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

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