FOLLOWUP: Fauntleroy Creek salmon count now in triple digits

The main reason the Southern Resident Killer Whales are often back in central Puget Sound this time of year is the pursuit of their preferred food – salmon. Not far from the orcas’ recent passes, coho spawners continue returning to Fauntleroy Creek. The video above by Tom Trulin shows fish in the surf near the creek’s mouth by the ferry dock. And creek steward Judy Pickens reports that as of Wednesday, volunteer watchers had counted 155 spawners! In comparison, by mid-November last year, volunteer watchers had only seen – and then a sudden surge brought in a near-record total of 244; the year before that, only two were seen.

2 Replies to "FOLLOWUP: Fauntleroy Creek salmon count now in triple digits"

  • Kersti Elisabeth Muul November 10, 2022 (12:31 pm)

    This is incredible news considering there’s no pre spawn mortality in Fauntleroy Creek.I have seen lots of sizable chum jumping out here locally; what the orcas are after specifically this time of year. I saw two jumps yesterday that we’re so big they actually faked me out 😝The orcas have not committed a trip yet to Tacoma which means they’re finding enough food here.. Lots of fish out there this year

  • Joe Z November 11, 2022 (9:50 am)

    Three La Niña winters in a row is good for salmon in this region. Unfortunately it will flip the other way at some point. 

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