June 20, 2017

Heather and Divot - Two Humpbacks in the Strait of Georgia

Lauren Fritz, Naturalist, M/V Sea Lion, 6/20/17, 1:30 pm & 5:30 pm tours Anyone who's around me long enough has fallen victim to my ramblings about how amazing humpback whales are. I spend a significant portion of my year with these whales down in Maui, one of their main breeding grounds, so it...Read more
Orca Breaches

June 8, 2017

It's time to celebrate! Orca Awareness Month in Washington State

Orca Surfacing
Southern Resident Killer Whale surfacing Sarah McCullagh

It’s the most magical month of the year! It’s Orca Awareness Month! At San Juan Safaris we believe that every month is Orca Awareness Month, but since 2006 Washington State has officially recognized our Southern Resident Killer Whales in the month of June.

The month-long, now multi-state and international, celebration was started by the local organization Orca Network to, “bring together researchers, advocates, and orca lovers everywhere to raise the awareness of the threats facing these magnificent animals and provide a community to celebrate orca of the Salish Sea.” Locally we celebrate the month by hosting advocacy events that range from formal speakers and parades, to small beach clean-ups and laboratory open houses.

May 29, 2017

A Crazy Epic Whale Day on M/V Kestrel

Something magical happens when two very different worlds collide and are able to coexist with each other in harmony, even if just for an hour. The human world aboard M/V Kestrel had a chance to link up with the mesmerizing orca world of the Transient killer whales today off of Green Point on...Read more

April 28, 2017

Humpback Whale North of the San Juan Islands

Today we left Friday Harbor with no immediate reports of whales in the area. But, as whale and wildlife watching goes, there was ample opportunity for a great day on the water. As we started heading North to survey for whales we got the report of a humpback whale in Boundary Pass just South of the...Read more
Transient Orca

April 23, 2017

Killer Whales, Yes; Sasquatch, Unconfirmed

I drained a few tablespoons of sea water from the pocket of my rain jacket while recounting the details of yesterday’s wild adventure to our Sunday guests. Today had to be a smoother ride, I promised, and indeed it was. The skies were just as ominous, however, and the wise whale watchers left...Read more