Transient Orca Breach Humpback Whale Photo by Tori Lee

July 7, 2019

Whale Trifecta in the Salish Sea!

Olivia | July 7th, 2019 | M/V Kestrel | 11:00am Today we started our adventure tour by finding two bald eagles right away inside Friday Harbor! Such a good spot after finishing the wildlife talk. We decided to head south down San Juan Channel into the Strait of Juan de Fuca where two of our whale...Read more

June 2, 2019

Adventure with the T10's near Victoria!

Erin | M/V Kestrel | Sunday, June 2, 2019 | 3:00 PM Today was an adventurous day aboard the M/V Kestrel. We began the trip with a decision of which way we wanted to go, as there were reports of great wildlife in many directions. We decided to head towards Victoria, because there were some promising...Read more

October 5, 2012

All Present and Accounted For!

The Transient Killer Whales were all business today. A group of approximately 6 individuals were taking their sweet time below the surface, typical foraging behavior. They kept us guessing as to where they were going to pop up for a few breaths before their next long dive. Meanwhile we drifted in...Read more

September 24, 2012

Cruising south through San Juan Channel we encountered a number of marine mammals and seabird species. Harbor Seals, Harbor Porpoise, and Steller Sea Lions were all taking advantage of the abundance of prey along with the Glaucous-winged Gulls, Rhinoceros Auklets, and Cormorants. Upon entering...Read more

September 19, 2012

A Different Kind of Day

Today’s tour was a bit different than usual, yet so refreshing! With no whale reports since the night before, we took our tour to the inner islands. Sure the San Juan Islands are home to one of the most charismatic animals in the world, the Killer Whale, but that is not the only thing that makes...Read more

August 24, 2012

Dear Readers, Greet the Brand New Day... with San Juan Safaris!

The sun is out, the sky is blue, it’s beautiful, with wildlife too! Dear readers, won’t you come out and play? Today couldn’t have been more enjoyable!  The sunshine, the summertime, *perfect temperatures, and water like glass! We saw tons of wildlife including at least 3 dozen Harbor Seals...Read more

July 18, 2012

Wildlife Galore

We had a very exciting and full-of-wildlife day! We departed Friday Harbor heading north into Canadian waters. Before seeing the main event (killer whales) we spotted about five or six harbor porpoise just north of San Juan Channel. Not long after we saw one dorsal fin, then another, then three...Read more

June 11, 2012

2 Transients On the Hunt!

It was another beautiful day on the water. The sun was out in full shine, the water pure glass. Out in Haro Strait at the very northeastern tip of D’Arcy Island we found two Transient Orcas (48°35.77N, 123°15.61W). We identified them as male T20 and female T21. Fortunately we were able to watch...Read more

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