Bigg's Killer Whales in the Salish Sea

July 22, 2019

A Wild Invasion of Bigg's Killer Whales!

Olivia | July 22nd, 2019 | M/V Kestrel | 11:00am Despite the beautiful sunshine, Olympic mountain range silhouetting the southern horizon, and Mount Baker proudly standing above the San Juan Islands, we ended up having fairly rough seas as we headed out on our adventure. We left Friday Harbor aware...Read more

July 20, 2019

Breathing and Breaching Bigg's!!!

Laura C. | 7/20/2019 | M/V Sea Lion | 1:30/5:30pm Today was a perfect day out on the water, filled with glorious wildlife! Our first trip aboard M/V Sea Lion was wonderful, consisting of harbor seals, porpoises and Bigg’s killer whales! An adorable harbor seal popped up on the port side of our...Read more
Bigg's Killer Whales Breaching!

June 29, 2019

Bigg's Killer Whales Breaching Near Point Roberts!!

Laura C./ 6-29-2019/ M/V Sea Lion / 1:30pm Today was an outstanding day out on the water! Our vessel Sea Lion traveled far north towards Point Roberts! We were so excited to see a large family of Bigg’s killer whales demonstrating an abundance of surface activity!! As our vessel approached the...Read more
Two Bigg's Killer Whale Families

June 28, 2019

Two Bigg's Killer Whale Families Join Together!

Laura C. | 6-28-2019 | M/V Kestrel | 11:00am This afternoon was an awesome day to spend on the water! Captain Gabe drove M/V Kestrel north and stopped along Spieden Island to see some cool wildlife, including bald eagles and harbor seals! We continued onward and were so excited to find TWO Bigg’s...Read more
A transient killer whale calf porpoising through the water.

August 1, 2017

Just Some Transient Orcas Breaching, No Big Deal

[8/1/17- M/V Sea Lion- Kelsey, Naturalist- 1:30PM] Ya know what days are the best? Days with orca whales and their babies breaching and feeding amongst calm seas with sunlight and warm weather and perfection… yes, it almost seems too good to be true. But, today was one of those days! Coming up into...Read more

June 1, 2012

Orcas and Minkes, Oh my!

It was a calm and foggy day out on the water. The majestic M/V Sea Lion cruised out of the mist on an exploration for whales! We headed south through Cattle Pass towards Admiralty Inlet, and just beyond Smith Island (48°20’N, 122°58’W), we found two groups of transient orcas. We estimated about 10...Read more