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
Transient Orcas in Haro Strait Humpback Whale in Haro Strait

July 3, 2020

Bigg's Killer Whales and a Humpback Whale in Haro Strait!

Olivia | M/V Kestrel | July 3rd, 2020 | 14:00 It was such a fun day out on the water with Captain Brian-who is also the owner/operator of our family run business. We call our zodiac trips an ‘Adventure Trip’ for a reason; Not only is our zodiac faster than M/V Sea Lion, it is also all exposed. On...Read more

November 3, 2019

Humpbacks Wave Their Flukes at Friday Harbor!

Laura C. | M/V Sea Lion | 11/3/19 | 12:00pm What an awesome day out on the water with Captain Pete! M/V Sea Lion ventured north into the San Juan Channel on a clear sunny morning blanketed with crystal blue skies. With only 10 passengers aboard, were able to move around our spacious vessel and...Read more
Bigg's Killer Whales in Boundary Pass Humpback Whale in Spieden Channel

September 28, 2019

A Magical Whale Day near San Juan Island

Olivia | September 28th, 2019 | M/V Kestrel | 11:00am Sadly, today was my last Kestrel trip of the season with Captain Gabe and we decided early on that it was going to be epic. Being one of the first boats out on the water, we often must travel into areas where there haven’t been other boats in...Read more

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