Bigg's Killer Whale

September 11, 2021

Speedy Killer Whales on a Beautiful Grey Rainy Day

Maxx K. | M/V Kestrel | 09/11/2021 | 2:00pm Today was the day I had been anticipating when I moved up to Washington: chilly, rainy, grey. While it was really only sprinkling throughout our trip we were being thoroughly blasted by water as Kestrel flew through the Salish Sea. This is, after all, the...Read more
Bigg's Killer Whale

September 10, 2021

Bigg’s Killer Whales And Dungeness National Park!

Maxx K. | M/V Kestrel | 09/10/2021 | 2:00pm Kestrel raced through the San Juan Channel and swiftly popped out into the open Juan de Fuca. Now we’re full steam ahead. A popular family of six whales had been spotted hard south just north of Port Williams but getting there would mean 50 minutes of...Read more
Bigg's killer whales and a fiery sunset

August 14, 2021

Bigg’s Killer Whales, T18’s, and a smoky, fiery sunset

Haleigh | M/V Osprey | August 14, 2021 | 5:30pm With intense fires burning throughout the west coast, smoky skies are spreading hundreds of miles. Here in the Salish Sea, the burnt skies finally reached us. As we departed for our sunset tour, the amber haze made the islands feel like a new place...Read more

August 14, 2021

Power Pod Sighting with the T18s Near Sucia!

Today was great! I was incredibly excited when I first heard that the T18s were in the area. This powerful pod consists of 4 massive whales: Two adult males and 2 females. The pod is led by the matriach and grandmother named "Esperanza" followed by her daughter "Nootka" and her two grandchildren "...Read more

August 7, 2021

Three Biggs Killer Whale Teenagers

Abby | M/V Sea Lion | 8/7/2021 Captain Pete and I pushed off the dock, sun beaming through the morning clouds and drizzle that covered the island. Moving through the mist that morning was like moving through the breath of a whale on a foggy fall day, a glimpse of what was to come. We headed north...Read more
Humpback Whale surfacing for air

July 31, 2021

Humpback Surprise by Waldron Island

Haleigh | M/V Kestrel | July 31, 2021 | 2:00pm We started our Saturday afternoon trip moving north through the San Juan Channel. We reached a small island called Skipjack to find two dozen harbor seals hauled out along the shoreline! Some of them were playing in the kelp beds while most lay in a...Read more
Bigg's Killer Whales traveling

July 20, 2021

15 Bigg’s Killer Whales Traveling around Lopez Island

Haleigh | M/V Sea Lion | July 20, 2021 | 10:00am One of the fun parts about morning trips is you get to really be a part of the search for whales. None of the whales in our area are tagged, so we rely on visual sightings to search for any wildlife out here. Fortunately, sightings by other boats are...Read more
Bigg's Killer Whales

July 15, 2021

Wild and Windy Afternoon with Bigg’s Killer Whales

Maxx K. | M/V Sea Lion | 07/15/2021 | 2:00pm The wind forecast wasn’t super promising today: 15 mile/hour winds were being funneled into the Juan de Fuca from the west and an ebbing tide meant a very choppy three to four foot sea. When we left Friday Harbor we turned right, south through the San...Read more

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