September 30, 2018

Transient Orcas Hunting Seals Near San Juan Island

September 30- M/V Sea Lion- 12:00 pm Today we left Friday Harbor with reports of some Bigg’s killer whales off the Northeastern shoreline of Orcas island. We cruised that direction and stopped to see a bald eagles nest along the way. We first got on scene and discovered that the particular family...Read more

July 9, 2018

4th of July Orcas!

Captain Gabe and I headed down to the docks on the busiest day of the year in Friday Harbor- 4 th of July! Unfortunately, we had not heard of any whales in our area yet this morning. With smiles on our faces and high hopes, we gathered our guests and headed up the San Juan Channel to see what...Read more

June 28, 2018

Orcas North of San Juan Island

Today we got to see a group of transient orca whales just north of San Juan Island. On our way out of Friday Harbor we got a look at a swimming juvenile Steller’s sea lion. We then continued to head out of the Harbor and went into Presidents channel where we came across the T137’s. When we first...Read more
Orca near shore

September 28, 2017

A Beautiful Day on the Water with the T 10s

A Beautiful Day on the Water with the T 10s [Naturalist Alexandria – 09/26/2017 – M/V Sea Lion – 12:00pm] What an awesome day on the water we had! Naturalist Courtney and myself were so excited to begin our trip today, as we knew our Captain had received reports of Transient, or Biggs Orcas, being...Read more
Transients on an Overcast Day

September 20, 2017

Thankfully, Whales are Already Wet!

09/17/17- M/V Kestrel- 2PM Today was a wet one! We had a rainy day on our hands, but thankfully whales area already wet so the rain doesn’t bother them. We left Friday Harbor and made a cruise around Spieden Island where we saw three Steller’s sea lions swimming in the water. We also saw some of...Read more

August 30, 2017

Orcas Make for Happy Days in the San Juans

[08/29/17- M/V Sea Lion- Kelsey, Naturalist- 1:30PM] Smoke returned slightly to the San Juan Islands today, but that didn’t get us down on our whale watch and wildlife tour on M/V Sea Lion! We departed Friday Harbor in high spirits, ready to see what would await us as we trekked through some of the...Read more
Transient Orcas

August 23, 2017

Transient Orcas (T065A's) Travel South Through Rosario Strait

[Naturalist Erick, M/V Sea Lion, 8/20/17, 1:30PM] On Sunday, Captain Mike, Rachel, and I started on another super exciting wildlife and whale tour. We headed east towards some reports of Transient Orcas (the ones that eat marine mammals) and soon spotted them swimming south around Matia Island. It...Read more