June 25, 2011

Lob tails and spy hops!

We were excited to depart Friday Harbor with sun, glass waters and a boat full of passengers who’ve never seen whales in the wild before. We headed north into Canadian waters where the orcas were last sited. After viewing harbor seals hauled out on the rocks, we continued into the Strait of Georgia...Read more

June 19, 2011

Orca DNA Swap Meet

Any time you're thinking about getting on a boat, check the sky and then cross your fingers. Today we had intermittent sunshine over Friday Harbor and dark gray low-hanging clouds to the south. And to the south we went... with fingers crossed that the clouds would continue out to sea and away from...Read more

June 18, 2011

Rain no; Orcas yes!

We narrowly escaped the rain today; luckily, by trip departure time it was done raining in the San Juan Islands. Overcast weather and threats of rain don't keep the whales away though and as we rounded Cattle Point and came up along the west side in some choppy waves, we were rewarded for our...Read more

June 17, 2011


Today we got spoiled: we had a choice between two transient killer whale pods! The first group was called in as located off Sidney Island on the Canadian side of the Haro straight. We left the harbor with these whales in mind but then we got another call; a second pod was seen between Saturna and...Read more

June 15, 2011

Transients Galore

The M/V Sea lion departed Friday Harbor with reports of Transient Orcas coming from Thatcher Pass. We motored past Yellow Island and stopped to check out some harbor seals hauled out on the rocks. After that we headed towards Green Point on Spieden Island and noticed some blows on the north side of...Read more

June 10, 2011

Plentiful Piscivores

With one short of a full boat and some sunshine peeking through the intermittent clouds, we took the Sea Lion up north towards Canadian waters in search of some Pacific northwest wildlife. Just outside the harbor as we were coming around the corner, a passenger spotted a bald eagle perched high in...Read more

June 9, 2011

Resident Orca Whales Today

We headed north out of Friday Harbor with reports that there were some orcas coming down the Strait of Georgia towards Saturna Island. On our way to start our search in Canadian waters we were lucky enough to encounter lots of harbor seals hauled out on the rocks at Yellow Island and some more at...Read more

June 6, 2011

sunshine and minke whales

Another beautiful day on the water! We headed south through Cattle pass, stopping to take a quick peek and a steller hauled out on the rocks. When we got a little closer we were surprised to see a male California sea lion lounging beside the steller. I have spent a lot of time around CA sea lions...Read more