Bigg's Killer Whale with Harbor Seals

June 22, 2019

Bigg's Killer Whale Seen Surrounded by Harbor Seals!

Laura C. | 6-22-2019 | M/V Sea Lion | 12:00pm Greetings from the sea! The M/V Sea Lion had an awesome day out on the water cruising along some fun waves and a windy breeze! We headed north and first stopped along Flattop Island for some exciting commotion with several bald eagles circling overhead...Read more

August 19, 2017

Whoa, Orcas AND River Otters??

[08/19/17- M/V Sea Lion- Kelsey, Naturalist- 1:30PM] We had quite some luck today! We had some transient, or mammal-eating, orcas juuust off the north end of San Juan Island near Henry Island just as we were departing Friday Harbor. We had them easily within reach, and we decided to take our time...Read more
Transient Orcas

August 16, 2017

Traveling Transient Orcas (T18/T19's) and Salty River Otters

[Naturalist Erick D., M/V Kestrel, 8/9/17, 2:00PM] On our afternoon trip for the day, Gabe and I and all the lovely folks aboard started another exciting search for some cool marine wildlife. Our first stop was one of our favorites. We motored down to Whale Rocks. These two Islets emerge from the...Read more
Olympics Transient Killer Whales

June 17, 2016

Afternoons with Orcas and Minkes

What a day! We spent the afternoon hanging out with some transient killer whales (some of the T46 family) off of the Salmon Bank at the southern end of San Juan Island. These whales appeared to be on the prowl, and it looked like the young 4-year-old orca, T46F, might have been getting some hunting...Read more

September 8, 2012

Minkes and River Otters!

Today we were lucky enough to see Minke whales on all three of our trips! We encountered them in Griffin Bay, Cattle Pass, and Haro Strait. September weather has also been treating us nicely with beautiful sunny days, and glassy seas. The real treat however was near the end of the day when we saw...Read more