Orca Breaches

June 8, 2017

It's time to celebrate! Orca Awareness Month in Washington State

Orca Surfacing
Southern Resident Killer Whale surfacing Sarah McCullagh

It’s the most magical month of the year! It’s Orca Awareness Month! At San Juan Safaris we believe that every month is Orca Awareness Month, but since 2006 Washington State has officially recognized our Southern Resident Killer Whales in the month of June.

The month-long, now multi-state and international, celebration was started by the local organization Orca Network to, “bring together researchers, advocates, and orca lovers everywhere to raise the awareness of the threats facing these magnificent animals and provide a community to celebrate orca of the Salish Sea.” Locally we celebrate the month by hosting advocacy events that range from formal speakers and parades, to small beach clean-ups and laboratory open houses.

Transient Orca

May 21, 2017

Transient Killer Whales West of the San Juan Islands

Yesterday the Kestrel left the dock heading West towards the city of Sydney, which is located on Vancouver Island. That’s right, we were headed for Canada! A lot of guests ask about whether or not we are able to travel into Canadian waters for whale watching and the answer is yes! As long as we do...Read more
Transient killer whales near Turn Island

March 26, 2017

Transient Killer Whales Near San Juan Island

Yesterday the M/V Sea Lion had an amazing encounter with three family of Bigg’s killer whales, also known as transient killer whales, traveling in San Juan Channel. It was such a treat to have such active whales so close to the harbor, and definitely not an everyday occurrence! Captain Mike, Emily...Read more
Orca whale tale slap near San Juan Island - San Juan Safaris

March 20, 2016

Spring Orca Whales - J Pod near San Juan Island

Captain Mike and I had the pleasure of taking out a private Whale Watch and Wildlife Tour today for the first day of spring. With early rumors of whales, we were all hopeful for a sighting. Captain Mike, communicating with other member of the Pacific Whale Watch Association was able to track down J...Read more

November 12, 2015

November Wildlife at its Finest!

Yesterday the M/V Sea Lion headed out on the water for a private charter. I love being a part of hosting these private events, as we can totally taylor the trip for whatever the groups are most interested in. Yesterday our group wanted to find as much wildlife as we possibly could, and wildlife we...Read more

November 1, 2015

Ringing in November Right! Orcas!

Today was one of the best trips I had all season. Captain Brian, Naturalist Mike and I set out from the dock without a single report determined to find some wildlife we set out North towards Spieden Island. When we reached the Wasp Islands just west of Orcas and Shaw Islands we received a report of...Read more

October 15, 2015

Weekend Update: October 9-11

Our legendary 2015 late season whale watching continues to impress, with this weekends sightings including resident killer whales, humpback whales, as well as transient killer whales. On Friday the Sea Lion went out on a high seas adventure, looking to find some of our Southern Resident killer...Read more

October 6, 2015

A tale of two ecotypes! Weekend of October 3rd & 4th

We have had an absolutely incredible season here in the San Juan Islands. Whenever naturalists or captains run into each other around town all we can do is laugh and shake our heads... the frequency of whale sightings has just been out of this world this season. October has been no different. On...Read more