Another reason to go see the sea: Orcas, southbound, off West Seattle

December 17, 2012 at 11:14 am | In Seen at sea, West Seattle news, Wildlife | 7 Comments

11:14 AM: As if the high tide, high waves, high wind, etc. wasn’t all scenic enough – we just got a text about orcas heading southbound off Alki Point. As always, please let us know if you see them – thanks!

11:33 AM UPDATE: Just got another text – they are described as “north of Alki Bathhouse, in the Bremerton ferry lane,” still headed south.

12:45 PM: Donna from The Whale Trail called – she had them in view off Blake Island (Tillicum Village), but warned they’re tough to see because of the whitecaps.


  1. Just got in from photographing the stormy beach – will head back out to see if I can find those orcas! Thanks for the alert!

    Comment by Trileigh — 11:27 am December 17, 2012 #

  2. Someone told Orca Network that he saw four between Alki and Restoration Pt on Bainbridge, still heading south…

    Comment by Trileigh — 11:41 am December 17, 2012 #

  3. they’re south of Blake, north of Vashon at this point

    Comment by girlonahandcycle — 12:54 pm December 17, 2012 #

  4. Couple of fins just heading south along Blake. Hard to spot.

    Comment by bn — 1:07 pm December 17, 2012 #

  5. There’s a bunch of them right in front of Tillicum Village right now! Heading south.

    Comment by Kae — 1:12 pm December 17, 2012 #

  6. ORCAs and WHITE CAPS, Oh MY !

    Comment by Vanessa — 1:43 pm December 17, 2012 #

  7. Last saw them still heading south between Blake and Vashon Islands (about 1:30), on the far west side of the channel. Look towards Vashon ferry lane, watch for blows above the whitecaps.

    Comment by Donna, The Whale Trail — 2:00 pm December 17, 2012 #

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