September 16, 2021

Bigg’s Orca, Humpback Whales, and a Warship!

Maxx K. | M/V Kestrel | 09/16/2021 | 2:00pm Kestrel flew out of Friday harbor with purpose this morning: a family of Bigg’s Killer whales had been reported passing through Deception Pass State Park and were now traveling across the Juan De Fuca. We stopped briefly at goose island to observe the...Read more

August 3, 2021

Sunset with Humpback Whales!

Jordan | M/V Osprey | 08/03/2021 5:30pm What a beautiful day out on the water! Naturalist Laura, Haleigh and I headed out of the harbor and headed north through San Juan Channel. We looked and looked for any signs of blows or fins when all of a sudden we hear guests shouting "blow!!" We look...Read more
bigg's killer whale

July 12, 2021

Surprise Bigg’s Killer Whales in the Juan De Fuca

Maxx K. | M/V Kestrel | 07/12/2021 | 2:00pm Captain Sarah and I decided to head south this afternoon, trying our luck in finding whales off the various banks that rise up in the Juan De Fuca. After passing Goose Island to admire some nesting Pelagic Cormorants we continued out of the San Juan...Read more
Bigg's Killer Whales near San Juan Island

September 8, 2020

Bigg's Killer Whale Family Hangs at Hein Bank

Olivia | M/V Sea Lion | September 8th, 2020 | 13:00 Leaving the dock today, we did not let the smoke tear down our spirits as we headed south through San Juan Channel. Reaching Cattle Pass, we heard rumors of Bigg’s Killer Whales southwest of Hein Bank and decided to aim there with our best chances...Read more
P/C. Sarah McCullagh

August 21, 2020

Bigg's Killer Whales Swim in the Rain

Olivia | M/V Sea Lion | August 21st, 2020 | 13:00 What an adventurous morning on M/V Sea Lion braving the weather and circumnavigating San Juan Island! We started the trip with no whale reports, a very common daily occurrence, and decided to head north scanning the wildlife hot spots for any action...Read more

July 18, 2019

Bigg's Orcas Near Point Roberts!

Jordan | M/V Kestrel | 07/18/19 | 3:00pm What a great trip today! Captain Pete and I took the Kestrel and headed out to open seas to find the whales! We heard reports of the whales from our first trip travelling north so we set off in that direction. We boated up through the San Juan Channel and up...Read more
Bigg's killer whale surfacing

June 12, 2018

Wonderful Whales at Obstruction Pass!

June 09, 2018 | M/V Sea Lion | 12:00 Noon What a fantastic trip we had today! The weather was super cooperative and shone sunlight on our entire journey. Captain Gabe, Mariana and I were all very excited to start the day and set off on the voyage to find whales. Coming out of Friday Harbor for the...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

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