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

September 4, 2017

Orca Invasion Continues in the San Juans!

[Naturalist Sarah C. 9/3/17 M/V Sea Lion 1:30pm departure] Transient orcas have been spotted in the dozens around the San Juans this week. It's not always the case that we get to choose which whale sighting we pursue on our daily departures from Friday Harbor. With multiple families spotted within...Read more
Transient Orcas

August 28, 2017

Transient Orcas (T060's) Meet Up by Sooke

[Naturalist Erick D., M/V Kestrel, 8/28/17, 2:00PM] It was Captain Gabe and me again today, going out there to have a bunch of fun with folks aboard the Kestrel. We started on a longer than usual trip heading south, then west towards Victoria and Vancouver Island. We headed there and went further...Read more
Transient Orcas

August 23, 2017

Transient Orcas (T065A's) Travel South Through Rosario Strait

[Naturalist Erick, M/V Sea Lion, 8/20/17, 1:30PM] On Sunday, Captain Mike, Rachel, and I started on another super exciting wildlife and whale tour. We headed east towards some reports of Transient Orcas (the ones that eat marine mammals) and soon spotted them swimming south around Matia Island. It...Read more
Transient Orcas

August 23, 2017

Four Families of Transient Orcas Around the San Juans

[Naturalist Erick D., M/V Sea Lion, 8/19/17, 5:30PM] The evening trips aboard the Sea Lion are my absolute favorite. We are coming up on the last week of them, but each time I go on one, it’s just so much more relaxing, there usually are less boats on the water, and less folks on the boat. Oh yeah...Read more
Transient Orcas

August 22, 2017

Transient Orcas (T46B's) Travel & Murre-der Common Murres

[Naturalist Erick D., M/V Kestrel, 8/18/17, 2:00PM] For our second Friday trip, Captain Mike and I took a bunch of folks out. We started by going to see some of the Harbor Seals that like to hang out on the rocks and in the water around Flattop Island. Flattop Island is one of the smaller islands...Read more
Transient Orcas

August 22, 2017

Transient Orcas (T46B's) Travel Through Pole Pass

[Naturalist Erick D., M/V Kestrel, 8/18/17, 10:00AM] Finally Friday! On this day Captain Mike and I headed out on an wildlife adventure with just a few folks in the morning. One of the families (matrilines) of Orcas (Killer Whales) that we had been seeing the past few weeks was spotted pretty close...Read more