August 11, 2019

Minkes and a gray whale in the Strait of Juan de Fuca!

Erin | M/V Kestrel | Saturday, August 10, 2019 | 11:00 AM The rain didn't stop our wildlife sightings this morning! We left Friday Harbor with no firm whale reports, so we decided to head south to see if we could find anything for ourselves. We stopped past a neat place called Whale Rocks. All...Read more

July 22, 2019

Gray Whale Adventure Near Whidbey

Jordan | M/V Sea Lion | 07/22/19 | 1:30pm What an adventure! Today, Captain Pete, Naturalist Erin and I headed out of Friday Harbor with no reports of whales! We searched and searched the surrounding area. We boated up through the channel between Shaw and Lopez and down under Decatur Island and...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
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

October 2, 2010

"Orca Tails To You..."

Southern Resident Killer Whales. Photo courtesy of NOAA/NMFS "Until we meet again." Well, it is sad to say, but today was our last daily trip. We still have a few Saturdays left, but this is it for the daily grind. It has been a season like no other, with the orcas being found along the coast of...Read more

June 18, 2010

Inside a Whale's Stomach: Contents have 3.2 pound of human debris

Marine Biologist John Calambokidis showed a series of slides and some video and one listed what they found including "50 gallons of undigested contents, mostly algae but 3.2 lbs were "human debris, including plastic bag material, fabrics (including a leg of sweatpants), fishing line, golf ball,...Read more

May 21, 2010

Shades of Grey/Gray

#53 - Photo courtesy of Cascadia Research Collective Today we followed whales across the Strait of Juan de Fuca. A vague report of a whale south of San Juan Island became a gray whale known as #53 (see photo above). On our way towards the area where he was said to be, one of our guests spotted...Read more

June 18, 2009

Gray Whales And A Submarine

We went to Whidbey Island, near the Whidbey Island Navel Base, to see not one, but two gray whales. One appeared to be a bit larger than the other. Gray whales are amazing animals. While there, we also saw some very cool Navy Jets flying right over us!!! On the way back we spotted a submarine... I...Read more

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