PHOTOS: Orcas in Elliott Bay

11:09 AM: Orcas are in Elliott Bay today – Kersti Muul just texted with word that whales are currently in the “grain silos” area toward the north end of the downtown waterfront.

9:31 PM: Thanks to Greg Snyder for sending the photo!

ADDED EARLY SATURDAY: And thanks to Robert Spears for these pictures!

7 Replies to "PHOTOS: Orcas in Elliott Bay"

  • DowntownWatcher January 5, 2024 (11:20 am)

    About ten people in our office rushed over to the window to stare out at the bay when we got notice. For a lot of the staff, it was their first time seeing a pod in action.  Thank you for the updates!!!

    • Kersti Muul January 5, 2024 (12:17 pm)

      You’re welcome 🤗Have received some cool pictures of folks looking from their offices. 

      • Justin January 5, 2024 (2:35 pm)

        @Kersti, thanks for reporting as I got to see them and they were amazing, as always. A very, very random question for you as the resident WSB nature guru: what’s the average lifespan of a log on a West Seattle beach. It looks like some of the logs on Lowman Beach have been there for decades, but I’m genuinely curious how long on average these logs chill on the shore.  Thanks in advance for clearing up my friend and I’s random beach-related question :) 

        • Kersti Muul January 6, 2024 (4:17 pm)

          Lots of variables! King tides, heavy rains, flooding etc. beach wood is very dynamic. However there are some heavy ones that have been around awhile. 

  • Orca Lover January 5, 2024 (1:26 pm)

    Which way are they heading – at Alki Point and nothing so far – dying to see the Black and Whites

  • Ben January 5, 2024 (10:31 pm)

    Aren’t Orcas part of the dolphin family and not whales?

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