Seen off West Seattle: A finned friend

Thanks to James Moore for sending the photo, taken around 11 this morning. He reports: “It’s not an orca – but I think it’s a harbor porpoise. It was traveling south just off the Arroyos all by itself and as you can see quite close to shore (they’re usually quite far out and in a group).”

7 Replies to "Seen off West Seattle: A finned friend"

  • Swamp Thing November 21, 2018 (4:29 pm)

    This looks like a bottlenose dolphin. A few individuals from the California stock have been spotted in Puget Sound in recent years. you send your picture to Cascadia Research, they can confirm and perhaps identify the individual.Thanks for posting the picture!

    • Jim Moore November 21, 2018 (9:00 pm)

      After  looking around on the web I think your right.  Dorsal fin shape and size.  I learn something new every day or so.Thanks Jim

  • herongrrrl November 21, 2018 (4:39 pm)

    Hm, doesn’t look like a harbor porpoise to me…looks like an actual dolphin.  There were a couple bottlenose dolphins hanging around  the sound last year, wonder if they are back for a visit? The fin shape and color look right…

  • Jen November 21, 2018 (8:00 pm)

    Could it be a minke whale?

    • Julia November 21, 2018 (8:15 pm)

      That’s what I was thinking. Minke.

  • montanapup November 22, 2018 (10:04 pm)

    Looks like a Minke vs bottlenose.

  • Graciano November 23, 2018 (5:07 am)

    Either way, bottlenose or Minke…it is nice to see and very lucky for you to get a picture!

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