May 18, 2011

7th in a Row!

Wednesday arrived with sunny skies and the warmest temperatures of the season. We departed a little early for our trip due to word of whales in the area. We headed through Cattle Pass with the tide flooding against us. As we cleared the pass and entered Haro straight Captain Craig pointed our...Read more

May 5, 2011

San Juan Circumnavigation!

Another beautiful day. That makes wo in a row! It was calm enough to head south through Cattle Pass and do an entire circumnavigation of San Juan Island. Whale rocks was packed with Steller Seal Lions, Harbor Seals, and Cormorants and as we headed out toward the straight, with the wind at our backs...Read more

May 4, 2011

Southern Residents!!!

Heading south through cattle pass we encountered some Harbor Seals as well as a lone Steller Sea Lion swimming south and playing in the current. Whale rocks also provided us with some very large male Stellers' maneuvering awkwardly on shore. We then headed into the middle of Haro strait to try and...Read more

April 25, 2011

Orca Monday!!

The season officially started last Saturday with some beautiful days and plentiful Harbor Seals and Stellar Sea lions. But the real show was today aboard the M/V Sea Lion. We had reports of J-pod out towards Victoria and heading West into the Strait of Juan De Fuca. We boarded our passengers a...Read more

July 8, 2010

The Owner Takes An Afternoon Off

Naturalist Sallly with Whale Watching Guests aboard MV Sea Lion SuperPod. That got my attention. I got into gear and called staffer Ellie to see if she would watch the office. I am out of here! Needlesstosay, I had a wonderful three hour mini vacation on my own boat with an unbeatable crew. Here...Read more

April 18, 2010

Trekking Transients

You never can tell how a day will turn out. Even ones that seem to have the least number of prospects can turn out to be the most exciting. As was the case yesterday. With Capt. Craig driving the M/V Sea Lion, Capt. Jeff motoring along in the M/V Kittiwake and Nancy, Lauren and me crewing, we...Read more

August 5, 2009

Black-and-Whites of a Different Color

Not all black and white creatures are created the same, as well we know. No one would mistake a zebra for an orca. But someone might mistake a Dall's porpoise for an orca. Especially if the orca is expected and the Dall's porpoise is not. That was not exactly what happened tonight, but it was a...Read more

June 27, 2009

A Super Safari!

What a day! There were Orca families zooming everywhere with breaches, tail slaps and spyhops galore. We saw auklets and harbor seals and even a bald eaglet in the nest with his parents standing guard in nearby trees. The sun was out and the waters were calm and our guests on the MV Kittiwake could...Read more