A humpback whale takes a deep dive near East Point

July 12, 2017

Hump Day! Humpback Whale Spotted Near the San Juan Islands

[7/12/17- M/V Kestrel- 2:00PM] Wednesday’s are hump days, and hump days are meant for humpback whales! It was another beautiful day with sunny skies as we moseyed outside of Friday Harbor from San Juan Island and headed north to Canadian waters. We cruised over the calm waters with no problems at...Read more

June 20, 2017

Heather and Divot - Two Humpbacks in the Strait of Georgia

Lauren Fritz, Naturalist, M/V Sea Lion, 6/20/17, 1:30 pm & 5:30 pm tours Anyone who's around me long enough has fallen victim to my ramblings about how amazing humpback whales are. I spend a significant portion of my year with these whales down in Maui, one of their main breeding grounds, so it...Read more

May 29, 2017

A Crazy Epic Whale Day on M/V Kestrel

Something magical happens when two very different worlds collide and are able to coexist with each other in harmony, even if just for an hour. The human world aboard M/V Kestrel had a chance to link up with the mesmerizing orca world of the Transient killer whales today off of Green Point on...Read more

April 14, 2017

Superpod of Bigg's Killer Whales Shows Off in Strait of Georgia

Approximately fifteen killer whales stunned spectators when the animals scoffed at the directional predictions of the crew and instead burst to the surface just behind the M/V Sea Lion. After regaining our breath, we paralleled the tightly-packed posse as they transited south along the westside of...Read more
orcas surfacing

April 14, 2017

Joining the Pod

(April 13, 2017) The M/V Sea Lion was briefly admitted into the T101 brotherhood today. Just north of Patos Island our guests found themselves keeping pace with a pod of three full-grown bulls. From our vantage point on the aft deck, we could clearly see the details that allow scientists to...Read more
Killer Whales

April 13, 2017

Killer Whales Battle With Lion

Can I take just a moment to brag? This morning, when Captain Mike was likely still in his orca print onesie dodging dreamtime flotsam, I was watching orcas from the deck of a Washington state ferry. Between all of the naturalists, captains, and their associates, there are a lot of eyes on the water...Read more

August 4, 2016

Saturna or Bust

What an adventure of a day out on Seahawk! We traversed waters that we don't typically get to venture out in, all due to beautiful weather conditions and exciting whale reports! On our morning trip, we ventured north and had the chance to view some harbor seals (our adorable little rock sausages as...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