October 11, 2021

Humpback Whales Preparing for Migration

Haleigh | M/V Sea Lion | October 11, 2021 | 12:00 pm Humpback whales have been sighted almost every day somewhere in the Salish Sea this fall. As we made our way south today, we were scanning for the large blows out in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Continuing in a southwest direction, we were hoping...Read more

October 10, 2021

Splashing Humpback Whales in Haro Strait

Haleigh | M/V Sea Lion | October 10, 2021 | 12:00 pm For our Sunday afternoon departure, we departed from Friday Harbor following up on a report of two Humpback Whales along the West side of San Juan Island. We arrived on scene with these whales traveling north very close together. As they made...Read more

September 21, 2021

Steller Sea Lions, Foraging Bigg’s Killer Whales and Good Vibes

Maxx K. | M/V Sea Lion | 09/21/2021 | 1:30pm Today was awesome. Not only did I get to work with Abby and Gabe on Sea Lion, we got to watch an incredible family of whales actively hunting and killing what I assumed to be a harbor seal! We left Friday Harbor on a mission: whales had been spotted...Read more
Bigg's Killer Whale

September 20, 2021

Spy hops galore with the T065B Killer Whales

Maxx K. | M/V Kestrel | 09/20/2021 | 2:00pm Today’s tour was a naturalist's dream. When Solan pulled Kestrel out of Friday Harbor we turned northward. A family of unidentified Bigg’s Killer Whales had been reported off the south side of Saturna Island. We had our heading and off we went! We stopped...Read more

September 16, 2021

Bigg’s Orca, Humpback Whales, and a Warship!

Maxx K. | M/V Kestrel | 09/16/2021 | 2:00pm Kestrel flew out of Friday harbor with purpose this morning: a family of Bigg’s Killer whales had been reported passing through Deception Pass State Park and were now traveling across the Juan De Fuca. We stopped briefly at goose island to observe the...Read more
Bigg's Killer Whale

September 11, 2021

Speedy Killer Whales on a Beautiful Grey Rainy Day

Maxx K. | M/V Kestrel | 09/11/2021 | 2:00pm Today was the day I had been anticipating when I moved up to Washington: chilly, rainy, grey. While it was really only sprinkling throughout our trip we were being thoroughly blasted by water as Kestrel flew through the Salish Sea. This is, after all, the...Read more
Bigg's Killer Whale

September 10, 2021

Bigg’s Killer Whales And Dungeness National Park!

Maxx K. | M/V Kestrel | 09/10/2021 | 2:00pm Kestrel raced through the San Juan Channel and swiftly popped out into the open Juan de Fuca. Now we’re full steam ahead. A popular family of six whales had been spotted hard south just north of Port Williams but getting there would mean 50 minutes of...Read more
Bigg's Killer Whale

September 4, 2021

Seas of Glass and Bigg’s Killer Whales

Maxx K. | M/V Sea Lion | 09/04/2021 | 1:30pm Today was another grey day. It felt like 7:00pm all afternoon as the sun never seemed to be able to creep out from behind the clouds. Yet still, the seas were flat calm, glassy. These are perfect whale spotting conditions and myself and our boatful of...Read more

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