September 27, 2021

9 Biggs Killer Whales Amidst Ocean Swells and Rainbows

Abby | M/V Kestrel | 2pm | 9/27/2021 Captain Gabe and I haven’t been on Kestrel together for a long time, and for that reason we knew it was going to be a great day. We left the dock with the only sighting report of the day, which was a long shot… but we were determined to make it work. We zipped...Read more

September 23, 2021

A Meditative Biggs Killer Whale Encounter

Abby | M/V Kestrel | 2pm | 9/23/2021 Captain Eric and I zoomed out of the harbor, a new sighting report coming from the north, close to Waldron Island. We popped over to Flattop Island on our way to view the lazy harbor seals who were sprawled out on the rocky shoreline, thermoregulating their...Read more
Bigg's Killer Whale

September 20, 2021

Spy hops galore with the T065B Killer Whales

Maxx K. | M/V Kestrel | 09/20/2021 | 2:00pm Today’s tour was a naturalist's dream. When Solan pulled Kestrel out of Friday Harbor we turned northward. A family of unidentified Bigg’s Killer Whales had been reported off the south side of Saturna Island. We had our heading and off we went! We stopped...Read more

September 18, 2021

11 Biggs Killer Whales From Four Matrilines

September 18 th , 2021 Abby | M/V Kestrel | 2pm | 9/18/2021 Captain Solan and I zoomed south in San Juan Channel, cumulonimbus clouds rising steadily in front of Mount Baker. We headed over to Goose Island where double-crested cormorants stood atop their haystack-style nests and glaucous gulls...Read more
Bigg's Killer Whale

September 10, 2021

Bigg’s Killer Whales And Dungeness National Park!

Maxx K. | M/V Kestrel | 09/10/2021 | 2:00pm Kestrel raced through the San Juan Channel and swiftly popped out into the open Juan de Fuca. Now we’re full steam ahead. A popular family of six whales had been spotted hard south just north of Port Williams but getting there would mean 50 minutes of...Read more

September 9, 2021

The T018 Biggs Killer Whale Matriline in Rosario Strait

Abby | M/V Kestrel | 2pm | 9/9/2021 Captain Solan and I slipped out of the harbor, deliberately cruising south through San Juan Channel to spot many different species, including: Steller Sea Lions Harbor Seals Double-Crested Cormorants Pelagic Cormorants Glaucous-Winged Gulls Marbled Murrelets...Read more

September 8, 2021

20 Biggs Killer Whales

Abby | M/V Kestrel | 2pm | 9/8/2021 Captain Solan and I cruised out of the harbor with the intention of viewing what is known as a “T-Party,” where several families of transient, or Biggs, killer whales were playfully interacting with one another. We zipped in between Shaw and Lopez Island, through...Read more
Bigg's Killer Whale

September 4, 2021

Seas of Glass and Bigg’s Killer Whales

Maxx K. | M/V Sea Lion | 09/04/2021 | 1:30pm Today was another grey day. It felt like 7:00pm all afternoon as the sun never seemed to be able to creep out from behind the clouds. Yet still, the seas were flat calm, glassy. These are perfect whale spotting conditions and myself and our boatful of...Read more

Pages