October 1, 2011

Almost the End...

Well, things are definitely winding down. In just a few days there will be no more trips and probably no more whales until next year. We were super lucky today and found a small section of L pod down in Haro Strait off the west side. The water was super calm even though it was a bit rainy. On the...Read more

September 30, 2011

Friday September 30

The last two days could have gone either way. The morning whale reports had residents near Hein Bank, possibly heading out to the Pacific. But like yesterday, the animals turned around and made their way back towards San Juan Island. We found some members of K pod swimming steadily in Haro Strait...Read more

September 28, 2011

Finishing Up Strong!

We only have a few more trips left in our season up here, but the whales don't know that. Today we found members of our resident pods K and L, almost 50 whales, spread out in Haro Strait heading up to Turn Point. We were able to identify K20 (possibly with a new calf? yet to be confirmed), L87, L41...Read more

September 27, 2011

nice weather, nice whales

After 2 days of howling wind and sporadic downpours it seemed as though mother nature deicded to give us a break. It was a beautiful day. There was sun and there were whales. We even saw a Minke surface as we were watching Steller's Sea Lions at the south end of Cattle Pass. When we got to the...Read more

September 21, 2011

sensory overload

I feel like we have had a lot of great trips this summer and have been luck so far in September with a fairly high percentage of whale sightings. Of all the trips we have had since we started in April there are a handful that stick out vividly in my memory as exceptional. Today might have trumped...Read more

September 12, 2011

L-Pod! and Harbor seals galore!

We had a beautiful blustery day today heading south out of Friday Harbor. After hearing reports of whales south west of San Juan and heading further SW we blazed on out off of Hein Bank! We were kindly greeted by a group of 10-12 traveling Orcas, all members of L-Pod. Having a wonderful...Read more