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August 15

SOUTHERN RESIDENTS - Thu Aug 15 - Haro Strait - 15:28 - Whales went north then flipped southbound. Cher Renke reports hearing faint calls on Lime Kiln hydrophone. Some of J pod reported to have passed the lighthouse southbound very close to shore.
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14:16 - Headed north. I am just south of the lighthouse. They just rounded the bend! -Shannan Van Houten
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I saw 19s, 37, 40, 38. -Ariel Yseth
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J22, 38, 27, 31, and saw three more in fog that I couldn't ID. I think we were off False Bay. -John Boyd
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HI Alisa! Hi Howard and Susan! 8-15-19 Orcas in the fog, Haro Strait, SJI. (Please help confirm Id's, I believe the pair was J16 Slick and J19 Shachi.) Observed from the shore. 10:45am - 11:25am, in dense fog I heard a group of orca moving to the NN/W across Hannah Hts towards Edward Point. It sounded like they were very spread out and moving quickly. A smaller group stayed to the S across from Hannah Hts. (Close in to shore I noticed a larger than usual number of fish jumping). 11:29 am, moving to the SSE from Edwards Point to Hannah Hts. Traveling swiftly and closely together, 2 gorgeous orcas moved out of the fog through a patch of sunlight and then back into the fog. To see them like this with the fog and sparkling water was magnificent. (Photos enlargements attached) Thank you so much. -Michelline Halliday, SJI. -Photos by Michelline Halliday, Aug 15, 2019
(IDs confirmed by Melisa Pinnow, CWR)
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11:21 - They flipped, now southbound...Very spread, all back south in the fog now. Saw J19, J16, J36, J39, and a couple others couldn't ID in the fog.
11:17 - Leaders just passed Land Bank...Low vis at LB but not completely socked in
11:05 Hannah Heights northbound.
10:38 - they're at Pile Point. -MWS
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09:30 - They're still here! Residents seen offshore of the south end of San Juan Island, no known direction and mostly in the fog. -Monika Wieland Shields

August 14

Wed Aug 14 - Strait of Juan de Fuca - The report we've all been waiting for: SRKW inbound! At least J pod was seen heading east from Sooke around 17:45. -Monika Wieland Shields
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GRAY WHALES - Wed Aug 14 - Gray whale. Sighting off West Beach, Oak Harbor. 14AUG2019 -Johnuz Bartels
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14:00 - ...we were out with Puget Sound Express and saw a Gray feeding near West Beach Rd. yesterday around 2 pm. -David Bieniek

August 13

BIGG'S TRANSIENT KILLER WHALES - Tue Aug 13 - Strait of Juan de Fuca - Wow what an other killer day west of Sooke! Transient killer whales T101s. Always great to sea. -Photo by Paul Pudwell, Aug 13, 2019
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Tue Aug 13 - Admiralty Inlet - ~17:20 - 20:30 - We watched them (T46 group) from about 7:20 pm until 8:30 ish - the Transients continued south in Admiralty, we watched as they traveled from the south end of Marrowstone Island (~7:20), to just north of Skunk Bay (~8:30). They were spread out across the Inlet, some close to the Whidbey side, others mid-channel. Then we saw the two humpbacks continuing south - first in front of the orcas, then later swimming parallel to them, moving much further from the Whidbey side. We for sure saw one of the humpbacks continuing south as we left around 8:30. The orcas stopped and seemed to have made a kill mid-channel, then were below for awhile, and then continuing south past Foulweather Bluff toward Skunk Bay/Hansville. Tried to find them through the big eyes when we got back from the bluff, but it was too dark to find them. What an awesome evening of orcas, humpbacks, fuschia sunset, Mt Ranier bathed in pink, and a rising golden moon ~ we are so fortunate to live in the Salish Sea! -Report from Susan Berta & Wendy Sines, Orca Network
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19:03 - whales are totally stealthy trending south. One blow at a time by single whales 5 min. apart, just south of Bush Point. -Howard Garrett
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18:50 - whales have slowed down. Occasional milling but still trending south. Little Moon is with them. More whales a bit further north. -Sandra Pollard
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19:30 - when I left Bush Pt around 7:30 the last group I could see from afar were in line with Bush Pt and the entrance to Hood Canal. and I know there were others ahead of this group
18:50 - Large male and young one in this group
18:45 - viewing from Bush Point about 5 orcas straight out from lighthouse closer to Whidbey southbound. -Marilyn Armbruster
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18:31 - Orcas just passing Bush Point.
18:00 - Janine Harles called (and texted!) to report the T46s and T46Bs (who include the pale whale T46B1B Tl'uk) are in Admiralty Inlet just north of Bush Point heading south, Whidbey side. T46B1B Tl'Uk & family in Admiralty Inlet. -Photo by Janine Harles, Aug 13, 2019
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18:00 - Paula Ratcliffe reports at least 3 orcas heading south midchannel in Admiralty Inlet between Lagoon Pt. and Bush Pt.
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T46 group from the air. 17:50 - I think we counted at least 9. It could have been more. Total gift to get to see them all! -Photo by Kay Olv, Aug 13, 2019
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17:52 - T46s and T46Bs between Lagoon Point and Bush Point heading toward Bush Point closer to the Whidbey side. -Justine Buckmaster, PSE
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15:45 - T46s are about 3 miles NW of Point Wilson coming SE, probably be going be the point in 15-20 minutes. -Christopher Hanke, PSE
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UNIDENTIFIED KILLER WHALES - Tue Aug 13 - 06:31 - 4-5 orcas heading towards Joemma State Park from Devils Head in Case Inlet. Follow up re; species confidence: I know the diff. Definitely orcas. Males, I dont think so. It was a very quick peek thru my spotting scope so no pics. Hard to determine height of dorsal but I dont think it was 5'. More like 3. -Tim Enders
(Note: we had no other orca sightings reported, we do think it possible they were the common dolphins - alb)
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HUMPBACK WHALES - Tue Aug 13 - OR Coast - 12:55 - Multiple humpback blows at the Peter Iredale Shipwreck (Fort Stevens, Oregon). Definitely two whales. -Ariel Yseth
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Tue Aug 13 - Haro Strait - 19:30 - Two Humpbacks cruising along Land Bank heading north. Very tight to shore! -Pat McEvoy
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Tue Aug 13 - Admiralty Inlet - ~ 19:20 - 20:30 - We watched them from about 7:20 pm until 8:30 ish - the Transients continued south in Admiralty, we watched as they traveled from the south end of Marrowstone Island (~7:20), to just north of Skunk Bay (~8:30). They were spread out across the Inlet, some close to the Whidbey side, others mid-channel. Then we saw the two humpbacks continuing south - first in front of the orcas, then later swimming parallel to them, moving much further from the Whidbey side. We for sure saw one of the humpbacks continuing south as we left around 8:30. The orcas stopped and seemed to have made a kill mid-channel, then were below for awhile, and then continuing south past Foulweather Bluff toward Skunk Bay/Hansville. Tried to find them through the big eyes when we got back from the bluff, but it was too dark to find them. What an awesome evening of orcas, humpbacks, fuschia sunset, Mt Ranier bathed in pink, and a rising golden moon ~ we are so fortunate to live in the Salish Sea! -Report from Susan Berta & Wendy Sines, Orca Network
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19:15 - Just spotted a humpback apparently in vicinity of the Orcas also southbound. Watching from Bush Point. -Sandra Pollard
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18:45 - Two Spot is approaching Bush Point heading south - 1845 hrs -Tyler McKeen
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18:42 - 2 humpbacks with IE5, heading South, one of them is Two Spot, earlier he was traveling with Nala, not sure if that is who he's with now.
18:11 - There are 2 humpbacks coming in as well (Admiralty, also on the Whidbey side quite a ways behind these guys (T46 group). -Janine Harles
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Tue Aug 13 - 20:00 - Gray off Whidbey just south of Base runway. - Holly Youngblood Cannon

August 12

Mon Aug 12 - Mark M got out to see R's yesterday, including both calves. Mark and Joe left Victoria harbor at 0730 on Mike 1 to head west out the Juan de Fuca to search for whales with hopes to see the large concentration of humpbacks seen off of Sombrio Point the last few days with hopes to get out towards Swiftsure Bank to find the Southern Residents....Full Encounter report w/images at Center for Whale Research Encounter 51.
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Mon Aug 12 -Strait of Juan de Fuca - What a FLUKING AWESOME DAY! We are so thankful to be so close to sooo much marine life this time of year...15 minutes from our Docks at Salty Towers and we were able to spend quality time with well over 30+ humpback whales with calm seas and great guests we really love what we can share everyday! -Paul Pudwell
(Includes: BCX1301 Andromeda, CS631/CRC16017 Two Spot, MMY0139 pictured. AND BCX1068 2017 calf Valiant, MMY0147 - IDs by alb)
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Mon Aug 12 - Absolutely beautiful day on the Salish Sea....sunshine, flat glass water, active lunge feeding minkes at Hein Bank, and the "Navy base" gray whale CRC 2253 off West Whidbey doing rainbow blows at Swantown. What a wonderful place we live in! And the heron chicks at the Coupeville ferry dock are growing up! - Bonnie Gretz
(ID by Alisa Lemire Brooks, ON)
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SPECIES UNCONFIRMED - Mon Aug 12 - 12:20 - This is my first sighting so forgive my lack of information. From the pier at holiday beach in Hoodsport. A small pod of what I thought, at first were pilot whales, was traveling west out Hood canal. They appeared to stop and play near Sund Rock Conservation...They all appeared grayish, but darker rather than light(I noticed no additional colors) . The point or tip of their dorsal fin was angled back towards their tail it's curvature similar to a pseudo orca. There were 4-6 of those cute buggers I think, all swimming nonchalantly, but paused near Sund Rock for a while and I wondered if it was too eat as it was that time I saw them surface gently more quickly in succession. Their lengths clearly varied, but I'd estimate them between 7 and 4feet....The picture of the harbor porpoise looks the closest. Hope this helps and thank you. Area. It was incredible. -Jacob Cartwright

August 11

L77 & her new calf L124 - J31 & her new calf J56 - Swiftsure Bank. -Photos by Mark Malleson, under permit w/Center for Whale Research, Aug 11, 2019
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Sun Aug 11 - Strait of Juan de Fuca - Great day out west again...really happy to share my favorite Transient Killer Whale T011a again today with some great guests...he seems to be a "Local" the last few days! Then with calm seas and our west coast built vessels we can get to the humpback whales further out west than most. -Paul Pudwell
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Sun Aug 11 - San Juans - 10:57 - Single male, headed north. WP and Maya's with him. Possibly hunting due to shorebird activity but direction is steady.
10:41 - Lone orca. Aboard WSF Samish, seems like he's here now. No visual yet. -Sandra Prow
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09:05 - Marie with WS Ferries Ops called to relay report from MV Samish of lone male orca just milling in Thatcher Pass.
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Sun Aug 11 - Strait of Juan de Fuca - Great day out west again...Then with calm seas and our west coast built vessels we can get to the humpback whales further out west than most, with time to spare! Yes we had around 40+ and was a sight to sea! -Paul Pudwell (inculdes MMX0049 Shell, MMX0160 Blizzard, MMY0093 Mercury pictured below. And MMY0138. IDs by Alethea Leddy)

August 10

Sat Aug 10 - Active Pass - 20:20 - T065A2 swam slowly westward through Active Pass off the shores of Galiano Island.. An hour later, perhaps after a circumnavigation of Prevost Island, he swam stealthily eastward through the Pass. On his return, all was calm and we could clearly hear him breathing as he hung on the surface for two or three breaths. Photos taken from the shore of Galiano Island. -Karoline Cullen
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Sat Aug 10 - Strait of Juan de Fuca - Our afternoon tour had the pleasure today to change it up and visit the T046's and T046B's Transient Killer Whales and my favorite Transient Killer Whale T011A off Sooke and many a humpback whales too. -Paul Pudwell
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Sat Aug 10 - Strait of Juan de Fuca - Port Angeles Trip: Our westbound track out of Port Angeles harbor took us out by Crescent Bay on the peninsula. From the water, we could see forested mountain tops through the clouds and drizzle. The further west we went, the less rain we encountered which was great because this is where we encountered our first humpback whale of the day, known as "MMZ0030" (no nickname yet) and another a bit further off. We watched this whale while it headed eastbound through the strait. Moments later, Captain Scott located another humpback which turned out to be "Lyra". It turns out, we hit the jackpot of humpbacks!! There were several more in the vicinity, including, "Hemlock" and three others just off Beechy Head in Canada, two of which were spending quite a bit of time together. They barely raised their flukes high enough upon diving so will have to spend a bit more time on those to confirm IDs....Renee Beitzel, Island Adventures
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Sat Aug 10 - Strait of Juan de Fuca...Then we had the pleasure to share the beauty of our west coast and 20+ humpback whales. Only a few were fluking for some reason. Always great to sea! -Paul Pudwell
(BCX1053 ID by Brendon Bissonette)
(MMY0138 "Tiaki" ID by Alisa Lemire Brooks, ON)
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Our afternoon tour had the pleasure today to change it up and visit the T046's and T046B's Transient Killer Whales off Sooke and many humpback whales too - BCZ0298 Split Fin & firend.. We LOVE IT! What a special place we live and able to share to so many people from around the world and close to home! -Paul Pudwell
(ID by Alethea Leddy)
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COMMON DOLPHINS - Sat Aug 10 - Just saw your comment on the post about orcas headed for Joemma State Park and that they may have been common dolphins. We had a great encounter with a pod of what we're pretty sure were common dolphins last Saturday in Case Inlet...We saw them on Saturday the 10th, at about 4pm in Case Inlet a little southwest of Joemma State Park. There were at least 3 of them, possibly up to 5. We were traveling northward on our sailboat heading toward McMicken Island from Olympia when we saw the splashing over near the Key Peninsula. We slowed down and maneuvered in large circles watching them jump from the water repeatedly and, twice, they came over to our boat to check us out and then immediately swam away again. It seemed like feeding behavior but we're unsure. -Rachel Messerschmidt
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Sat Aug 10 - 14:41 - Looks like they're heading farther south.
14:30 - Whale out at Deception Pass west beach a little south towards Oak Harbor. There's one whale boat out there can't tell if it's a grey or humpback. -Liz Davdison

August 9

Fri Aug 9 - Strait of Juan de Fuca - Sharing a few quick pictures from this mornings encounter with Transient Killer Whales just west of Sooke with the T028 A's & B's (IDs Mark Malleson). Than I have many more pictures from our EPIC afternoon adventure with T11A Strait of Juan de Fuca and others tormenting Humpback Whales...with 30+ in the area...Paul Pudwell (also see T121A and T121A2, in many images of Paul's - alb)
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Fri Aug 9 - Victoria Harbor/Haro Strait - 16:52 - He (T65A2) is continuing up Haro Strait northbound. -Barbara Howitt
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~15:30 -16:00 - I watched him (T65A2) from shore for a little while at Ten Mile Point in Victoria around 3:30/4. -Michelle Rachel
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10:00 - Orcas in Victoria Harbour today. AND: Saw him in the Haro Strait at 2PM this aft! Twice in one day! What are the odds? -Photo by Jackie Cowan, Aug 9, 2019
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It was along the southeastern Vancouver Island coastline, west of Victoria city, that we met up with a lone Bigg's Killer Whale. It turned out to be T65A2, going it solo. This fifteen-year-old male is typically seen traveling with his mom and four siblings, but as of this week, he's been spotted on his own several times. It will be interesting to see when/if he meets back up with mom and joins the pod once again. He seemed to be having a good time this morning. Right as we arrived on the scene, we were wowed by two full breaches and a dramatic tail slap. After this impressive display of strength, he proceeded to scout out the kelp beds along the shoreline, possibly looking for prey...Sam Murphy, Island Adventures
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Fri Aug 9 - Eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca - 18:10 - The T99s made a sharp turn to the South and are now off of Protection Island.
17:21 - We've got another group of Ts heading towards Admiralty Inlet! The T99s heading toward Point Wilson from about 3 miles NW of the point. -Justine Buckmaster
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Fri Aug 9 - ~11:30 - 4 orca NW of Smith Island heading southbound. -Sarah May Sing
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Fri Aug 9 - Admiralty Inlet/Puget Sound - 20:45 - Orcas 3,4 out south of Double Bluff heading south mid channel. -Katherine Crossett Montalvo
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19:51 - Orcas now trending south slowly...Long down times so hard to say but in the 15-30 min. range to Point No Point.
19:47 - Orca. Apparently completed a predation event, and the breaching has begun just north of Hood Canal on the Kitsap side.
19:22 - Orcas milling mid channel between Foulweather Bluff and Mutiny Bay. -Howard Garrett
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19:20 - Orcas have passed the entrance to Hood Canal and are about half way between Foulweather Bluff and Point No Point, observed from 1 mile south of Bush Point. Hunting. -Susan Berta
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18:44 - Orcas slightly north of Mutiny Bay, traveling southbound, mid channel. Visible from Mutiny Bay. -Justin Stockton
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18:34 - Viewing large grouping from Bush Point, orcas are south of channel marker moving south. Gorgeous backlit blows. MV Saratoga on scene. -Debbie Stewart
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18:05 - Orca. 6-8 passing Bush Point mid channel southbound. -Donna George
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17:34 - Orca. definitely on the move south in Admiralty at Lagoon Point. -Debbie Stewart
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17:30 - Correcting myself. Orcas do appear to be heading south at around mid channel between Lagoon Point and northern tip of Marrowstone Island/Ft Flagler.
17:12 - Looking like orcas have changed directions...were heading away from Whidbey towards Marrowstone and now look like possibly north? Can't tell for sure. -Marilyn Armbruster
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16:55 - Kit Turner reports orcas NW of Lagoon Point off the north end of Marrowstone Is. milling.
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16.50 - Orca. some movement toward Port Townsend side. Bit spread out.
16.45 - Orcas milling north of Lagoon Point. May be on to a meal. -Sandra Pollard
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With reports of the T46s and T46Bs (including the light-colored calf T46B1B) heading south in Admiralty Inlet, we caught up with the whales at Lagoon Point mid-afternoon. They didn't seem to be in any hurry as they milled and circled for a while, and THINK (from a rather long and slightly distorted shot) that they had a harbor porpoise in their grasp at one point. After having some fun porpoising the wake of a Navy freighter (alas, the camera didn't do this activity justice), they continued south with rather more purpose passing Bush Point in the early evening. As the orcas were exhaling plumes of vapor creating exquisite back-lit blows, dedicated Orca-Dorks were drawing breath at the sheer beauty before them. (Photos Richard Snowberger). -Sandra Pollard
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16:24 - Orcas are north of Lagoon Point, some seem to be closer. Still viewing from high bluff Lagoon Point. to Whidbey. SB. -Marilyn Armbruster
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16:03 - Orca. They are slowly southbound abeam of Point Marrowstone in the middle of the channel. These are the T46s and T46Bs (including the white calf T46B1B Tl'uk. There are 13 total in this group. -Justine Buckmaster
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15:15 - Orca. Viewing from high bluff at Lagoon Point looks like they are mid channel between Port Townsend/Fort Casey southbound. -Marilyn Armbruster
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15:00 - Orca. Southbound, South of Point Wilson (outside Port Townsend) steady travel, mid-channel. -Connie Bickerton
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15:00 - Orca. Looks about 8 whales, 1 adult male, mid channel southbound approaching Port Townsend ferry lanes.
14:28 - Orcas southbound into Admiralty, closer to Port Townsend side. Approaching Fort Worden area. -Rachel Haight
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Fri Aug 9 - There's still a gray whale hanging out along the west side of Whidbey - near NAS, believed to be #2253. Beautiful water conditions on Friday 9th. - Jill Hein
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Fri Aug 9 - we found at least four different minkes whales near Hein bank. The first couple that we came across were living up to the nickname "slinky minkes", but the next group, well, they were downright curious. As we approached the scene, one of the minkes we'd spotted did a full 180 to beeline for the boat. We watched with eager anticipation as it swam closer and closer. Then, all of a sudden it was right next to us! We were quite literally staring down the blowholes of the whale as it gave us as close of a pass as a minke could...Sam Murphy, Island Adventures

August 8

Thu Aug 8 - Strait of Juan de Fuca - Clouds from the morning were lifting and the Olympics were starting to peak through. We headed north across the straits as the T137's, a marine mammal eating family of orcas were reported and since they were heading west we knew we had to catch up with them. We arrived on scene to find T137 and her 3 calves T137A, T137B and T137D all swimming along with lots of surface time. One of the younger calves was a little playful throwing a few tail slaps and a spyhop in the mix...Island Adventures

August 7

Wed Aug 7 - San Juans - T18 Esperanza and T19C Spouter this afternoon off Shaw Island. Today was not the best day to be a harbor seal in the San Juan Islands! The T18s were making pit stops at nearly every seal haul out as we watched them this afternoon. Here's T19B Galiano with some very nervous harbor seals near Blind Island.
15:50 - Orcas westbound Harney Channel (They did indeed go west through Harney Channel and Wasp Passage, and then north up San Juan Channel). -Monika Wieland Shields
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14:40 - So cool to get a text from my niece Leah McNabb with orca sighting report near real time & images included below: "Just off Lopez and Shaw. I was out at Friday Harbor today for work - making my way back - ferry (FH/Lopez/Anacortes run) was delayed thankfully so we got to see the orcas swim in front of the boat so we were there for about 20 minutes. People who do this run weekly for 30 years saw them for the first time." (T18s per other reports - alb) -Report/images by Leah McNabb, Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network
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13:15 Ts - likely the T18s - heading NW from the west side of Thatcher Pass. -Monika Wieland Shields
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13:05 - Mike with WS Ferries Ops called to report pod of orcas (number unknown) in Thatcher Pass milling, no direction.
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12:38 - Spotted 2 Orcas, 1 adult, 1 juvenile in Thatcher Pass today, 8/7/19 at 12:38 pm. T19B (born 1995) traveling the islands. They were traveling west and were very close to the north shore of Decatur Island. Taken with 400mm lens and cropped. We were about 200 yards away, heading west also. I am a bird photographer and had my camera with me. -Thanks, Eileen de la Cruz
(ID confirmed by Melisa Pinnow, Center for Whale Research)
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Aug 7 - Puget Sound ~ 09:00 - When fishing on the 7th we had four or five Orcas swim by, two large ones and one younger one and we think one medium size. They were coming from the Point No Point area and stopped on the east, deep side of the the bar. They swam around in a circle for about 15 minutes the slowly swam north. The much smaller one kept very close to the adults. I will attach several pictures l took. To the north of the orca is Bush Point. I am sending you this info because in today's Kitsap Sun newspaper it stated the whales had not been sighted in Puget Sound for awhile. We did see them and hope they can find salmon, we didn't. -Don Williams
(T137s were in on 6th. We had no other reports of them on the 7th, but this looks probable to be them heading out after a night's stay - alb)

August 6

BIGG'S TRANSIENT KILLER WHALES - Tue Aug 6 - Upper Straight of Georgia - Hi, I don't know if you are aware, but today, we saw a family of orca just off the shores of Savary island by the wharf. So close to where boats are anchored and we could clearly see daddy with baby and the mom was farther away, slapping the water. We think to send signals of boats or danger nearby. They peacefully finished their feast and went around mace point and we saw them an hour or so later from our front deck on the south side going toward Comox. What a sight! I have video. But am emailing to advise. :). Everyone was respectfully distant and stopped traffic until they'd moved on. Including a likely startled kayaker! -Cheers, Jenn Gaiger
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T18s - T019C hunting seals at the Belle Chain Islets (east of Victoria) on the afternoon of August 6th. -Photo by Mark Malleson, 2019
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Orcas just west of Orcas Island. T18's. -Photos by Holly Youngblood Cannon, Aug 6, 2019
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Tue Aug 6 - San Juans - 10:32 - Saw a beautiful orca as we passed Shaw Island a few min ago. We had left deer harbor and on our way to Rosario Strait. I tried to post a video on the network page. Not sure if it worked. -Bette Sereia
(T65A2 per Sara Hysong-Shimazu)
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Tue Aug 6 - San Juans - We saw a lone male orca off Lopez on Tuesday morning on our way to Victoria. I wonder if it was the same one. -Alice Thuy Talbot
(Presumably T65A2 who was traveling inter-islands - alb)
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Tue Aug 6 - Puget Sound - Hello, spotted these orcas on August 6th while fishing just north off of Point Robinson on Maury Island. -Photo by Paul Dixon, Aug 6, 2019
(T137s; who were included in our previous Whale Report - alb)
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Tue Aug 6 - Puget Sound - 20:45 - Maija, WS Ferries Ops called again to report the 4 orcas (T137s) are now about 1/2 mile off Blakely Rock heading north.
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19:10 - Orca. Stalling between Blake Island and the north end of Lincoln Park, very slowly trending north. -Cayla Wilson
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18:35 - Orca. They've committed to east side of Blake, headed northbound. Viewing from Charles Richey park on Alki. -Brittany Noelle Philbin
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18:29 - Pod seen off of Southworth ferry dock, currently at southwest tip of Blake Island. Appears to be 4-5, at least one very large dorsal fin, and one or two very small. There is a kayaker that is right there, hopefully will make a better report. -Laura Christman
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18:08 - Maija with WS Ferries Ops called to report the 4 orcas off Southworth heading westbound via Blake Island and Yukon Harbor.
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18:05 - Four or five orca whales just west of the Southworth ferry landing. 6:05 pm 8/6/19 Sighted from home above parking lot. -Peter Bulthuis
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17:45 - Northbound just south of Southworth Ferry. -Noreen Ferris
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17:40 - The T137 pod is still slowly northbound along the Kitsap shoreline about a mile south of the northern entrance to Colvos Passage. -Bart Rulon, MV Saratoga
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17:30 - 4 or 5 Bigg's slowly NB on 8.6.19 1730 hrs north end Colvos close to Kitsap side. Cheers. -Photo by Tim Ferris, Aug 6, 2019
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~ 17:25 - Orca. They passed Wilson Creek at about 5:25 heading north towards Southworth ferry. -Roxane Jackson Johnson
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17:25 - Orca. It looks like they are just a mile south of Southworth, northbound hugging the Kitsap shoreline. -Robyn Daly
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16:34 - Orca. They are just a bit north from where we are (we are blue dot). Still trending north along the Kitsap side.
16:21 - Orca. It looked like they had something (prey) near Olalla. They were in super close to shore too. Continuing to move north near the shore. -Kimberly Marzano
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16:08 - Orcas moving up to Southworth in Colvos in front of Anderson Point. -Sherrie Flaten
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15:45 - T137A - Colvos Passage - Olalla, Kitsap. -Photo by Ashley Whitman, Aug 6, 2019
(ID by ALB)
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15:46 - Orca. passing Al's now still slowly heading north. Gorgeous close Pass to Kitsap side!
15:32 - Orca T137s - Colvos Passage. They're 50 ft off the shore on the Kitsap side heading north. Saratoga Express with them. -Amy Bliss-Miller
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~15:00 - T137s in Colvos Passage off Ollala, Kitsap. -Photos by Jolena Tagg, Aug 6, 2019
(ID by ALB)
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14:55 - T137s. they are super close to the kitsap shore, seen from just south of Lisabeula Beach (Vashon side) looks like they are hunting, being very stealthy, drifting slowly north. -Marla Smith
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14:45 - A group of 4-5 orcas moving very slowly northbound up the extreme west side of Colvos Passage, just north of Point Richmond. Only 50-100 feet from shore. -Chris Friedemann
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14:27 - Orca. Just saw them SLOWLY heading north past Point Richmond (Colvos). -Jen Ruffner
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~13:00 - Last I saw they were heading north through Colvos Passage....Yes, Colvos. Over an hour ago (~12:50). From my mom's house in Gig Harbor, she lives between the marina and the Narrows. They were heading north into Colvos passage at 1:00 pm. -Brianna Schroeder
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12:51 - Orca. I'm signing off, they are still southbound, mid channel in no hurry, in the Narrows. Chilkat has departed. Potential amazing viewpoints coming up: Boat House 19 dock, Narrows Beach, Fox Island Fishing Pier. -Melissa Burks
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12:45 - Orca. I had to leave Old Ferry Landing at 12:45. At the time they were trending west/mid channel and as I was getting to my car, I could see at least 3 had turned north. I returned at 1:10 and spoke to someone who was watching when I left. He said they had continued to circle around for a bit and then as several boats approached they dove and he never saw them come back up.
12:42 - Orca. They look to be milling a bit, trending west/mid channel. About parallel to the north end of Salmon beach. -Heidi Armstrong
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12:42 - Orca are mid channel heading south toward Narrows Bridge still. Viewing from Narrows Viewpoint Pt Defiance. -Amy Bliss-Miller
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12:35 - T137s below Gig Harbor Viewpoint, Point Defiance heading southbound into Tacoma Narrows. -Photo by Carry Lee McAllister, Aug 6, 2019
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12:20 - Orca. Viewing from Gig Harbor. They are approaching Point Defiance. Heading south. -Heidi Armstrong
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12:08 - Orca. Viewing at Dalco viewpoint. Just went under. Looked to be trending south...Amber Stanfill
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11:57 - Orca seem to be crossing Dalco Passage heading for the Narrows.
11:38 - Orca are off southeast tip of Vashon, close to shore, Westbound towards Ferry terminal. Some breaching as the crossed entrance to Quartermaster Harbor. -Melissa Burks
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11:50 - Orca. They're at the ferry terminal on south Vashon. Huge male present.
11:35 - Orca. They're against the island to the west of the WW boat. Little hard to see unless they blow against the dark land. They right at the mouth of Quartermaster Harbor by the white buoy. -Amy Bliss-Miller
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11:09 - Orca skirting S. End of Maury Island, crossing Quartermaster Harbor, towards Pt. Defiance Ferry Terminal, Vashon side.
11:06 - Orca. Chilkat Express on scene, should make them easier to spot. Still southbound off the Soutern tip of Maury Island, heading towards Pt. Ruston/Owen/Dalco Passage.
10:49 - Orca. from Dune Peninsula Park, can see them with binoculars milling off south end of Maury, 2 boats with them. -Melissa Burks
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~10:00 - I wanted to report an Orca sighting of two large and one baby Orca this morning around 10am-ish just off of the Gold Beach waters on Vashon Wa. It was very exciting to see! They stayed in the same area for at least ten minutes. My husband was able to get some photos from our deck. I hope this is useful info! T137D (left) & big brother T137A (right) off Gold Beach. -Many cheers, Maggie Hillding & Darren Short
(could confirm as T137s - alb)
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07:45 - 5 Orcas spotted this morning north of Tramp Harbor on Vashon Island. Remained feeding in area for about 45 minutes. Last seen moving south. (First seen Approximately 7 AM. Departed the area around 745 AM.) -Jim Bazemore
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HUMPBACK WHALES - Tue Aug 6 - Upper Strait of Georgia - 12:20 - Another humpback hanging out in front of Powell River. Lots of fin slapping. Noon - Two humpbacks sighted heading north in the Malaspina Strait just north of Powell River before noon on August 6. -Caitlin Cooper
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Minke whales at Hein Bank swimming together, chilling...Photos by Janine Harles, July 30, 2019
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DALL'S PORPOISE - Tue Aug 6 - DJ Mar called at 10:53, reporting 4 - 5 Dalls porpoise N of Des Moines pier, moving toward mid-channel foraging.
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10:13 - 2 Dall's porpoises just passed Des Moines Yacht Club headed north towards Des Moines Marina! -Kimberly Brown

August 5

Posted Aug 5 - As we've now gone another five weeks and counting without Southern Residents in inland waters, you, like us, have probably been wondering where they've been. We've now heard from multiple sources that members off all three pods - and likely most or all members of all three pods - have been seen on several occasions over the last couple weeks out at Swifsture Bank, shown on the map below. So close and yet so far, right? The fact that they haven't come in to do their typical circuit to the Fraser gives us hope that they've found a steady source of food out there; otherwise, it seems to us that they would at least check out what for decades has been their mainstay summer food source.
Perhaps it makes sense for them to be out there, where they can encounter fish not only returning to the Fraser but to many other river systems both in Puget Sound and further south on the outer coast, including the Columbia-Snake River Basin. -Monika Wieland Shields, Orca Behavior Institute
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Mon Aug 5 - Puget Sound - 19:33 - Orca (T137s). I can see them from our dock in Edmonds! They are southbound mid channel. -Justine Buckmaster
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18:30 - T137s. Now about 3.5 NW of Edmonds, southern end of Possession Bank, milling. -Christopher Hanke
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17:53 - Orca (T137s). Made it almost to Apple Tree Point Kingston and then abruptly turned east. Hard to say if heading around Whidbey or if they will continue south but were well east into the the shipping lane with long down times. -Sara Frey
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17:06 - Orca T137s. Skirting Eglon southbound. Way over toward Kitsap side. -Ariel yseth
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15:33 - T137s are off Skunk Bay, 2.8 miles NW of Point No Point.
13:23 - Saratoga leaving them (T137s) west side of traffic lanes between Bush Point and Double Bluff, not moving over the bottom but pointed south. -Christopher Hanke
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11:20 - Whales south of Bush Point at north end of Mutiny Bay. (Whales stalled after this). -Sandra Pollard
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10:33 - T137s southbound in Admiralty Inlet, now approaching Bush Point. -Justine Buckmaster.
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09:45 - At least 3 orca heading south at Lagoon Point. -Paula Ratcliff
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08:12 - Marie, WS Ferries Ops called to relay report from MV Salish (PT/Coupeville run): while pulling out of Port Townsend crew spotted 4-5 orcas heading southbound in Admiralty Inlet off Port Townsend.
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Mon Aug 5 - Hi, I saw an orca in Port Townsend bay on Monday August 5th at about 7:30 a.m. He/she was incredibly close to shore, maybe only 30 feet away. No exaggeration! This was on the beach about 40 meters south of the rock groin at Point Wilson lighthouse. There was just the single animal and they arched out of the water apparently following a channel just offshore. Sorry I couldn't tell anything more to identify it as it was seen against the morning sunrise. -Thanks, John Downey
(Would be T137s who were included in previous Whale Report -alb)
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Mon Aug 5 - Strait of Georgia - Last night (5th) I was on a whale watching trip to use up a pass I had...Here's a few photos of humpbacks I got! It was a beautiful evening to be in the water. I was out with Island Adventures from Anacortes but we found the humpbacks in Canadian waters just in the middle of the Strait just south of Pt. Roberts area. It was between 6:00 and 7:30 approximately. BCY0160 Heather -Wendy Kotorynski
(ID by Alisa Lemire Brooks, ON) (Per Island Adventures Blog, Heather was hanging out w/Big Mama BCY0324)
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GRAY WHALES - Mon Aug 5 - Eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca - 14:00 - Gray on west side of Whidbey Island. We were North of Swantown. -Thx, Holly Cannon

August 4

Sun Aug 4 - Haro Strait - re: Breck Tyler sighting: T46s and T137s. 137s were last seen a few weeks ago in SE Alaska!! -Ariel Yseth
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~12:15 - Small group of orcas well off Cattle Point, SJI with a dozen boats about 1215 today. -Breck Tyler
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Sun Aug 4 - Strait of Juan de Fuca - Flat Calm Seas allowed us to get at least 15 humpback whale ID's today west of Sooke! With over 20+ in the area...Always Great to sea...smiles all around with very happy adventure going guests from around the world! Includes: BCX1068's 2017 calf Valiant, MMY0102, HW-MN0510157 aka MMY0106 Aerie, MMY0063 Hornet, MMY0147, BCZ0075. -Photos by Paul Pudwell
(IDs: MMY0102 by Alethea Leddy, all others by Alisa Lemire Brooks, ON - see others in report above)
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SPECIES UNCONFIRMED - Sun Aug 4 - 20:47 - Just saw a whale south bound in Peale Passage. Dorsal looked like a humpback. Not very large. Surfaced twice. Not real big. Maybe 15ft. -Jimi Limric

August 3

Aug 3 - Strait of Juan de Fuca - A great day out west of Sooke with 7 humpback whales, a gray whale, a random Sea Otter floating off Sherigham Lighthouse, many porpoise and our local eagle having lunch! MMX0084 Scuttle. -Paul Pudwell
(ID'd by Alisa Lemire Brooks, ON)
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Sat Aug 3 - WA Coast - We've been walking along the beach south of Kalaloch and north of Elephant Rock north of the raft river and observed a whale in the same spot with a front fin in the air for most of the time. Perhaps this is normal but we were concerned enough to write. Thank you....A note that we just ran into some folks who are down here daily and have observed this, saying they adore grey whales that are feeding so I'll walk on with a lighter heart. -Julie Slone
(video shows feeding gray just off the breakwater - alb)
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As of yet unidentified Gray whale west of Sooke, BC. -Photos by Paul Pudwell, Aug 3, 2019

August 2

Fri Aug 2 - Lower Strait of Georgia - T65As near Cherry Point Friday afternoon. -Photo by Janine Harles, Aug 2, 2019

August 1

Thu Aug 1 - Rosario Strait - Transient orcas (~3) on west side of James Island heading southeast down Rosario Strait!! -Moey Rojas
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Thu Aug 1- Strait of Juan de Fuca -Another great day of Sooke! ...Transient / Biggs Killer Whales T46B's were in our backyard again, great to sea! Here is a few shots from the morning and afternoon tours with still soooo many humpback whales out west. -Paul Pudwell (Includes CRC16840/MMX0076 Delta, HW-MN0510157 Aerie, MMY0102, MMZ0004 Zephyr IDs by Alisa Lemire Brooks, ON)
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Mon Aug 1 - Eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca - Met up with the "resident" gray whale hanging out off Joseph Whidbey State Park - Gray whale 2253 - West Whidbey., then found a total of four minkes on Hein Bank and Salmon Bank. Beautiful day! -Bonnie Gretz
(ID by Alisa Lemire Brooks, ON
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MINKE WHALES - Thu Aug 1 - ...found a total of four minkes on Hein Bank and Salmon Bank. Beautiful day! -Photo by Bonnie Gretz, Aug 1, 2019


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