June 18, 2017

Biodiverse Daze

Today was super misty as we motored out of the harbor. We couldn’t see very far ahead as the wooded islands, water, and clouds all melded into one. We headed south through Cattle Pass and out into the Strait of Juan de Fuca. We first encountered a small group of Harbor Porpoise off of Hein Bank (a...Read more
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May 18, 2017

April Showers bring May Humpbacks to the Salish Sea!

M/V Sea Lion had yet another amazing early-season trip on May 17 th , highlighted by numerous wildlife species. Leaving the dock we headed north from Friday Harbor and were treated to almost immediate viewing of bald eagle and other local bird species. As we move closer and closer to summer the...Read more

May 26, 2016

Famous Whales: Big Mama and Calf!

We pushed off from the dock today with a full boat, feeling chilly but hopeful. It wasn’t long before we got reports of humpbacks in Active Pass within the Southern Gulf Islands in Canada, so we headed north out of Friday Harbor hoping to get a look. On our way out of San Juan Channel, we got some...Read more

December 1, 2015

Last Whale Watches of the Season: 11/21 & 11/28

Captain Brian and I finished out a stellar whale watching season here in the San Juans by going five for five on whale sightings in November. These last two trips of the season we were privileged to spend sometime with humpback whales and clear skies! Humpback whales are considered to be the fifth...Read more

May 30, 2015

Humpbacks in Boundary Pass

Today the Sea Lion ventured north under a sunny sky full of happy people and some happy naturalists: Mike and Tyler. We had some reports of Humpback whales up in Canadian waters so that is where we headed! Just outside the harbor we saw our first bald eagle fly overhead along with some rhinoceros...Read more