T11 Surfacing

October 17, 2017

The Extra Mile to Find Orcas and Humpbacks - 10/13/2017

[Naturalist Sarah – 10/13/2017 – M/V Sea Lion – 12:00pm] On Friday we had a lovely trip to find wildlife. We enjoyed beautiful water as we cruised over to the Canadian border and towards Victoria. On these fall days sometimes we need to go a bit out of our way to find whales and other wildlife...Read more

October 8, 2017

Rare Orca Spotted in the San Juan Islands

[Naturalist Sarah – 10/08/2017 – M/V Sea Lion – 12:00pm] Today’s whale watch was a picture perfect October day, and certainly not a typical what-to-expect day this time of year. Captain Mike, Naturalist Piper, and I left Friday Harbor under sunny blue skies with no reports of whales. We elected to...Read more
Southern Resident Killer Whales

September 24, 2017

Late Season Whale Watch Double-Header!

[Naturalist Sarah – 09/23/2017 – M/V Sea Lion – 12:00pm & 04:00pm] With recent beautiful weather and the incredible wildlife sightings we made a late decision to add a sunset trip to our schedule. It was such a treat to spend even more time out on the water at this magical time of year. 12:00pm...Read more

September 4, 2017

Orca Invasion Continues in the San Juans!

[Naturalist Sarah C. 9/3/17 M/V Sea Lion 1:30pm departure] Transient orcas have been spotted in the dozens around the San Juans this week. It's not always the case that we get to choose which whale sighting we pursue on our daily departures from Friday Harbor. With multiple families spotted within...Read more

August 24, 2017

Tiny Humpback Hangs Out in the San Juans

[Naturalist Sarah C. 8/24/17 M/V Sea Lion 1:30 Departure] An itty bitty humpback has been spotted perusing the waters south of Lopez Island for three days in a row now. This little whale nubbin obviously favors his chosen location, and it's an unusual one for massive baleen whales like him to be...Read more

August 7, 2017

Humpback Whales Continue to Steal the Show in the San Juans

[Sarah C. 8/6/17 5:30 Sea Lion] Smoky skies continue to haunt the San Juans this week, giving us an eerie backdrop to our whale watches. Paired with the setting sun, the persistent smoke makes for an overwhelmingly orange-pink atmosphere that permeates the sea, sky, and wildlife. And while we hope...Read more
L Pod Orcas

August 4, 2017

Humpback Whales, L Pod Orcas, and Wildlife Spotted in the San Juans

[Sarah M – 08/03/2017 – M/V Sea Lion – 01:30pm & 05:30pm] Yesterday the M/V Sea Lion had another pair of great trips in the Salish Sea. Even though we are still experiencing smoky conditions, the wildlife sightings have been off the charts amazing and unaffected by the atmospheric conditions...Read more

July 31, 2017

Orca Family Reunion Observed in the San Juans

[7/31/17 2pm Kestrel] Today's whale watch on the M/V Kestrel took us all the way out to Anacortes, where a group of killer whales had been reported before we left the dock. We pushed off the dock and motored out of Friday Harbor with 75 degree weather and clear, sunny skies. Our route took us...Read more