October 3, 2021

The Fall Migration of Humpback Whales Begins

Haleigh | M/V Kestrel | October 3, 2021 | 2:00 pm Through the summer in the Salish Sea, we have the opportunity to spend time with Humpback Whales. Humpback Whales migrate to colder, nutrient-rich waters to take advantage of the abundance of food -- Sand Lances, Herring, and Krill. It’s important...Read more

September 21, 2021

Steller Sea Lions, Foraging Bigg’s Killer Whales and Good Vibes

Maxx K. | M/V Sea Lion | 09/21/2021 | 1:30pm Today was awesome. Not only did I get to work with Abby and Gabe on Sea Lion, we got to watch an incredible family of whales actively hunting and killing what I assumed to be a harbor seal! We left Friday Harbor on a mission: whales had been spotted...Read more
Bigg's Killer Whale

September 20, 2021

Spy hops galore with the T065B Killer Whales

Maxx K. | M/V Kestrel | 09/20/2021 | 2:00pm Today’s tour was a naturalist's dream. When Solan pulled Kestrel out of Friday Harbor we turned northward. A family of unidentified Bigg’s Killer Whales had been reported off the south side of Saturna Island. We had our heading and off we went! We stopped...Read more

September 20, 2021

Bigg’s Killer Whales, T65B’s, Traveling along Saturna Island

Haleigh | M/V Sea Lion | September 20, 2021 | 1:30 pm For our classic whale watching excursion, we decided to travel north through the San Juan Channel. Reports of some killer whales were far up north towards Saturna Island, meaning we needed to make a straight shot there. We passed by Jones Island...Read more

September 16, 2021

Bigg’s Orca, Humpback Whales, and a Warship!

Maxx K. | M/V Kestrel | 09/16/2021 | 2:00pm Kestrel flew out of Friday harbor with purpose this morning: a family of Bigg’s Killer whales had been reported passing through Deception Pass State Park and were now traveling across the Juan De Fuca. We stopped briefly at goose island to observe the...Read more
Transient Orcas traveling near Lopez Island

September 16, 2021

Call Your Grandma!

Haleigh | M/V Sea Lion | September 16, 2021 | 2:00 pm Family ties are incredibly important for many animals. Staying connected with your relatives is a way for information and culture to be passed down. For killer whales, older relatives act as a necessary resource for learning how to be an orca in...Read more

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