West Seattle weekend scene: Whale-watching from the ferry

December 15, 2013 at 12:02 pm | In Seen at sea, West Seattle news, Wildlife | 9 Comments

Trileigh Tucker shares that image from Saturday’s orca sightings – click it for a larger view, in which you’ll see people crowding the outside deck to watch the orcas clearly in view right alongside the state ferry Issaquah on the Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth run. No word of any local sightings so far today – any time you see one (or more), please let us know so we can help share the news.

4:15 PM: Received this photo from Barbara Bonner, taken from Lincoln Park on Saturday:

You can also click that photo for a larger view.

P.S. Fascinating video by Meg McDonald shows the orcas at rest off Vashon – hat tip to Donna from The Whale Trail, who shared the link.


  1. Beautiful sight! Thank you Trileigh and WSB.

    Comment by enviromaven — 12:34 pm December 15, 2013 #

  2. Wow, that’s crazy how close they got to the ferry. Are there laws for the boats in Puget Sound when whales approach them? Not sure if they’re required to do anything other than try to not hit them, I know they can’t approach the whales but whales approaching the ferry is different.
    I’d love to have been on that ferry. Whale watching costs about what a ferry trip costs. :)

    Comment by Mike — 1:03 pm December 15, 2013 #

  3. Awesome picture, Trileigh!

    Comment by annika — 1:06 pm December 15, 2013 #

  4. Wow!, nice shot, thanks for sharing it.

    Comment by dsa — 2:52 pm December 15, 2013 #

  5. Holy Cow, I think the whales are people watching! Amazing sight!

    Comment by Sunny.206 — 3:12 pm December 15, 2013 #

  6. Thank you for sharing! Love the photos.

    Comment by Hey — 7:11 pm December 15, 2013 #

  7. I rode the ferry round trip as a walk on to Southworth, ran to the ticket after we deboarded, slapped my card down and exclaimed, “I wanna do it again!”. And managed to do just that. It was great!

    Comment by Chris W — 9:14 pm December 15, 2013 #

  8. wow

    Comment by JoB — 7:39 am December 16, 2013 #

  9. Great video from Meg MacDonald!

    Comment by Bettytheyeti — 2:38 pm December 16, 2013 #

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