West Seattle Whale Watch: Another orca alert

(ADDED: Video of orcas @ Vashon’s Point Robinson, by Kelly Keenan via Orca Network on FB)
11:18 AM: Just got a text that orcas are again headed this way – off Bainbridge Island a short time ago, and moving south. Alki Point and Beach Drive are likely the best places to go now – or Lowman Beach and Lincoln Park in a bit. Let us know if you see them! (Here’s our coverage from last Saturday’s sightings. P.S. Whether it’s whales or any other type of breaking news, text us at 206-293-6302 any time!)

11:56 AM: At Lincoln Park. Nothing visible with unaided eye, but wildlife photographer/writer Trileigh Tucker tells us she saw them with strong binocs. (P.S. We saw Trileigh at the park a bit later, and want to thank her publicly for sharing the binocs – we got a glimpse too!)

7 Replies to "West Seattle Whale Watch: Another orca alert"

  • Trileigh November 27, 2012 (11:50 am)

    Saw one from Lincoln Park bluff – OK, now theyve just passed on the e side of Blake Island, heading south.

  • Kae November 27, 2012 (12:24 pm)

    There’s 4 hanging out way over on the Vashon shoreline, to the right of the smoke, south of the Vashon ferry dock. can only c them spraying w/ binoculars. am watching from Schmitz park.

  • Lane November 27, 2012 (1:25 pm)

    Do you think we can see them further south? We are in Redondo.

    • WSB November 27, 2012 (1:42 pm)

      Lane – depends on how far south they go before turning around. Often they are seen at least that far south – one recent jaunt, I seem to recall they went all the way to Tacoma. It’s been an hour-plus since we saw a couple along north Vashon so you might at least look for a while – it’s never a sure bet, we always get early word of the sightings BUT they eluded my eyes until this past weekend, when they were mid-channel off WS and even my own weak binoculars “worked” – good luck! TR

  • Trileigh November 27, 2012 (1:39 pm)

    Glad you could finally see them yourselves w/binocs, WSB! This was a huge but very strung-out group, who seemed to mill around at the Vashon ferry dock in subgroups, then drift slowly south. Folks further south should be able to see them, I’d think, with binoculars.
    Keep an eye out for their return later today!

  • herongrrrl November 27, 2012 (9:14 pm)

    Yay, TR! I’m glad you finally got to see them! Now that you know what you’re looking for, you’ll see them more.

    They cut fairly close to Alki Point this morning, but there weren’t too many folks out there watching. We could see well without binoculars, then they turned west toward Blake Island.

  • Denise November 28, 2012 (12:41 pm)

    Tracy, thank you so much for posting this. What a magnificient show.

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