Bigg's killer whales

August 31, 2020

Bigg's Killer Whales Hunt Near Some Bait Balls South of SJI!

Laura | M/V Sea Lion | 8/31/2020 | 1:30pm Even though it is the end of August and fall is right around the corner, we had the most beautiful summer day out on the water on M/V Sea Lion! Morale was high among passengers as Captain Erick explained at the dock that our plan was to head south today to...Read more

July 10, 2018

Perfect Pacific Northwest Day

Captain Pete, naturalist Alexandria and I were excited to work together on this rare rainy day in July on the San Juan Islands. During the summer, the islands stay dry and we usually don’t see rain until mid-September again! Without any whale reports in the area yet this morning, we decided to head...Read more
whale sunset

June 29, 2018

Sunset Whales!

Jordan | June 29, 2018 | M/V Sea Lion | 5:30 sunset trip What a lovely sunset tour today! Captain Mike and I set out at 5:30 from Friday Harbor with a fairly decent idea of where we could find orcas! We received reports of a transient whale pod up in West Sound, so we headed north through the San...Read more

August 25, 2016

The Importance of the Orca Matriarch

Isn't it amazing how family-oriented killer whales are? They wouldn't be very successful out there in the big wide ocean without their moms and sisters and brothers! Once a female orca gives birth to a calf, that calf is going to stick by her side for life. Family pods are the core unit of orca...Read more

May 31, 2010

Prolific Past 9 Days

Its been a prolific past 9 days marred by only been 1 day whale-less day. We've been blessed by humpbacks, transient orcas and resident orcas. For the past few days we've seen the easily identifiable T-40. Transient male dorsal fins can get up to 6 ft. tall and T-40 is all male. Born in 1961, the...Read more