Orca Spy Hop

July 1, 2021

Gregarious Killer Whales off Waldron Island

Maxx K. | M/V Sea Lion | 07/01/2021 | 2:00 It was a gorgeous afternoon on the water today, a perfect 70 degrees and calm as could be as we left Friday harbor with a boatful of excited guests. We turned northward, heading up and through the San Juan channel following rumors of whales approaching...Read more
Bigg's Killer Whales in San Juan Channel

August 28, 2020

Bigg's Killer Whales Hunting Marine Mammals in San Juan Channel

Olivia | M/V Sea Lion | August 28th, 2020 | 13:30 It was a flawless day out on the water this afternoon. Captain Pete and I were lucky enough to inform our passengers that we were leaving the dock with a rumored whale report in the area, which already made it a special day. What was even better?...Read more

August 7, 2019

Bigg's Whales Hunting Seals at Flattop!

Jordan | M/V Sea Lion | 08/07/19 | 5:30pm This sunset tour turned into one of my favorite tours yet! It all started with Captain Pete, Naturalist Laura and I heading out of Friday Harbor. We couldn’t believe our luck! Immediately, we heard reports of orca whales literally swimming 15 minutes away...Read more

May 25, 2014

T049's in the San Juan Channel

We left Friday harbor today with a report of the same Transients we found the night before traveling slowly up the San Juan channel! I always love days like this because it means after looking at the whales, we can show the guests all of the other amazing wildlife the San Juan islands have to offer...Read more

August 25, 2012

Transient Orcas Traveling the Inner Islands

Today we found 5 Transient Orcas headed west in Rosario Strait between Cypress and Orcas Island (48°31.68N 122°48.62W). It was the T36’s and T39’s who appeared to be finishing off part of a kill. They were circling around the area and aggressively deep diving towards the center, gathering any...Read more

April 30, 2012

Whale Watch Report for April 30th 2012

Almost left a naturalist at the dock today! With the winds prevailing, the naturalist wasn’t quite fast enough to get on board once she let the lines loose. Luckily the captain came back to pick her up at the “Spring Street Landing” dock. With all on board we headed out through the San Juan Channel...Read more