July 6, 2009

4th of July with the Orcas!

What a great 4th of July! Friday Harbor is celebrating it's 100th Anniversary and we had a fabulous 4th of July parade to start the morning off! It was a hot sunny day....honestly I can't believe how warm it was...I almost could have jumped in our cool waters (temps in the low 50s) just to cool off...Read more

July 3, 2009

L-POD Orca Whale with Calf

L-Pod Orca Whales with Calf near False Bay Today we traveled east out of Friday Harbor, then South and then up the west side… We got word that there were some resident orcas near False Bay on the west side of the island. We encountered some of L-pod, the largest pod of the Southern Resident...Read more

July 3, 2009

Whales Gone Wild!

Thought I'd take a moment to share with you all a little about our trip last night (Thursday 7/2). It was one of those perfect evenings that we in the whale watching world dream about! It was unbelievably calm...glassy seas, extremely clear skies and lots of whales! The Southern Residents (killer...Read more

July 1, 2009

Canada Here We Come!

The whales were proving that they are the dominant marine species today. While we were rocking and rolling through the waves and being whipped by the wind, the orcas were effortlessly swimming along through the Canadian Gulf Islands. After we took the MV Sea Lion out of the dock today we headed for...Read more

June 30, 2009

Sunset Orcas

Our sunset trip started out at about 5:30 PM and we headed south. The seas were glassy, super calm. We got word that the Orcas were near False Bay and heading up island. We rushed over there and immediately were able to identify J-1, “Ruffles”, we then saw granny, Riptide, Sachi and a few...Read more

June 30, 2009

Orcas and Minkes

Orcas! J-pod on both of our trips! On our afternoon adventure we saw J-30, Riptide, along with other J-pod members. Riptide was born in 1995 and is the eldest surviving offspring of J-14, Samish. He is maturing into an adult and is growing a very tall dorsal fin. We watched as he fished, very...Read more

June 29, 2009

This just in...

"Here's my review - We really had a good time. My wife and I took the whale watching tour on 26 June 2009. Nancy captained the boat and the naturalists were Jacqueline and ??. They were all very professional and knowledgable. They were also very patient and helpful with all the participants, even...Read more

June 29, 2009

Lovely Looks at L Pod of the South End of San Juan Island

Having heard a report that some members of the Southern Resident Community (the salmon-eating orcas ) were spread out all down the west and south side of San Juan Island, we boarded the guests and cruised south down through San Juan Channel. The weather was warm, the sky was remarkably clear, and...Read more