West Seattle whale watching: Sightings reported in Alki area

(Photo taken from Alki today, by Trileigh Tucker)

10:51 AM: Multiple reports of whales in the Alki Point vicinity. First, the Orca Network cited a WSF report of orcas; Jeff from Killer Whale Tales says it might instead be the humpbacks that have been in the area. Off to look!

11:24 AM: Breezy morning so lots of whitecaps off both Constellation Park and Alki – hard to see whale spouts unless you’re really close (or have a great eye/telescope). Jeff says the humpbacks have been breaching in the ferry lanes north of Alki Point. (West Seattle-based The Whale Trail offers a species-by-species guide if you’re not sure you’d know the difference between a humpback and an orca.)

12:41 PM: West Seattle photographer Trileigh Tucker saw one from Alki – and has the photo to prove it. Added above – thanks!

17 Replies to "West Seattle whale watching: Sightings reported in Alki area"

  • Trileigh September 28, 2015 (12:56 pm)

    I encountered Jeff (Killer Whale Tales) at Alki, and he kindly pointed out where the whales were. Thanks, Jeff!

  • ACG September 28, 2015 (1:05 pm)

    Gorgeous photo, Trileigh! Thanks for sharing!

  • Lisa September 28, 2015 (1:05 pm)

    That photo is amazing. I can’t believe she took it off of Alki!

  • SB September 28, 2015 (1:24 pm)

    Looking for them on bench view what direction were they headed?

  • NORTHWEST September 28, 2015 (2:00 pm)

    Please start or continue to do all you can from preventing micro litter from entering puget sound during these dry fall days we are under.
    Subject: micro litter
    1.Throw cigarette butts away in the trash
    or carry a pocket sized container to
    temporarily contain them.
    2.When you see trash on the ground pick
    it up and rescue it from entering puget sound.
    3.Organize a litter collection event in your
    4.Contact SPU they will give you trash grabbers
    bags gloves ect… .

    Help protect these amazing Whales for generations to come
    and keep up the good work. I know I will.

  • Trileigh September 28, 2015 (2:18 pm)

    The whales were basically milling around with a bit of southward trend when I saw them. I haven’t seen updates indicating that anyone’s observed those particular whales since this morning, but Orca Network is reporting a sighting up by Lopez Island – so they could probably show up anywhere!

  • RT September 28, 2015 (2:22 pm)

    Dynamite photo! Tops off the beautiful day. Thank you.

  • JumpsForJoy September 28, 2015 (2:26 pm)

    It just heard the news about Shell abandoning oil drilling in Alaska’s Chuckchi Sea, I bet.

  • cjfranko September 28, 2015 (2:37 pm)

    Beautiful picture Trileigh! Thanks for sharing.

  • krisfritz September 28, 2015 (3:15 pm)

    Fantastic photo! Thank you for sharing it.

  • SLJ September 28, 2015 (4:51 pm)

    Beautiful photo! Does anyone know of an app that can alert me when the whales are around? I usually find out too late. WSB is always right on it, of course, but I’m not.

  • Chris September 28, 2015 (4:59 pm)

    SLJ – I don’t know about an app, but you can also check the Orca Network Facebook page for more detailed information about whale sightings throughout the Sound.

    I went down to Alki about 1:00 today. Scanned to the north with binoculars for a while but didn’t see anything.

  • miws September 28, 2015 (5:00 pm)

    +1 for Trileigh’s pic, +1 for JumpsForJoy’s comment!



  • Kersti September 28, 2015 (5:58 pm)

    If you want real time updates you can text followhalescout to 40404

    This is the fastest way to know anything. I received a text this morning and was 7 minutes out….

  • gardenmakers September 28, 2015 (9:27 pm)


  • Danny McMillin September 29, 2015 (2:38 am)

    Well taken, Trileigh!

  • Enviromaven September 29, 2015 (9:40 am)

    OMG! Incredible photo, Trileigh! I’m with Mike – make that +2 for the pic and Jump for Joy’s comment :)

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