Orcas swim south through Puget Sound between Fay Bainbridge
Park and Ballard at about 3 p.m. Monday. (Tad Sooter photos).
Chris Dunagan’s story on what the whales were up to.
A large pod of orca whales put on a show off the east side of
Bainbridge Island Monday — albeit a show best enjoyed with
binoculars. The whales appeared to be cruising midway between the
island and the mainland.
The Orca Network relayed
reports of the whales off Point No Point late in the morning. They
were spotted off Jefferson Head and Fay Bainbridge Park at about 1
p.m. By 4 p.m. the whales were between Elliott Bay and Eagle
Harbor, and still swimming south. Facebook users reported seeing
the whales from the 4:40 p.m. Seattle ferry.
Though they stayed far from shore, the whales caused a stir
along the waterfront. A few families enjoyed whale watching with
binoculars from the beach at Fay Bainbridge in the afternoon and a
float plane (left) zipped low overhead, making a bee line for the
pod. KING5 even
followed the whales live with a helicopter for a while.
If nothing else, it was a good excuse to head for the beach on a
spectacular October day.
If you snapped some whale photos Monday, please share them with
us. You can email Tad at email@example.com or post them on the
Islander page on Facebook.