West Seattle Whale Watch: Orcas heading back this way

December 18, 2013 at 10:23 am | In Seen at sea, West Seattle news, Wildlife | 10 Comments

10:23 AM: Thanks to Trileigh Tucker for sending word that orcas are expected to be passing this way again – this time, northbound, reported off Maury Island less than an hour ago. Please share the news if you see them. Meantime, remember Trileigh’s awesome photo of orcas off a Fauntleroy-Vashon ferry last weekend? See the view of them FROM the ferry, via Melissa Burks‘ album on Facebook.

11:28 AM: Donna from The Whale Trail says they’re visible without binoculars from Me-Kwa-Mooks.

4:25 PM: Trileigh shared spectacular photos, and we have published them separately.


  1. One male ahead of 2 females, northbound, just approaching/passing the Vashon ferry dock.

    Comment by Susan — 10:54 am December 18, 2013 #

  2. Curious as to why you promote Trileigh Tucker website and photos. Does she pay for advertising?

    Comment by Sara Deliem — 12:26 pm December 18, 2013 #

  3. Woo-hoo, I just saw some whales! Thank you, WSB for the sighting report! People are still at Emma Schmitz and above Constellation Park watching. Whales passed the ferries on Vashon, then Blake Island and continuing north. They are clearly foraging, and swimming alone or in very small groups, occasionally changing direction as they fish. Did anyone else see that female (or juvenile) breach 7 times in a row? Awesome! I wish I had a camera with me – only watched with binoculars.

    Comment by annika — 12:28 pm December 18, 2013 #

  4. It was spectacular to see them today!

    Comment by Muffaluffagus — 12:40 pm December 18, 2013 #

  5. We credit people who share info and have done that as a community collaborative site for seven years. Trileigh isn’t a business, FWIW, though we credit professional photographers who share photos and info too. Also FYI *whenever* we mention someone who IS a sponsor, regardless of the context, we label them as such. – TR

    Comment by WSB — 12:42 pm December 18, 2013 #

  6. Thanks for sharing my Album! Hope everyone enjoys it & gets some good views today!
    Sara Deliem.. Trileigh is the one sending WSB photos & updates of the Orca’s.. That’s why. She & I are sharing out photos ( for free ) because we love the Orca’s & would really like for everyone to be able to see them & protect them. I don’t think there’s any promoting going on.. Just sharing photos.

    Comment by Melissa — 12:52 pm December 18, 2013 #

  7. We also often mention Donna from The Whale Trail and Jeff from Killer Whale Tales, both nonprofits FWIW, when we get info from them too, and in other types of stories, it’s the way we write – often the lead line to a story is “Thanks to (whomever) for letting us know about …” Back to whales: Donna is out on the shore right now, in fact… sadly, we just spent some time down the hill and my classic jinx held true; they didn’t show up for me, but obviously have for many others, which is awesome. – TR

    Comment by WSB — 12:59 pm December 18, 2013 #

  8. Great show by the orcas as the passed by Alki Point!

    Comment by Ace — 1:18 pm December 18, 2013 #

  9. So many orcas splashing hapilly we could see them from my porch just above Morgan Junction. What a great Christmas present!

    Comment by JoanE — 2:26 pm December 18, 2013 #

  10. Tracy, have you gotten to see them yet???

    Comment by herongrrrl — 4:42 pm December 18, 2013 #

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