June 1, 2022

A Humpback Whale and Honeycombed Sandstone

Lauren | M/V Kestrel | 6.1.2022 | 10:00 AM Captain Eric and I were off the dock at 10:00 am today with our boat only half full… A post Memorial Day lull if you will? With an entire boat to themselves, our eight passengers still packed into the front of M/V Kestrel. The front of our zodiac proves to...Read more
Bigg’s Killer Whale

June 19, 2021

Bigg’s Killer Whales Hunting off John’s Island

Maxx K. | M/V Kestrel | 06/19/2021 | 9:30am Captain Brian and I started our morning without a ton of direction. However, a loose report of a few orca heading towards the US border from Canada a few hours prior was enough to send us left through the San Juan Channel, northbound. And I am glad we did...Read more
Humpback Whale

May 21, 2017

Breaching Humpback North of San Juan Islands

Today was a great day on the M/V Kestrel, full of fun learning experiences for both the guests and myself. We had reports of humpback whales just off of East Point in the Strait of Georgia. We sped up that way in a quick effort to get to the sighting. We quickly reached the whales and watched as a...Read more

May 11, 2017

Humpback Whale and Raptors

The crew of the M/V Sea Lion was momentarily intimidated by the drenching drizzle and low visibility in Friday Harbor today. But once introduced to our enthusiastic roster of guests, we couldn’t help but get pumped to point out wildlife and share our knowledge of the wondrous Salish Sea ecosystem...Read more
Humpback Whale Fluking near San Juan Island

June 5, 2016

On the Borderline: Humpback Whale swims along U.S. Canadian Border

On Friday we went up north! We started our daily search for cetaceans by heading up near Flattop Island to both look at some Harbor Seals and Bald Eagles on this Federally protected island and also look in several different channels to see if any whales could be spotted. None yet so we headed east...Read more

March 15, 2014

Birds of Prey in the San Juans

Many animals call the San Juan Islands home. From kelp crabs to orcas and finches to eagles the San Juans have and abundance of species. With both ocean and land environments, birds of all sorts abound on San Juan Island. Bald Eagles and Peregrine Falcons are two top predators of the sky. Bald...Read more

March 29, 2011

March 27, 2011 The first charter of the season Today was the first official charter of the 2011 season! Â Captain Mike Kramer along with naturalists Colleen, Laura, and Mike took 22 brave passengers out in the cool temperatures and overcast skies. The group arrived from Seattle in style on the...Read more