WHALES: Orcas off Alki

11:34 AM: Transient killer whales are back in Elliott Bay right now, reports Kersti Muul. They’re in view off the promenade – we were just briefly in the area and while we didn’t see the whales, we did see the boats watching them.

5:31 PM: Thanks to Robin Sinner for the photos! Robin says, “Orca Network identified male orca T87, Harbeson, born 1962. Oldest known male Biggs transient orca.”

16 Replies to "WHALES: Orcas off Alki"

  • Alkilocal May 11, 2023 (11:49 am)

    Does anyone recognize the boat that is following much too close for the whale safety?We looked on marine traffic, and they cannot be identified so it must be they have removed their maritime beacons. Way way too close.We reported to the cost guard 

    • Kersti Elisabeth Muul May 11, 2023 (11:54 am)

      It’s the swiftsure..I see them as well

    • Erik May 11, 2023 (12:34 pm)

      I saw them a few days ago on the ferry following super close to the orcas. They were following them. 

    • Erin Gless May 11, 2023 (9:27 pm)

      I am an at utter loss that anyone might think THIS photo portrays a whale watching infraction. The approach distance for Bigg’s killer whales is 200 yards. These whales are most *certainly* not too close to this vessel. I sincerely *hope* you included the photo in your enforcement report so that they can immediately dismiss the case. 

      • Scarlett May 12, 2023 (12:50 pm)

         It’s called anthropomorphic “projection.”  These animals, and nature in general, are far more tough, resilient and adaptable then we give them credit for.   Many species have not only survived contact with Homo Sapien, they have thrived.  And then is coming from someone who grew up as a nature buff and still is. 

  • Heather May 11, 2023 (11:55 am)

    Is anyone able to send me an invite to the whatsup app for the orcas? Thank you. 

  • Kersti Elisabeth Muul May 11, 2023 (11:56 am)

    They rounded Alki Point very close.. They are currently halfway between Vashon and Blake Island.Chainsaw is in this group 11:56

  • J May 11, 2023 (12:09 pm)

    I just saw several through binoculars. Close in to the E side of Blake, traveling N.

  • Kersti Elisabeth Muul May 11, 2023 (12:25 pm)

    Directional changes, perhaps a predation event in between Blake and Vashon Island whales have flipped for now. Viewing from Me Kwa Mooks

  • Kersti Elisabeth Muul May 11, 2023 (12:26 pm)

    Here is the link to my WhatsApp text alert service for wildlife, which most of the time is killer whales!https://chat.whatsapp.com/HGBsLuyjQCuIMnlLbm4kiE

  • m May 11, 2023 (1:09 pm)

    It seems like there are lots of sightings on beautiful, sunny days like today! Do the orcas enjoy the nice weather as much as we do, or is it just that the visibility is good, making a sighting more likely?

    • Kersti Elisabeth Muul May 11, 2023 (4:01 pm)

      Completely unrelated. Cool fact tho they have patterns. These same whales were here almost exactly a year ago to the day. 

  • Evan May 12, 2023 (10:15 am)

    I was on swiftshore. The captain stayed distant. Everything was fine. Can’t control where the whales go but he shut engine off and we were just floating. 

    • Kersti Elisabeth Muul May 16, 2023 (11:03 am)

      Especially when the boat follows them until they stop 🤦🏼‍♀️

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