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Hanukkah celebrations, Cocoa Cris Cringle, Buoy, more for your West Seattle Sunday

December 18, 2022 6:21 am
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 |   West Seattle news | WS miscellaneous

Thanks to James Bratsanos for the photo from Friday’s sunset. At sunset tonight, the eight-day Jewish Festival of Lights, Hanukkah, begins, and two public celebrations are part of today’s list from the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide and year-round Event Calendar:

WATCHING THE WORLD CUP: This morning at 7 am, Argentina and France play for the World Cup championship. We’ve found a few West Seattle venues opening early if you’re looking for a watch party.

CHURCHES WITH ONLINE SERVICES: We’re continuing to list these – see today’s lineup here.

STEPHANIE’S LIFELINE ONLINE TOY DRIVE, LAST DAY: Stephanie’s Lifeline is getting gifts for 40 local families with your help – all the donating for this drive is online; details are here.

KRAKEN MASCOT IN WEST SEATTLE: Meet Buoy at the Morgan Junction Starbucks at 10 am; they’re bringing giveaway opportunities too, as previewed here. (California/Fauntleroy)

FARMERS’ MARKET: As usual, 10 am-2 pm, the market itself offers fall produce as well as flowers, cheese, fish, meat, baked goods, condiments, fresh-cooked food, beverages, more. We’ve even seen Christmas trees and wreaths this season. Here’s today’s vendor list. California SW between Oregon and Alaska. Note that the market WILL be closed on Christmas Day.

FUNDRAISING WREATH (ETC.) SALES: Pathfinder K-8 PTSA and students will be selling their handmade wreaths again today by KeyBank in The Junction, 10 am-2 pm today:

This is our last week at the West Seattle Farmers Market! Need a last-minute gift to bring to a holiday party? Still haven’t decorated your front door? We’re holding our 27th annual wreath fundraiser to benefit outdoor education at Pathfinder K-8 School. This year’s selection of wreaths and other holiday swag is truly some of our best, including some super modern designs! Come see us at The Junction (next to Key Bank).

Everything is 100% unique and made from foraged materials from our yards and tree lots (thank you, Trees by the Sea on Alki!). This week we want to especially thank the community for all your support during this important fundraiser. It really helps us make Pathfinder K-8 a special place where outdoor education is valued and can be experienced by all of our students.

ALKI UCC DONATION DRIVE: Urgent winter needs that you can help fill – explained here. Dropoffs at 6115 SW Hinds, 11 am-3 pm,

SIDEWALK REVEAL: Help Seattle Street Fixers “reveal” an overgrown sidewalk in Gatewood! 44th/Othello, starting at 1 pm,

DANCE! WEST SEATTLE: The annual performance of “The Magical Doll Maker” is at 1:30 pm at the Highline Performing Arts Center (401 S. 152nd, Burien). Ticket info is here.

ARTSWEST HOLIDAY SHOW: Today at 3 pm, it’s the final matinée for “Q Brothers Christmas Carol” at ArtsWest (4711 California SW) – ticket info is in our calendar listing.

‘MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET,’ SOLD OUT: At 3 pm, it’s the closing performance of the Twelfth Night Productions presentation of The Lux Radio Theater version of the classic 1947 film, performed at Kenyon Hall (7904 35th SW) – sold out.

LIVE MUSIC AT C & P: 3 pm at C & P Coffee (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor), Deb Seymour performs her “offbeat songs.” No cover.

‘IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE’: Special screening of the 75-year-old classic movie, 3:30 pm at Admiral Theater (2343 California SW)

COCOA CRIS CRINGLE: His annual visit to Easy Street Records (California/Alaska) – photo sessions 4 pm to 7 pm, then music at 7:30 pm as Cocoa Cris celebrates his record release! No appointment needed for photo sessions; $20 fee raises food-bank funds.

FAUNTLEROY CHURCH CONCERT: 4 pm, in the Fauntleroy UCC sanctuary with choir, brass, percussion, and lots of holiday spirit. Free. (9140 California SW)

JUNCTION HANUKKAH CELEBRATION: “Love. Light. Donuts! Kol HaNeshamah, the progressive Jewish congregation in West Seattle, is back this year with Pop-Up Chanukah at the Junction. Join your West Seattle neighbors at Junction Plaza Park at 5 pm for song, candlelighting, and donuts-to-go. Everyone’s welcome!” (42nd/Alaska)

ALKI HANUKKAH CELEBRATION: A 12-foot menorah will be in place outside Alki Bathhouse (60th/Alki), where it will be lit in a ceremony led by Rabbi Eli Duban (who says it will be lit electrically the next seven nights).

NEED FOOD? White Center Community Dinner Church serves a free meal (take-away available) at 5 pm Sundays at the Salvation Army Center in South Delridge (9050 16th SW).

YOGA, MEDITATION, GONG BATH: Presented by Inner Alchemy, 7 pm at Move2Center (3618 SW Alaska), $35.

NORTHWEST BOYCHOIR CONCERT: Northwest Boychoir‘s annual “Festival of Lessons and Carols” at Holy Rosary Church, 7 pm. Tickets here – a few remained when we checked early this morning. (42nd SW/SW Genesee)

SUNDAY NIGHT JAZZ: Triangular Jazztet at The Alley (4509 California SW), 8 pm and 9 pm sets.

SUNDAY NIGHT KARAOKE: 9 pm to 1:30 am at Admiral Pub (2306 California SW).

Have an event to add to our calendar and/or Holiday Guide? Please email westseattleblog@gmail.com – thank you!

SUNDAY: Seattle Kraken mascot Buoy floating over to West Seattle

December 17, 2022 10:59 am
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 |   West Seattle news | WS & Sports

Hey, hockey fans! The newest Seattle pro-sports mascot will appear in West Seattle on Sunday morning. This was already in the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar after the folks at Morgan Junction Starbucks let us know they’ll be hosting Buoy, the Seattle Kraken mascot, but now we have a few more details from the team:

On Sunday, we’re bringing the Sea Sleigh full of hockey holiday cheer to West Seattle! Buoy’s van will be decked out with free holiday gifts to give away to fans who join us at 10:00 am at California & Fauntleroy Starbucks in West Seattle.

Fans will walk away with a variety of gifts such as a signed jersey, Kraken beanie, tickets to a Kraken game and meet and greets — with one lucky fan winning free Starbucks for a year!

Buoy debuted two months ago, at the start of the season. The Kraken are currently 16-10-3, third in their division.

ORCAS: Photos from Monday’s visit; new research buoy to monitor undersea noise

Two orca-related items:

WHALES’ MONDAY VISIT: We mentioned orcas were in the area again Monday. Today, two photos from Trileigh Tucker, who says, “There were about 4 adult orcas and one or maybe even two babies – waiting to hear back from Orca Network about the babies. ON identified them as T124s. The lighting was just gorgeous.”

RESEARCH BUOY: As mentioned in our daily preview list, a King County research boat was out this morning deploying a buoy to listen in on undersea noise, a major threat to orcas. Here’s the video recorded during the livestream and Q&A:

This isn’t off West Seattle – closer to Edmonds – but the research over the next three months will be of interest to orca-watchers all around Puget Sound. Full details from King County are here.

LOST BUOY: Seen this anywhere on the shore?

Usually we point lost/found non-pet listings to their own special WSB section – but we’ll showcase the occasional unusual lost/found item on the front page, like this one. Erin from Brace Point e-mailed: “We lost a buoy and wondering if you could post this picture … contact 206-932-0326 if someone finds it.”

BEACHED BUOY: Look what showed up at Lincoln Park

2:52 PM: Apparently just a coincidence, but on the same day that U.S. Coast Guard buoy-tenders showed up in West Seattle waters, this King County-owned buoy has just shown up on shore. The photos are from a reader who spotted it on the beach at Lincoln Park, by Colman Pool (thanks for sending!).

We recognized it immediately from past stories including this one after it was launched in 2013 to monitor marine water quality, and this one from a beaching the following year. We just contacted Diane McElhany at the King County lab, and she confirms it’s theirs, adding, “We will be dealing with it today.”

5:51 PM: And deal with it they did:

Thanks to Mike Mahanay for that photo!

Seen off West Seattle: Sea lions and seals’ buoy hangout

You’ve probably seen – or at least heard – the sea lions and seals who hang out on that mooring buoy off West Seattle’s northeast shore. Christopher Boffoli‘s photo provides a drone’s-eye view from more than 300 feet up (drone operators are required to stay below 400 feet). It also gives us a reason to remind you about the rules on the ground – we talked earlier this week with Seal Sitters at a taped-off stretch of Alki, east of the end of the sandy beach, and learned about what happened to Taffy the harbor seal. Most of the marine mammals on the buoy are California sea lions, by the way.

Beached-buoy followup: King County trying to solve the mystery

That photo shared by Lura last night showed the retrieval of a King County water-quality-monitoring buoy from its surprise spot on the Beach Drive shore, less than a year after it was put into place off Lincoln Park. Following up on what we reported Sunday, here’s what the county says today:

King County Environmental Laboratory employees are looking into how a water-quality- data-collection buoy came loose from its mooring before washing ashore along West Seattle on June 29.

The buoy and its host of environmental sensors had been in place off Point Williams since July 2013 and automatically transmitted a wealth of important data about environmental conditions. King County employees were notified early in the morning of June 29 that the buoy was ashore along the 5400 block of Beach Drive SW, south of Me-Kwa-Mooks Park.

Later that day, laboratory employees successfully refloated the buoy and towed it to the Elliott Bay Marina while arrangements are made to move it to the County’s environmental laboratory in Queen Anne for refitting.

While the buoy itself appears unscathed by its unexpected journey, a sensor that detects and transmits data on water temperature, pH, dissolved oxygen, specific conductivity and depth did not fare as well and was damaged.

Exactly how the buoy came loose from its mooring remains a mystery. The buoy was secured off Point Williams by nearly 1,200 pounds of weight, including two railroad wheels and a heavy gage steel chain that was attached to the buoy by a shackle mechanism.

Environmental laboratory workers will try to determine what part of the mooring set-up broke and how it can be repaired so that the buoy can be placed back at Point Williams.

Beached-buoy update: King County water-quality outpost floats in, gets towed out

FIRST REPORT, 9:25 AM: Lura shares the photo from the 5400 block of Beach Drive SW. It appears to be the King County water-quality-monitoring buoy placed off Lincoln Park almost a year ago, described at the time as “firmly anchored in about 550 feet of water just less than half a mile off Point Williams.” She was making phone calls in hopes of finding someone to report it to, and just sent an update saying a neighbor has reached somebody. (The buoy, by the way, still seems to be sending readings.)

UPDATE, 4:51 PM: From King County’s Kimberle Stark:

Thanks definitely go out to the residents who reported the buoy was on the beach!!! Staff from the King County Environmental Laboratory are going to try and retrieve it tonight. We’re not sure what happened yet until we get a close look at the bottom frame. Thanks again to the residents who reported it in such a timely manner!

UPDATE, 6:40 PM: Looks like they were able to retrieve it – Lura sent this photo of the buoy under tow:

West Seattle sea scene: Buoy tender USCGC Henry Blake

May 20, 2014 9:53 pm
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 |   Seen at sea | West Seattle news

Thanks to Guy Smith on Alki Point for sharing the photo of the 175-foot buoy tender USCGC Henry Blake, seen between our peninsula and Bainbridge Island today. We noticed it while out for a midday walk on Duwamish Head, but didn’t have binoculars or zoom lens or even MarineTraffic.com handy at the time; Guy’s e-mail tonight with the photo enabled us to identify it via its number, WLM-563. It’s based in Everett and was commissioned there in 2000, according to the Henry Blake’s official USCG fact sheet, which notes, “Henry Blake’s primary mission is servicing navigational aids, but it also provides marine environmental protection and search and rescue.” Closer view:

P.S. Bonus info – here’s a closer look at the Coast Guard’s “black-hulled fleet,” including this ship, and how the USCG’s ships are color-coded.

Oh, buoy! King County’s new water-quality monitor off Lincoln Park

Thanks to Beach Drive Blog for first word of this – a new buoy off Lincoln Park that’s gathering water-quality information around the clock. After seeing BDB’s story this afternoon, we asked the county if it had an announcement to share:

A new marine water quality monitoring buoy launched this week by King County will provide a wealth of data about water conditions on Puget Sound to scientists and the public alike.

At more than seven and a half feet in diameter and standing three feet tall with a seven-foot-tall mast, the yellow, donut-shaped buoy is firmly anchored in about 550 feet of water just less than half a mile off Point Williams in West Seattle. The buoy was deployed July 30th by staff with the King County Environmental Laboratory’s Field Science Unit.

The water quality monitoring system on the buoy consists of water temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen, turbidity, chlorophyll, nitrate and depth sensors that collect data measurements every 15 minutes.

These sensors are suspended about three feet below the buoy. Collected data are sent via a cell phone in near real-time to the County’s marine mooring webpage where the public can access the data, at green.kingcounty.gov/marine-buoy/default.aspx.

Water quality sensors and communications equipment were repurposed from a former monitoring system that stopped functioning about one year ago.

The new water quality monitoring system is one of four locations in Puget Sound that collect data every 15 minutes.

Collected data are integrated into the County’s monthly marine monitoring program in order to provide a more comprehensive picture of marine water quality dynamics.

The county link doesn’t seem to be working right now, but this one from the BDB report is – just click the green circle off West Seattle.

Lost at sea: Neighbors looking for a missing mooring buoy

Rick R is wondering if you can help find that missing buoy:

Our neighbor’s mooring was last seen on Sunday, before the lightning storm. It normally rests in the small bay just South of Brace Point, around the point from Fauntleroy Cove.

It isn’t the best looking buoy around, but it has a lot of sentinmental value. If the chain broke, it could have ended up anywhere from The Arroyos to Alki Point..or beyond.

If seen, please send me a note at fr7001@gmail.com.

West Seattle (offshore) scene: Sea lions sighted – oh, buoy!

You can hear them from Don Armeni, Jack Block, and Seacrest, and vicinity – but unless you’re out on the water, or have binoculars, no closeup look. Patrick McCaffrey provides us with a view of the sea lions that hang out off Harbor Avenue – from a distance and close up.

Thanks to Patrick and the other fine photographers who share photos here – if you have a photo to share, here are the various ways to share it!

Marker Buoy Dive Club starts 2011 with Seacrest underwater toast

January 2, 2011 10:32 pm
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 |   Holidays | West Seattle news

99+ percent of the hundreds of people who crowded West Seattle’s downtown-facing shore on New Year’s Eve were there to watch the fireworks. And then – there was the Marker Buoy Dive Club. For the first time in a few years, club members arranged an underwater champagne toast in the popular diving spot Cove 2 off Seacrest Park. As a former club president, Paul Riggs, explained, “We have done this in the past, but not the last couple of years as the tides have not been favorable for the event, entering at Seacrest Park at extreme low tide at night with 80+ pounds of gear is tricky.” The club set up a tent outside Alki Crab and Fish at the pier and arranged a video feed into the tent so the celebration could be viewed without going underwater. They also planned to put it all together as a video for YouTube – and the results, above, have just been published. The underwater action starts in the fourth minute; it’s interspersed with the Space Needle fireworks a bit later in the video. If you don’t make it to the credits at the end – Jim McGauhey put together the video; he and Randy Williams were also the underwater photographers. Meantime, Paul tells us the next big event at Cove 2 is on January 15th, as part of the Seattle Aquarium‘s octopus census.

Sunday midafternoon miscellany: Buoy basking, and more

(Saturday photo by JanS)
FROM THE WSB FORUMS: Ready for some good news? There’s a heartwarming “rave” in the WSB Forums’ Rants & Raves section – someone thankful for the people who helped an injured dog find its way home. Read it here.

YET MORE HELPFULNESS: Last weekend, Greg Hatcher shared the story of the booth he and his Madison Middle School student artists planned to have at Emerald City Comicon downtown. Today – his mega-report on the convention and the generosity of folks who chipped in to help them raise money to keep the program going (it relies in part on Partners With Youth, for which the West Seattle YMCA [WSB sponsor] is raising money right now). Read his story here.

“NEIGHBORHOOD OF THE WEEK”: Our citywide-news partners at the Seattle Times are featuring Genesee Hill as “Neighborhood of the Week” today. They’ve featured West Seattle areas before but we’re noting this (a) because Dale e-mailed us about it and (b) since it’s home to the newly formed Genesee-Schmitz Neighborhood Council (WSB coverage here).

WEST SEATTLE WEEKEND SCENE: Kraken-mania in Morgan Junction

Hottest ticket in town this morning: The Seattle Kraken pro hockey team’s mascot visit in Morgan Junction. That photo shows part of the line, which wrapped around much of the multi-business building on the southwest corner of Fauntleroy and California. Once you make it to the Kraken’s table outside Starbucks – you get to meet mascot Buoy:

Non-costumed Kraken reps are there too with the promised giveaways – spin a wheel for items like T-shirts and tickets – and assorted swag including posters and schedules:

They’re there, we were told, until they run out of stuff to give out. As for the team – they next play at 5 pm today, at home, vs. the Winnipeg Jets.

Kraken mascot at Morgan Junction Starbucks

Join us at Starbucks – Morgan Junction – West Seattle as we welcome the Seattle Kraken mascot Buoy to our store and offer gifts to the community! Throughout December, Kraken will be taking to the streets in the Kraken Sea Sleigh to bring hockey holiday cheer to five Seattle neighborhoods. They’ve filled Buoy’s van to the brim with free holiday gifts for you to make this season bright.

Stop by and walk away with a gift such as a signed jersey, Kraken beanie,

tickets to a Kraken game and other awesome gifts!

WHERE:

Starbucks Coffee Company
6501 California Ave, 98136,

WHEN:

Sunday, December 18th, 2022
10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Underwater pumpkin carving at Alki Beach

Underwater Pumpkin Carving Contest
October 30 @ 8:00 am – 1:30 pm
Co-sponsored by Marker Buoy Dive Club and Boeing SeaHorse Dive Club

seahorsediveclub.com/event/underwater-pumpkin-carving-contest

Once again, on Sunday October 30, Marker Buoy Dive Club and the Boeing SeaHorses co-host the ONLY West Coast Pro-Am underwater pumpkin carving event sanctioned by the International Underwater Pumpkin Carving Association (IUPCA). All are welcome to compete, regardless of previous experience (this IS a Pro-Am, after all, you guys).

Alki Junkyard at Alki Beach Park at the picnic shelter.

08:00, Meet, have a cup of coffee and a treat
09:00, Dive safety briefing
09:30 – 10:30, Dive
11:00, Judging
11:30, Lunch (hot dogs, chips, drinks)

Categories: scariest, cutest, most creative, best use of marine life, better off as pumpkin pie
Bring a pumpkin and carving tools. The IUPCA suggests a blade to open the gourd and carve the features and a tool to remove the contents.
Dive in pairs
We use the Helsinki Protocol for underwater pumpkin carving:
All gourds are submerged INTACT.
Minimum carving depth is 10 feet.
Natural elements (grasses, wood, rock) are allowed to be added, however no live capture (animals) is permitted.
Fabulous prizes for all categories!!

Alki Beach Park Picnic Shelter
3099 63rd Ave SW

‘The Great West Seattle Float Hunt’ about to launch

As part of the West Seattle Best Seattle effort related to the impending reopening of the West Seattle Bridge, a scavenger hunt is about to launch. Here’s the announcement we just received:

For the first time ever, the West Seattle community will participate in what we’re calling The Great West Seattle Float Hunt! From the fiery kilns of Avalon Glassworks are born unique glass floats, each emblazoned with the spirit of West Seattle. Beginning today and going until they’re all found, these prized floats will be hidden all around West Seattle in retail stores and public spaces, secured with netting and accompanied by an instruction card. While only one per family is permitted, these floats are valuable well beyond their monetary cost since they are each singular in nature and represent the beauty of West Seattle.

Participating areas include:

Alki, North Delridge, South Delridge, Highland Park, Endolyne/Fauntleroy, South CA Ave (Edmunds and south), North CA Ave (between Admiral and AK Junctions), Avalon Way, North 35th (by the golf course), The Triangle, Alaska Junction, Admiral Junction, Morgan Junction

Organizers say they’ll be dropping hints online.

ADDED: Commenter M asked about the floats’ size. That’s part of this descriptive information just circulated by Shannon Felix of Avalon Glassworks:

Hand blown by Avalon Glassworks, the West Seattle Float is a decorative glass sphere inspired by a vintage fishing float that once buoyed a net. This sturdy ball is sealed with a Heart ❤️ WS commemorative stopper button. The design of this glass float is inspired by the West Seattle shore. Predominantly blue, the ball has spots of white creating a rocky beach foreground with ocean waves beyond. A band of transparent aqua blue represents the sky, on which sparkly blue aventurine glass shines like stars. This gazing ball is suitable for indoor or outdoor decoration and will float in a water feature, if you choose. The West Seattle Float is approximately 4.25″ in diameter.

The Great Cross-Sound Race

For the latest info on Sound Rowers’ annual race, go here.

CAN YOU HELP? Watch for possibly entangled bird

That’s a Common Loon, photographed by Rick Rasmussen last year. One seen in West Seattle waters earlier today might be in trouble, and community naturalist Kersti Muul asked if we’d put out the word for you to watch for that loon. Kersti says it was “last seen 200 yards from shore, north of the UW buoy off Lowman Beach,” around 1:30 pm, “possibly entangled … thrashing about and not diving at all.” She says plans were being made to rescue it by boat if needed, but they haven’t spotted it again. If you do, text our hotline (206-293-6302) and we’ll forward.

WEST SEATTLE TUESDAY: 7 notes

(Turkey tail mushrooms, photographed at Camp Long by Rosalie Miller)

From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar and inbox:

RESEARCH LIVESTREAM: If you see this before 10 am, tune in here to see “a livestream aboard the SoundGuardian, King County’s research vessel, as marine mammal researchers deploy a buoy into Puget Sound that will measure underwater noise, which poses multiple risks to southern resident orcas.” It started at 9:30 am and is being followed by Q&A. (That same link should work for a replay afterward.)

TERMINAL 5 UPDATE: The quarterly update on Terminal 5 construction is set for 11 am, when “The Northwest Seaport Alliance Managing Members will receive a quarterly briefing on the Terminal 5 Modernization project. With the north berth operational, construction continues on the south berth in preparation for operations to commence in 2023. Staff will provide a status update on terminal construction, operations, and any changes to projected project milestones.” See the stream and agenda here.

(added) SCHOOL FUNDRAISER: Received today from the Alki Elementary PTA:

Alki School Night at Good Society Brewery and Public House
Today from 3-10 pm
Good Society is donating a portion of every purchase to Alki Elementary PTA. For your purchase to count, tell them you are there for Alki Elementary! 2701 California Ave SW

DEMONSTRATION FOR RACIAL JUSTICE: 4:30-6 pm at 16th/Holden, Scott leads the weekly demonstration for racial justice. Signs available if you don’t have your own.

WEST SEATTLE TAE KWON DO: 6 pm tonight, it’s the first February class for the West Seattle Tae Kwon Do Club at High Point Community Center (6920 34th SW) – details in our calendar listing.

TRIVIA X 2: Two venues to play tonight – 7 pm at Admiral Pub (2306 California SW), 7:30 and 8:30 pm at The Lodge (4209 SW Alaska).

BELLE OF THE BALLS BINGO: Play bingo with Cookie Couture at The Skylark (3803 Delridge Way SW), 8 pm. Free, all ages!

There’s more on our calendar – and if you have something to add for the future, email us the info at westseattleblog@gmail.com – thank you!

FOLLOWUP: Seal Sitters Marine Mammal Stranding Network’s busy day on West Seattle beaches

That’s the Steller sea lion who showed up on West Seattle’s shore Wednesday, during a day when a dead California sea lion also drew a lot of attention. David Hutchinson of Seal Sitters Marine Mammal Stranding Network sent this update (with photos) on their Wednesday responses:

Even though Harbor-seal pupping season is winding down, Seal Sitters had a very busy day yesterday. It started in the morning with a Harbor seal on the beach along the Alki promenade. Juvenile and adult Harbor seals are typically very skittish and choose quiet unoccupied beaches to hang out. After a brief rest, this seal returned to Puget Sound. Next came a report of a sea lion on the rocks along the shore of Elliott Bay near Duwamish Head. Sadly the day ended with a response to a California sea lion carcass that was washing ashore at Lincoln Park.

The sea lion on the rocks was of particular interest, as it turned out to be a live Steller sea lion, which we don’t see very often locally. It’s also very unusual to see any sea lion actually on the shore of West Seattle. I’m sure you’ve noticed all the California sea lions that prefer the tie-up buoys in Elliott Bay. Adult Steller sea lions are huge animals as you can see from the photo below [taken some years back] showing one surrounded by a number of California sea lions.

Yesterday’s Steller has some health issues and Seal Sitters will continue to monitor his condition if he keeps frequenting our local beaches. It’s important to remember that sea lions can be aggressive if ill or injured and can move fast on land. Do not approach if you come across one. To learn more about Steller sea lions check out the following link to NOAA’s fact sheet: fisheries.noaa.gov/species/steller-sea-lion

We want to thank all of you who reported these animals to the Seal Sitters’ Hotline yesterday including reports of the sea lion carcass at Lincoln Park. Seal Sitters depends on the public to let us know the location of any marine mammal you might come across on West Seattle beaches (alive or dead). We can then quickly get a volunteer on site to assess the situation. As a member of NOAA’s West Coast Marine Mammal Stranding Network, Seal Sitters is authorized to request specialized assistance if necessary from our partners, SR3 (SeaLife Response Rehabilitation and Research, WDFW (Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife), and World Vets. Our hotline (206-905-7325) is staffed by volunteer operators from 8 AM – 8 PM, 7 days a week. If calling outside those hours, please leave a detailed message.

UPDATE: Water-rescue response off Beach Drive

(Added: Photos by David Hutchinson. Above, SFD’s Fireboat 2)

5:10 PM: A Seattle Fire water-rescue response is headed to the 5600 block of Beach Drive SW (map), after a report of a kiteboarder in trouble. Updates to come.

5:19 PM: Via radio communication, responders say they’re seeing a board but so far, nobody with it. Also note, the response is on a narrower section of Beach Drive, which means traffic effects – avoid the area.

5:24 PM: They’ve found a blue-and-white board offshore, attached to a buoy, but have not confirmed whether anyone is actually missing.

5:28 PM: They’ve determined this board isn’t linked to anyone in trouble; there’s another boarder about a mile south they’re going to go check with to be sure they’re OK and weren’t with anyone.

5:37 PM: They’re not finding evidence of that person so far, but now they’re looking at relocating crews further south – to Lowman Beach and/or the ferry dock – until they can check more closely. The dispatcher says the original caller reported a kiteboarder last seen “two hours ago.”

5:43 PM: “It does not appear we have a victim at this time,” is the conclusion, and this is being wrapped up/canceled.