West Seattle whale watching, afternoon edition: Orcas heading northbound

(Added: Photo by Trileigh Tucker, taken from Lowman Beach)

2:13 PM: An update from this morning’s report of southbound orcas … a fairly sizable group is now heading northbound and has drawn a crowd off Emma Schmitz Memorial Overlook on Beach Drive. Unless they change direction again, you should be able to watch them along the Beach Drive shoreline for a while. Visible without binoculars – look for the blows and the small research boat!

2:24 PM: They’re heading north fairly quickly, and now out of Emma Schmitz range, so if you’re still heading out, try Constellation Park south of Alki Point. What we’ve been watching is a group of eight or so traveling very close together.

2:36 PM: We’ve had to head back inland but a texter says they’re now visible from Weather Watch Park (Beach Drive & Carroll).

12 Replies to "West Seattle whale watching, afternoon edition: Orcas heading northbound"

  • Iain November 10, 2015 (2:20 pm)

    Just watched them from Me Ma Mooks…approximately 10 parents and juveniles combined

  • teacher/mom November 10, 2015 (2:43 pm)

    They are off Alki Point! Just beautiful and awe-inspiring!!

  • A-Red November 10, 2015 (3:16 pm)

    That’s it! I’m quitting my job. If they’re going to keep swimming by while I’m at work, I’m just not going to work anymore.

  • clark5080 November 10, 2015 (3:51 pm)

    I think I am gonna retire. Tracy you need any photographers

    • WSB November 10, 2015 (3:57 pm)


  • Word of the Day: WOW November 10, 2015 (4:44 pm)

    i have never seen so many cameras with mammoth lenses down on the shoreline for a whale viewing.

    Wonderful. Hope those people post online where everybody can see. Maybe they’ll send pics to WSB.

    I highly encourage them to do so. There were only like dozens and dozens of photographers out there….

  • Enviromaven November 10, 2015 (6:30 pm)

    So great to see our SRKW pals after their summer break further north. Thrilling!!!

  • Ocean November 10, 2015 (8:09 pm)

    Did anyone get id photos to know whether these were residents or transients?

  • Christina November 10, 2015 (8:39 pm)

    My daughters and I were able to catch up with them from Alki around 3:00. As they traveled north we even got to see a few spectacular breaches. It was amazing! Does anyone have any pictures to share? My phone couldn’t capture it!

  • Rhonda Porter November 11, 2015 (8:38 am)

    I was lucky to have come home early yesterday and to have witnessed this great event.

  • anonyme November 11, 2015 (12:49 pm)

    I’m wondering the same thing as Ocean…?

    Would also like to add that there is still much more work to be done to free orcas in captivity. The latest ‘gestures’ by SeaWorld are not nearly enough. Bring our orcas home where they belong!

  • WSB November 11, 2015 (1:19 pm)

    They were residents. Ks and Ls, per The Whale Trail, which had a gallery on Facebook.

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