August 13, 2010

Long Distance Sightings

Victoria, B.C. with orca and ship. Photo courtesy of Jeanne Hyde What is the measure of a whale watching adventure? Well, today it was distance. Capt. Mike decided that our options were to go big or stay home and staying home was not actually an option. So, venturing further than prudence...Read more

August 4, 2010

Ah Summer in the San Juans

Wow, yet another beautiful whale filled day in the San Juans! This time of year it seems I could start every blog that way! The weather and the whales have fully cooperated and we've been blessed with fantastic trips for weeks and weeks on end! Today I was aboard the Kittiwake with Captain Mike and...Read more

July 29, 2010

J-pod Fan Club

Today we traveled north towards Stuart Island. Captain Mike stayed in close communication with the other whale watching vessels; he received many reports that the whales were in that area. Our spirits rose with anticipation! Shortly after we departed Friday Harbor we spotted a bald eagle soaring...Read more

July 28, 2010


The afternoon reports were in. There were ten to fifteen orca whales spotted near Stuart Island. We traveled north and encountered the orcas near Turn Point. Turn Point is the very northwest piece of continental land in the United States! Captain Mike slowed the boat as we approached the misty...Read more

July 27, 2010

Victoria AND the Olympic Penninsula

Today we left Friday Harbor and headed south down the east side of San Juan Island through Cattle Pass. Cattle Pass is known for torrential currents because both Haro Strait and the Strait of Juan De Fuca converge demanding to be let through. In the midst of Cattle Pass we saw stacked nests of...Read more

July 23, 2010

Of Dolphins And Diamonds

Seeing the San Juan Islands is magical and seeing the orcas can be downright transcendental for some. But, when you can pair those two things with a major milestone in a person's life it becomes a rare and unique moment that makes existence in this world a more glorious thing. It also shines a...Read more

July 22, 2010

Photos from Judy for the Orca Whale Photo Contest 2010

Big Slap! Wild Tail Slap by Judy Jacques I am submitting three photos that I took the afternoon of July 12th while on the boat "Sea Lion". It was a totally fabulous afternoon, a little choppy, but we saw lots of whale activity. We actually had a whale come under our boat and breach up on the...Read more

July 22, 2010

This Just In - Yesterdays Photos by Herb Hartman

Big Slap! Wild Tail Slap by Herb Hartman Marine Naturalist Ashley by Herb Hartman Marine Naturalist Ashley by Herb Hartman Four Orcas Fishing by Herb Hartman Four Orcas Fishing by Herb Hartman Solo Orca Whale by Herb Hartman Solo Orca Whale by Herb Hartman Three Traveling Orca Whales by Herb...Read more