May 17, 2012

Thursday May 17, 2012

Today we followed a similar route to yesterday’s trip. We headed north out of the San Juan Channel, past the west side of Waldron and out to Patos Island. About a half mile west of Patos we saw around 20 to 30 Harbor Porpoises milling in the rip tides. This appeared to be a great foraging area and...Read more

May 16, 2012

Yet another beautiful, sunny day out here in the San Juan Islands.

Upon departing the boat harbor we traveled north through the San Juan Channel to the west side of Waldren Island and into Boundary Pass. As we motored through Boundary Pass towards Patos Island, Captain Mike saw some splashing in the distance. Upon further investigation it was a Steller Sea Lion...Read more

September 5, 2011


Today was a day of lots and lots of harbor seals! Everywhere! And many of them were lined up like sausage links! Transient orca sausage links! We first went north towards Waldron Island and found them basking on a nearby rock. Next, we went further north into Canadian waters and found them off of...Read more

July 12, 2011

Flying whales and swooping baldies

O Canadaaaa, you have the resident orcas in your waters and we are coming to see them! North out of the harbor, past Yellow Island (hello, plump harbor seals!), along Spieden Island (any Mouflon sheep?), around Flattop Island, across to Waldron Island (shy harbor porpoises) and across the Haro...Read more

July 5, 2011

Steller of a day

We took a long trip north today with reports that there were killer whales hanging around Saturna in Canadian waters. The ride out was beautiful. The sun was shining, there was a clear view of Mt. Baker, and the waters were calm and glassy. What’s even better is that the trip up was totally worth...Read more

June 20, 2011

Glorious Evening With Orcas

We departed Friday Harbor and headed north. There was absolutely no wind and the water was like glass. An incredible night for whale watching. We caught up to J-pod around Monarch Head on Saturna island. There were about six animals traveling very close to each other, and very close to shore. We...Read more

June 17, 2011


Today we got spoiled: we had a choice between two transient killer whale pods! The first group was called in as located off Sidney Island on the Canadian side of the Haro straight. We left the harbor with these whales in mind but then we got another call; a second pod was seen between Saturna and...Read more

June 9, 2011

The Boys Are Back In Town!

J pod was present and playful today! We first saw the orcas at Saturna Island’s East Point as both juveniles and adults took turns breaching, lob tailing and spy hopping as they slowly made their way east. Two mature males were in the lead for some time, which we believe to be the pod-mates...Read more