September 30, 2011

Friday September 30

The last two days could have gone either way. The morning whale reports had residents near Hein Bank, possibly heading out to the Pacific. But like yesterday, the animals turned around and made their way back towards San Juan Island. We found some members of K pod swimming steadily in Haro Strait...Read more

September 22, 2011

Sassy juveniles

Another fabulous day. Our first stop was for a few Harbor Seals hauled out on the rocks. Our second stop was for the ever elusive Harbor Porpoise. It was one of the few times that I have seen a large number of them, too preoccupied while hunting, to care that we were watching. Most of the time all...Read more

September 19, 2011

Gorgeous, Gorgeous....

I thought yesterday was one of the calmest days we have seen this season, but I was wrong. It was today. We found some Orcas outside of Cattle Pass towards Hein Bank. The first animal we got a good look at was L41. He was generally traveling South, but not with any speed. So we had some fun times...Read more

September 14, 2011

You Name It, We saw It

Summer seems to have left the islands as quickly as it arrived, but the animals are still around! We headed out in to Haro Strait this afternoon and came across a group of Transient Orca. The Residents haven't been seen in a day or two, but the Transients were a great encounter. The mature male of...Read more

September 13, 2011

Aloha Hello Minkes, Aloha Good-Bye Pacific Northwest

Ok, readers, today was my last day of the season out on the water in the Pacific Northwest and we were duly rewarded with wonderful sea conditions and one of the ocean underdogs: Minke Whales! Sure, it was a little overcast but the sea responds well to this. As we made our way out from the harbor...Read more

September 5, 2011


Today was a day of lots and lots of harbor seals! Everywhere! And many of them were lined up like sausage links! Transient orca sausage links! We first went north towards Waldron Island and found them basking on a nearby rock. Next, we went further north into Canadian waters and found them off of...Read more

September 3, 2011

The southern residents are baaack!

With two full boats, we headed up north across the border and into Canadian waters, all in search of the Southern Resident Killer Whales that had been out to sea (to the best of our knowledge) for a few days. We ended up in the Strait of Georgia, just south of the city of Vancouver, when a...Read more

September 2, 2011

Slight chance of wind with heavy marine mammals predicted

The sun may have been shining today, but it was raining marine mammals!!! Shortly after leaving Friday Harbor and heading south we saw a large group of Harbor porpoise. We cut the engine and the miniature Cetaceans that are famously shy were all around the boat and even porpoising out of the water...Read more