April 24, 2012

Whale Watching & Wildlife Report Tuesday April 24, 2012

Leaving Friday Harbor under solid grey skies, a damp drizzle, no wind, very calm seas, and a last minute report that Transient Orcas were on the west side of San Juan Island, we headed north and quickly made our way to the west side via Spieden Channel in anticipation of running into the northern-...Read more

October 8, 2011

Tail End of the Season

Headed south down the east side of San Juan Island.A single mature bald eagle was spotted up in a tree. We paused to view it, then off it went. We went a bit further south, then stopped a rock outcrop with TONS of Stellars Sea Lions. Lounging, posturing, snoozing, swimming. They where piled up with...Read more

September 27, 2011

nice weather, nice whales

After 2 days of howling wind and sporadic downpours it seemed as though mother nature deicded to give us a break. It was a beautiful day. There was sun and there were whales. We even saw a Minke surface as we were watching Steller's Sea Lions at the south end of Cattle Pass. When we got to the...Read more

September 22, 2011

Sassy juveniles

Another fabulous day. Our first stop was for a few Harbor Seals hauled out on the rocks. Our second stop was for the ever elusive Harbor Porpoise. It was one of the few times that I have seen a large number of them, too preoccupied while hunting, to care that we were watching. Most of the time all...Read more

September 16, 2011

Another awesome day!

Despite the chilly weather and gray skies today was another amazing day. Whales were down south of Salmon Bank. On our journey south we saw the usual (yet always exciting) seals, sea lions and harbor porpoise. Once we were out in the straight we had an unexpected encounter with 2 little minke...Read more

September 13, 2011

Aloha Hello Minkes, Aloha Good-Bye Pacific Northwest

Ok, readers, today was my last day of the season out on the water in the Pacific Northwest and we were duly rewarded with wonderful sea conditions and one of the ocean underdogs: Minke Whales! Sure, it was a little overcast but the sea responds well to this. As we made our way out from the harbor...Read more

September 9, 2011

the most wonderful time of the year

All summer I have been thinking everyone was pulling my leg telling me that summer just gets nicer and nicer and then September is the best month of the year. I was convinced that it would be 40 degrees and raining by now. I seem to have been mistaken. This week has been the warmest of the year and...Read more