Bigg's Orca

June 29, 2018

Long (but worthwhile!) Trip for Orcas on M/V Kestrel

Naturalist Sarah | 06/22/2018 | M/V Kestrel | 10:00am What a whirlwind of a trip! Leaving Friday Harbor, Captain gabe and I had no reports of orcas… not unusual for our morning trips! Since we work with a spotting network spread out through the region, usually our sightings start rolling in as...Read more
L87 Onyx

March 4, 2017

Springtime is knocking! J Pod Back in the San Juan Islands

I often measure time in days, weeks, *gasp* months between whale encounters. In the winter orca encounters are sporadic, but as we creep into springtime there are more and more sightings and less and less time between those sweet moments. This morning I rolled out of bed, ate some breakfast, took...Read more
K26 "Lobo" breaches

August 20, 2016

Southern Resident Killer Whales Return to the San Juan Islands

Some days are just simply spectacular. Today combined flat water, good company, and amazing killer whale sightings for magic on the M/V Sea Lion. Naturalist Erick, Captain Mike and I set out on our 1:30 pm tour with reports of some of our Southern Resident Killer Whales on the west side of San Juan...Read more
L94 Calypso surfacing at San Juan Island

July 18, 2016

Orcas and Humpback Whales in the Waters around San Juan Island

Yesterday we enjoyed yet another stunning July day on the water around San Juan Island. Naturalist Erick, Captain Mike and I were excited to be able to share some of our famous, critically endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales (SRKWs) with our guests on the 1:30 departure from Friday Harbor...Read more
Orcas J52 Sonic & Mother J36 Alki

January 20, 2016

New Baby Orca - Congratulations J14 Matriline!

Yesterday we were greeted by the happy news that there is yet another new calf in the endangered Southern Resident community of orcas, and the sixth born into the familial grouping known as J Pod. NOAA scientists first observed a new calf travelling between J14 Samish and J37 Hy’Shqa on January 18...Read more

June 2, 2009

Gray Days

What a day to see gray. A whale that is. As our balmy (82 degrees F, 28% humidity) weather continues here in the San Juan Islands we took to the seas to find cool breezes and cool animals. True to our Pacific Northwest abundance we were not disappointed. Craig expertly captained the MV Sea Lion...Read more