West Seattle Blog... » Seen at sea http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Sun, 26 Apr 2015 04:23:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 Reel Paddling Film Festival: West Seattle screening Friday night http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/reel-paddling-film-festival-west-seattle-screening-friday-night/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/reel-paddling-film-festival-west-seattle-screening-friday-night/#comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 19:10:25 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=307932 Right in time for Earth Day week, you have the chance to enjoy a film festival celebrating the beauty of our world’s waterways and the joy of exploring them. Mountain To Sound Outfitters is hosting a tour stop of the Reel Paddling Film Festival, 7 pm Friday (April 24th). The screening venue is just steps from M2SO’s shop in The Triangle, at Pershing Hall (inside the West Seattle Veterans’ Center/American Legion Post 160 building at 37th/Alaska). We just checked with M2SO proprietor Greg Whittaker and he says tickets are still available – buy online or at the door.

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West Seattle sunshine scenes: In the sky and on the sea http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-sunshine-scenes-in-the-sky-and-on-the-sea/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-sunshine-scenes-in-the-sky-and-on-the-sea/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 00:05:56 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=307763

Headed home? Enjoy the sunshine – forecast suggests it might not be back tomorrow. Above, a paraglider was in flight again this afternoon over the West Seattle shore – we caught him headed southbound over Emma Schmitz Overlook/Me-Kwa-Mooks. Don’t know if it’s the same one we featured two months ago. Below, the newest state ferry Samish is still out on sea trials; we spotted it this morning from Charlestown Hill:

The Samish is the second of three 144-car ferries being built at Vigor on Harbor Island and is expected to start service in June in the San Juan Islands – but if you see a ferry off West Seattle making unusual moves between now and then, it’s probably this one.

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West Seattle weekend scenes: Along the shore, in the sunshine http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-weekend-scenes-along-the-shore-in-the-sunshine/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-weekend-scenes-along-the-shore-in-the-sunshine/#comments Sun, 19 Apr 2015 23:39:45 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=307618

ORIGINAL REPORT, 4:39 PM: Thanks to Don Brubeck for these photos showing some of what was up and who was out along West Seattle shores this afternoon.

P.S. At least one more sunny day is in store, according to the forecast – and if you have the chance to be out at the beach in the early afternoon, it’s the lowest tide of the month, -1.7 feet at 12:47 pm on Monday.

ADDED 5:13 PM: Speaking of low tide – an incident at Alki today is a reminder for boaters:

Low tide, bad luck from Avenue Collection on Vimeo.

Mark just shared that video of a small boat getting some help to get un-stuck during this morning’s low tide.

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VIDEO: Orcas in the area again, caught on video by Vashon Island http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/video-orcas-in-the-area-again-caught-on-video-by-vashon-island/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/video-orcas-in-the-area-again-caught-on-video-by-vashon-island/#comments Sat, 18 Apr 2015 23:30:11 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=307507

Thanks to Lindsay for sharing the video – without much notice, two killer whales headed south along Vashon Island shores earlier today, around 1 pm. She says the sighting was a surprise, while she was giving a tour of the area to two friends visiting from Colorado. Also, a texter told us of a sighting near Brown’s Point in Tacoma, so if you’re by the water, keep watch – they’ll have to come back this way sooner or later.

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Seen off West Seattle: More helicopter-and-boat photography http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/seen-off-west-seattle-more-helicopter-and-boat-photography/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/seen-off-west-seattle-more-helicopter-and-boat-photography/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 04:58:08 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=307329

Thanks to Nicole for the photo – this caught some eyes on the water off West Seattle’s western shores early this evening. Reminds us of the photo shoot last month involving a boat built for the Tunisian Navy. But according to our friends at Beach Drive Blog, who had a front-row seat this time, the helicopter clearly had a camera mount and the name on the yacht began with Endurance. BDB wondered if it might be one of these yachts. (Maybe the E720?)

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FOLLOWUP: First vessel to arrive as part of Shell’s Arctic fleet, Aiviq, now docked at Terminal 5; Polar Pioneer/Blue Marlin approaching Strait of Juan de Fuca http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/followup-first-vessel-in-shells-arctic-fleet-to-dock-at-terminal-5/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/followup-first-vessel-in-shells-arctic-fleet-to-dock-at-terminal-5/#comments Thu, 16 Apr 2015 18:21:09 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=307267

11:21 AM: Thanks to David Hutchinson for the photo, and to others for the tips: The first vessel in Shell‘s Arctic-drilling/support fleet has arrived in Seattle, and has docked at Terminal 5 (per MarineTraffic.com). It’s the Aiviq, mentioned here just last night in connection with the U.S. Coast Guard’s announcement of “safety zones” around the vessels expected here as part of Foss’s T-5 lease. The Aiviq is a three-year-old icebreaker that was among the Shell-related vessels that spent time here in 2012 before the company’s most-recent Arctic drilling attempts.

ADDED 11:52 AM: And for the first time in the weeks we’ve been watching for it, the Blue Marlin, carrying the drilling platform Polar Pioneer, is in MarineTraffic.com range, approaching the mouth of the Strait of Juan de Fuca off the northwesternmost tip of Washington state, on schedule with its announced arrival in Port Angeles by tomorrow.

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West Seattle Whale Watch: Return of the orcas! http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-whale-watch-orcas-between-fauntleroy-and-vashon/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-whale-watch-orcas-between-fauntleroy-and-vashon/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 17:46:43 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=307117 10:46 AM: According to a text tipster and the Orca Network Facebook page, you just might see orcas between Fauntleroy and Vashon right now – heading slowly southbound, according to observers, but at some point they might turn around, so this is your official heads-up that they’re in the area. Please comment if you see them! (And we ALWAYS appreciate texted tips about so many things – 206-293-6302, any time of the day/night.)

12:24 PM: We didn’t have any luck right around 11 from the Brace Point area – but two commenters have been watching more recently – thanks for the updates!

ADDED 7:44 AM: Some video from Wednesday, posted to YouTube and credited to Alisa Lemire Brooks/Orca Network, identifying these orcas as transients, not residents.

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Congratulations! Emmy nominations for sea-star photography by ‘Diver Laura’ James http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/congratulations-emmy-nominations-for-sea-star-photography-by-diver-laura-james/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/congratulations-emmy-nominations-for-sea-star-photography-by-diver-laura-james/#comments Tue, 14 Apr 2015 04:57:47 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=306920

Congratulations to frequent WSB contributor “Diver Laura” James and her colleagues on that 2014 KCTS report about the sea-star die-off – they’ve been nominated for the Pacific Northwest Emmy Awards. That’s one of two nominations for Laura – her underwater photography of the sea-star situation also is part of another Emmy-nominated KCTS report, “Is Alaska Safe for Starfish?” Last year, she won one for another public-TV project, about sea otters and climate change. The full list of this year’s regional Emmy Award nominations is here; the winners will be announced in June.

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From the ‘in case you wonder’ file: Ship at Terminal 5 tonight http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/from-the-in-case-you-wonder-file-ship-at-terminal-5-tonight/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/from-the-in-case-you-wonder-file-ship-at-terminal-5-tonight/#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2015 02:19:38 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=306548 The Port of Seattle says you will see a container ship at closed-since-last-summer Terminal 5 in West Seattle starting tonight. But it has nothing to do with the Foss lease/Shell/etc. According to an FYI note we received from spokesperson Peter McGraw: “The Hanjin Copenhagen will be at T-5 starting this evening for the next few days to address a Coast Guard requirement before leaving port.” According to MarineTraffic.com, the ship is crossing the bay right now, so should be docking at T-5 soon.

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FOLLOWUP: M/V Sally Fox takes over Vashon Water Taxi run starting Wednesday afternoon http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/followup-mv-sally-fox-takes-over-vashon-water-taxi-run-starting-wednesday-afternoon/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/followup-mv-sally-fox-takes-over-vashon-water-taxi-run-starting-wednesday-afternoon/#comments Tue, 07 Apr 2015 23:01:25 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=306426

(WSB photo, taken from Vashon Island on March 29th)
You’ll be seeing a lot more of the M/V Sally Fox off West Seattle shores starting tomorrow afternoon: Vashon Island’s new Water Taxi officially goes into service with the 4:30 pm run on Wednesday, as just announced by the county. Here’s our coverage of the Sally Fox dedication ceremony on Vashon a week and a half ago. It’s a twin to the M/V Doc Maynard, under construction now and due to take over the West Seattle Water Taxi run in October.

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Puget Sound’s orcas welcome fourth calf in three months http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/puget-sounds-orcas-welcome-fourth-calf-in-three-months/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/puget-sounds-orcas-welcome-fourth-calf-in-three-months/#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 18:39:12 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=305686

(Photo by naturalist/researcher Jeanne Hyde, Maya’s Legacy Whale Watching)
Word started getting around last night that Puget Sound’s orcas, the Southern Resident Killer Whales, have another new baby – and researchers have confirmed that this is the fourth calf spotted in three months. Three of them, including this one, were born to J Pod. The first report came from the Pacific Whale Watch Association; one of its members, Maya’s Legacy Whale Watching, spotted the baby off Galiano Island, British Columbia, on Monday. This means the SRKWs – J Pod, K Pod, L Pod – are up to 81 orcas in the wild (and the 82nd, Tokitae/Lolita, in captivity in Florida). The newest baby is J52; it’s been exactly three months since J50 was spotted, followed by J51 in mid-February, and then the L Pod baby two weeks later.

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In case you wondered: Washington State Ferries’ new Samish is on sea trials again right now http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/in-case-you-wondered-washington-state-ferries-new-samish-is-on-sea-trials-again-right-now/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/in-case-you-wondered-washington-state-ferries-new-samish-is-on-sea-trials-again-right-now/#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 00:25:01 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=305615

(WSB photo added: M/V Samish in Elliott Bay early this evening, after sea trials off western WS)
We’ve just received a flurry of calls about a ferry off west-facing West Seattle shores, outside the usual lanes and apparently closer to shore than ferries usually get, plus, one texter says it’s “going in circles.” We mentioned it on Friday but if you missed that – it’s just the new, Vigor-built ferry Samish, out on sea trials before it officially joins the fleet. (The larger Tacoma, which had also been testing off WS following repairs, is now back on the Bainbridge run.)

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West Seattle weekend scene: Three Tree Point yacht race http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/west-seattle-weekend-scene-three-tree-point-yacht-race/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/west-seattle-weekend-scene-three-tree-point-yacht-race/#comments Sat, 28 Mar 2015 22:36:09 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=305384

(Photo by DLBJ)
Thanks to everyone who’s shared photos of the yachts seen today off West Seattle’s west-facing shores … it’s the Corinthian Yacht Club of Seattle‘s Three Tree Point race.

(Photo by WSB’s Patrick Sand)

(Photo by Gary Jones)
Couple more to come. Results from today’s race are linked from this page on the club’s website.

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In case you wondered: State ferries still on test runs off West Seattle http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/in-case-you-wondered-state-ferries-still-on-test-runs/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/in-case-you-wondered-state-ferries-still-on-test-runs/#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 17:51:11 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=305248 10:51 AM: Two notes about ferries that appeared to be “dead in the water off Alki” this morning remind us that we should mention this again: Washington State Ferries has two vessels in testing/sea trials in and around Elliott Bay right now, and if you see something unusual, it’s probably one (or both!) of them. The Tacoma is still on sea trials after months of repairs, before returning to the Bainbridge Island run; the Samish, newly built at Vigor on Harbor Island, is testing before officially joining the fleet.

ADDED FRIDAY NIGHT: Turns out M/V Tacoma is officially going back into service tomorrow (Saturday, March 28), according to this announcement from WSF.

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Seen off West Seattle: Two helicopters, boat marked ‘Tunisia Navy’ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/seen-off-west-seattle-two-helicopters-boat-marked-tunisia-navy/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/seen-off-west-seattle-two-helicopters-boat-marked-tunisia-navy/#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 21:47:21 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=305183

2:47 PM: An unusual sighting, shared by Gary Jones, who photographs from Alki Point: Seen in the noon hour, a boat marked “Tunisia Navy,” with two helicopters nearby.

Their markings match what we saw on two helicopters passing overhead, westbound, one behind the other, as we arrived at HQ in Upper Fauntleroy after a noontime trip.

Backstory? We don’t know yet. At first, we wondered about a movie shoot (Seattle wouldn’t seem to be much of a stand-in for Tunisia, which is on the Mediterranean Sea in North Africa, but you’ll recall Alki doubling for Florida) – then a bit of Googling revealed that the U.S. donated two similar types of patrol boats to Tunisia seven months ago and was planning to donate more. Still checking around. Know anything? editor@westseattleblog.com as always.

8:44 PM: After a couple of e-mail tipsters suggested we check with local boatmakers that build military-style patrol boats, we sent out queries around 5 pm and just received this reply from sales manager Kevin Rowlee at Bremerton-based SAFE Boats International:

Yes, that was a boat built by SAFE Boats International. It is a “65 Full Cabin – Inboard” destined for the Tunisia Navy. The boat you saw was the second of two boats purchased under the same contract.

Commenter Brian confirms the photo-shoot angle.

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