Transients on an Overcast Day

September 20, 2017

Thankfully, Whales are Already Wet!

09/17/17- M/V Kestrel- 2PM Today was a wet one! We had a rainy day on our hands, but thankfully whales area already wet so the rain doesn’t bother them. We left Friday Harbor and made a cruise around Spieden Island where we saw three Steller’s sea lions swimming in the water. We also saw some of...Read more
Humpback Whale Fluking

September 20, 2017

Humpback and Bigg's Killer Whales near Friday Harbor

09/16/17- M/V Kestrel- 10AM & 2PM We had two trips on M/V Kestrel and both were fantastic! One of the many benefits of the zodiac vessel is its speediness, so it will allow you to cover more ground in a shorter period of time. On our first trip we were the first boat to find a group of Bigg’s...Read more

September 13, 2017

Awesome Viewing of Transient Orcas North of San Juan Island

09/01/17- M/V Kestrel- 2PM Today some of our best known transient orcas were on the North side of Orcas Island, not a far boat ride from Friday Harbor. We headed up president’s channel where we looked at some beautiful seaside homes and saw some wildlife including some harbor seals and harbor...Read more
Tail slap

September 13, 2017

Transients North of San Juan Island

08/30/17- M/V Sea Lion- 1:30PM Today we were lucky enough to find some transient killer whales on the North side of Orcas Island. Specifically, we were looking at the T36A’s, a nice group of whales consisting of females and juveniles. People commonly ask the naturalists about the whale’s movement...Read more
Transient Orcas

August 28, 2017

Transient Orcas (T060's) Meet Up by Sooke

[Naturalist Erick D., M/V Kestrel, 8/28/17, 2:00PM] It was Captain Gabe and me again today, going out there to have a bunch of fun with folks aboard the Kestrel. We started on a longer than usual trip heading south, then west towards Victoria and Vancouver Island. We headed there and went further...Read more