April 30, 2012

Whale Watch Report for April 30th 2012

Almost left a naturalist at the dock today! With the winds prevailing, the naturalist wasn’t quite fast enough to get on board once she let the lines loose. Luckily the captain came back to pick her up at the “Spring Street Landing” dock. With all on board we headed out through the San Juan Channel...Read more

April 26, 2012

Whale Report for Thursday April 26, 2012 from San Juan Island

Another beautiful sunny day in the San Juan Islands. We saw several members of the J-pod including J2 “Granny” the 100 year old matriarch. After viewing the whales we motored through Mosquito Pass into Roche Harbor where a number of seabird species were observed including surf scoters,...Read more

April 7, 2012

Transient Orcas On Opening Day Out!

Exciting first day on the water! Not only were we rewarded with an unseasonably gorgeous, sunny day, but, after 1 ½ hours of getting to the whales (this is very unusual, usually we travel about 30 to 45 minutes), we caught up with approximately 7 Transients traveling in Swainson Channel, just off...Read more

August 25, 2011

Whales galore

After two whole days without orcas around (but with Humpbacks and Minkes!) our residents returned to the sound in full force. There were lots of animals around on the way up to see the whales: harbor seals, harbor porpoises, and even a bald eagle! As for the whales, there were groups representing...Read more

July 18, 2011

Newest Addition to Southern Resident Community

We started seeing the dorsal fins of K pod after exiting the Speiden Channel and spotted Deadhead (K-27) with her new son (K-44). The boy is her first offspring and he will remain unnamed until after he has survived a winter and is officially considered part of the pod. Researchers do this because...Read more

May 18, 2011

A Proud Day for San Juan Safaris, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island WA

Tuesday, May 17, 2011 All staff, With a spectacular spring day, the MV Sea Lion and crew (Captain Craig and MikeO) headed north with our special charter of Western States Agency Policy Makers. Ken Balcomb, of The Center for Whale Research, Kari Koski of The Whale Museums SoundWatch program and me...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