July 28, 2010

Gratitude

The afternoon reports were in. There were ten to fifteen orca whales spotted near Stuart Island. We traveled north and encountered the orcas near Turn Point. Turn Point is the very northwest piece of continental land in the United States! Captain Mike slowed the boat as we approached the misty...Read more

June 29, 2010

BP's Mismanagement of Resources

In the San Juan Islands, we are blessed with an abundance of wildlife. We are one of 7 places on Earth with a high population of orcas. Almost every single day for the past two weeks we have seen them off the west side of our very own island, San Juan. The west side of the island is where the land...Read more

June 27, 2010

It Was An L Kind of Day

Meaning that it was calm and relaxed and just a chill day on the water. L pod is known for being a little more relaxed in their activities and that energy carries over to the whole trip. A calf did treat us to a goodbye breach though. Our cruise started out with some excitement when a bald eagle...Read more

June 26, 2010

A new view

What a beautiful day it was out today! Lately the Orcas have been cruising the west side of San Juan Island so when the reports came in today of whales over by Lummi island I was really excited. Whales and somewhere new to see! Lummi Island is located just off of Bellingham. We barely made it out...Read more

June 25, 2010

Orcas Breathing in Our Midst

Softly we sat and watched the whales about 700 yards away from us. At first we could only see white wake, their bodies like boats zooming through the water. As we waited, their dorsal fins began to loom in the distance. We followed them as they swam parallel to us west along the south side of...Read more

June 24, 2010

Swimming With Orcas

Ok, not really, but wouldn't that be cool. We did spend time with the orcas though and had a lovely afternoon on the west side of San Juan Island. There was Ruffles, our big old male, some of his other J pod mates and lots of swimming going on. Not every encounter with the orcas is a circus of...Read more

June 20, 2010

Chillin' In The San Juans

It was a cool and blustery overcast day in the San Juan Islands today, but that did not stop us from spending time with the orcas. On the west side of San Juan Island, from Kellet Bluff to Lime Kiln Point State Park, we tracked several orcas through the surf. Of the animals that we were able to...Read more

June 7, 2010

Fun n Sun

What a pleasant surprise the gorgeous weather was today. The sun was shining, it was warm and there were whales! What more could one really ask for? Except for the whales to be headed right in our direction, and as it turned out they were!! The plan was to head straight for the whales which were...Read more

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