Orcas begin to swim south for the fall and winter

It looks like Puget Sound’s killer whales have begun to dip their fins into the waters of Central and South Puget Sound.

As I report in a story for tomorrow’s Kitsap Sun, all three orca pods showed up near Kingston Tuesday morning before turning around and heading back north. I expect their appearance on Tuesday marks the beginning of an increasing presence in the waters where chum salmon can be found until at least Christmas.

By the way, Howard Garrett and Susan Berta, who run Orca Network, are spending some time at Point No Point in North Kitsap to take a look at the orcas, which they expect to swim by on their way along the Kitsap Peninsula.

If anybody wants to stop by and say “hi” to Howie and Susan, they’ll be hanging around the Point No Point Light House until Friday afternoon. They’re staying at the lightkeeper’s quarters avaiable for rent. Howie told me that he and Susan are enjoying their time in Kitsap County.

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