West Seattle whales: Might see orcas before nightfall

December 25, 2013 at 3:08 pm | In Seen at sea, West Seattle news, Wildlife | 5 Comments

3:08 PM: Latest update on orcas headed this way: Donna from The Whale Trail says they are still reported southbound, off Richmond Beach, so whether we see them here before nightfall depends on how fast they are moving, among other factors.

4:07 PM UPDATE: Still north of Elliott Bay, according to commenters on the Orca Network Facebook page.


  1. Hoping hoping! It’d be great to have some Christmas orca-ments!
    And a very Merry Christmas to all West Seattleites, and especially to our devoted editors and co-publishers! Thanks for all of your work this year.

    Comment by Trileigh — 3:25 pm December 25, 2013 #

  2. None as of 5pm. Did see a harbor seal swimming by Salty’s though.

    Comment by Steph — 5:44 pm December 25, 2013 #

  3. We were on Alki Beach until about 5:30pm and didn’t see anything but a heron, although the fog coming in from the north made it difficult to see anything outside the sunset’s light.

    Comment by Brandon — 10:29 pm December 25, 2013 #

  4. I was out just before and after sunset too, no luck, either from above (Sunset & Seattle) or sea level. But it was pleasant to know they were out there somewhere! – TR

    Comment by WSB — 10:38 pm December 25, 2013 #

  5. I was down there with Donna of The Whale Trail, and quite a bit after sunset we did see a few (right before we were about to give up!).
    Definitely needed binoculars, and they were not easy to spot in the rapidly diminishing light. But we did see a few swimming south.
    So hopefully we can spot them as they head back north tomorrow morning. Keep your eyes peeled!

    Comment by MikeRussellFoto — 11:22 pm December 25, 2013 #

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