Breaching Southern Resident killer whale

September 5, 2020

Southern Resident Killer Whales near San Juan Island

Sarah | 09/05/2020 | M/V Kestrel | 10:00am & 02:00pm We had quite the day on the Salish Sea! With early-morning shore-reports of orcas heading into some fog around San Juan Island, Captain Gabe and I left the harbor for our first tour hoping that we could find those elusive animals. We decided...Read more
SRKW at Sunset

July 25, 2020

Southern Resident Killer Whales Investigate San Juan Channel

Olivia | M/V Sea Lion | July 25th, 2020 | 17:30 After seeing part of L-Pod foraging in the Strait of Juan de Fuca on our 13:30 trip, we hoped for our sunset trip that they would still be foraging down there to give our guests the same opportunity to see Southern Resident Killer Whales as we did...Read more
SRKW near San Juan Island

July 24, 2020

A Profound Moment Met by the Southern Resident Killer Whales

Olivia | M/V Kestrel | July 24th, 2020 | 14:00 “No one will protect what they don’t care about; and no one will care about what they have never experienced.” -David Attenborough I do not even know where to begin with writing tonight’s blog. I have been a naturalist in New Zealand and the San Juan...Read more
Southern Resident Killer Whales in Haro Strait

September 30, 2019

Magical Day Spent with the Southern Resident Killer Whales!

Olivia | September 30th, 2019 | M/V Sea Lion | 12:00pm Today was SO magical! We left Friday Harbor heading north through the San Juan Channel and cutting through Spieden Channel in order to end up near Henry Island. All along the way we saw swimming Harbor Seals and Harbor Porpoises! However, what...Read more

September 21, 2019

Southern Resident Orcas & Humpback & Sea Lions!

Jordan | M/V Kestrel | 09/21/19 | 11:00am What a really great day out on the water! Captain Gabe and I headed south through the San Juan Channel and headed towards a beautiful lighthouse off the southern tip of San Juan: Cattle Point lighthouse. Nearby, we stopped at Whale Rocks and watched tons of...Read more

July 6, 2019

Southern Resident Orcas off San Juan!

Jordan | M/V Sea Lion | 07/06/19 | 1:30pm Today, was a very special day for the Salish Sea! Why you ask? Because the Southern Resident Orcas are back!! For the first time in weeks J, K and L pods have been spotted in the San Juan Islands! This literally made national news! So, we were incredibly...Read more

September 5, 2018

Southern Resident Orcas are Back! | 9/5/18| 1:30PM

Guests aboard M/V Sea Lion along with naturalist Jordan, Captain Gabe and I were ready to get out on the water on this beautiful September day! After a smokey August, September was starting out pleasantly- sunny and warm days. After around three weeks of not seeing the southern residents in our...Read more
Southern Resident L Pod Orcas

June 13, 2018

Residents Staying in the Salish Sea and more Humpback Whales!

[Tuesday, 6/12/18 - M/V Sea Lion - 12:00 - Naturalist Erick] Another grand day in the San Juan Islands! It did start out a little grey, but was still pretty warm for June as Captain Gabe and I headed north with a great group of people aboard the M/V Sea Lion . We traveled up past Spieden, Johns,...Read more

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