Two Orcas off Alki Point with Mt. Rainier in the back ground.

Orcas in Elliott Bay, October 11, 2009

We were taking photos as we sailing 4 to 5.5 knots in a light chop. The whales swam faster to over take and passed us.

These killer whales are 26 to 30 feet and the male has a 6 foot dorsal fin. I believe there were some smaller young ones in this pod. Two of the big ones swim under the boat. We stayed with the pod for about an hour before we headed back to the marina. They were very active and covered most of Elliott Bay. Spy hopping, slapping their tails and one jumped clear out of the water. The Winslow ferry slowly came by with all hands on the forward deck for this rare sight.

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Lori says ... on Friday, Oct 23 at 3:37 PM

Great pictures, but they do leave me a bit concerned with how close you were. Please follow the Be Whale Wise guidelines. Thank you! (And the orcas thank you, too.) http://www.bewhalewise.org/

Anonymous says ... on Thursday, Nov 5 at 8:48 AM

What an amazing sight!!! Thanks for sharing such wonderful pictures! Thank you!

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