April 19, 2018

Bigg's Orcas in the Sun!

Thursday, April 19, 2018 | M/V Sea Lion | 12:00 Noon THE SUN IS OUT! Spending the winter on the island, sometimes you don’t realize how much you’ve been missing the sun until it pops through the clouds to warm your bones; today was one of those days. Happily squinting my eyes, I boarded the boat...Read more
Turn Island, San Juan Channel

December 7, 2017

Top FOUR Reasons to Love Our Sunset Whale Watch

Ahhhhhhh…. Island sunsets! Those words often conjure the image of palm trees, the soft cushion of that perfect lounge chair, and the faint smell of well-intentioned sunscreen. To me, here in the San Juan Islands, those words mean a totally different experience… one filled with the quintessential...Read more
Transient Killer Whale T087

October 3, 2017

Rainy Weather Doesn't Bother Whales!

[Naturalist Sarah – 09/30/2017 – M/V Kestrel – 02:00pm] Saturday was a beautiful illustration of the varying weather conditions we can experience here in the Pacific Northwest. On M/V Kestrel, wearing Mustang Survival Suits, we keep you prepared for the huge swings in weather conditions we can...Read more
Orca Calf

September 27, 2017

A Sunday Cruise on M/V Kestrel

[Naturalist Sarah – 09/24/2017 – M/V Kestrel – 02:00pm] When I think of perfect whale watch days I think about getting to see a wide range of wildlife and beautiful sunny weather. Usually September provides both of these opportunities! Cruising the San Juans Sunday was an amazing day out on the...Read more

September 24, 2017

Southern Resident Orcas in the Southern Gulf Islands

9/24/2017 – M/V Sea Lion—Noon On this sunny Sunday afternoon the M/V Sea Lion departed Friday Harbor and headed north, exploring the east coast of San Juan Island. Continuing on, we ventured through Boundary Pass and into Canadian waters, but no passports were needed for our visit today! Motoring...Read more

September 12, 2017

Finding Needles in a Haystack- L-pod Spotted Amongst Fog

[09/12/17- M/V Sea Lion- Kelsey, Naturalist- 12:00PM] Boy, was today foggy! As we left Friday Harbor on M/V Sea Lion, the day was overcast, but visibility was great! Then juuuust as we hit Cattle Point on the south side of San Juan Island, we hit a wall of fog in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. But,...Read more