West Seattle whale-watching: Orcas in the area

12:03 PM: Thanks for the text – orcas are reported in the area! Southbound and possibly along or near West Seattle shores by now, according to Orca Network spotters, who say these are Southern Resident Killer Whales. Let us know if you see them!

12:24 PM: Another texter says they’re off Alki. We’re en route to look.

12:39 PM: Not seeing any unassisted from the Alki Point vicinity but some hardy spotters are out looking. Take binoculars.

12:55 PM: Just heard from Jeff Hogan of Killer Whale Tales. He says some are visible in the Vashon ferry lane, one here, two there, southbound, but not close to the WS side.

1:54 PM: From above Lincoln Park, we’re seeing a few headed along the north end of Vashon, continuing SB.

2:07 PM: And we just received a call from someone seeing more pass by Constellation Park. Thanks – 206-293-6302 voice or text, any time!

4 Replies to "West Seattle whale-watching: Orcas in the area"

  • Alisa October 20, 2016 (11:56 am)

    This is so amazing. Sarah at Puget Sound Express called to tell me that they were closer to Bainbridge Island and that folks taking the ferry to or from Bainbridge could see them for the next couple hours. A naturalist with Puget Sound Express said that they are resident Orcas – J-Pod and K-Pod. J-Pod has 29 members and K-Pod has 19.  Sarah at Puget Sound Express also said that J-Pod has the oldest living orca studied and known. She is J2 Granny whose estimated birth is 1911, making her 105 years old!!

    They are feeding on the remaining chum salmon left
    here in the sound. 

     I love where we live.

  • Salal October 20, 2016 (1:04 pm)

    Just off n end of Vashon heading south

  • JO October 20, 2016 (1:13 pm)

    Thank you WS Blog & Orca Network. Made it to Alki in time to see them.

  • WS Mom October 20, 2016 (3:36 pm)

    Still southbound, they just passed the channel marker off 3 Tree Point. 

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