This one Seattle group chat is making me wish I didn’t live in Utah at the moment.

A WhatsApp group chat named Salish Wildlife Watch alerts its “1,800 members when orcas are near,” with the goal of helping residents experience these animals in an up-close and personal way.

News 8000 reported that the goal of the group chat is to help “motivate people to learn about and protect the animals.”

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The Associated Press reported that Peter Bates is one of the lucky Seattle residents that has received notifications for killer whales approaching the ocean area near his Seattle neighborhood.

“They move so quickly. I was pedaling fast,” Bates said. “I was open-mouthed the whole way. It was a completely joyful experience, just full of awe.”

Visit Seattle reported that for those who may not be on the group chat, the best time of year to see orcas is during the fall and winter months and that a spot to whale watch is at Alki Beach.

However if you want real time experience rather than waiting for the orcas to show up, this group message allows people to catch glimpses of the “endangered” and “enchanting creatures,” according to The Associated Press.

“It’s just been kind of addicting,” group chat member and Seattle resident, Ian Elliot said. “You have the city and then you can go to any park on the water and just see these really wild animals.”

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“I love to get people out and especially people that have never seen a whale before,” Biologist, wildlife advocate and the brain behind the alerts, Kersti Muul said. “I don’t know anyone that has had a close pass that doesn’t immediately just love whales.”

Visit Seattle reported that whales are “listed under the federal Endangered Species Act,” so many whale watching boats out of Seattle keep a “respectful” distance away which gives group chat members a different experience in being able to see the animals up close depending on location.

“They’re in our backyard, which is humbling and honoring to begin with,” Muul said. “I’m trying to promote and facilitate equity and inspiration, and inspiration as a vehicle for advocacy. It’s the only way people get involved.”

Group chat users reportedly, “credit the real-time updates for spotting whales” as they swim past Seattle’s skyline, “calves with parents, pod hunts and orcas surfacing so close to shore they could hear and smell their fishy breathing.”