September 14, 2017

Resident Whale Breach Fest off San Juan Island

09/13/17- M/V Kestrel- 2PM Our resident whales still seem to be sticking around! We haven’t seen much of our resident whales this summer because of our record low salmon run, but today our guests were treated with the opportunity to see L pod. We headed down San Juan Channel and found the whales in...Read more

September 13, 2017

L12's at Salmon Bank

09/11/17- M/V Sea Lion- 12PM Today we left Friday Harbor with reports that our resident whales were still in the area. We headed towards salmon bank, a common feeding place for the whales, to take a look. We came across the five females and juveniles that make up the L12’s. The male of the family...Read more

July 27, 2017

J pod in Rosario Strait

[7/21/17- M/V Kestrel- 10AM & 2PM] J pod is still here! We left Friday Harbor and headed East towards Rosario Strait, where the whales were hanging out pretty much all day. On our way we stopped at a beautiful eagle’s nest on the northern tip of Lopez Island. Eagle’s nests can get about 6 feet...Read more
Adult Male Surfacing

June 30, 2017

Resident Whales South of San Juan Island

(6/29/17 - Sea Lion 1:30 PM Departure) You couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day to be out on the water here in the San Juan’s. We left the dock with reports of Southern Resident Killer Whales on the south side of San Juan Island, near False Bay. We headed straight toward that report of...Read more
A Southern resident killer whale swims in the Salish Sea

June 17, 2017

Woohoo! L Pod Returns to the San Juan Islands!

[6/17/17- M/V Kestrel- 2:00PM] It was a day to remember out on the Salish Sea! We departed Friday Harbor from San Juan Island on M/V Kestrel, a high-adventure zodiac-style boat. And holy smokes, within 15 minutes we were already upon some transient killer whales! Snuggled between San Juan Island...Read more
L41 Mega

June 17, 2017

A Special Day of Transients and Residents!!

(06/17/2017 -Sea lion 01:30 pm Departure) Today we left Friday Harbor only needing to travel about 10 minutes before reaching our first pod of whales! We first encounter a group of transient, or mammal eating orcas, on the Eastern side of San Juan Island. These whales were specifically the T36A’s...Read more
J Pod in the San Juan Islands

May 8, 2017

J Pod in the San Juan Islands

Today we left Friday Harbor with the exciting report of J pod hanging around the San Juan Islands. We headed around to the North side of Orcas Island where we saw a few Steller’s Sea Lions swimming around as well as a harbor seal. We also got some great looks at a pod of harbor porpoise. Harbor...Read more