Minke Whale Feeding

August 8, 2020

Minke Whales Swimming in Salmon Bank

Olivia | M/V Sea Lion | August 8th, 2020 | 13:00 For our afternoon trip, we set out south through San Juan Channel in the direction of Hein Bank. Just outside Griffin Bay we spotted a sea lion whipping around an octopus, providing excitement right off the bat. Prior to emerging into the Strait of...Read more
Minke Whales Feeding

July 26, 2020

Minke Whale Feeding Frenzy

Olivia | M/V Kestrel | July 26th, 2020 | 14:00 After having an exciting morning trip, we were already enthused for our afternoon adventure! We immediately went south towards Whale Rocks in hopes to see the Steller’s Sea Lions to which they greeted us with lots of water wrestling and face biting!...Read more
Minke Whales near San Juan Island

July 26, 2020

Minke Whales Take Over Hein Bank

Olivia | M/V Kestrel July 26th, 2020 | 10:00 On our morning adventure trip out into the islands, we first decided to stop at Whale Rocks to view about five Steller’s Sea Lions (!!) and many Harbor Seals. It is extra exciting to be seeing Steller’s Sea Lions this time of year because they migrate to...Read more
Bigg's Killer Whales near Long Island

July 18, 2020

Bigg's Killer Whales Swim Among Jellyfish

Olivia | M/V Sea Lion | July 18th, 2020 | 13:30 It was the most picture-perfect day on the water we have had yet. Immensely sunny, WARM, Mount Baker and Mount Rainier flawlessly in view, the Olympic Mountains defined on the horizon, and calm seas. We traveled south gazing at Harbor Seals hauled out...Read more

August 22, 2017

We Love Humpback Whale Appearances in the San Juans!

[08/22/17- M/V Sea Lion- Kelsey, Naturalist- 1:30PM] Up until about 2002, there hadn’t been any humpback whales seen in the Salish Sea for over 60 years, because they were hunted until they were close to extinction. Since being put on the endangered species list, they have made quite the comeback,...Read more

June 22, 2013

Orcas and Minkes at Eagle Point

Today was sunny and beautiful for a whale watch. Captain Jim, Captain Chris, and myself departed with a full boat on the Kittiwake and made our way down and around San Juan Island. We experienced some strong currents going through cattle pass due to the summer solstice and full moon being so close...Read more

September 8, 2012

Minkes and River Otters!

Today we were lucky enough to see Minke whales on all three of our trips! We encountered them in Griffin Bay, Cattle Pass, and Haro Strait. September weather has also been treating us nicely with beautiful sunny days, and glassy seas. The real treat however was near the end of the day when we saw...Read more

July 30, 2012

Spotted...

Another Minke Whale southeast of Lopez Island, a couple miles offshore, Rosario Strait (48°21.55’N 122°48.78’W). Captain Mike, also known as "Minke Mike", was the first to spot him and soon after, the fleet moved in. This whale seemed a bit distant at first, luring us into the strait, but...Read more

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