May 20, 2011

Whale Extravaganza!

Departed at low tide and headed south through Cattle Pass. There was word of Minke's and J-pod out towards Port Townsend. On the drive out we saw lots of Gulls feeding in bait, which is a good sign for whales. We arrived on scene about an hour after departing the harbor. As we slowly approached the...Read more

May 19, 2011

A sunny, Minke kind of day

The sun was shining as we left the harbor and headed south toward Cattle Pass. A few of the seals hauled out on the rocks lazily lifted their heads to give us a quick glance before returning to their afternoon nap. A river otter scampered down the shoreline and slid into the water, quickly...Read more

May 2, 2011

It started off a rainy Monday and turned into a great wildlife watching day. We headed north out of the Harbor and up toward Speiden Island. It was raining steadily but there were a dozen Steller Seal Lions hauled out at the point and more in the water. Some of them were only half way out of the...Read more

April 16, 2011

Today was one of the sunniest, most beautiful days we have had all month, just in time for the official start of our season. The waters were calm as we headed out of the harbor toward Jones Island. The seals seemed to be as appreciative of the sun as we were and literally covered every exposed rock...Read more

March 29, 2011

March 27, 2011 The first charter of the season Today was the first official charter of the 2011 season! Â Captain Mike Kramer along with naturalists Colleen, Laura, and Mike took 22 brave passengers out in the cool temperatures and overcast skies. The group arrived from Seattle in style on the...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

August 19, 2010

Singing in the Rain and Breaching in the Sun

I went out with an especially cheerful group of people who were 0ld friends with eachother. In 1992, they flew around the world in small planes, over Russia. Now they get together every year, and this year they got together in San Juan and chartered the Kittiwake. The name of their group was the...Read more

August 19, 2010

West Side Sunset

Last evening we headed towards the southern tip of San Juan where Cattle Point Lighthouse is located.  This is our last week of sunset tours and I'm really going to miss the way that lighthouse looks against a setting sun. That thought was interrupted when we spotted Stellar Sea Lions showing off...Read more