Unexpected whale watching

Orcas swimming near Vashon. - Trileigh Tucker photo/
Orcas swimming near Vashon.
— image credit: Trileigh Tucker photo/

Ferry riders were in for a treat on Saturday afternoon as a pod of orcas passed through the north-end ferry lanes, coming close to the ferries. Passengers crowded onto the car decks and pickle forks to get a glimpse of  the whales, which one ferry worker estimated to be a pod of about 20.

“There were lots of big smiles and finger pointing, people holding up their kids to get a better view,” said Michael FitzPatrick, an islander who saw the whales from one of the ferries. FitzPatrick’s only regret, he said, was that he didn’t have a camera. “It was just one of those wonderful, iconic images that unfortunately I’ll have to carry around in my head for the rest of my life,” he said.

This image of whales passing the Issaquah, captured by West Seattle photographer Trileigh Tucker, quickly made it to the West Seattle Blog. For more of Tucker’s images of local wildlife, visit

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