A gray whale is feeding close to shore off Alki. Kersti Muul says it’s about 100 feet out off the 1700 block of Alki Avenue SW right now and was close in off the west end of Alki earlier.

15 Replies to "WHALE SIGHTING: In Elliott Bay"

  • Kersti Muul April 22, 2024 (5:10 pm)

    Super close feeding now for at least 30 mins. Get down here!

  • Kersti Muul April 22, 2024 (5:25 pm)

    • HS April 22, 2024 (8:32 pm)

      So cool! Thank you for sharing Kersti.

  • shed22 April 22, 2024 (6:05 pm)

    It was super close to shore!! Isn’t that shoreline pretty shallow for a big whale like that? An amazing sight to see and such a beautiful photo, Kersti. 

    • liz April 22, 2024 (6:55 pm)

      Gray whales are often seen close to shore because they feed by filtering invertebrates from the sediment. They roll on their side to scoop it up, which is why we kept seeing on of its fins as it fed! Amazing looks at this behavior today :) 

  • AR April 22, 2024 (6:16 pm)

    Amazing.  We live in the 5400 block of Beach Drive.  The Whale was very close to shore.  I would guess the water depth was about 20 Feet.  It was roughly in the same place for about 10 minutes. Going down then coming up and spouting them going back down,  

  • Kersti Muul April 22, 2024 (6:33 pm)

    Currently SB, mouth of Duwamish – west waterway just east of channel markers. Hopefully turns around.Have filed multiple WRAS reports 630

  • Scott April 22, 2024 (7:57 pm)

    Any updates?

    • Kersti Muul April 22, 2024 (8:13 pm)

      Last seen heading back north at mouth…

  • Scott Collins April 22, 2024 (8:19 pm)

    Kersti, I have heard from folks that there is a group text for whale sightings in west seattle.  Not sure how to join that but would love to!  We are always “just missing” sightings!!   Just ran down to Elliott bay…no luck:(   my number is 410.299.2398 if you can send me info.

    • Junctioneer April 22, 2024 (8:59 pm)

      Add me to the list of folks who spent over 90 minutes in their car driving all over Harbor Ave, Alki, Jack Block, and the incredibly unfun to access T81 (at least like today when you get blocked by a train at a standstill). I kept refreshing hoping for new intel!! 

    • Kersti Muul April 22, 2024 (9:02 pm)

      Will do. In case you miss this I’ll text you:
      We are approaching 5000 members! ❤️🍟🍩

  • inawe April 23, 2024 (11:40 am)

    What a wonderful experience! Thank you to Kersti and Brittany and others who offer this free whale sighting notification service — at their own time and expense. They simply long to share their love of nature with others (and – I am guessing here-  perhaps they hope that this love will translate to conservation of our beautiful natural habitat?). This was my first sighting of a gray whale, and I will always be grateful to these two wonderful humans for this! THANK YOU

  • Judy S. April 27, 2024 (1:33 pm)

    I was down there too. Not the best photo, but it was very cool to see!

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