Scene in Edmonds: Whales

Julia Wiese spotted these orca whales as they headed south past Edmonds Monday.

  1. It was very distressing to see several power boats circling around them closely and even going right through the middle of the pod in clear violation of the Marine Mammal Protection Act.

  2. Also want to thank you for sharing–great shots. Sad to hear about boaters not respecting their already-diminished lives (and numbers) instead of attempting to immediately try to alleviate any motor-noise and proximity-caused stress as much as possible. Someone once told me that if one can get good photos depicting blatant violations, showing boat numbers/names, they can be forwarded to the authorities. Don’t have the details but they might be available on-line. When I was young (many decades ago) and lived in southwest Seattle, our family would see huge pods of close to a hundred or so, spreading across Puget Sound as they were following the salmon runs. The currents off of Brace Point near Fauntleroy attracted the fish and the orcas would often stop for many minutes to feed and cavort. It’s a cherished treat to see them in any number, or documented in recent photos such as these!

  3. As far as reporting boaters who may be violating laws relating to marine mammals, the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife is a good place to start.

  4. I have been working just South of Golden Gardens for over 4 months this year.
    And from August to late October of last year.
    I have seen people in ALL sizes of boats, canoes, and paddle boaeds, chasing and just straight harassing all types of wildlife. Whales, sea lions, and other marine animals, for this entire time I have been here.
    I am not surprised by any of this.

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