August 27, 2010

The Bigger The Better!

When it comes to orca mating, researchers do not know how the pairs are established. Mating is indiscriminate, meaning that males and females do not stay together. Females raise the calf with their family and the males help to raise their siblings, cousins, etc. It has even been theorized that the...Read more

August 26, 2010

The Sea Is A Cruel Mistress

Compass Rose All of the old mariner's tales that you have heard about the watery deep are true. She is unpredictable, untameable and undeniable. She giveth and she taketh away, and usually when you least expect it. Here in the Salish Sea, nestled amongst the San Juan Islands, it is no different...Read more

August 20, 2010

Mystical Mysticetes

I know, you are probably wondering what in the world that word is and how it could possibly be pronounced. Well, both fall under the category of easy to explain. Mysticetes (MISS-ti-seats or MICE-ti-seats) are baleen whales that filter feed on small prey items. Of course, all baleen whales are...Read more

August 19, 2010

West Side Sunset

Last evening we headed towards the southern tip of San Juan where Cattle Point Lighthouse is located.  This is our last week of sunset tours and I'm really going to miss the way that lighthouse looks against a setting sun. That thought was interrupted when we spotted Stellar Sea Lions showing off...Read more

August 11, 2010

Whales Last Evening and WHALES This Afternoon

Yesterdays afternoon trip saw a little seen baleen whale - a minke. There are only about 18 minke whales in and around the islands. Our guests got very good looks at this whale in the afternoon both from the MV Sea Lion and the smaller MV Kittiwake. Last evening on the 5;30 tour the resident orca...Read more

August 4, 2010

Photos of Orca Whales, Seals and Gulls by Sosha Mathew

Side Breach and Straight Ahead Orca Whale by Sosha Mathew Lone Orca Whale Off San Juan Island at Sunset, by Sosha Mathew Snoozing Seals and Gulls, by by Sosha Mathew From our Sunday, August 1, 2010 Tour. These will be entered into our photo contest. Thanks Sosha!Read more

August 2, 2010

Be gone fog!

Finally it looks like the fog may be clearing. We still had a foggy morning but it quickly cleared out and turned into a beautiful day. This afternoon was a true safari. We started off by observing some harbor seals basking in the's rough being a harbor seal! Then we moved over to whale...Read more