September 9, 2011

the most wonderful time of the year

All summer I have been thinking everyone was pulling my leg telling me that summer just gets nicer and nicer and then September is the best month of the year. I was convinced that it would be 40 degrees and raining by now. I seem to have been mistaken. This week has been the warmest of the year and...Read more

September 7, 2011

What else could we have seen?

"What else could we have possibly have seen today?" was a great question that I was asked as we headed back into the harbor. "Not much" was my answer. We had an amazing encounter with resident whales today that started with them spread out all over the south west side of the island, merging into...Read more

August 30, 2011

August Whale Sightings

Well, we just did the math. From August 1- 29 we have ran a total of 49 Whale Watches. Of those 49 trips we successfully located whales 47 times. And not just Orca, but Minke and Humpback Whales as well!! That is a 96% success rate at seeing whales on our trips. On top of whales we have also been...Read more

August 29, 2011


Today we traveled all the way to Victoria to see one lone transient. He was magnificent. It was a long haul but when we arrived he appeared to be patrolling up and down the rocks. He has one of the broadest dorsal fins I have ever seen. The word on the street was that he had been harassing a sea...Read more

August 27, 2011

Killer Whales Everywhere!

It was easy, maybe too easy, finding killer whales today. We headed up north from Friday Harbor, and just east of Spieden Island we encountered both K and L pods. They were everywhere around us! Breaching, spy hopping, and tail slapping. After watching them for a while, we headed back south towards...Read more

August 20, 2011

It feels like summer!

These days I hail from Maui, Hawaii and it's rare for me to say it's hot in Washington. But today, it was hot! In town. And quite comfortable on the water as well. We traveled out to be next to the Olympic Peninsula and the snow covered mountains; and it was a day of epic weather, water and...Read more

August 11, 2011

Let's Change Things Up a Bit...

Thursday brought blue skies and calm seas. However, there were no reports of anyone seeing any Orcas in the Salish Sea. So we took the best lead we had and headed towards Victoria to try and find the elusive Humpback Whale. On the way out we encountered lots of harbor seals bobbing in the tide and...Read more

August 8, 2011

Humpback on the west side

Very unusual sighting today…a humpback! It was right on the west side of San Juan Island. We motored around cattle point and saw a bunch of boats in one area. Everyone eagerly searched for what could possibly be nearby. Then we saw the spout followed by its large back. We watched for a while and...Read more