Southern Resident Killer Whale

October 17, 2017

A Fall Visit from Southern Resident Killer Whales

[Naturalist Sarah – 10/15/2017 – M/V Sea Lion – 12:00pm] This time of year leaving the dock we don’t often have reports of whales or other wildlife when we leave the dock. Sunday was not one of those days! Just as we untied the boat, we received a report of killer whales on the west side of San...Read more
Transient killer whales near Turn Island

March 26, 2017

Transient Killer Whales Near San Juan Island

Yesterday the M/V Sea Lion had an amazing encounter with three family of Bigg’s killer whales, also known as transient killer whales, traveling in San Juan Channel. It was such a treat to have such active whales so close to the harbor, and definitely not an everyday occurrence! Captain Mike, Emily...Read more
Watching J Pod from Kestrel

March 19, 2017

J Pod in San Juan Channel on March 16th, 2017

Yesterday we had a charter scheduled on M/V Kestrel, our first trip of the season! The weather was March-perfect, with almost blue skies, no rain, and crisp air. To top it off we had a boat full of enthusiastic guests! We suited up in Mustang Exposure Suits and headed down to the boat. Captain...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
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

December 17, 2015

Congratulations J28 Polaris!

Last night we were greeted with a happy confirmation from the Center from Whale Research, that our core staff here at San Juan Safaris had been hoping for since a staff jaunt out to San Juan Channel on December 1st.... A NEW CALF FOR J28 POLARIS!! On December 1, with a report of whales right...Read more