September 9, 2011

the most wonderful time of the year

All summer I have been thinking everyone was pulling my leg telling me that summer just gets nicer and nicer and then September is the best month of the year. I was convinced that it would be 40 degrees and raining by now. I seem to have been mistaken. This week has been the warmest of the year and...Read more

September 7, 2011

What else could we have seen?

"What else could we have possibly have seen today?" was a great question that I was asked as we headed back into the harbor. "Not much" was my answer. We had an amazing encounter with resident whales today that started with them spread out all over the south west side of the island, merging into...Read more

September 3, 2011

The southern residents are baaack!

With two full boats, we headed up north across the border and into Canadian waters, all in search of the Southern Resident Killer Whales that had been out to sea (to the best of our knowledge) for a few days. We ended up in the Strait of Georgia, just south of the city of Vancouver, when a...Read more

August 29, 2011

Sea Lions off San Juan Island from a 5:30 Sunset Tour

Attached are two pictures of Sea Lions, taken during my visit to San Juan Island last week. These pictures were taken while on the Whale Watching tour with San Juan Safari, on 8/20 - the Sunset Tour. Sending these for the photo contest, under "Other Wildlife" category. Ashwin Sea Lion off San Juan...Read more

August 26, 2011

A little bit of Everything

Another calm clear day around San Juan Island. We were able to find most of the Southern Residents heading north past the west side of the island. As we came on scene we found a nice group of about 10 animals traveling together. It was difficult to get good IDs but there was one adult male with the...Read more

August 20, 2011

It feels like summer!

These days I hail from Maui, Hawaii and it's rare for me to say it's hot in Washington. But today, it was hot! In town. And quite comfortable on the water as well. We traveled out to be next to the Olympic Peninsula and the snow covered mountains; and it was a day of epic weather, water and...Read more

August 13, 2011

Close Encounters of the Orca Kind

Something rare occurred today; killer whales surprised us by coming up not only next to our boat, but a couple swam under our boat! Let me start from the beginning… we left Friday Harbor heading south, stopping to see some harbor seals hauled up on rocky areas. We also went around whale rocks to...Read more

August 5, 2011

Canada or bust!

We went international to observe a pod rumored to be around the Golf Islands of Canada. Shortly after crossing the international boarder and entering the Swanson Channel we saw a group of around fifteen lively orcas. The surface around them was turning with activity as Mickey Mouse ear pectoral...Read more