August 6, 2017

A Playful and Curious Humpback - Spotted Near Moresby Island

[Lauren Fritz, M/V Kittiwake, 08/04/17, 5:30 pm Charter] What an amazing day on the water! We had a charter this evening, and we were lucky enough to encounter an amazing humpback whale who was curious and playful - it swam right under us a few times! Check out my favorite photos from the trip. We...Read more
Breaching Transient Orca

June 12, 2017

Transient Killer Whales Right Outside Friday Harbor, San Juan Island

(06/10/2017 - Kestrel 2pm Departure) Yesterday I said that our trip was a once in a lifetime experience and one for the books. Well today’s trip was a repeat! We had an amazing day out on the water full of some of the best wildlife viewing in my time out on the water. We were lucky enough to have a...Read more
Humpback Whale

May 21, 2017

Breaching Humpback North of San Juan Islands

Today was a great day on the M/V Kestrel, full of fun learning experiences for both the guests and myself. We had reports of humpback whales just off of East Point in the Strait of Georgia. We sped up that way in a quick effort to get to the sighting. We quickly reached the whales and watched as a...Read more
J pod whales

July 11, 2016

What's the Porpoiseing - J pod whales porpoise by San Juan Island

Yesterday, the skies cleared to reveal a wonderfully blue sky with wispy, white clouds. The last few days we have been lucky here. This year has been marked as a historically low salmon year, and for this reason we have not seen the Resident Orcas (whose main food source is salmon) very much in the...Read more

June 6, 2016

Resident Killer Whales Return to the Salish Sea

There are two ecotypes of killer whales that inhabit the Salish Sea throughout the year – the transients and the residents. Killer whale ecotypes are both genetically and behaviorally distinct, meaning they don’t interbreed, they have different behaviors, they speak different languages, and they...Read more

July 8, 2015

Flying Whales in Haro Strait!

Today was (as usual) a fantastic day! My co-natty Erik, captain Mike and myself had a boat full of excited passengers, sunny skies and great whale reports ahead of us. We left the dock and headed south out of Friday Harbor towards Cattle Point. On our way through San Juan Channel we stopped to...Read more

July 5, 2014


I saw more whales breaching today than any other whale watch I have ever been on! Just off the southern west side of San Juan Island we were able to witness the super pod greeting ceremony of the southern resident killer whales. This super pod is referring to J , K, and L pods being in one area...Read more