Southern resident orcas, humpbacks in Edmonds | Through Your Lens


October 10, 2019

Janine Harles

An orca whale in Puget Sound.

Janine Harles – a frequent contributor to the Beacon – was out in the water recently and captured some great shots of the southern resident orcas as they passed by, as well as a young humpback, the latter which has been visiting the area between north Edmonds and Possession Sound since early September.

Janine Harles

A humpback whale in Puget Sound.

Harles said the orcas were hanging around for close to a week and a half between West Seattle and Everett, going back and forth each day foraging for salmon.

"It seems they must have been finding food as they stuck around for so long," she said. "NOAA was out in their research boats various times gathering poop samples, drone footage, and other samples. The new baby J56 was here, and looks healthy and happy! The humpback is tentatively numbered BCX0870-Calf 2018; it has been hanging out in this area between north Edmonds and Kingston since early September."


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