Gray whales return to Puget Sound
Posted on March 14, 2013 at 5:35 PM
Updated Thursday, Mar 14 at 6:20 PM
EVERETT, Wash. -- Gray whales are back in Puget Sound and whale watchers are already getting some solid views.
Captain Carl Williams of the Island Adventures whale watching fleet was the first to spot a whale spout on Thursday’s tour near Everett. It was just the beginning. Within minutes passengers were shouting out locations of other whale spouts, backs and tails. It’s on.
The yearly migration from Mexico to the Arctic is considered the longest migration of any mammal on the planet. The grays have learned to break it up with a pit stop in Puget Sound. It takes them 120 miles out of their way, but they are rewarded with tasty ghost shrimp they can easily dig from the silt near the mouth of the Snohomish River. The shallow waters of Puget Sound between Everett and Whidbey Island have been prime gray whale grazing sites for centuries.
Whale watching boats wait for this time of year because the calm waters of the Puget Sound and close proximity to population centers like Everett and Seattle make it very popular among whale watchers.