Humpback near San Juan Islands

May 5, 2017

Surprise Humpback North of the San Juan Islands

It’s a bit rainy here today in the Pacific Northwest (good one, right?) but that didn’t stop our guests from being excited and enthusiastic about looking for wildlife. We left Friday Harbor with no whale reports, not uncommon for this time of year. We decided to head North toward the Canadian Gulf...Read more

April 28, 2017

Humpback Whale North of the San Juan Islands

Today we left Friday Harbor with no immediate reports of whales in the area. But, as whale and wildlife watching goes, there was ample opportunity for a great day on the water. As we started heading North to survey for whales we got the report of a humpback whale in Boundary Pass just South of the...Read more
Male killer whale surfacing

April 18, 2017

Orcas and Wildlife in the San Juan Islands

We could not have asked for a better spring weather out on the M/V Sea lion today. We started our day with reports of whales on the North side of Orcas Island. On our way up to the area we spotted some harbor seals swimming in the water and some bald eagles flying up ahead. We arrived on scene to a...Read more
Female Transient Killer Whale at the Surface

April 17, 2017

Gray Whale and Orcas near San Juan Island

Today the M/V Sea Lion continued its whale-viewing streak into April with two species of cetaceans! April has been good to us in terms of weather and wildlife. We left the dock under sunny skies and with great expectations! Captain Mike, Naturalist Rachel and I left Friday Harbor and almost...Read more
J2 Granny Spyhops near Stuart Island

January 5, 2017

Reflecting on the Loss of J2 Granny

She was my first wild orca. I will never forget that moment as I sat on the bow of the M/V Sea Lion, mere hours after stepping off the ferry, and I was looking at her family. I watched her glossy back break the surface and heard that powerful "kwoof" that instantly became my favorite sound. I took...Read more
Two Humpback whales in Boundary Pass, British Columbia

October 28, 2016

Humpback Whales: A Comeback Story in the Salish Sea and Beyond

While May through September tends to be peak season for spotting killer whales, also known as orcas, here in the San Juan Islands, we are in the midst of a second peak in whale sightings right now. From about September into November we have our peak sightings of humpback whales. These past weeks...Read more

June 26, 2016

Flirty Whales Flaunt their Tails in Boundary Pass

It’s been an excellent year for Transient Killer Whales so far, and today was no exception! Recently there’s been a number of family groups hanging around the San Juan Islands, and we’ve been venturing up to Boundary Pass almost on the daily. Today we left the dock with similar reports and started...Read more