UPDATE: Orcas off West Seattle

3:08 PM: Just got word from Kersti Muul that several orcas are reported in “southern Elliott Bay,” seen from a state ferry. Let us know if you see them!

3:27 PM: Just received this video recorded by Erica Quimby from Alki:

3:33 PM: Kersti just texted that “they are super-close passing Alki Point.”

3:51 PM: Also from Alki, Ryan Nestle sent this photo:

Ryan says, “We were driving back from a late lunch at Harry’s Beach House, when I spotted them right off the tower. Picture only shows two, could have been 4 or 5 by our count. We’ve lived here in West Seattle for 3 years and this was my first sighting. Let’s just say I was beyond excited.”

3:56 PM: And Kersti just texted to say they’re now in view off Emma Schmitz Memorial Overlook (4500 block Beach Drive SW), still closer to this side of the Sound, but moving southbound quickly.

4:05 PM: Another texter sent this photo of people lining Lowman Beach to whale-watch:

4:25 PM: As it gets dark, Kersti says they’re passing Lincoln Park. Also: “There’s a little, little baby in the group.” (These are transients, by the way, not the endangered residents.)

5 Replies to "UPDATE: Orcas off West Seattle"

  • Kersti Elisabeth Muul December 30, 2022 (3:16 pm)

    Being transient orcas they could be anywhere at this point.Visibility is really disappearing south of Blake Island as the weather system moves in

  • Kersti Elisabeth Muul December 30, 2022 (4:03 pm)

  • Angela December 30, 2022 (5:44 pm)

    My daughters and I, along with about 50 other people, got to see the Orcas over about 10 minutes on our sailing on the Water Taxi from Pier 51 to WS. It’s the first time in 17 years living here I’ve seen them in Elliott Bay. Auspicious. 

  • Carly December 30, 2022 (7:37 pm)

    An inspiring way to end the year…very special!

  • Kersti Elisabeth Muul December 30, 2022 (8:20 pm)

    Looking like the 124As.I can see the saddle of 124A and the calf was traveling with her the whole time, tight to her. Making the little calf one year old T124A7

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