West Seattle Whale Watch: Christmas Eve orca visit

11:32 AM: Earlier this morning, Jeff Hogan from Killer Whale Tales texted us about orcas sighted off Maury Island. That was a little too far south for West Seattleites to see, so we didn’t mention it here, but now he says they’re headed back north again – along Colvos Passage, on the west side of Vashon, so they might be visible a bit later off North Vashon or Blake Island. Let us know if you see them!

12:46 PM UPDATE: Commenters on the Orca Network Facebook page have seen them within the last few minutes off Olalla (map) – still a ways before they would emerge back into the open Sound off north Vashon Island.

1:37 PM UPDATE: Orca Network commenters are also talking about a DIFFERENT group heading south from Richmond Beach/Carkeek area – could be a whale of a lot of whales off West Seattle if these groups keep heading their respective ways.

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10 Replies to "West Seattle Whale Watch: Christmas Eve orca visit"

  • Donna, The Whale Trail December 24, 2012 (2:05 pm)

    Very exciting! We’ll be at the Whale Trail sign at Charles Richey Viewpoint, south of the Lighthouse at about 2:30. We’ll have extra binoculars, too. See you down there!

  • Jim Clark December 24, 2012 (2:27 pm)

    Ahh I am once again at work when they come around
    Grumble grumble

  • Gary December 24, 2012 (3:17 pm)

    Several heading north off Alki Point on far side of channel.

  • Orca December 24, 2012 (3:20 pm)

    Large group passing going north. Almost to light house now. Quite away out with a small boat trailing. They are difficult to see because of the distance….but they are there.

  • Orca December 24, 2012 (3:24 pm)

    Past Bouy now and seem to be heading west toward Bainbridge at the moment. Now south and east of buoy where Bainbridge ferry turns.

  • Orca December 24, 2012 (3:30 pm)

    Now only two in sight..just south of the rock.
    Hopping quite a bit. Getting pretty far north and west for me to track.

  • Orca December 24, 2012 (3:31 pm)

    From my angle they would be straight out from the lighthouse.

  • Orca December 24, 2012 (3:34 pm)

    I can see at least 4 now and one has turned west toward West Seattle…about the middle of Elliot Bay…but still out there quite a bit.

  • Orca December 24, 2012 (3:47 pm)

    I can now just see a differnt pair that are in front of a trailing boat…they are almost past Elliot Bay and way east.
    They were pretty spread out and not in compact group.

    • WSB December 24, 2012 (4:36 pm)

      Thanks for the updates! I didn’t spot any myself, but did pass various groups along the shore that might have been having some luck :)

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