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Southern Residents.
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Minke whale
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June 22, 2014

We are watching and visiting the whales in their home~

Please observe, love and respect them from a distance.

Having trouble viewing this Sightings Report? Archived Reports can be found HERE.
While a small group of L pod orcas from four matrilines made their way down the west side of San Juan Island, J pod appeared in Bellingham Channel in the early afternoon heading south. Orcas were reported by the WA State Ferries in Rosario Strait at 7:30 pm., no direction given.

Transients/Bigg's Whales were seen from Victoria to Gabriola Island and elsewhere. We try to keep the reports of Residents in one group and the Transient reports in the next article, but sometimes they're both in the same report, like below, when J pod met two groups of Transients, about 7 in total, at the corner of San Juan Channel and Haro Strait. There was no interaction than anyone noticed.

No further word on the pair of humpbacks seen from Vashon Is. and Point Defiance from June 17-19. If anyone sees a humpback in Puget Sound please let us know.

Saturday, June 28 - Book Launch Party at the Langley Whale Center for Puget Sound Whales For Sale, written by Sandra Pollard and published this week by History Press. The era of the orca captures, from 1964 to 1976, left a lasting impact on the Southern Residents in ways we may never understand, and the stories of the captures are in the legends of our culture. Puget Sound Whales for Sale tells that history and introduces many of the characters involved, based on diligent research. Auspiciously, the new ferry the M/V Tokitae, named in part to honor Lolita/Tokitae, the last survivor of those captures, goes into service on the Clinton/Mukilteo run the same week.
Launch Party and book signing with author Sandra Pollard, 3 - 5 pm at the Langley Whale Center, 117 Anthes, Whidbey Island WA.
Photo of the Day

A quiet, amazing morning at Lime Kiln with a close visit by Marina and Mystic, and shared with some wonderful friends. 
Photo by Sara Hysong-Shimazu, June 22, 2014.

Southern Residents
June 22
The second day of summer brought calm seas and sunshine along with members of J pod into Bellingham Channel at 11:30 am. The whales looked relaxed, a hint of flirtation here, a little play there, a couple of spy-hops to check out the scene and some tail slaps for good measure. Later they turned and greeted us again with Blackberry (J27) trailing kelp, after we circled Cypress Island. A memorable and peaceful encounter for all to appreciate and enjoy.
Sandra Pollard (SSAMN) - Mystic Sea.
J pod in Bellingham Channel.
Photo by Sandra Pollard, June 22, 2014.
Once in a lifetime, if you're lucky, a tight group of orcas will pass by your beach in Bellingham Channel. This is J pod heading south.
Photo by Sandra Pollard, June 22, 2014.

June 22
This morning the part of L-Pod that's here (the L26s, L43s, L4s, L47s) went north on the west side of San Juan Island, then they came back by Lime Kiln and Land Bank heading south at about 2 PM.
Monika Wieland
This afternoon from Land Bank's Westside Preserve, from left to right: L55 Nugget (b. 1977), her newest baby L118 Jade (b. 2011), daughter L103 Lapis (b. 2003), L105 Fluke (b 2004), oldest daughter L82 Kasatka (b. 1990), and L95 Nigel (b. 1996).
Photo by Monika Wieland, June 22, 2014.

June 22
1:26pm - On the west side of Sinclair (2-3 miles north of Anacortes ferry landing). Five Orcas! Same group.
12:24pm - Orcas south of Cypress Island!
Kathy Halstead

June 22
12:14 - J pod, Bellingham channel (Just North of Anacortes, between Guemes Island and Cypress Island).
Chris Santana

June 21
Lucky us. Whales two days in a row! Who wants to cook supper when you can watch whales from the shore of Galiano Island instead? Not us on Saturday around 6:30 pm, when a larger and then smaller group of orcas went eastward through Active Pass.
Karoline Cullen, Galiano Island

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Underwater whales.
Video by Karoline Cullen, June 21, 2014.

Underwater whales.
Photo by Karoline Cullen, June 21, 2014.

June 21
WOW! Kind of day today. We knew Residents were on west side San Juan Island and there were reports of Transients up north. We went up San Juan Channel to intercept the Ressies as they came up Haro Strait headed north. All of a sudden comes a report of a bunch of Transients at Seal Rock, right at the west end of San Juan Channel, where it meets Haro Strait. We stopped on them. It was the TO49A's and TO36A's swimming together. 7 animals. We watched them take a seal and then here comes J Pod! Spread out across the strait. They were only about a half mile apart and that is rare. We hopped over to J Pod with Granny leading up Haro. Then here comes the J 17's in close to us. We hooked up with them and they started putting on an air show. Breaches and cartwheels. While we were with the J's the T's came into Haro Strait and started moving north right along the shore of Stuart Island. Awesome day. Great conditions. Looks like the J's (at least some of them) went up to the Fraser River and the L's stayed down to the south.
James Gresham
J17 Princess Angeline breaching in Haro Strait Saturday.
Photo by James Gresham, June 21, 2014.

A bright, peaceful Saturday (6/21) as J-pod and part of L-pod intermingled and swam in resting lines towards San Juan Island. It was so lovely to witness so many whales swimming so close together and in no hurry at all.
Photo by Sara Hysong-Shimazu, June 21, 2014.

June 21
This morning around 11:30 J-Pod and part of L-Pod made their way north through Haro Strait in two big, tight groups - I saw them from Land Bank's Westside Preserve on San Juan Island. Between 2 and 3 PM some (if not all) of the L-Pod whales made their way back south past Lime Kiln Lighthouse. This time they were very spread out and doing some foraging as they slowly passed by.
J-Pod and part of L-Pod are still hanging around, and this morning they made their way north through Haro Strait in two large groups. Always a pleasure to see so many dorsal fins!
Photo by Monika Wieland, June 21, 2014.
Bros: J34 Doublestuf and J38 Cookie this morning off Land Bank's Westside Preserve. More shore-based photos of Js and Ls the last couple days up on Orcawatcher blog.
Photo by Monika Wieland, June 21, 2014.

A gathering of nobility.
Photo by James Mead Maya, June 21, 2014.

Shachi (J19) spyhopping and Granny (J2) tail lobbing on this peaceful evening.
Photo by Sara Hysong-Shimazu, June 20, 2014.

June 20
It has just been so spectacular the last few days!! Another treat today as we got to see most of L's with some J's scattered in going through Active Pass and heading into the Strait of Georgia. I would list off all their behaviours but to keep it short and sweet....they did EVERYTHING!!! Such a cool day!
Gary Sutton, Wild Whales Vancouver
The first pic is L90 showing off her moves with a bellyflop.
Photo by Gary Sutton, June 20, 2014.

The second is just after the bellyflop and the whales in the scene are L91, L55, L118, L92 and L47.
Photo by Gary Sutton, June 20, 2014.

June 20
A double treat for us on the shore of Galiano Island today. Around 12 noon, one group of about 6 - 8 orcas went eastward through Active Pass. Then around 2 pm, a second group of 10 - 12 went through. The second group displayed many breaches, spyhops, tail slaps, and cartwheels.
Karoline Cullen

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Orca whales - Galiano Island.
Video by Karoline Cullen, June 20, 2014.

By Galiano Island.
Photo by Karoline Cullen, June 20, 2014.

Photo by Karoline Cullen, June 20, 2014.

Photo by Karoline Cullen, June 20, 2014.

Photo by Jill Hein, June 20, 2014.

Photo by Jill Hein, June 20, 2014.

Photo by Jill Hein, June 20, 2014.

J19 Sachi and J41 Eclipse near the north end of Rosario Strait with Cherry Point Refinery in the background.
Photo by Connie Bickerton, June 20, 2014.

June 20
A group passed by Point Roberts between 245 and 315. Travelling quickly. Very spread out. Three large males. One breach! Heading south. So exciting!
Sandra Scott

June 20
Arlene Soloman of Mayne Island BC, called at 1:40 pm to report a pod of 20+ orcas in Active Pass at Helen Pt, heading east between Mayne and Galiano Island. They saw 4 orcas pass by about 2 hours earlier.

June 20
3:57am - Echo and calls LK.
Connie Bickerton
Transients/Bigg's killer whales

T049A1 off Victoria.
Photo by Mark Malleson, Prince of Whales Whale Watch, June 22, 2014.

June 21
Back to those wonderful T's today. We were initially heading to the west side to see the residents but got a report of whales up near Thrasher rock off of Gabriola Island. We headed up that way and picked up the T124A's hammering a seal in the distance. When we got closer they were just eating and celebrating. It's the best when you just shut off your engines and watch....they didn't move anywhere for almost 45 minutes we just drifted with them watching them celebrate and chow down.
Gary Sutton
The breacher is T124A2A I believe, missing part of the fluke.
Photo by Gary Sutton, Wild Whales Vancouver, June 21, 2014.

Part of the fluke is missing.
Photo by Gary Sutton, Wild Whales Vancouver, June 21, 2014.

Photo by Gary Sutton, Wild Whales Vancouver, June 21, 2014.

Great day yesterday in Haro Strait with a pod of Transient Orcas & Puget Sound Express.
Photo by Susan Marie Andersson, June 21, 2014.

June 20
11:00 AM - 2 transients 1-2 miles off sheringham point lighthouse (about 30 west of Victoria, Strait of Juan de Fuca). 1 male 1 female. no positive I.D.
Daniel Pudwell
Minke whale
June 19
I saw a Minke Whale spyhop! Quick note: Minke whales are the second smallest baleen whale and spend about 90% of their time underwater. We were sitting in the water glassing for killer whales, everything was quiet, when suddenly "Koosh"- there's a Minke Whale 100 yards off our port starring at us, baleen exposed and all! Welp, there's a first for everything. I must admit, for a short second, I was wondering what the heck I was looking at!! So cool ...
Heather MacIntyre
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