Founder/Publisher Scott Schaefer wandered out to take a few photos of a smoke-tinted sunset when some neighbors alerted him to some Orca whales swimming past Burien’s Three Tree Point on Friday night, Aug. 26 (click images to see larger versions): P1210472 P1210451 P1210499 P1210467 P1210448 Fortunately, resident Elston Hill was also out with his camera at the same time:

“Tonight I was walking up the stairs at 6:54 p.m. when a message appeared on my Apple Watch. The Transient Orcas were at the North end of Vashon heading south on our side of the island. I quickly unpacked the big lens and attached it to a camera and ran out to the deck. We were staring into the sun and for seven or eight minutes we looked without any luck. Then looking towards the northern tip of Vashon Island, I saw the Orcas about 1/3 of the way across to our house in Burien. For the next 45 minutes the Orcas moved very slowly in our direction. The transient orcas feed on seals unlike the resident orcas that feed on salmon. Sadly, they moved the closest after the good light was gone.”
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3 replies on “PHOTOS: Orcas swim past Three Tree Point during amazing summer sunset”

  1. Thank you for sharing guys. Awesome shots of the Orcas.
    Especially appreciated by me who only sees (and hears) airplanes taking off and landing from my ‘vantage point.’ 🙂

  2. Love it, love it. love it…..Wish i too were on your deck….Would be so Amazing to see them live, but love your pictures too….Thanks for sharing.

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