Southern Resident Killer Whales Swim into the Salish Sea

September 5, 2020

A Moment in History with the Southern Resident Killer Whales

Olivia | M/V Sea Lion | September 5th, 2020 | 13:30 Leaving Friday Harbor and setting out south to find whales, we had no idea we would be part of such a unique moment in history. We started the long trek through the Strait of Juan de Fuca with Mount Baker peering down at us and Harbor Porpoise...Read more

August 11, 2019

Great Wildlife and Orca Tour Near Salt Spring!

Jordan | M/V Kestrel | 08/11/19 | 3:00pm What an amazing trip! Captain Gabe and I set out of Friday Harbor and headed north through the San Juan Channel. We boated around the eastern tip of Speiden and towards the Cactus Islands. Here we found a bald eagle! The eagle was devouring a huge salmon on...Read more
Bigg's Killer Whales near San Juan Island

July 21, 2019

Killer Whale Feeding Frenzy in the Golden Glassy Seas

Olivia | July 21st, 2019 | M/V Kestrel | 3:00pm PSA: Long Blog for an epic afternoon! After having an incredible morning trip, Captain Gabe and I set out again to find the whales we had the opportunity to see in the morning, and potentially stumble upon some more. As we were leaving Friday Harbor,...Read more

September 16, 2018

Where are the whales?|9/16/18|12:00pm

Guests aboard M/V Sea Lion along with Cpt. Gabe, naturalist Alexandria and I were excited to get on the water on this rainy September day with a report of transient and southern resident orcas in our area. Eager to get everyone on the boat and ready to pick up speed we took off to go find these...Read more
J26 Surfacing in Haro Strait

April 4, 2017

One of my Top Five Lifetime Encounters: Orcas near San Juan Island

Of the three days so far in April, the M/V Sea Lion is batting 100% in terms of whale sightings. Yesterday was a spectacular day on the water, definitely in my top five of trips ever… It’s not even summer! Captain Mike, Naturalist Andrew, and I elected to head north out of Friday Harbor, and then...Read more
Southern Resident Orca

October 3, 2016

Resident Orcas Hit the west side before Sunrise

Yesterday, the sun was out again and the seas were calm. Early in the morning the Southern Resident Killer Whales could be heard over one of the hydrophones placed on the west side of the island, and by the time the sun came up there was a whole lot of orcas spread out along the southern shore of...Read more

July 16, 2016

Whale Party - J Pod and L pod Orcas off San Juan Island

Yesterday was amazing! The past few days the residents have come back into the Salish Sea and have been traveling up an down the islands foraging for salmon, and we hope they find plenty of them! A great place to find the Southern Residents in the islands is on the west side of San Juan Island...Read more