WEST SEATTLE WHALES: Orcas visible right now

2:03 PM: Thanks for the tip! Orcas are in the area this afternoon – just got a report that at least three are visible southbound between Blake and Vashon Island. As always, if you’re going to go look, take binoculars. And let us know if/when you see them!

3:00 PM: Kersti Muul just texted to say they’re visible south of the Vashon ferry dock, on the Vashon side.

7 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE WHALES: Orcas visible right now"

  • Robin Lynn Sinner May 4, 2018 (2:21 pm)

    Approaching north vashon now

    • WSB May 4, 2018 (2:45 pm)

      Thank you! I wish we could go down the hill to look but by the time we get a chance later this afternoon, unless they do a quick turn, they’ll probably be long gone from view.

  • Carolyn O’Leary May 4, 2018 (2:49 pm)

    There weresea-lions swimming close to shore earlier today as they were swimming by Lincoln Park around 11-11:30.

  • Scott Wichman May 4, 2018 (3:37 pm)

    My wife and I saw the so-called “orcas”–they looked like either porpoises or dolphins to me.  If they were whales they were very small ones! We were walking at Lincoln Park when we saw them.

    • WSB May 4, 2018 (3:39 pm)

      Kersti is an expert observer so I don’t think she would have described them as orcas if they weren’t. That aside, there have been reports of porpoise/dolphin in the area this week so you might have seen something different! – TR

      • Kersti Muul May 4, 2018 (4:10 pm)

        They are orcas, and transients at that…which are bigger than the residents!

    • JumboJm May 4, 2018 (5:49 pm)

      On the 11:20 am ferry to Vashon I saw Orcas (at least 3-4) that appeared to be east of Blake and south of Bainbridge.  I had my binoculars, as I always scan for birds when my work takes me to Vashon. The seabirds were slim in mid-channel but the whales were a nice surprise.

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