June 1, 2019

Rare Gray Orca Whale Sighting in Canada! 06/01/19

Jordan | M/V Kestresl | 06/01/19 | 11:00am Today was basically the most magical day. And no, I’m not being dramatic. It’s true. It started with our first trip leaving Friday Harbor at around 11:30am. And although it was a tad later than usual, it was definitely worth the wait! Captain Gabe and I...Read more
Harbor Seals and Cattle Point

May 10, 2019

Gray Whale near Whidbey Island

Sarah | 05/10/2019 | M/V Sea Lion | 12:00pm We have been having just spectacular days here in the San Juan Islands. The sun was shining today, and we had some great wildlife around the islands. Captain Pete and I elected to head south through San Juan Channel towards Cattle Pass to see what we...Read more
Mt. Baker

May 9, 2019

A Gray(t) Day in the Salish Sea! Gray Whales near San Juan Island

Sarah | 05/09/2019 | M/V Sea Lion | 12:00pm Today we had an awesome day on the Salish Sea. We were graced with just incredible spring weather, so much sunshine and smooth water. With an early morning report of gray whales to our southeast, Captain Pete and I decided to point that way! As we...Read more

May 7, 2019

Gray-t Whales and "Steller" Sea Lions!

Piper | 05/07/2019 | M/V Sea Lion | 12:00 Even though it's still early season, the sun shone today like a warm summer afternoon and the skies were so clear we could even see Mt Rainier as Captain Gabe and I led the M/V Sea Lion out of the marina, where we had an early bald eagle sighting, and south...Read more

June 6, 2017

Quest for the White Whale - Gray Whale Visits the San Juans

*/ [06/06/2017 ~ 1200 SL] Ah, a bright sunny day with clear skies and calm waters, ripe with potential for whale and wildlife viewing. Captain Pete and his trusty crew of two, naturalists Kelsey and Sarah, set off with their boat of eager whale-watchers to see what the waters had in store for them...Read more
Female Transient Killer Whale at the Surface

April 17, 2017

Gray Whale and Orcas near San Juan Island

Today the M/V Sea Lion continued its whale-viewing streak into April with two species of cetaceans! April has been good to us in terms of weather and wildlife. We left the dock under sunny skies and with great expectations! Captain Mike, Naturalist Rachel and I left Friday Harbor and almost...Read more

July 25, 2016

When You Come Across Minke Dinner Time...

M/V Kestrel has the day's reports! Today, we got to see two very interesting species of baleen whale, one a bit uncommon and the other fairly elusive. Because the Salish Sea offers the chance to see an abundance of wildlife, we never know what we're going to see out here - but days like today are...Read more

October 2, 2013

Gray Whale in San Juan Channel?!?

With little rays of sunshine the M/V Sea Lion departed from Friday Harbor once again and headed north in search of whales. On our way, we caught some good glimpses of steller sea lions and harbor porpoise! The stellers always do a good job of impressing everyone on board with their large bodies and...Read more