(Photo from Beach Drive Blog, used with permission)
ORIGINAL 7:56 AM REPORT: Just got a text about orcas “between West Seattle and Vashon” – and a tweet in the past half-hour about orcas off Me-Kwa-Mooks. So if you’re along south West Seattle shores, keep an eye out! This is the prime sighting season. 8:25 AM UPDATE: Rhonda notes in comments that she has pix at Beach Drive Blog. Maggie is on the Vashon-Seattle water taxi and reports via FB that the crew says the orcas have been in the area all morning. We’re on a beach south of Fauntleroy and no luck yet. 9:41 AM: Jeff Hogan from Killer Whale Tales showed up at our vantage point; we saw one orca thanks to his much-better binoculars. Much closer to Vashon than to the West Seattle side, though, but he got a call suggesting some of them are heading back north from Vashon. Jeff told us he’s just back from three weeks on a research boat in the San Juans – some of his reports are up on the KWT website, with photos. (KWT, which brings whale education to local schools, among other things, also has a benefit coming up – details here.) 10:36 AM UPDATE: We came back to HQ to recharge – but heading out again, as Jeff just called to say they’re now visible from Lowman Beach.
(Photo added 11:14 am, whale-watching from Lowman)
Also keep checking comments – we’ve got a Me-Kwa-Mooks sighting too. Thanks to everybody who’s sharing updates!!! 12:09 PM: Latest word – northward, in the Alki vicinity, plus we received a text from someone seeing them on the Bremerton-Seattle ferry run.