Two Humpbacks!

October 26, 2017

Persistence Pays Off! Humpbacks in the San Juan Islands

[Naturalist Sarah – 10/26/2017 – M/V Sea Lion – 12:00pm] Today was a great example of why we never stop scanning the water as we travel through the Salish Sea. After a whirlwind adventure north into the Canadian Gulf Islands, our persistence was rewarded by an encounter with a pair of humpback...Read more

August 24, 2017

Tiny Humpback Hangs Out in the San Juans

[Naturalist Sarah C. 8/24/17 M/V Sea Lion 1:30 Departure] An itty bitty humpback has been spotted perusing the waters south of Lopez Island for three days in a row now. This little whale nubbin obviously favors his chosen location, and it's an unusual one for massive baleen whales like him to be...Read more
Humpback whale fluke

July 29, 2017

Humpback Whale Feeds through Boiling Reef

[Naturalist Erick D., M/V Kestrel, 7/26/17, 2:00PM] On Wednesday, Captain Gabe and I took a full boat of excited folks along on the M/V Kestrel to go look for some marine wildlife. That day it was a bit windy down south so we headed north to go look in Boundary Pass, Haro Strait and in between the...Read more
Humpback whale surfacing

May 3, 2017

Boating in Glassy Water: BCY0324 "Big Momma" the Humpback Whale

Some days on the water are perfect. I am always amazed by how engaged and open to learning about the Salish Sea our guests can be. Yesterday we had one of those magic, early-spring trips into the wonder-scape of the Canadian Gulf Islands. Leaving Friday Harbor we headed north towards Spieden Island...Read more

October 2, 2016

Biodiversity at its finest: Seals, Sea Lions, and Porpoises Oh My!

Yesterday, we saw a wide diversity of marine mammals. We cruised around the northern San Juan Islands and even went into the Gulf Islands of Canada for a quick bit. We saw a few Harbor Porpoise including a calf which was super tiny and super cute. We also saw several tons of Harbor Seals laying on...Read more

September 23, 2016

Humpback Whale Cartwheels in Spieden Channel!

Today was a cloudy day here in the San Juans, The islands look they do for most of the year, not the bright sunny days, but the cool green and grey days where the clouds begin just where the trees end. Captain Mike and I headed north towards Flattop and Spieden Islands to check a pretty common...Read more