Bigg’s Killer Whale

July 7, 2021

Insane Sunset and Breaching Bigg’s Killer Whales

Maxx K. | M/V Osprey | 07/07/2021 | 5:30pm Today’s sunset tour started like they often do: Osprey left Friday harbor in search of whales, following up on rumors of whales nearby. I was not prepared however for just how spectacular the trip would end up being. Rumors of killer whales led us north,...Read more

June 26, 2021

Humpback Whale in San Juan Channel at Sunset

Haleigh | M/V Osprey | June 26, 2021 | 5:30pm The Salish Sea supports an abundant, diverse ecosystem full of lengthy kelp beds, speckled phytoplankton, small schooling fish, and our larger marine mammals! Using our knowledge of the environment, we can predict where certain animals will congregate...Read more
Transient Orcas traveling near Orcas Island

June 24, 2021

The Best Kind of Mugging by 2 Bigg’s Killer Whales

Haleigh | M/V Osprey | June 24, 2021 | 5:30pm I’ll likely say this throughout the summer -- sunsets are the absolute best time to be on the water. As we leave the dock and pass in and around the islands, everything around us is either sparkling or glowing. Tonight’s excursion lived up to the magic...Read more
Bigg’s Killer Whale

June 15, 2021

Surprise Bigg’s Killer Whales off Orcas

Maxx K. | M/V Kestrel | 06/16/2021 | 2:00pm Today was yet again, another prime example of how unpredictable and serendipitous a whale watch can be out here on the Salish sea. Kestrel left Friday harbor heading north. We weaved between Jones Island and veering right to pass between Orcas and Waldron...Read more

May 8, 2021

Lovely Day with Transient Orcas

Jordan | M/V Sea Lion | 05/08/2021 |1:00pm What a fun day today! Captain Pete and I excitedly hopped on board with our guests and boated out of the harbor and headed between Shaw and Lopez Island. Continuing on we went through Pevine Pass and out into the open waters of the Rosario Strait. Here, we...Read more
Bigg's Killer Whale Family

April 19, 2021

Bigg's Killer Whale Family Milling by Matia Island

Olivia | M/V Sea Lion | April 19th, 2021 | 13:00 Shortly after departing the dock, we received word of some Killer Whale reports northeast of Orcas Island. We immediately started heading that way north around the islands, passing lots of wildlife along the way such as harlequin ducks, rhinoceros...Read more

March 27, 2021

A Calm & Beautiful Saturday with J Pod!

Jordan Higgins | M/V Sea lion | 03/27/21 |1:00pm Today was a fantastic day out on the water! Captain Pete, Laura and I hopped on our vessel, the Sea Lion, and took off out of Friday Harbor. We were lucky to begin the tour with reports of Southern Resident whales just a couple islands away! But,...Read more
Bigg's Killer Whales Swim North of Sucia Island

September 11, 2020

Bigg's Killer Whale Family Scares Steller's Sea Lions

Olivia | M/V Sea Lion | September 11th, 2020 | 13:00 This smokey, yellow day started off a bit eerie in the San Juans due to the wildfires in Oregon, Washington, and California. We did not let this stop us from heading out in the water in search of wildlife that could be milling around. Shortly...Read more

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