Humpback whale fluke

July 13, 2017

Humpback Whale Dives Deep in Strait of Juan de Fuca

[Erick D., M/V Sea Lion, 7/12/17, 1:30PM] Yesterday, Captain Mike, Sarah, and I took a full boat of eager folks out ot search for some whales. Sometimes the whales are a little bit harder to find than other days. Even though whales are massive creatures, even Humpbacks the bigger ones around here...Read more

June 30, 2017

San Juan Island Celebrates the 4th of July

The San Juans are already starting to swell with its annual influx of patriotic patrons. Festivities are held across the island, and include events such as a blind-folded dingy race, a community BBQ, beach cook-outs, cocktail hour, and, of course, fireworks! Whatever your speed, San Juan Island has...Read more

June 28, 2017

[6/27/16 - M/V Sea Lion - 1:30PM] Marvelous Minke Whales!

Yesterday, our little heat wave finally broke so we are back in the safety of 60˚-70˚F. Captain Pete, Kelsey, and I headed out south to go find some wildlife. The Salish Sea is a mix and a crossroads of some many different things constantly changing with the seasons so every day is so different...Read more

June 21, 2017

Voyage for the Humpback Whales

[6/20/17 ~ Sea Lion 1:30 Departure] Yesterday was a record-breaking day for me aboard the M/V Sea Lion. I've been pretty far north before, close enough to see the skyscrapers of greater Vancouver, but yesterday I was lucky enough to go even further north into the Strait of Georgia. Lead by a report...Read more
L41 Mega

June 17, 2017

A Special Day of Transients and Residents!!

(06/17/2017 -Sea lion 01:30 pm Departure) Today we left Friday Harbor only needing to travel about 10 minutes before reaching our first pod of whales! We first encounter a group of transient, or mammal eating orcas, on the Eastern side of San Juan Island. These whales were specifically the T36A’s...Read more

May 31, 2017

Soggy Whales! When the skies are gray, the whales will play.

[Tuesday, May 30th ~ 12pm Departure, M/V Sea Lion] Scientists love to speculate as to why whales breach. Some say it's a social behavior, on par with an excited exclamation or a loud "hey!" When there's no other whales around, we like to mention that whales can generally hear about 10 miles away,...Read more
Minke whale surfacing

May 27, 2017

Minke Whales at Partridge Bank on May 25th, 2017

The 25 th felt like summer! We had bright blue cloudless sky and smooth waters as we departed Friday Harbor with a small, intimate group of guests on the M/V Sea Lion. We took a right out of Friday Harbor, heading south, and immediately got views of harbor seals hauled out on rocks and Mt. Baker’s...Read more