P/C. Sarah McCullagh

August 25, 2020

Bigg's Killer Whales Visit San Juan Island

Olivia | M/V Sea Lion | August 25th, 2020 | 13:30 We started the day with a report of Transient Orca as we left the dock. This immediately shot Captain Sarah and I into excitement, since every day we leave port having to find whatever whales might be swimming in our waters. Without whales being...Read more
San Juan Island Orca Sunset

August 21, 2020

Bigg's Killer Whales Enjoy A San Juan Island Sunset

Olivia | M/V Sea Lion | August 21st, 2020 | 17:30 Leaving the dock, we were intensely paying attention to our radios, repeaters, and apps on the whereabouts of the Transient Orca we saw previously on the 13:00 trip. Since the whales can travel over a hundred miles in a day, we don’t ever expect...Read more
P/C. Sarah McCullagh

August 21, 2020

Bigg's Killer Whales Swim in the Rain

Olivia | M/V Sea Lion | August 21st, 2020 | 13:00 What an adventurous morning on M/V Sea Lion braving the weather and circumnavigating San Juan Island! We started the trip with no whale reports, a very common daily occurrence, and decided to head north scanning the wildlife hot spots for any action...Read more
Bigg's Killer Whales in Haro Strait

August 20, 2020

Killer Whales Swoosh Past San Juan Island

Olivia | M/V Kestrel | August 20, 2020 | 14:00 Leaving the dock, we had a rumored report of Bigg’s Killer Whales in U.S. waters but inching closer to the Canadian border. Due to Covid-19, that border is closed not only on land, but also across the water. Therefore, after a brief stop in Cattle Pass...Read more
PC/ Sarah McCullagh

August 18, 2020

Humpback Whale Sails Through Strait of Georgia

Olivia | M/V Sea Lion | August 18th, 2020 | 13:00 We left the dock today with no whale reports in the area- a completely normal way to start any whale watching trip, especially when you are one of the first boats off the dock. Therefore, Captain Sarah and I agreed to head north towards some...Read more
Transient Orcas at Sunset

August 15, 2020

Bigg's Killer Whales Swim Around Southern San Juan Island

Olivia | M/V Sea Lion | August 15th, 2020 | 17:30 The Transient Orca families we watched on our 13:00 trip traveled too far southeast out of our range to view again, but to our delighted surprise, ANOTHER family group of Bigg’s Killer Whales swam into U.S waters that earlier were milling southeast...Read more
Humpback Whale Swims Salish Sea

August 9, 2020

Humpback Whale Swims Below the Olympic Mountains

Olivia | M/V Kestrel | August 9th, 2020 | 14:00 Today’s Adventure Trip was quite a ride south, and it was a gorgeous one! We dipped down the San Juan Channel and stopped just south of Cattle Point in a shallow area called Salmon Bank. It was here that we spotted two Minke Whales feeding in the bait...Read more
Humpback Whale near San Juan Island

August 8, 2020

Humpback Whale Flukes in the San Juan Sunset

Olivia | M/V Sea Lion | August 8th, 2020 | 17:30 Setting out on our sunset trip, Captain Pete and I decided to head south again in the direction of Hein Bank to follow up on a Humpback Whale rumor that was potentially traveling north in our direction. Being a long haul on our classic whale watching...Read more

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