June 4, 2009

Baleen Whales!!!

We watched a gray whale just offshore of Whidbey Island near the Naval Air Force Base. We watched as the whale would blow 3 to 6 times and then take a dive for a couple of minutes. Everyone loved the heart shaped spray that the exhale makes from gray whales. I really find it interesting that gray...Read more

June 3, 2009

Oh How Many Minkes!

The reports of Orcas are starting to roll in, but they are still too far West for us to get to them. Our Gray Whale friend, whom I have dubbed Clyde the glide, was possibly still in the waters near the naval air station, but our stalwart group clamored for something out of the ordinary. So South we...Read more

June 2, 2009

Gray Days

What a day to see gray. A whale that is. As our balmy (82 degrees F, 28% humidity) weather continues here in the San Juan Islands we took to the seas to find cool breezes and cool animals. True to our Pacific Northwest abundance we were not disappointed. Craig expertly captained the MV Sea Lion...Read more

June 2, 2009

A Thank You From A Whale Watching Guest

This just in from one of our great visitors... Thank you so much for a wonderful day for me and my family yesterday. We loved the tour and the island. My wife and I are planning our retirement from the military vacation next year for the Seattle area and already plan on spending much of our time...Read more

June 1, 2009

Gray whale!!!

Gray whale today near Whitbey Island Naval Base. These whales have a streamlined body with a narrow, tapered head. Gray whales are always great to watch. We observed the whale foraging. We even saw the whales fluke. Gray whales are bottom sediment feeders. The whale exhibited the predictable...Read more

May 31, 2009

Transients!!! (whales that is)

Today we left Friday Harbor at about 1 pm and headed out south past Cattle Point in the Strait of Juan De Fuca . We found some Transient orcas! These orca usually hang near Canada and usually in a small bunch 5 to 6 whales. I think we counted about 12 to 16 individuals traveling all together and...Read more

May 30, 2009

Oh deer!

What a nice cozy trip we had today on the MV Kittiwake . With thirteen super guests, Capt. Craig at the helm and me sharing all of the knowledge that I could, there was no way we could have anything other than a great day. On a 32' boat everyone gets to be fast friends and the nice small group is...Read more

May 29, 2009

Thar She Blows!

It was all sunshine and smiles again today on the MV Sea Lion as Capt. Nancy took Ashley, a great group of guests and me over to Whidbey Island for some more Gray Whale watching. As almost always there was a little bit of chop to the water as we motored through Cattle Pass, but it was smooth...Read more