Humpback whale tail

March 25, 2017

Humpback in the San Juans

Friday, March 24 th , turned into a fabulous day on the water! Captain Mike, guests aboard the M/V Sea Lion, and I were hopeful that the cool spring day would turn something up, and we were not disappointed! During this early season, we usually leave the docks with no reports. I did not let this...Read more
Henry Island in the Sunshine

March 12, 2017

Early Spring in the San Juan Islands

We had a wonderful early spring day out on the water. Gray skies and a little Pacific Northwest liquid sunshine never stop us from finding wildlife and having a great time. With nine hearty souls aboard the M/V Sea Lion left Friday harbor and headed North. We spotted harbor porpoises on our way up...Read more
Two Humpback whales in Boundary Pass, British Columbia

October 28, 2016

Humpback Whales: A Comeback Story in the Salish Sea and Beyond

While May through September tends to be peak season for spotting killer whales, also known as orcas, here in the San Juan Islands, we are in the midst of a second peak in whale sightings right now. From about September into November we have our peak sightings of humpback whales. These past weeks...Read more

September 26, 2016

Black and Whites of a Different Sort

The arrival of fall brings a lot of changes to the Salish Sea and the San Juans. Garry Oaks start to turn rusty brown, the air cools and the wind picks up, and seabirds start morphing into their winter plumage. Fall also brings the arrival of new species that spent the summer busy in the open...Read more

September 9, 2016

September on San Juan Island

Things are certainly starting to change around our little island! Summer still seems a little bit hesitant to leave, occasionally poking it's head around the corner and reminding us of the warmer days of July and August. But September has arrived in full swing, bringing with it beautiful orange and...Read more

August 26, 2016

How Do We Identify Southern Residents? A Quick Guide.

Have you had the opportunity to go whale watching in the San Juan Islands? Chances are, if you have and were able to spot some of our beloved Southern Residents, you've heard the naturalists call them by name. How in the world are they able to tell these beautiful creatures apart from one another?...Read more

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