July 8, 2019

Orcas and Humpbacks and Seals Oh My!

Jordan | M/V Sea Lion | 07/08/19 | 1:30pm What a really fantastic day out on the water! The sun was out but there were clouds in the distance painting the horizon with beautiful puffy whiteness. Captain Gabe, Naturalist Erin and I set out of Friday Harbor on our vessel and headed north through the...Read more

May 1, 2019

Whalepalooza!

*I’d like to start this blog off by apologizing for my overzealous and excessive use of “amazing,” “incredible,” and “awesome” but after a day out on the water like today, no words can truly do it justice. What an AMAZING day it was today! We had such an incredible trip!!! We started off the day...Read more
Adult Mal Southern Resident Orca

March 22, 2019

J Pod Orca Whales Fish north of San Juan Island!

Erick |Friday, March 22, 2019 | M/V Sea Lion | 12:00 Today we caught a short sunny period as we left Friday Harbor to search for some amazing wildlife on this beautiful spring day. Captain Mike and I left with a smaller group and headed north up through beautiful San Juan Channel. We cruised...Read more
Whale watching on M/V Kestrel

June 15, 2018

Afternoon full of whales on M/V Kestrel

Sarah | 06/14/2018 | M/V Kestrel | 02:00pm M/V Kestrel is our newest vessel in our fleet of four, and she has consistently proven to be an amazing tool over the last couple year of use. Going into her third summer as a part of our fleet I am excited to see how we can continue to use this incredible...Read more

July 19, 2017

Southern Resident Killer Whales Return to San Juan Island

*/ [7/18/17 1:30 SL] Finally! After weeks of radio silence from our well-known resident orcas, L Pod has finally made a much-anticipated appearance. Historically found in the Salish Sea for the entirety of the summer, resident killer whales are now becoming a rarity in this area. Seeing them around...Read more
Notch Having a GREAT TIME!

June 1, 2017

A Beautiful Day with J-pod

Lauren Fritz, 6/1/17, M/V Sea Lion, 12 pm and 5:30 pm I was happy as a clam this morning when I woke to reports that our J-pod friends were still hanging around the islands! Every day starts out a mystery, as it should. These wild animals can swim 100 miles in a day, so just because we saw them...Read more

August 20, 2016

The J16's Showing Some Love

Oh, I do love a good family get together. Orcas, being the incredibly social animals that they are, are often seen hanging out with their families, traveling throughout the Salish Sea and frequently foraging for salmon. But what's life without a little fun? You can't just spend your whole day...Read more
Killer Whale

July 23, 2016

West Side, Best Side - Ressies off of County Park

Days like today are basically a dream come true - residents and transients were spotted on our whale watch. Our adventures always keep us guessing, but each and every day is magical out here. We're in the San Juan Islands, after all! M/V Kestrel was all shined up and ready for a trip out to the...Read more

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