September 1, 2011

Wonder-full Humans

It warms my heart when I see full grown adults get excited--yelling, pointing, shouting, oohing and aahing--over marine life! 'Cause I'm one of those adults too! Today, with no orca reports in the Salish Sea, we headed out on the water with a boat full of curious and eager passengers and lots of...Read more

August 30, 2011

August Whale Sightings

Well, we just did the math. From August 1- 29 we have ran a total of 49 Whale Watches. Of those 49 trips we successfully located whales 47 times. And not just Orca, but Minke and Humpback Whales as well!! That is a 96% success rate at seeing whales on our trips. On top of whales we have also been...Read more

August 29, 2011


Today we traveled all the way to Victoria to see one lone transient. He was magnificent. It was a long haul but when we arrived he appeared to be patrolling up and down the rocks. He has one of the broadest dorsal fins I have ever seen. The word on the street was that he had been harassing a sea...Read more

August 26, 2011

A little bit of Everything

Another calm clear day around San Juan Island. We were able to find most of the Southern Residents heading north past the west side of the island. As we came on scene we found a nice group of about 10 animals traveling together. It was difficult to get good IDs but there was one adult male with the...Read more

August 25, 2011

Whales galore

After two whole days without orcas around (but with Humpbacks and Minkes!) our residents returned to the sound in full force. There were lots of animals around on the way up to see the whales: harbor seals, harbor porpoises, and even a bald eagle! As for the whales, there were groups representing...Read more

August 23, 2011

Lummi-ing Humpbacks

Headed out between Shaw and Lopez Islands, past Orcas and out towards Lummi Island, we were in search of the ever-popular but very elusive (in the Pacific Northwest) humpback whale. Clocking in at an average 45 feet (school bus size) and 80,000 pounds, they are in the top ten largest animals to...Read more

August 22, 2011

Rainy day doesn’t keep the whales away

It wasn’t exactly the nicest day on San Juan Island, but having it rain did not prevent us from going out and seeing the wildlife the Salish Sea has to offer. We first saw a bald eagle perched in a dead looking tree. Then, we saw some whales I haven’t seen for over two months…transients! There were...Read more

August 21, 2011

Enjoying the wildlife in the Salish Sea

The reports were that the killer whales were headed far west, out towards the Pacific Ocean. But this gave us a chance to see all the other wildlife the Salish Sea has to offer. So we headed north out of Friday Harbor on our way to Patos Island. On the way we spotted a whole bunch of harbor seals,...Read more