June 4, 2012

Sea Life on Salmon Bank

Salmon Bank was the place to be today. We headed south out of Friday Harbor, prepared for rain but pleasantly surprised that it stopped just as we left our boat slip. Along our way we stopped to view a large group of harbor seals hauled out. A few gave us a demonstration of how phocids, true seals...Read more

May 24, 2012

Minke Whales!

Another amazing day out here in the San Juan Islands; we had beautiful blue skies, sunshine, flat calm waters, and Minke Whales! We motored south along the east side of San Juan Island and saw over 50 Harbor Seals hauled out on Turn Island while a mature Bald Eagle perched in a nearby tree. We then...Read more

May 18, 2012

What a SEAL of a day!

Motoring out of the harbor a large, male California Sea Lion was conveniently hauled out on the channel buoy providing a great photo opportunity. We then traveled north through the San Juan Channel where we found our first harbor seals of the day on the rocky shores of Jones Island State Park. On...Read more

May 3, 2012

A Day Filled With Pinnipeds

Today we were lucky enough to see a variety of pinniped species. Just outside of Friday Harbor was an unusual sight. There was a California sea lion hauled out on a buoy! It was the first time I've seen a California sea lion since I started last year! After getting a good look, we made our way to...Read more

June 7, 2011

Species circus!

As we circumnavigated San Juan Island we encountered species at every turn. The San Juan Chanel was full of harbor porpoises and bald eagles, the Haro Straight teemed with Dall’s porpoise and three minke whales were feeding around Salmon Bank where California sea lions rested on the buoy. An...Read more

June 3, 2010

Jumping For Joy!

It was a chore to find them, but I finally got to spend some time with J pod. This season is starting out slowly and the orcas are still not back in the area full-time like we are used to. That means that we spend a lot of time searching and seeing other wildlife on the way. Today though we knew...Read more

May 6, 2010

A Follow-up To A Dream

Well, we did not find orcas, but we did find plenty of other cool creatures. On a boat built for 50, we had 7 people, so it was like having a private tour. The guests and captains and I were relaxed and open to any new experiences that might come our way. In that light we decided to head farther...Read more