April 23, 2018

Bigg's Orcas and a Humpback Whale in the Strait of Georgia

Monday, April 23, 2018 | M/V Sea Lion | 12:00 Noon What a gloriously sunny Monday afternoon in the San Juan Islands! Sitting here writing this, I can feel the sunburn set in over what are probably some fresh freckles, and it makes me so excited that summer is finally (nearly) upon us! Today Captain...Read more

July 18, 2017

Transient Whale Calves in Canada

(7/15/17- M/V Sea Lion- 1:30 PM and 5:30 PM) Another day on the water with whale calves! We saw the same two families of whales on both our afternoon and sunset trip departing from Friday Harbor, the T34’s and part of the T37’s. These individual whales have been hanging out in near the San Juan...Read more

June 21, 2017

Voyage for the Humpback Whales

[6/20/17 ~ Sea Lion 1:30 Departure] Yesterday was a record-breaking day for me aboard the M/V Sea Lion. I've been pretty far north before, close enough to see the skyscrapers of greater Vancouver, but yesterday I was lucky enough to go even further north into the Strait of Georgia. Lead by a report...Read more
Transient Orca

October 4, 2016

Steller's Bane: T37A's & T65B's Orcas and Humpback Whales!

Yesterday was another wonderful day on the water. Fall still has amazing wildlife to show off here in the San Juan Islands. We headed north to start the search for whales yet again. We went all the way up into the Canadian Gulf Islands which are still beautiful but in a different way. As you move...Read more

May 27, 2015

Humpys in the Strait of Georgia

The Sea Lion left the dock today crewed by Captain Pete and Naturalists Mike and Alex. We had clear skies, a fantastic group of passengers and reports of a humpback whale to the North. We began to see wildlife right outside the harbor with a bald eagle regally perched in a tree and a pod of harbor...Read more

May 19, 2015

Breaching Whales and Bonuses

I saw the first splash from a quarter mile away; a great backwards leap that sent water twenty feet in the air. Hoping for some repetition I crossed my fingers as we motored closer to the scene, deep in the middle of the Strait of Georgia. We'd finally made it to J Pod. Many people don't realize...Read more

May 10, 2014

J Pod Returns Home

Like many days in early spring when killer whales have no set pattern of occurrence, we left our Friday Harbor location without a confirmation of killer whales. However, when we got a possible report of transients headed through Active Pass, we decided to go check it out and see what we could see...Read more

May 3, 2014

Transients in the Strait of Georgia

The M/V Sea Lion departed Friday Harbor yesterday in search of the killer whales that inhabit the Salish Sea. When we got underway Captain Mike got a report of Biggs Killer Whales, or Transients, off the Southeast side of Galiano Island. Even though that was far into the Strait of Georgia, and into...Read more