Southern Resident killer whales and Mt. Baker

June 13, 2018

Welcome home to the Southern Residents!

[Naturalist Sarah – 06/11/2018 – M/V Sea Lion – 12:00pm] Monday was just another day that put a smile on my face that stayed through dinner. After a long absence from the inland waters we enjoyed a delightful encounter with members of our Southern Resident killer whale population. Today Captain...Read more
Orcas at Saturna Islands

May 21, 2018

Humpback Whale and Orcas in the Salish Sea - Sunday, May 13, 2018

[Sarah – 05/13/2018 – M/V Kittiwake – 12:00pm] Mother’s Day, and it was my first trip on M/V Kittiwake for the year! I love taking groups out on our smallest boat, because I really get to know the folks onboard, and we can tailor the trip to a smaller group’s needs. Captain Pete and I left the dock...Read more
J Pod whales traveling together

April 8, 2018

J Pod in Haro Strait (April 3rd)

[Naturalist Sarah – 04/03/2018 – M/V Sea Lion – 12:00pm] April trips don’t often start with whale reports on the dock, but on Tuesday we had incredible reports of orcas be fore we left Friday Harbor. Captain Brian opted for a southerly route, so he steered the M/V Sea Lion right out of the harbor...Read more
Killer whales traveling towards the Olympic Mountains

March 15, 2018

A Big Day for Bigg's Killer Whales!

[Naturalist Sarah – 03/15/2018 – M/V Sea Lion – 12:00pm] Lately we have had some simply exceptional days out on the water. Not only have we been treated to insane whale sightings, but we have also had magical springtime weather. While I was cooking breakfast this morning Captain Brian called me, “...Read more
T124C, T124A2, T87

February 25, 2018

Magical Winter Whale Watching - Orcas in the San Juan Islands

[Naturalist Sarah – 02/24/2018 – M/V Sea Lion – 12:00pm] Yesterday was not what I would call an average trip in the Salish Sea… Definitely not normal mid-February, not even a normal for our peak season! The trip started out average enough, with no reports of wildlife as we left the dock. This time...Read more
Stelller Sea Lions

February 12, 2018

Sunny Sunday: Wonderful Wildlife around the Outer Islands

[Sunday 02/11/2018, M/V Sea Lion 12:00, Naturalist Erick] On Sunday, we were lucky enough to get another bright, sunny, brisk day. We started our whale and wildlife search headed north through San Juan Channel toward the outer islands. We stopped first at the Cactus Islands. Most folks don’t...Read more
Humpback Whale

October 17, 2017

Humpback Whale on the Westside of San Juan Island

[Naturalist Sarah – 10/16/2017 – M/V Sea Lion – 12:00pm] Yesterday was a great day out on the water enjoying the beautiful scenery and wildlife of the San Juan Islands. We started the day by heading south through San Juan Channel from Friday Harbor. Just south of Griffin Bay we found some Steller’s...Read more
Southern Resident Killer Whale

October 17, 2017

A Fall Visit from Southern Resident Killer Whales

[Naturalist Sarah – 10/15/2017 – M/V Sea Lion – 12:00pm] This time of year leaving the dock we don’t often have reports of whales or other wildlife when we leave the dock. Sunday was not one of those days! Just as we untied the boat, we received a report of killer whales on the west side of San...Read more