Transient Orca

May 21, 2017

Transient Killer Whales West of the San Juan Islands

Yesterday the Kestrel left the dock heading West towards the city of Sydney, which is located on Vancouver Island. That’s right, we were headed for Canada! A lot of guests ask about whether or not we are able to travel into Canadian waters for whale watching and the answer is yes! As long as we do...Read more

April 26, 2017

Transient Orcas south of San Juan Island

We left Friday Harbor with reports of transient orcas headed to the South side of San Juan Island. On our way to the area where the killer whales were seen we saw a variety of wildlife that resides here in the Salish Sea. We saw quite a few bald eagles both perched and in flight. We also saw a pod...Read more
Mt. Baker with breaching orca whale

April 20, 2017

Sunny day with orca whales near Orcas Island

Today on M/V Sea lion we left the dock with no whale reports and rain in the forecast. This is not an uncommon start for our pre-season tours; however, today our expectations were exceeded as the day continued. We left Friday Harbor with plans to go to the Canadian Gulf Islands in hopes of finding...Read more
Transient Orca

October 4, 2016

Steller's Bane: T37A's & T65B's Orcas and Humpback Whales!

Yesterday was another wonderful day on the water. Fall still has amazing wildlife to show off here in the San Juan Islands. We headed north to start the search for whales yet again. We went all the way up into the Canadian Gulf Islands which are still beautiful but in a different way. As you move...Read more

September 19, 2016

A Beautiful Look at Transients in the Strait of Juan de Fuca

It appears that fall is here, as the weather is constantly keeping us guessing. Rain? Shine? A combination of both within the space of 10 minutes? Sure, why not. That's what we love about our island home. And, staying true to the theme of San Juan Safaris (always embracing adventure and the beauty...Read more
Transient Orcas in Strait of Juan de Fuca

July 25, 2016

Hot Pursuit: Transient Orcas (T65As) chase Minke Whale!

Sometimes when we watch these super intelligent and social creatures we forget that they are predators as well. Orcas exist at the very top of the food chain, even larger sharks steer clear of them due to their ability to outthink and out maneuver even Great White Sharks. Even the majority of...Read more