful backlit blows as viewed from Clinton ferry terminal. -Steve Smith
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Tue, June 1 - E Strait of Juan de Fuca - Minke mania today in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. … We scouted out the banks, and found minke whales at Eastern and Partridge. There were at least five minkes in total, with Trotsky II amongst them. Trotsky II seemed very comfortable with us, and came in for multiple close passes. Later on, we watched minkes actively feeding amongst flocks of birds, Mount Baker watching over the scene. We really couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day to be on the water. … Sam Murphy, Island Adventures Whale Watching (Anacortes)


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