West Seattle Whale Watch: Orcas headed this way!

4:33 PM: We’ve been tracking reports all day that orcas were headed in this direction – spotted in the North Sound, then off Ballard’s Golden Gardens Park – and now Donna Sandstrom from The Whale Trail says they’re headed southbound toward Alki, albeit slowly. With a couple hours left till sunset, you might have a chance at a sighting!

6:19 PM UPDATE: Thanks for the updates (via the comments) – they really did make it this far south! (See our newer reports with photos.)

19 Replies to "West Seattle Whale Watch: Orcas headed this way!"

  • KD October 8, 2012 (5:32 pm)

    Visible right now from Alki. Toward s end of bainbridge.

  • Lura Ercolano October 8, 2012 (5:47 pm)

    They are really spread out – from Bainbridge to Blake. They are pretty far west – Can see them with binoculars.

  • Lura Ercolano October 8, 2012 (5:51 pm)

    …and three are playing in the wake of the Gardenia Ace – big roro cargo ship that’s going north.

  • Heather October 8, 2012 (5:58 pm)

    They’re out in the channel just about to north end of Blake Island now. Pretty spread out but putting on a pretty good show too!

  • SudsyMaggie October 8, 2012 (6:11 pm)

    Wow! HUGE group of them playing and putting on a show for us 5:30p Vashon water taxi commuters. They were very spread out. They were near SE Bainbridge around 5:45p. Just wow!!

    • WSB October 8, 2012 (6:19 pm)

      Thanks for the updates! Glad folks are seeing them!

  • karen October 8, 2012 (6:19 pm)

    just saw them from alki ave. just went past lighthouse. going south. still putting on a good show.

  • DML October 8, 2012 (6:22 pm)

    Several playing behind the Wallenius mid channel south end of Bainbridge right now! A sunset swim on this last day of ‘summer’?

    • WSB October 8, 2012 (6:36 pm)

      Keep the reports coming – I had to go cover a community meeting :) so I’m personally living vicariously, although check back later for photos … TR

  • Chris W October 8, 2012 (6:35 pm)

    I saw one breach! Thanks, WSB!!

  • Dan October 8, 2012 (6:47 pm)

    Watching them right now off of Lincoln park

  • tamara October 8, 2012 (6:57 pm)

    Just spotted with binocs from Genesee hills!

  • Kris October 8, 2012 (7:10 pm)

    Watched them for a good half hour or more from Lowman Beach. Lots of cameras so you should be getting some photos soon.

  • Janis October 8, 2012 (7:21 pm)

    Watched more than six of them just north of the ferry docks around 7:15!

  • Yikes October 8, 2012 (7:33 pm)

    Hey seal sitters,

    The orcas said to say thank you.

    • WSB October 8, 2012 (7:43 pm)

      Yikes, these orcas don’t eat seals. The locals eat fish. The transients eat seals. Per all the coverage I’ve seen all day from whale watchers and advocates, these are the locals. – TR

  • Kate October 8, 2012 (8:25 pm)

    An amazing experience both at Me Kwa Mooks and Lowman Beach. Also loved the fact that so many people were out watching. Met some really interesting people today :)

  • Chris W October 8, 2012 (9:43 pm)

    Kate, I met a cool guy at Constellation park who told me if I ever move away, I will come back. “You’ll always come back to West Seattle.” And yeah, I can totally see that.

  • Evelyn October 8, 2012 (9:57 pm)

    What a seriously awesome show of a dozen or more orcas in the hour or so before sunset, and hundreds of us bipeds watching from onshore. Love that so many peeps got a chance to see ’em. Now, everyone please be sure to post as they head back north again, I’d love an encore!!

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