Chainsaw the Bigg's Orca

May 14, 2018

Chainsaw and the T36 Family of Bigg's Orcas Hunt in Boundary Pass

[Sunday, 5/13/18 - M/V Kestrel - 1:00PM - Naturalist Erick] Happy Mothers’ Day! This Sunday, Captain Brian and I left Friday Harbor looking for all the wonderful whales and wildlife out here. We started out by going north through San Juan Channel and made our first stop at Green Point on Spieden...Read more
Humpback Whale

April 24, 2018

The Return of the Humpback Whales!

[Saturday, 4/21/18 – M/V Kestrel – 1:00PM – Naturalist Erick] The past few weeks we have started running trips on our adventure vessel, M/V Kestrel . This craft is a RIB, a Rigid-Hulled Inflatable Boat, and can go pretty fast, around 30 – 40 knots. We suit up in these dope red and black exposure...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
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