Subject: Re: Whale Watching

Robert Kenney (
Thu, 20 Nov 97 16:44:16 EST

At 09:43 11/19/97 -0600, you wrote:
>Dear Dr. Kenney,
>I've had an amateur interest in whales ever since I was about eight.
>Next year I'll be getting married and my fiancee and I want to go to
>Seattle for our honeymoon (It'll be in October).  Will the whales still
>be there or will they have migrated south already?  I would love to see
>whales in the wild at least once in my lifetime.
>My email address is
>Thank you,
>Katrina Stokes

The whales you are probably talking about seeing while in Seattle are killer
whales.  They are actually large dolphins, and don't go through an annual
cycle of long-distance north-south migration like the baleen whales do.  Any
migrations by killer whales would be shorter distances, and more tied to the
seasonal patterns of their main prey (salmon in the Pacific Northwest).  My
recommendation would be to search the web for whale-watching companies in
Seattle, then contact them and ask about whether they still operate in
October and what they see.  By the way, I just talked to someone from
Washington at the West Palm Beach airport yesterday, and he told me that
there have been a bunch of killer whales in one bay for the last three weeks.

Dr. Bob

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