West Seattle whales: Orcas in our area

12:30 PM: Thanks for the tips! Jeff Hogan of Killer Whale Tales and Kersti Muul both send word of orcas headed southbound, now coming into view midchannel off Alki. Let us know if you see them!

1:06 PM: As Kersti notes in comments, the orcas in the area include Southern Resident Killer Whales. We aren’t able to go look for them due to unrelated events we have to go cover so sightings appreciated, either here or 206-293-6302 (our text/voice 24/7 hotline) – thank you!

1:13 PM: Among those out watching is Donna Sandstrom from The Whale Trail; she says most reports so far are to the north so keep your eyes (and binoculars) pointed that way.

3 PM: Thanks to Kersti for the updates in comments!

7:55 PM: Added above, a photo by David Hutchinson, who explains that it “shows Maya and Mark Sears on their way out of Elliott Bay to document and observe the Southern Resident Orcas that visited our area today. The yellow pennant flying from the stern of their boat has their NOAA permit number.” Below, you can glimpse them and an orca, captured by photographer Anthony K while he was focused on a rainbow:

5 Replies to "West Seattle whales: Orcas in our area"

  • Kersti E Muul November 4, 2018 (12:56 pm)

    FYI these are the residents, first time this far south this fall.J16s including L87Milllng midchannel as seen from Ballard still SBGroups are spread out, we had transients in the area as well so keep your eyes peeled!

  • Cyn November 4, 2018 (1:01 pm)

    Any updates on location?

  • Kersti E Muul November 4, 2018 (2:24 pm)

    Visible from Alki ave, looking nw towards eagle harbor.Still SB

  • Kersti E Muul November 4, 2018 (2:50 pm)

    Visible from constellation.Two matrilines. West in channel. Need binoxs.Passing Blakeley rock sb

  • Kersti E Muul November 4, 2018 (3:38 pm)

    Whales have head back North :(

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