June 3, 2011

Mt. Rainier Ahoy!

The clear, sunny day brought out the normally elusive harbor porpoise…and Mt. Rainier! The massive volcano, which is over a hundred miles away, was in the backdrop of as we headed through Cattle Pass. There we saw a minke whale, harbor seals, stellar sea lions and many harbor porpoises. Once in the...Read more

May 31, 2011

A harbor seal meal for many

Wildlife galore today! We departed Friday Harbor with a northbound heading: towards the sunshine. We had quite a pleasant ride up into the waters of Canada, with a few gray harbor porpoises traveling with us and a silver harbor seal peering at us from the ocean. Off in the distance, we spotted five...Read more

May 30, 2011

Circumnavigating San Juan Island for Transients

It's not too often we have the opportunity to circumnavigate San Juan Island; it usually isn't terribly convenient for where we have to travel and the amount of time we have to do it in. But today was the exception to the rule. We got the call in early that there were orcas spotted off of Canada's...Read more

May 30, 2011

Hel-Lo L-pod!

On Sunday, May 29th we ventured out on two trips to accommodate all of our holiday weekend whale watchers. And successful we were. Headed northbound, we stopped by Spieden island to see the non-native Mouflon sheep and Sika and Fallow deer. Further on, we saw several harbor seals and Stellar sea...Read more

May 27, 2011

Possible post-hunt transients milling about off Saturna Island

After a night of rain, I woke up this morning to still more rain, as it sometimes goes here in Washington. But as the day progressed, the weather got better and better. By the time our departure time rolled around, it was looking pretty good and sunny out here in the San Juan Islands. From Friday...Read more

May 26, 2011

Transients up North

We headed north with reports of Orca up near Pender Island. By the time we were on the water about 30 minutes the next report came in that the whales were moving steadily north towards active pass. We were committed to finding Orca for our passengers so we continued on. As we reached active pass we...Read more

May 24, 2011


Today we saw two Transient Orcas way up on the west side of Pender Island. One of them was a big male with a huge dorsal that we identified as T20. He had one of the coolest, most unique fins I have seen so far. With a couple of notches and a port-side lean, his dorsal was easy to ID even from...Read more

May 22, 2011

Big and small black and whites: Orcas and Dall's porpoises

Heading south from Friday Harbor, we had word that a potential transient pod was seen off Middle Bank and was headed further out towards the Strait of Juan De Fuca. With the traveling pod in mind, we searched out in that direction. After a about and hour and a half of travel, fifteen plus miles and...Read more