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March 24

BIGG'S TRANSIENT KILLER WHALES - Tue, Mar 24 - 19:26 - [orca] Small group of 4 killer whales in the Purdy Spit. -Mark Stolz
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19:35 - Viewing from Gig Harbor side, Henderson Bay, at 7:35pm.
19:07 - [orca] I am seeing some near Bel Mar on Purdy side also. -Anika Blake
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18:53 - [orca] They are in Henderson Bay, closer to the Gig Harbor side. -Barb Horn Hartman
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19:35 - They're headed back out, sw, super close to the Gig Harbor side.
19:03 - Hunting mid channel.
18:53 - Seeeeeems like they flipped and are headed back away from Purdy.
18:50 - [orca] Viewing from Purdy Spit, mid channel. Photo: T46E -Jami Cantrell
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19:41 - There is one large one, mid channel, as well. It's hard to see right now but both are heading toward Cutts Island.
18:48 - One large, three other no young ones. They are mid channel moving toward Purdy.
18:40 - Orcas heading toward Purdy Spit. To the left of Bel Mar right now. Maybe two. One big one. -Terry Shovlowsky
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17:00 - Yesterday at about 17:00 I saw two orcas in Henderson Bay about 1/2 km south of Minter Creek. They were heading north toward the Purdy Spit. [video that Tim was able to get shows T46B1B Tl'uk] -Tim Hoffnagle
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16:15 - Surfaced a few times then very long dives. Lost them again.
16:03 - Heading north towards west side of Fox. Closer to McNeil.
15:40 - [orca] Trending north off McNeil dock. -Dawn Dewhirst
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15:02 - Traveling from Eagle Island toward the prison on McNeil.
14:44 - [orca] See them between Eagle and McNeil Islands heading towards Steilacoom. -Anna Coghill
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13:59 - They're closer to Eagle Island, still heading south, watching from Steilacoom.
13:42 - [orca] East side of Fox Island, heading south. -Steph Bordelon
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13:52 - They headed south, probably past the prison by now. I am watching between Eagle Island and the prison from my home in Steilacoom.
13:35 - [orca] Close in to McNeil [Island]. -Lisa Wiksten
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13:22 - Heading towards Chambers Bay from Fox Island.
13:12 - [orca] Now south of Fox Island, mid channel, across from Leschi Way heading east, 5-6 of them! -Charlene Welty
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12:57 - At the same spot with Anika I counted 6, looks like T46e was with them. -Jami Cantrell
[T46E confirmed from Jolena Tagg's photo]
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12:52 - [orca] Spotted heading towards south end of Fox Island. -Anika Blake
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12:45 - From Steilacoom. -Chris Hamilton
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11:26 - [orca] They are out by Cutts Island. They were moving out of Henderson bay when at Cutts Island. The group looked to be smaller size. There was one single large one out in the middle between Cutts and Minter Creek moving slowly toward Cutts. -Terry Shovlowsky
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12:30 - Watched them head into the west side channel of Fox Island. Counted at least 5. Big male in group. No sign of the pale whale.
12:22 - Watching from same spot they're milling north of the island, mid channel. At least 4.
12:20 - Just saw 3 or 4 heading towards west side of Fox Island (we're at the north end of the island), trending south. Lost them quick.
11:12 - [orca] Saw some blows from Purdy Spit. Very far from us, middle of the channel, possibly heading south. -Jolena Tagg
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10:30 (approx.) - This was taken between the Minterbrook Oyster Company and the Purdy Spit. T46B1B "Tl'uk", T46D. They were heading back out of the bay at this point. -Malissa Hutchings
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09:26 - Reports this morning of whales around Fox Island-latest post around 9 am after they headed under FI Bridge in Hales Passage towards Henderson Bay. -Charlene Welty
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09:08 - Local FB has postings about 6 orcas headed from Fox Island towards Henderson Bay in the last hour. -Stacey Crofoot
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09:00-09:40 - My girlfriend and I were fortunate enough to watch a few subsets of the pod as they altogether traveled north into the interior of Henderson Bay. Also, we noted a couple of calves, one of which appeared almost albino? -Zach Hinz
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08:00 - They were on the east side of Fox Island, went under the Fox Island Bridge, heading South east. Last place we saw them was heading south in Brackenridge Passage I think it's called. Carr Inlet between Fox Island and McNeil Island. Large pod. It was at 8am this morning. Neighbor said there was a white one in the bunch but I didn't see it. -Deanna Sparks Kjorlien
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COASTAL KILLER WHALES - Tue, Mar 24 - ORCA ALERT! We just had a pod of 5-7 orcas swim about a 1/4 -1/2 mile off shore in Depoe Bay! One large male and one juvenile! The orcas appear at about 3:26 in the live stream during the Oregon Parks and Rec live feed! -Whale Research Eco Excursions
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UNIDENTIFIED KILLER WHALES - Tue, Mar 24 - Four orcas northbound in Dabob Bay on April 24th at 7:30. About a dozen seals southbound close to the western shore in that time frame also. Haven't seen any sightings since. Picture probably isn't too helpful. -Lynn Stewart
[Another photo sent by Lynn shows all 4 orcas. -gs]
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GRAY WHALES - Tue, Mar 24 - Elliott Bay - 17:40 - On March 24 at 5:40pm saw a spout and a whale breech in Elliott Bay between the Edge Water Hotel and Victoria Clipper slip). I believe it was only one whale and it went north along the shoreline of Myrtle Edwards Park. The whale seemed to turn back south and follow the shoreline back toward the city. Never in my 11 years living in Belltown have I ever seen a whale - I was flipping out! It was amazing! --Yes, it was a large whale. --By breach I mean the whale broke the surface - I saw it break the surface maybe 10-12 times as I followed. --I didn't notice a dorsal fin. -Liz Chase Abbott
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Tue, Mar 24 - Southern Saratoga Passage - 14:40 - Two gray whales in front of my house south of Mabana. A ways out off the drop off. To far it ID, but one larger, one smaller. Patch and Little Patch? Heading south. -Barbara Brock - CWW
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Tue, Mar 24 - Northern Saratoga Passage - 17:54 - We are seeing the whales again by Strawberry Point on Whidbey across from Utsalady Bay. I don't know how many. -Kelly Togesen - CWW
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17:15 - 3 grey whales just finished feeding south of Mabana, now headed south close to shore. -LJ Ringstad - CWW
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15:14 - Grey at Rocky Point. Heading [eastward] to Maple Grove. -Regan Montano - CWW
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11:57 - Whale off Polnell Shores. Heading west. -Terra Parham
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10:02 - Gray whales off of Utsalady Point! -Tammy Pendley Sargent - CWW
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11:07 - Current direction is S toward Whidbey.
10:50 - Count of 2 Grays that just arrived in Elger Bay. Headed across the bay now [west] toward the [Camano Island] State Park. -Dave Davenport
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09:00 - A large whale most likely not an orca, slowly swam and breached travelling South to North on the west side of Camano Island. Specifically, Elger Bay. The whale was about 75 yards off shore. -Joel Nark
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MINKE WHALES - 14:45 - Minke Whale in Rosario Strait, south of Lopez!! -Morgan Chasson

March 23

Mon, Mar 23 - Northern Salish Sea - 15:45 (approx.) - #chiefwhalespotter and I followed the 4 gangs as they headed N/W in Discovery with a heavy ebb current. T063, T065, T090s, T099s, and T100s were present during this encounter. I have never photographed T063 with T090 before, there was much swordplay and T099C spent most of the time with those two. They all slid through Seymour Narrows at 10 knots with the last of the ebb then finished off their socialization just above Browns Bay. As the tide turned to flood and a big push of the current rolled past us there was a distinct split in the 4 gangs. The T100s and T090s hesitated then headed N/W and the T099s with T063 and T065 headed South very fast with the new flood current. We traveled with them through Seymour Narrows at 12 knots and left them to head home! T090s, T099s, & T100s, 090B, T063 "Chainsaw", T099C, T099D. -Nick Templeman, Campbell River Whale & Bear Excursions
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Mon, Mar 23 - Puget Sound - 17:00 - I saw them today (3/23/20) at 5PM along Foss Waterway in Tacoma! I counted 6 total orcas. They were swimming away from Murray Morgan Bridge toward the bay. -Kate Clough
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3 orca, bull and 2 females between Minter and Raft Island. Deep feeding dives. Heading towards Purdy in the evening. Presumed transients. -David Paly
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15:48 - [orca] Seen from Titlow, heading south. Photo: T46E. -Cherie St.Ours
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15:47 - [orca] They're at Titlow right now on the Gig Harbor side. -Kristine Strange
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15:46 - [orca] Almost to Titlow, I count 7, big male and a couple of babies. White boat following. -Holly Johnson Fox
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15:46 (approx.) - [orca] I just drove over the bridge and saw them mid channel heading south! -Desha Wood
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15:44 - Taken from Narrows Beach at 3:44. They were headed south quickly. photos: T46D-Heidi Armstrong
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15:32 - [orca] Went under Narrows Bridge heading south. Tacoma side. Watching from Salmon Beach. -Angie Kauffman Salo
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15:30 - Zoom video [T46s and T46Bs] from our deck at Salmon Beach of the Orcas southbound in the Tacoma Narrows at around 3:30 pm today. Far away, windy and rainy but saw spy hops, tail slaps, direction changes and breaching! -Zeno Martin
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15:45 - I lost them in the squall as they were southbound.
15:27 - [orca] Headed towards Salmon Beach. Watching from Day Island. -Karen Caldwell
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16:02 - Lost them in a squall, but believe they continued south, boat still trailing.
15:50 - Approaching Pt. Fosdick. Fox Island Pier might get an incredible pass.
15:47 - From Boathouse 19, they are mid channelish off Narrows Park southbound. Boat trailing.
15:20 - Moving with purpose towards the Narrows Bridge, approaching the bend now, from Narrows Viewpoint.
15:14 - [orca] Mid channel off Gig Harbor Viewpoint, trending towards the Narrows Bridge.. think they were hunting porpoise! -Melissa Bird
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15:04 - [orca] Viewing from old ferry dock in Gig Harbor. Looks like 3 together and 1 ahead. Very close to shore along Point Defiance. Heading toward Narrows. -Danielle Clark
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14:15 - [Photos from Pt. Defiance viewpoint]. -Beth Robinson Selthofer
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14:57 - [orca] Yes headed south toward the Narrows bridge. Viewing at Pt. Defiance Park from the Gig Harbor Viewpoint. Only 2-3. -Celesta Laughlin Smith
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14:50 - [orca] A few just rounded Owen headed towards the Narrows. -Amber Stanfill
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14:44 - [orca] Spouts between Owen Beach and Vashon, west of ferry route. Viewing from Dune Peninsula. -Andy Francis
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14:29 - [orca] Visible from Dune Peninsula, heading westward towards Owen Beach. -Allison Stewart Bishins
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14:04 - [orca] They are in Commencement approaching marina under Cliff House, closer to Browns Point side, Crowley Tug following at a good distance, still heading into bay towards port. -Melissa Bird
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14:40 - Just saw them right off Dune Peninsula. Close to shore. headed towards Owen Beach.
14:04 - Off Tyee Marina. 6 of them. 205. Long dives.
13:57 - They were up for a bit went to about Browns Point Lighthouse then took a long dive.. scanning now.
13:42 - [orca] I see them right off Dash Point! -Alexander Simenstad
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13:47 - Headed into Commencement Bay, about seven of them. Two males, at least one calf.
13:37 - I spotted three from Browns Point. About mid-channel, maybe closer to the east side of the channel. Visible with the naked eye south of the yellow buoy. -Ashley W.
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12:15 - Just passed Point Robinson, mid channel, headed southbound. Long down times but in travel mode. One male leading, and one male traveling with about 6 others including a calf. [T46D IDd from Marla's back-of-camera pic on post] Pretty sure the other male was T46E, but need to pull it up on my computer for a closer look. Such strange times, eh? I wasn't sure what to expect when I pulled up to the beach, ready to practice my social distancing, but was the only soul at the beach to catch the T46s [et al.] as they very quietly and quickly slipped by. A pretty sweet pass in the solitude of just their company and the cold spring. T46D, T46E. -Marla Smith
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10:05 - Maija, WSF Marine Ops, called to report pod of orcas off Fauntleroy dock. Ferry had to come to hard stop. Pod included adults & young, was close to shore, and was reportedly southbound, but unclear if continued in that direction.
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GRAY WHALES - Mon, Mar 23 - Penn Cove - 18:25 - Gray whale. Mid Penn Cove. West of Coupeville and Monroe Landing. Traveling slowly west. Showing off his tail repeatedly! -Geoff Kappes
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Mon, Mar 23 - Saratoga Passage - 17:43 - Grey at Rocky Point. Heading toward Maple Grove. Can hear it blow from my deck. Heading east. Camano side. Regan Montano - CWW
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17:57 - Grey whale very close to shore by Utsalady Pt. Park heading East.
14:53 - Grey Whale heading slowly eastbound near Utsalady Pt. Park, mid channel (near the orange marker). -Scot Sebelsky - CWW
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12:38 - One possibly 2 grays just off Boy and Dog Park, approximately mid-channel. Appear to be feeding. Mostly staying in place. -Jeanne Hamilton
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12:30 - Two gray whales are slurping shrimp off Sandy Point as Fred Lundahl looks on. -Howard Garrett, Orca Network
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Mon, Mar 23 - Possession Sound - 13:25 - There are 3 grays hanging around SE Hat Island, have been there for several hours, seeing spouts from distance. -Lori Christopher
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Mon, Mar 23 - Elliott Bay - At 10:40 and 10:50, blows of baleen whale seen north of Lowman Beach, heading in southbound direction. No resight from Lowman. Presuming the Elliott Bay Gray. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network
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10:05 - Maija, WSF Marine Ops, called to report pod of orcas off Fauntleroy dock. Also, at 8 am WSF observed gray whale surface few times off Pier 52.
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Sun Mar 23 - Hood Canal - Hello, at approximately 10:30am, I spied what looked like a juvenile gray whale in an area of Hood Canal about 3 miles east of Union, WA. It was swimming westward (outbound) within 100 ft of shore and came up for air twice before I lost sight of it. I am not a whale expert, but I will do my best to describe what I saw. Details:
--Definitely a cetacean. I saw it spout from the blowhole twice.
--No major dorsal fin, so I don't think it was an orca or a dolphin
--Color was medium gray with lighter mottling
--It looked long and skinny but appeared juvenile based on size. If I had to guess on length, I would say 12 to 15 feet
--It arched its back before diving but I didn't see the tail
I hope this is helpful. I would love to know if any others have reported this whale. Thanks for the work you do! -Sutter Wehmeier

March 22

Sun, Mar 22 - 17:16 - Saw a pod off of West Seattle. Big whales, smaller ones, and a baby. -Timothy Verharen
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17:44 - Going south now towards yellow buoy, mid channel.
17:33 - Trending south but hunting a lot.
17:15 - [orca] Watching from Manchester...very active hunting and tail slaps! I am in Manchester, from my deck. We are directly across from Alki, so looking thru scope they are still milling and hunting, sailboat and another small boat near them. -Noelle Morris
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17:08 - [to Andrew Delia] Just saw that. Several big tail slaps near small boat by yellow buoy.
17:03 - Looks like they're milling & circling.
16:58 - Four orcas northbound near yellow mid channel buoy between Alki and Restoration Point. Next to sailboats. -Jim Reitz
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16:00-17:00 - We were sailing off Restoration Point yesterday between 4 and 5pm and saw 8-10 orcas, jumping, tail slapping etc. Pod included at least one large male. -Jonathan Davis
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I am so excited to email you! Today, while we were on the Bremerton to Seattle 4:15 ferry, the vessel slowed right past Vashon for a pod of orcas. I've posted a video to my Facebook (Kyler McGee). I was wondering if you could give me any information on the Orcas we saw!? -Kyler McGee
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15:29 - Moving southbound slowly - maybe four. Hugging Bremerton area coastline.
15:25 - Orca in Puget Sound. In front of Bremerton & Bainbridge Ferry. From Loman Beach with binoculars can see full breaches. Need to get radio confirmation to ferry captains. -Jennifer Summers
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15:17 - There is a group of maybe 3 or 4 (I don't have my binoculars). They seem to be stopped mid channel between the end of Bainbridge and Blake Island. Lots of surfacing and direction changes. -Brian-Nicole Jenkins
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15:08 - Just saw a few of them at the south end of Bainbridge. I'm not sure, but they may be hunting?? I saw them jumping out of the water. JuJu Julie
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15:47 - Still mid-channel parallel to Cormorant Cove. They are pretty close to Bainbridge.
15:20 - They are close to that yellow buoy, mid-channel off Alki.
14:58 - One hanging out mid channel, south of Cormorant Cove.
14:55 - [orca] A couple are booking it south nearer to Blake Island. -Judy Krebs
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14:31 - Two orcas southbound, mid channel, halfway between Bainbridge & Alki Lighthouse. Viewed from Bainbridge. Too far for photos. Mostly steady SB, a couple splashes. -Jim Reitz
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14:21 - [orca] Just watched them cross the ferry path Bainbridge/Seattle. Still southbound. -Kathryn Rupchock Pizzo
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14:14 - Just saw what we believe to be orcas in the Puget Sound outside of Eagle Harbor. Headed south. -Nick Pankow
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13:23 - [orca] Seeing lots of splashing west of midchannel. From Carkeek looking to just south of Fay Bainbridge.-Ariel Yseth
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13:25 - Group of orcas southbound, now surfing the waves! How fun to watch.
13:10 - [orca] Group of 3 southbound, just passed Fay Bainbridge, Kitsap side. -Sue Surowiec Larkin
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14:15-14:40 - Addendum to earlier reports: After reviewing my video and piecing together who I saw: there were two males traveling together east of mid channel; at least one more orca well west and a bit ahead of them (perhaps the one reported to WSF); and group of female/young slightly west of and trailing the males. This all in the 14:15-14:30 period. Did see them all continue steady southbound with last sighting around 14:40 south of the ferry lanes. From my car at Elliott Bay Marina, Magnolia.
14:30 - Pod of 5-6 just crossed through Bainbridge/Seattle ferry lanes steady southbound, threading the ferries. MV Tacoma slowed earlier for the group. We alerted WSF; they also got a report of one southbound orca off Restoration Point, around 2:20, ahead of this group.
14:15 - Who I believe is a lead group east side of channel out from Elliott Bay Marina includes two bulls steady skirting outer Elliot Bay, southbound.
12:47 - Two groups: in at least 2 groups, same general areas as first two posts.
12:45 - Correction/update. Pod has drifted west, now more mid channel. Lots of blows and water disturbance - appear to be hunting.
12:38 - Spotted from vehicle atop Richmond Beach Saltwater Park: Pod is east of mid channel out from southern end of the park, looked to be grouped up traveling steady southbound. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network
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11:50 - We just saw two orcas heading southbound, center channel between Kingston and Point Wells. Phone photos from the back of my camera. -Lisa Bond Mize
[T65A2 confirmed by Melisa Pinnow from Lisa's photo]
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11:46 - Maija with WS Ferries Marine Ops called to report pod of orca off traffic lanes, Kingston, heading towards Edmonds.
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Sun, Mar 22 - Juli Chamberlin reported 10-15 orcas off Bodega yesterday (3/22) in Sonoma County. Observers were a birding group with scopes. -Relayed by Scott Mercer, Mendonoma Whale and Seal Study
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Sun, Mar 22 - Northern to Central Saratoga Passage - 19:00 - "Spouting News" - 7PM saw excited neighbors running along the beach as 3 grays were close in feeding off Mariners' Cove. Joined in and followed them as they grazed almost to Polnell Pt. Where 2 spouted to deeper water showing their flukes in dives several times. While, one gray settled in at Polnell Pt. bay at glimmer of sundown; the two whales headed back to shore feeding on sand shrimp all the way back to Mariners' Cove where they began. Still, with an appetite at dark. -Robert Stonefelt, Oak Harbor, WA
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17:50 - We had two Humpbacks [grays] come by the house today. They were heading north through the Saratoga between Maple Grove and Mariners Cove near the Camano side. Very active with multiple breaches, twists, and splashes... what a treat to see! -Rob Plaza, Maple Grove, Camano Island
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17:31 - 3 grays heading to Sandy Point going East in Saratoga Passage. -Luanne Seymour
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15:45 - The 3 greys are slowly heading northeast towards Camano from Race Lagoon on Whidbey. Still pretty much mid-channel.
14:00 - The three grays are slowly heading north towards Race Lagoon on Whidbey side of the passage. They stopped for a bit at Shangri-La Shores. I'm watching from Eagle Crest on Camano. They are too far for any ID photos. -Kristina Trowbridge
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Amazing Grays!!! I took these photos from Maple Grove, Camano Island, Washington. -Edward Greybeck
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15:30 - Just watched 4 grays from Maple Grove boat launch on Camano. 1 of them breached at least 10 times! I've never seen a gray beach, but managed to catch it breaching 5 times in one video. -Shelly Greybeck
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11:40 - [gray] Last I saw them (3 of them) out from Baby Island Heights, they were angling more towards Hidden Beach and northwesterly. -Marilyn Armbruster
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11:17 - We see 3 of them, mid-channel, across from Camano Island State Park, closer to Whidbey. Headed northeast just south of Baby Island. We're at Camano Island State Park. -Shelly Greybeck
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Sun, Mar 22 - Southern Saratoga Passage to Possession Sound - 16:28 - 3 greys mid channel in front of Langley lots of flukes. Moving slowly. -Peg Boley
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One gray, #49 "Patch, east of Hat Island this afternoon. -Sarah Hartwell
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14:15 - 3 Grey's out between Camano Island and Hat Island. Headed south, closer to Whidbey island. -Lanette Raven
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10:21 - Couple greys sighted just now between Langley and Holmes Harbor, three of them heading north. -Ryan Wright
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08:09 - Maija with WS Ferries Marine Ops called to report one gray whale southbound between Clinton and Mukilteo.

March 21

Sat, Mar 21 - 19:05 - Saw a group of 3 to 4 orcas circling off of Pilot Point. Surfaced in the same area multiple times, before disappearing. -Austin Iles
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17:04 - Just spotted the orcas just south of Marrowstone Island slowly heading south. -Riley Bidwell
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15:38 - Can't hear on hydrophone, but see them just south of the channel buoy, close to a boat, toward Marrowstone side. 4-5-6? Working back and forth in small area. Lots of -Jan Bell
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15:30 - Sam Trocano called to report seeing 2 orcas, an adult and younger one, off Marrowstone Point heading NE bound towards Whidbey. Lived here 1-1/2 years, first time seeing orcas! (Yesterday, when talking about going out sailing today, they said to themselves "maybe we'll see orcas"...and they did!)
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15:05 - See them, as well, in the distance from Bush Point. -Kevin H. Doar
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14:58 - The pod is trending southward a little faster now. Two private boats are on scene with them right now. They are closer to the South end of Marrowstone than Whidbey.
14:45 - The pod appears to be eating their meal and drifting very slowly southbound. Not much change in location from my last post.
14:19 - The pod appears to be attacking a Steller sea lion still. Too far away to ID at this range, mid channel, halfway between Lagoon Point and Bush Point, and looking across toward Marrowstone Island. -Bart Rulon
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14:15-14:20 - Much whitewater and airborne whales opposite and north of Bush Point. -Howard Garrett, Orca Network
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14:09 - Continued intense surface activity and very slow movement south. Showing off their acrobatic skills!
14:52 - At least 6 orca, mid-channel Admiralty Inlet, between south tip of Lagoon Point and Marrowstone Island. Southbound. Lots of surface activity. Appear to be hunting. -Margaret Marshall
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12:30 - Good report of orca off Port Townsend...southbound, into PT Bay. -Christopher Lewman
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Sat, Mar 21 - 14:00 - Off West Beach, NW Orcas Is. 3 females, 1 large male, 4 breeches. WOW! -Tenley Martinez
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GRAY WHALES - Sat, Mar 21 - Northern Saratoga Passage - 17:03 - Looks like grey whale off Strawberry Point, Whidbey......swimming south into Skagit Bay. -Hilary Black
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11:05 - Gray in Saratoga, Whidbey side, just passed Race Lagoon area heading south. -Sarah Mueller
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Sat, Mar 21 - Central Saratoga/Holmes Harbor/Penn Cove - 18:30 - Fred Lundahl called back to report now 2 whales 1/2 mile apart, one out from their house south of Sandy Point, 2nd further south (between Sandy Point and Clinton). Could hear blows.
18:00 - Orca Network board member Fred Lundahl called to report gray whale in front of their house south of Sandy Point, Whidbey.
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18:38 - Committed south/east in between Baby Island and Fox Spit, out a bit from Whidbey side 1/4, mid channel.
18:00 - South and west of Baby Island, northbound.
17:25 - I'm just north of Saratoga Beach boat launch and south of Baby Island, and it's about mid channel, nb. [reply to Dan Gulden's comment at 16:50]. -Marilyn Armbruster
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16:50 - Holmes Harbor gray moving back out. Currently off Saratoga Beach. Near shore. -Dan Gulden
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15:00 - [gray] Whale in Penn Cove traveling into cove (Southwest) at 3:00 Multiple sightings throughout cove for last hour. -Suzann Vincent Grey
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14:48 - [gray] Off Dines Point. Waiting for them to come back out of the Harbor. -Sandra Stipe
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14:30 - [gray] Two blows deep in Holmes Harbor under golf course. -Sandra Pollard
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14:00 - Gray whale spouts and fluke seen off of Honeymoon Bay, fairly active. -Cindi Bowen
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13:55 - Still headed south into the harbor. (Friends viewing from Honeymoon Bay said it looks to be two.)
13:39 - Appears to be a single (potentially two) gray headed south, mid harbor off Honeymoon Bay. Long dives. -Dan Gulden
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12:20 - [gray] South of Hidden Beach, appears to be heading south towards Holmes Harbor. Viewing from Baby Island Heights. -Marilyn Armbruster
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11:54 - Single gray whale traveling southbound by Hidden Beach, mid-channel but closer to Whidbey. -Emily Wandres
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Sat, Mar 21 - Possession Sound - 16:15 - Single gray just east of Hat Island. Showing off lots if tail. Updated: Multiple grays today (at least two) east of Hat Island. -Sarah Hartwell
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13:33 - [gray] We can see the blows from Tulalip Bay. -Carol Pom-Arleau
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15:00 - One gray north of Hat, seemed to be heading towards Saratoga Passage. -Lori Christopher
13:30 - Two grays traveling together west to east, south end of Hat. Patch is traveling the other way heading towards Clinton.
[ID confirmed as #531 by Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network from Lori's photo]
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March 21/John Judy continued: We stayed with #22 Earhart and #21 Shackleton for quite a long time. They meandered very slowly, sometimes closer to the island, sometimes closer to the shore, but generally traveling north up between Hat Island and the Mainland. The speed was so slow at times they appeared to be almost standing still, just floating to the surface to blow and then dropping back down. I missed one very significant event with the camera. (That unfortunately is when the cookies were being passed around.) About 2:30 PM the whales very suddenly accelerated their speed. One whale did a half breach followed by a full breach. While not on my camera that photo will forever be imbedded in my mind. After the breach the whales made a sharp direction change to the SE and resumed their original slow travel speed. It appeared they might have been headed toward the Snohomish Delta to feed. It was approaching high tide. We did not stay with them long enough to verify that is actually what they were doing. During our time with Earhart and Shackleton, I managed some nice fluke photos of Earhart showing both sides of her tail. In the first, Shackleton can be seen beside Earhart. -John Judy
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March 21/John Judy continued: #22 "Earhart" and #21 "Shackleton" gave some ladies in a boat a pretty fabulous drive by. First Earhart showed her dorsal while Shackleton made his blow. I would add these ladies where good responsible whale watchers. a) the telephoto lens makes the whales look closer than they may have actually been. b) they had their motor off and where drifting the whole time. The whales approached them; they did not approach the whales. -John Judy
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13:00 - Our second sighting of the day, March 21, was around 1 PM. We had heard a report from Orca Network of two whales traveling east from Clinton toward our location at SE Hat. We were scanning for them and picked up two whales out in deep water traveling towards us. They were traveling slowly and turned around the SE corner of Hat Island changing their direction of travel from E to N. They started moving up into the deep-water channel between Hat Island and the Mainland. CRC #21 "Shackleton", CRC #22 "Earhart"-John Judy
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12:30 - Our first whale sighting was around 12:30 in the shallow, 50-foot waters off the SE corner of Hat Island. We ran into #49 "Patch". He was milling around back and forth and appeared to be feeding. -John Judy
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12:13 - Gray south east of Hat Island right now. -Riley Bidwell
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12:03 - Gray out north of the Clinton ferry docks now! (Definitely were feeding at the time I saw them, then headed north towards Hat.) -Alina Chris Sherrett
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10:45 - Maija with WS Ferries Marine Ops just called to report crews spotted a gray whale north of Clinton heading eastbound.
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10:14 - [gray] Just saw one (03/21) south of Hat Island moving southbound...Imre Krugel

March 20

Fri, Mar 20 - Center for Whale Research encounter near Moresby Island: "... At 0953, as they rounded Pelorus Point, they saw a group of killer whales off their bow coming towards them. They put the brakes on, and Mark immediately recognized the T010's and T049A's as they completed their last breath before going into a long dive. As Mike 1 trolled along back to the south waiting for the next sequence, Mark spotted more animals behind them at the north end of Moresby Island. ... Mike 1 and T049A2 arrived in unison to see T063, T065, the T049B's, and the T071's milling about in a social group." See CWR Encounter #18 for full encounter summary and more photos. -photo by Mark Malleson, Center for Whale Research - March 20, 2020
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GRAY WHALES - Fri, Mar 20 - 19:12 (time of email) - Watched one from Howarth Park with binoculars. Only one spout at a time, so I think it is only one. Is now headed towards Camano Island. -Brittany Culp
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11:44 - [gray] Terra Parham reported seeing a spout off the southern end of Maple Grove, Camano Island. -Terra Parham
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11:45 - 2 grays about 100 yards offshore, heading north right, now passing Comforts of Whidbey Winery on Wilkinson Rd. between Whidbey and Hat Island just now. -Craig Weiner
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10:13 - Darn fog! 3 of them close together, about 150 yds offshore, heading east.
09:55 - "Right Now! We have 3 grays that came north from south end of island." She is on her way to see if she can see them. -Lori Christopher
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DOLPHINS - Fri, March 20 - 13:00 - Pretty sure these are long-beaked common dolphins. They played in our bow wake today just east of the north end of Harstine Island, in South Sound - about 1pm. We only saw two. Quite a fun and rare experience to have bow play in Puget Sound! [See Benjamin's video] -Benjamin Doerr

March 19

Thur, Mar 19 - T063 and T010C east bound off of Sooke on the evening of March 19. -photo by Mark Malleson
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We had the pleasure of finding T063 "Chainsaw", T010 and T010C, along with others today off Sooke. Great to see these bulls together! (Also, T068Bs & T086As - Id Valerie B. Messier) (& of course Mark Malleson). -Paul Pudwell, Sooke Coastal Explorations
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Center for Whale Research encounter near Sooke, B.C., Strait of Juan de Fuca: "... At 1618 they received another second hand report from Paul that a group of east bound killer whales were spotted from shore near Otter Point. Mike 1 turned around and headed that way and Paul departed his dock and located the reported whales within a half mile of the Sooke bluffs a few minutes before Mark and Val arrived at 1700. They quickly confirmed the T010's, T063 and T065 along with the T086A's and another unidentified matriline of 3 or 4 individuals later to be confirmed as the T068B's. ..." See CWR Encounter #17 for full encounter summary and photos.
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Center for Whale Research encounter with T49As and T71s: "... This group was doing all sorts of behaviors-very few of them fitting nicely into our behavior categories. A few of the older whales were loosely spread within 100 yards of the play group. Another pair of sub-adults were rolling around together a few dozen yards to the side of the younger whales. At least one of these two was a male. The transients turned out to be the T49As and the T71s-11 whales in total. ..." See CWR Encounter #16 for full encounter summary and more photos. -photo by Katie Jones, Center for Whale Research - March 19, 2020
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GRAY WHALES - Thu, Mar 19 - 15:39 - Gray heading into Crescent Harbor. -Terra Parham
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15:15 - He was so close below our bluff at Eagle Crest that I couldn't get a good look, so I took the tram down to the beach. By then he was so far out I could barely see him. I am convinced that this was #44 Dubknuck. -Kristina Trowbridge
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14:51 - Lone grey northbound Saratoga Passage, off Eagle Crest, very close to Camano. I can hear the exhale! Amazing! Twice I saw flukes. -Joan Smith
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14:20 - 3 grays south east Hat Island, southbound. photo of CRC #531 by Richard Snowberger - March 19, 2020 -Sandra Pollard
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13:15 - [gray] Yesterday, watched it travel into the delta, halfway between Jetty Island and Hat Island. Headed north. -Dave Davenport
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07:53 - 4 grey whales hanging out in the normal area between Everett and Clinton. 2 are pretty close to the northern most ferry dock heading south. -Danielle Pennington

March 18

SOUTHERN RESIDENTS - A J pod whale social distancing like a champion in the Strait of Georgia! -photo by Yves Tiberghien - March 18, 2020
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Sat, Mar 21 - 19:30 - North end of San Juan Channel, J27 -Cy Scammell, PNW Protectors photo by Cy Scammell - PNW Protectors
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Wed, Mar 18 - We had a nice surprise today, with the passage of a large (spread-out) orca pod traveling in the Strait of Georgia in front of a beautiful snowy mountain backdrop. From Mayne Island. Rachelle Hayden on Galiano tells me also that she thinks this is the J pod... it was quite stretched along a long line, not bunched together.. But I did see probably 6 orcas, give or take 1.. Could have been 7...Yves Tiberghien
[per Dave Ellifrit at Center for Whale Research: "J19 is definitely in there and what looks like J39..."]
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Today, J-Pod (salmon feeding orcas) visited Friday Harbor. What a delight to see them socializing and playing as they meandered down San Juan Channel. I am told by local researchers that they look pretty healthy right now, which is so great to hear, given the challenges they face with prey availability. I put my hydrophone in for some of the encounter so you can hear them vocalizing in the beginning of the video. -Ivan Reiff, Western Prince Whale Watching
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I really thought today would be about going out to find the Bigg's killer whales that have been going through for the last few days. Nope. Enter J Pod. They came down President Channel into San Juan Channel for their usual circuit. They cruised in, with J31 and J56 being the first orcas we saw. They spread out wide and maybe going out to the ocean? They were almost to the harbor when an orca did a couple of pectoral fin slaps, then J40 Suttles did at least four belly flops and it was, "About Face!". They did their u-turn, [J27] Blackberry did a nice tail slap with [J26] Mike and company, and happy hour kicked in. No social distancing, no take out only, just a lot of family time. J53 Kiki popped up with salmon remnants hanging from her teeth. Cuddling got serious and four of the five are J40 Suttles, J42 Echo, J46 Star and J53 Kiki (lots of help from Sara Hysong-Shimazu, who is amazing with her observations and helps put together the picture of how the extended family of J Pod is interacting). Another amazing afternoon with the most amazing species. -April Ryan, Maya's Legacy Whale Watching
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14:18 - Orcas headed south down San Juan Channel, just past Jones [Island], 3/21/20 2:18 p.m. -[J pod, per comment by Traci Walter] Alex Shapiro
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TRANSIENT/BIGGS ORCAS - Wed, Mar 18 - 19:00 (approx.) - Just now watched a small pod of Orcas pass in front of our house. We are on the Saratoga Passage just south 5 miles of Harrington Lagoon. (Approximately 7 pm). One of the whales had an extraordinary tall dorsal fin. So amazing! -Marie Gill
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18:55 - Steve Hipskin called - "We are at the end of Race Road, on Mussel Beach Rd.... We just saw 4 of the Transients that were recorded earlier at Harrington Cove. We saw them heading southbound out front of our house. Looked to be 4, w/at least one male. They were a little bit closer to Whidbey side, but close to mid channel. moving quickly. We saw them come up 2 or 3 times, then surface far to the south. Not a lot of good looks, but definitely got some nice looks of them heading pretty fast southbound." -Steve Hipskin
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18:23 - [orcas] I seeeeeeeeeeee them now, way over on the Whidbey side. Heading south at a good pace. From Eagle Crest on Camano. -Kristina Trowbridge
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19:10 - Boom, at Hidden Beach and listening to their exhalations as they pass southbound. This is heaven amidst the chaos. 17:58 - [orcas] Passed Harrington Lagoon, heading southbound. Conditions are dreamy and they are easily visible with the unaided eye. -Durand Dace
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16:15 - [orcas] John Kelly reports seeing at least 4, one male, three females or young, pass the Coupeville Wharf then return and are heading back out of Penn Cove. -John Kelly
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15:55 - Orcas slowly making their way out of Penn Cove, just east of the wharf mid line. -Bonnie Gretz
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15:52 - There is also a gray whale in Penn Cove! Orcas are west of the wharf and the gray whale is mid, between Monroe Landing and the wharf.
15:34 - [orcas] Really close to the wharf closer to Coupeville side. -Grace Seidel
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15:00 (approx.) - Hello! Spotted three orcas heading west into Penn Cove, looking north from the Coupeville Wharf. T46D near Coupeville. -Mike Varouhas
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14:55 - Wendy and Marilyn watching 3 orcas from Coupeville boat launch. -Wendy Berta Sines, Orca Network
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14:45 - We've seen one single orca, is just coming into Penn Cove. We are at the wharf in Coupeville, it's across the way. We've seen just one of them. -Laurie
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15:15 - T46D inside mussel rafts, rest of them further out from rafts.
14:30 - Westbound in Penn Cove, nearing Monroe Landing. T46s in Penn Cove. -Rachel Haight
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14:23 - [orca] Looking out from scope on south end Oak Harbor. Can see faint dorsal in distance through passage. Only see one. Its heading northbound. -Tiffany Jo Cheyann Waldner
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14:05 - Three orcas off entrance to Oak Harbor, heading into Penn Cove. -Michelle Barnes
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14:59 - From the Wharf in Coupeville. Inbound into Penn Cove.
13:50 - [orcas] So we're at Long Point, and you can see them between Long Point and the eastern side of Crescent Harbor, closer to Crescent Harbor. Hard to see without binos from Long Point. -Trey Edwards
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13:24 - Straight out from Harrington Lagoon...in front of My Baker, northbound, mid channel, maybe 2. -Bonnie Gretz
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13:56 - Orcas trending north toward Oak Harbor near mouth of Penn Cove. Fairly leisurely pace. Occasional milling and directional changes by male.
12:50 - 3 Orcas northbound, just passed Shangri La Shores, Whidbey.
"In these strange dystopian times, yesterday's adventure was a welcome reminder of the wonderful world of whales and nature, with transient orcas and gray whales in and around Whidbey Island. Our first encounter was with the T46s and T122 (we believe) making their way north in Saratoga Passage as a flock of Trumpeter swans flew directly overhead, followed by sighting of a gray whale exhaling under a bluff as the orcas trended toward Oak Harbor. Our return trip was equally inspiring, encountering three gray whales traveling together north in Saratoga Passage beyond Baby Island, trending toward Hidden Beach. So much magnificence and beauty all in the space of a few miles. Phew! Quite overwhelming. -Sandra Pollard
(Photos zoomed and cropped by Sandra Pollard and Richard Snowberger)"
"T46D glides past Mt. Baker" -photo by Richard Snowberger - March 18, 2020
"T46E cruising along" -photo by Richard Snowberger - March 18, 2020
"At a turning point in Saratoga Passage - Penn Cove or Oak Harbor?" -photo by Sandra Pollard - March 18, 2020
"T46 est. born 1964. Distinctive by the notches in her dorsal fin, she has survived many crises, including the last capture in Washington State in 1976." -photo by Richard Snowberger - March 18, 2020
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12:12 - [orcas] They are passing hidden beach right now, northbound still. -Bonnie Leavitt
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12:33 - Whidbey side, coming into Eagle Crest visibility. There are at least three.
12:16 - Now seeing two males, one a few hundred yards in front. Still northbound.
12:08 - [orca] Looking from Indian Beach area, seeing one bull, and actually I think also a humpback nearby. [Shelly Greybeck commented that she thought was a gray, but then he/she dove and showed flukes so wasn't -Joan Smith
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11:25 - [orcas] Eyes on them at Camano Island State Park headed north 11:25. -Shelly Greybeck
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11:23 - More out in front of FS, at least 3.
11:17 - [Orcas] Viewing from Fox Spit on Camano side of mid channel, just south of entering Elger Bay, northbound. -Marilyn Armbruster
[T46s: T46F and T46, T46E, T46 (born ~1964) ID'd from Marilyn's photos]
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09:53 - Orca between Hat and Whitter Beach heading north - T46D....Headed toward Langley, single, possible male. -David & Meliss Haeckel
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10:13 - 3 orcas across from Langley Marina on the Camano side, heading NW. -Kurt Schmidt
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09:13 - Last seen between Whidbey and Hat heading towards Saratoga. Get ready Langley.
09:05 - Orcas in Clinton! Just had neighbor and friend on ferry report black and whites right off ferry trending north. -Debbie Stewart
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09:12 - Continuing north between Gedney Island and Whidbey Island.
08:59 - They have grouped together and are traveling north.
08:54 - About 6 orcas, 2 males milling in the ferry lanes.
08:40 - A group of orcas, about 3, heading south just north of the ferry lanes in Clinton. -Danielle Pennington
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08:21 - 4-6 orcas heading north through Possession Sound. Should be by ferry. -Kaarina Merikaarto
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GRAY WHALES - Wed, Mar 18 - Saratoga Passage/Holmes Harbor
18:50 - They are about 1/2 mile north of Mabana Shores, southbound.
17:45 - Text from neighbor: 3 gray whales out in front of Baby Island Heights. Now mid channel heading south. -Marilyn Armbruster
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17:20 - Two grays in Holmes Harbor off Saratoga Beach. Headed north. Cruising and not much diving. -Dan Gulden
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16:40 - Grey whale heading south into Holmes Harbor, within a few hundred feet of the Greenbank coast, just south of Greenbank Farm area. -Martha Sinclair
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15:47 - 1 gray mid channel between south end Camano State Park and Fox Spit. 2 other grays still in Hidden Beach area. -Krista Paulino
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15:23 - Gray off Monroe Pt. Scenic Hts. area. -Terra Parham
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15:16 - 3 gray whales Saratoga Passage, northbound, heading toward Hidden Beach. Trending toward Greenbank. CRC #383, CRC #531 -Sandra Pollard
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14:23 - Lone grey traveling southbound down Saratoga Passage off Indian Beach. -Joan Smith
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14:10 - David Haeckel emailed to report two gray whales mid channel off Fox Spit Road headed north! Gray whales from a bluff off Fox Spit Rd., south of East Point. -photo by David Haeckel - March 18, 2020
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13:23 - Probably 2 greys, south of Maylor Point. At the mouths of Oak Harbor and Penn Cove. -Bobby Mills
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11:44 - They turned north.
11:31 - Grey off Rocky Point trending a little south, not quite mid channel. -Murray Langille
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11:27 - 4 greys heading north close to Camano Island. Feeding south of Mabana....And I I don't have my camera! -Peg Boley
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11:13 - Watching a gray at Camano Island State Park, reports of another in front of Maple Grove on Camano. -Shelly Greybeck
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09:21 - [gray] Taken between Mariners Cove and Camano Island. Headed south. -Anna Marie Infante
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Wed, Mar 18 - Possession Sound - 08:15 - One good thing about self-quarantining and working from home - 2 grey whales with beautiful sun-filled backlit blows, located at the SE corner of Gedney Island. -Danielle Pennington
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Wed, Mar 18 - Strait of Georgia, B.C. - Grey Whale off Saratoga/Miracle Beach [Vancouver Island] late this afternoon. -Comox Valley Wildlife Sightings photo by Ella Smiley, CVWS - March 18, 2020

March 17

BIGG'S TRANSIENT KILLER WHALES - Tue, Mar 17 - 17:50 - T46s spread out, slowly westbound past Long Pt. into Penn Cove. -Rachel Haight
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17:30 - Orcas heading towards Oak Harbor/Penn Cove and gray whale out from Scenic Heights and one gray in Penn Cove San Juan Pottery. -Marilyn Armbruste
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19:03 - Orcas heading east of Penn Cove.
18:25 - Orcas deep into Penn Cove
..also a gray over on the north side.
16:51 - Straight out east from Harrington Lagoon..headed west along bluffs towards Oak Harbor or maybe Penn Cove..I can hope...in dry spell broken, yeah! -Bonnie Gretz
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15:30 - Camano side heading north, single orca just passing Onamac [Point]. -Marie Heil
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15:10 - Orcas are moving fast. Looks like three of them.
15:00 - Orcas straight across from Hidden Beach heading north Camano side and past My Baker. -Sandra Pollard
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"The whales are keeping their distance too - orca northbound in Saratoga Passage as seen from Hidden Beach this afternoon, 3.4 nautical miles across the water, with Camano Island in the background." -photo by Richard Snowberger - March 17, 2020
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14:00 - Neighbor/friend called, orcas at Fox Spit. I'm with them right now, nb, Whidbey side, mid channel between FS Point [East Point] and Camano State Park. 4 orca/1 male, possibly 3 females. -Marilyn Armbruster
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13:38 - 4 orcas heading north in Saratoga passage towards east point. Hugging Whidbey side. -Anya Vahlolo
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12:45- 2 Orcas just heading north, mid passage off Langley, Whidbey Island. -Mark Ross
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09:30 - Report of ~5 orcas northbound in Rosario near Anacortes. -Monika Wieland Shields
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Tue, Mar 17 - 18:30 - We just had a small group of Orcas pass Point Roberts! Heading north, 2 large males, at least 2 females and 2 youngsters. Around the same time 6:30. -Sandra Scott
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GRAY WHALES - Tue, Mar 17 - 18:59 - I am seeing three gray whales southeast of Hat Island and one west of Tulalip Bay this evening. -Greg Heiss
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17:54 - Two whales between Polnell Shores and Coupeville. -Terra Parham
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Gray whale in west side of Penn Cove, possibly #44 Dubknuck. Seen while riding bicycle. -R.J. Blake, Whidbey Is.
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17:30 - Gray whale in Penn Cove, north shore, westbound, headed towards Penn Cove Pottery. -Rachel Haight
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16:43 - I'm still seeing blows closer to mainland between Mukilteo and Everett. Viewing from my place above the Clinton ferry with binoculars. Two days in a row WHOOP! -Debbie Stewart
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5:04 - Turned, making a beeline for Camano Head.
4:44 a solo gray between NW hat and Langley, came from the east now trending up Saratoga passage, mid channel lots of deep dives. -Lori Christopher
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15:49 - Ferry Tokitae just had two gray whales cross in front as we slowed to watch them. Headed in a NE direction toward Everett. What a fantastic treat. -Durand Dace
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14:08 - Two gray whales, north side of Clinton/Mukilteo Ferry. -Anya Vahlolo
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13:21 - Whales have left Snohomish delta after tide change. Appear to be headed slowly to S Hat [Island]. I can see blow of a 3rd Whale already @ S Hat.
12:29 - Lost track of the original 2 whales, further N (mid delta) with a second set of Whales. I believe there are at least 4 individuals out here actively feeding.
11:46 - I have two gray whales & think I might have heard a 3rd up on the S end of the Snohomish delta across from Jetty Island. They are actively feeding at high tide in no more than 10 or 12 feet of water. I'm seeing lots of fin waves and surface disturbance. Based on head shots I took last week, I believe one is #49 Patch. #49 "Patch", #531, #531-John Judy
IDs by Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network

March 16

Mon, Mar 16 - 18:00 - We saw two or three orcas in Penn Cove this evening. They were heading into the cove around 6:00 pm. They stayed in front of the Coupeville Wharf for a while and headed out of the cove around 7:30. It looked like one larger dorsal fin and at least one smaller fin. Thank you, Noelle Boilek
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15:29 - Just headed back up North again toward the State Park. Looks like 4 Orcas. -Dean Alan Nelson, Camano WW
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14:30 - Orca Network received a call, phone was cutting out when name was given: ..."We've been watching Transients for about an hour. They've stopped just south of Camano State Park, Elger Bay"...phone cut out again.
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13:20 - Robin McCain (?) called: "I am at Camano State Park. I observed 4-5 orcas heading southbound, with at least one large male. Pretty sure Transients. They were close to shore moving along."
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13:12 - Looks like T046E to me. All orcas have passed Camano Island State Park, still steady SB, mid-channel.
12:44 - Orcas mid channel, SB passing Camano Island State Park. "The three ladies of the T046s traveling together. -Brittany Noelle "T46E, Taken from Camano Island State Park."
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12:25 - Whale boat following group just passed Onamac, Camano side heading south toward state park. -Marie Heil
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12:23 - They are still heading south, mid channel, off Indian beach. -Joan Smith
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11:44 - Orca in front of Woodland Beach, Camano. Appear to be heading south. -Krista Paulino
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11:00 - Orcas between Rocky Point and Penn Cove at 11 am Monday, headed south on glassy water. I could hear them breathing it was so quiet. I think 4 total, 2 male. -Joan Schrammeck
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11:14 - 3 females grouped together and 2 bulls off about 100 yards beside. Western tip of Camano heading south. -Terra Parham
11:00 (approx.) - Today we caught these images of some Orcas in the Saratoga Passage between Whidbey Island and Camano Island. It looked like 2 bulls and 3 females! T46s in Saratoga Passage -Greg & Terra Parham, Whidbey Island, WA
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10:35 - Now 3 of them milling about.
10:02 - [orca] Saw at least one, northbound half way between Polnell Point and Camano!!
-Suzanne Sewester
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09:48 - Orcas out at Rocky Point [N Camano]. Heading east. -Regan Montano - Camano WW
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09:05 - 3 orcas just passing by Eagle Crest now, heading north at a fast pace. At least one male. Actually it could be 4. -Kristina Trowbridge GRAY WHALES - Mon, Mar 16 - 15:43 - [gray] I've got blows in Possession Sound. Just north of ferry lanes, about halfway across. Anyone on Clinton to Mukilteo should have great views. -Debbie Stewart
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12:27 - Grey whale feeding off Camano Island State Park. Headed NB. -Brittany Noelle
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09:30 - Viewing from east Sandy Point bluff, one gray was heading south towards the NW tip of Hat. -Marilyn Armbruster
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09:30 - Watching the beautiful backlit blows by Jetty Island, at least 3 and possibly 4 grays. -Lori Christopher
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09:02 - it came in right next to our bluff and fed for a while. Now it is heading northeast toward the tip of Camano.
08:31 - Gray whale spotted in Saratoga passage between Sandy Point and Langley harbor. Closer to Whidbey than Camano. -Luanne Seymour
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09:20 - Now back to middle of passage, heading south slowly in direction of Hat Island about halfway between Camano and Hat Island.
08:50 - Still shrimping at same location.
08:44 - Just now, one whale between Sandy Point and Langley. Headed straight toward Whidbey Island from center of passage. Not sure yet what direction next...i think North. -Mark Ross
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COMMON DOLPHINS - Mon, Mar 16 - 19:00-19:20 - I watched 2-3 common dolphins in Case Inlet earlier tonight, between 7:00 and 7:20 P.M., as they headed south, mid channel, between the northern end of Harstine Island and Herron Island. -Connor O'Brien
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SPECIES UNCONFIRMED - Mon, Mar 16 - 08:39 - I can see at least 3, maybe 4 different whales spouting between my location (Hat Island) & Jetty Island. Too far to tell if orcas or grays. -Alice Moyal

March 15

Sun, Mar 15 (Strait of Juan de Fuca) Center for Whale Research Encounter #15: "... The bull surfaced nearby and was confirmed to be T010C, so it was assumed that his mom T010 was the second whale. Sure enough, after ~10 minutes tracking the large male a second animal appeared just ahead of him, milling in place. With the distinctive notch near the base of her dorsal fin T010 was confirmed. The two whales continued working the area, apparently after a seal, though no other marine mammal was ever observed. ..." See CWR Encounter #15 for full encounter summary and photos.
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We picked up the T10's NE of Albert Head this afternoon on Five Stars vessel, Salish Shadow. They swam right past Victoria, taking down at least 3 Seals. Then they headed back towards William Head at 630pm. -Andrew Lees
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07:58 - Maija of WS Ferries Ops called: MV Kitsap reports 3 orca up in San Juan Channel near Turn Island, heading eastbound in leisurely fashion. No other details at this time.
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Sun, Mar 15 (Puget Sound) - 17:58 - [orcas] in front of Mount Baker Terminal, still headed north to Everett. Just saw a male too.
17:55 - Saw 2-3 orca, middle ferry crossing, Mukilteo/Clinton, headed northbound. Looked like maybe he stopped for food because a lot of seagulls were flying over. Too far away to tell sexes but one was female. -Melissa Simmons, WSF
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T46E, taken from Suquamish around 12:30-1:00. -photos by Sil Barajas - March 15, 2020
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13:06 - Orcas in the distance just north of Suquamish dock. -Robin Warshaw
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12:57 - Right off Suquamish Dock chasing sea lions that are here for herring spawn.
12:40 - [orca] Got 'em off Suquamish Dock milling. -Donna Green Van Renselaar
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12:32 - Pod of 4 passed under Agate Pass bridge and sped out into Port Madison at high speed. T46E. -Jim Reitz
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12:39 - Lost sight of them because the water was so choppy. We did see 5 of them.
12:11 - [orca] Swimming fast, north, through Agate Pass. "I'm standing on Point Bolin, they were heading up into Agate Pass." -Julie Gerke Middleton
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12:13 - Headed thru Agate Passage close to Poulsbo shore.
12:08 - [orca] They are right in front of Point Bolin. Not sure yet if headed to Liberty Bay or Agate Pass. Tail slapping and one jump. -Becky Whitlock
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10:55 - Pod spotted at Illahee dock going North....just now. T46s. -Randy Sumrall
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10:27 - Bremerton to Seattle 9:40 ferry. This was shortly after leaving the dock, looking toward Port Orchard. T46s. -Elizabeth Abbott
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10:07 - Northbound. Ferry just reported they were on both sides of the [Bremerton/Seattle] boat.
09:48 - Orca just south of WSF dock at Sinclair Inlet, Bremerton. -Denise Brooks
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09:00 - Sinclair Inlet. Orcas --At least one large bull and at least three others heading to the shipyard. -Bryan Fiesta
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GRAY WHALES - Sun, Mar 15 - 16:32 - Single gray passing South Camano Head into Saratoga Passage northbound...viewing from Sandy Point. Camano side of mid channel. -Marilyn Armbruster
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16:26 - Two headed south, between Indian Beach and Eagle Crest, traveling almost on top of each other! -Joan Smith
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16:02 - [gray] Mid channel now off Bells Beach headed south quickly. Traveling close together. Langley and Pebble Beach- keep your eyes open in the next 30-60 min! -Jennifer Feldman Spanton
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14:50 - [gray] They just passed Fox Spit heading south. -Marilyn Armbruster
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14:23 - Fox Spitters, gray seems to be heading your way based on blows I see from my perch at Camano State Park. Whale(s?) Heading south. -Krista Paulino
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13:42 - Watching 2 grays west if Utsalady Point Park. -Shelly Greybeck
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12:40 - Grays heading south now, mid channel.
12:25 - I am at Hidden Beach, looks like 2 grays are feeding in the cove. CRC #22 "Earhart" and #383. -Marilyn Armbruster
IDs by Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network
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11:44 - 2 grays north of Hidden Beach. -Nancy Culp Zaretzke
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09:28 - [gray] I see "spoutage" near the north end of Jetty Island. -Alice Moyal
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08:40 - A Gray at Country Club Beach, 2, 500 yds out. Heading north. -John Storbeck
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07:53 - Another high tide Gray whale out in Skagit Bay off of Utsalady and Brown Point this morning. -Dean Kayler
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SPECIES UNCONFIRMED - Sun, Mar 15 - We were at Lime Kiln State Park yesterday (Mar 15) and saw a few blows. This was around 5:30-6ish. They were off the coast about 500 meters away. We never saw a fluke but their backs made me think they were greys. Have greys been spotted there recently? Otherwise I'm not sure what they were!...I think about 4-5 individuals, did not see any dorsal fins, they were grey/black, they never did a full breach so I'm not sure of length. -Lizzy Grace
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Sun, Mar 15 - 17:55 - From Camano Island State Park. North of the boat launch, 2 Gray Whales headed north. -Jourdan Imani Keith

March 14

Sat, Mar 14 - 17:29 - Brad from WS Ferries Ops called - reports 5 orca whales in Yukon Harbor, west of Blake Island.
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16:36 - Hi there!! 436PM time stamp on video [seen here]. We're on the ferry from Southworth to Fauntleroy and they announced Orcas! [Susan confirmed that orcas traveled on the west side of Blake Island.] -Susan Larsen
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16:17 - Hi. I just spotted 3-4 orcas traveling north on west side of Vashon. Just south of Southworth ferry. I'm on NW part of Vashon. -Teresa L. Nauta Tippett
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14:00 - Small pod of orcas NB in Colvos Passage, approx. 1 mile south of Southworth Ferry, close to Vashon side. -Tim Ferris
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13:50 - Vashon side, now at Fern Cove, northbound.
13:35 - [orca] I see them heading north in Colvos Passage, mid channel or more towards the Vashon side. They are about half a mile South of Fern Cove. -Roxane Jackson Johnson
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15:20 - 5 orcas heading north, just south of Peter Point, Vashon...3 females...two males 3:20. -Kelly Burns Keenan
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14:00 - [orca] From just north of Point RichmondAt 2pm they were approaching Point Richmond and I had eyes on them, but a few of those sailboats made close passes and I haven't seen them since. I almost wonder if they turned back up north. Still waiting...I had been observing them [from just north of Point Richmond] with my binoculars fighting the current near Sanford Point, and at the time they appeared to be heading diagonally, straight (slowly) towards me & I was SO EXCITED!!! Right after these close passes from the sailboats I lost sight of them, presumed they must have turned back north and never regained sight, but still fun to see them briefly. -Anika Blake
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Sailing south in Colvos this afternoon. We saw 4 together. they were traveling south. -Douglas Peterson
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13:45 - [orca] Off Sanford Point, all 4 moving south slowly. -Noah G. Greenberg
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13:35 - Pod of ~ 5-6 orcas - Bigg's Transient orcas - T46s - Colvos Passage - (including 2 bulls) moved over now more mid channel at south end of Lisabuela Park, Vashon. They are either fighting current or a bit asleep. Have slowed way down, while continuing steady southbound in choppy seas. Boys look like could be T46s (confirmed later as T46s from my video). Biting wind; bundle up and keep 6 feet from your neighbors.
13:14 - Pod is grouped heading southbound across from Lisabuela, Vashon, south of Al's, Olalla, now. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network
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13:14 - solidly southbound now.
12:53 - [orca] Just getting to Al's now @1253, still southbound, no definite number or gender. -Robin Dally
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13:02 - [orca] Just came by Prospect Point in Olalla headed south towards Point Richmond and Dalco. What an awesome curved big dorsal fin on the big one!!! -Brendan Phillips
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13:05 - Southbound. I am at Wilson Creek/Driftwood Cove, and they definitely went south of my view about an hour ago. They weren't moving very fast. I have been watching off and on and have not seen them heading north but I may have missed them if they turned around.
12:04 - Orcas heading south Colvos Passage!! Towards the Kitsap side of the Passage, Driftwood Cove. At least one bull (Maybe 2 bulls?) and 2 or 3 others, smaller. -Roxane Jackson Johnson
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11:03 - Three orcas reported southbound off Blake Island. -Kersti Elisabeth Muul
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10:30 - [orca] (from neighbor on South Beach, Bainbridge) Big male and some smaller ones. Maybe 5. Hard to know when they don't all surface at once! They were surfacing in front of our house but went under near the buoy. Orcas heading towards fish farm area. -Susan Marie Andersson
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COASTAL KILLER WHALES - Sat, Mar 14 - 12:34 - Laura Sales, volunteer at Oregon State Parks, called from Cape Foulweather gift shop near Newport, OR. We have a pod of orca whales (minimum of 8, could be more) due west, approximately 3 miles out in ocean. We've seen very large males with large fins, seen full breaches, lots of spouting, little bit of feeding behavior.
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GRAY WHALES - Sat, Mar 14 - 19:00 - Two grays skirted the NE corner of Hat [Island], very close to shore then deep dives, heading in the direction of Langley, sadly no pics. -Lori Christopher
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16:00 - Grey whale in Penn Cove on west side near 3 Sisters [Market] at 4 pm Saturday. Cruising very close to shore. Little seal was following behind! It was amazing....just walking along the beach to be startled by a blow hole wave!! -Suzann Vincent
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15:53 - Gray in Penn Cove. Off Monroe Landing. Looks to maybe be headed to Coupeville. -Geoff Kappes
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12:20 - Looks like #531 just took a dive between Hat marina and Tulalip. -Lori Christopher
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12:14 - Visitors to Langley Whale Center said gray whale sighted from Edgecliff area in Langley, closer to Camano side. -Wendy Berta Sines, Orca Network
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11:50 - CRC #383 is back! We are watching him with CRC #22 from MV Saratoga, southbound, just north of Camano Head between Camano Is. and Langley. -Bart Rulon, Puget Sound Express
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11:35 - On the Saratoga, 531 still off Hat island headed north. -Claire Sprouts
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11:30 - 2 grays, Saratoga Passage, mid channel headed South off Bells Beach toward Langley. Very slow moving, a lot of deep diving, only coming to surface for 1 or 2 blows then a fluke. I got a great visual of a fluke but I can't ID from my CRC/ON Sounders book. 2 larger white marks on each end of fluke corner tips. Actually looks like Lucyfer. ??? -Jennifer Feldman Spanton
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08:53 - They were moving with a purpose! But I can still see them blowing down about where Waterman Shoreline Preserve is at 8:50am, so hopefully somebody else will get a good view.
08:15 - One grey doing the "snack and travel" routine headed south along Whidbey shore across from Hat [Island] about 8:15am, hopefully this fin shot will help id. -Sean Nolan
[We've ID'd as 531 from Sean's image]
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We are at our cabin at Witter Beach, just south of Sandy Point. The low tide has revealed dozens of whale wallows, which of course indicates the Grays are here! We are hoping to view a magnificent gathering on tomorrow morning's high tide. -Bob Gallaher

March 13

This earlier report was also from Hood Canal but we were awaiting more info before including: Fri Mar 13 - 11:20 - Hi! I just saw 2 whales in front of my home, roughly 2 miles away from Theler Wetlands in Belfair on South Shore of Hood Canal. About 11:20 am 3/13. They were traveling towards the wetlands. They were not Orcas, much larger than Orca. They were not humpbacks in size...much smaller, with barnacles on the face. Sadly I could not identify exactly what they were. -Heela Patel

March 12

SOUTHERN RESIDENTS - Thur, Mar 12 - 13:56 - [orca] They headed SW....looked to be headed toward Strait of Juan de Fuca. Last observed at 1400 from near Land bank (west side of SJI). -Michelle Savoie
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13:40 - Laurie Arnone texted to report hearing orca calls on Lime Kiln hydrophone.
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12:35 - Lots of somewhat distant J pod S1 calls, some S4s... getting louder now. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network
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12:30 - Southern Residents on Lime Kiln hydrophone! -Brittany Philbin
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GRAY WHALES - Thu, Mar 12 - Had a pretty good day 3/12/20, S. of Hat Island, CRC #49. I had the motor off, and though I was drifting away, apparently the whale had other ideas. -John Judy
ID'd by Alie Perez, Cascadia Research Collective
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"This next series of photos comes from a shallow water feeding event. There were two whales feeding in close coordination, much closer than is common. The water where they were feeding was so shallow that their movements underwater were making a visible surface disturbance. At one point they were tearing the water up." -photo by John Judy - March 12, 2020
[Dorsals of CRC #531 ID'd by Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network]
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17:25 - Same Gray now just off Utsalady Point.
16:50 - Now just a single Gray, mid channel, between Maple Grove on the Camano side and Mariners Cove on the Whidbey side, eastbound. -Rob Plaza, Maple Grove
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12:30 - An island friend had a treat: Beautiful video by Gina Jamison of gray whale #185 off NW corner [Hat Island] around 12:30, lingered for about an hour. Lots of spyhopping. -Lori Christopher
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12:26 - At south Hat [Island], one Gray here. I'm not close enough for ID or photos yet. 2nd Whale showing over by Port Susan, in close to shore. Good opportunity for shore viewing. -John Judy
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11:45 - Gray Whale CRC #22 is back. We are watching her right now south of the southeast end of Hat Island, from the MV Saratoga! -Bart Rulon
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11:30 - We watched Gray Whale CRC #185 swimming close to shore (northwest bound) at the southeast end of Hat Island. Seen from MV Saratoga. -Bart Rulon
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11:30 - Langley Whale Center received a call from a woman in Oak Harbor. She sounded like she has some experience with gray whales. She reported what she thought was a young gray whale (smaller was her description) in Skagit Bay, north of Strawberry Point, south of Dugualla Bay. She called at 11:30 and said it was still there at that point.
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03:05 - [gray] Moonlight sighting of the same two roaming just off shore. Very frequent blows, slowly heading to Utsalady, very close. -

March 11

Wed, Mar 11 - 17:32 - At least 2 Grays, Camano side, heading south. Just passed Onamac Point. -Marie Heil
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15:45 - The same two Grays (one larger, one smaller) that I reported on last week from our bluff on Camano Island at Maple Grove, have become a near constant presence as they roam up and down our beaches. I'm seeing them just about every time I'm out in our back yard including: 2 Grays coming from Rocky Point, past Maple Grove, heading to Utsalady. -Rob Plaza, Maple Grove
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15:20 - [gray] Spotted 2 whales, one was a baby around Rocky Point- Utsalady in North Camano at 3:20pm. -Taral Patel
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11:24 - [gray] 2 Whales off Polnell Pt. Too far for a photo. Hopefully, they will move closer to the shore. -Terra and Greg Parham
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09:17 - Two Grays this morning at high tide in Skagit Bay. One just off Utsalady Bay and one way out in Skagit Bay. North Camano. -Dean Kayler

March 10

Tue, Mar 10 - 15:30 - J pod went through Active Pass [northbound] this afternoon at 3:30pm with a 4-knot flood tide. -Rachelle Hayden
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GRAY WHALES - Tue, Mar 10 - 18:28 - Gray whale off Captain Whidbey Inn at 6:28pm. Headed toward Coupeville. [eastbound]. -Erik Anderson
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Ty Tuin called at 8:30 to report gray whale observed at 07:40: Lives at Mariner Cove, North Whidbey. He and his brother were standing out at the rocky head at the end of marina, saw the spout come up out of the water (initially thinking porpoise or dolphin). Eventually once closer realized it was a whale, pretty big in range of 30 feet. Whale traveling northeast along the coast moving really slow, chilling, just cruising along. Think gray because gray in color, barnacles, ridges on back heading towards tail, it did not have a recognizable fin of humpback, was smoother with boney ridges. Has video he'll forward. =Ty Tuin, Marina Cove

March 9

J56 and J31 - photo by April Ryan - March 9, 2020
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Mon, Mar 9 - J pod at sunset as they cruised in San Juan Channel. -photo by Jeff Friedman, Maya's Legacy Whale Watching - March 9, 2020
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J Pod is absolutely fascinating to watch as they seem to use different areas for different purposes. San Juan Channel seems to be their playground and we just sat out there watching with researchers and others as they socialized. They look really healthy, baby Tofino is spunky, Nova is full of energy and Kiki's family is taking good care of her. J16, J26, Mt. Baker, J27, J31, J56, J27, and J36, "J51 Nova during his breach fest". Hope this comes as a nice diversion from our current normal. -April Ryan
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I've attached some photos of an encounter with J Pod this evening, 3.9.20, just south of Yellow and Low Islands in the upper portion of San Juan Channel. The following photos are of J16 Slick, J26 Mike, and J36 Alki. Among others seen were J22 Oreo and J38 Cookie, J27 Blackberry, J42 Echo, J39 Mako, J46 Star, and J19 Shachi. Others were too distant for saddle patch photos, and I am not positive if L87 Onyx was traveling with them tonight, or not. They were moving north through San Juan Channel between San Juan Island and Shaw (closer to Shaw), and they seemed to be moving slowly (roughly 3-4 knots). There were several spyhops and tail slaps, and one orca rolling on top of another. Otherwise, there were no erratic movements or changes in behavior. Amanda Marie Colbert, Orca Network
photos and IDs by Amanda M. Colbert, Orca Network - March 9, 2020
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18:45 - They reached Friday Harbor and then turned back north - we left them 18:45 at Yellow Island northbound.
14:15 - J Pod aiming for San Juan Channel from Waldron [Island] heading south. "J56 Tofino (who was on a breaching spree) and the Conservation Canines at UW team with Eba The Whale Dog!" "J26 Mike and J16 Slick in San Juan Channel on the evening of March 9th - there's nothing like backlit blows!" -Monika Wieland Shields, Orca Behavior Institute.
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Center for Whale Research Encounter #14 with J pod: "... We arrived on scene around 1320 about a mile southwest of Sandy Point on Waldron Island. The first whales we saw were the J16s traveling slowly southeast toward San Juan Channel. J36 detached from the rest of the J16s and moved on ahead of the other three. Another whale was about a mile to the southeast of the J16s, and other whales could be seen spread out over a mile ahead of us in the White Rock area. ..." J26. See CWR Encounter #14 for full encounter summary and more photos.
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GRAY WHALES - Mon, Mar 9 - 16:30 - Just saw our first Gray of the year tonight in Skagit Bay off Brown Point, Camano. Saw it first about 4:30, watched it for a couple hours. They come in here at high tide. Utsalady Bay and this part of Skagit Bay are shallow mud. Headed towards English Boom [Historical Park]. So glad to see one here again! -Dean Kayler
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Gray's (we think) observed to the east of Hat Island this afternoon. 3 individuals...by appearance of the blow we think one of three was a smaller whale. -Le Schneider
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13:59 - Gray whale sighting in Port Susan north of Kayak Point. Can see from Warm Beach. Fairly far out. It looked like it was just going slightly north and towards the Country Club. -Jennifer Kelly
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13:30 - Back on 2/28/20 I reported 2 Grays feeding off our high bluff at Maple Grove on the north end of Camano Island. I'm happy to report that they have been almost daily visitors since. Last night while standing on the edge of our bluff watching the "Worm Moon" and marveling at how bright silver Mt. Baker was, a lone Gray started blowing right below my feet. Today was another banner day... while out spring gardening near the edge of our bluff at about 1:30pm, I had the joy of observing 1 gray, several seals, a sea lion and a couple of otters all in the same area just off our beach! The Grays are feeding on shrimp and the rest are following schools smelt. ~Rob Plaza, Maple Grove, Camano Island

March 8

Sun, Mar 8 - T30B and her kids B1 & B2 with T117B and T172 just north of Sequim as they milled in the Strait of Juan de Fuca on 3/8/2020. Taken on board Spirit of Orca. They were extremely unpredictable and evasive until they popped up next to the boat while we were shut down. Sent a bunch of photos to Jared Towers to confirm that the little one is T30B2. T172, T30B, T30B1, T30B2 & T117B. -Ariel Yseth
IDs by Ariel Yseth w/some verification by Jared Towers
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GRAY WHALES - Sun, Mar 8 - 16:00-17:00 - [gray] Two separate, blowing and rolling between East Hat & Jetty Island from 4-5pm. -James Grindle
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13:40 - [gray] I spotted one on the south side of hat island! Haven't seen it since. -Anya Nikolic
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12:10 - [gray] Southern tip of Camano headed south. -Dan Gulden
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12:00 - [gray] Viewing from Sandy Pt., 1/2 mile north of South Camano Head, sb. -Marilyn Armbruster
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11:32 - These are CRC53 and CRC531! -Bart Rulon, PSE
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11:17 - [gray] Mostly milling. They are back down by the tip of Camano now. -Susanne Schnippering
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10:58 - [gray] I see at least one spout and then a few minutes later I saw a fluke. At the south end of the row of houses on Bells Beach. It's heading south. Confirmed two. -Jennifer Feldman Spanton
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10:00 - Looks like 2 Grays between Camano and Bell's Beach, flukes and blow glistening in the silver morning light. -Roland Schnippering

March 7

BIGG'S TRANSIENT KILLER WHALES - Sat, Mar 7 - 14:40 - T46B1B is present (white calf). They were aiming for Iceberg Point, Lopez.
14:30 - Just spotted about 8 orcas in Cattle Pass heading towards Long Island, looks like maybe T46Bs. -Monika Wieland Shields, Orca Behavior Institute
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Sat, Mar 7 - 18:09 - Gray whale off Harrington Lagoon at 6:09pm. About 1/2 mile off Harrington Lagoon headed south. -Erik Anderson
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16:22 - Viewing blows mid channel - guessing a Gray - from south Camano Island State Park. Seemed to be moving northwest, perhaps to Fox Spit area. Gray and misty out here, so not best viewing or picture taking conditions. -Krista Paulino
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11:45 - Single spout spotted off Constellation Park, mid channel at 11:45, moving north. Couldn't spot a dorsal, but a nice big spout every 4-5 minutes, then quickly back down, possible gray. Watched it for a half hour as it moved north past Blake Island. -Terri McAllister
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10:32 - Just kidding - TWO! Patch #49] and Little Patch #53. #531, as well.
10:30 - First trip of the season - gray whale off SE Hat Island! #531 is back as well! -Erin Johns Gless, Island Adventures

March 6

Fri, Mar 6 - "T011A in Sooke Harbour on the afternoon of March 6th" - "Onlookers at Whiffen Spit enjoying T011A's visit to Sooke Harbour on the afternoon of March 6th" "T011A on his way out of Sooke Harbour on the afternoon of March 6th" -photos and ID by Mark Malleson
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13:10 - 13:15 - Just saw some orcas passing by, just north of Libby's Beach and Partridge Point. Saw the whales at approx. 1:10 -1:15, group of 3 and another single, all males. Probably Transients. ...They are headed north slowly....Good news they are fairly close in to beach, easily observable with binoculars...Thanks. -Cameron Chandler, Coupeville
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11:45 - MV Saratoga on scene with the T46 pod between Point Wilson and Fort Casey, slowly northbound, out of the sound.
11:30 - MV Saratoga is on scene with the T46 pod between Point Wilson and Fort Casey, on a kill but generally working their way out of the sound. Spotted originally by Captain Christopher Lewman from shore. -Bart Rulon, Puget Sound Express
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11:00 (approx.) - We saw 3 Orca fins, one really big and two smaller, come up going from Port Townsend to Ft. Casey side about 11AM on Friday. -Yvette Williams
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07:50 - I saw them in that spot at 7:50 am this morning so they were hanging around hunting for a while. Such a gift to see them...and there wasn't a single boat boat harassing them. [comment on Bart Rulon's sighting, above]. -Sio Canty
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Fri, Mar 6 - 16:58 - From Maple Grove, Camano, I can see gray whale blows over in Crescent Harbor. Appears to be at least 2 whales. I'm too far away to offer any more details. -Krista Paulino
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14:45 - Spotted one Humpback [appears to be a gray whale based on Marlene's photos, per alb] close to Bush Point, which moved on south towards Hood Canal around 2:45 PM today. -Marlene Norton Naughton
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12:45 - MV Saratoga is on scene with Gray Whale #49 Patch, circling SE of Gedney/Hat Island. -Justine Buckmaster, Puget Sound Express

March 5

SOUTHERN RESIDENTS - Thu, Mar 5 - The L11's and L22's south east bound in the morning west of Crescent Bay. -Mark Malleson
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Thur, Mar 5 - 18:00-18:15 - Gray whale, Polnell Shores, 6:00-6:15 pm. -Luke Schwantes
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08:45 - Blows seen SW of Hat Island, no direction apparent. Presume a gray. -Lori Christopher

March 4

Wed, Mar 4 - 14:00 - Two orcas going south [Pebble Beach, Camano] at 2:00. -Peg Boley
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11:00 - Update per Cindi Lien: Orcas in Port Susan between Camano Country Club beaches 1 and 2.
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08:00 - Three orcas passed the east side of Hat Island heading northbound [per friend Alice Moyal]! she said 3 total, 2 large one smaller. -Lori Christopher
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"From Hat Island east side this morning" Alice Moyal
I think that is T46D" - Melisa Pinnow
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COASTAL KILLER WHALES - Wed, Mar 4 - A 7-minute sighting from 1259 -1336 of one big male and two young males or two females or one of each. Two miles to the west of me (at [Pt. Arena lighthouse). They seem to have arrived from the SE right out of the glare. They circled around slowly taking short dives while making a circle. Then just vanished. Perhaps to the NW with a very long dive. But no trace of them. -Scott Mercer, Point Arena Lighthouse Peninsula
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Wed, Mar 4 - 16:30-17:00 (approx.) - Another gray around 4:30-5 heading north close to Pebble Beach [Camano]. -Peg Boley
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16:06 - [gray] Off the tip of Polnell Point heading towards Crescent Harbor. -Suzanne Sewester
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14:48 - [gray] 2 whales East @ Polnell Point, ! -Greg Parham
NPS gray whale #56. "From dorsal ridge images I see #44 Dubknuck and #56."-Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network
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14:20 - On February 26th (amazing 2020 day of the grays), photos by Peg Boley included a fluke tip we ID'd as gray whale CRC-185. TODAY, around 14:20, Alice Moyal observed and photographed a gray whale heading northbound, close to shore, mid-way up the east side of Hat Island. We've ID'd gray whale 185 from Alice's photo! -photo by Alice Moyal - March 4, 2020
ID'd as PCFG gray whale CRC-185 by Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network
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15:10 - They are now heading towards Polnell Shores.
14:12 - There are two.
14:06 - Gray whale heading into Mariners cove. -Terra Parham

March 3

Tue, Mar 3 - We had this Gray Whale off our beach earlier today. It didn't hang around very long and appeared to be heading west. -Greg and Terra Parham
[Identified as NPS gray whale #56 by Alie Perez, Cascadia Research Collective]
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12:17 - Gray is feeding off Polnell Shores. -Terra Parham
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11:49 - There is a gray whale between Mariner's Cove and Polnell Point, Oak Harbor, heading west! -Greg Parham

March 2



March 1

Sun, Mar 1 - 13:12 - Still gray whale off Snakelum Pt. at 1:12pm. Milling around the green buoy.
13:05 - Gray whale off Snakelum Point at 1:03pm. About 100 yards WNW of the green bouy. -Erik Anderson
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08:00 - There is a gray whale feeding off Polnell Shores [Oak Harbor]. -Terra Parham


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