July 31, 2021

Humpback Surprise Near Flattop!

Jordan | M/V Sea Lion | 07/31/2021 2:00pm Today was the first cloudy day in weeks. But instead of being dreary, it made the surrounding landscape appear even more mystical and mysterious. Captain Pete and I left Friday Harbor in hopes of finding something near Canada, so we headed north. We cruised...Read more

June 22, 2021

Brother Transient Orcas Circling Patos Island

What a beautiful day out on the water today! With the sun out shining and the warmth igniting our excitement, we set out for adventure. Captain Brian and I and our guests headed out of Friday Harbor on our speediest vessel and booked it up north towards the promise of potential whales. We sped past...Read more
SRKW photo not captured on day of blog.

March 22, 2021

Southern Resident Killer Whales Bring Beauty to the West Side

Olivia | M/V Sea Lion | March 22nd, 2021 | 13:00 Today was an unexpected and exceptional spring day in the San Juan Islands. Setting out with an all-female crew, Captain Sara and I started our search by heading north towards Flattop Island, looking at Seal haul out locations and bumping into...Read more
Orcas Swim in Fog

September 13, 2020

Bigg's Killer Whales Emerge in the Fog

Olivia | M/V Kestrel | September 13th, 2020 | 14:00 With wildfires burning in California, Oregon, and Washington, the San Juan Islands were cradled in a thick layer of smoke. In addition to that, a thick fog settled in, making visibility extend only about 100 yards and eventually 250 to 300 yards...Read more
Killer Whales Near Waldron Island

September 12, 2020

Action Packed Killer Whale and Wildlife Day

Olivia | M/V Sea Lion | September 12th, 2020 | 13:00 Our excursion today started off with no whale reports in the Salish Sea. This is a very normal way to start the day as we all leave the dock, divide along the waters, and check on what is occurring in the world’s most productive waters. Captain...Read more
Bigg's Killer Whales in San Juan Channel

August 28, 2020

Bigg's Killer Whales Hunting Marine Mammals in San Juan Channel

Olivia | M/V Sea Lion | August 28th, 2020 | 13:30 It was a flawless day out on the water this afternoon. Captain Pete and I were lucky enough to inform our passengers that we were leaving the dock with a rumored whale report in the area, which already made it a special day. What was even better?...Read more
Minke Whales Lunge Feeding

July 29, 2020

Minke Whales Lunge Feeding at Hein Bank

Olivia | M/V Kestrel | July 29th, 2020 | 14:00 We started off our Wednesday Adventure Trip by setting out on a scan through our Salish Sea waters. Being part of the Pacific Whale Watch Association, we are involved in a community that holds no secrets. That means, everyone involved in the PWWA...Read more
Bigg's Killer Whales near San Juan Island

July 28, 2020

Bigg's Killer Whales Swim into San Juan Channel

Olivia | M/V Sea Lion | July 28th, 2020 | 13:30 It was a great start to our 13:30 trip since there were Transient Orca in the San Juan Channel! These Bigg’s Killer Whales were the family groups of T137’s and T65A’s, around 11 individuals. We initially found them in Upright Channel and were able to...Read more

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