July 13, 2011

Porpoising and porpoises

J pod porpoised north along the west coast of San Juan Island, as each breath exposed most of their flanks. Traveling at great speeds, the orcas manipulated the drag of water to propel their colossal bodies forward and out into the frictionless air. The pod was separated into smaller groups which...Read more

July 12, 2011

Flying whales and swooping baldies

O Canadaaaa, you have the resident orcas in your waters and we are coming to see them! North out of the harbor, past Yellow Island (hello, plump harbor seals!), along Spieden Island (any Mouflon sheep?), around Flattop Island, across to Waldron Island (shy harbor porpoises) and across the Haro...Read more

July 10, 2011

Baby K

Another beautiful day as we motored south down the San Juan Channel toward Cattle Pass. It was slightly overcast but we could see Mt Baker standing tall to our east. We stopped to look at a juvenile bald eagle sitting atop a rock otherwise covered with seals and had an "awwww" moment when a tiny...Read more

July 10, 2011

Just us and the Whales

Last night brought one of the nicest evening tours I can remember. I decided to ride along as a passenger and try getting some pictures of Orcas. As we cleared Cattle Pass we headed up the west side of San Juan Island looking for any members of the resident pods. It didn't take long to see a blow,...Read more

July 9, 2011

Abundant Wildlife

Southbound from Friday Harbor, we went in search of Pacific northwest wildlife. Along the way, we saw harbor porpoises just in the San Juan Channel north of the harbor. A few harbor seals were spotted frolicking in the waves, perhaps foraging or playing. As we rounded Henry Island along the...Read more

July 2, 2011

Males and Minkes

Today was sunny, warm, and absolutely beautiful as we left Friday Harbor in search of the wildlife that calls the Salish Sea home. On our way out we spotted several harbor porpoises in all different directions from the boat. We also stopped to watch some harbor seals that were not only hauled out...Read more

June 29, 2011

Clouds and Whales and Rain and Sun

Our adventures today started off a little cool, cloudy and choppy as we traveled south towards Cattle Pass. Along the way, we stopped for some harbor seals hauled out attempting to bask but then found others at the Pass being more efficient with their time (there was no sun for basking) hunting for...Read more

June 26, 2011

Playful Pod

The sun was shining and the waters were calm as we headed north in search of wildlife. Just as we left Friday Harbor, we spotted a harbor seal poking his head out of the water and slowed down to get a better look. We continued our journey enjoying the beautiful day and the sites of the surrounding...Read more

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