October 8, 2011

Tail End of the Season

Headed south down the east side of San Juan Island.A single mature bald eagle was spotted up in a tree. We paused to view it, then off it went. We went a bit further south, then stopped a rock outcrop with TONS of Stellars Sea Lions. Lounging, posturing, snoozing, swimming. They where piled up with...Read more

September 2, 2011

Slight chance of wind with heavy marine mammals predicted

The sun may have been shining today, but it was raining marine mammals!!! Shortly after leaving Friday Harbor and heading south we saw a large group of Harbor porpoise. We cut the engine and the miniature Cetaceans that are famously shy were all around the boat and even porpoising out of the water...Read more

August 23, 2011

Lummi-ing Humpbacks

Headed out between Shaw and Lopez Islands, past Orcas and out towards Lummi Island, we were in search of the ever-popular but very elusive (in the Pacific Northwest) humpback whale. Clocking in at an average 45 feet (school bus size) and 80,000 pounds, they are in the top ten largest animals to...Read more

August 1, 2011

Orcas Island and Orca Whales

Today, even the Kittiwake had an adventure! We traveled over to Orcas Island to pick up a family of ten for a private charter and from there on, we were surrounded by a continuous showing by Pacific Northwest wildlife! First, it was a little harbor seal between Lopez and Shaw Islands. Next, it was...Read more

July 6, 2011

Syncronized Surfacings in the Fog

Traveling east between Orcas and Shaw Islands and then south along Lopez, we emerged in the Rosario straight. Despite starting in beautiful and warm Friday Harbor sunshine, we quickly became encompassed in a cool low-lying fog bank (but still at least giving us 225 yards of visibility). Looming off...Read more

June 24, 2011

Rosario or bust

It started raining at exactly 1:00. We slogged out of the harbor under a giant black cloud that seemed to cover only San Juan Island. The farther away we got, the more sun we saw. Finally, headed southeast over the top of Lopez Island and down the east side, we moved out from under the cloud and...Read more

June 2, 2011

Rain to the North but Minke Whales to the South

With storm clouds and rain to the north, we started heading south towards Cattle Pass. Word on the quiet ocean: Minke whales were in the neighborhood. Passing several plump harbor seals hauled out off Cattle Point, we motored out to Salmon Bank and then Hein Bank, areas known for schools of herring...Read more

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