West Seattle wildlife: Gray whale seen from Water Taxi

Thanks to Cheryl for sending word of the sighting – she texted to say it was “right off the Water Taxi dock for the 8:45 sailing … heading toward Salty’s as we pulled away. Tail slaps, surface blows, and fluke waves. Amazing!” (206-293-6302 any time with breaking news, text or voice, and yes, a whale sighting is breaking news!)

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5 Replies to "West Seattle wildlife: Gray whale seen from Water Taxi"

  • Rick January 21, 2014 (9:37 am)

    Years ago while commuting from Southworth one sat alongside the boat for several minutes at the Vashon dock. It was pretty cool.

  • Trileigh January 21, 2014 (9:41 am)

    Everyone keep a lookout! I’d think a Gray Whale near Elliott Bay would catch some attention and reports – will head out to take a look when I can…

  • David Hutchinson January 21, 2014 (10:29 am)

    As the designated marine mammal stranding network for West Seattle, Seal Sitters would greatly appreciate any reports of this or any other whale near our shoreline. Just give our hotline a call at 206-905-7325. We can then document its behavior and report any concerns to the appropriate authorities.

  • Community Member January 21, 2014 (2:22 pm)

    “Designated” by whom?
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    Why not just give out the name and number of “the appropriate authorities”?

  • WSB January 21, 2014 (2:43 pm)

    Designated by NOAA, which doesn’t have the bucks to deal directly with such things if it’s not an emergency or violation situation. That’s why they have stranding networks here and elsewhere.
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    http://www.sealsitters.org/learning/_marine_mammal_stranding_networks.html
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    From NOAA – see turquoise-highlighted area at right:
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    http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/pdfs/health/northwest/washington_stranding_network.pdf

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