July 31, 2009

A Wildlife Adventure

What a diversity of wildlife today, birds, seals and orcas . Just north of Lopez Island we saw a mature bald eagle (with a white head and tail) and a great blue heron about 10 feet away. Then we headed further south and saw some very large black dorsal fins. We knew right away that we were looking...Read more

July 30, 2009

A full on excursion!

The heat wave here in the Pacific Northwest is starting to subside! It was the 2 nd day in a row for me to wear shorts on the boat and not freeze! Can't say I can do that very often. I was out on our smaller vessel the Kittiwake with our 12 guests aboard for a little adventure this afternoon...Read more

July 29, 2009

Orca Madness

While a heat wave roars through the Pacific Northwest, we here in Friday Harbor decided to cool our heals in the waters of Boundary Pass. The orcas had been north and east and everywhere according to the reports that we were getting, but we found them heading west towards Swanson Channel and the...Read more

July 28, 2009

Wildlife in the San Juans

What a phenomenal day for wildlife viewing in the San Juan Islands. We headed south in the San Juan Channel and then up the west side of San Juan Island. We encountered L-pod off shore of False Bay. It was amazing out there. The water was so calm, we shut down our engines and listened to the orcas...Read more

July 28, 2009

North and South, J's and L's!!!

We had a whale-packed day out on the MV Sea Lion today! Captain Craig, naturalist Jeannette, and I cruised all over the islands. During our afternoon trip we made our way north to Turn Point on Stuart Island (the most northwestern point of the islands AND the most northwestern point in the...Read more

July 24, 2009

Jolly ol' Js

It was a double round-trip for those guests coming from Anacortes today. We loaded them on the boat in Friday Harbor and then motored through Upright Channel and Thatcher Pass to get to Rosario Strait right outside of Anacortes. There was some fog again today, but it was well inland and offered a...Read more

July 24, 2009

A Fairytale Ending...

Last night was incredible! Our guests did not realize how good they got it! We circumnavigated San Juan Island, leaving to the south and meeting up with the Killer Whales ( Orcas ) of J & K pods on the west side. The seas had calmed down...(earlier we had 2-3 footers & white caps)....but by...Read more

July 23, 2009

Cappuccino anyone?

K-pod today! We identified K-21, Cappuccino. Cappuccino was born in 1986 and is a male. He was traveling with a female known as Deadhead, K-27. K-pod has 19 individuals and is the smallest of the three pods that make up the Southern Resident Community of killer whales. The Southern Resident Killer...Read more