Minke Whales near San Juan Island

July 4, 2020

Many Minke Whales in the Strait of Juan de Fuca!

Olivia | M/V Sea Lion | July 4th, 2020 | 09:00 Charter Today was the most beautiful day on the water I have had yet this season. Good thing too because it was a holiday! We booked a 9:00am charter to head out in the morning in search of whales around the San Juan Islands. Being the first boat on...Read more
Transient Orcas in Haro Strait Humpback Whale in Haro Strait

July 3, 2020

Bigg's Killer Whales and a Humpback Whale in Haro Strait!

Olivia | M/V Kestrel | July 3rd, 2020 | 14:00 It was such a fun day out on the water with Captain Brian-who is also the owner/operator of our family run business. We call our zodiac trips an ‘Adventure Trip’ for a reason; Not only is our zodiac faster than M/V Sea Lion, it is also all exposed. On...Read more
Bigg's Killer Whales near San Juan Island

July 31, 2019

Golden Sunsets Silhouetting Black and WHITE Killer Whales

Olivia | July 31st, 2019 | M/V Sea Lion | 5:30pm This evening, the whales made our job very easy! Captain Pete and I brought our passengers around the northern side of San Juan Island, through Spieden Channel, and down towards Lime Kiln. Prior to getting there, we spotted the same family group of...Read more

July 30, 2019

Bigg's Killer Whales in the Sunny Salish Sea

Olivia | July 30th, 219 | M/V Sea Lion | 1:30pm This afternoon we had a full boat of wonderful passengers. Captain Gabe, Co-Naturalist Laura, and I talked about how much we loved everyone we chatted with and had such a variety of backgrounds on board. We set out north through the San Juan Channel...Read more
Killer Whales in the San Juan Islands

June 26, 2019

Bigg's Killer Whales Take Over the San Juan Islands

Olivia | June 26, 2019 | M/V Sea Lion | 1:30pm What a spectacular day on the water! We started off the trip heading north through the San Juan Channel and rounding the northern end of San Juan Island through Spieden Channel. Prior to this, we had already started to see Harbor Porpoises swimming...Read more

September 3, 2017

Take Me to the Islands...To See Transient Killer Whales!

[Lauren Fritz, M/V Sea Lion, 09/02/17, 1:30 pm Tour] Island life is paradise - especially here in the San Juan Islands during a summer like this one. There have been some truly incredible transient killer whale sightings in the last few weeks, and every single day brings new surprises! Naturalist...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