Scene in Edmonds: Whale near the fishing pier

Adrienne Fraley-Monillas spotted this whale from the Edmonds Fishing Pier Friday.
  1. Great spot Adrienne. Maybe there are some decent size Blackmouth (planted Chinook salmon) hanging around the pier for him/her to eat.

    1. Humpbacks can’t eat fish bigger than herring; she couldn’t have been there for the salmon.

  2. That looks like it might be the humpback whale that spent several hours cavorting in the area yesterday afternoon. WSF reported on Orca Network that the humpback had a calf with it.

  3. It didn’t look quite right for an Orca to me either but species can be hard to identify for sure unless they breach completely. With the other recent sightings it’s pretty sure a humpback and probably feeding on plankton and small marine organisms rather than fish. Sure doesn’t take anything away from Adrieene’s great picture, however. Orcas are actually a very large porpoise rather than a whale, but everyone calls them whales.

    1. It looks like a pilot whale. We saw one off Richmond Beach while trolling for Salmon 2 years ago. The Humpbacks I have seen like to pound their tails on the surface making a big splash.

  4. The only clue we have is the dorsal fin. Go to “google image”, and look at Humpback, Pilot and Orca whales. To me, clearly, a Humpback.
    Once again; this photo, with the ferry, whale and fishing poles is a real keeper!

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