UPDATE: Large number of harbor porpoises, northbound; transient orcas too

11:33 AM: Per a caller from The Arroyos, hundreds of harbor porpoises, not too far off shore, are headed northbound in Puget Sound off west-facing West Seattle. Let us know if you see them!

11:53 AM: The caller, James, also sent that photo of a few of them, to show how close to shore they were as they passed.

12:23 PM: Thanks to Chris Frankovich and Kersti Muul for word that transient orcas are headed northbound off West Seattle too, not that far behind the porpoises.

10 Replies to "UPDATE: Large number of harbor porpoises, northbound; transient orcas too"

  • Leslie May 30, 2022 (12:03 pm)

    Just saw them by Lincoln Park heading north.

  • Cathy May 30, 2022 (12:03 pm)

    12:00- they are passing by Lowman Beach now. I’ve never seen this many all together before. 

  • Kersti Muul May 30, 2022 (12:19 pm)

    Transient orcas are in the area. NB now south of brace point west of mid channel 12:19

    • WSB May 30, 2022 (12:22 pm)

      Thanks! Just got two messages about that including yours, expanding the story. Perhaps the porpoises are attempting to avoid becoming lunch.

      • Sarah May 30, 2022 (1:24 pm)

        Saw the elephant seal pop his head up N Meekwa 15 minutes ago. Anyone know where the orcas are now?

  • Mirte May 30, 2022 (1:47 pm)

    1:46 – straight ahead from Me Kwa Mooks, in front of Tilicum Village (closer to Blake)

  • Morgan May 30, 2022 (3:19 pm)

    Uhm…do orca hunt porpoise..? Asking on porpoise….for some sea friends.

    • WSB May 30, 2022 (3:24 pm)

      The transient orcas (the kind also sighted today) eat mammals.

    • Kersti Elisabeth Muul May 30, 2022 (5:41 pm)

      They do. They ate a seal before going to West Seattle though.

  • Shrimp are the possible prey May 31, 2022 (7:04 pm)

    Perhaps shrimp fishing season is still open for them?

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