May 28, 2018

Two Humpbacks in the Strait of Georgia

Wednesday, May 23 rd | M/V Kestrel | 2:00 PM This afternoon, Captain Gabe and I assisted our guests aboard the M/V Kestrel and set out to find some whales! With only second-hand reports we headed north to check things out. We arrived off Jones Island and slowed to nearly a stop. Scanning the waters...Read more

May 16, 2018

Humpback Mom and Calf Catch Some Rays and Some Much-Needed Rest

Wednesday, May 16 | M/V Sea Lion | 12:00 Noon The M/V Sea Lion left Friday Harbor today and headed south into the glorious San Juan sunshine towards a report of two humpback whales near Salmon Bank, just off Cattle Point. Captain Pete, naturalist Rachel, myself, and our guests arrived on scene to...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 tail

March 25, 2017

Humpback in the San Juans

Friday, March 24 th , turned into a fabulous day on the water! Captain Mike, guests aboard the M/V Sea Lion, and I were hopeful that the cool spring day would turn something up, and we were not disappointed! During this early season, we usually leave the docks with no reports. I did not let this...Read more
Breaching killer whale calf

July 27, 2016

Js in the Straits! Resident orcas near the San Juan Islands

Today Captain Brian and I had a lovely charter of three people on our newest vessel M/V Kestrel. This boat is pure fun, reaching speeds of up to 35 knots. Today was an ideal day for Kestrel: smooth water, sunny skies and whales in the area! This summer has been interesting for our Southern Resident...Read more

August 20, 2013

New Old Faces

There have been some subtle changes in the Salish Sea of late. Common murres have been flooding in, little phalaropes are again congregating at current lines, and it seems that another Steller’s sea lion adds itself to the slumberfest at Whale Rocks each day. In the coming days and weeks other...Read more

August 12, 2013

Transient Orcas and Humpbacks in the San Juans!

With the grey clouds clearing Captain Mike, Tyler, the guests, and I left Friday Harbor heading north towards Speiden Channel. Just off the south west end of Speiden Island, we encountered a Humpback Whale mother and her calf! Humpbacks are sometimes spotted in the Salish Sea during their migration...Read more