P/C. Sarah McCullagh

September 1, 2020

A Once in A Lifetime Southern Resident Killer Whale Surprise

Olivia | M/V Sea Lion | September 1st, 2020 | 13:30 Every day and every trip in the San Juan Islands are completely unique. With such a strong diversity in the most productive waters in the world, we never truly know what is going to grace our presence. Today solidified that theory. Captain Sarah...Read more
Killer Whale Breaches in Salish Sea

August 30, 2020

Surprise Killer Whales Leap in the Rainfall

Olivia | M/V Kestrel | August 30th, 2020 | 14:00 It was the iconic Pacific Northwest weather today, going into the trip with sunshine and warmth, and ending the trip in rain and clouds. However, we do not let the shift in weather get us down just like it does not get down the whales- our trip...Read more
P/C. Sarah McCullagh

August 25, 2020

Bigg's Killer Whales Visit San Juan Island

Olivia | M/V Sea Lion | August 25th, 2020 | 13:30 We started the day with a report of Transient Orca as we left the dock. This immediately shot Captain Sarah and I into excitement, since every day we leave port having to find whatever whales might be swimming in our waters. Without whales being...Read more
San Juan Island Orca Sunset

August 21, 2020

Bigg's Killer Whales Enjoy A San Juan Island Sunset

Olivia | M/V Sea Lion | August 21st, 2020 | 17:30 Leaving the dock, we were intensely paying attention to our radios, repeaters, and apps on the whereabouts of the Transient Orca we saw previously on the 13:00 trip. Since the whales can travel over a hundred miles in a day, we don’t ever expect...Read more
Bigg's Killer Whales in Haro Strait

August 20, 2020

Killer Whales Swoosh Past San Juan Island

Olivia | M/V Kestrel | August 20, 2020 | 14:00 Leaving the dock, we had a rumored report of Bigg’s Killer Whales in U.S. waters but inching closer to the Canadian border. Due to Covid-19, that border is closed not only on land, but also across the water. Therefore, after a brief stop in Cattle Pass...Read more
PC/ Sarah McCullagh

August 18, 2020

Humpback Whale Sails Through Strait of Georgia

Olivia | M/V Sea Lion | August 18th, 2020 | 13:00 We left the dock today with no whale reports in the area- a completely normal way to start any whale watching trip, especially when you are one of the first boats off the dock. Therefore, Captain Sarah and I agreed to head north towards some...Read more
Transient Orcas at Sunset

August 15, 2020

Bigg's Killer Whales Swim Around Southern San Juan Island

Olivia | M/V Sea Lion | August 15th, 2020 | 17:30 The Transient Orca families we watched on our 13:00 trip traveled too far southeast out of our range to view again, but to our delighted surprise, ANOTHER family group of Bigg’s Killer Whales swam into U.S waters that earlier were milling southeast...Read more
Bigg's Killer Whales near Whidbey Island

August 15, 2020

Bigg's Killer Whales Pass Along Whidbey Island

Olivia | M/V Sea Lion | August 15th, 2020 | 13:00 With Mount Baker standing tall and a warm breeze lightly drifting over the water, we started our long haul towards Whidbey Island in an attempt to see some Bigg’s Killer Whales. Leaving the dock, these 8 individuals were originally just south of...Read more

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