August 14, 2022

An Orca Hunt at the Peapod Islands

8/14/2022 MV Kestrel 10am Helena There is something very special about morning whale watch tours. The cool breeze off of San Juan Channel hitting our faces snapped us out of our last morning grogginess. Most days we are one of the first boats out on the water, leaving it up to our eyes and patience...Read more

August 13, 2022

Sea Otters and Bigg's Killer Whales in the Rosario

8/13/2022 MV Kestrel 2pm Helena MV Kestrel departed Friday Harbor for our afternoon tour with a fantastic view of Mount Baker off of our bow. As members of the Pacific Whale Watch Association, we are in constant communication with both American and Canadian vessels throughout the Salish Sea in...Read more

August 10, 2022

Hunting in the Haro: T137s Bigg's Killer Whale's Encounter

8/10/22 // MV Osprey // 12:30pm // Helena As we boarded MV Osprey we could hear booms of thunder in the distance. It was a chilly grey August morning as we waiting for a storm in the southern Strait of Juan de Fuca to blow east. Once we had our final numbers and confirmation of safe weather, we...Read more

July 29, 2022

Hunting T037A Killer Whales in Griffin Bay

7/29/22 MV Kestrel Helena 2pm Our crew signed up for the adventure tour and oh boy did we get one! We began our day by heading south down San Juan Channel following reports from other vessels already out on the water. No whales in the Salish Sea are tagged and all reports of wildlife are publicly...Read more

July 22, 2022

Biggs Killer Whales in the Strait of Juan De Fuca

July 22 nd , 2022 Abby Dahl 2pm M/V Kestrel Captain Eric and I started our tour with plumose anemones and sea slugs; critters that call the underside of the docks and pilings their home. It’s one of my favorite things to do with guests, to work our way up the trophic scale by starting with the...Read more

July 21, 2022

Humpbacks and Biggs Killer Whales; A Child's Perspective

July 21 st , 2022 Abby Dahl 2pm M/V Sea Lion Captain Erick and I chugged out of a busy Roche Harbor, with our sights set on a humpback whale just north of Stuart Island on the Canadian border. We cruised by some thermoregulating harbor seals and their newborn pups, with the sun glistening off the...Read more

July 19, 2022

A Canadian Journey to Bigg’s Killer Whales

Maxx K. | M/V Osprey | 07/19/2022 | 12:30pm Me oh my it was a beauty out there! There wasn't a gust of wind out on the water today and you could see blue sky clear down until the bold and beautiful Olympic Mountains. Osprey absolutely flew today, zooming up through the San Juan Channel and rounding...Read more

July 18, 2022

Biggs Killer Whales in Georgeson Pass

Maxx K. | M/V Kestrel | 07/18/2022 | 2:00pm I had a blast on today's tour! Kestrel raced out of Friday Harbor towards the north, stopping first to admire a bald eagle that sat looming over the San Juan Channel. We ended up seeing at least eleven eagles during the duration of our tour today and I’m...Read more