July 12, 2011

Flying whales and swooping baldies

O Canadaaaa, you have the resident orcas in your waters and we are coming to see them! North out of the harbor, past Yellow Island (hello, plump harbor seals!), along Spieden Island (any Mouflon sheep?), around Flattop Island, across to Waldron Island (shy harbor porpoises) and across the Haro...Read more

July 9, 2011

5:30 Sunset Tours Best for Photographers

Last evening I got out from behind the computer and went out on the whale watching tour that departs at 5:30. We went out of Friday Harbor, then south down the east side of San Juan Island. About 1 mile off the south west side of San Juan Island there were many, MANY whales. It was an...Read more

July 9, 2011

Abundant Wildlife

Southbound from Friday Harbor, we went in search of Pacific northwest wildlife. Along the way, we saw harbor porpoises just in the San Juan Channel north of the harbor. A few harbor seals were spotted frolicking in the waves, perhaps foraging or playing. As we rounded Henry Island along the...Read more

June 26, 2011

Playful Pod

The sun was shining and the waters were calm as we headed north in search of wildlife. Just as we left Friday Harbor, we spotted a harbor seal poking his head out of the water and slowed down to get a better look. We continued our journey enjoying the beautiful day and the sites of the surrounding...Read more

June 22, 2011

Rewarded for Going the Distance

Woooeeee, the whales made us work for it today! Resident killer whales were reported at nearly the farthest point we can travel on our trips and they weren't coming our way south either. We loaded up both boats and headed north right out of Friday Harbor with not a moment to spare to stop and gaze...Read more

June 20, 2011

Bold oyster catchers harass the ultimate predatory bird

Northbound along the west side of San Juan Island, we encountered about eight orcas allegedly belonging to both J and K resident pods. From the get go, we saw curious whale behavior of tail-slapping, a pec fin slap and eventually even a head stand with the white of the tail exposed! As they...Read more

June 18, 2011

Rain no; Orcas yes!

We narrowly escaped the rain today; luckily, by trip departure time it was done raining in the San Juan Islands. Overcast weather and threats of rain don't keep the whales away though and as we rounded Cattle Point and came up along the west side in some choppy waves, we were rewarded for our...Read more