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2009 SIGHTINGS archive

All sightings are from the Seward, AK, area, unless denoted with a * under 'Location'

DATE SPECIES LOCATION ORCA ID HUMPBACK id # of ANIMALs COMMENTS
2009-10-01 send sightings to whalesalaska@gmail.com - - Sightings will not always be available during winter, but if you have a sighting, email it!
2009-09-29 Orca Lowell Pt, Seward - - - Headed toward the Sea Life Center
2009-09-17 Orca Downtown Seward AK?? - 4+ Orcas came all the way to the head of the bay, between the harbor and the shipyard.
2009-09-11 Orca Halibut Cove - - - Rubbing at Fox Island
2009-09-08 - - - - - This is the last date of regular sightings entries...
2009-09-08 Orca Fox Island AK6? - 5-7 No photos
2009-09-07 Humpback Kenai Fjords - - - -
2009-09-07 Orca W Rugged Island AK6 - 5-7 Photos
2009-09-06 Humpback E Rugged Island - X210, Klondike 2 Photos
2009-09-06 Humpback Pilot Rk - Y76 Morgan LeFey 2? Photos Liz
2009-09-05 Humpback Kenai Fjords - - - a few
2009-09-04 Humpback 3 Hole Bay - - 1 -
2009-09-02 Orca Holgate Arm - - 5+ -
2009-09-02 Humpback Petes Pass (Chiswell Islands) - - - -
2009-09-01 Humpback Kenai Fjords - - a few -
2009-08-31 Orca Cape Aialik-Grotto AW? - many Photos Liz
2009-08-31 Humpback Kenai Fjords - Y76 Morgan LeFey - Photos Liz
2009-08-30 Humpback Petes Pass (Chiswell Islands), Pilot Rk, Hive Island - - a few The number of Humpbacks is definately thinning out, as normal for late August.
2009-08-30 Transient Orca Harbor Island AT72, 73, 2 juv - 4 This female travelled from Prince William Sound, to Southern SE AK, to Kodiak, all in one month!!
2009-08-28 - - - - - Stormy weather
2009-08-27 - - - - - Stormy weather
2009-08-26 Orca S Rugged Island - - - -
2009-08-25 Humpback Hub Rk, Chat Cove - - a few Swimming in circles continously around Hub Rock.
2009-08-24 Humpback Marys Bay, Chiswells, Pilot Rk - - several -
2009-08-24 Orca W Fox Island - - +-12 Seen in morning, then disappeared.
2009-08-24 Fin Whale E Pilot - - a few -
2009-08-23 Orca E Pilot - - 3 pods? At least 4 bulls, one with damaged top. AI?
2009-08-23 Humpback Chat Cove, Verdant Cove, Aligo Pt, Bear Glacier - - several -
2009-08-22 Humpback Kenai Fjords - - - -
2009-08-21 Humpback Kenai Fjords - - - -
2009-08-21 Orca Holgate Arm - - 3? -
2009-08-20 Humpback Chiswell Islands, Cheval Island, Hub Rk, Hive Island - - several -
2009-08-20 Orca E Rugged Island AD8 - 6 Photos John W, Hydrophone recording.
2009-08-19 Humpback Porcupine Cove - Z58, Alfonso 2 -
2009-08-19 Orca Bear Glacier AT2,3,4 - 3 May have made a kill, milling about, gulls diving behind them. Photos
2009-08-18 Humpback various - - several -
2009-08-17 Humpback Cheval Island, Chiswell Islands - - several -
2009-08-17 Orca Cape Aialik? - - 4-6 One flopped over, one calf. Photos John L
2009-08-16 Humpback NW'n Fjord, Chiswell Islands - - several -
2009-08-15 Orca Resurrection Bay - - - photos
2009-08-15 Humpback Kenai Fjords - - - -
2009-08-14 Humpback E Rugged Island - X208, Scirocco 1 Photo Dan O
2009-08-14 Orca Barwell-Rugged-Cheval AD8, others - 20+ Photos Dan O
2009-08-13 Orca Petes Pass (Chiswell Islands) AD8 and others - >15? Photos Tim F
2009-08-13 Humpback Hive Island - - 2 All black flukes on both whales, breaching and pec slapping.
2009-08-12 Humpback Kenai Fjords - - several -
2009-08-11 Humpback Petes Pass (Chiswell Islands) - - 2 -
2009-08-11 Humpback Chat Island - Z58, Alfonso 1 Photos Dan O
2009-08-10 Humpback Pilot, Chiswells, N Rugged - - 5-8 total? -
2009-08-10 Humpback Fox Island - X208, Scirocco - Photo Samuel E
2009-08-09 Humpback Cheval Island - Z58, Alfonso - Photos SeaLife Ctr
2009-08-09 Orca Cliff Bay/3 Hole AD8 - 5-6 Photos coming from passengers
2009-08-09 Orca Callisto to Porcupine AT9,10,18 - 3-4 Photos Dan O
2009-08-09 Humpback Chiswell Islands, Barwell Island, Pilot Rk - - several -
2009-08-09 Orca Cheval Island - - 12-15 One bull had two notches, two other bulls
2009-08-09 Fin Whale Chiswell Islands - - 1-3? -
2009-08-08 Fin Whale SW Rugged Island - - - -
2009-08-08 Humpback Hub Rk, Chiswells, Barwell Island - - several -
2009-08-08 Humpback W Rugged Island - Y-76, Morgan LeFey, 2 others 3 One was breaching. Photos Dan O
2009-08-08 Humpback E Cheval Island - Z58, Alfonso 1 Photos Dan O
2009-08-07 Orca W Rugged Island AY2, AK6, many others - 40-70? Superpod spread out over a few miles.
2009-08-07 Humpback S Fox - Y-76, Morgan LeFey, 2 others 3 Y-76 has been travelling with two other whales several times.
2009-08-07 Orca W Rugged Island - - - One male had two notches, and was last photographed here in July 2007, not in catalogue
2009-08-07 Humpback Fox Island - X208, Scirocco - Photo pending
2009-08-06 Humpback Harbor Island, Cape Aialik, Barwell Island - - several -
2009-08-05 Orca Chiswell Islands AY2 - 5-7 Photos SeaLife Ctr
2009-08-05 Orca NW'n Fjord AD8 - - Photos SeaLife Center
2009-08-05 Orca Aialik Morraine AT1? - 3-4 Photos pending
2009-08-04 Humpback Kenai Fjords - - a few -
2009-08-04 Orca Granite Pass - - 50+? -
2009-08-03 Humpback Chiswell Islands - - several -
2009-08-03 Orca Pony Cove - - 15+ One straight bull. Photos Marlin R
2009-08-02 Orca Chiswell Islands - - 4 Seen by only one boat, then disappeared
2009-08-02 Humpback Fox Island - Y76 Morgan LeFey, two others 3 One had all black flukes, pec slapping. Photos DanO
2009-08-01 Orca Cape Aialik - - Many Multiple pods
2009-07-31 Orca No Name Island AD8 - - Photos Michelle H
2009-07-31 Humpback Resurrection Bay - - several -
2009-07-30 Orca Rugged Island-Callisto Head AD8 and others - 6+ Photos, Hydrophone recordings
2009-07-30 Humpback Holgate Arm, Pilot Rk, Rugged Island - - several -
2009-07-29 Orca Fox Island-Rugged Island AD8, AK6 - 10+ -
2009-07-29 Humpback Rugged Island - - Several -
2009-07-28 Orca Cape Resurrection- S Fox Island AD8, maybe others - 5+ Photos SeaLife Center
2009-07-28 Humpback Hive Island, Rugged Island, Porcupine Cove, Pilot Rk, Granite Pass - - several The weather is finally good enough to actually see them!
2009-07-27 Humpback W Fox Island - Y-2 Thumbelina 1 -
2009-07-26 Humpback NW Rugged Island - - 1 -
2009-07-25 Orca Kenai Fjords - - 4 One male flopped over, one female, one juvenile, one calf
2009-07-24 Humpback Pony Pt, Aialik Bay - - a few -
2009-07-22 Humpback Emerald Cove - - 2 Few Humpbacks have been sighted recently due to poor weather conditions.
2009-07-21 Orca S Fox-Emerald Cove - - - Seen by only a few boats due to weather
2009-07-20 Humpback Barwell Island - - 2 -
2009-07-19 Humpback Barwell Isl - - 3 -
2009-07-18 Orca Pilot Rk - - +-15 -
2009-07-18 Humpback Resurrection Bay, Aialik Bay - - many -
2009-07-17 Humpback Resurrection Bay, Aialik Bay - - many -
2009-07-16 Transient Orca W of Marys Bay AT10, 2 others - 3 Photo of AT10. Took a Dall's Porpoise. Photos John, Sheryl J, Dan O.
2009-07-16 Humpback Resurrection Bay, Aialik Bay - - many -
2009-07-15 Orca N Fox Island - - Several Bull Male with dorsal leaning forward.
2009-07-15 Humpback Grotto - Z-15, Blanc 3 Travelling with the same whale as on July 6
2009-07-15 Orca Cataract Cove poss. Kodiak Killers Transients, AT 128? - - Photos SeaLife Center
2009-07-14 Humpback Resurrection Bay, Aialik Bay - - many -
2009-07-13 Humpback - - Z58, Alfonso - Photo John L
2009-07-13 Orca S Rugged AY2 - 7 Resting, Avoidant behavior
2009-07-12 Humpback Fox Island - Z-15, Blanc 3 One other not in the catalogue, but seen this year. Photo Tyler A
2009-07-12 Humpback Granite Pass - - >8 Lots of birds feeding also
2009-07-11 Orca Chiswell Islands - - >30 -
2009-07-11 Humpback various - - many -
2009-07-11 Humpback Cheval Island - Z49, Pitchfork - Photos SeaLife Ctr
2009-07-10 Humpback various - - many -
2009-07-09 Humpback NW Rugged Island - X81, Milky Way, X75 2 All black flukes on both animals
2009-07-09 Humpback Rugged Island, Pilot Rk, Cape Aialik,, Cheval, Tooth Cove - - many -
2009-07-08 Orca 5 Mi SE of Pilot Rk - - 4 One bull with a flopped fin, one female, one juvenile, one calf. None with notches.
2009-07-08 Transient Orca Holgate Arm poss. AT6 - 1 Bull with notch close to base. Photos pending
2009-07-07 Humpback Hive Island - Y-76, Morgan LeFey 1 Breaching
2009-07-07 Humpback Cape Aialik - Z15, Blanc - Photos SeaLife Ctr
2009-07-06 Humpback Resurrection Bay, Aialik Bay - - >20 -
2009-07-05 Humpback various - - many -
2009-07-05 Orca Agnes Cove AD11 - 4 Resting. Photos Tyler A.
2009-07-05 Fin Whale Aligo Pt - - 1 -
2009-07-05 Transient Orca Aialik Bay AT6 - 1 Photo Erich S
2009-07-04 Orca Cheval Narrows - - +-6 Moving fast, two bulls
2009-07-04 Humpback Various - - Many -
2009-07-04 Orca Kenai Fjords - - - One bull with folded over dorsal, at least one other bull, Photos Tyler A.
2009-07-04 Humpback Kenai Fjords - Y-53, Tania - Photo Tyler A
2009-07-03 Humpback various - - many -
2009-07-03 Humpback Granite Pass - - >15 There have been many Humpbacks in this region for a few days.
2009-07-03 Orca Aialik Bay AD11 - 4 Photos Bob M
2009-07-02 Humpback various - - many -
2009-07-01 Humpback various - - many -
2009-07-01 Humpback S of Cape Aialik - Z-15, Blanc 2 -
2009-07-01 Humpback Ripple Cove - Y-53, Tania, Z-79,others >15 Lunge feeding. Photos Brit W
2009-07-01 Transient Orca McMullen Cove-Hub Rock AT6, AT9, AT10, AT18 - 4 May be the same 4 that were harassing Humpbacks later in Granite Pass
2009-06-30 Humpback Kenai Fjords - X162 Estrella 2 Companion not in catalogue. Photos Carol J.
2009-06-30 Humpback various - - many -
2009-06-30 Orca S of Rugged and Barwell Isl - - - -
2009-06-29 Humpback S Fox Island - Y-76, Morgan LeFey 1 Has been seen in this area before
2009-06-29 Humpback Resurrection Bay, Aialik Bay - - many -
2009-06-29 Orca Twin Islands-Bear Cove AD8 - >5 Photos Jaclyn F
2009-06-28 Orca Cape Resurrection, Rugged Island AD8 - - Photos Jaclyn F
2009-06-28 Humpback Hive Island - Z-29, Spyglass 1 -
2009-06-28 Humpback Pilot, Barwell, Chiswells, Aligo - - many -
2009-06-27 Humpback Rugged Island, Cheval, Chiswells, more - Z58, Alfonso, others many -
2009-06-26 Orca Tooth Cove-Holgate-Hub Rk-Aligo AD8, AD11 - 10 Photos Britt W, Dan O, Hydrophone Recordings
2009-06-26 Humpback Resurrection Bay, Aialik Bay - - many -
2009-06-25 Humpback various - - many -
2009-06-25 Orca Kenai Fjords AX48? - - Photos Jaclyn F
2009-06-24 Orca Pilot Rk, Chat Cove - - - -
2009-06-23 Humpback Hive Island - Z-29, Spyglass 1 Resting
2009-06-23 Orca Cape Res-Rugged Isl-Spire AD8, AD11 - 6 AD22, Skana, has a new notch. Photos Jaymes K, Dan O., Bob M
2009-06-23 Humpback Bear Glacier, Aialik Bay, - - many -
2009-06-22 Humpback Sunny Cove-Hive Island - Z-29, Spyglass 1 This Humpback seen in same area 3 days ago.
2009-06-22 Humpback Cape Aialik, Harbor Island - - - -
2009-06-21 Offshore Orca Rugged Island-Caines Head Offshore - >20... >50? Making very different calls, birds feeding on large scraps, confirmed Offshore Orcas
2009-06-21 Humpback Hive Island, Cheval Narrows - - - -
2009-06-20 Orca Aialik Bay, Rugged Island - - - -
2009-06-20 Humpback Kenai Fjords - - - -
2009-06-19 Humpback N Rugged Island - Z-29, Spyglass 1 -
2009-06-18 Humpback Resurrection Bay - - - -
2009-06-17 Humpback Barwell Isl, Pony Pt, Chiswell bowl, Aligo Pt, Harbor Isl - - >12 -
2009-06-17 Orca W Rugged Island - - 8-10 No Bull males
2009-06-16 Orca Cheval Narrows AX48? - - Hydrophone recording
2009-06-16 Humpback Kenai Fjords - - - -
2009-06-15 Orca Agnes Cove AK2, AD16 - 10-20 Craig M. Photos, Hydrophone Recordings
2009-06-15 Humpback Porcupine Cove, Cape Resurrection, more - - multiple -
2009-06-15 Orca Day Harbor-Cape Resurrection part of AK2s, AX48 - >8 Hydrophone Recordings, Photos
2009-06-14 Humpback Granite Pass, Grotto, Chat, Pony, Pilot - - - -
2009-06-14 Orca Porcupine Cove AK - 6-8? Hydrophone recording, photos Britt W.
2009-06-14 Orca S Aialik AY6, others? - >20 Photo of AY7
2009-06-14 Humpback Granite Pass - Y141-Joan of Arc, Z64-Panduranga Several -
2009-06-14 Fin Whale E. of Cape Aialik - - - -
2009-06-13 Humpback Resurrection Bay - - - -
2009-06-13 Offshore Orca *Cape Cleare, Prince William Sound - - 75-100 These offshore orca were observed feeding on shark by Craig Matkin, North Gulf Oceanic Society.
2009-06-12 Fin Whale S Rugged Island - - - -
2009-06-12 Orca Porcupine-Hive-Cape Res-Day Harbor AK2, AD8 - - Hydrophone, Photos Tim F.
2009-06-12 Humpback Resurrection Bay - - - -
2009-06-11 Humpback Cliff Bay/3 Hole - Z111, Zahra 1 Surface feeding, this animal has been sighted in the same area for two weeks.
2009-06-10 Humpback Pony Cove - - - -
2009-06-10 Orca N Cheval AK6, AY6, AY9 - >15 Photos Craig M., Jaclyn F
2009-06-09 Humpback Hive Island - Z15, Blanc 2 -
2009-06-09 Orca Agnes Cove AD 11, AK - >10 Hydrophone recordings, photos Colby
2009-06-09 Humpback Resurrection Bay - - - -
2009-06-08 Transient Orca Kenai Fjords - - - Photos B. W.
2009-06-08 Orca Halibut Cove AK6, others - 7 Rubbed on the beach briefly, then swam N into Res Bay
2009-06-08 Orca S Rugged Island AD11 - 4 Photos
2009-06-07 Gray Whale Cape Aialik - - 1 Gray Whales were seen frequently during Spring migration, but are rare here in Seward in summer
2009-06-07 Humpback Resurrection Bay - - - -
2009-06-07 Orca Chat Island - - - -
2009-06-06 Orca Pony Pt Transients - - Chasing Steller Sea Lions. Photos Britt W.
2009-06-06 Humpback Spire Cove - - - -
2009-06-06 Orca Spire Cove - - - -
2009-06-05 Orca Agnes Cove, Cheval Isl - - - -
2009-06-05 Humpback Spire Cove, Porcupine Cove - - >3 -
2009-06-05 Fin Whale 4 mi S of Barwell - - - -
2009-06-05 Humpback Aialik Bay - Z111, Zahra 1 Photo Fiona R-D
2009-06-04 Humpback Hive Island, Pony Pt, Harbor Island - - >5 -
2009-06-04 Orca Cheval Island AD16, AK6, AX48 - >20 Recording, photos Britt W
2009-06-03 Orca Agnes Cove AK2/AX48/AD8 - >20 Photos Craig M, Bob M
2009-06-03 Orca Cape Aialik AK6/AY9 - >10 Photos and hydrophone recordings
2009-06-03 Humpback Cape Aialik - Z-111 Zahra >3 Breaching, pec slapping
2009-06-03 Minke Resurrection Bay - - 1 -
2009-06-02 Humpback Resurrection - - - -
2009-06-02 Orca Agnes Cove AX48, AK2, AD16 - >20 Photos Craig M, hydrophone recordings, photos Bob M
2009-06-01 Orca Agnes Cove AY6, AY9, others - - -
2009-06-01 Humpback Barwell Isl - - - -
2009-06-01 Minke Bear Glacier - - 1 -
2009-05-31 Orca Cheval Narrows - - - Photos Britt W.
2009-05-30 Orca Resurrection Bay AY6, AY9 - >8 Photos Colby
2009-05-30 Orca Resurrection Bay AY2 - - Photos Bob M.
2009-05-30 Humpback Barwell Isl, Cape Aialik - - - HB photo, Kat C., HB not in catalogue
2009-05-30 Orca Agnes Cove AK2, AK6, AD16 - >20 Hydrophone recording, photos Tim F
2009-05-29 Orca Agnes Cove AD8, AK2, AK6, AD16 - >30 Hydrophone recording
2009-05-29 Fin Whale S Rugged, S Barwell - - >30 -
2009-05-29 Humpback Barwell Isl - - >10 Surface feeding
2009-05-28 Humpback S Rugged Isl - - >10 Surface feeding
2009-05-28 Orca S Rugged Isl AK6, AD8 - >15 Spread out from Mary's Bay halfway to Porcupine
2009-05-28 Fin Whales Barwell Isl, Rugged Isl - - >30?, >50? Possibly feeding at 400 feet
2009-05-27 Humpback Spire, Pony, Cheval - - >6 -
2009-05-27 Orca Spire Cove AK6, others - >7 -
2009-05-26 Fin Whales E. of Cape Aialik - - +-12 -
2009-05-26 Orca Agnes Cove AD8 - - Photos Britt W., Jaclyn F
2009-05-26 Humpback Holgate, Cape Aialik - - 2 -
2009-05-25 Orca Cheval Island - - >15 Photos Britt W.
2009-05-25 Humpback Bear Glacier - - 1 -
2009-05-24 Orca Agnes Cove AK2, AD8 - 15+ Mult. pods have been feeding between Cheval Narrows and Porcupine Cove. This is typical for May. P
2009-05-24 Humpback Fox Island - - 1 -
2009-05-23 Humpback Callisto - - 1 -
2009-05-23 Orca Callisto AD8 - - Photos Britt W.
2009-05-22 Orca Agnes-Porcupine AK6, others - >6 Photos Gary K, Britt W.
2009-05-22 Humpback Fox Island - Y-76 Morgan LeFey 1 Slowly swimming north from Fox
2009-05-21 Orca Agnes Cove AK2, AD16, AD8, others. - >15 Hydrophone recordings
2009-05-21 Orca Agnes Cove poss. Kodiak Killers Transients, AT 128? - 5-8 Cruising close to the shoreline, Sea Lions jumping out of the water
2009-05-21 Humpback Cheval Narrows - - 1 All black flukes
2009-05-20 Orca Porcupine Cove AD8, AD16, AK, AD5or11,AY. - 30-50 Hydrophone and Photos, Dan O
2009-05-20 Humpback Porcupine Cove - Y-53, Tania 2 Travelling with what appears to be a first year calf.
2009-05-19 Orca Agnes Cove AK6, AD8 - - Photos, Jim Pf
2009-05-18 Orca Agnes Cove AD8, others - - -
2009-05-18 Orca Porcupine Cove AK6 - 7 Hydrophone recordings, Photos Britt W.
2009-05-18 Humpback Kenai Fjords - - - -
2009-05-17 Humback Kenai Fjords - - >3 -
2009-05-17 Orca Agnes Cove AD8, AK2 - +- 15 Photos Britt W.
2009-05-17 Orca Fox Island AK6 - 7 Photos DanO
2009-05-16 Orca Agnes Cove AD8, AK2, AK6, AY2 - +-20 Recordings on hydrophone, Photos Britt W.
2009-05-16 Humpback Caines Head - - 2 -
2009-05-15 Orca Resurrection Bay AD8 - - Photos Tim F
2009-05-15 Humpback Resurrection Bay - - - -
2009-05-14 Orca Resurrection Bay AD8 - - Photos Tim F
2009-05-13 Transient Orca Kenai Fjords AT3? - - Photo Tim F
2009-05-13 Orca Agnes AD8 - +-6 Photos from Joe GH, Tim F
2009-05-12 Orca Agnes Cove AD8 - +-6 Photos Craig M, Jim Pf.
2009-05-11 Orca Agnes - - +-6 -
2009-05-10 Orca Resurrection Bay AD8 - 6 Photos Craig M, Tim F
2009-05-09 Humpback Seward - - - -
2009-05-09 Orca Resurrection Bay AD8 - 6 Photos Craig M, Tim F
2009-05-08 Orca Porcupine Cove AD 8 - 6 Photos Craig M, Britt W
2009-05-07 Orca Resurrection Bay AD8 - - Heard from hydrophone aboard Natoa
2009-05-07 Humpback Agnes - - 1 All black flukes.
2009-05-06 Orca Cheval Narrows AD8 - 6 Only AD8, 22, 31 were seen, calling repeatedly, then the 3 juv. came in rapidly after 4 hrs away!
2009-05-05 Orca Emerald Cove AK2 - 9 AK10 appears to have a new calf! Photos Craig M.
2009-05-05 Humpback Hive Island - - 1 -
2009-05-04 Humpback Barwell Island - - 1 -
2009-05-03 Orca S Rugged Island AD8 - 5 - 7 Photo of Capra by Joe G-H
2009-05-02 Orca Resurrection Bay - - 2 Probably Transients, photo from Joe G-H
2009-05-01 Sightings - - - - Sightings Record officially started May 1, 2009
2009-04-24 Orca Resurrection Bay AK6 - - Photos Tim F







 
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