Where’s Oliver: Beach Animals


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Puget Sound has so many animals that live in and around water. There were all kinds of critters including Sea Lions, Otters, Whales, Salmon, fish, crabs, Bald Eagles, Seagulls, and so much more in our neighborhood. Oliver loved watching on walks and exploring tide pools and got super excited when seeing them, in fact we all did since our family really enjoyed the natural wildlife of Puget Sound! This page will have more information on these animals, maps, pictures and some personal stories.

Neighborhood Otters

There was a family of Otters who lived two houses down from Oliver's house who used the cross walk and look both ways on the street before crossing the road. These Otters were super smart and fun to watch!

Here is a video a neighbor captured of our neighborhood Otter using the crosswalk on Alki:

Orca Whales & The Story of Springer

Orca Whales would travel to the Alki beach area. Even though the Pod would live near the San Juan Island people would get excited when they were near to get a glimpse of these beautiful mammals.

Story of baby Whale Springer

One orphaned baby whale named "Springer" adopted the West Seattle ferries in West Seattle. Eventually scientists figured how to reunite the baby with its pod. Here is a video about the story of Springer:

Bald Eagles & Sea Birdies

There were several Bald Eagle nests in the trees behind Oliver's house and you could see them fishing often in the water. There are all kinds of wonderful birds which include Sea Gulls, Sand Pipers, Loons, Ducks, Geese, and so many other kinds!

Local Sea Lions

The Sea Lions would swim often in front of Oliver's house and would bark. They would even have babies on the beach and would guard and feed their young ones. We would walk Oliver down to where the baby Sea Lions where however were cautions due to the safety of the babies.

Neighborhood Sea Life

Whenever there was low-tide Oliver got to walk on the beach and check out all the crabs, starfish, fish and all the other wonderful sea life in the tide pools! The tide pools were out in front of the house and was always a treat to see. Seacrest Park has one of the top scuba parks in the Northwest!

Check out some of the videos provided (Right) of the local Beach Animals!

Explore Alki Beach Views Using Interactive Maps

Alki Street View (Use your mouse to see the beach)

Another Alki Seattle View

Puget Sound Animals

Orca Whales

Sea Lions


Bald Eagles

Underwater Animals

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