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Seattle, WA -- Jul 13, 2020

💚🐬 We have several posts on our Orca Network page; This one is for pod of orcas closest to Whidbey, currently in Port Susan heading southbound. See and post updates on our Orca Network page. There is also post for central Puget Sound group of orcas (group one) and an early morning humpback. 🐋#BeWhaleWise ... See MoreSee Less

💚🐬 We have several posts on our Orca Network page; This one is for pod of orcas closest to Whidbey, currently in Port Susan heading southbound. See and post updates on our Orca Network page. 
There is also post for central Puget Sound group of orcas (group one) and an early morning  humpback. 🐋

#BeWhaleWise

Seattle, WA -- Jul 13, 2020

We are pleased to pass along some good news from our colleagues at DFO Canada. L87 was seen with K Pod & L Pod off the west coast of Vancouver Island (Swiftsure Bank). Following the death of his mother, L32, in 2005, he has been documented traveling with K7, K11, J8, and J2. He has been associated with J Pod since 2010. Since the death of J2 in 2016, there has been much speculation about which matriarch he would connect to next. Stay tuned.Here is a link to a video where Dr. Astrid van Ginneken CWR's Co-Principal Investigator tells his story. www.whaleresearch.com/post/2018/01/30/finding-acceptanceThis photo of L87 and J8 was taken in 2013 by CWR's Dave Ellifrit. ... See MoreSee Less

We are pleased to pass along some good news from our colleagues at DFO Canada. L87 was seen with K Pod & L Pod off the west coast of Vancouver Island (Swiftsure Bank). Following the death of his mother, L32, in 2005, he has been documented traveling with K7, K11, J8, and J2. He has been associated with J Pod since 2010. Since the death of J2 in 2016, there has been much speculation about which matriarch he would connect to next. Stay tuned.
Here is a link to a video where Dr. Astrid van Ginneken  CWRs Co-Principal Investigator tells his story. https://www.whaleresearch.com/post/2018/01/30/finding-acceptance
This photo of L87 and J8 was taken in 2013 by CWRs Dave Ellifrit.

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Seattle, WA -- Jul 14, 2020

❤️ On L87 Onyx - Good news from DFO shared by the Center for Whale Research with CWR link to Onyx's story: We are pleased to pass along some good news from our colleagues at DFO Canada. L87 was seen with K Pod & L Pod off the west coast of Vancouver Island (Swiftsure Bank). Following the death of his mother, L32, in 2005, he has been documented traveling with K7, K11, J8, and J2. He has been associated with J Pod since 2010. Since the death of J2 in 2016, there has been much speculation about which matriarch he would connect to next. Stay tuned.Here is a link to a video where Dr. Astrid van Ginneken CWR's Co-Principal Investigator tells his story. www.whaleresearch.com/post/2018/01/30/finding-acceptanceThis photo of L87 and J8 was taken in 2013 by CWR's Dave Ellifrit. ... See MoreSee Less

❤️ On L87 Onyx - Good news from DFO shared by the Center for Whale Research with CWR link to Onyxs story: 

We are pleased to pass along some good news from our colleagues at DFO Canada. L87 was seen with K Pod & L Pod off the west coast of Vancouver Island (Swiftsure Bank). Following the death of his mother, L32, in 2005, he has been documented traveling with K7, K11, J8, and J2. He has been associated with J Pod since 2010. Since the death of J2 in 2016, there has been much speculation about which matriarch he would connect to next. Stay tuned.
Here is a link to a video where Dr. Astrid van Ginneken CWRs Co-Principal Investigator tells his story. https://www.whaleresearch.com/post/2018/01/30/finding-acceptance
This photo of L87 and J8 was taken in 2013 by CWRs Dave Ellifrit.
Western Prince Whale Watching added 6 new photos.
Western Prince Whale Watching

Seattle, WA -- Jul 13, 2020

We continue to have great sightings in the San Juans! This weekend we had a lovely encounter with T36 and the T36bs not too far from home! Images were taken from the Western Prince II by Naturalist Elah. ... See MoreSee Less

We continue to have great sightings in the San Juans! This weekend we had a lovely encounter with T36 and the T36bs not too far from home!  Images were taken from the Western Prince II by Naturalist Elah.

Seattle, WA -- Jul 13, 2020

🧡🐋 HUMPBACK whale thread - Central Puget Sound: ✳️ KEEP comments to updates only please!✳️ SEE info graphic for watercraft & pandemic reminders.06:50- Lone humpback whale was sighted headed south between West Beach Condominiums just south of the Fauntleroy ferry dock and the Arroyos and about 1/3 of the distance to Vashon. - Philip Cox ... See MoreSee Less

🧡🐋 HUMPBACK whale thread - Central Puget Sound: 

✳️ KEEP comments to updates only please!
✳️ SEE info graphic for watercraft & pandemic reminders.

06:50- Lone humpback whale was sighted headed south between West Beach Condominiums just south of the Fauntleroy ferry dock and the Arroyos and about 1/3 of the distance to Vashon. 
- Philip Cox
Western Prince Whale Watching added 7 new photos.
Western Prince Whale Watching

Seattle, WA -- Jul 12, 2020

We had a picturesque morning with members of J Pod as they cruised by the Turn Point Lighthouse. Images from our morning trip aboard the Western Prince II from Naturalist Elah. ... See MoreSee Less

We had a picturesque morning with members of J Pod as they cruised by the Turn Point Lighthouse.  Images from our morning trip aboard the Western Prince II from Naturalist Elah.

Seattle, WA -- Jul 12, 2020

🌥🐬🐬 GROUP TWO - ORCAS ADMRIALY INLET! (Upddate: T46D confirmed present via photo by Gregory Roeben, original report. Thanks Gregory!)✳️ See info graphic for Be Whale Wise & Pandemic reminders.✳️ Keep comments to updates only. 18:00- Approx 3 orcas approaching yellow channel marker near Skunk Bay, Hansville. 1 big male, wavy fin that the top edge curves to the right, sprouted, and possibly one more, headed southbound.Susan & Howie, Orca Network17:22 - Single large orca just swam past Bush Point. SB about 100 yards off shore. Others possibly out towards midchannel. Swimming at steady clip. It passed quickly by. My wife thought she saw others out further.Gregory Roeben ... See MoreSee Less

🌥🐬🐬 GROUP TWO - ORCAS ADMRIALY INLET! (Upddate: T46D confirmed present via photo by Gregory Roeben, original report. Thanks Gregory!)
✳️ See info graphic for Be Whale Wise & Pandemic reminders.
✳️ Keep comments to updates only. 

18:00- Approx 3 orcas approaching yellow channel marker near Skunk Bay, Hansville. 1 big male, wavy fin that the top edge curves to the right, sprouted, and possibly one more, headed southbound.
Susan & Howie, Orca Network

17:22 - Single large orca just swam past Bush Point. SB about 100 yards off shore. Others possibly out towards midchannel. Swimming at steady clip. It passed quickly by. My wife thought she saw others out further.
Gregory Roeben

Seattle, WA -- Jul 12, 2020

🌤NEW THREAD - GROUP ONE ORCAS- PUGET SOUND Biggs’s Transient orcas, the T65As. ✴️ Keep comments to updates only please!✴️ See info graphic for Be Whale Wise & pandemic reminders. 17:00- T65As are mid channel just north of Edmonds/Kingston ferry lanes heading slowly southbound grouped up in resting. ... See MoreSee Less

🌤NEW THREAD - GROUP ONE ORCAS- PUGET SOUND Biggs’s Transient  orcas, the T65As. 

✴️ Keep comments to updates only please!
✴️ See info graphic for Be Whale Wise & pandemic reminders. 

17:00- T65As are mid channel just north of Edmonds/Kingston ferry lanes heading slowly southbound grouped up in resting.

Seattle, WA -- Jul 12, 2020

🌧 🐋 Edited: July 12 HUMPBACK thread - Admiralty Inlet.(orca thread above)➡️ SEE info graphic for watercraft & pandemic reminders.➡️ KEEP comments to sightings updates only pretty please 🐋 08:00 - Kit Turner called to report seeing a lone whale, thinks humpback or gray (not an orca) off the north end of Lagoon Point at 07:55. The whale was traveling slowly and steadily southbound more on the Marrowstone side of the channel. Whale spouted twice and she hadn’t seen it since. ... See MoreSee Less

🌧 🐋 Edited: July 12 HUMPBACK thread - Admiralty Inlet.
(orca thread above)

➡️ SEE info graphic for watercraft & pandemic reminders.
➡️ KEEP comments to sightings updates only pretty please 

🐋 08:00 - Kit Turner called to report seeing a lone whale, thinks humpback or gray (not an orca) off the north end of Lagoon Point at 07:55. The whale was traveling slowly and steadily southbound more on the Marrowstone side of the channel. Whale spouted twice and she hadn’t seen it since.

Seattle, WA -- Jul 11, 2020

🐬 Whalepalooza today! This is CENTRAL PUGET SOUND ORCA thread. Edited w/IDs: T65As(not to be confused w/Saratoga Passage orcas or southern Sound Fin whale threads!)✴️ SEE info graphic for watercraft & pandemic reminders.✴️ KEEP comments to sightings updates only pretty please ➡️ 13:15 - Group of orca southbound off of Eagle Harbor. - Joey LaMarche ... See MoreSee Less

🐬 Whalepalooza today! This is CENTRAL PUGET SOUND ORCA thread. Edited w/IDs: T65As
(not to be confused w/Saratoga Passage orcas or southern Sound Fin whale threads!)
✴️ SEE info graphic for watercraft & pandemic reminders.
✴️ KEEP comments to sightings updates only pretty please 

➡️ 13:15 - Group of orca southbound off of Eagle Harbor. 
- Joey LaMarche

Seattle, WA -- Jul 11, 2020

🐋 😳 Possible FIN whale in southern Puget Sound. They've been inland before so can't rule it out. If anyone sees this whale please update and if anyone gets photos please share. Adult Fin whales are ~ 75ft+ in length. ➡️SEE info graphic for watercraft & pandemic reminders.➡️KEEP comments to sightings updates only pretty please At 11:54 - Belen Bilgic Schneider reports: I have a fairly reliable report from a resident on Anderson Island from about 11am today, if folks in the south Sound want to keep their eyes open. “We have a fin whale going south in the channel passed Sandy Point headed toward Lyle point." [Southbound] ... See MoreSee Less

🐋 😳 Possible FIN whale in southern Puget Sound. Theyve been inland before so cant rule it out. If anyone sees this whale please update and if anyone gets photos please share. Adult Fin whales are ~ 75ft+ in length. 

➡️SEE info graphic for watercraft & pandemic reminders.
➡️KEEP comments to sightings updates only pretty please 

At 11:54 - Belen Bilgic Schneider reports: I have a fairly reliable report from a resident on Anderson Island from about 11am today, if folks in the south Sound want to keep their eyes open. “We have a fin whale going south in the channel passed Sandy Point headed toward Lyle point. [Southbound]
Western Prince Whale Watching added 14 new photos.
Western Prince Whale Watching

Seattle, WA -- Jul 10, 2020

Images from the Western Explorer II taken by Naturalist Braunti. ... See MoreSee Less

Images from the Western Explorer II taken by Naturalist Braunti.
Western Prince Whale Watching added 9 new photos.
Western Prince Whale Watching

Seattle, WA -- Jul 10, 2020

Images from the Western Explorer II of K Pod taken by Naturalist Braunti ... See MoreSee Less

Images from the Western Explorer II of K Pod taken by Naturalist Braunti

Seattle, WA -- Jul 10, 2020

Edited w/update: Noon - Orcas in Holmes Harbor, Whidbey today ~1 mile S of Baby Island. Grays still keeping a daily presence around Oak Harbor & Possession Sound. A Humpback in upper Saratoga Passage late yesterday. ALL WATERCRAFT GO SLOW, in general and especially at first sign of any whale.07:00 orcas in Holmes Harbor by Greenbank Farms looked to be heading into the Harbor at the time. Pod could be anywhere by now. If anyone has updates please let us know! ✳️ SEE info graphic for watercraft & pandemic reminders.✳️ KEEP comments to sightings updates only pretty please. #PugetSoundOrcas #WashingtonWhaleSightingNetwork #BeWhaleWise ... See MoreSee Less

Edited w/update: Noon -  Orcas in Holmes Harbor, Whidbey today ~1 mile S of Baby Island. Grays still keeping a daily presence around Oak Harbor & Possession Sound. A Humpback in upper Saratoga Passage late yesterday. 
ALL WATERCRAFT GO SLOW, in general and especially at first sign of any whale.
07:00 orcas in Holmes Harbor by Greenbank Farms looked to be heading into the Harbor at the time. Pod could be anywhere by now. If anyone has updates please let us know! 

✳️ SEE info graphic for watercraft & pandemic reminders.
✳️ KEEP comments to sightings updates only pretty please.

 #PugetSoundOrcas #WashingtonWhaleSightingNetwork #BeWhaleWise

Seattle, WA -- Jul 9, 2020

We have a sad update on the humpback whale recently struck and presumably killed by a Washington State Ferry. Through the collaborative efforts of many passionate people, the whale was identified as "Chip", the 2017 calf of "Smiley". The loss of any whale's life is upsetting, but Chip held a special place in our hearts here at Island Adventures. We sincerely hope this unfortunate event leads to positive change, reminding operators of all vessels, large and small, to always be on the lookout for whales in our Salish Sea. Thank you to Humpback Whales of the Salish Sea for this great tribute to Chip. 💔🐋 ... See MoreSee Less

We have a sad update on the humpback whale recently struck and presumably killed by a Washington State Ferry.  Through the collaborative efforts of many passionate people, the whale was identified as Chip, the 2017 calf of Smiley. The loss of any whales life is upsetting, but Chip held a special place in our hearts here at Island Adventures.   We sincerely hope this unfortunate event leads to positive change, reminding operators of all vessels, large and small, to always be on the lookout for whales in our Salish Sea. 

Thank you to Humpback Whales of the Salish Sea for this great tribute to Chip.  💔🐋

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