July 22, 2022

Biggs Killer Whales in the Strait of Juan De Fuca

July 22 nd , 2022 Abby Dahl 2pm M/V Kestrel Captain Eric and I started our tour with plumose anemones and sea slugs; critters that call the underside of the docks and pilings their home. It’s one of my favorite things to do with guests, to work our way up the trophic scale by starting with the...Read more

July 21, 2022

Humpbacks and Biggs Killer Whales; A Child's Perspective

July 21 st , 2022 Abby Dahl 2pm M/V Sea Lion Captain Erick and I chugged out of a busy Roche Harbor, with our sights set on a humpback whale just north of Stuart Island on the Canadian border. We cruised by some thermoregulating harbor seals and their newborn pups, with the sun glistening off the...Read more

July 19, 2022

A Canadian Journey to Bigg’s Killer Whales

Maxx K. | M/V Osprey | 07/19/2022 | 12:30pm Me oh my it was a beauty out there! There wasn't a gust of wind out on the water today and you could see blue sky clear down until the bold and beautiful Olympic Mountains. Osprey absolutely flew today, zooming up through the San Juan Channel and rounding...Read more

July 8, 2022

T065A's; A Biggs Killer Whale Matriline

July 8 th , 2022 Abby Dahl 10am Kestrel Captain Gabe and I zipped out of the harbor with hopes of seeing some Biggs killer whales spotted north. Rumor had it that they were the T065A’s, my favorite matriline in all the Salish Sea, quite possibly my favorite whales in the entire world. The T065A’s...Read more

June 30, 2022

Biggs Killer Whales at Race Rocks, British Columbia

June 30 th , 2022 Abby Dahl 10am M/V Kestrel Captain Michael and I peeled out of the harbor, knowing it was about to be a long journey in our search for whales. We had only one report of Bigg’s killer whales near Race Rocks in British Columbia, Canada, so we took a right and began heading south...Read more

June 27, 2022

OverWhalemed by Bigg’s Killer Whales

Maxx K. | M/V Kestrel | 06/27/2022 | 2:00pm It’s was a bomby summers day. Kestrel absolutely flew threw the San Juan Channel, cutting through the velvety water with ease. We raced up and around through Waldron Island, stopping briefly once to scope out Skipjack Island and dozens of Harbor seals...Read more

June 26, 2022

A New Family of Biggs Killer Whales off Sucia Island

Maxx K. | M/V Osprey | 06/26/2022 | 12:30pm Today was hotter than hades! No doubt about it, summer is officially here. Osprey slowly put putted its way out of Friday Harbor, north through the San Juan Channel and around again into Presidents Channel. A family of Biggs Killer Whales known as the...Read more

June 21, 2022

Breaching Bigg’s Orcas and a Beautiful Interisland Journey

Maxx K. | M/V Kestrel | 06/21/2022 | 2:00pm One of my favorite things about working as a naturalist is trying to interpret what is going on in the head of a whale. They are assumed to be some of the smartest creatures on the planet: Killer whales in particular have the second largest brains in the...Read more