July 5, 2017

Transients Near Orcas Island

7/3/17 - Sea Lion 1:30 & 5:30 PM Departure Our pre-fourth of July celebration was exceptional! The T49A’s hanging out Northwest of San Juan Island. The T49A’s are made up of four whales, the matriarch and her three offspring. We were lucky enough to see the whales feeding on both our afternoon...Read more
Transient Orca

July 4, 2017

"T-Party" - Transient (mammal-hunting) Orcas Spotted!

[7/3/17 - M/V Kestrel - 2:00PM] On July 3 rd Captain Mike and I headed out with a full boat of great passengers aboard the M/V Kestrel to go look for some exciting wildlife! We headed south through San Juan Channel and first stopped at Shark Reef along the shore of Lopez Island to look at some...Read more

June 23, 2017

Transient Whales Eating in Canada

(6/22/17 - Sea Lion 1:30pm Departure) We left Friday Harbor with a great group of guests who seemed genuinely excited to learn about the wildlife that we were going to see. We left our dock heading up San Juan Channel, through Haro Strait and into Canadian waters. As we were traveling we got a few...Read more

June 23, 2017

Transients at Deception Pass

(6/21 /17 - Kittiwake 10 :0 0 am & 2:00 pm Departure) On M/V Kittiwake we had two private charters for the day, both wonderful trips! Our first trip was with Skagit Valley College and our second trip was with a family visiting the San Juan’s for their annual family vacation. Both trips we saw...Read more
Transient Orcas

June 18, 2017

The Fog Can't Stop Us: Humpback and Transient Whales

(06/18/2017 -Kestrel 2:00 pm Departure) Today was a true Pacific Northwest day here in the San Juan Islands, with light rain and fog throughout the entire day. We headed South towards reports of transient killer whales. On our way to the whale report we stopped by the whale rocks to see some...Read more
L41 Mega

June 17, 2017

A Special Day of Transients and Residents!!

(06/17/2017 -Sea lion 01:30 pm Departure) Today we left Friday Harbor only needing to travel about 10 minutes before reaching our first pod of whales! We first encounter a group of transient, or mammal eating orcas, on the Eastern side of San Juan Island. These whales were specifically the T36A’s...Read more

June 15, 2017

Whales and Weather - A Gnarly Adventure Day!

Lauren Fritz, M/V Sea Lion, 6/15/17, 1:30 pm Tour Wow! Today was a true PNW day, with blustery winds and scattered rainshowers. Lucky for those of us on the 1:30 whale watch tour, M/V Sea Lion was well prepared to take on some rough waters. Tucked away and cozy in our cabin, we headed out of Friday...Read more
T49C Surfacing

June 9, 2017

Transient Orcas North of San Juan Islands

(06/09/2017 - Kestrel 2pm Departure) Today was one of those once in a lifetime experiences out on the water. We headed North West towards Swanson Channel where there were reports of a large group of transient orcas. On our way to look for the orcas we stopped to see some of their favorite food,...Read more