May 30, 2021

California Bigg's Killer Whale Makes Appearance in Haro Strait!

Abby | Kestrel | 5/30/2021 Today we had the A/B Team; Abby the naturalist (me!) and Captain Brian. It was 10am and looking like a typical northwestern island day; dew sat in circular mounds atop blades of grass, while deer pranced about the island in the morning fog. We left the harbor in Kestrel,...Read more

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 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 Found Foraging on Salmon Bank

July 11, 2020

J Pod Found Foraging on Salmon Bank

Laura | M/V Sea Lion | 7/11/2020 | 1:30 PM Waking up this morning with rainy skies was no deterrent to visitors of San Juan Island to come on a whale watch, as marine mammals obviously love the water! Passengers were happy as clams to board M/V Sea Lion with high hopes for the day and I was...Read more
Bigg's Killer Whales

June 25, 2020

Bigg's Killer Whales Lull Around Blakely Island!

Laura | M/V Sea Lion | 6/25/2020 | 13:30 This afternoon’s whale watch aboard M/V Sea Lion was simply spectacular! We left Friday Harbor with reports of killer whales not far away, near Blakely and Obstruction Islands. I am always so excited to hear the radio announcing the presence of whales even...Read more
Bigg's Killer Whlaes

June 22, 2020

Cetacean Trifecta!! Humpback, Minke, and Bigg's Killer Whales!

Laura | M/V Sea Lion | 6/22/2020 | 13:30 Today was another whale-filled day out on the water! M/V Sea Lion headed south through San Juan Channel and we barely made any headway before our first whale encounter! A humpback whale was feeding in Griffin Bay and taking about 4-minute dives. It was so...Read more
Bigg's Killer Whales on the West Side!

June 13, 2020

Bigg's Killer Whales off the West Side of San Juan Island!!!

Laura | M/V Sea Lion | 6/13/2020 | 5:30pm This evening's sunset whale watch was spectacular! We headed southbound through San Juan Channel towards Cattle Point. We passed some fun pelagic bird species along the way, including pigeon guillemots, rhinoceros auklets, and cormorants. After reaching...Read more

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