Watch Whales

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Watch Whales with a Whale Scout

Join us at beaches around Puget Sound to watch whales! We make land-based whale watching experiences free, fun, and educational. Our favorite time of the year is the fall and winter when we watch endangered Southern Resident killer whales (orcas) travel past Seattle and Tacoma in search of salmon. During other times of the year we watch transient killer whales hunting for seals and other marine mammals and occasionally we spot Gray whales in the spring.

What to Expect 

Our Whale Scouts wear blue vests with our logo on the front and our motto “Ask me about the whales I’m watching” on the back so they are easy to locate on the beach. Volunteers are expert naturalists (most of them are members of Salish Sea Association of Marine Naturalists) and are equipped with educational materials and identification guides to help people see whales and learn more about them.

Jill at Titlow dec 2014

Receive Text Alerts 

For text alerts sent right to your phone with the locations of our Whale Scouts at beaches near you!

Text: follow whalescout

To: 40404

Standard text message rates apply

Or simply follow us on social media and enable your mobile alerts. We’re on Facebook and Twitter.

What Species Do We See?

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Fall and winter: Southern Resident killer whales – endangered salmon eaters

Spring: Gray whales – bottom feeders

Year-round: Transient killer whales – mammal eaters

Occasional: Humpback whales – long pectoral fins you might see in Alaska or Hawaii

Frequent: Harbor porpoise – small and shy

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Remember: if you see a whale in Puget Sound or anywhere in the Pacific Northwest, send your report to Orca Network.