West Seattle Whale Watch: Orcas headed this way!

October 8, 2012 at 4:33 pm | In West Seattle news, Wildlife | 19 Comments

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.)


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

    Comment by KD — 5:32 pm October 8, 2012 #

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

    Comment by Lura Ercolano — 5:47 pm October 8, 2012 #

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

    Comment by Lura Ercolano — 5:51 pm October 8, 2012 #

  4. 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!

    Comment by Heather — 5:58 pm October 8, 2012 #

  5. 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!!

    Comment by SudsyMaggie — 6:11 pm October 8, 2012 #

  6. Thanks for the updates! Glad folks are seeing them!

    Comment by WSB — 6:19 pm October 8, 2012 #

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

    Comment by karen — 6:19 pm October 8, 2012 #

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

    Comment by DML — 6:22 pm October 8, 2012 #

  9. I saw one breach! Thanks, WSB!!

    Comment by Chris W — 6:35 pm October 8, 2012 #

  10. 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

    Comment by WSB — 6:36 pm October 8, 2012 #

  11. Watching them right now off of Lincoln park

    Comment by Dan — 6:47 pm October 8, 2012 #

  12. Just spotted with binocs from Genesee hills!

    Comment by tamara — 6:57 pm October 8, 2012 #

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

    Comment by Kris — 7:10 pm October 8, 2012 #

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

    Comment by Janis — 7:21 pm October 8, 2012 #

  15. Hey seal sitters,

    The orcas said to say thank you.

    Comment by Yikes — 7:33 pm October 8, 2012 #

  16. 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

    Comment by WSB — 7:43 pm October 8, 2012 #

  17. 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 :)

    Comment by Kate — 8:25 pm October 8, 2012 #

  18. 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.

    Comment by Chris W — 9:43 pm October 8, 2012 #

  19. 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!!

    Comment by Evelyn — 9:57 pm October 8, 2012 #

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