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

May 28, 2011

Feasting Transients find Stellar Sea Lions

Today was the first day of Memorial Day Weekend and we celebrated it by nearly filling both of our vessels, the Sea Lion and the Kittiwake, for an afternoon whale watch. Throughout the day, the weather went from gray clouds and overcast to nice white fluffy clouds and sunshine. We boarded the boats...Read more

July 23, 2010

Of Dolphins And Diamonds

Seeing the San Juan Islands is magical and seeing the orcas can be downright transcendental for some. But, when you can pair those two things with a major milestone in a person's life it becomes a rare and unique moment that makes existence in this world a more glorious thing. It also shines a...Read more

June 13, 2010

Sunkissed and Blissed

Another sunny day on the Sea Lion! As we boarded the boat, we received news that orca whales were spotted north near Vancouver. Communicating with the other whale watching vessels helped inform our crew that the whales were actually heading closer to us near Saturna Island. The excitement on the...Read more

June 7, 2010

Fun n Sun

What a pleasant surprise the gorgeous weather was today. The sun was shining, it was warm and there were whales! What more could one really ask for? Except for the whales to be headed right in our direction, and as it turned out they were!! The plan was to head straight for the whales which were...Read more

May 13, 2010

Ode To The Locals

There is more to life in the islands than orcas. With every brochure and website showing photos of leaping black and white behemoths, it is easy to forget that there are other equally stunning species that live in this area. It is also easy to overlook the basic beauty of the setting for fear that...Read more