There’s no denying Seattle is one of the most picturesque cities in the world. There are mountains, miles and miles of green, Puget Sound and the creatures that come with it. If you’re looking for a unique Seattle photo op, you should go whale watching.

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Orca whale just outside of Edmonds

I recently went whale watching out of Edmonds (about 25 minutes from Seattle) with Puget Sound Express. The 4-5 hour trip usually takes you to the San Juan Islands or through the Straight of Juan de Fuca, but we got extremely lucky. No more than 15 minutes into our trip – just outside of Edmonds – we spotted a pod of transient orca whales.

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Orca whale on the move in Puget Sound

There are only so many places in the world you can regularly see orca whales, and Washington is one of those spots. That’s why it is the official state marine mammal. But you have to be really lucky to see them from the shore, so a whale watching trip is necessary to really experience these incredible creatures.

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Gray whale spyhopping near Everett

Orcas aren’t the only whales that spend time in the Seattle area. You can also spot humpback, minke, and gray whales migrating in the fall and spring. On our whale watching trip, we also spotted a pair of gray whales in the water near Everett. We got a special show when the gray whales spyhopped (put their head out of the water to look around) three times when we were with them.

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Gray whale spout

Seattle is known for its natural beauty. You can see bald eagles, bears, elk, and so much more in the surrounding areas. But to me, there’s nothing more special than whale watching. It’s such a rare sighting around here that any opportunity to see them is a special one. Not to mention, it makes for an amazing Seattle photo op.

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