June 13, 2009

A National Bird Day!!!

WOW!!! We saw so many bald eagles today... We even got a glimpse of about five in one tree. It is so wonderful that the bald eagle populations have made such a comeback. Bald eagles were greatly affected by DDT, a pesticide, due to bio magnification. DDT was causing thinning of egg shells. Bald...Read more

June 12, 2009

It's A Humpy!

This is a week of firsts, I am telling you. Today we were treated to another rare sighting and that was a Humpback Whale. Even the captain said she has not seen one of these in the waters directly around San Juan Island in two years. The whale did not seem to realize the frenzy that it was causing...Read more

June 11, 2009

Huffin' and Puffin!

Wow! After three days off what a comeback. I showed up at the office this morning to news of Orcas in the area, but they were different from those that we had been seeing. The excitement was palpable as our group of 25 guests, along with Capt. Nancy, Jeanette and I motored out into the great...Read more

June 10, 2009

West Side!!!

Southern Resident Killer Whales on the west side of San Juan Island. We identified members of L-pod, one of the three pods of the southern resident killer whales. We first saw some members of L-pod just south of Lime Kiln State Park heading North. Just as we decided to make a trip around San Juan...Read more

June 9, 2009

K20 & K38 on the move!

Another interesting day on the water....the same two K-pod members, mama K-20 and 5 year old calf K-38 were on the move and at quite a clip! We caught up with these 2 resident Orcas in Canadian waters off the Gulf Islands. They definitely covered some ground (or should i say sea)...since yesterday...Read more

June 8, 2009

Orcas Near Protection Island Today-A Long Haul

On our Saturday trip we were delighted to finally see a couple members of the Southern Resident Community back around the San Juan Islands! Strangely, however, it was just K20, Spock, and her offspring, K38, Comet.K Pod members are rarely seen travelling for so long without the rest of their pod...Read more

June 6, 2009

North of the border with Orcas!

What a wonderful welcome home! With it just being my 2 nd day back in the islands, I and the other guests aboard the MV Sea Lion were welcomed with great views of a couple of Orca whales, harbor seals and soaring eagles! We spent the afternoon cruising north from Friday Harbor, straight shooting it...Read more

June 5, 2009

After a few days of unusually hot weather for the San Juan Islands (I heard up to 85 or maybe even 90 degrees ( Fahrenheit )!) it finally cooled down (at least a little) and turned out to be a beautiful day to cruise the islands. We departed San Juan Island with no reports of any pods from the...Read more