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June 16

Bigg's killer whales - Large group of Bigg's in Puget Sound including: T036, T036Bs, T065As, T077s, and T137s and Possibly T75Bs.
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Gray whales - June 16 - Gray whale feeding at opening to Oak Harbor. Sat at 1215pm. -Photo by Jeff Humphrey, June 16, 2018

June 15

Southern Residents - (J pod on hydrophone)
8:30 p.m. - They are still there.
7:29 p.m - They're back, faint right now. Echolocation, squeaks, clicks - and each time a boat goes by they get more vocal.
6:17 p.m. - Orcas on Lime Kiln hydrophone. -Donna Green VanRenselaar
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4:26 p.m. - Js now southbound off Hannah Heights.
4:00 p.m. - Js were milling at Land Bank close to shore. Southbound now. -Cindy Hansen, Orca Network
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15:45 - nice pass at Lime Kiln - lead Js came up to the lighthouse and flipped back south. -Monika Wieland Shields
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J-Pod has been around all week! It's enough just that they are here, but then to have moments like this....wow. This is J16 Slick right off the kelp at Lime Kiln Lighthouse this afternoon. J16 Slick spent a solid five minutes going back and forth in the kelp off the Lime Kiln Lighthouse this afternoon! A good old fashioned west side shuffle kinda day - J-Pod passed Lime Kiln six times today! We got to see the morning (top), noon (middle), and night (bottom)! -Photo by Monika Wieland Shields, June 15, 2018
(Js continued south and made it to Eagle Cove where they spent some time; they milled & shuffled all morning/afternoon - alb)

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8:25 a.m - hearing faint calls and echolocation. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, ON

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8:50 a.m - J14s, 19s, and 16s have passed Landbank.
8:18 a.m - Js spread from Land Bank to Kellett. Southbound off Land Bank....It's really weird it's flat calm but I'm hearing way more than I'm seeing - the blows are really carrying far
8:05 a.m - Just heard a blow at Land Bank.
7:45 a.m. - 2 orcas north of LK heading north at 6:40 - and possible echolocation on the Lime Kiln hydrophones now. -Monika Wieland Shields

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5:45 a.m - Calls on Lime Kiln hydrophone. -Jack Collins

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June 15 - We never know what we are going to see when we head out into our beautiful backyard...but happily again today we had the pleasure of visiting Transient Killer Whales (T137 & T036) all spread out near Race Rocks Lighthouse. -Paul Pudwell

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Coastal Killer whales - May 15 - We received email from Scott Mercer on June 8th relaying report of Orcas off Point Arena Lighthouse circa 5/15/18 by Sara Bogard. Sara adds: "They were attacking a pinniped."
(ID notes by Alisa Schulman-Janiger of the California Killer Whale Project: " The one whale does match to a whale that we have rarely seen, no CA ID number yet; not confirmed for over 2 years. Very cool!")

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Humpback whales - Puget Sound - Just sailed past a humpback cruising up Agate Pass northbound (6:50 pm, Friday, June 15). Was unable to get a picture. -Sheila Guard

June 14

Islands were joined together in this morning's extreme low tide. We navigated inside Turn Island watched by three raccoons in a tree and caught the tail end of the ebb out through Cattle Pass. We'd been listening to spectacular calls and echolocation of Southern Resident orcas on Lime Kiln hydrophone. We are very concerned they may not be finding enough to eat so we're hopeful, hearing the echolocation, that they're finding Chinook salmon. We arrived to find them milling and then traveling with some social cuddle puddles, breaches and spy hops. The J16's turned towards us and vocalized into our hydrophone. We continued on the flood to circumnavigate San Juan Island taking a course north of Spieden and Flattop Islands. We spotted many eagles nests one with eaglets noticeably larger than last week and now stretching their wings. -Barbara & David Howitt, All Aboard Sailing (see encounter and photos on their blog post HERE)
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10:35 a.m - echolocation and calls...and now ship noise (Star Zulu (BS) 15.8 knots/173' southbound off County)
10:26 a.m. - seeing more dorsals on webcam heading southbound and hearing more distant calls.
10:22 a.m. - just saw large male dorsal on webcam.
10:12 a.m - hearing distant call S1 & S4, then burst of loud calls and echo.
9:42 a.m - J pod off the west side of San Juan Island heading southbound. Nice echolocation and calls on Lime Kiln hydrophone. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network
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9:15 a.m - 6 Orcas spotted at Smugglers Cove heading south towards Lime Kiln Park. -Back of camera photo by Holly Cannon, June 14, 2018
(ID by Melisa Pinnow, CWR: J31)
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June 14 - T49A1 was confirmed lone male in San Juan Channel who then went through Spieden Channel -alb
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June 14 - Received at 7:22 PM - Encountered a juvenile Grey Whale at the southern approaches to Oak Harbor from Penn Cove, feeding. Eric Tremblay

June 13

At sunset orcas Ls were offshore of False Bay going SW. -Monika Wieland Shields
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6:45 p.m. - Some still approaching Edwards Point after some directional changes while fighting the tide and currents. Some individuals were fairly close in (including sprouter/older open saddle male) while others remained further out. Several have rounded the point out of view and would be off Hannah Heights. The currents really picked up in the past many minutes off off the point, massive turbulence, so stunning.
6:05 p.m - After looking like they might be heading offshore, while passing Landbank pullouts we could see many have stayed in. From southern pullout we can see at least 1/2 dozen directly out from us right now. -Alisa Lemire Brooks
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It looked to me like just the remaining Ls came down (L4s, L26s, L47s, L72s) and not the Js. They were all past Lime Kiln by ~17:45 still southbound.
17:00 - Leaders at Lime Kiln. -Monika Wieland Shields
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~ 5:00 p.m - 5:45 p.m. - Relocated to Lime Kiln Lighthouse, see orcas still to the north, off Bellevue Point. For nearly an hour watched them stream past Lighthouse still spread widely (primarily in 1-3s) from inshore to offshore, steady pace southbound in rough seas and beautiful sunshine.
By 4:30 p.m.- a few who were closest in and leading were porpoising off the north end of County Park.
4:10 p.m - Seeing bodies now...orcas appear in a line spread form fairly close inshore to ~ 1 mile offshore coming down island, leaders currently at the southend of Open Bay. Choppy seas.
3:44 p.m. - We just arrived at County Park, have visual on WW boats off Henry Island with more boats showing up around the bluff. Begin seeing blows minutes later...hard to see in the chop but periodically blows stand out spread from inshore to ways off. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network
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15:30 - leaders nearing Henry Island southbound. It is Residents!
14:30 - Possible SRKWs at Turn Point southbound. -Monika Wieland Shields, Orca Behavior Institute
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June 13 - Active Pass - Amazingly, today is the 3rd day in a row orcas have gone through Active Pass. Between 2 and 4 pm, a large group of transients approached from the west, showing some breaches, tail slaps, and cartwheels. They went through the pass east bound, almost exited, then turned around. Went into Miner's Bay, moved slowly along the shore of Mayne Island, then turned again and went eastward. One small group made one more tour around the pass before they left. At one point, the downpour almost obscured them. T37B2 and T77B in Active Pass.
(IDs by Melisa Pinnow, CWR)
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June 13 - Swanson Channel - Today on the Chilkat Express we saw harbor porpoise galore, a humpback whale near Cattle Pass, and a big group of playful transient killer whales in Swanson Channel! The transient group included the T34s, T37s (all of them!), and the T77s. -Justine Buckmaster
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June 13 - San Juans - 1:15 -1:45 p.m - Still watching the Cattle Pass whale continue south, currently SE of Green Can at Salmon Bank now heading SW. Tentative ID CS513 Anvil. No luck sighting any other whales.
12:45 p.m. - Humpback cleared Cattle Pass a bit ago and has continued southbound. We heard there was another Humpback (would make 3rd) off Eagle Point heading down Island about an hour ago, we are moving over to South Beach to see if we can locate that one while keeping an eye on this one.
12:15 p.m. - Whale is traveling steady surface intervals, sounding and presenting fluke. In Cattle Pass just north of Whale Rocks. (see Marilyn's photos below)
12:05 p.m. - Humpback heading southbound just north of Goose Island on San Juan Island side of San Juan Channel. Viewing from Cattle Point, San Juan Island. (Keeping and eye out too for 2nd whale reported south of Lopez heading this way). -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network
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Saw a whale on the ferry almost when we were pulling into Friday harbor...wasn't sure what it was but this might've been the whale that was spotted! (re; above sighting) we were about 10 minutes or so away from pulling into the ferry dock at San Juan from Anacortes. It was roughly around 11:30am on the left side of the boat. It definitely wasn't an orca that's for sure... the dorsal fin was super small. Couldn't tell how big the whale was...the ferry made an announcement about a whale on the port side but I guess they couldn't tell what kind of whale it was as they made no mention except for whale port side. -Gianna Cioffi
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June 13 - Puget Sound - 6:15 p.m. - Two humpbacks off Three Tree Point (Burien), mid channel, heading north. Looks to be a mama and a calf possibly? I tried to get pictures but they had some really long down times and I was just so happy to see them that I stayed in the moment. -Kim Baumgartner
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(in reply to above report) We saw them (humpbacks) last evening (13th) about the same time off Seahurst. Unfortunately no, the sighting was very brief but exciting! We saw a larger whale and a smaller one beside it heading south close to mid-channel. The larger whale blew and they both dove. Gone from our sight in an instant. -Cindy Eckes Waddington

June 12

J pod and part of L pod - 15-20 Residents between Pender and Salt Spring, through Active Pass and out into the Gulf! We saw every behavior! Breaches, cartwheels, pec slaps, tail slaps, porpoising- saw about 13 breaches in total (have pictures of about 8-10 of them). -Sydney Gass
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Again today J pod traveled NW up Swanson Channel then east in Active Pass into Georgia Strait, today at 2:30, beneath the bluff where Karoline Cullen was ready with camera. J41, J19, and J51 - Active Pass, J50, J36 and J22, with perhaps J26 and J16. -Photo by Karoline Cullen, Galiano Island, June 12, 2018
(IDs by Melisa Pinnow, CWR)
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Members of L pod after exiting Spieden Channel heading towards Turn Point, Saturna Island. -Photo by Justine Buckmaster, June 12, 2018
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11:10 a.m - relocated to friends to see the Ls spread out in Spieden Channel heading west at good clip. Mid channel and Spieden Island side primarily. Some moved over and looked to be heading SW as if to head south in Haro but then all stalled. Unclear at this time which direction they were committed as the whales were pretty spread out with those visible going in different directions.
(Per Monika Wieland Shields: L4s, L26s, L47s, L72s went Spieden that day. They did not split Spieden - there was a humpback in New Channel. They went north to where Js were but Js went Swanson and Ls went Boundary.)
10:45 a.m. - arrived at Reuben Tarte Park to see fins across south end Presidents Channel, seemingly headng south. Short time later seemed to stall and then aim west looking like towards Spieden Channel. Those of us gathered on the rocks watched as they picked up speed making good time. Was some confusion, looked like pod may have split Spieden as some WW boats were splitting Spieden. Whatever was happening, we eventually could see many orcas heading towards Spieden Channel. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network
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9:52 a.m - Residents just picked up heading down President's Channel. -Monika Wieland Shields
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June 12 - Juan de Fuca - L12s - A very special day! As we were leaving the docks we got a report from one of our local fisherman that there were Orca coming our way and within a few minutes Cpt. Dan spotted our beloved Southern Killer Whales (L12's) right out front of Sooke! After visiting them we also had the pleasure to head a couple miles south to a family of Transient Killer Whales. L89 Solstice off Sooke heading west. L41 Mega off Sooke heading west. -Paul Pudwell
(IDs by Melisa Pinnow, CWR)
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June 12 - Juan de Fuca Strait - T75B and T75B3 a couple of miles south of Sooke. -Photo by Paul Pudwell, June 12, 2018
(IDs by Melisa Pinnow, CWR)
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Minke whales - June 12 - Minke whale Partridge Bank. -Photo by Justine Buckmaster, June 12, 2018

June 11

L92 - Missing Southern Resident killer whale is presumed dead. L90 Ballena in Active Pass alongside someone breaking the surface. This was the chosen Photo of the Day before we knew of the sad news that L92 Crewser (L90's presumed nephew) was declared missing by the Center for Whale Research. -Photo by Karoline Cullen, Galiano Island, June 11, 2018
(ID by Melisa Pinnow, CWR)
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June 11 - (Js and 19 Ls went thru Active; L12s turned at Henry Island & headed back down Island.) - J27 Blackberry - Karoline had the great fortune of seeing J pod and some of L pod heading NE up Active Pass this afternoon, and sent these sweet images she took from the shores above as the whales passed by. J40, J37, and J49 Active Pass off Galiano. -Photo by Karoline Cullen, Galiano Island, June 11, 2018 (IDs by Melisa Pinnow, Center for Whale Research)
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Today we awoke to some fantastic sounds - the Southern Resident Killer Whales were vocalizing on Lime Kiln Point State Park hydrophone. First time they've been back since end of March. We could identify calls of J and L Pods. As the tide switched to flood, the orcas headed north and so did we in "Peniel". We met up with the orcas just north of Turn Point Lighthouse. The whales were spread in many loose groups. We found the trailers, the J17's and L87. Together we travelled along N. Pender Island up towards Active Pass. As we bumped up we encountered several other groups along the way, including J22, J38 with J37 and son, J49 and a larger group up ahead, the L47's with L90. We were surprised not to see L92 "Crewser" in the group. Upon entering Active Pass, the orcas picked up speed and began porpoising - what a sight to see as the spray from the orcas' wake revealed a rainbow from the sun. We obtained some distant orca photos and also photographed L72 with son L105. We watched them continue on towards the direction of Vancouver before taking Georgeson Pass to start our journey for home. Our hearts felt so happy seeing our beloved SRKW's. L47's in a tight group. -Barbara & David Howitt, All Aboard Sailing, June 11, 2018
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8:10 p.m. - L12s have grouped tight, now just seeing blows off in the distance. Still drifting south out from South Beach. Currently still one WW boat with hardy peeps out there.
7:40 p.m. - We have moved south, see L12s south streaming down island still, currently out from about Eagle Cove. We are at South Beach and see them well offshore. From American Camp/South Beach
~5:30 - 6:15 p.m. - Arrived to Land Bank/West Side Preserve north pullout just in time to spot a lovely member of L pod right out in front of us. Over the next 45 minutes or so we watched many stream southbound super spread out, a few inshore, several others offshore, including 2 males. Much breaching happening to the south and way offshore, ~ 2 miles or so. Was invigorating. Gorgeous sunny day in a beautiful place. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network (with Marilyn Armbruster)
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Member of L Pod heading southbound for the evening...we just got there in time to see them. West Side Preserve. -Photo by Marilyn Armbruster, June 11, 2018
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6:25 p.m. - Hannah Heights southbound now
5:08 p.m - Leaders at north Land Bank now some still passing Lime Kiln. They don't seem to be in a rush.
4:42 p.m. - Approaching Westside Preserve now, they were just passing the wall at LK southbound. -Cindy Hansen, Orca Network
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1:45 p.m. - Three male Orcas reported at Smugglers Cove south of Roche Harbor headed north. -Holly Cannon
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A picture perfect morning on the west side of San Juan Island today: flat, glassy blue waters and - finally - the return of the Southern Residents. All of J-Pod and most of L-Pod were here, including L55 Nugget, seen here. -Photo by Monika Wieland Shields, June 11, 2018
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L122 Magic and L91 Muncher this morning in Haro Strait. -Photo by Monika Wieland Shields, June 11, 2018
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As moments like these become fewer and farther between, this morning was a solid reminder to never take any second with these animals for granted. Hi J Pod and L Pod, you dear creatures...so good to see you...Photo by Katie Jones, June 11, 2018
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These two reporting parties (one written, one video) wish to remain anonymous: They looked incredible and were breaching, tail slapping, pec waves and underside showing. I was at Westside Preserve and it was a long 3.5 hours but loved every minute of it. I got there just as the leaders passed by, no ID of the 2 females and youngster but they turned around just past Lime Kiln and joined the others NB.I felt like they were foraging and checked out the scene ahead of the group and came and said" it looks good let's go North. Apparently the L12's are passing by Land Bank SB because they turned around at Henry. The rest continued NB. -Anonymous
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Lime Kiln hydrophone:
10:20 a.m -
more echolocation and faint calls
9:30 a.m. - intense echolocation
9:19 a.m. - more echolocation, faint.
8:56 a.m. - Variety of calls, some close some distant and rapid click trains in the past several minutes.
8:49 a.m. - saw at least one orca on Lime Kiln webcam.
8:45 .a.m - Lots of chatter about Rs in Haro. I tuned into Lime Kiln, hearing loud echolocation. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network
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June 11 - San Juans - Trip Report: Another beautiful, sunshiny day as we left Anacortes with reports of orcas, including the Residents! After we checked out some harbor seals on Colville Island, Capt. Eric spotted a humpback by Iceberg Point on Lopez Island. We got a few good looks, including a nice fluke-up tail dive. We then headed to the north side of Orcas Island to visit with some lovely transients, including some T49s and T75s. With minimal boat traffic with this group, we were able to enjoy watching them travel around the Pea Pod Islands, toward Barnes and Clark Island. T75B and T75B2. -Bonnie Gretz, volunteer naturalist.
(IDs by Melisa Pinnow, CWR)
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June 11 - Admiralty Inlet - 8:14 a.m. - At least 3-4 orcas in Admiralty, Lagoon Point, Whidbey, heading northbound on Marrowstone Island side. -call from Kit Turner
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June 11 - Capt. Eric spotted a humpback by Iceberg Point on Lopez Island. We got a few good looks, including a nice fluke-up tail dive...Photo by Bonnie Gretz, June 11, 2018

June 10

Juan de Fuca - MIND BLOWN! 5 minutes from our docks in Sooke. Cpt. Dan spotted some beautiful blows a mile out and we were surprised to find 3 or more Transient Killer Whale Pods heading towards shore very fast on the hunt for Pinnipeds...they continued to zig zag all around slowly heading east. Will take some time to identify these amazing Orca tonight. Great to sea this T PARTY TODAY! T100 and T100F, T100C, T100E, T102 off Sooke. T101B, T101, and T86A off Sooke.. T75A. -Paul Pudwell
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June 10 - T49A's, T75B's and T75C's by Patos. We set sail in beautiful conditions heading north through the islands into Presidents Channel. We saw many harbor seals hauled out on Bare Island as we crossed towards Patos Island to meet up with the socializing orcas, T49A's (minus T49A1) and sisters, T75B's and T75C's. Blue skies became bordered by heavy black clouds and localized rain storms. Reefing the sails as conditions changed as the whales were milling in circles. Eventually the whales split up and headed south and we set course to visit Skipjack, White Rock and Flattop Islands. Gently sailing in the lee of Flattop while enjoying our BBQ supper. Spectacular skies and a rainbow as we headed for home. -David Howitt, All Aboard Sailing
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June 10 - Puget Sound - 8:20 p.m. - 2-3 orcas seen heading northbound, just south of Fay Bainbridge Park. -Sue Larkin
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7:38 p.m. - heading north very slowly and not coming up too much. Looks to be slightly West of mid channel near murden cove. Last update from me, heading home.
7:12 p.m. - proceeding North again. Still mid channel about to enter the ferry Lane into eagle harbor.
7:05 p.m. - They paused about half way to Eagle Harbor (Bainbridge).
6:58 p.m. - just NW of Blakley rock, Mid channel heading north. -Phil Echelman
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5:47 p.m. - Saw a few blows after my post, looked like they may have found something, then I haven't seen anything for 5 minutes.
5:40 p.m - Milling right now at the NW tip of Blake, on the west side, watching from South Colby, no direction atm. -Angelique Sheris
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5:12 p.m - Just passed in front of Southworth ferry dock, heading north! -Vanessa Alexia Makarewicz
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5:00 p.m - A pod of orcas off Southworth Ferry dock. -Kelsey Gallo
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4:10 p.m - We saw three (orcas) coming out of the passage north of Vashon. -Judy Krebs
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Colvos Passage at Anderson Park. 5 fins at 4:00 6/10/18. -Nancy Sutton
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3:58 p.m. - Orcas just passed through Olalla, headed towards Manchester. -Ashley Jacobson
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1:10 p.m. - 6 or more Orca about a 1/4 south of Alki Point. Watched as the circled for 10 minutes. Looked like they had found something to eat. Headed South by Southwest towards the channel between Vashon and Blake island. Saw several jump completely out of the water. -Douglas Greenswag
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1:10 p.m. - Orcas, probably 6 seen jumping just off of Emma Schmitz overlook off West Seattle - now heading towards Manchester/Blake Island. -M. c. Murphy- Rose
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June 10 - 5:14 p.m. - Gray whale NE of Foulweather Bluff (Hansville, Kitsap Peninsula) moving north. Possibly more than one but not clear. -Eric Johnson

June 9

Eastern Juan de Fuca - 6:15 p.m. - Single male orca north bound 3 miles northwest of Point Wilson. Didn't get an ID, but definitely a Transient. -Justine Buckmaster
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June 9 - There were transient orcas everywhere today - including outside of Friday Harbor. Barbara Howitt and Erin Corra took the skiff out to get a look at the orcas at a different perspective before meeting up with David Howitt on Peniel. The T75B's and T75C's were with the T49A's minus T49A1 traveling up San Juan Channel. He split off with the others (T65A's & T37A's) who decided to take Upright Channel instead. Interesting lighting conditions as a distant rain cloud headed our direction. The T49A's hugged the Orcas coastline while the T75B's and C's were on the opposite side of Presidents Channel near Waldron. Rains came and went and we headed for home under blue skies. -Barbara & David, All Aboard Sailing
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2:45 p.m - Just got a few glimpses then lost them, but boats northbound. At Point Caution. -Cindy Hansen, Orca Network
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1:17 p.m - Looks like at least 10 in just the group going north along the Shaw shoreline.
1:01 p.m. - Wow seeing a third group now, this one might come north.
12:51 p.m. - I'm at the Labs and looks like they're going Upright Channel.
12:28 p.m. - They're cruising, I just got to Jackson Beach and the boats are already north of Griffin Bay. -Monika Wieland Shields
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June 9 2:30pm - Rosario Strait then along the east side of Lummi Island - Saw a pod of maybe 7-10 individuals comprised of females and at least one calf. Our guide thought they were transient and estimated the calf at 9 months. We followed them in Rosario Straight as they headed north. Later, we came across two males, also heading north past Lummi Island! Traveling mostly. They would do several shallow dives and comes up for air over and over and then dive under for a few minutes at a time before resurfacing. We saw 2 males and altogether around 10 individuals! -Celeste Hufford
(ID Notes: several photos reviewed by Dave Ellifrit, Center for Whale Research: " That's the T37As and T65As. T49A1 and T65A2 were hanging out together well away from their groups for most the afternoon.")
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June 9 - Trip Report: Another fabulous day aboard Mystic Sea! Sunny, calm seas, and orcas in Rosario Strait, within 30 minutes of leaving the marina! Many Transient/Bigg's orcas spread out across the Strait, generally heading southwest. We joined up with the T37s and T102 (male, born 1984) and watched them travel and play. We then took a break to see seals and head into Deception Pass, always a treat! We then found the T100 matriline, mother T100 (born 1978) and her family, plus two big males. They made a kill and celebrated with a big spy hop. -Bonnie Gretz, volunteer naturalist.
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June 9 - Puget Sound - 3:45 p.m. - 2-3 orcas were seen several times from the Southworth to Vashon ferry, near the north Vashon terminal, heading northeast toward Seattle, reported by Casey Irving.
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June 9 - Photo by Paul Pudwell, June 9, 2018
(Believe this is match to BCY0523 - ALB)
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June 9 - 5-10 porpoises were NW from the Mukilteo ferry terminal at the 4:40 sailing along with a younger looking grey whale that was traveling towards the Clinton terminal when we took off from Whidbey....Milling about 50 yards from shore in a northern direction...It had a lot of barnacles on its back and looked much smaller than a humpback. I wish I would have had enough time to get photos. I've never seen porpoises before yesterday and the whale was so close! -Shelsea Eney

June 8

Residents - 8:15 a.m - 10-12 (possible) SRKW'S 10 NM west of Wickaninnish Bay, Tofino North bound. Definitely Residents, 1 bull in the mix. -Scott MacLeod
(Without individual ID's at time of publishing, leaving open possibility these could be NRKWs)
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June 8 - T102 Pec fin. Always amazed by his size....HUGE!! -Photo by Gary Sutton, June 8, 2018
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T034s, T037, T037Bs, T100s, T101s and T086As Strait of Georgia, off Galiano, moving south slowly (< per Gary Sutton). Left in the evening southbound outside Active Pass. -Monika Wieland Shields

June 7

Bigg's killer whales - June 7 - Vancouver Harbor - Mid afternoon the T49As ventured into downtown Vancouver, BC.
See ChekNews piece: Rare orca sighting at Victoria's Inner Harbour
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June 7 - 1150 - T65As. we are with them now in Discovery Bay but they're currently heading out. -Renee Beitzel, MV Saratoga
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11:03 a.m - 4 orcas sighted between Cape George (Port Townsend) and Protection Island. Pod heading west towards Diamond Point. Traveling. -Terri Stafford
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0600 - Spotted 2 or 3 juveniles and 1 adult Orca 2 miles northeast of Green Point, just East of Port Angeles this morning. Appeared to be feeding off a seal. -David Crawford
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Humpback whales - June 7 - Puget Sound - 19:41 - Two Humpbacks southbound half mile east of Blakely Rock Bainbridge Island. 5 breaths and both whales gave fluke shots...One of the whales seemed on the juvenile side in terms of size. -Joey Lamarche - S/VNeptune's Car.
This juvenile humpback is BCX1068 Split Fluke's 2017 calf and BCY0160 Heather's grandbaby. This yearling was traveling with a 2nd unidentified humpback in Puget Sound, seen off Bainbridge Island. -Photo by Joey LaMarche, June 7, 2018
(ID match by Sam Murphy)

June 6

Strait of Georgia - Female with calf out in 1 knot MI. Off Westview, Powell River. 09:00 June 6. Traveling. -William Mcbride
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Great hanging out on the boat tonight just around the corner from Cowichan Bay with good friends and beautiful west coast scenery. T077, T077B and T077C. -Photo by Gary Sutton, June 6, 2018
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3:40 p.m - I work for Parks Canada (Gulf Islands). At the end of my day we saw 4 whale watchers following 4 or 5 orca between Piers Island and Portland Island (off Swartz Bay)...steadily cruising along: slow regular surfacing. (we may have seen this same group a week ago off the south end of Pender Island AND at that time it appeared they may have had a calf of the year with them) weren't close enough to get a good look today....steady travel; 4 whale watching boats, 2 on each side, somewhat controlling their direction, but adequate distance from the whales. -Frank Gee
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June 6 - Juan de Fuca - T124A3 born 2006. T124A2A born 2013. Great day with a couple a humpback whales out west and Transient Killer Whales the T124A's right out front of Sooke! -Photo by Paul Pudwell, June 6, 2018
(ID by Melisa Pinnow, Center for Whale Research)
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This afternoon I got to spend some time with the T124A's in front of Sooke. They were heading Westbound when they turned South by Secretary Island and Possession Point. -Deanna Brett
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Another great day on Saratoga! We met up with the T124As with T124A2s just outside Victoria today. Some tail action by T124A2A; notice the unique notch. The youngsters in the group were super active and we were even treated to a surprise close pass while the engines were shut down. The conditions were wonderful, too! -Justine Buckmaster
(ID by Gary Sutton)
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Thought I would pass this along...my friend Janet Ulin spied Orcas in the middle if the Straits of Juan Dr Fuca, so she put the binoculars on them and managed to get this breaching shot, just crazy. She said she counted about 6 or 7 of them. I know that is close to Victoria...and that it was about 1130. There ended up being a whale sight seeing boat right with them too, so hopefully someone comes up with more info on them. And she said she watched them for about a half hour and they were heading east and up towards the San Juan islands. -Sandy Thompson Watne
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June 6 - Puget Sound - 3:12 p.m - There is definitely 6! One of which is a calf!
2:53 p.m - I can count a total 5 or 6, with one large male about 1/2 mile east of the main group. Now they are less than 100 yards off of Point Robinson Park on the East side of Vashon.
2:46 p.m - I'm with them now across from Des Moines, they are closer to the Vashon side. Headed north bound. -Matt Graham
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1:00 p.m. - Not really traveling in any specific direction. They're hanging in the middle (basically on the ferry path), close to some boats. Still mid channel between Pt D and Vashon.
12:46 p.m - 3 orcas spotted mid channel between Vashon Island and Point Defiance. Seen from Gig Harbor side. -Gaby Kinner
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12:16 p.m. - at least 2 confirmed.
12:06 p.m. - Orcas Tacoma side under Narrows headed north...Idk how many I'm waiting for a resurface for a good confirmation but the blow spout and splash was too big for a porpoise. -Jami Cantrell
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12:04 p.m. - Just saw them splashing quite a bit north of the Narrows Bridge again, on the Tacoma side.
11:52 p.m. - Saw two Orcas heading south just north of the Narrows Bridge. -Allison Stewart Bishins
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June 6 - Juan de Fuca - BCYUnknown "Scratchy" - ...a couple of humpbacks out west...they were together few miles off shore almost at Jordan River. -Photo by Paul Pudwell, June 6, 2018
(ID by Alisa Lemire Brooks, ON)
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...and BCY0523 "Graze". -Photo by Paul Pudwell, June 6, 2018
(ID by Alisa Lemire Brooks, ON)
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June 6 - Admiralty Inlet - 1715: 2 humpbacks (no IDs) milling just off Pt Wilson at entrance to Puget Sound. -Renee Beitzel

June 5

San Juans - T77s - Amazing pass by Cattle Point Lighthouse. T77s....Thank you! These are all new whales to me! My mom and I were on shore at the Cattle Point LH when the 77s turned around in Cattle Pass and came right below us. -Photo by Ariel Yseth, June 5, 2018
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The water int the straits was flat calm. The lighting with sun breaking through the clouds illuminated Minke whales at Partridge Bank, Steller Sea Lions and Bald Eagles at Whale Rocks, and the T77 group of Transient Killer Whales along Lopez Island to top it all off (not to mention a bold little Rhinoceros Auklet who swam right alongside the boat while the orcas were on a dive). Justine Buckmaster
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Email received 2:14 p.m. - T77 pod (6 whales) off Lopez island. Close to shore. Via Puget Sound express tour. Followed and viewed for close to half an hour. Traveling and a rest period towards the end on the surface. -Lauren Bauer
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June 5 - Puget Sound - T65As - Hale Passage/Arletta; @ 9 PM; just west of Fox Island bridge, pod heading west towards Key Peninsula. At least 6 individuals, including 2 large adult males (big dorsal) & a couple juveniles. -Thomas Curran
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At 8:10 p.m. T65As came in to view from around Green Point, Gig Harbor still in steady travel mode heading south offshore, but very much on the peninsula side. Long dive, 10 minute down time where they basically surfaced in the near same location after coming into view. They then continued now more SE bound heading towards Fox Island and surfaced in front of us out from the bluff just east of Green Point. They stalled out in this general area made some directional changes. Video below is from about 8:20, I left around 8:30 with them a little to the east outside the entrance to Hale Passage.
7:44 p.m. - Can see the pod all grouped in steady southbound travel just south of Kopachuck State Park. Viewing from neighborhood above. DFW boat just got on scene a few minutes ago. -Alisa Lemire Brooks, ON
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Saw them just off Kopachuck Park (6:30PM). -Sydney Everson Haglund
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5:30 p.m. - Seeing blows, breaches and other surface active behaviors south of Allen Point, Gig Harbor. From Wauna boat launch neary Purdy.
3:50-4:10 p.m. - Watched the T65As in Carr Inlet moving offshore from Fox Island more towards mid channel as they made their way north. Mom and offspring together in the lead with male following several hundred yards. Lost them around the point. Watching from town of Home on west side of Inlet. -Alisa Lemire Brooks.
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4:10 p.m. - I live on Carr Inlet on the west side of Fox Island directly across from the Bridge. T65A6 & family just swam North towards the N. end of Fox Island a block or two from the shore. Estimate the Pod is about 6 or 7 in number have pics can email. -Dave McHugh
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3:44 p.m. - orcas traveling NW on the western side of Fox Island right now. looks like they might go into Henderson Bay, right now they're milling around kinda the middle of Carr Inlet. -Juliana Morris
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2:33 p.m. - 4 orcas swimming near south coastline of Fox Island!! Traveling Northwest towards Key Peninsula along the Fox Island coastline. Beautiful!! Might be a baby with them! -Charlene Welty
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Rare treat on the way into Tacoma today! A pod of orcas passed in front of the ferry as it departed Vashon (7:10am). I will try to post images later....I saw them from the bow of the Chetzemoka, 7:10 sailing to Tacoma. They were moving east to west along the rip current. The male was trailing a small group of 4-6 who went deep as the ferry departed. The came up again closer to Vashon, west of the ferry terminal. The fishing boats noticed and motored over for a look. I tried to catch them on my phone, but they were too far away. - Mitch Kent
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Minke whales - June 5 - A minke whale was circling Salmon Bank...Photo by Barbar Howitt, June 5, 2018
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June 5 - the lighting with sun breaking through the clouds illuminated Minke whales at Partridge Bank...Photo by Justine Buckmaster, June 5, 2018

June 4

Powering along just yards from shore to catch up to the others who killed some small marine mammal. -Photo by Bonnie Gretz, June 4, 2018 (T34s, T37, & T37Bs made a kill feet from shore off Fort Casey, Whidbey before they exited Admiralty Inlet)
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June 4 - Admiralty Inlet - 7:45 p.m. - Naturalist Stephanie Raymond just reported a group of orcas looking a lot like the T65As heading south in Puget Sound, mid-channel between Edmonds and Kingston.
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Betsy Carlson of the Pt. Townsend Marine Science Center reported two orcs feeding off Ft. Flagler/Marrowstone Island. Too far away to see markings. 3:10 pm June 4. (could be the same outgoing group flipped or incoming T65As who were found in Puget Sound later)
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We watched 5 or 6 Orcas southbound off Point Wilson - around 2:50PM today. Added: We watched them go down the sound - seemed to be headed south and rounding Marrowstone Island. -Photo by William H Wise, June 4, 2018
(could be the same outgoing group as below who flipped or possibly incoming T65As who were encountered later in the day in Puget Sound)
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June 4 - Admiralty Inlet - Another report from Ebey's Landing area, from Al Lunemann at 2:27 pm: small group ~7-8 orcas ust north of Ebey's Landing ~ one mile out seeming to slowly head NW.
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Awesome sighting at Ft. Casey today of Ts....at one point they were about 200-300 yards from the beach! Porpoising, hunting, grouping up....just beautiful! Never seen them this close to Whidbey side! I followed them to Ebey's Landing, and they were more mid-channel by then. What a treat!
2:02 p.m. - just passing Ebey's Landing more mid channel, one boat with them
1:41 p.m. - OMG. Orcas having lunch at Ft Casey....just passing the lighthouse now. Very close to Whidbey side...toward Ebey' s Landing. -Bonnie Gretz
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...we had T37, 37Bs and 34's heading out of Puget Sound...They had just roughed up a Steller but then aborted mission and started doing this off Fort Casey, Whidbey. -Photo by Renee Beitzel, June 4, 2018
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12:04 p.m. - Michael Waitt called from Lagoon Point to say the orcas were about 300 yards off shore just south of the point and headed north.
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1155 - flipped and heading north now still close to shore just south of Lagoon. All grouped up again.
1150 - stalled out/changed direction close to shore just north of Bush Point. Confirmed the 34's and 37Bs with T37
1120 - Definitely got T37 here. Several others.
1108 - Some close to Whidbey between Lagoon and Bush Points. Approaching Bush Point.
1055 - They're really spread out and hard to get IDs. Not seeing any males.
1044 - We got em! Still southbound directly across from Lagoon Point closer to Marrowstone.
1025 - possible orcas in Admiralty Inlet. Passenger alerted us to seeing a dorsal fin while we were northbound abeam of Marrowstone. We saw more than one barely noticeable blow in distance to the south. Been traveling slowly south ever since but lost them. - Renee Beitzel, MV Saratoga
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11:33a.m - Just spotted orcas south of Marrowstone across from Lagoon Point South. Saw at least 2 porpoises (?) close to Whidbey, and was hoping orcas would head over, but they seem to be headed south quickly. -Becky Livingston
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June 4 - Howe Sound - 1:45 p.m. - Orca sighting up Howe Sound. Traveling - T101A was tailing a female with a calf around a year and half to two years old. Whytecliff Park. -Photo by Sydney Gass, June 4, 2018
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Coastal killer whales - June 4 - Charleston, OR - Hello! My friend Ellie and I spotted a single Orca last night around 9pm just west of the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology (Charleston OR) jetty, near the red buoy. The dorsal fin was rather long, so we're thinking it's a male. It wasn't close enough to see markings or the saddle patch. It surfaced a total of three times, and was heading out of the bay. I have attached a photo of the Orca to this email! -Date and time of sighting: 6/4/18 8:57 pm - Location: 43.3510N -124.3311W. -Thank you, Morgan Janes & Ellie Jones
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June 4 - Otter Rock, OR - Call just came in from Bob Weeber reporting a single orca at 6:30pm, passing Otter Rock OR, south of Depoe Bay, heading north.
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June 4 - Newport, OR - 1400 - Newport Oregon: Pod of at least 6 orcas crossed Yaquina Bay entrance headed up river. Working at the entrance on a USACE vessel spotted 6 or more cross the bar and head in at about 1400 Pdt 4 June. -Jane Favors
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Gray whales - June 5 - One gray was spotted near Tulalip and Jetty island around 6pm. -Lori Christopher
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This afternoon about 1:30 pm one gray whale surprised me with a blow while traveling by Pebble Beach on Camano. He/she moved out into Saratoga Passage as it moved south toward Sandy Point. Lost sight of it around 2:00 pm. Nice to see it so late in the season for grays. -Peg Boley
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June 4 - Saratoga Passage - 5:11 p.m. - Still at least one gray around. Traveling north from Elger Bay towards the state park. In June! -Tami Fifield
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There were whale blows in front of Langley this afternoon (about 2:15-2:45 pm) and then it headed across the passage over to Camano. We were out on a kayak tour with Whidbey Island Kayaking when we noticed the blows. Just wondering if anyone else saw it and could confirm what kind of whale. -Aubrey Waldron

June 3

Saratoga Passage - 11:00 am - Fred Lundahl reports from the air: Saw 3 unidentified orcas about midchannel between Langley and Camano Island.
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Well I can definitely say I never expected to get a shot of a sea otter in front of the Cattle Point lighthouse when we left the dock for our all-day tour today. Not a great shot, but hey, I got to see the sea otter in Cattle Pass! -Photo by Sara Hysong-Shimazu, June 3, 2018

June 2

Distant shots of transient orcas taken from south side of Saturna. Orcas traveling in easterly direction from Monarch Head to East Point. -Photo by James McLarnon, Vancouver, June 2, 2018
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June 2 - Saratoga Passage, Oak Harbor Area - Patty Cheek reported seeing a Gray whale near the entrance to the Oak Harbor Marina, off Blower's Bluff at 3:10 pm, 1/4 mile south of the buoy. Unable to get any photos, but said it was definitely a gray whale, with a lot of spots. (possibly the Unknown 2018 #2 that has been hanging out and feeding in that area the past month or so).
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June 2 - Juan de Fuca - 11:33 a.m - Eastbound Gray Whale in Juan de Fuca just off Port Angeles. Doesn't appear to be a Sounder. From Island Explorer 3. (PCFG 185) -James Gresham
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11:05 a.m - Shawn Bashor sent photos (below) & VIDEO of a gray whale just off Port Angeles, tentatively ID'd as PCFG CRC-185 by Alisa Lemire Brooks, ON. -(ID later confirmed by James Gresham aboard IE3 - see James' photos above).
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June 2 - Just before we arrived at East Point we heard there was a group of orcas that appeared to be harassing two humpback whales, "Split Fin" and "Zig Zag" but the scuffle had just ended when we got there. The HB's appeared to be ok. -Barbara & David, All Aboard Sailing
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Dolphins - June 2 - Colvos Passage - 5:25 p.m. - Small pod of dolphins off of Sunrise Beach in Gig Harbor. It was hard to tell direction. They were going back and forth and then after about 30 min I couldn't see them any more. They looked like common dolphins. But I could be wrong they were pretty far away. But they were not surfacing like porpoises. I am a dolphin nerd and I have seen many in the wild and my best guess would be common dolphins. Such an incredible experience. I wasn't even looking for them this time lol we just went there to hang out and cool off and bam! DOLPHINS. -Jessica Hill
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9:27 a.m. - They've passed Alki Light, either headed north or into Elliott Bay. There's two between the eastbound Bremerton Ferry and Alki Beach heading NE.
8:58 a.m - They were bigger than and not as rounded as [dolpins]. Travelling in smaller groups of 1-4 stretched out over a hundred yards or so, frequent breathing made them easy to follow (unlike harbor porpoise). We've driven down to Alki, they're spread out between the Light and northbound lanes, much less organized but still easy to spot from shore.
8:15 a.m - A pod of ~7 just passed Lincoln Park northbound, looked bigger than harbor porpoise. (More from Andrew: We think common, and watched a lot of videos just now of the two. The ones we saw lacked the head-out posture and two-part movements of the bottlenose, and seem to have the more upright dorsal of the common.) -Andrew Malinak
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June 2 - Carr Inlet - We spotted several groups on Saturday. Lakebay area shortly after 11:00am...This was a group of four. And they came up for air often....I recall seeing some white (per Dave Anderson asking if seeing white or yellow on their sides). -Chalcy Blake
ID notes per Dave Anderson, Cascadia Research after reviewing cell videos by both Michelle Larsen and Chalcy Blake and some discussion: "Given the location, the shape of their dorsal fins and their group size, it is most likely the group of long-beaked common dolphins that really like Carr Inlet. If they had white on their sides, that would make me almost certain."

June 1

There were several groups of orcas in the area today. While we were en route to see the T65A's near Lopez, another group, the T49A's, were found closer over by Long Island. The whales were engaged in hunting as we arrived but soon we moved on to circumnavigate Lopez Island. It was incredible watching this orca family weave in and out of the islands on the rugged southern Lopez coastline. The orcas stopped to hunt at least two more times while we sailed with them, and at one point we heard some vocals over our hydrophone. Some play time after dinner and then it was time to move on. They departed out through Thatcher Pass while we continued around to Upright Head. -Barbara Howitt, All Aboard Sailing
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T11A surfacing with T100B1 as the T11s & T100Bs traveled just outside Sidney BC. -Photo by Ariel Yseth, June 1, 2018
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Spyhop city today! Especially T086A with her damaged jaw. They spent about an hour socializing around Prevost Island today after a couple kills. T101- Photo by Gary Sutton, June 1, 2018
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June 1 - 9:56 a.m - Still a lingering Gray Whale at this moment between Jetty Island and Hat Island in Everett. -Josh Adams
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Bottlenose dolphin in Vaughn Bay, Case Inlet, Puget Sound. Dolphin was there in the evening, I believe, swimming in circles. -Photo by Anna DeMoss, June 1, 2018

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