An orca pod swims through Poulsbo's Liberty Bay on Thursday.
Meegan M. Reid / Kitsap Sun
An orca breaches in front of onlookers lining the docks of the Liberty Bay Marina on Thursday.
POULSBO -- A group of at least five killer whales prowled Kitsap Peninsula waters on Thursday, drawing crowds as they passed a ferry, leaped out of the water near Keyport and cruised around Poulsbo's docks.The Kitsap Sun reported that the whales were first reported Thursday morning by riders on a Bremerton-to-Seattle ferry.Orca Network Director Howard Garrett said the whales are believed to represent three generations of one family.National Marine Fisheries Service biologist Brad Hanson said the family is part of a larger group of 19 transient killer whales that were seen Saturday near Seattle and then off Whidbey Island.Garrett said transient whale visits to Puget Sound are commonThe so-called transients typically cruise the open ocean hunting for marine mammals to eat. They are distinct from the fish-eating resident killer whales that call Puget Sound home.