September 1, 2015

JK-ing but not about the whales - Sunday 8/30

Sunday, served up another San Juanderful day. Capt. Pete, Alex, and I headed toward the Strait of Juan de Fuca. This is the major channel that connects the island to the North Pacific Ocean and all its glory. Lucky for us it was a calm day as we approached Middle Bank. This a shallower area in the...Read more

August 28, 2015

Ks & Ls in Haro!

Today under grey skies the M/V Sea Lion left Friday Harbor with positive reports of our local celebrities: the Southern Resident killer whales! Traveling south we encountered a number of very playful harbor seals and enjoyed the presence of some of our numerous seabirds. We also took a few minutes...Read more

August 22, 2015

Kittiwake Goes International

Today Captain Jim and I left Friday Harbor on a beautiful Saturday afternoon to head north to a report of some of our Southern Resident killer whales rounding Saturna Island, British Columbia. The day was beautiful: sparkling water and blue skies. Boundary Pass was gorgeous: This body of water...Read more

August 21, 2015

Orcas' Last Gleaming - August 20

There are stories surrounding orcas that say if we visit them in their natural realm, the sea, we'll see them as humans since they will be home and we will be the visitor. I don't know what that means the human will then look like, but I like to think of humans with permanently grinning orca faces...Read more

August 15, 2015

Cetace-Oh-Yeah - August 13, 2015

The waters surrounding the San Juan Islands are called the Salish Sea. And here we are lucky enough to have more than a few members of the Cetacean family (whales, dolphins, porpoises) stop by every once in awhile. Most folks come to see the famous and charismatic Orcas, which are the world's...Read more

August 13, 2015

JK..... They're headed North!

We spent a blissful day on the water with members of both J and K pods as they were traveling north past Stewart Island. We first arrived on scene greeted by some members of the J19 Matriline (J19 Shachi, J41 Eclipse, J51). J51 is the first calf of J41 Eclipse, and he is just as cute as a button!...Read more

August 8, 2015

K' in Canada!

Yesterday we headed up North towards a report of K pod in Canadian waters. It was a beautiful sunny day and on our transit to the whale reports we saw many harbor seals and harbor porpoise. We made it up to Point Roberts and met up with the K12's and the K13's. The K13's consist of seven individual...Read more

July 31, 2015

K pod Kartwheels - July 30, 2015

Thursday was a great day. Sunny, calm, and we headed east which usually doesn't happen. towards the east side of Orcas Island. When we hit the rips off of Obstruction Pass you could see the clear green-tinted water of the Salish Sea churning as currents collided and looking downward you could...Read more