UPDATE: Orcas in Elliott Bay off West Seattle – photos added!

(Added: Photo by David Hutchinson – orcas passing cormorants @ Duwamish Head light)

12:41 PM: Thanks for the tip – a couple of Orca Network commenters are reported orcas seen off West Point, across Elliott Bay, described as “drifting southward” as of about 20 minutes ago. So this is early heads-up that they *might* be visible here before long. We’ll be heading out with our binoculars to look.

(Added: Photo by Susan Numbers)

1:31 PM: We looked too soon. Just got a call from Jeff Hogan of Killer Whale Tales that they turned into Elliott Bay and at least half a dozen have just passed Seacrest and are “headed [northeast] toward the Space Needle.”

2 PM They have changed direction and are headed back west toward the mouth of the bay. We have also heard from Donna Sandstrom of The Whale Trail, who is watching from Luna/Anchor Park, while Jeff is with a group at Don Armeni Boat Ramp.

(Added: Photo by Dan Ciske)

3:36 PM: They turned north within the past hour, Dan on Alki tells us. We ourselves caught one glimpse as they headed back out of the bay – and then lost sight.

4:00 PM: Photos added – thanks to everyone who sent them! These were transient orcas, not residents, were told – one major difference is diet; transients eat mammals, too, which means the sea lions we saw in the vicinity were being extra brave and/or foolhardy!

7 Replies to "UPDATE: Orcas in Elliott Bay off West Seattle - photos added!"

  • Kersti muul January 13, 2018 (1:36 pm)

    Viewing from Don Armeni.

    Over by space needle

  • Robin Sinner January 13, 2018 (4:09 pm)

    Sea Lions on freighter, safe from Orcas?

  • Kersti Muul January 13, 2018 (11:04 pm)

    The visitors today were the T100’s and T90’s

  • Kersti Muul January 13, 2018 (11:17 pm)

    our fine city…

  • Kersti Muul January 13, 2018 (11:29 pm)


    • WSB January 14, 2018 (8:07 am)

      Thank you for the photos, Kersti!

      • Kersti Muul January 14, 2018 (2:36 pm)

        My pleasure! Glad to hear you got out there for a bit! It was absolutely beautiful out!


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