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

July 20, 2009

San Juan Island, where the whales are...

Today we headed north in the San Juan Channel. We had a few sightings of orcas earlier at False Bay on the west side ofSan Juan Island. We were originally c onsidering going south. But as we motored out of Friday Harbor, we hear d that the orcas were moving up on the west side of San Juan Island -...Read more

July 17, 2009

The Best Laid Plans...

Can go awry. You design a vacation around a wild animal that decides that it does not want to be on display that week. You devise a foolproof schedule and then the world conspires against you and nothing is on time. You take every precaution and still chaos ensues. Such was our week in the whale...Read more

July 16, 2009

Peaceful Wanderings

As the orcas sought food and adventure in the waters of the pacific, so we sought peace and relaxation amongst the islands. We were without whales today, but our guests did not suffer for it. Capt. Nancy took the MV Sea Lion, guest naturalist Russell and me on a beautiful wildlife cruise under warm...Read more

July 15, 2009

Orcas near Anacortes

L-pod near Anacortes today! We left San Juan Island and headed toward Anacortes, once on scene we were able to identify a few individuals from L-pod. There was a lot of activity today, breaching, tail slapping and spy hopping. Everyone was very excited. We stayed with the orcas for about an hour...Read more

July 14, 2009

From Canada to the Coal Docks

It may not sound glamorous, but the day we had today on the MV Sea Lion definitely was. Capt. Craig got us out the door in a hurry since the orcas were all the way up in Active Pass between Galiano and Mayne Islands. It was petal-to-the-metal the whole way and in two hours we were northeast of the...Read more