Two paddle boarders out in Puget Sound no doubt watched with some interest as a pod of Orcas swam in the distance.
Orcas passing by West Seattle today
The West Seattle Herald had several tips today that Orcas had been spotted in the waters near our peninsula and they are known to be active lately as reported by OrcaNetwork.org who noted (and documented) their appearance off Point Robinson on Nov. 24.
Today they were headed south, but were seen at some distance a bit closer to Vashon Island, where they were spotted by photographer David Rosen.
Here's an excerpt from OrcaNetwork's site about those sightings (where you can sign up for their email newsletter, a sightings list and more importantly donate),
"November 24, 2012
Still heading south at sunset...we thought for a time they were heading back north towards those few of us still at Point Robinson. Through are binocs we were seeing the blows of a resting line, but they ultimately those beauties continued south.
Alisa Lemire Brooks
Brad Hanson of NOAA Fisheries reports they left the whales at 4pm, southbound south of Pt Robinson. They had J and K pod, spread out earlier in the day, then they grouped up after they passed Pt Robinson.
4:07 - Carl Sells called with a report of orcas between Dash Pt. and Brown's Pt. (north side of Commencement Bay, Tacoma). Lots of breaching going on.
3:37 - Just passed Point Robinson. Close to Vashon side still headed slowly southbound. Really lovely pass.
3:30 - Watching from Des Moines. Looks like Point Robinson is getting a great view.
3:36 - It's amazing! There are so many!! 3:28 - We're at Pt Robinson and they're headed south, maybe toward minter Creek.