August 4, 2011

Smorgasbord of Species

The killer whales were close today so we had plenty of observation time and were able to see a smorgasbord of species. We first encountered L pod and successfully identify the 34-year-old male Mega (L-41) who was traveling alongside the 22-year-old male Gaia (L-78). What was really exciting was the...Read more

August 1, 2011

Orcas Island and Orca Whales

Today, even the Kittiwake had an adventure! We traveled over to Orcas Island to pick up a family of ten for a private charter and from there on, we were surrounded by a continuous showing by Pacific Northwest wildlife! First, it was a little harbor seal between Lopez and Shaw Islands. Next, it was...Read more

July 19, 2011

Wildlife Bonanza at Swanson Channel

Some days we just know we have to go the distance to find the wildlife. But the general rule of thumb is: it's so worth it! Today, we cruised out of sunny Friday Harbor with both boats--Sea Lion and Kittiwake--full of eager wildlife seekers. As we pleasantly made our way north through many of the...Read more

June 24, 2011

Rosario or bust

It started raining at exactly 1:00. We slogged out of the harbor under a giant black cloud that seemed to cover only San Juan Island. The farther away we got, the more sun we saw. Finally, headed southeast over the top of Lopez Island and down the east side, we moved out from under the cloud and...Read more

June 20, 2011

Bold oyster catchers harass the ultimate predatory bird

Northbound along the west side of San Juan Island, we encountered about eight orcas allegedly belonging to both J and K resident pods. From the get go, we saw curious whale behavior of tail-slapping, a pec fin slap and eventually even a head stand with the white of the tail exposed! As they...Read more

May 18, 2011

7th in a Row!

Wednesday arrived with sunny skies and the warmest temperatures of the season. We departed a little early for our trip due to word of whales in the area. We headed through Cattle Pass with the tide flooding against us. As we cleared the pass and entered Haro straight Captain Craig pointed our...Read more

May 14, 2011

Orcas - Three Days in a Row!!

Left Friday Harbor around 1:30 with reports of Southern Residents in the Strait of Juan De Fuca heading our way. We cruised down San Juan Channel and out towards the reports hoping to come across them. The trip out was beautiful with clear views of the Olympic Mountains and glassy, flat water. It...Read more

October 2, 2010

"Orca Tails To You..."

Southern Resident Killer Whales. Photo courtesy of NOAA/NMFS "Until we meet again." Well, it is sad to say, but today was our last daily trip. We still have a few Saturdays left, but this is it for the daily grind. It has been a season like no other, with the orcas being found along the coast of...Read more