Bigg's Killer Whales near San Juan Island

July 21, 2019

Killer Whale Feeding Frenzy in the Golden Glassy Seas

Olivia | July 21st, 2019 | M/V Kestrel | 3:00pm PSA: Long Blog for an epic afternoon! After having an incredible morning trip, Captain Gabe and I set out again to find the whales we had the opportunity to see in the morning, and potentially stumble upon some more. As we were leaving Friday Harbor,...Read more
Bigg's Killer Whales near Clark Island

July 16, 2019

Playful Killer Whales near Clark Island

Olivia | July 16th, 2019 | M/V Sea Lion | 1:30pm Today was a gorgeous day out on the water! We had multiple sightings reported for whales in our area, and Captain Gabe decided to go with our best option of heading south just a wee bit before passing between Shaw and Lopez Islands. Between these...Read more
Killer Whales Near San Juan Island

July 1, 2019

Killer Whales in San Juan Channel Have a T Party!

Olivia | July 1st, 2019 | M/V Sea Lion | 6:00pm What a spectacular sunset this evening! We had a small group of about 9 passengers who were able to enjoy the evening with myself and Captain Brian. The best part? We didn’t have to travel far until we saw Bigg’s Killer Whales! We first viewed the...Read more

June 23, 2019

Humpback and Transients in Northern Waters!

Jordan | M/V Kestrel | 06/23/19 | 11:00am The day started with clouds floating low in the sky. It wasn’t the typical overcast but somehow much more beautiful as they hid the distant mountains. Captain Gabe and I took the Kestrel out of Friday Harbor and headed north through the San Juan Channel. We...Read more
dorsal fin

June 6, 2019

Fidalgo Island Orcas! 06/06/19

Jordan | M/V Kestrel | 06/06/19 | 11:00am As the sun shone bright overhead and the Salish sea beckoned us to join her, Captain Brian, Naturalist Sarah and I set out towards promising reports of humpback whales up north. But then, almost immediately, we got a brand new report of orca whales off in...Read more

June 19, 2018

Rare Transients

It was the warmest evening we had so far this season and the sunset tour was just about to kick off with some reports of killer whales East of Orcas Island. We didn’t yet know what group of whales were over there, but we decided to head that way and find out! The wind was amazingly warm and most of...Read more

July 2, 2017

Beautiful Transient Killer Whale Encounter in Eastern San Juans

07/02/17, Lauren Fritz, M/V Sea Lion, San Juan Safaris, 1:30 and 5:30 pm Tours What a magical day of Bigg's Killer Whales! We encountered several different family pods on the east side of Orcas Island today, over in Rosario Strait. We enjoyed some breathtaking views of the T36's and a number of...Read more
Male killer whale surfacing

May 31, 2017

Weekend visit from the T101 family group of Orcas

[Sunday, May 28, 2017 -- M/V Sea Lion -- 12:00pm and 5:30pm tours] On Sunday we had an incredible demonstration of the strength and power of killer whales. We often throw out the stat that killer whales can travel over 100 miles a day, and we saw that fist hand from one of my very favorite families...Read more