ORCAS: Whales off West Seattle

10:35 AM: If you have eyes on Elliott Bay, watch for whales – just got word from Kersti Muul of “at least four orcas” seen in Elliott Bay. Let us know if you see them!

1:04 PM: Thanks to everyone for updates in comments. Kersti just texted that they’re now southbound passing Brace Point.

15 Replies to "ORCAS: Whales off West Seattle"

  • Christine T Dee December 29, 2021 (10:40 am)

    Just seen off of Pier 70 in Belltown — very active!

  • Kersti Muul December 29, 2021 (10:47 am)

    Heading towards sculpture park now 11:40

  • Robin Bonser December 29, 2021 (12:32 pm)

    Just seen approaching Lowman Beach, heading south, close to eastern side of the channel. 

  • KS December 29, 2021 (12:35 pm)

    12:33 p.m.    off of Lincoln Park by Coleman Pool.   Whale watching boat close by them. 

  • WSOwl December 29, 2021 (12:53 pm)

    Whale watching boat and ferry.

  • watching December 29, 2021 (1:04 pm)

    We just saw them off Brace point, looks like a boat really close to them.  Puget Sound Express Saratoga.   Maybe it’s ok, just looks super close. 

    • J. Lardizabal December 29, 2021 (1:23 pm)

      We are watching them off of Arroyo Beach, and this boat got so close to the pod that we were screaming. 

  • WenG December 29, 2021 (2:57 pm)

    200 yards is the legal distance between a vessel and orcas.

  • Donna, The Whale Trail December 29, 2021 (3:08 pm)

    If you see a boat following too close to the orcas, please call the Be Whale Wise/NOAA hotline: 1-800-853-1964, or email info@bewhalewise.org. Your report will be logged and investigated. Include pictures if you can.

    Also please report any sightings to Whale Report via their app or website. The best way to protect the whales is to be sure that NOAA and WDFW Enforcement are aware of what you are seeing.

  • barbara s spector December 29, 2021 (3:10 pm)

    Saw them in Lincoln park and YES The Boat was too close!!!!!!!

  • Jen December 29, 2021 (3:49 pm)

    Thanks for the contact information for whale wise/NOAA. I sent them this photo. The boat looked closer than 200 yards from the pod.

    • Chris December 30, 2021 (3:23 pm)

      Yesterday I also witnessed and reported the whale watch boat Saratoga to NOAA’s enforcement hotline, west seattle blog and orca network with a photo taken in the shallow bay between Lowman and Lincoln parks. The boat was literally right on top of the whales and was maneuvering clearly with engines on. I will also send to info@bewhalewise.org. Thankyou Donna and all!

  • D Reed December 30, 2021 (3:03 pm)

    Boats can turn off engines > 200 yards from orcas and then the orcas swim closer to the boat.  That is not illegal 

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