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August 27, 2015

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.
This week's biggest news:  On August 22nd, the L54's, L88 and L84 showed up in the inland waters for the first time this year. They were certainly a welcome sight mixed in with all of the other residents (minus the L12s).  Some combination of all three pods continue to move around the inland waters everyday with at least some members around Lime Kiln the evening of the 27th.

Bigg's/Transients are still showing up in an abundance around the inland waters. We have received reports of near daily sightings this past week. A large group of several pods congregated in Admiralty Inlet on the 27th, engaged in a tremendous amount of surface activity, then continued south where they eventually dispersed into their smaller familial groups late in the afternoon near Port Madison close to Bainbridge Island.

We received information from Marilyn Dahlheim of NOAA/NMML (National Marine Mammal Laboratory) that in July, NMML scientists encountered the T100s and successfully satellite tagged T100C (an adult male). Included below is a map of his movements through August 24th, they hope to have the project up on their website today. In summary: "As part of a collaborative effort between the National Marine Mammal Laboratory (NMML), the Northwest Fisheries Science Center, Cascadia Research Collective, and the University of Alaska, we have been participating in a satellite tagging project aimed at the West Coast Stock of transient killer whales.  Our project in Southeast Alaska began in 2010 with objectives defined as follows:  1) to more accurately assess the overall range of West Coast transient killer whales for stock assessment requirements, and 2) determine the impacts on local prey populations based on the amount of time the whales spent in each area where prey density is known."

Few nice humpback reports, a gray and a minke.

Orca Network 
Photo of the Day
 August 22
 
L54 and her calf L117
Look who finally showed up on the west side of San Juan Island! The L54's, L88 and L84 have been seen out in the Strait of Juan de Fuca several times this summer, but Aug 22nd was the first time they have been in the inland waters this year!
Photo by Dave Ellifrit, Center for Whale Research, August 27, 2015 
Southern Residents       
August 27  
6:10 p.m. - Lime kiln hydro is picking up whales right now!
Shelly Shima Cordis

August 27
4:00-5:30 p.m. - Been listening to SRKWs on Lime Kiln hps. Nice loud vocals started around 5pm, and echolocation. Sounds like Ls then some Ks?
Alisa/ON

August 27 
4:35 p.m. Hearing whales on Lime Kiln hydrophone now.
Patricia Prochaska

August 27 
7:00 p.m. - All flipped south. Probably at Hannah Hts now
4:45 p.m. - Whales way offshore at LK, northbound
4:05 p.m. - I heard some calls on Lime Kiln hydrophone.
Barbara Bender

August 27 
2:02 p.m. - Off of Point Roberts' Lighthouse point right now and heading south.
Jennifer Porter

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August 26 
9:43 p.m. - I just got home from the park. I heard blows at 9 in the darkness after sunset and I'm hearing whales on LK! Ls I think
Barbara Bender

August 26 
9:14 p.m. - Squeaks on Lime Kiln hydro if you can stand all the boats too
Shelly Shima Cordis

August 26
We watched L119 and L77 torment a neonate harbour porpoise near Salmon Bank for an hour west of Salmon Bank before they moved on to join the rest of their pod at north Hein Bank.
Mark Malleson

August 26 
L119 harassing a harbor porpoise near Salmon Bank.
Photo by Mark Malleson, August 26, 2017 

August 26 
A close pass from J- and K-Pods of the endangered Southern Resident Community of killer whales, right off the rocks at Lime Kiln Point State Park on San Juan Island in Washington State. Js and Ks went north, Ls got to land bank and turned south- looks like everyone's still here.
Monika Wieland, Orca Behavior Institute

August 26 
Multiple waves of whales approaching in the morning at Lime Kiln
Photo by Monika Wieland, August 26, 2015 

August 22 
 
Js and Ks passing Lime Klin this morning -
it was epic!
Video by Monika Wieland, August 26, 2015
 

August 26 
9:18 a.m. - Just turned volume back on, not sure how long but echo and calls on Lime Kiln.
Alisa, ON

August 26 
Wow!  Just spent an hour with so many whales!!!  At least 40 whales went by Eagle Point from 8:00 - 9:00.  They are still in view nearing Pile Point.  Breaches, tailslaps, kelping, up into the rocks on shore, sea-snakes (! ) .  So amazing.
Jenny Stands Wilson

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August 25th 
...amazing calm weather continues, so off we 'sailed' towards Hein Bank after learning that some of our endangered Southern Resident whales were in the area. What a nice surprise to find members of L-pod in the area, spread out over several miles, we had wonderful views of many of them. We could ID L-22 Spirit and her son L-89 Solstice, and excited to see L-84 Nyssa, L-88 Wave Walker and L108 Coho - that's the first time I have seen these males in our area this year!! Many other whales were off in the distance but too far for identification. What a special treat - which also included harbor seals, bald eagles, harbor porpoise and a seal floating on his own personal raft!
Jill Hein, volunteer naturalist

August 25 
L-22 Spirit in back, L108 Coho in middle, L-89 Solstice (Spirit's son) in foreground.
Photo by Jill Hein, August 25, 2015
(All photos zoomed and cropped)
 

August 25 
L-88 Wave Walker (born 1993)
Photo by Jill Hein, August 25, 2015 

August 25 
5:11 p.m. - Lots of whales offshore in big groups! Whales and mountains = beautiful. All south of Land Bank now heading south.
Barbara Bender

August 25 
Haro Strait, Westside, San Juan Island
Photo by James Maya, August 25, 2015 

August 25 
3:09 p.m. - I hear orcas on the Lime Kiln hydrophone right now! Sounds like J and L pods.
Joshua Glant

August 25 
3:15 p.m. - J's on Lime Kiln hydrophone, I'm attempting to make it! (to the park)
3:00 p.m. - lots of whales on Lime Kiln now, sounds like they are AT the park So loud!
I only saw the J22's at Land Bank milling earlier - for an hour going nowhere
11:47 a.m. - Whales at Land Bank milling, J34 is here and J22, that's all. J38 appears offshore -I think the rest are still south
Barbara Bender

August 25 
In Haro Strait, near Lime Kiln this morning. Lots of breaches, spyhops, etc.
Members spotted from all 3 pods.
Photo by Janine Harles, August 25, 2015 

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August 24 
4:00-6:00 p.m. - Another wonderful afternoon of orca viewing from the shore of Galiano Island. From 4 pm to 6 pm, small groups of orca leisurely went east through Active Pass. Some tail slaps, breaches, spy hops, and body rolls. Very exciting for our guests who have never before seen the whales so up close and personal. Cheers.
Karoline Cullen
Galiano Island, BC

August 24 
 K37 Rainshadow in forefront.
 Taken from shore on Galiano Island, BC, Active Pass

Photo by Karoline Cullin, August 24, 2015
(ID by Sara Hysong-Shimazu) 

August 24 
K13 Skagit
A lovely and intimate shoreline viewing spot on Galiano Island, Active Pass.

Photo by Karoline Cullin, August 24, 2015

(ID by Sara Hysong-Shimazu) 

August 24 
Galiano Island, Active Pass
Photo by Karoline Cullin, August 24, 2015  

August 24 
2:15 p.m. - They were far offshore off Land Bank, but I thought I saw L54's L84 and L92. south bound passby.
Barbara Bender

August 24 
2:00 p.m. -  Have been listening to calls (LOTS) on Lime Kiln hydrophones for the past hour +. There are also whales on the web cam!
Kim Merriman

August 24 
12:50 p.m. - I hear vocals on lime kiln for a few hours now!
Lore Borras

August 24 
12:31 p.m. - Vocals on OrcaSound hydrophone
Jack Cillins

August 24 
11:38 a.m. Some chatter starting on Lime Kiln.
Jill Clogston

August 24 
7:51 a.m. - Hearing faint calls on Lime Kiln, louder by the moment. Visual on webcam.
Alisa, ON

August 24 
6:25 a.m. - One squeak at and faint echo briefly on Lime Kiln. It's great waking up to whales!
Barbara Bender

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August 23 
A big spyhop from K16 Opus this afternoon off Battleship Island.
Photo by Monika Wieland, August 23, 2015 

August 23 
As always, it was a great day with the southern resident orcas; however, today we saw something very rare: J35 Tahlequah and her son J47 Notch were babysitting little J51 for most of our afternoon trip, and during that time J35 Tahlequah brought a huge salmon over to the boys before she'd eaten it. I love how even though J51 is not her son, she still took the time to let him see, touch, and experience the salmon before prey sharing with her son J47 Notch. What a surreal experience! We also witnessed lots of breeding and social behavior between members of each pod.
Heather MacIntyre

August 23 
J35 Tahlequah pushing the salmon with her rostrum next to J51!
Photo by Heather MacIntyre, August 23, 2015 

August 23 
J35 Tahlequah and J51 with the salmon.
Photo by Heather MacIntyre, August 23, 2015  

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August 22 
The L54's near Point Roberts on Saturday evening. L54 Ino in the middle with her offspring L108 Coho to her left and L117 Keta to her right. 5 yr old L117's gender is still unknown.
Photo by James Gresham, August 22, 2015 

August 22 
K26 Lobo with members of J and K pods.
Saturday morning near Turn Point, Stuart Island.
Photo by James Gresham, August 22, 2015 

August 22 
Phenomenal morning with nearly all the members of the Southern Resident Community - only the L12 sub-group was absent. Yep, the L54s finally showed up in Haro Strait for the first time this summer! It took me a few minutes to believe my eyes when I saw these big boys - L88 Wavewalker and L84 Nyssa.
Monika Wieland

August 22 
L88 Wavewalker and L84 Nyssa in Haro Strait off Henry Island.
Photo by Monika Wieland, August 22, 2015 

August 22 
J52 rockets to the surface next to mom, J36 Alki
Photo by Monika Wieland, August 22, 2014 

August 22 
9:10-10:00 a.m. - From the rocks  at middle Land Bank we watched whales coming from the south, spread out far and wide some in very large groups. We could tell there were a lot more SRKWs than had been around the past week.  All of J, K and Ls (except the L12s) in big groups spread out northbound. Gorgeous morning watching from shore  these magnificent traveling with a purpose, north. Short time later I was out with Orca Behavior Institute assisting with the hydrophone while Monika collected behavioral data. We first spotted some of the leaders (J pod) in large family groups in Open Bay. Profoundly moving to be in the presence of them, in their world, watching them travel so closely connected and in sync. Sweet surprise when a short time later realized we were also in the presence of the L54s.
Alisa Lemire Brooks

August 22 
The L54s traveling with L84, L88 and L92 in Haro Strait, Spieden Island in background.
Photo by Alisa Lemire Brooks, August 22, 2015 

August 22 
Members of J pod, led by J27, northbound late morning in Haro Strait at Open Bay.
Photo by Alisa, Lemire Brooks, August 22, 2015 

August 22 
 
The day the L54s cam in.
Morning northbound passby of Js, Ks, and Ls 
Filmed from Land Bank, San Juan Island.
Video by Alisa Lemire Brooks, August 22, 2015 

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August 21 
3:52 p.m. - Hearing calls on Lime Kiln now 3:50. Lots of boat noise!
Ann Hazen

August 21 
9:25 a.m. - start seeing blows to the south, spread out in 1-2s, coming northbound towards us. At about southend of Land Bank they veered off shore. Lead groups stopped at Lime Kiln milled around for a bit then turned out, grouped up and turned back southbound. Much surface activity (tail lobs, rolls, peduncle throws, breaches) as they continued southbound about mile off shore.
Alisa, ON

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August 27 
Thursday August 20th at 1430: Numerous orcas off the Coal Dock and Ferry Terminal, Tsawwassen, BC.
Peter Hamilton

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August 27 
1:00 p.m. northbound passby of Js and Ks-
Taken from shore at middle Land Bank, west side San Juan Island.
Photo by Ed Brooks, August 17, 2015 
Bigg's/Transient orcas        

August 27 
At least 5 orcas sighted at once from the West Point Lighthouse at Discovery Park in Seattle. At least 2 were adults and 2 were calves, not sure about fifth. They played for at least 30 minutes, jumping out of the water, splashing, and rolling. Sighting lasted from about 8:00pm until sometime after 8:30pm.
Photo by Heather Wilcox, August 27, 2015 

August 27 
7:30 p.m. - Just saw a mother and young Orca heading south towards from northern Vashon Island. From my house just south of Wingehaven Park.
Andrew Hollingsworth

August 27 
7:07 p.m. - Orcas from the Vashon/Fauntleroy ferry, headed south, 2 males in the lead, with females and possibly baby following. They were SUPER close to the ferry.
Amy Rutherford

August 27 
7:13 p.m. - They're headed southbound now.
7:03 p.m. -  orcas STILL off Rolling Bay near mid channel. No direction yet
5:13 p.m. orcas in Rolling Bay still might be chasing something? Lots of surface activity and diving back and forth.
5:05 p.m. -  5+ orcas in Rolling Bay - Bainbridge side. Slowly northbound.
Lynn Batson

August 27 
5:00 p.m. - Heading northeast, they were pretty much out of sight when we left Skiff Point/Rolling Bay Walk.
The group was right off Rolling Bay Walk, so close we could hear their blows and percussions.
Connie Bickerton

August 27 
T65A2, T65A, one of the kids in Rolling Bay off Bainbridge Island, WA
Photo by Connie Bickerton, August 27, 2015 

August 27 
left:T37A, middle: possibly T37A4, right: T65A2
Rolling Bay, Puget Sound 
Photo by Connie Bickerton, August 27, 2015
(ID help by Sara Hysong-Shimazu) 

August 27 
4:55 p.m. - With Connie Bickerton off Rolling Bay, Bainbridge. She got a positive ID on T065A. Lots of tail slapping. Shots to come. They are now trending northeast.
Susan Marie Andersson

August 27 
3:55 p.m. - Tightly clustered, heading south, spotted in the shipping lanes between Meadow Point (Golden Gardens) and Point Monroe (Fay Bainbridge).
Ben Blankeship

August 27 
3:35 p.m. - The pod has slowed and shifted more to the west, transected between my location and Faye Bainbridge park. In general still trending south.
3:05 p.m. -  from Richmond Beach Saltwater Park in Shoreline can see pod south of yelliw mid channel buoy still southbound steady pace.
2:10 p.m. - I see a pod of 6-10 (including 2 large males and a young one) southbound mid channel sightline out from Edmonds ferry dock.
Alisa, ON

August 27 
2:11 p.m. -  east of Eglon in shipping lanes still southerly
2:04 p.m. - small group of Orcas in shipping lane / mid channel off shore kit sap side between Pt no Pt and Kingston . Slowly moving south
Stu Davidson

August 27 
12:25 p.m. - T's split into 3 groups (two groups with 5-7 in each and a small group of 2 males), one about to pass Point No Point, one group Useless Bay and some males in the middle heading all heading South!
Photo by Janine Harles, August 27, 2015 

August 27 
12:06 p.m. - Mid channel off of mutiny bay heading south. A lot of breaches and cartwheels.
Helen Shamenk

August 27 
Active transients! While they weren't super close to shore, they were so active, with lots of tail lobs, cartwheels, and breaches (at least one juvenile breached 8 times in a row!)! One of the males did a massive breach a few different times, and one of those times...They stayed off Bush Pt for nearly two hours before heading off to the south, breaching happily as they went...
Rachel Haight

August 27 
Cartwheeling Bigg's in Admiralty Inlet
Photo by Rachel Haight, August 27, 2015 

August 27 
11:44 a.m. - they are nearing Foulweather Bluff and look to be closer to Kitsap side. Now looks like they are heading towards Point No Point.
11:19 a.m. - Whales are still off Bush Pt. I'm pretty sure the other whales are a separate group.
Rachel Haight

August 27 
10:13 a.m. - Just got to Bush Point and what do my eyes see....a pod of Orcas in the Sea!
Sherry Joyner

August 27 
9:55 a.m. - Orcas in Admiralty Inlet!
Port Townsend Marine Science Center

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August 25 
T37A, T37A3, and newest kiddo, T37A4.
Beautiful day with beautiful whales. T37As and T65As right in our backyard,
near Allan Island.

Photo by Sara Hysong-Shimazu, August 25, 2015
(All photos taken with a 400mm lens and cropped) 

August 25 
On the hunt.
Photo by Sara Hysong-Shimazu, August 25, 2015 

August 25 
T37A4 and T65A5 porpoising together
Photo by Sara Hysong-Shimazu, August 25, 2015 

August 25 
2:08 p.m. - Just went through Bellingham Chanel left them off north side of Guemes Island.
Kathy Perkins

August 25 
1:11 p.m. - Finally caught up to them. North of Washington Park now. East-ish direction.
Rachel Haight

August 25 
12:15 p.m. - Orcas just off Edith Point in Langley Bay , heading slowly north. Saw 5 or 6 maybe more. (Edith Point is between Langley Bay and Burrows Bay on Fidalgo Island, Rosario Strait)
Ann Hazen

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August 24 
During the approximate month long duration of this tag deployment the whales spent the first couple of weeks in northern Southeast Alaska primarily targeting harbor porpoise and harbor seals. As they moved southward they spent time at three or possibly four Stellar sea lions rookeries. As of 24 August 2015, the T100s were located in the Strait of Georgia.
Map courtesy of  Marilyn Dahlheim, National Marine Mammal Laboratory

August 24 
4:00 p.m. - We saw 3 orcas just west of Foul Weather Bluff/Hood's Head!
Holly Graves

August 24 
6:15 a.m. - I was up early on Monday, it was a calm beautiful day & I heard the sound of whales breathing about 6:15am from Bells Beach on Whidbey. I spotted between 9-10 Orcas spread out in 3 groups heading SE towards Langley. The 2 adult males & 1 adult female stayed out in the center of the passage, while 2 adult females came in closer, then to my delight, the 3rd grouping of 2 adult females & 2 juveniles came into the shallow for about 20 minutes or so, very close to shore seeming to be playing together, slapping their fins & tails & tightly circling together. I thought they were Biggs Transients, but not certain. It was such a treat.
Kristin Carlson

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August 23 
One of the pods (4) in Penn Cove has been ID'd as the T99s.
Jill Hein

August 23 
6:40 p.m. - Holmes Harbor, Whidbey Island, Honeymoon Bay. Watched pod of at least 5 orcas (one small dorsal fin) for at least 20 minutes in front of Honeymoon Bay. Feeding, circling back and forth in one area, birds circling above. First time spotted this far into Holmes Harbor in 43 years living in this spot! Exciting.
S & W Campbell

August 23 
2:44 p.m. - Saratoga pod: They are east of Long Point now and out of the cove. (after having gone into Penn Cove)
1:00 p.m. - About 8 whales passed by the Coupeville Wharf on their way out out of Penn Cove today. I'd been checking Penn Cove for whales all morning, and when I came back after lunch, I found them as soon as I came into view. Not a bad day!
Rachel Haight

August 23 
A family of Ts in Penn Cove, Whidbey Island
Photo by Rachel Haight, August 23, 2015 

August 23 ~ Admiralty Inlet 
 2:30 p.m. -  pod of orcas off Fort Worden - looks like 3 of them.
Erin Johnson

August 23
12:36 p.m. - I observed 6 Orcas in Penn Cove, heading north on Sunday. It appeared to be 2 males, with 2 smaller, possibly female, and 2 babies. They were porpoising, with no spy hops, or cartwheeling. I lost sight of them as they neared the North end of the cove, but did see 2 small whales, or dolphins, heading south shortly after. 10 minutes later, a harbor seal poked it's head up near the north east shore of Penn Cove.
Anne Tilmont

August 23 ~ San Juan Islands 
9:30 a.m. - These three were see near Otis Perkins Park on Lopez Island this morning. They appeared to be fishing and seals were hiding on shore.
Photo by Carrie Lin Rawlins, August 23, 2015
 (Male is T137A-ID by Sara Hysong-Shimazu, Naturalist & ON volunteer)
 

August 23 
7:20 a.m. - Group heading north in Saratoga in front of house. between Cama Beach and Camano State Park, Camano side close to shore.
Will Murphy

August 23 
0710 hours, I observed a small pod (2 or 3 adult orcas and 1 baby) heading northbound at Camano Island State park. They were 30 yards off the boat ramp and swimming northbound with the baby by them. They got to the point just to the north of the park (close to the shore line), then they heading directly out to the middle of Saratoga passage. That's the last we observed them and what a thrill it was.
Mike Brady

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(August 22 Notes: Two groups were reported through out the day in Puget Sound area. Based on sightings times, it is believed the Saratoga Passage pod turned up into Port Susan and later moved down into Possession Sound. And the Admiralty Inlet group moved southbound into Puget Sound making their way to Tacoma before flipping and traveling back north)

August 22 ~  Puget Sound 
6:30 p.m. - Three orcas rounded Dash Point, Browns Point, and observed from Cliff House Restaurant for awhile. Lots of tail flapping (playing or feeding?) before they headed back out of the east mouth of the bay toward Browns Point.
Photo by Eric Elgar, August 22, 2015 


August 22 ~ Possession Sound 
6:20 pm - Three orcas north of Mukilteo seen from ferry!
Christy Korrow

August 22 ~  Puget Sound 
7:39 p.m. - They JUST went north past Browns Point Lighthouse!
Lisa Wysocki

August 22 ~  Puget Sound 
7:40 p.m. - They passed the lighthouse headed north
7:31 p.m. - See them again from the lighthouse, coming out of the bay.
6:49 p.m. - 4 orcas just headed into Commencement Bay, watched from Browns Pt lighthouse.
Emily Cressman Blakeway

August 22 ~ Possession Sound 
6:45 p.m. - 8-10 Orcas, including 2 juveniles about 500 yards off the new Mukilteo beach...at least 10 breaches. Moving west.
Rick Lovorn

August 22 ~ Possession Sound 
6:22 p.m. - Between Boeing dock (Mukilteo) and Hat Island in the middle.
Jason R Bourne

August 22 ~  Puget Sound 
5:30 p.m. - spotted 4 Orcas . They were traveling southward along the shoreline past Redondo. At one point maybe in less than 80 feet likely following Pinks (these orcas mammal eaters). Appeared to be 2 large adults and smaller juveniles. Also of note were pair of porpoises spotted at various points to in Quartermaster harbor.
Rob Phaneuf

August 22 ~ Port Susan 
4:07 p.m. - Pod of six, five adults and one juvenile, off of Kayak Point, headed south.
Photo by Joshua Jensen, August 22, 2015
(ID notes from Dave Ellifrit, CWR: The shape of the fins me wonder if it might be the
T36B's and T99's but, I can't really confirm from that photo) 

August 22 ~  Puget Sound 
4:57 p.m. - Chilkat leaving Transients at Saltwater State Park. Still heading south. Just made a kill. 2 males close to shore at Saltwater. 3 others were further off.
Renee Beitzel

August 22 ~  Puget Sound 
3:40 p.m. - Orcas just passed Three Tree Point in Burien going south.
Elston Hill

August 22 ~ Port Susan 
2:00-3:00 p.m. - We are at Tulare Beach, near Marysville on vacation. Neighbors told us they'd seen at least 5 orcas quite a ways north in Port Susan about 2 pm today. About 3 pm we saw them from the beach, headed south, with about 5 boats following them.
Rob Walton

August 22 ~  Puget Sound 
2:50 p.m. - Received a message from Richard Shelmerdine who saw two from the Fauntleroy ferry dock heading south down the east side of Vashon.

August 22 ~  Puget Sound 
2:48 p.m. - Orcas passed Lincoln Park and Fauntleroy ferry heading south. We saw 3, one really big.
Doerte Mahanay

August 22 ~  Puget Sound 
2:20 p.m. - West Seattle Blog is reporting them along beach drive, heading south.
Trileigh Tucker

August 22 ~  Puget Sound 
1:34 p.m. - Single orca headed south toward Alki light.
Jason Mihok

August 22 ~  Puget Sound 
12:45 p.m. - Orcas just passed Golden Gardens then Discovery Park, headed south!
Photo by Jessica Clayton, August 22, 2015 

August 22 ~  Puget Sound 
Noon - saw at least two orcas surfacing and blowing water, off the northern end of  Golden Garden beach, about 300 yards off the beach. Saw two at same time, they appeared large. They surfaced (fin and back) about 10 times, lasted about 15-20 minutes. There was quite a few boats around, they kept distance. They swam southward toward Magnolia/Seattle.
Theresa Geijer

August 22 ~  Puget Sound 
Two large orcas were just sighted off of Meadow Point that surfaced near a group of salmon fishing boats heading south to Golden Gardens.  Can anyone ID the whales?
Photo by Michael Hamm, August 22, 2015
(Dave Ellifrit, CWR- male certainly looks like T102 but complete confirmation
is tough with that photo)
 

August 22 ~  Puget Sound 
11:00 a.m. - Left them south of Richmond Beach headed south approximately 5kts.
10:44 a.m. - T101s, 5-6 animals, southbound at 5 kts at Point Wells.
Anna Lieding

August 22 ~  Puget Sound 
10:45 a.m. - still moving south on Edmonds side, passing Richmond Beach as viewed from President Point, Kitsap.
Joanne Graves

August 22 ~ Puget Sound 
10:35 a.m. - I saw them heading south close to Edmonds shore. They are now south of Pt Edwards.
Sherman Page

August 22 ~ Saratoga Passage 
8:37 a.m. - Orcas in Saratoga Passage! Heading south, seen from Pebble Beach on Camano Island.
Sarah Malmstead

August 22 ~ Admiralty Inlet 
6:50 a.m. - Pod of orcas just southwest of Bush Point. Close to Whidbey side of Admiralty Inlet. Heading south, but maybe just milling around.
Mike Meyer

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August 21 ~ Sechelt Inlet, BC 
We saw 5 Orcas at the Sechelt Inlet, on the Sunshine Coast BC.
Photo by Cornelia van Berkel, August 21, 2015 

August 21~ Strait of Georgia 
Unbelievable evening! Heading home after watching residents off San Juan Island and we bumped into the the T18's and T100's in the Strait of Georgia. They all split up and then BAM! simultaneous porpoise kills! We hung out with T19C and T100C most of the time...Here are some shots of them playing around.
Gary Sutton

August 21 
T19C in Strait of Georgia
Photo by Gary Sutton, August 21, 2015 

August 21 
T100C breach
Photo by Gary Sutton, August 21, 2015 

August 21 ~ Admiralty Inlet 
3:00 p.m. - Found them. Headed south towards Bush Point close to Whidbey side. Still a ways off, barely visible with binoculars.
Rachel Haight

August 21 ~ Admiralty Inlet 
2:40 p.m. - Orcas off south Whidbey between Lagoon pt and Bush pt heading south.
Courtney Smith

August 21 ~ Admiralty Inlet  
Found Transient orcas North of Bush Point, followed them south for a bit, stopped by Port Ludlow to look at wildlife then found T's again in Useless Bay on the way home!
Photo by Janine Harles, August 21, 2015 

August 21~ Admiralty Inlet 
2:26 pm - Saw them just now southbound off Lagoon Point
Patricia Prochaska

August 21 ~ Admiralty Inlet 
1:33 pm - The earlier Ts has now met up with another group! Heading south back into Admiralty Inlet last seen south of ferry lanes, closer to Whidbey side.
12:03 p.m. - Chilkat just left T's in Admiralty Inlet, just south of Port Townsend heading north.
Renee Beitzel

August 21 ~ Port Susan 
10:30 a.m. - Orcas traveling in north Port Susan sound, looked like a pod of 3.
Anthony Soldato

Humpback whales       
August 27   
7:49 p.m. - Just saw what I believe was a Humpback heading north up Case Inlet off Harstine Island near McMicken Island.
Dave Berliner

August 27 
I left Solo Point, DuPont around 4:30. Humpback was still heading south.
3:30 p.m. - watching from Steilacoom. Past Sunnyside Beach, trending south.

August 27 
I left Solo Point, DuPont around 4:30. Humpback was still heading south.
Photo by Jessica Pagan, August 27, 2015 

August 27 
3:30 p.m. - watching from Steilacoom. Past Sunnyside Beach, trending south.
Photo by Jessica Pagan, August 27, 2015 

August 27 
We watched this whale from a distance, it traveled south and stalled a bit in front of Chambers Bay. Lots of porpoise rolling around too. From our boat we saw it head further south towards Steilacoom/Dupont. Very cool to hear it's very loud blows as it surfaced. We were too far away to get photos....
Cindy Faker

August 27 
12:58 p.m. - Humpback off Titlow Beach (Tacoma) heading south.
Kathy Kerber

Received August 25  
I am sending a message for Carrie Newell to let you know that she has has four humbacks very close to shore feeding near Depoe Bay in the last month. They have been feeding in about 20-30 ft of water right alongside the grey whales. There have been three juveniles and one adult. She also has witnessed interaction between one of them a sea lion that look like play. Chasing, jumping, etc. She wanted to share the information. Thanks.
Stephanie Young (employee and fellow scientist)

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August 22 
Another windless day and we were fortunate to find both minke and humpback whales - so easy to find in mirror-like sea conditions. First was a minke feeding near Smith Island, then on Hein Bank where we found "Split-fin", a well known humpback whale. He appeared to head straight towards the boat (most likely passed under us) and gave incredible views as he fluked heading right towards us!...(Minke report)...and then - in Rosario Strait - another humpback! No ID on this one, but a delight to see. Such a spectacular day again.
Jill Hein, volunteer naturalist.

August 22 
A different view of his identity - most humpback whales are identified by the pattern on the underside of their fluke (tail).
Photo by Jill Hein, August 22, 2015 

August 22 
See the baleen? Split-fin came through this "bait ball" with his mouth open - catching all those small fish, and the birds all scattered.
Photo by Jill Hein, August 22, 2015 

August 22 
Split-Fin's ID shot, the underside of his fluke.
Photo by Jill Hein, August 22, 2015 

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August 21 
1:30 p.m. - Humpback, NW of NAS Whidbey. Only saw it blow twice, the saw its back glide along before seeing the tail submerge. Approx straight west of Deception Pass.
Kim Adams

August 21 
12:51 p.m. - Welcome! We are leaving two humpbacks feeding in the Strait just northwest of Smith Island. Split Fin and another that she's been hanging with the last several days!
Renee Beitzel
Gray whales       
August 24 
4:35 p.m. - Saw a grey whale half way though the strait of San Juan de Fuca headed north. Just past Wilson point about 8 miles. Smaller whale came up blew, then dove and disappeared.
Niboreel Sreyas 
 
Minke whales       
August 22
Another windless day and we were fortunate to find both minke and humpback whales - so easy to find in mirror-like sea conditions. First was a minke feeding near Smith Island...Continuing on, we spotted harbor porpoise, and another minke when heading to Castle Rock, where we also found eagles and harbor seals.
Jill Hein

August 22
Minke whale near Smith Island
Photo by Jill Hein, August 22, 2015
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