UPDATE: Orcas in view off West Seattle

3:12 PM: Thanks to Kersti Muul of Salish Wildlife Watch for the tip: Orcas are in view from West Seattle right now! They’re visible from Constellation Park, east of mid-channel, Kersti says, southbound, passing Blake Island. Let us know if you see them.

3:29 PM: Update from Kersti – they’re “just hanging” off Emma Schmitz Memorial Overlook (across from Me-Kwa-Mooks – she says they’re transients so they may well be hunting (transients eat other marine mammals, unlike resident orcas, who focus on fish).

4:22 PM: Among those who’ve seen them, Mike Jensen:

ADDED THURSDAY NIGHT: Along with the photos in comments, here’s another one – from Kersti:

12 Replies to "UPDATE: Orcas in view off West Seattle"

  • Kersti Muul January 14, 2021 (3:31 pm)

    It’s stunning out here y’all…

  • Alayna January 14, 2021 (3:43 pm)

    Ohh awesome!  I hope they come a little further south..

  • Bryan Weiner January 14, 2021 (4:00 pm)

    The are off Lincoln Park now, near the pool. Visible to naked eye. 

  • John January 14, 2021 (4:37 pm)

    I’m guessing the news helicopter circling is because of the orcas?

    • WSB January 14, 2021 (4:47 pm)

      given the location, most likely. nothing else going on.

  • KD January 14, 2021 (5:00 pm)

    Beautiful photo, Mike Jensen! Thanks for sharing that link, WSB.

  • KD January 14, 2021 (7:43 pm)

    Can two or more people on WSBlog use the same initials? I’ve used KD on WSBlog for maybe about 10 years (?) at least. I would hope that people don’t mix up comments or impressions 😬

    • WSB January 14, 2021 (8:11 pm)

      We don’t require registration so particularly if people are new readers/commenters (which we welcome!), they have no way of knowing. Heck, this week somebody else commented as TR. – TR

  • pnworcapodsquad January 14, 2021 (9:49 pm)

    So great to see T124A3A traveling with his aunt T124A4 Sabio after recently losing his mother T124A3 Wasani.  Not pictured here but also present were his grandmother T124A Kittiwake and uncle T124A6 Kasuun.

  • pnworcapodsquad January 14, 2021 (9:50 pm)

    T124A Kittiwake.

  • waikikigirl January 15, 2021 (7:09 am)

    Kersti, your picture with the bird, wings raised, looks to be saying to the Orcas “I can look majestic too” or maybe just a simple “hello”!

    • Kersti Muul January 15, 2021 (8:22 am)

      Trying to steal the show 😆*That’s a double crested cormorant, a sea bird without the type of oil protection that other water birds have so the way they dry out is to hold the wings out like this*

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