Orca pod off Tillamook Head on Thursday

On Jan. 19, satellite-tagged orca K33 (and likely the rest of K pod) had just passed Heceta Head on the central Oregon coast. They continued traveling north and by the morning of the 20th they were off Tillamook Head. By the afternoon of Jan. 20, they were off Willapa Bay, where they turned back south and were again off Tillamook Head the morning of Jan. 21. The orcas, made famous in Puget Sound, have been shown in recent years to spend much of the year on the outer coast — especially around the mouth of the Columbia River — hunting for Chinook salmon.

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