Orca Whales In Seattle This Year!
There are only seven Orca Whales in the entire Pacific Northwest. The National Marine Fisheries Service has decided to put them into the endangered species list. In an effort to conserve their population, the service is also working with state and local officials to have a designated area off the coast of Oregon where whales can swim, return, and feed. This is the first time the Orca have been seen off the west coast in over 100 years. The new federal laws, which take effect in October, will also allow the increased harvesting of these gentle giants. If you want to see Orca whales in Seattle, here is a look at some of the options for seeing this unique creature.
If you are interested in viewing wild Orca whales in Seattle, there are two good options. The National Fish Hatchery and the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife will offer several different types of tours and attractions that will give visitors the opportunity to see these amazing creatures. Both of these locations offer complete experiences that are sure to amaze and delight. You can choose a tour that will take you on a trip up the Columbia River to see the whales or just spend an afternoon enjoying the natural beauty that the orca whales have to offer.
The National Fish Hatchery offers a wide range of Orca whale experiences. You can come down to the hatchery and watch a female whale give birth. This is a really special experience, one that you won’t want to forget. You can also come see the Orca whales from the air. A very close tour is available from the air as well, which allows you to get up close and personal with these amazing marine animals. Another close tour option is from the water, where you can walk directly onto the whale – you’ll have a wonderful chance to see the tail, eyes, and all.
The National Oceanic Administration offers a number of interesting activities and adventures to visitors. In August, they will hold a special meeting where they will answer questions about the upcoming breeding season for the five resident killer whales. This is sure to fascinate and thrill visitors to the Seattle Aquarium and other venues around Puget Sound. There is a great close out time during this period, so you can enjoy viewing the whales while they are recovering from their annual mating season. The NBOA is very active in trying to help increase public awareness about the Orca and other killer whales that are part of our ecosystem.
Two new killer whale watching opportunities are opening up this Friday Harbor. Two new pods of Orca whales were recently spotted by scientists using state-of-the-art equipment. They will be viewed by members of the public on Friday Harbor between 9:00 am and midnight. This is a great opportunity to see these incredible creatures up-close. You can also reserve a spot on one of the guided whale watching tours that leave the marina daily.
A few weeks later, on Saturday, August 4th the Shamu Show will be returning to the area once again. It will be even more exciting than the last visit as this is an up-close tour of one of the last known locations for orca whales. For this visit there will be a number of Orca pods, along with many humpback whales. This is sure to be an exhilarating and once in a lifetime experience for all. For the best whale watching in Washington State this year, consider making your way to Washington and booking an up-close tour with the Shamu Show.