April 14, 2012

Sunny skies, calm seas

Excited by an early morning report that a large number of Orcas had been sighted off Cattle Point on San Juan Island, we could not wait to get out on the water at noon. Heading north in San Juan Channel, our first stop was at Yellow Island to check out a healthy number of Harbor Seals hauled out on...Read more

September 23, 2011

Clear and Humid?

Today was arguably one of the warmest, nicest days of the season. We were lucky enough to encounter a single Minke up north in Boundary Pass. The water was like glass, and it's not often that we find Minkes up that way. As we came around Turn Point we also came across a pretty elusive group of Dall...Read more

September 13, 2011

Aloha Hello Minkes, Aloha Good-Bye Pacific Northwest

Ok, readers, today was my last day of the season out on the water in the Pacific Northwest and we were duly rewarded with wonderful sea conditions and one of the ocean underdogs: Minke Whales! Sure, it was a little overcast but the sea responds well to this. As we made our way out from the harbor...Read more

September 1, 2011

Wonder-full Humans

It warms my heart when I see full grown adults get excited--yelling, pointing, shouting, oohing and aahing--over marine life! 'Cause I'm one of those adults too! Today, with no orca reports in the Salish Sea, we headed out on the water with a boat full of curious and eager passengers and lots of...Read more

August 26, 2011

A little bit of Everything

Another calm clear day around San Juan Island. We were able to find most of the Southern Residents heading north past the west side of the island. As we came on scene we found a nice group of about 10 animals traveling together. It was difficult to get good IDs but there was one adult male with the...Read more

August 22, 2011

Rainy day doesn’t keep the whales away

It wasn’t exactly the nicest day on San Juan Island, but having it rain did not prevent us from going out and seeing the wildlife the Salish Sea has to offer. We first saw a bald eagle perched in a dead looking tree. Then, we saw some whales I haven’t seen for over two months…transients! There were...Read more

August 21, 2011

Enjoying the wildlife in the Salish Sea

The reports were that the killer whales were headed far west, out towards the Pacific Ocean. But this gave us a chance to see all the other wildlife the Salish Sea has to offer. So we headed north out of Friday Harbor on our way to Patos Island. On the way we spotted a whole bunch of harbor seals,...Read more

August 8, 2011

Humpback on the west side

Very unusual sighting today…a humpback! It was right on the west side of San Juan Island. We motored around cattle point and saw a bunch of boats in one area. Everyone eagerly searched for what could possibly be nearby. Then we saw the spout followed by its large back. We watched for a while and...Read more