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
Orca in the sunlight

July 2, 2017

Transient Killer Whales in the Salish Sea

[07/01/2017 – M/V Sea Lion – 1:30pm & 5:30pm] We had a magical day on the M/V Sea Lion that again taught us about the importance of not worrying if there is no report of orcas as we leave the dock. Killer whales can travel 100 miles a day at speeds over 35 miles per hour. This means that...Read more
Humpback Whale 'Divot' Fluking

June 29, 2017

Humpbacks in the House!

(6/28/17 - Kittiwake 12:00 PM Departure) Today M/V Kittiwake went out for a private charter with Amy, Steve and their Evergreen guide Justin, and what a delightful group they were! We moseyed to Hein Bank, a common feeding ground for the larger baleen whales in the area, and looked at other...Read more

June 23, 2017

Transients at Deception Pass

(6/21 /17 - Kittiwake 10 :0 0 am & 2:00 pm Departure) On M/V Kittiwake we had two private charters for the day, both wonderful trips! Our first trip was with Skagit Valley College and our second trip was with a family visiting the San Juan’s for their annual family vacation. Both trips we saw...Read more
Humpback whale flukes-up

September 11, 2016

M/V Kestrel's Weekend of Whales

The last two days have been spectacular working on M/V Kestrel, and have truly made me appreciate the capabilities of the vessel. On Friday Captain Mike and I took our guests over towards the city of Victoria to find a pair of humpback whales travelling out to the Strait of Juan de Fuca. WE enjoyed...Read more

July 29, 2016

It's a Humpback Fiesta!

Today was one of those days where you look out at the water and think, "Wow, the world is magical." The temperature was perfect, a light breeze was blowing through Roche Harbor, and there was barely a white puff in the sky. As Captain Pete and I prepared the boat for our whale watches, I could...Read more

July 13, 2016

J Pod Still Hanging Out!

There's definitely a fever of excitement rippling through the Salish Sea right now. J Pod is still hanging around! With sightings of these orcas few and far between this season, it's wonderful that these animals have been around for the past few days. Hopefully they've been finding plenty of salmon...Read more
Bigg's Killer Whales

June 16, 2016

Transients Spotted at Dungeness Spit - A Spittin' Awesome Day!

What an absolutely beautiful day in the Pacific Northwest! M/V Sea Lion left the dock early this afternoon with the sun sparkling on the water and a light breeze blowing - perfect conditions for whale watching. Instead of turning north today, we veered south, enjoying stunning views of the southern...Read more