sea lions on whale rocks with seagulls

June 27, 2018

Happy Hump Day!

Jordan | June 26, 2018 | M/V Sea Lion | 1:30 trip Another lovely day began with leaving Friday Harbor at our newly scheduled time of 1:30 pm. Captain Mike, Naturalist Erick and I headed south through the San Juan Channel and past Cattle Pass. A group of giant Steller sealions were crawling high up...Read more

June 25, 2018

Whale Breath

Captain Pete and I were taking off for our second trip of the day along with a handful of cheerful guests. We had been with some transient orcas earlier today who had swum out of our reach for our sunset trip, so we were hoping to find a humpback hanging out nearby. We headed down the San Juan...Read more

June 25, 2018

Perfect Day

Captain Mike, our excited guests, and I took off down the San Juan Channel on a peaceful Saturday afternoon. Firstly, Captain Mike went through the inside of Turn Island and came out at a harbor seal haul out to observe some seals who happened to have some pups with them! We then continued down the...Read more
Playing whales

June 22, 2018

Celebratory Cetaceans

Jordan | June 22, 2018 | M/V Sea Lion | 12:00 noon What an amazing day out on the water! Captain Mike, Naturalist Rachel and I voyaged out of Friday Harbor towards a report of whales traveling along the east side of Lopez Island. We traveled north up the Upright channel where we saw two bald eagles...Read more

August 30, 2017

Orcas Make for Happy Days in the San Juans

[08/29/17- M/V Sea Lion- Kelsey, Naturalist- 1:30PM] Smoke returned slightly to the San Juan Islands today, but that didn’t get us down on our whale watch and wildlife tour on M/V Sea Lion! We departed Friday Harbor in high spirits, ready to see what would await us as we trekked through some of the...Read more

August 24, 2017

Tiny Humpback Hangs Out in the San Juans

[Naturalist Sarah C. 8/24/17 M/V Sea Lion 1:30 Departure] An itty bitty humpback has been spotted perusing the waters south of Lopez Island for three days in a row now. This little whale nubbin obviously favors his chosen location, and it's an unusual one for massive baleen whales like him to be...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
Orcas

April 22, 2017

Whale Watching in Wild Waters

Captain Mike seemed antsy to board our guests and depart on the day’s safari. The skies were dark and brooding, but there wasn’t a puff of wind and the channel outside of Friday Harbor was calm. By the time we left the dock, the wind had cranked up and white caps busted against the bow, blurring...Read more

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