Charles Richey Sr. Viewpoint
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Orcas last seen from here 11/27/2012 - J and K pods headed south, widely spread out.
This viewpoint is named for Charles Richey Sr., who operated Richey’s Alki Community Drug Store in the early to mid-1900s. Located just south of Alki Point, this is one of the best spots in Seattle to see whales and other marine life.
The intertidal area below you is part of Constellation Park Marine Reserve. Complex habitats and favorable currents support a rich diversity of invertebrates, fish and waterfowl.
Orcas sometimes swim spectacularly close to shore here. Fall and winter are the best time to see resident orcas here. Transient orcas are increasingly seen in these waters, but their travel patterns are less predictable.
To see a whale from here, look across the channel towards the mid-channel buoy, and watch for spouts (blows), dorsal fins, or splashes. The shape of the spout is a clue to the kind of whale you are seeing. Gray-whale spouts are heart-shaped, while orca blows are shorter and bushy.
Closer to shore, you might see the raised flipper of a rafting sea lion, or a river otter hunting for a meal.
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Beach Dr SW & 63rd Ave
Seattle, WA 98116
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Marine Mammals Commonly Seen Here
Marine Mammals Occasionally Seen Here
Marine Mammals Rarely Seen Here