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 2, 2011

It started off a rainy Monday and turned into a great wildlife watching day. We headed north out of the Harbor and up toward Speiden Island. It was raining steadily but there were a dozen Steller Seal Lions hauled out at the point and more in the water. Some of them were only half way out of the...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

April 16, 2011

Today was one of the sunniest, most beautiful days we have had all month, just in time for the official start of our season. The waters were calm as we headed out of the harbor toward Jones Island. The seals seemed to be as appreciative of the sun as we were and literally covered every exposed rock...Read more

December 28, 2010

Photo contest winners for whale and wildlife 2011

Announcing the Photo winners for 2011 in the category of whale photo: Janet Holba of WI. Winner for "wildlife" photo is Patty Quales of NC. These will be highlighted in the new 2011 sanjuansafaris.com website due to be published March 1, 2011.Read more

September 20, 2010

Surprise Orca Reports

We left the harbor without any orca reports. For about 20 minutes we wondered whether or not we would see our black and white friends today. As we neared Spieden Island, Captain Craig started to receive reports of whales on the west side of San Juan heading north. Surprise! This is my first season...Read more

August 18, 2010

Fat Foraging Whales

It has been said by the locals that this is the largest run of Sockeye Salmon we've EVER had (at least in a lifetime). Everywhere you looked off the west side today, there were purseiners, fish jumping and orcas feeding. Fat and happy whales, they lolled about slowly, on long dives, taking their...Read more

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