May 13, 2011

J Pod of the Resident Orca Whales at Active Pass

We headed north past Waldron Island where we stopped to check out some Harbor Seals feeding on a fish. They were tossing it and diving after it. Good start to the day. As we crossed into Canadian waters we could see Steller Sea Lions on the rocks at East Point. We stopped to check them out.Â...Read more

May 4, 2011

Southern Residents!!!

Heading south through cattle pass we encountered some Harbor Seals as well as a lone Steller Sea Lion swimming south and playing in the current. Whale rocks also provided us with some very large male Stellers' maneuvering awkwardly on shore. We then headed into the middle of Haro strait to try and...Read more

May 4, 2011


Tuesday brought sunny skies and calm water. We headed north from Friday Harbor with reports of whales in active pass as well as faint vocalizations around Lime Kiln. We were trying to decide which way to start our search when we heard confirmed reports of J-Pod off Moresby Island. As we slowly...Read more

April 25, 2011

Orca Monday!!

The season officially started last Saturday with some beautiful days and plentiful Harbor Seals and Stellar Sea lions. But the real show was today aboard the M/V Sea Lion. We had reports of J-pod out towards Victoria and heading West into the Strait of Juan De Fuca. We boarded our passengers a...Read more

November 8, 2010

Naturalist Gear Down - End of Whale Watching Season 2010

Naturalist Gear Down Friday November 5, 2010 10 to 4 organized by The Whale Museum I took my first naturalist class in about 1996 from The Whale Museum. Enjoyed it and learned so much I took it at least another three times. This class, organized by The Whale Museum, was the ‘gear down’ session or ‘...Read more

October 6, 2010

Charter A Boat!

The daily trips may be done, but that does not mean that I do not still get the chance to get out on the water. Today we had a charter and that is really the way to go if you are a naturalist. Or even if you are a guest. The groups tend to be relaxed and fun-loving and ready for anything. There are...Read more