Whales Spotted Under Tacoma Narrows Bridge

Whales Spotted Under Tacoma Narrows Bridge

In the United States we have a holiday known and veterans day. This holiday provided my wife with a three day weekend. Keep in mind she is still working and I’m retired.   Therefore we had to get out on the boat for the extra long weekend.

As it turned out it was a great weekend. The sun was out when we pulled out of Tacoma Yacht Club on Saturday. As we past Point Defiance and headed toward the Tacoma Narrows Bridge the wind started coming in from the north.   As we neared the bridge I rolled out the head sail, and throttle back on the motor and started motor sailing.

I’m always little nervous going under the narrows bridge ever since an incident 20 or more years ago. The incident I’m speaking about is when I almost got hit by a beer bottle as I transited under the bridge.   On that day 20 years or so years ago, I was looking up at the bridge as I passed underneath. As I looked up I spotted a beer bottle flying my way at “terminal velocity” speed. Before I could even move the beer bottle missile landed in the water a mere 1 foot from my sailboat. That was a close call. Now ever time I cross under the bridge I look up as I cross under the bridge. To this day I’ve never seen another lethal object flying my way from above.

Shortly after crossing under the bridge Heather looks south and says “Whale!!!!”. We occasionally see whales in Puget Sound but they are a very rare sight. We slow the boat down and scan the water looking for the whale to come up again. It eventually comes up and then dives.  The whale seems to be swimming toward us.

We last see the whale as it takes a big dive right under the bridge. The whale appeared to be a humpback. It is rare to see Humpbacks this far south in Puget Sound. I’m guessing the whale took a wrong turn at the Straits of Juan de Fuca. At least now it is heading north. Hopefully before too long it will once again be swimming down the Pacific Coast for Mexico or Hawaii.


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