August 21, 2015

Birds and Whales and Sunset OH MY!

As August winds down, our evening tours become more and more precious. The sun is setting earlier, which means better light for us throughout the duration of our tour. The M/V Sea Lion picked up our 26 guests, left the harbor, and headed south through San Juan channel. As we made our way through...Read more

August 13, 2015

JK..... They're headed North!

We spent a blissful day on the water with members of both J and K pods as they were traveling north past Stewart Island. We first arrived on scene greeted by some members of the J19 Matriline (J19 Shachi, J41 Eclipse, J51). J51 is the first calf of J41 Eclipse, and he is just as cute as a button!...Read more

August 8, 2015

K' in Canada!

Yesterday we headed up North towards a report of K pod in Canadian waters. It was a beautiful sunny day and on our transit to the whale reports we saw many harbor seals and harbor porpoise. We made it up to Point Roberts and met up with the K12's and the K13's. The K13's consist of seven individual...Read more

July 28, 2015

Krazy Ks on the West Side!

Naturalist Rachel, Captain Pete and I were very excited for our day on the M/V Sea Lion. The sun was shining, our guests were chipper, and we had positive whale reports leaving the dock! A positive whale report leaving the dock does not necessarily guarantee whale sightings, but it always gives you...Read more

June 29, 2015

Residents in San Juan Channel

Today we left the dock with reports of resident orcas out on the West side of San Juan Island. It was a beautiful sunny day here in Friday Harbor so our trip out to the whales was filled with sunshine. We met up with the K14's on the South side of Stuart Island. We first spotted K26 (Lobo), an...Read more

June 28, 2015

J16s in Boundary Pass

Today Captain Brian, Naturalist Rachel and I headed North towards Canadian waters, with reports of part of one of our Resident, salmon-eating pods, J Pod traveling along Saturna Island's shore. As we arrived on scene, Captain Brian did a wonderful job maneuvering so that we were not only saying the...Read more

June 21, 2015

Welcome back J Pod!

All three Resident Orca pods were away from the islands for a few days but returned to the area yesterday evening! This afternoon we met up with part of J pod, the J-16s, off of Henry Island. Slick (J-16) is the matriarch of this family and she was hunting with her adult son, Mike (J-26), her adult...Read more

June 20, 2015

Transients at Bird Rocks

This afternoon, we set out from Friday Harbor with a full boat. In just a short trip, we arrived at Bird Rocks, where we had received a report of transient orcas. Sure enough, there they were, the T65As and T77s, along with all of the other whale watching boats from the islands. Shortly after...Read more