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

September 19, 2016

A Beautiful Look at Transients in the Strait of Juan de Fuca

It appears that fall is here, as the weather is constantly keeping us guessing. Rain? Shine? A combination of both within the space of 10 minutes? Sure, why not. That's what we love about our island home. And, staying true to the theme of San Juan Safaris (always embracing adventure and the beauty...Read more
A humpback whale dives

May 7, 2016

Mountains and Humpback Whales Around the San Juan Islands

Yesterday was another gorgeous spring day here in the San Juan Islands full of lots and lots of wildlife. This time of year we have been heading north out of the harbor for the most part as there tends to be much to look at in and amongst the smaller northern islands. Heading south, just means...Read more

October 7, 2015

The Mighty Fin Whale-October 5th, 2015

Today, like most days, the Salish Sea was demonstrating the full potential of this incredibly unique ecosystem. Captain Mike, myself, and the excited passengers aboard the Sea Lion were fortunate enough to bear witness to some incredible activity that is a sure sign that Autumn is upon us. We...Read more

September 25, 2015

Whales on Whales on Whales!-September 24, 2015

Today was one of those days that comes maybe but once a summer here in the Salish Sea, and Captain Mike, myself and some lucky passengers were fortunate enough to see some incredible examples of our local wildlife. We left the dock at exactly noon (despite a slightly tardy naturalist) on the trusty...Read more

September 9, 2015

The Big Five!-September 8th, 2015

What an incredible day out on the water! Today was Captain Pete's last day driving for us, and the Salish Sea made sure it was a special trip. We loaded up the Sea Lion with excited passengers ready to see some of the unique wildlife and headed North out of Friday Harbor under a clear sky. We had...Read more

September 19, 2013

Southern Resident Killer Whales Get Down!

When I heard the vocalizations of orcas at the Lime Kiln hydrophone this morning, I knew it would be an entertaining day. The whale chatter seemed excited and endless! Several hours later when we were viewing the same animals from the M/V Sea Lion, they were still partying hard. We watched a large...Read more

September 13, 2013

Transient Orcas Snack on Rock Sausage

It’s not often that we get to choose between viewing Bigg’s Killer Whales or Southern Resident Killer Whales on the same trip. That was the case today. I wish we could spread out this luck for the guests who didn’t get to see any killer whales on their trip. For a time during peak summer, we were...Read more

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