June 12, 2011

International J-pod

Whale Watching Naturalist with Young Whale Watcher Today on both of our trips, we encountered J-pod. First off of the west side of San Juan Island where they were headed northeast and then off of East point, the most northwestern point of the United States, and headed into Canadian waters. Our...Read more

June 11, 2011


As the sun dissipated the daunting clouds, we encountered J-Pod near Pile Point as they headed north toward Lime Kiln Point. A few individuals breached while the rest of the group continued to move at a slow pace in a spread out formation. We were excited to identify Riptide (J-30), the alleged...Read more

June 9, 2011

The Boys Are Back In Town!

J pod was present and playful today! We first saw the orcas at Saturna Island’s East Point as both juveniles and adults took turns breaching, lob tailing and spy hopping as they slowly made their way east. Two mature males were in the lead for some time, which we believe to be the pod-mates...Read more

June 9, 2011

Resident Orca Whales Today

We headed north out of Friday Harbor with reports that there were some orcas coming down the Strait of Georgia towards Saturna Island. On our way to start our search in Canadian waters we were lucky enough to encounter lots of harbor seals hauled out on the rocks at Yellow Island and some more at...Read more

May 30, 2011

Hel-Lo L-pod!

On Sunday, May 29th we ventured out on two trips to accommodate all of our holiday weekend whale watchers. And successful we were. Headed northbound, we stopped by Spieden island to see the non-native Mouflon sheep and Sika and Fallow deer. Further on, we saw several harbor seals and Stellar sea...Read more

May 16, 2011

Transients in Rosario

Monday found us out in Rosario Straight. The wind was picking up and there was a little bit of swell and chop, but it didn't deter us from spotting a very spread out group of Transient Orcas. They were headed south at what seemed like a pretty good speed. There was one big male about 500 yards...Read more

May 15, 2011

J Pod Vocalizations!

I have to say that some of my best whale days have been gross, rainy days. Today was no exception. We made our way down the east side of San Juan Island and around toward False Bay. It was one of those silent, glassy, flat water days. No seals hauled out, no sea lions on our way south. We passed a...Read more

May 14, 2011

Orcas - Three Days in a Row!!

Left Friday Harbor around 1:30 with reports of Southern Residents in the Strait of Juan De Fuca heading our way. We cruised down San Juan Channel and out towards the reports hoping to come across them. The trip out was beautiful with clear views of the Olympic Mountains and glassy, flat water. It...Read more