Humpback whale flukes

June 20, 2020

Humpback Whale on the Summer Solstice

Sarah | 06/20/2020 | M/V Sea Lion | 12:00pm We had an excellent, albeit the moody weather, out on the water. On my first tour back on the water this season, we got to see so much wildlife, and enjoyed some stunning scenery. We left Friday Harbor and headed north through San Juan Channel, and took a...Read more
Bigg's Killer Whales on the West Side!

June 13, 2020

Bigg's Killer Whales off the West Side of San Juan Island!!!

Laura | M/V Sea Lion | 6/13/2020 | 5:30pm This evening's sunset whale watch was spectacular! We headed southbound through San Juan Channel towards Cattle Point. We passed some fun pelagic bird species along the way, including pigeon guillemots, rhinoceros auklets, and cormorants. After reaching...Read more

June 10, 2020

Bigg's Killer Whales Cruise Around the San Juan Islands!

Laura / M/V Sea Lion / 6/10/2020 / 12:00pm Today I am thrilled to report a most fulfilling whale watch after a long sabbatical due to recent COVID regulations. Captain Pete and I dusted off our binos and set off into the Salish Sea on M/V Sea Lion! She seemed just as happy to be back out on the...Read more
Bigg's Killer Whales in Plumper Sound

March 12, 2020

Bigg's Killer Whales Hunting in Plumper Sound

Laura | M/V Sea Lion | 3/12/2020 | 12:00pm It is always fun to report when passengers find whales from the sky as they arrive to San Juan Island via sea plane! Two passengers had an early morning flight to Friday Harbor and sighted four orcas from above while flying over the San Juan Channel. We...Read more
J Pod in Swanson Channel

March 10, 2020

J Pod Leaping through Swanson Channel!!

Laura | M/V Sea Lion | 3/10/2020 | 12:00pm Today was such a fun day to be out on the water! M/V Sea Lion left the dock of Friday Harbor and headed north. Moments after we left the dock a large common loon came right by our boat and surprised all the passengers! He was sporting some gorgeous spring...Read more
Bigg's Killer Whales in Haro Strait

March 8, 2020

Bigg's Killer Whales Milling in the Haro Strait!

Laura | M/V Sea Lion | 3/8/2020 | 12:00pm What a gorgeous day to spend out on the water! I was so excited to head south through the San Juan Channel in glass calm seas, with blue skies and clear visibility! Cattle Point is one of my favorite viewing spots for a multitude of pelagic birds readily...Read more

November 30, 2019

Bigg's Killer Whales Hunting in the San Juan Channel!!

Laura C. | 11/30/2019 | M/V Sea Lion | 12:00pm Waking up this morning was bittersweet, as I knew it would be the last trip of the season, but I was equally excited to get out on the water to hopefully see some whales! Today could not have more perfect, with orcas graciously providing a grand finale...Read more

November 24, 2019

Dall's Porpoises Bow Riding?! Say What Now?!!!

Laura C. | M/V Sea Lion | 11/24/2019 | 12:00pm Sunshine radiated throughout the Salish Sea today! The seas were beautiful, surrounded by crisp clean air that provided miles of visibility. We headed north in the San Juan Channel, through President’s Channel and past Patos Island into the Strait of...Read more

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