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

May 28, 2009

A Three Hour Tour...or More

Wow, what a day. Our sun was back in full force today and the rough waters that we have been braving in the Strait of Juan de Fuca have given way to a lovely calm. The Orcas are still off on a whirlwind tour of the open ocean, but that did not stop us from seeing whales. Capt. Nancy, Jeanette and...Read more

May 27, 2009

A Birders Dream

Today was a great trip for all those bird lovers. We saw bald eagles in the trees, on the rocks, flying, and in their nests. On Spieden Island, just north of San Juan Island, we saw the M ouflon sheep and non indiginous deer. On the backside or north side of Spied in the Cactus Islands we saw bald...Read more

May 25, 2009

Rocking & Rolling off the West Side of San Juan Island

Savoring the last day of Memorial Day weekend, Capt. Craig, Tristen, and I departed Friday Harbor aboard the MV Sea Lion with a boat full of guests, excited to see orcas. Yesterday was a new moon and today we had tide fluctuation of 12 feet (a -3.22 low) so we pushed on through choppy Cattle Pass,...Read more

May 25, 2009

Memorial Day Parade Friday Harbor, San Juan Island

Here is the outstanding Elliott Bay Pipe Band performing in Friday Harbor on Memorial Day 2009. They were the prelude to another great parade and holiday on San Juan Island. From all of us here at San Juan Safaris we will... See You In The Islands! ~Tristen, Naturalist Orca Whales and Wildlife Are...Read more

May 24, 2009

Orcas off the west side of San Juan

J-pod off the West side of San Juan Island near Lime Kiln State Park. J-pod was fairly spread out but great to watch. We took a trip past the North side of Spieden Island and the Cactus Islands. The North side of Spieden is very different from the south side. There is more shade, less evaporation...Read more