West Seattle Whale Watch: Sunset orcas, photo round 2

October 9, 2012 at 1:30 am | In Seen at sea, West Seattle news, Wildlife | 11 Comments

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Orcas are a beautiful sight in any weather – but their presence in West Seattle waters during the Monday sunset was just over the top. Earlier, we showed you community-contributed photos; now, photos by WSB contributing photojournalist Nick Adams, who also was out with the whale-watchers, here south of Alki Point:

Some watched from the water:

And the centers of attention did not disappoint:

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At Lowman Beach, people strained to keep the orcas in view until it was too dark to see:

The question now – will we see the whales again tomorrow?

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Let us know if you see them – and we’ll share the news. (Thanks to those who provided updates today, including Donna Sandstrom from The Whale Trail.)


  1. GREAT photos! What a special evening in the PNW.

    Comment by Maggie — 6:01 am October 9, 2012 #

  2. Have there been any whale sightings this morning? I would love to take my 3 year old to see them!

    Comment by Momma Lioness — 8:38 am October 9, 2012 #

  3. Not that we have heard. Nothing on the Orca Network FB page either.

    Comment by WSB — 8:42 am October 9, 2012 #

  4. I’m watching for them this morning from Beach Drive, but I suspect they slipped back north last night. Sometimes they’ll set up a pattern of going back and forth between the south end of Vashon and Admiralty Inlet this time of year, so keep your eyes on the water!

    Comment by herongrrrl — 9:08 am October 9, 2012 #

  5. Didn’t see any on my Tuesday morning paddle today.
    Seriously, I need to get an app that sounds an alarm on my phone any time “Orcas” or “Northern Lights” appears on the WSB.

    Comment by john — 2:41 pm October 9, 2012 #

  6. John – you can probably do that with some form of an RSS alert, custom-configured, which is how we got ourselves set up to be texted automatically every time the Seattle Fire log shows certain words that mean BIG DEAL (just in case nobody texts us and we’re not on the scanner) :) Either that, or we just need the Orca App. Hmm.

    Comment by WSB — 2:45 pm October 9, 2012 #

  7. WOW that first photo with the sunset is breathtaking.
    I went whale watching Saturday Oct 7 and saw a humpack whale and a minke whale AND a Stellar Sea Lion eatting a OCTOPUS!! 4 photos here http://sanjuansafaris.com/blog/sunday-whale-watching-off-san-juan-island/

    Comment by Colleen Johansen — 2:52 pm October 9, 2012 #

  8. WSB – thanks for helping get the word out to everyone yesterday. It was a fantastic day, and the best possible inspiration for us all to take better care of the Sound. And we’re working on that app. Stay tuned!

    Comment by Donna, The Whale Trail — 4:18 pm October 9, 2012 #

  9. Thanks for the wonderful photos, it’s been great to enjoy the sights and the excitement even being out of town. :)

    Comment by add — 7:23 pm October 9, 2012 #

  10. are you kidding me? That first pic is AMAZING!

    Comment by niceone — 9:51 am October 10, 2012 #

  11. My girlfriend and good friend of mine explored the ferris-wheel about 2 weeks ago in Seattle… They got irratated w me because I was pointing out 2 Orcas beneath us! They were together side by side (Orcas) Please prove what I saw was true, and what is the significants of what I wittness?

    Comment by Ty — 8:06 am October 18, 2012 #

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