J Pod Jumping

June 22, 2018

J Pod Jubilation

Jordan | June 20, 2018 | M/V Sea Lion | 5:30 sunset Captain Pete, Alexandria and I journeyed out of Friday Harbor for the 5:30 sunset tour on our quest to find the whales! The M/V Sea Lion headed north up the San Juan Channel, through the Spieden Channel to the West coast of Henry Island. Here we...Read more
Bigg's killer whales feasts on sea lion

September 19, 2017

Eulogy of a Sea Lion, Another One Bites The Dust

Another one of our brother’s lives was cut all too short today via the jaws of our arch nemesis: Bigg’s killer whales. One moment onlookers were peacefully watching Phil gleefully dining upon a fish, and the next moment a froth of white water and maelstrom of orca bodies dulled his bulging eyes for...Read more
A humpback whale takes a deep dive near East Point

May 21, 2017

THIS JUST IN: Humpback Spotted in Friday Harbor, WA

If you are looking for a good day, look to visit Friday Harbor (literally- the harbor). On today’s trip, we encountered a humpback whale within 10 minutes of leaving the dock! We watched the whale fluke and dive on numerous occasions, but we soon departed in search of other wildlife for the...Read more

May 11, 2017

Humpback Whale and Raptors

The crew of the M/V Sea Lion was momentarily intimidated by the drenching drizzle and low visibility in Friday Harbor today. But once introduced to our enthusiastic roster of guests, we couldn’t help but get pumped to point out wildlife and share our knowledge of the wondrous Salish Sea ecosystem...Read more

April 20, 2017

Killer Whales Under Our Boat

That’s just how the cookie crumbles . When my granny bequeathed to me this idiom, I understood that sometimes you’re unlucky, and sometimes you win big. Whereas yesterday’s guests rode wild seas and saw zero whales, today’s guests experienced placid waters and a once-in-a-lifetime whale sighting...Read more
Humpback whale shows its fluke

April 17, 2017

Humpback Whale Forages In View Of Olympic Mountains

(April 16, 2017) Today Captain Mike piloted our international crew out to the expansive waters southeast of San Juan Island where the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Haro and Rosario Straits, and the Puget Sound converge. Often the area is characterized by violent seas and stiff wind, but today the waters...Read more