September 26, 2022

Humpback Whale and Steller's Sea Lions near San Juan Island

Elle | M/V Kestrel | 9/26/2022 | 2:00PM On today's Adventure Tour, we headed South out of Friday Harbor to look for wildlife. Just south of the harbor, we encountered a haul-out of harbor seals in San Juan Channel on some small rocky islands. The harbor seal population has grown significantly over...Read more

September 24, 2022

Humpback Party in Strait of Juan de Fuca

Elle | M/V Kestrel | 9/24/2022 | 2:00PM Today's adventure tour started in Friday Harbor. From there, we headed south in San Juan Channel. We made our first stop at Goose Island in Cattle Pass. This island is surrounded by bull kelp, an essential part of the ecosystem here in the Salish Sea, and one...Read more

September 17, 2022

Minke Whale and Surprise Orcas

Elle | M/V Osprey | 9/17/2022 | 1:30PM Today we headed out of the harbor with no whale sightings reported nearby. Because none of the whales in this area have tags that report their location, we rely on our own visiual sightings and our partners in the Pacific Whale Watch Association to find...Read more

September 11, 2022

Adventure Tour Braves Choppy Seas for Orcas

Elle | M/V Kestrel | 9/11/2022 | 2:00PM Today's adventure tour headed south into the Strait of Juan de Fuca. On our journey towards the Olympic Peninsula, our passengers braved sea spray and choppy waters as we soared through the smoky haze. Just a few miles from Dungeness Spit, We witnessed a...Read more

August 7, 2022

Greetings from a Breaching Humpback Whale near Port Townsend

Lauren | M/V Kestrel | 8/7/2022 | 10:00 AM We couldn’t have asked for better boating conditions on our Sunday morning adventure whale watch and wildlife tour! It was predicted to be one of the warmest days Friday Harbor has seen all summer, which is a blessing for anyone cruising aboard M/V Kestrel...Read more

July 29, 2022

Minke Madness and Humpback at Salmon Bank

Elle | M/V Osprey | 7/29/2022 | 5:30 PM This evening was full of baleen whales here in the Salish Sea! After travelling south past Cattle Point Lighthouse we settled our boat in shallow waters at the top of Salmon Bank. We were surrounded by birds at the surface, hunting the smaller fish below, in...Read more

July 27, 2022

Whale "trifecta" south of San Juan Island

Elle | M/V Kestrel | 7/27/2022 | 2:00 PM After departing from Friday Harbor we headed south in San Juan Channel. Near Cattle Point Lighthouse, we entered some choppy water, produced by fast currents mixing together, as well as wind. Above the waves, we saw a fifteen-foot puff of air: an exhalation...Read more