Killer Whale

October 30, 2017

Fall in the San Juan Islands

(October 28, 2017) Autumn is the best season to experience the San Juan Islands. The crowds of visitors have thinned dramatically, weather is often epic, and wildlife is more abundant than in the summer. This fall has been exceptional. Bobbing out upon the Salish Sea under crystal clear skies, my...Read more
Two Humpbacks!

October 26, 2017

Persistence Pays Off! Humpbacks in the San Juan Islands

[Naturalist Sarah – 10/26/2017 – M/V Sea Lion – 12:00pm] Today was a great example of why we never stop scanning the water as we travel through the Salish Sea. After a whirlwind adventure north into the Canadian Gulf Islands, our persistence was rewarded by an encounter with a pair of humpback...Read more
Humpback Whale MMY0024

October 23, 2017

Rainbows lead you to.... whales!

[Naturalist Sarah – 10/22/2017 – M/V Sea Lion – 12:00pm] Yesterday, we had a beautiful day avoiding the raindrops in the Salish Sea. Leaving Friday Harbor we elected to head north on a possible rumor of a humpback whale in the Canadian Gulf Islands. This time of year our reports often start as...Read more
Humpback Whale

September 24, 2017

A Fantastic Autumn Humpback Whale Watch!

A Look Back At Our Fantastic Trip [Naturalist Alexandria – 09/20/2017 – M/V Sea Lion – 12:00pm] Our energetic group boarded Sea Lion on a crisp September afternoon, ready to explore the water surrounding San Juan Island to see what wildlife we could find! We ventured north and began our search for...Read more
Humpback Whale 'Divot' Fluking

June 29, 2017

Humpbacks in the House!

(6/28/17 - Kittiwake 12:00 PM Departure) Today M/V Kittiwake went out for a private charter with Amy, Steve and their Evergreen guide Justin, and what a delightful group they were! We moseyed to Hein Bank, a common feeding ground for the larger baleen whales in the area, and looked at other...Read more
Humpback Whale Fluking

June 25, 2017

Humpbacks and Minkes with Mountain Views

(6/24/17 - Kestrel 10AM and 2PM Departure) Today we left Friday Harbor and headed South toward some common whale feeding grounds. We found one lone humpback whale milling around a small area. One major difference between toothed whales (orcas) and baleen whales (humpback whales) is their social...Read more
Transient Orcas

June 18, 2017

The Fog Can't Stop Us: Humpback and Transient Whales

(06/18/2017 -Kestrel 2:00 pm Departure) Today was a true Pacific Northwest day here in the San Juan Islands, with light rain and fog throughout the entire day. We headed South towards reports of transient killer whales. On our way to the whale report we stopped by the whale rocks to see some...Read more