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June 20

BIGG'S TRANSIENT KILLER WHALES - Thu Jun 20 - T124As - Those were Bigg's killer whales. The T124As. -Pet Ancich
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13:44 - On the webcam just to the north of and aimed back at Lime Kiln Light...saw the pod surface a couple of times grouped up...northbound. Been listening to the LK hydrophone for at least 45 minutes, have not heard any vocalizations. (T124As) -Alisa Lemire Brooks, ON
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13:12 - Orcas now off Pile Point. SJI
12:29 - Whales! Orcas. some very close to shore. travel has slowed a bit. going north from Eagle Point towards False Bay SJI Estimate about 10. -Chris Wilson
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12:20 - More transients offshore of Cattle Point. -Monika Wieland Shields
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Thu Jun 20 - T65As - 12:20 - T65As went west through Spieden Channel. -Monika Wieland Shields
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~10:50 - Orca. Saw what I am pretty sure is a small pod just north of the Friday Harbor ferry terminal around 10:50 AM. Arriving on ferry from Anacortes, ferry operators spotted the whales and announced it. Lots of boats near the whales. No idea who this pod is but they were very close to shore! Anyone else see where they're headed? -Katie Sieverman
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10:38 - Mike at WS Ferries Ops called to relay they had report of 4 orcas off Friday Harbor, 2 adults, 2 juveniles.
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10:30 - Ts still right by Friday Harbor.
09:45 - Transients heading north outside Friday Harbor. Reported as possibly the T65As. -Monika Wieland Shields
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GRAY WHALES - Thu Jun 20 - Possession Sound - 15:00 - Somebody is still hanging around. Gray whale SE of Hat Island ...sadly no (photos) saw it from about 200 yds while heading ashore. Will keep eyes peeled on return trip. -Lor Christopher

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June 18

Tues Jun 18 - Rosario Strait - Left the T65As in the evening aiming down Rosario south of Alden but not going anywhere against the flood. -Sara Hysong-Shimazu, Maya's Legacy WW
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ALASKA REPORT - Tue Jun 18 - Seward, Alaska-AK & AD resident pods in amongst 8-9 feeding humpbacks on a calm sunny day. (Out of area, but cool report from Whidbey friend - sb) -Al Lunemann
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HUMPBACK WHALES - Tue Jun 18 - Haro Strait - 17:56 - One Humpback sited going north past Stuart Is. West side. Location: 370 Southside Dr. Right along the shore. -Diana Friend
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15:26 - Volunteering at Westside Preserve with San Juan Island Naturalist program. Seeing a humpback mid channel NB off of Lime Kiln. -Ariel Yseth
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Tue Jun 18 - Possession Sound - 17:12 - John Miller w/ WS Ferries Ops called, MV Suquamish reports a single gray whale approx 1/2 mile WSW of Mukilteo ferry terminal w/general northbound direction.

June 17

BIGG'S TRANSIENTS - T137s - JUNE 17 - Mon Jun 17 - Puget Sound - T137s - 20:15 - Leaving Point No Point (PNP) with T's last seen heading NB toward Mutiny Bay mid-channel after passing within 500 yards of PNP. 19:40 - One of the T137s passing Point No Point heading out... -Donna Green Van Renselaar
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19:50 - Point No Point. Orca pod diving / long down times. Pod that came over from Eglon! 4 to 5 (1 big male) Harbour porpoises all close up towards shore. Donna here taking pictures!!
19:17 - Eglon - 4 to 5 (1 male) Orcas + harbor porpoises in front of them! On the hunt!!!! -Andrew Muehling
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19:17 - Orca. I can still see them up by Eglon. They are milling about. They are very close to the west side so I doubt you could see them from Edmonds unless you had a pretty good scope.
19:15 - Orca. Appear to be milling around very close to the west shore/Kitsap side in the Eglon area.
18: 50 - Orcas flipped again, NB past Apple Tree Point and heading to Eglon. Three of the four family members off Apple Tree Point, Kingston. Close to Kitsap shore.
18:25 - Orcas have paused. Kitsap side of shipping lane....They have flipped and are SW bound .
18:20 - Orcas approaching the Edmonds/Kingston ferry line. Mid channel, NB. -Sara Frey
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18:25 - Now they look like they turned around and are moving south. Right in the ferry lane.
18:18 - Just now seeing two or three moving northbound mid channel between Edmonds and Apple Tree Point. -Andrew Dempsey
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18:28 - Maija with WS Ferries Ops just called to report 2-3 orca headed northbound off Apple Tree Cove. Reported by the MV Walla Walla.
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17:34 - Three orcas off President Point, south of Kingston, Kitsap side. Close in, trending north. -Joanne Graves
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17:08 - Orca. Watching from Fay Bainbridge Park, they are steadily trending north, mid channel. Norh of Fay now...Kimberly Sylvester Malzahn
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16:41 - Approaching Fay Bainbridge park between cruise ship Amsterdam and Bainbridge shore.
16:20 - Orca. just passed Skiff Point on Bainbridge. Maybe 3 orcas at least one male. Mid channel closer to Kitsap side moving steadily north. Heading toward Fay Bainbridge park next. T137A and downtown Seattle skyline. -Jim Reitz
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14:45 - Orca. northbound off of Blakely rock. -Joe LaMarche
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15:18 - From North Alki Park, orcas north of Bainbridge ferry lane, still on Kitsap side, seem to be stalled out milling around. Three back to back full breaches!
14:55 - Orca. Still steady NB, approaching Bainbridge ferry lane.
14:40 - Orca. Last spotted from North End of Alki Park, 3-4 including a large male, close to Kitsap side, north of restoration Point, approaching Blakely Rock steady NB, long dives. -Brittany Noelle
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13:05 - Orca. Two whales just passed us about a mile south of the Southworth ferry dock. (Kitsap side) Large boat followed them quite close and is now near ferry dock. I have photo of boat if you would like to see it. -Virginia Anderson
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12:45 -13:00 - Orca. Confirmed sighting, viewing from Corbin Beach, Vashon, 3 to 4 whales, more on the Kitsap side, heading north, lost sight just south of Southworth. Watched them travel all the way from Colvos Passage, to south of Southworth. WW boat and a lucky kayaker got some close views. No pics, but nice view with binoculars and scope from the Vashon side! -Norm Enger
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We got word that the T137's were still down South of Seattle...we headed down, looked and looked, and could not find them. We had everybody on the boat looking on all sides, finally, we found them in Colvos Passage!! They went on a hunt, we think a seal, not the one pictured. After that, they started to celebrate the feast, right when I had technical difficulties with my camera, T137A Jack breached a number of times!! It turned out to be an epic day on the water!! -Janine Harles
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12:48 - Orca. Now heading north in Colvos.
12:38 - Orca. Found them in Colvos Passage (north end) heading South. -Janine Harles
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11:00 - Donna at WS Ferries Ops called to report 1/2 dozen orcas off head of Vashon (north end)...captain has slowed. Orcas heading northbound.
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07:57 - Saw a small pod of orcas over at Point Defiance Park. -Gregory Leak
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~ 06:00 - This morning around 6 AM I saw four orcas swimming near Fox Island. I was staying at a house on Fosdick Point in Gig Harbor whey I heard them so got out the binoculars to confirm. -Darlene Terry
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Mon Jun 17 - Boundary Pass - 14:19 - 9 transients in Boundary Pass off Stuart....They were going back and forth at the time, so no definitive direction. (ID'd as T46s and T46Bs - alb) -Sail the San Juans
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UNIDENTIFIED KILLER WHALES - Mon Jun 17 - Strait of Georgia - Orca Sighting Monday June 17th 2019 ~0845 in Strait of Georgia. Today we encountered a pod of Orcas heading southbound in the Strait of Georgia at approximately 0845. We spotted 5-6 Orcas in what appeared to be circling/hunting prey....West/Northwest of Nanaimo and closer to the Vancouver side is where we spotted the pod. Our coordinates were approximately 49*12.576'N 123*37.692'W Please see the VIDEO attached. Hope this helps. (Melisa Pinnow, Center for Whale Research reviewed the video: "Not sure who that is but they look well fed and happy.") -Michele and Bong Almeda, M/V Mabuhay
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Hello, 8:41am this morning. We were southeast of Halibut Bank BC (49*11.75N 123*36.72W off Howe Sound in Georgia St.), believe there were at least 5-6 in the pod. They were traveling south/southeast. They put on an amazing show. Photo cred to our friends in boat behind us. -Andrea Gavalas-Pierantozzi
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COASTAL KILLER WHALES - Mon Jun 17 - CA - Saw these guys just north of Monterey CA . The locals said they were a transient pod and couldn't identify them...Phillip Patzer
(see VIDEO T34s, T37, T37Bs)
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Very rare exotics! We encountered 8 Bigg's transients from Pacific NW today: T34s, T37, and T37Bs - including a very young calf! They hunted a probable harbor porpoise, then celebrated for 20 minutes: 20+ breaches, plus spyhops! T37 was previously seen off Crescent City, in 2011. (Thanks for ID assist, Jeanne Hyde!). Photos by Marine Biologist Colleen Talty. The three moms: T34 (background), T37 (tallest fin), and T37B (foreground). Monterey Bay, California. -Monterey Bay Whale Watch
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Mon Jun 17 - WA - I received a sighting of killer whales from our Assistant District Biologist (Warren Michaelis) from Willapa Bay today. Here is the text from his observation: "We observed a small pod of Orcas at the entrance of Willapa Bay this morning. There was a large male, cow with calf, and two other animals I thought were sub-adults." The observation was at 0930 today. -Thanks, Joe Evenson, Waterfowl Survey and Sea Duck Specialist, WDFW
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Mon Jun 17 - Eastern Juan de Fuca - 15:19 - There is still one grey whale off of West Beach Road, just north of Fort Nugent. Have seen him the last few days. -Deborah Bias
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Mon Jun 17 - Saratoga Passage - 20:17 - Gray. At Irenella Point now.
19:08 - So excited to have a grey back, between Mabana and Irenella, close to shore, heading towards Irenella. -Lucinda Brezak
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Mon Jun 17 - Port Susan - We have had multiple reports of at least one Gray Whale in Port Susan in the last couple of hours the most recent at 1:30PM of a gray mid channel heading north into Port Susan from the Camano Head area. Earlier Report about 10:30 had a Gray heading south from Tulare Beach. No photo ID at this point. -John C Storbeck

June 16

BIGG'S TRANSIENTS - 18:37 - Orca. T137s - JUNE 16 - Sun Jun 16 - Puget Sound - They just turned around heading north towards Cutts island. -Mac Sawicki
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18:33 - Orca. Still traveling south closer to Kitsap side towards McNeil.
18:00 - Orca. mid channel more towards Kitsap side, southbound towards Fox Island. Many boats with them. (dropped pin coord. 47.279027. -122.733156). -Melissa Bird
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17:41 - We can see them from our deck near Kopachuck, headed south with a cluster of boats far behind. -Cora Reuter Foster
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17:38 - Orca. Now heading mid channel towards fox island.
17:23 - Orca. They are currently traveling south, toward Fox Island, still opposite side of Cutts, south of Kopachuck, we are in boat so hard to tell if you can see from Kopachuck. (map screen grab approx coord. 47.317292, -122.728193). -Kimberly Wenner
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Sunday June 16 2019. For the second day in a row we have seen orcas in Henderson Bay, South Puget Sound. There were 3 heading north toward Purdy at 2:45. They were heading back south by 4:00 and were heading past Raft and Cutts Island by 4:15. Yesterday we saw two in the same area. Don't know if they were the same as yesterday. Today there was one male with a tall dorsal fin and two smaller whales. -Kevin Stroh
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Orca (T137A) today in Carr Inlet. -Photo by Carl Albrecht, Jun 16, 2019
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15:00 - Orca sighting today Henderson Bay. First picture was taken today around 3:00 pm Henderson Bay in shallow water below my neighbors house by the time I got to my camera. They were heading toward Purdy Spit. I saw only two at the time. A bit later the four were seen out in the middle of Henderson Bay and seemed to be hunting. Can you tell me if they are the same ones? These are the best picture I could take and zoomed in. I think the four were hunting and got something. I have a fuzzy picture of a smaller one spy hopping. -Terry Shovlowsky
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16:30 - Orcas in Henderson Bay, east by raft island, heading south. Taken by Ingrid from our deck on the west side of Raft Island. -Photos by Ingrid Shumway, Jun 16, 2019
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16:16 - Yes, they are still there. They are moving south toward the Inlet. But they are still north of Cutts Island
15:34 - Orca pod in Henderson Bay right now near Gig Harbor. -Chris Reed
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11:20 - Orca. They just turned and headed back north-ish toward the east end of McNeil, after an epic feeding just offshore of the prison....We left the area at 11:30 - they changed direction a dozen times while we were there for about an hour...And yes, definitely eating seals. Threw one in the air a couple of times.
10:35 - Orca. Found them! On the move and on the hunt. The arrow is their general direction of travel. -Mia Bosetti (indicates angling SWerly between McNeil and Anderson Islands - alb)
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~08:35 - Father's Day Morning, Carr Inlet - just outside of Home. Pretty sure boat in picture startled them. Pod was in 2 groups around us, we had no idea they were there. Headed out of sight around Fox Island towards Tacoma. -Kaitlyn Hermsen
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Sat Jun 16 - ...south side of Moresby Island and we joined up with T77A. When we got on scene it seemed as though he was playing with a prawn pot or at least the small buoy to mark the pots location. The buoy would disappear almost every time the whale dove and for a while concerns came out that he might be entangled. A call had been made long before we arrived and a trained team was on scene to assess the situation. As they moved in to investigate T77A did a huge tail throw and it became clear he was definitely free of the prawn pot. He the celebrated a bit with a breach and a lot of tail slaps. It was clear that he was a very happy whale and very proud of himself. We waved goodbye to T77A "Saulitis" (named for researcher Eva Saulitis)...Island Adventures (Jun 16 day report link in humpback section)
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Sun Jun 16 - OR - Update: ID confirmation! These are some of the T49Bs! We had Transient Orcas in Depoe Bay again. A pod of 2 females and one male were hunting a harbor seal. It was unclear if they were successful. -Whale Research Eco Excursions Facebook Post (forwarded by Alisa Schulman-Janiger)
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Sun Jun 16 - Boundary Pass - 13:15 - Looks like 2 humpbacks off S Pender Island just east of Bedwell Harbor. -Mari Blakeslee Hauser
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Sun Jun 16 - Juan de Fuca Strait...After the wildlife bonanza of Race Rocks, we made our turn back to the south and came across an active but elusive humpback whale, known as MMZ0041, a little closer to Port Angeles. This whale "cartwheeled" more than once and raised his/her flukes a few times too, which gave us a chance to identify it! After getting a few great looks at MMZ0041, we headed back to the dock and it was just in time as the wind began to pick up...Island Adventures
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Sun Jun 16 - Port Susan - 19:20 - We have reports of a spout spotted in North Port Susan of Camano Island / near Iverson Beach, aka Long Beach, north of Barnum Point heading south. -John C Storbeck
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15:12 - Gray. One is heading towards Kayak Point right now! -Sarah Kortekaas
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10:05 - 2 grays spotted off of sunny shores in port Susan just now. Video shot from Tillicum Beach on Camano. (reviewed; shows distant heart-shaped blows -alb) -Ingrid Robaidek Degginger
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We had an unidentified gray reported in Port Susan this morning about 10 am near McKees Beach heading south toward Tulare then lost mid channel. Maybe the gray seen near Everett in the Snohomish delta area yesterday. Didn't seem like he was finding feeding spots maybe looking for a way out to head north. -John C Storbeck
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Sun June 16 - Eastern Juan de Fuca Strait - ...we found 2 Gray Whales feeding in the shallows off the western side of Whidbey Island. -Photo by Justine Buckmaster, Jun 16, 2019
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MINKE WHALES - Sun Jun 16 - Today on Saratoga we encountered around 4 Minke Whales actively feeding along with several birds near Partridge Bank and after hanging out with Steller Sea Lions, Harbor Seals, and a Bald Eagle (not pictured) at Whale Rocks we found 2 Gray Whales feeding in the shallows off the western side of Whidbey Island. -Justine Buckmaster, Puget Sound Express

June 15

BIGG'S TRANSIENTS - T137s - Sat Jun 15 - Puget Sound - T137s - 19:00 - Orca. West end of McNeil. They're on the move again. Heading east, towards the Narrows. I'm on the boat and they're still far behind us...we're just getting to the tip of Fox Island that has the pier....yes big boat, I'm on our family boat...Amber Stanfill
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Sat Jun 15 - ~10:50 - Orca. Just off the tip of Point Defiance. -Photo by Philip Denman, Jun 15, 2019
(Super close pass...here's T137A - alb)
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19:00 - Orca. Dinner's over, they are moving on, heading toward Penrose State Park.
18:07 - Orca. Moving very slowly, seem to be feeding.
17:35 - Orca. Spotted in Carr Inlet just south of Kopachuck Park....On the west side of Carr Inlet, not moving very fast. -Sarah Richey Guenther
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17:40 - Orca. Just west of Cutts Island. Headed back towards the Narrows. -Joy Donogh
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~ 17:40 - This evening about 5:40 I was able to capture a few images of the orcas I reported to you earlier. They were east by Cutts Island, heading south. Enclosed are some of my images, taken from our deck on the west side of Henderson Bay, and a few miles out. -Ingrid Shumway
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17:15 - Henderson Bay, South Puget sound sighting. Two orcas, one male and one smaller whale cruising south on Henderson Bay passing Raft Island. 5:15 PM on June 15, 2019. -Kevin Stroh
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17:05 - T137s heading back out of Purdy Spit, Henderson Bay. -Photo by Alexis Woerdehoff, Jun 15, 2019
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16:38 - Orcas turned and are heading back out. Looks like a young male with the big boy. Viewing from Purdy Spit still. Almost straight across from us.
16:20 - Orca. we see at least 4, three females/immature males and one large bull. Two boats following. Heading straight into the Spit.
16:17 - Orcas are heading toward Purdy. Can see a huge male mid channel, viewing from Purdy Spit. -Amy Bliss-Miller
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15:20 - Had a friend post on their Instagram stories. About 3:20 orcas near Fox Island heading north. (Carr Inlet) Toward Purdy. -Jordan Faker
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We watched the orcas from about 1400 - 1600 up Carr inlet and close to Purdy, off and on. Here are a few photos I got that may help with identification (previously ID'd as T137s - alb.) The youngest offspring T137D. As mentioned above, it was a group of 4 with a large bull. They stuck to the west side of the bay and appears to be hunting (with some eagles flying around them as they milled around). -Jolena Tagg
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12:56 - These 3 are (orcas) moving West pretty quickly...looks like they are headed that way toward Henderson Bay. We are mid Fox Island facing Carr Inlet so can't see Henderson Bay from here-but they were definitely heading that way!
12:44 - Orcas at southeast Carr Inlet mid channel between Fox Island and McNeil Island! -Charlene Welty
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12:30 - My sister Sara Best on Fox Island just saw the transients between there and McNeil closer to the Fox Island side! Heading west I believe. -Kelly Lauricella
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~ Noon - Orca. We saw them around 12PM headed south. They were off the top of Fox Island, typically lots of porpoises and dolphins around and i'm pretty sure they were hunting one because they would circle back around. -Matt Carr
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11:59 - Orca. Just north of fox island very close to fox island at very tip of Henderson bay. Appear to be hunting. -Justin Foster
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11:31 - Seeing orcas in the distance from Titlow Beach. They are heading south in the Narrows at a good pace and they are closer to the west side of the Narrows. -Connor O'Brien
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T137s in the Narrows - across from Titlow Beach. -Photo by Ashley Whitman, Jun 15, 2019
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~11:30 - Taken from the Narrows Beach this morning (super zoomed in camera). -Photo by Heidi Armstrong, Jun 15, 2019
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11:28 - Orca. 4-5 Heading south under the Narrows bridge. -Andrea Reubel Walker
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11:00 - Right now T137s are close to Point Evans moving quickly towards the Narrows bridge.
10:47 - The T137s have rounded Point Defiance headed toward the Tacoma Narrows bridge. -Justine Buckmaster
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10:21 - Orca. Watching three from ferry. They are headed towards point Ruston close to shore. -Meghan Davis
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09:05 - Good morning - we have reports of orcas off Gold Beach on Maury at 9:05 headed south. -Amy Carey
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~ 08:30 - Orcas sighted this morning around 8:30AM off the Vashon Lighthouse. -Alex Gilman
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Sat Jun 15 - Juan de Fuca Strait...bait ball with lots of bird activity right out of the harbor when the captain spotted a blow not far out of Port Angeles. Unfortunately a large cargo ship was dropping off a pilot and the humpback whale did a disappearing act on us never to be seen again. We continued on northeast towards the rockpile, an area know for abundant life and sure enough we encountered another humpback whale or perhaps the same one. She turned put to be none other than BCY0324 Big Mama and we watched her for quite awhile as she feed making huge circles all around us. Island Adventures, June 15 reports and images HERE.
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We had a fun nautical adventure today! After visiting Race Rocks with seals, sea lions and Ollie the sea otter we found a lunge feeding humpack whale in shallow waters close to shore feeding on bait fish....Sweet! This is MMY0077 "Trifecta" thank you Tasli Shaw & Erin Johns Gless for the quick identification within a minute of each other...Paul Pudwell
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Sat Jun 15 - Puget Sound - 18:06 - Humpback. Heading east now close to mid channel.
17:55 - Humpback right in front of Point No Point headed south hugging Kitsap side close to shore. -Melinda Barajas
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Sat Jun 15 - Snohomish River - 16:32 - Currently a whale, likely a gray in Snohomish River around Dagmars. Quite large. Coming up every minute or so. -Dar Crisp
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14:29 - Whale spotted in Snohomish River-before Everett Marina-14 ft water at sighting. Not orca possible gray. -Jennifer Parkhurst

June 14

Fri Jun 14 - Admiralty Inlet/Puget Sound - T137s - 15:45 - Orcas in Possession Sound 3/4 mile south of Hat Island halfway between Whidbey and Everett. Very close to small motor boat that is not moving. Three, including one male; too far away for further ID; very active, possibly feeding? Lucky boaters....They moved slowly from Whidbey side, and then stayed where I reported for at least 20 minutes being very active. We had to leave home to head for the event in Coupeville. They were still there when we left. -Sue Ellen White.
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15:00 - 4 orcas off Mukilteo Beach. -Photo by Cathy, June 14, 2019
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10:40 - Saratoga is on scene with the T137s. They made a quick kill of a harbor seal at Mutiny Bay and are now quickly southbound at the mouth of Usesless Bay. Sorry we left them shortly after that and never reacquired them. -Justine Buckmaster
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10:38 - Look who we have now in Admiralty, out from Mutiny Bay currently predating. 47.966995, -122.560947
09:42 - The offspring of T137 southbound Admiralty Inlet south of Bush Point. They're approaching Mutiny Bay. Steady SB travel. -Howard Garrett, Orca Network
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Fri Jun 14 - Admiralty Inlet - T123s & T65Bs. 19:05 - 4 to 5 orcas between Pt Townsend and the point. No direction of travel. Maybe on a kill. -Bill Pippine
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~13:50 - We found the T123s and T65Bs just south of Marrowstone Island going north about 40 minutes ago. -Photo by Justine Buckmaster, Jun 14, 2019
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09:25 - Report of 4 orcas heading south in Admiralty Inlet, south of Bush Point lighthouse, I male, 3 others, closer to Whidbey side. -From Tip Gordon and Anna Singh Deo.
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Fri Jun 14 - Juan de Fuca Strait - T065A's east bound through Race Passage on the morning. -Photo by Mark Malleson, 2019
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With an early report of orca off Sooke this morning we were excited to get out on the water and it was a great encounter with Transient Killer Whales T077a, T038a's, T065a's & T035a's first found just west of Race Rocks heading eastbound. -Paul Pudwell
(ID's by Mark Malleson)
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Fri Jun 14 - San Juans - T49As - all SJWW
(T49As per Sarah McCullagh)
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14:01 - Orca. now it seems like they're heading south
13:40 - Transients at Lime Kiln Lighthouse...they're heading out, neither north or south. -Jessica Huerta
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12:30 - Ts Eagle Point northbound, possibly T49As.
~ 08:15 - Orcas seen near Eagle Point this morning, possibly northbound. -Monika Wieland Shields
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Fri Jun 14 - Haro Strait - Orcas seen near Eagle Point this morning, possibly northbound, around 8:15. Keep your eyes peeled and let us know if you see anything! -Monika Wieland Shields
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Fri Jun 14 - Juan de Fuca Strait - We started our journey heading north and not long into the trip a passenger spotted our first whale, a humpback whale. It turned out to be one of our favorite whales BCY0324 Big Mama just arriving from Hawaii to our waters. Welcome home Big Mama!!!... Island Adventures, June 14 reports and images HERE.
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Fri Jun 14 - San Juan Channel - 13:00 - Three humpbacks in San Juan Channel between Pear Point and Fisherman Bay...They appear to be slowly southbound. -Monika Wieland Shields
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WSF called at 12:05 - MV Tillicum out of Friday Harbor reports 2 humpback whales southbound at Reid Rocks.
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...So we raised sails to head South. However out of the blue came Humpback whales BCY0160 'Heather' and BCY0458 'Raptor' passing Friday Harbor.. We sailed from Reid Rock to Turn Island and it was beautiful to hear the blows of these huge majestic mammals as they slowly paralleled us...Barbara & David Howitt, All Aboard Sailing
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Fri Jun 14 - Puget Sound - 12:15 - Humpback. We found that whale again, about a mile off of Edmonds, headed Southwest long down times. -Brian McGinn
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09:18 - Humpback. Correction, it looks more eastbound on second viewing.
09:08 - Humpback. The San Juan Clipper has spotted this whale in Browns Bay. Looks to be NB, towards Possession Point. -James Greenway
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We saw a humpback whale on theKingston/Edmonds ferry today around 5:50 am, ten minutes from docking in Edmonds. He was headed opposite direction. Kristen Moon
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05:46 - John Miller with WS Ferries called to report a humpback in the vicinity of their Edmonds/Kingston run. Observed by the MV Walla Walla on the eastern side of the northbound shipping lanes. Not known if milling or direction.

June 13

Thu Jun 13 - Juan de Fuca Strait - This was posted at 1:09 On Thursday June 13 - my mother spotted them off Bullman Beach at Neah Bay. Let me know if you would like any further details. I'm not sure if anyone reported this so wanted to send. Thanks for all you do! (orcas, 7+ heading westbound. See Bullman Beach Inn report below - alb) Jennifer Blume, Seattle, Wa
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Chris - our Chief of Horizon Scanning in Room #5, yells: "Orca!!" just beyond the kelp line, a BIG pod, at least seven, possibly more, cruisin.' Magic. I still hold my breath when they dive, exhale when they do ...What the poet Jim Harrison said of porpoises rings true for Orca: (they) "dance for as long as they live. You can do nothing for them. They alter the universe." -Scott Hartman, Bullman Bay Inn at Neah Bay
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Thu Jun 13 - Hood Canal - 19:15 - My in-laws saw what was likely a gray whale or a humpback from their property on Hood Canal this evening at 7:15pm 1.5 miles north of Hoodsport. They said it "was breaching then rolling and spouting. Very large (compared to orcas) and grey color. Awesome!" I believe it was headed north when they saw it. -Kelly Lauricella
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I saw a humpback in Hood Canal this morning, traveling northerly near the eastern shore off Rendsland Creek and Musqueti Point. There were several distinct Lobtailing slaps and large blows, before the whale disappeared to the north....I did not have a camera to get a photo of the sighting, but I do have a corroborating witness, we were on the beach doing crab survey for Washington Sea Grant at that time. There were also several tribal shrimp boats (Skokomish) in the area, too....The sighting was uncommon to say the least!! The lobtailing was pretty incredible-in fact it was a loud tail slap that first alerted me. We then saw several blows and more lobtailing over about a five minute span. -Kevin Stoops
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08:07 - Neighbors on the North Shore by Rendsland's Creek called me at 8:07 to report the whale(s) breaching at Potlatch. They thought it was more than one whale. Pretty cool! -Karla Oman
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Thu Jun 13 - Puget Sound - MMX0049 - Notes by Tasli Shaw re: MMX0049: "Nice identification, this whale has not been documented in the Salish Sea since 2016. Nice new markings on the fluke as well."
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20:30 - a humpback is circling mid channel off of Shilshole. We did not get a close look but assume it's the same individual. -Justine Buckmaster
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Posted 15:30 - While watching the fire, I saw a fluke in front of Shilshole about 15 minutes ago (~15:30). -Susie Cunningham Bravo
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12:14 - Humpback. We have made a circle pointing back towards Port Madison, 2 miles SSE of Jefferson head
11:37 - Humpback. 3 miles or so due north of Shilshole. -Trevor Tillman
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10:28 - Humpback off President Point, toward the north, toward mid channel, Kitsap side. Saratoga is with it. Trending south. -Joanne Graves
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Nice day with Humpback "Shell" MMX0049 off Pt. Jefferson/Kitsap. Saw 3 breaches, then pec slaps, moving in big circles around the boat. On the way back to Pt. Townsend, two harbor seals doing x-rated activities! Not much wind to the south, compared to big winds to the north! -Bonnie Gretz
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Humpback seen South of Kingston 6/13, identified as MMX0049 Shell.. taken aboard Saratoga. -Janine Harles
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Humpback "Shell" - photo taken around 10:20am this morning, aboard Saratoga. Was southbound at this point, between Edmonds and Kingston. 600mm telephoto lens. -Jim Reitz
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Orca Network alerted WSF Ops of the humpback's presence. Mike from WSF Ops just called back at 09:58 to relay report from MV Walla Walla who had wildlife sighting of unknown species in Apple Tree Cove, now presumed to be the humpback.
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SJC left this animal at 0920, in traffic lanes headed SW, towards Apple Tree Cove. Identified as Shell, MMX0049. -James Greenway
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9:03 Humpback off of north Edmonds. Clipper on site. Seems to be trending south. -Michelle Goll

June 12

Wed Jun 12 - Orca sighting Port Angeles, in Port Angeles Harbor. Taken from Facebook report: "This is what was reported off a Radio Konp 1450 NEWS report. Debi Millet sent us a couple of photos she took of the orca pod during their visit to Port Angeles Harbor on Wednesday. Note the calf in the first picture. Thank you Debi!" -Larry Bennett, WDFW, Port Angeles
(ID'd as the T77s - alb)
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San Juan Channel - A sweet pass from T123A Stanley this afternoon - taken from shore right near Friday Harbor. -Photos by Monika Wieland Shields, Jun 12, 2019
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12:59 - T123s Just passed Point Caution, They were mid-channel (southbound). -Cindy Hansen, Orca Network
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BIGG'S TRANSIENT KILLER WHALES - Wed Jun 12 - 12:30 - T123s heading south in San Juan Channel along San Juan shoreline, currently a couple miles north of Friday Harbor. -Monika Wieland Shields
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Wed Jun 12 - Another day, another chubby baby transient killer whale - this one ~9 month old T123D. San Juan Channel. -Photo by Monika Wieland Shields.
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Wed Jun 12 - CA - More "Exotic" Bigg's transients: the T99s were off Eureka CA! Fishermen Gary Friedrichsen and Bob Lockett encountered 4+ orcas between 9:45-10:20: photos confirm T99, T99B, and T99C! The T99s are typically seen in the Pacific NW: I last saw them off San Juan Island on 21 July 2018 - with CA40 and CA137! Photo: T99B, by Bob Lockett. Wow! -Alisa Schulman-Janiger

June 11

Tue Jun 11 - T49As - These were the T49As and they ended up going west through Harney Channel and then north up San Juan Channel....They went through Pole Pass - cool to see! -Monika Wieland Shields
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18:13 - Maija with WS Ferries Ops called to relay report of 4 orcas hanging out off the Orcas Island ferry dock.
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16:15 - Two orcas coming out of Eastsound. Waiting for id's. -April Ryan
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14:20 - Hi, Standing at water's edge today about 2:20 p.m., we had four Orca whales near shore in front of my house. This shoreland in East Sound is about 1 or 2 miles just before the Village of Eastsound. This was very surprising as they never come here. After they left, a seal popped up...guess he escaped a fate today. Four photos attached. -All the best, Ann DeKay, Bronson Way, Eastsound, WA
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Tue Jun 11 - 14:35 - Orcas traveling northbound up President channel on the Orcas side. Approaching Doughty. (T124As, incl. 124A1) -Roaxane Jackson Johnson
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12:00 - One group is now heading north towards Boundary Pass from Green Point and the other is northbound off Henry Island.
10:15 -Multiple groups of orcas on the west side northbound - one report of 4-5 north of County Park, and another at Land Bank now. Sounds like it's Ts. -Monika Wieland Shields
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Hannah Heights orcas: 10:15 am today large male and 4 smaller heading west towards Lime Kiln. Could have been passing thru. They surfaced 3 times in the 2 mile view we have. -Happy day, Tom Sheehan
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Tue Jun 11 - OR - Jim Wangelin called to report seeing 3 orcas including one large, the morning of June 11th in Spanish Head, just S of Lincoln City, OR.
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GRAY WHALES - Tue Jun 11 - Port Susan - 18:53 - Port Susan Whale Watchers Gary Lingenfelter, Nicole VIenneau, and Connie Kuhn are tracking Shackleton the Gray moving between Country Club and Warm Beach. Earlier Reports had him at Kayak at 2:45PM. Last report about 5 minutes ago had Shackleton turning back from Pirates Cove and heading toward Kayak Point. Latest Report from Gary Lingenfelter is that Shackleton has passed by Kayak Point and is heading towards Warm Beach! It appears he is swimming laps around the north end of Port Susan....John C Storbeck
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11:42 - ...He's (21) now further out in deeper water heading south.
11:30 - (Gray 21) The Shackster is back. Having lunch at Mountain View Beach. About 200 yards out. Not heading in any particular direction. -Patrick Early
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Tue Jun 11 - Possession Sound - 18:27 - Possible grey off Jetty Island near the naval station, Tuesday 6/11 at 6:27pm. Heart shaped blows. Looks like just one. -Jana Hyde

June 10

Mon Jun 10 - Around 6:30 pm today, a group of 4 orca went slowly westward through Active Pass. Photos taken from the shore of Galiano Island. I have been told they are the T123s. Please confirm. -Karoline Cullen
(T123s confirmed by Melisa Pinnow, Center for Whale Research)
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Mon Jun 10 - What another great day with Transient Killer Whales south of Sooke! The T073a's & T075's (Id Mark Malleson) were traveling inbound in the Juan De Fuca Strait. -Paul Pudwell
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COASTAL KILLER WHALES - Mon Jun 10 - Oregon - Hello ... reporting an Orca sighting today, 06-10-19, approximately 8:30 a.m., a couple hundred yards offshore of "Devil's Punchbowl" at Otter Rock, Oregon. Photos attached (I shot some pretty good video, too, but will need to edit and upload that before it's possible to share it). It was difficult to get a definitive count because they were so active (and I had my eyeball embedded in camera viewfinder), but there were at least 4 animals in the pod; the largest male breached completely out of the water at one point. They had caught a harbor seal in open water and were batting it around (I couldn't tell if they ultimately killed it, but a dozen of so gulls were swooping in close as if to scoop up pieces of something?). After 10 minutes or so with the seal, they resumed moving north again, headed toward Depoe Bay. -Howard Shippey, South Beach, OR
(ID notes: "Looks like T068Cs.", Jared Towers, DFO)
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HUMPBACK WHALES - Mon Jun 10 - Central Puget Sound - 17:00 Confirm humpback (juvenile). Now half mile north of Alki, southbound. 5 breaths and dive.
16:35 - baleen whale (looked like humpback, but was in glare) 1 mile north of Alki point, eastbound toward Elliot Bay. seen from the sailing vessel Obsession. - Joey LaMarche
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GRAY WHALES - Mon Jun 10 - Eastern Juan de Fuca Strait - 10:20 the whale headed back out to open waters! -Jayme Walker
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~ 09:30 - At least 2 Gray whales off Cliffside beach at NAS Whidbey. Looks like now heading NE. They stopped for a while to feed. Saw several pectoral fin displays. -Kris Holley
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Mon Jun 10 - Port Susan - Shackleton is still here. The first shot was taken last week, the second, today at about 8:45AM. Almost always moves north past Kayak Point, then into the intertidal zone to feed, moving towards Warm Beach. Today he seems to be moving more slowly and not feeding as aggressively as normal. Is he the only sounder still around? Hope he's OK. -Gary Lingenfelter
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Mon Jun 10 - Puget Sound - 2 grays heading north thru Colvos Pass, Gig Harbor side. Can't confirm the second (as gray) as it was to far away, but it was weird because they were acting funny coming right up to the boat while we where fishing and it literally went all the way into the beach as in it was almost all the way up to the shore line under 10 ft of water. But as they both headed north up thru Colvos they where both tracking north together only maybe 20 yards or so apart. -Janssen Olson
(video confirms at least one of the whales was a gray - see frame grab below - alb)
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Mon Jun 10 - Possession Sound - 10:40 - My husband, Don Fernandez, caught this video at 10:40a southeast of Hat heading east. Sadly he hit stop recording just before tail fluke and a dive! Looks like a gray. -Lori Christopher
(yes did look like a gray, barnacled head etc -alb)
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MINKE WHALES - Mon Jun 10 - There were two minkes south of Cattle Point. -Pete Ancich
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14:45 - From what I can see through binoculars from Cattle Point Lighthouse it looks like there's at least one minke a mile or two south from the lighthouse with whale watching boats around. -Alex McIntire

June 9

While I was kayaking at Kluxewe resort (9 km north of Port McNeil, BC on the northern end of Vancouver Island) I saw a pod of 8 orca killer whales on June 9, 2019 at 4:00pm. I think they were transient meat eating whales as the salmon were not in this area yet. -Photos by Rick Rosatte, Ennismore, ON
(Female is T109. Male could be T69C. IDs by Melisa Pinnow, Center for Whale Research)
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Sun Jun 9 - We were excited to share the beauty of our backyard today with a group of all Sookies! These Transient / Biggs Killer Whales T49A's were heading west past Race Rocks Light House...great to sea the Olympic Mountains in the background. -Paul Pudwell, Sooke Coastal
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T49A pod moving west, north of Port Angeles. -Mike Beasely
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UNIDENTIFIED KILLER WHALES - Sun Jun 9 - Strait of Georgia - ~18:00 - One mother and one calf spotted in the Sechelt inlet by Sandy Hook at approximately 6 pm. -Cara Ueland
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Sun Jun 9 - Haro Strait - 09:06 - Hearing some big breaths near Landbank, sounds like a humpback. -Pat McEvoy
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Sun Jun 9 - North Puget Sound - 10:00 - Humpback south of Scatchet head, south Whidbey island. Circling and feeding. -Brian McGinn
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Sun Jun 9 - South Puget Sound - 12:29 - Humpback at Owen Beach (Tacoma). Saw twice, traveling east towards pt. Defiance ferry terminal. -Michelle Penick
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Sun Jun 9 - Port Susan - 09:36 - Good morning! Gray between Cavalero and Warm Beach. -Katrina Caceres
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Sun Jun 9 - Northern Puget Sound - 12:34 - Grey whale off Possession Point headed north towards Glendale... 100% a grey. -Toby Black
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Sun Jun 9 - Puget Sound - 21:30 - 22:00 - Whale we watched for about a half hour off the West shore of Day Island Sunday June 9 between 9:30 and 10:00 pm or so. No apparent direction. Surfaced about 15 times in our area within earshot. This is a screenshot from the video I posted here (below). -Karen Caldwell
(Frances Robertson, Northeast Pacific Minke Whale Project, reviewed Karen's video: "This is certainly a minke! Nice video (not clear enough to help with an ID I'm afraid.")
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Yesterday (9th) at around 3:50 P.M. I saw what I now believe to be a minke whale in Dalco Passage off Owen Beach. I only saw it surface twice and the second time it surfaced I managed to catch this picture before it disappeared. It was headed northwest just 100 yards off shore. I wasn't sure what it was at first as it was too large to be a porpoise and the dorsal fin didn't seem to fit with anything I had seen before. While this picture does make it seem small, I think that's just because most of the whale was underwater at the time I took this picture. -Connor O'Brien
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WHALES - SPECIES UNCONFIRMED - Sun Jun 9 - Haro Strait - 09:06 - Hearing some big breaths near Landbank, sounds like a humpback...looked for it to no avail, but definitely heard breaths. -Pat McEvoy

June 8

Sat Jun 8 - 19:50 - Just saw three orca mid channel between Blakely and Decatur from the ferry! -Sara Vogan Geiger
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June 8, 2019 - At Jones Island we met the T49As, Transient/Biggs Orca family, who'd come inter-island and through Pole Pass...Barbara & David Howitt, All Aboard Sailing
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15:00 - Sounds like they are southbound in Haro near Halibut Island.
13:20 - It's the T49As and they are just exiting Spieden Channel heading west.
10:15 - orcas westbound off the Orcas Island ferry landing. -Monika Wieland Shields
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Sat Jun 8 - Strait of Georgia - Mom/baby orca 1355 06/08 - Georgia Strait: Got a call from Eric Young re: a mom and baby orca, with a hint of pink on its belly, swimming south in Georgia Strait, within 50' of their sailboat, between Bull Island and Lasqueti Island, near the south end of Texada Island. No photos. No other whales seen.
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Sat Jun 8 - South Puget Sound - 09:47- I believe it was a humpback moving nice and smooth under the Narrows Bridge heading south. -Andrea Reubel Walker
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Sat Jun 8 - Eastern Juan de Fuca Strait - ~14:00 - As I was heading to the Samish Indian Nation Cultural Days at Deception Pass Park (Bowman Beach) I accidentally went into Deception Pass Park, West beach and there were 2 grays not far off shore heading south quickly. took a few photos from my vehicle. guy working concession stand said he had been watching 3. both PSE and another WW boat were with them. this was around 2 pm? or so. I do have a few photos, not the best tho for ID. will post soon...Marilyn Armbruster
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Sat Jun 8 - Puget Sound - 16:16 - Gray whale just passed the Edmonds fishing pier, heading quickly south. I am certain it was a gray, someone caught a video of it from the pier. -Krystal Lynn
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Sat Jun 8 - Puget Sound - 8:26 - Mike from WSF Ops called to report a whale sighting about 1.5 N of Alki Point unknown type or direction. Saw the whale breach out of the water, vessel could see it.

June 7

Fri Jun 7 - Sounds like this was the one individual T124C (off San Juan Isl). -Traci Walter
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15:00 - Ts off Land Bank west side now (San Juan Island). -Bethany Ryals
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Fri Jun 7 - 15:10 - T49As. Now heading north up Rosario. -Monika Wieland Shields
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13:20 - Small group of orcas in MacKaye Harbor an hour ago. -Joyce Lyster
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13:00 - Traveling from MacKaye Harbor towards Iceberg Point. -Sally Reeve
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12:14 - They are near McKay Harbor. T049As. -Pete Ancich
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11:00 Small group of killer whales in Cattle Pass, unsure of direction of travel. -Monika Wieland Shields
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Fri Jun 7 - North Puget Sound - 19:31 - Humpback whale moving south at a quick pace past Richmond Beach Saltwater Park. Up for a few breaths, down for about 5 minutes, then up again for a few breaths, and haven't see him since. Nice fluke dive. -Anastasia Nicolov
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Just wanted to report a humpback whale sighting today just off of Richmond Beach in Shoreline Washington. Watched the whale from about 10:30 AM until noon on Friday, June 7, 2019. Looks like a pretty small humpback whale. I have attached 2 videos of it. Flukes at the end. -Thanks, Laura Decker
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12:08 - Humpback. (reported as Grey whale) just north of Richmond Beach and (thankfully) way south of the Edmonds-Kingston ferry route. Swimming south again, back towards the research buoy, where it's been hanging out for awhile this AM, according to our neighbor. -Karen Jeanne Rutter

June 6

Thu Jun 6 - We wanted to share photos of the T65B's and T137's after hunting and sharing a meal as they were passing Friday Harbor northbound approx 6:30pm. Pretty cool! -Cheers, Barbara and David Howitt, All Aboard Sailing.
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Hello, 12:35 - Watching orca T137s and others, about 5...supposedly T65Bs too! These pictures were taken today off of Burrows Island/Washington Park today around 12:40pm while out with Capt. Drew on Outer Island Excursions. I believe it's T137A and family. We also saw them off the South Western tip of Lopez Island about 3pm. Have a great evening. (T137s and T65Bs -alb) -David Haeckel
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12:09 - Found em again, as did a whale watching tour, in front of Burrows still slowly headed towards Anacortes.
11:44 - Still hanging around in between Allen Island and south Lopez. Closer to Allen.
11:25 - (direction of travel eastbound) towards Anacortes, they're near Allen Island right now, moving slowly against the current. And there's a baby!!!
11:09 - Orcas moving across the south end of Lopez Island right now!! At least one male, several females, and looks to be a juvenile or two!! -Morgan Chasson
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Th Jun 6 - Western Juan de Fuca Strait - I took these photos of a single whale on 6-6-29 afternoon between Bullman Beach/Creek and Snow Creek, near Neah Bay, WA. Selected these photos for id purpose, I hope. -Maureen
(This gray is a match to the whale in Sooke Harbor on May 17th who was included in our May 25th Whale Sighting Report)
ID notes by Alie Perez, Cascadia Research: "Yep definitely the same individual, thanks for the photos! I hadn't given it an ID yet but now that I have a repeat sighting and know it has been hanging around the area for a length of time I just made this one CRC2257."
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Thu Jun 6 - On Thursday's full-day cruise to San Juan Island, we found some very shy minke whales around Partridge Bank. We then took a look at tufted puffins off Smith Island, and a few more minkes feeding among a huge bait ball off Hein Bank...Bonnie Gretz, volunteer naturalist, Puget Sound Express

June 5

Wed Jun 5 - Eastern Juan de Fuca Strait - 12:47 - Blow spout directly west of Whidbey Island on the Naval Base now about 50 yards off shore. Hard to tell whether grey or (other) baleen whale (I'm relatively new at this). -Kes Andrius
(presumably gray whale - alb)

June 4

COASTAL KILLER WHALES - June 4 - Florence, OR - Today, this just past noon. Orcas on the Siuslaw River in Florence again! 4th year in a row I was able to videotape them here. Not sure if there was 3 or 4. (I see 4 - alb) -Deborah Heldt Cordone
(ID notes Melisa Pinnow, CWR: "Ts, but it is not clear who.")
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Tue Jun 4 - Siuslaw River, Florence, OR - Supplemental photos to the report & video shared by Deborah Heldt Cordone of the pod in Siuslaw River, Florence Oregon included in our last Whale Report.
(Members of the T050s in the Siuslaw River, OR. -IDs by Jared Towers, DFO)
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GRAY WHALES - Tue Jun 4 - Eastern Juan de Fuca Strait - 10:52 - It's still here feeding. I can't get a good photo though. -Lacie Anne
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10:23 - 2019 newbie gray whale CRC2256 off West Whidbey Island. Gray whale still in same general area. Feeding just beyond the surf on this blustery day.
09:52 - Gray whale feeding off Joseph Whidbey State Park. -Rachel Haight
(ID by Alisa Lemire Brooks via ID images provided by Cascadia Research)
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Tue June 4 - Port Susan - 14:10 -14:20 - Gray whale spotted at Pirates Cove first heading south around 4:10, then changed course and traveled NW towards the Country Club. -Josh Mitchell, Camano WW page

June 3

Mon Jun 3 - Eastern Juan de Fuca Strait - 20:00 - Unidentified whale (probably a gray?) off of West Beach, Oak Harbor, 8:00 on, trending very slowly southward...a lot of good blows! All the waves out there made it hard to identify, but good strong blows abounded. pretty close in! -Teri Bozeman
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15:50 - Maija at WS Ferries Ops just call to report a gray whale in Admiralty Inlet off Port Townsend heading northbound.
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Mon Jun 3 - Port Susan - 16:45 - 17:30 - Linda Thompson lives on the bluff between Kayak Point and Warm Beach, she reports first hearing a whale below the bluff between 16:15-16:45. They then walked down part way and could see a gray whale swimming and engaged in what appeared to be typical feeding behavior (moving along with pec and fluke fins exposed). The whale moved on.
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HUMPBACK WHALES - Mon Jun 3 - Anacortes: We started off the dock with a slight breeze and reports of some possible whales way up North! As we made our way through Guemes Channel we decided to turn North and go up through Bellingham Channel. It turns out we made the right call because not too long after we turned a humpback whale was found off of Saturna Island!...Clare. Excerpted from Island Adventures June 3 Blog Report
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Mon Jun 3 - Puget Sound - Small whale sighted. Yesterday afternoon (3rd) , maybe 3 to 4 pm. Dumas Bay area in Federal Way. It wasn't huge, as best as I could tell (seen from a distance and height) perhaps the length of a car or van. Swimming beneath the surface, back surfaced briefly, and appeared to be alone, and fairly close to shore which is why I'm worried about her. Or him. Did not look like an orca, and we got a clear look at the tail for a moment, and Yep, by god, that is definitely a whale. I don't know what else to report, as I am not an experienced judge of distance or size. -Thanks, Amy Tucker

June 2

BIGG'S TRANSIENT KILLER WHALES - Sun June 2 - The little cute little kid, T46B1B. It will be interesting to see how the coloration changes (or if it does) as the whale gets older. Taken north of Nanaimo on our all-day trip. -Photo by Sara Hysong-Shimazu, Maya's Legacy WW, Jun 2, 2019
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June 2 - Tillamook Bay, OR - 19:00 - VIDEO - A pod of Orcas taken from the CG 47252 at 7PM today. Mouth of Tillamook Bay Oregon. (ID notes Melisa Pinnow, CWR: "They are Ts but I can't tell who they are.") -U.S. Coast Guard Station, Tillamook Bay
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Sun Jun 2 - Port Susan - 15:38 - Whale north towards beach 2 center of bay.
15:23 - Grey whale south of Country Club. Beach 3. -Daphne Ketchum Blom, Camano WW page
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Sun Jun 2 - ...Constance Bank, we were in the company of at least 2, maybe 3 humpback whales. First, we witnessed a rambunctious calf who seemed to be more interested in playtime than anything else and even took to the air in a breach, more than once! Shortly after, mom went on a few dives, and thanks to a quick glimpse of the fluke, and the help of Tasli, another naturalist in the area, we were able to confirm this whale as MMZ0004 Zephyr. We could see a lot of white from the pectoral flippers underwater as they slowly swam past the boat. A quick look through a few photos showed that there was, in fact, another whale with this cow/calf pair, only, who was it? After mom and calf went on a bit of a deeper dive, so did whale number 3 and we then had ID confirmation. It was a well known and beloved whale named "Two Spot (CS631aka CRC16017)"!!...Renee
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Anacortes: Our search took us up to Boundary Pass where we found two humpback whales! It was double trouble with Stitch (MMX0167) and Divot (BCX1057). They were showing off their powerful flukes with each deep dive...Sam, Port Angeles & Anacortes excerpted from Island Adventures June 2 Blog Reports

June 1

Sat Jun 1 - This is our exciting encounter with the little white whale, little pale-white whale T46B1B and family on our Outer Islands Excursions trip last Saturday....We were off the east side of Vancouver Island sometime between 5:00 and 5:30 pm on Saturday June 1. The pod was headed north and we had followed them for a while. A BC ferry going at a fast clip passed over where we expected the pod to surface next, but the pod evidently moved west of the ferry's position and surfaced right in our path, coming straight at us. -Joy Kane
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Sat Jun 1 - The T046B's spent almost hardly moved for 24 hours and hung out around the mouth of Saanich Inlet. Tas and I went out this morning and hung out with the very energetic matriline. Lots of surface active behaviours, playing with prawn trap floats and surface vocals! Here is T046B3 taking to the sky. T46B3 Photo by Gary Sutton, Jun 1, 2019
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3 Transient Orcas in Satellite Channel/Sannich Inlet. Have been here for the past week, witnessed them and a poor seal. Also, many (at least 20 different whale watching boats at different times) coming to see the whales just on Sat. -Karen Gray
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UNIDENTIFIED KILLER WHALES - Sat Jun 1 - Hello, I live on Gabriola Island at the northwest end of Pylades Channel, just before False Narrows (a narrow channel between Gabriola and Mudge Island). Last night (June 1st) between 7:00 and 7:30 I saw at least three orcas, possibly four, heading west through False Narrows towards Nanaimo. One had a large dorsal fin so was probably a male.This is the second time I have seen orcas transiting False Narrows at high tide, although they have been seen by others going through on numerous occasions. For the whales! -Margaret Davison
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Sat Jun 1 - Depoe Bay, OR - 21:22 - Any way of knowing what pods are near Depoe Bay Oregon? We just saw 4 or 5 northbound from Depoe Bay. I have video but no way to edit or upload it. -Jim Clark
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Sat Jun 1 - Port Susan - More pics from 4:00 north of Kayak Point in Port Susan. Big counterclockwise Loop and about 20 minutes feeding in the shallows. We were at least 100 yards and in 15-20 feet so it was in very shallow water. -Steve DeKoekkoek
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Sat Jun 1 - Eagle Harbor, Bainbridge - 20:42 - Gray whale half mile north of Alki, southbound with fluke dive. -Joey LaMarche
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~19:40 - Around 7:40 this evening Eilene & I were just south of Salty's when we were startled by a loud sound and looked up to see a whale surfacing close to shore. We believe this was a gray whale. It moved off to the north along the Harbor Ave shoreline. We drove to Duwamish Head, where along with others, we watched it surface a number of times before the whale headed southwest toward Alki Point about 8:00 PM. -David & Eilene Hutchinson
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2019 newbie gray whale CRC2256 swimming in Elliott Bay off West Seattle. -Photos by Eilene Hutchinson, Jun 1, 2019
(ID by Alie Perez, Cascadia Research)
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~ 14:45 - 15:15 - Reporting a whale (not an orca) very close to shore at Magnolia. South of Discovery Park heading toward Palisades. Moving slowly. About 2:45 to 3:15 PM from my vantage point. Sorry no video Lots of people saw it; surprised no one has yet reported. -Deborah B Cushing
(possibly gray whale 2256 - alb)
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11:34 - gray is hangin off Rockaway beach heading south. Looks to be a young one, smallish.
11:21 - gray has exited the harbor. No direction noted (it did go way west into the harbor, slowly exited east and stayed for probably 15-20 minutes off Pritchard beach, very close to beach. People on the beach took photos. Then went north to middle of entrance to harbor, then out.)
11:14 - gray is now more north in ferry path...ferry coming in super slow.
11:04 - gray is in the little beach area by Cresosote.
11:02 - gray just passed the end of our dock, appears healthy, is heading out of harbor going east.
10:37 - We just had call, gray whale in way in Eagle Harbor low tide, highly unusual and weird. John jumping in dinghy to check it out....nothing ever comes in this harbor. -Lorrain Doer
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Sat Jun 1 - Elliott Bay - (Sightings included in our last Whale Report confirmed Gray 2256 in that area at this time) ~18:30 - when we saw what looked like a juvenile gray whale...feeding about 200 yards east of the Jack Block Park Overlook in Seattle - near the mouth of the Duwamish River. Did multiple loops of the same basic area...Don't remember the exact time, mid to late afternoon...No images, we stayed for about 45 minutes. Seemed like the whale was doing a feeding loop on what might be that last section of a muddy, mostly undisturbed, bottom near the mouth of the Duwamish. It was still doing loops when we left. -Steve Colony & Dreana Eden


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