WHALES: Southbound orcas swim by West Seattle

5:33 PM: Southbound transient killer whales are in view from Alki looking north – the orcas are passing Bainbridge Island’s Eagle Harbor now, says Kersti Muul of Salish Wildlife Watch. They’re toward the west side of the channel, though she warns that the heat rising off the water is a visibility challenge. Let us know if you see them!

5:55 PM: Kersti says they’re now crossing the Bainbridge ferry lanes.

8:17 PM: In addition to the various updates in the comment section below, Kersti just texted to say they’re passing the Fauntleroy ferry dock, closer to this side of the Sound.

8 Replies to "WHALES: Southbound orcas swim by West Seattle"

  • Kersti Muul June 22, 2021 (5:54 pm)

    Through the Bainbridge to Seattle ferry lanes now still west in channel

  • Kari June 22, 2021 (6:36 pm)

    Just off the southern tip of Bainbridge.  Lots of spouting!!!

    • WSB June 22, 2021 (6:56 pm)

      Thank you for the update!

  • Kevin Elberts June 22, 2021 (7:37 pm)

    Spotted them from Colman pool w/binoculars, they’re south of Blake island

  • 💛 June 22, 2021 (7:37 pm)

    May you have a joyful swim in our waters tonight, may you find enough salmon, may you not be disturbed by much boat noise, and may you be given respectful space.

    @Kersti, hope you’ll share if you get any photos!

    • Kersti Muul June 22, 2021 (8:23 pm)

      These are transient orcas, so no salmon on the menu for them!But yes, quiet waters are always in demand for them

      • 💛 June 22, 2021 (8:54 pm)

        Ay, missed that these were transients

  • Rusty June 22, 2021 (8:56 pm)

    They were just about midpoint of vashon a minute ago, heading south just ahead of a small boat. Closer to west seattle side.Small boat just took off, whales still moving south.

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