May 27, 2021

8 Bigg's Killer Whales by Lime Kiln State Park!

Abby | Kestrel | 5/27/2021 We suited up for our tour, the promise of a typical Washington drizzle looming off in the distance. The tide was at its lowest point, more so than I had ever seen, driving the crustaceans and nudibranchs lower on the pilings than they cared to travel. We set off on the...Read more

May 8, 2021

Sunset Spectacular with Transient Whales Near Friday Harbor

Jordan | M/V Sea Lion | 05/08/2021 |5:30pm Today was one of the most magical trips of the season! And perhaps, my career. It began just like any other day as Captain Pete and I gathered our guests and headed out of Friday Harbor. But, unlike a typical trip, it was a mere 2 minutes before we found...Read more
Bigg's Killer Whales Near Roche Harbor

April 21, 2021

Bigg's Killer Whales Seen in Roche Harbor!

Laura | M/V Sea Lion | 4/21/21 | 1:00PM Even though I have lived in San Juan Island for a few years now, it still amazes me how often we are able to see orcas close to shore. We left Friday Harbor with a report of Bigg’s killer whales near Green Point on the south side of Spieden Island! We...Read more

April 3, 2021

Double Whammy with BOTH Residents and Transient Orcas!

Jordan Higgins | M/V Sea lion | 04/03/21 |1:00pm Today was such a special day! It is pretty rare that we see both the Southern Resident Killer Whales and the Transient Orcas in one trip. I felt very lucky and I’m fairly sure all my guests felt the same way. Captain Pete and I began the day like any...Read more
Bigg's Killer Whales Near Blakely Island

July 11, 2020

Bigg's Killer Whales Under a Rainbow!

Laura | M/V Sea Lion | 7/11/2020 | 5:30PM The sunset trip this evening was certainly a wildlife encounter to remember! Passengers were decked out in rain gear from the afternoon, but luckily the skies were in our favor and we avoided getting rained on! This overcast weather is some of the best...Read more
J Pod in Swanson Channel

March 10, 2020

J Pod Leaping through Swanson Channel!!

Laura | M/V Sea Lion | 3/10/2020 | 12:00pm Today was such a fun day to be out on the water! M/V Sea Lion left the dock of Friday Harbor and headed north. Moments after we left the dock a large common loon came right by our boat and surprised all the passengers! He was sporting some gorgeous spring...Read more
Bigg's Killer Whales in the Salish Sea!

August 12, 2019

Wildlife Galore in the Salish Sea!!

Laura C. | M/V Kestrel | 8/12/2019 | 11:00am Today was such a wonderful day out on the water! M/V Kestrel headed to Flattop Island for our first stop to appreciate the diverse wildlife in the area! There, we found some harbor porpoises, harbor seals and bald eagles! A harbor seal was making a lot...Read more

July 18, 2019

Bigg's Orcas Near Point Roberts!

Jordan | M/V Kestrel | 07/18/19 | 3:00pm What a great trip today! Captain Pete and I took the Kestrel and headed out to open seas to find the whales! We heard reports of the whales from our first trip travelling north so we set off in that direction. We boated up through the San Juan Channel and up...Read more

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