October 8, 2017

Steller Sea Lion Flings Salmon Near San Juan Island

Saturday, October 7 – M/V Sea Lion – 12:00 PM : When the M/V Sea Lion began its voyage today, the captain, crew, and guests had no idea that we’d be witnessing the pure power and agility of our namesake! As we left Friday Harbor, we headed through Upright Channel and down the east side of Lopez...Read more
Dall's porpoise in the Salish Sea

September 26, 2017

A Dall-lightful day in the Salish Sea

09/25/17 – M/V Sea Lion – 12 PM Just as the rain showers tapered off to a faint drizzle, M/V Sea Lion made her way out of Friday Harbor Marina south towards Salmon Bank off San Juan Island. Moving though San Juan Channel, little 5-6 foot harbor porpoises broke the glass-like surface before...Read more
Fluke-out dive from a humpback whale near San Juan Island

September 18, 2017

Hanging With Humpbacks in the Strait of Juan de Fuca

09/14/17 – M/V Sea Lion – 12 PM M/V Sea Lion left Friday Harbor today with a group of bright-eyed guests and reports of two humpback whales just beyond San Juan Island in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Heading south down San Juan Channel, several shy harbor porpoises quickly surfaced just beyond our...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

August 16, 2017

How About a Detour to Eastsound? Orcas Hanging Out by Orcas Island

[Lauren Fritz, M/V Kestrel, 08/16/17, 2:00 pm Tour] This season has been a remarkable and unusual one in terms of killer whale sightings, for sure! We've been seeing whales venture into areas they've rarely been seen before. Today, we watched the T137's explore all the way up the shoreline of East...Read more
minke whale

August 9, 2017

Minke Whales, Steller Sea Lions, & Phalaropes

[Naturalist Erick D., M/V Sea Lion, 8/8/17, 5:30PM] Yesterday, Captain Pete and I embarked on a beautiful sunset cruise. It was a beautiful evening. The water as we left Friday Harbor was flat calm and almost looked unreal underneath the orange sunlight of late afternoon. We’ve been having some...Read more

August 7, 2017

Humpback Whale Survives Attack from Killer Whales

[Sarah C. 8/7/17 10am and 2pm Kestrel] Humpback whales are probably most well-known for their impressive flukes, featuring complex patterns varying from all black to all white, and everything in between. Displayed on every deep dive, humpback whale flukes are used as their main identifier in the...Read more