Transient Orcas San Juan Islands

September 11, 2019

Private Charter with Amazing Whales

Olivia | September 11th, 2019 | M/V Kestrel | 3:00pm Private Charter This afternoon we had a private charter of two book on, which was an absolute delight. These folks were so excited just to be on the water checking out the gorgeous scenery of our many islands. We decided to wave at the Humpback...Read more

July 25, 2019

3"H's": Humpbacks, Harbor Seals and Harbor Porpoise!!

Laura C. | M/V Sea Lion | 7/25/2019 | 1:30pm Today was a beautiful day on the water! Our vessel Sea Lion headed far north with morning reports of some cool whale sightings! After a picturesque journey surrounded by Canadian mountain views and Mount Baker in the distance, we saw a dorsal fin way out...Read more
Bigg's Killer Whales Near Waldron Island

July 5, 2019

Bigg's Killer Whales and Seals Near Waldron Island!

Laura C. | 7/5/2019 | M/V Sea Lion | 1:30pm After a beautiful 4 th of July on San Juan Island, the party continued out in the Salish Sea among orcas! Passengers and crew were so excited to hear reports of Bigg’s killer whales right past San Juan Channel near Waldron Island! We slowly approached the...Read more
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June 21, 2019

Porpoising Orcas in the Haro Strait! 06/21/19

Jordan | M/V Sea Lion | 06/21/19 | 12:00pm The sun shone high in the sky on this lovely Friday in Friday Harbor! Almost immediately, the crew received reports of whales not too far away, so everyone got really excited. Captain Pete, Naturalist Erin and I took our vessel, the Sea Lion, out of the...Read more

June 7, 2013

Hardcore Whale Watching

Our guests braved high seas today as we crossed the exposed Eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca in search of the not-so-elusive killer whale. Lately the endangered southern resident population of killer whales have been following their relatively predictable summer activity of salmon fishing on the west...Read more

August 22, 2012

8/22/12 Whale Report

3:00 PM: 20+ Southern Residents spread out in Haro Strait from False Bay to Lime Kiln State Park (48°27.57N 123°04.48W). Members of J and K pod including Grandma Samish (J14), Mother Hy’Shqa (J37) newborn J49, Deadhead (K27) and brother Scoter (K25). Widely spread, yet exceedingly active; breaching...Read more

June 18, 2012

LOVE IS IN THE AIR...

Everywhere we looked around!!!! J’s and L’s were enjoying themselves today, intermingling just off the west side of San Juan Island, Haro Strait (48°32.60N, 123°10.58). There were approximately three different groups spread out and one of the groups had two large males intimately chasing...Read more

July 13, 2011

Porpoising and porpoises

J pod porpoised north along the west coast of San Juan Island, as each breath exposed most of their flanks. Traveling at great speeds, the orcas manipulated the drag of water to propel their colossal bodies forward and out into the frictionless air. The pod was separated into smaller groups which...Read more