June 22, 2021

Brother Transient Orcas Circling Patos Island

What a beautiful day out on the water today! With the sun out shining and the warmth igniting our excitement, we set out for adventure. Captain Brian and I and our guests headed out of Friday Harbor on our speediest vessel and booked it up north towards the promise of potential whales. We sped past...Read more

June 19, 2019

Bigg's Killer Whale and Humpback North of San Juan Island!

Piper | Wednesday, June 19, 2019 | M/V Sea Lion | 12:00 PM Today was a bit of a blustery day in the Salish Sea, but Captain Gabe, Laura, and I had an awesome group of folks on the Sea Lion and we headed north into San Juan Channel on the lookout for all sorts of wildlife! There was a report of a...Read more

May 2, 2019

Trincomali Trek

M/V Sea Lion | Thursday, May 2 nd , 2019 | Naturalist Alexandria We had a nice small group of guests today onboard M/V Sea Lion! As we were boarding for the trip it was pretty overcast but once we hit the water the clouds started to clear and the sun worked its way out! It was a little breezy...Read more

May 21, 2018

Zigging and Zagging with a Humpback near Plumper Sound

Thursday, May 17 th | M/V Sea Lion | Noon Pushing off the docks in Friday Harbor this afternoon, Captain Mike took the Sea Lion to the north, toward Spieden Island, where we found a few remaining Steller’s sea lions lounging on Green Point, savoring the last seconds of laziness before making the...Read more

September 24, 2017

Southern Resident Orcas in the Southern Gulf Islands

9/24/2017 – M/V Sea Lion—Noon On this sunny Sunday afternoon the M/V Sea Lion departed Friday Harbor and headed north, exploring the east coast of San Juan Island. Continuing on, we ventured through Boundary Pass and into Canadian waters, but no passports were needed for our visit today! Motoring...Read more

September 20, 2017

Transient Orcas off Sidney and - Surprise! - a Humpback!

Saturday, September 16 – M/V Sea Lion – 1:30 PM Charter The Sea Lion motored up to Roche Harbor to pick up today’s charter guests—a wedding party! And a party it was. After everyone was loaded up Captain Gabe gave the Coast Guard-mandated safety talk and we were off! We headed north, cruising...Read more

August 15, 2017

Who's Hanging Out by Salt Spring? Rare Orca Sighting of T10's

[Lauren Fritz, M/V Sea Lion, 08/15/17, 1:30 pm Tour] We saw some rare visitors from Alaska today - the T10's! These animals are most frequently seen up north, but they decided to make a surprise appearance in the Salish Sea this week. There was a female with a large nick near the base of her dorsal...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