Orcas, grays can be spotted through May

A pod of orcas swims in the waters near the Mukilteo Ferry Dock March 22. Gray whales also were spotted near Whidbey and are around until May.    - Photos by Kate Daniel/Whidbey News Group
  • Apr 8, 2015 at 6:00AM

Curiosity and excitement abounded on board the Mystic Sea whale charter boat recently as passengers rushed to the railing and windows to spy their first whales of the day, a group of five transient orcas making their way past the Mukilteo Ferry Dock. For some, like passengers Kevin and Janet Craig, it was their first sighting of a whale in the wild.


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Lands End Lookout

Earlier this year, the Anacortes Cyborg Ferrets FTC Robotics Team #7198 competed at the Pasteur Interleague Championships where they earned a berth at the State by becoming the Winning Alliance Captain, then did same to advance to the FTC West Super Regional Competition in Oakland. Seventy-two teams from 13 western states competed in hopes of a chance go...

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Beyond the Oyster Dome

Oyster Dome, a rock outcropping in Whatcom County, is an excellent place from which to view the San Juan Islands as well as an area of geological interest. Fortunately, for those like me who don’t like crowds, getting there and back requires a 6 mile hike, about 2,000 feet of climb and 2 hours 20 minutes to...

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The Boys in the Boat Author Drops Anchor on Whidbey Island

Triskaidekaphobics might expect that this 13th year of the Sno-Isle Library-sponsored Whidbey Reads might bring bad luck for readers. They’d be wrong. Past titles have included historical fiction (West of Here, Little Century); science fiction (Bellewether); non-fiction (Crow Planet, Undaunted Courage, my favorite of the half dozen I’ve read) and fiction (most of the rest). Checking out...

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Inspections vs Pumping Your Septic System

State and local laws now require regular septic inspections. It helps protect surface water and ground water which is especially important when roughly 70% of Island County residents get our drinking water from underground. It’s a little complicated to determine how often and by whom these inspections should be done so let’s play the If...


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