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ORCA BABY: Researchers’ first look at J57, newborn Southern Resident Killer Whale

(Photo: Center for Whale Research / Permit #21238 / WhaleResearch.com)

If we see the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales sometime soon here in central Puget Sound, look – from shore – for that new little one, J57. The has about seeing the new calf (first ), accompanied by researchers’ photos (which we are republishing with permission).

(Photo: Center for Whale Research / Permit #21238 / WhaleResearch.com)

CWR believes Friday is the day J35 – at right, above, with the new baby and J47 – gave birth. Their researchers saw the newborn on Saturday in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. J35 is also known as Tahlequah, who broke hearts around the world two years ago by carrying her dead calf on her head for 1,000 miles before finally letting it go. Researchers knew she was pregnant again – orca gestation is 18 months – but she had not yet given birth as of researchers’ sightings in Haro Strait last Tuesday and Thursday, when they also saw the other expectant J-Pod orca, J41. In the Saturday sighting, CWR reports, the “new calf appeared healthy and precocious, swimming vigorously alongside its mother in its second day of free-swimming life.”

(Photo: Center for Whale Research / Permit #21238 / WhaleResearch.com)

CWR’s announcement adds, “We hope this calf is a success story. Regrettably, with the whales having so much nutritional stress in recent years, a large percentage of pregnancies fail, and there is about a 40% mortality for young calves.” For now, though, the SRKWs number 73, and advocates are hoping for a reduction in other stresses such as boat noise (we reported earlier this week吉林快三大小群 on the request that U.S. whale-watching boats pledge to join their Canadian counterparts in not following the SRKWs).​

SEEN OFF WEST SEATTLE: 2 more Terminal 5 cranes on the move

(Photo by Stewart L.)

Thanks to all the early risers who sent photos! Two more Terminal 5吉林快三大小群 cranes were moved out early this morning, on a Tacoma-bound barge.

(Photo by Jim Borrow)

When one of the cranes was moved on August 26th, the Northwest Seaport Alliance/Port of Seattle said two more would be moved this past week. However, when we followed up several days ago about the schedule, in hopes we could share advance news of when to watch, the port told us the move was rescheduled for the week of September 14th. So this is a bit of a surprise.

(Photo by James Bratsanos)

The three cranes’ Tacoma move follows Matson吉林快三大小群 relocating its weekly Hawaii service there after a year at T-5.

(Photo by Chris Frankovich)

The port says the three cranes that aren’t moving will be dismantled before new, bigger cranes arrive at T-5 next year.

SEEN OFF WEST SEATTLE: Submarine, headed northbound

Thanks to James Tilley for the photo of an outbound U.S. Navy submarine, seen from West Seattle as it headed north in Puget Sound this morning. MarineTraffic.com shows it’s now off Whidbey Island, but as usual, identifies it only as “a submarine.” Last similar sighting reported by WSB readers was in June, and the general consensus in a lively discussion was that it was a Seawolf-class submarine. Three of them are (Bangor); the Kitsap Sun that the had been undergoing work at the Bremerton naval shipyard. (The other two are the USS Connecticut and USS Seawolf; the former , while the latter was .)

VIDEO: Lincoln Park’s underwater forest

In the 360-degree videos above and below, “Diver Laura” James takes you into the kelp forest off Lincoln Park.

Laura has been doing some informal research on the kelp, which was reported to be far denser along Puget Sound shores decades ago, before various man-made/-caused changes to the shoreline. If you’ve been observing the area – walking, boating, even diving – over the past 20 to 30 years, she would love to hear from you – info@diverlaura.me is the email address.

SEEN OFF WEST SEATTLE: USCGC Healy’s early return

Thanks to Stewart L. for the photo. Seen in Elliott Bay this morning, that’s the U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker USCGC Healy (WAGB-20), making an early return 吉林快三大小群. As , the Healy had to return for repairs after an August 18th electrical fire. It was off Alaska at the time, en route “to ensure national security and conduct science operations in the Arctic.” No one was hurt. The Healy is one of only two USCG icebreakers; construction of a new one is expected to start next year at a shipyard in Mississippi.

WHALES! Orcas off West Seattle (PHOTOS ADDED)

(Added: Photo by Stewart L.)

1:38 PM: Orcas are off Constellation Patk, southbound, fairly close to shore, Kersti Muul reports. Let us know if you see them!

2:16 PM: Kersti says they’re now passing Lowman Beach.

2:40 PM: And now, she reports, approaching The Arroyos.

10:50 PM: Tonight Kersti sent some of her photos from the visit, including the scene discussed in the comments – standup paddleboarders who got an incredibly close view:

Kersti followed along by land as the orcas headed south and says they dove for 10 minutes at a time, and the boarders just happened to be there.

She says the passing orcas were T137A (male) and T137B (female) – brother and sister. She adds, “T137A has fully recovered from a horrendous injury he had last year near his tail. It was a big gash that was most likely from a sea lion. He was unable to hunt for himself and he lagged behind his family as they helped him. I’m always happy to see him!”

The T’s are transient orcas, who, unlike the residents, eat sea lions and other marine mammals as well as fish.

SURVEY: Use the waterways? U.S. Coast Guard has questions for you

As Jim Borrow‘s photo from today’s port-crane move reminds us, Puget Sound can be a busy place. If you’re among those who navigate its waters, the has a survey for you. Here’s the announcement they asked us to share:

The Coast Guard is seeking public comment in regard to its ongoing Waterways Analysis and Management System (WAMS) review of Puget Sound from Possession Sound to Dalco Passage. []

The Coast Guard uses WAMS to validate the adequacy of existing aids to navigation (ATON) system, as well as to get a better understanding of the uses of each waterway and general safety issues.

吉林快三大小群WAMS focuses on the waterway’s current ATON system, marine casualty information, port and harbor resources, changes in recreational and commercial marine vessel usage and future development projects.

The comment deadline is Nov. 20. For more information contact Lt. j.g Katie Matha at 206-220-7283 or Katie.E.Matha@uscg.mil.

吉林快三大小群To participate in the survey, and choose the Puget Sound North survey.

SEEN OFF WEST SEATTLE: Port crane making its move today from Terminal 5 to Tacoma

12:02 PM: Thanks for the photo! Last week, we reported that three cranes are moving from West Seattle’s Terminal 5 to Tacoma, now that Matson has moved its weekly Hawaii service there. The first crane is being moved today – it’s just left T-5 by barge, and the Northwest Seaport Alliance says it’ll arrive in Tacoma around 5 pm, passing West Seattle shores along the way. Two more are to be moved next week, says the NWSA. Three others will be dismantled and removed later this year; new cranes will arrive next year in time for the opening of the first expanded berth of the T-5 modernization project.

12:18 PM: Now visible off west-facing West Seattle. (added) Photo sent by Sue吉林快三大小群 in Morgan Junction:


Thanks for the tips! A humpback whale is in our area this morning, in Elliott Bay off Luna/Anchor Park. Kersti Muul says it’s traveling southwestward. If you haven’t seen one before. here’s the .

SEEN OFF WEST SEATTLE: USS Carl Vinson, headed to new 吉林快三大小群port

Thanks for the tips, and to Gary Jones for the photo. That’s the 吉林快三大小群 (CVN 70), headed out of Puget Sound after a year and a half of maintenance at Bremerton:

The Carl Vinson arrived in January 2019吉林快三大小群; now it’s to San Diego.

(Added: Photo by Danny McMillin)

P.S. that we won’t likely have another carrier sighting for a while – (CVN 68) is out on deployment; the next carrier due for major work at Bremerton is (CVN 71), next year.

SEEN OFF WEST SEATTLE: Gigayacht Bravo Eugenia

Thanks to Jim Borrow for the photo. If you were out looking for orcas from the shore of Elliott Bay this afternoon, your binoculars might have shown you that instead. Bravo Eugenia, owned by football mogul Jerry Jones – who owns the Dallas Cowboys – and named for his wife, has been anchored in the bay for a few days. shows it sailed here from Auke Bay in Alaska; it passing Vancouver Island despite COVID-19 travel restrictions. The 357-foot gigayacht was built by 吉林快三大小群, noted touting its fuel efficiency, among other features. (Two helipads, says .) How much longer will it be here? No hint in so far!

WHALES! Orcas heading our way

Thanks to Kersti Muul吉林快三大小群 for the report – transient orcas are southbound off Eagle Harbor (Bainbridge Island), “more east in the channel.” Let us know if you see them!

WEST SEATTLE SCENE: Busy morning on Elliott Bay

Thanks to Stewart L. for the photo – he noticed the Water Taxi navigating through “at least 100 boats” around 6 am. indicates salmon fishing is allowed today in East Elliott Bay, so that’s the big draw.

WHALE-WATCHING: Orcas passing West Seattle again

Thanks to Kersti Muul for the tip! She says transient orcas are off West Seattle again, this time headed northeast, between here and mid-Blake Island. Let us know if you see them!

SEEN OFF WEST SEATTLE: ‘Support yacht’ Hodor

Thanks to Stewart L. for that photo of a yacht passing West Seattle this afternoon, headed into the Duwamish River, the 217-foot Hodor. According to Stewart found, and other info we subsequently turned up, Hodor is no mere superyacht – it’s a European-built SUPPORT yacht, meant to support another superyacht … with features from a helipad to an ROV. from a year ago has more details and photos; says the Hodor and the yacht it supports are owned by billionaire Lorenzo Fertitta吉林快三大小群. The Hodor s currently anchored off Magnolia, according to , as is its “mothership” Lonian; .

WHALE-WATCHING: Transient orcas in the area again

July 6, 2020 11:37 am
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Transient orcas, seen in the area a few days ago. are back – reported off Fay Bainbridge State Park and heading southwest about an hour ago, so you’d definitely need binoculars, but this is a heads-up to be on the lookout. (Thanks to Kersti Muul for the tip!)

WHALE-WATCHING: Orcas in Elliott Bay

Thanks to David Hutchinson for sending photos from orcas’ visit to Elliott Bay on Thursday evening.

These were transient orcas, not the Southern Residents.

Unlike the resident whales, transients’ food sources include other mammals – seals, sea lions, even other whales.

David’s photos were taken from Duwamish Head and the Alki promenade.

WHALE-WATCHING: Orcas visible from West Seattle

June 28, 2020 11:49 am
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Thanks to Donna Sandstrom from for calling with word that orcas are northbound off Brace Point, south of Fauntleroy. They’re not currently close to our side of the Sound, though, so take your binoculars.

WHALE-WATCHING: Orcas traveling this way again

1:03 PM: Heads-up for whale lovers – Kersti Muul shares the news that southbound orcas were reported mid-channel off Shilshole about half an hour ago, so unless they change their direction, they could be in view now, or soon, off West Seattle. Let us know if you see them!

1:57 PM吉林快三大小群: Kersti says they’re “Visible with binocs from Alki and Sunset overlook.”

WHALE-WATCHING: Orcas in the area

Thanks to Kersti Muul for the tip to keep an eye out for orcas today – as of a short time ago, “Orcas are northbound again at entrance to Colvos Passage. Two groups today – one went south and is at Pt. Defiance.” That’s Tacoma, so you might not see them any time soon, but Colvos Passage is along the west shore of Vashon Island, so if those whales continue heading northbound, they will be in view from here. Let us know吉林快三大小群 if you see them!

Here’s why it’s a big morning for fishing on Elliott Bay

Lots of boats on Elliott Bay right now. Thanks to Jim Borrow for the photo and explanation – it’s the always-popular for fishing. (Not even one full day – 7 am to 1 pm in Elliott Bay, 7 am to 11 am west of the bay – but the state’s announcement notes, “Additional dates and times may be announced if enough quota remains” afterward.) ADDED: This of course has filled Don Armeni Boat Ramp’s lot – this photo, from early morning, is by Stewart L:

It’s back: Noctiluca bloom turns water orange-red off West Seattle

June 9, 2020 10:42 am
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Thanks to Lura (who sent the photo above) and Peter for the tips – the seasonal bloom of is back. Our archives have sightings going back a decade; the state Ecology Department says sightings were reported as far back as the mid-1940s. Sometimes (like last year) it’s been seen by mid-May, sometimes not until mid-July吉林快三大小群, sometimes not at all. The state has a simple explanation – it’s NOT toxic, and it’s NOT a spill, though it’s also – and more research details .

SEEN OFF WEST SEATTLE: Submarine, northbound

Thanks to Duncan for the photo. That U.S. Navy submarine passed West Seattle as it headed northbound in Puget Sound a short time ago – MarineTraffic.com, which identifies it only as “U.S. submarine,” shows it already well north of here.